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“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

Tutorial Videos

We are pleased to sponsor these videos by Robert O’Brien. He is one of the most experienced guitar building instructors in the U.S. He founded and, for nine years, directed the Lutherie Program at Red Rocks Community College in Denver, CO. Thousands of LMI customers have used his DVDs for building and finishing guitars. Robert currently offers online building courses for classical, steel string and electric guitars, as well as private classes. These new video courses are well organized, clear and entertaining.


Closing the Box

Closing the Box
Attaching the sides to the top or back.
Length 09:43

 

The Shooting Board

The Shooting Board
Using the Shooting Board and Joining.
Length 06:38

 

Sunburst Finish

Sunburst Finish
Creating the Sunburst Finish.
Length 06:34

 

Kerfing Jig

Kerfing Jig
Making a kerfing jig.
Length 03:47

 

The Tornavoz Part I

The Tornavoz Part I
The Tornavoz discussed with Paul Galbraith.
Length 09:51

 

The Tornavoz Part II

The Tornavoz Part II
The Tornavoz discussed with Paul Galbraith.
Length 05:18

 

Murphy's Law

Murphy's Law
Help when things go wrong.
Length 08:55

 

Classical Bridge Making

Classical Bridge Making
Making a classical bridge.
Length 09:28

 

Go Bar Clamping

Go Bar Clamping
Using the LMI Go Bar deck.
Length 06:32

 

Neck Joint

Neck Joint
Making a bolt on mortise and tenon neck joint.
Length 08:59

 

Buffing

Buffing
How to buff a high gloss finish.
Length 09:49

 

Inlay

Inlay
How to design and execute inlay designs.
Length 06:31

 

Neck Blanks

Neck Blanks
A discussion of different types of neck blanks and how to make necks and heel blocks from them.
Length 07:13

 

Truss Rod

Truss Rod
A discussion of truss rods and how to install them.
Length 08:58

 

Back Braces

Back Braces
How to radius and attach braces to a steel string guitar back.
Length 08:54

 

Neck Carving

Neck Carving
How to carve a guitar neck.
Length 09:05

 

Spanish Heel

Spanish Heel
Using a table saw to cut the slots.
Length 03:50

 

Install Bindings and Purflings

Install Bindings and Purflings
How to install Bindings and Purflings.
Length 08:42

 

Binding Bending

Binding Bending
Bend bindings using a bending machine.
Length 05:15

 

Cutting Binding Channels

Cutting Binding Channels
Using a router to cut the channel.
Length 07:45

 

Glues Part I

Glues Part I
An overview of instument glues.
Length 07:48

 

Glues Part II

Glues Part II
An overview of instument glues.
Length 09:35

 

Vacuum Fixtures

Vacuum Fixtures
Using the vacuum bridge clamp and and work holder.
Length 07:01

 

End Grafts

End Grafts
Making and installing an End Graft.
Length 08:40

 

Brace Notching

Brace Notching
Notching classical fan bracing.
Length 03:29

 

Top Bracing

Top Bracing
Bracing the Top.
Length 09:59

 

Top Thicknessing

Top Thicknessing
Top thicknessing for tone and structural integrity.
Length 05:50

 

Pore Filling

Pore Filling
Pore filling using drywall compound.
Length 07:01

 

Drill Press Router

Drill Press Router
Cutting the peghead on a drill press.
Length 07:34

 

Safe-T-Planer

Safe-T-Planer
How to sharpen the Safe-T-Planer and use it to thickness guitar sides and backs.
Length 04:15

 

Bending Temperature Control

Bending Temperature Controller
The LMI temperature control for Bending Blankets.
Length 06:00

 

Drilling

Drilling
Drilling Tuner Holes.
Length 07:01

 

Scrapers

Scrapers
How to choose, sharpen and use a card scraper.
Length 06:09

 

Drum Sander

Drum Sander
Using a drum sander to thickness sides before bending.
Length 04:40

 

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