“Dear Sir,
A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with sitka top.
I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce.
The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirey by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a driss press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them.
It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career.
Many Thanks.
ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”

- Jon Ballard

LMI Bending Machine

BENDINGmachineLMI600wNewHandleThe search for precision, repeatability and control during the bending process lead LMI to create this new Bending Machine. The open cantilever design, the revolutionary rollers for bending the bouts, and the accuracy of our TC temperature controller are the heart of this innovative machine.

Since the temperature is controlled automatically, there is no need to rush the bend. The wood will neither get too hot nor cool off. Engage the wood until you feel it relax under the roller, and then press it into shape as its resistance subsides.

The LMI Side Bender with Robert O'Brien

How to successfully bend sides
with the LMI side bender.