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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.


Using CA glue

CA glue on fret ends
to fill the gaps on the fret ends.
Length 03:52
See
CA Glue

 

Importance of Humidity

Importance of Humidity
with Andy Lund, Taylor Guitars
Length 06:47

2014/02/21
 

Hygrometers

Home Made Hygrometer
Make a simple hygrometer.
Length 04:29
See Hygrometer

2014/02/21
 

Dust Collection

Dust Collection
4 steps for effective dust control.
Length 04:25
See article: The Dangers of Dust!

2014/02/21
 

Vacuum Fixtures

Vacuum Fixtures
with Robert O'Brien.
Length 02:30

2014/02/21
 

Classical Guitar Building

Classical Guitar Building
Private class at O'Brien Guitars.
Length 06:03

2014/02/21
 

Pickguards

Pickguards
How to make & install.
Length 09:40
See Pickguard sheets

2014/01/13
 

Crack Repair

Crack Repair
Repairing cracks in your guitar.
Length 04:14

2014/01/13
 

Binding with CA Glue

Sunburst Finishes
Installing binding using CA glue.
Length 05:10
See Cyanoacrylate glues (Super glues)

2014/01/13
 

Sunburst Finishes

Sunburst Finishes
How to do a sunburst finish.
Length 03:20
See Finishing (Dyes/Finishes)

2014/01/10
 

Hide Glue

Hide Glue
How to mix & use animal glue.
Length 09:27
See Granular Hide Glue

2013/12/02
 

O'Brien Guitars Class

Pickguards
Watch a guitar being built in 5 days.
Length 08:21
See LMI acoustic guitar kits

2013/11/01
 

Shellac

shellac
All about shellac & how to mix.
Length 05:10
See Shellac & French Polish

 

Cutting Binding Channels by Hand

Intonation
Using the LMI gramil.
Length 03:18
See Schneider gramil

 

Intonation

Intonation
Adjusting intonation
Length 06:23
See Intonation article

 

UV Cured Finish

UV Cured Finish
The pros/cons
Length 03:57

 

LMI Pre-Carved and Semi-Carved Necks

LMI Pre-Carved and Semi-Carved Necks
Installation process
Length 08:28
See Pre/Semi-carved necks

 

Purflex

Purflex
How to install Purflex.
Length 07:04
See Purflex

 

Bridge Hole Drill Jig

LMI Bridge Hole Drill Jig
How to use.
Length 02:44
See LMI Bridge Hole Drill Jig

 

The Arm Bevel

The Arm Bevel
Executing the arm bevel.
Length 06:34

 

Tonewood

Tonewood
A discussion of Tonewoods.
Length 10:13

 

Band Saws

Band Saws
Set up and use a band saw.
Length 16:04

 

LuthierCam

LuthierCam
See inside your soundbox with a "LuthierCam".
Length 02:06

 

Hand Planes

Hand Planes
How to set up and use a hand plane.
Length 10:24

 

Electric Guitar Finish

Electric Guitar Finish
Finishing a highly figured electric guitar.
Length 07:02

 

Bridge Removal

Bridge Removal
Use a heating blanket to remove the bridge.
Length 04:02

 

Seven String Guitar

Seven String Guitar
Turn on English subtitles to translate the Portuguese.
Length 19:19

 

Tru Oil

Tru Oil
Tru Oil (Gun Stock Oil) and how to apply it.
Length 03:41

 

Remove a pickguard

Remove a pickguard
How to remove a pickguard.
Length 01:50

 

Install Abalone

Install Abalone
How to install Abalone and Zip Flex Strips.
Length 06:34

 

Slotted Peghead Jig

Slotted Peghead Jig
Using the LMI Slotted Peghead Jig.
Length 07:31

 

Neck Reset

Neck Reset
How to reset a neck for correct action.
Length 10:38

 

Peghead Repair

PegHead Repair
Les Paul Peghead Repair.
Length 05:58

 

Pickups

Pickups
An introduction to pickups.
Length 08:55

 

Rosettes

Rosettes
About rosettes and how to design and install them.
Length 11:11

 

Side Bending By Hand

Side Bending by Hand
Bending guitar sides by hand on a bending iron.
Length 06:28

 

LMI Side Bender

LMI Side Bender
An introduction to the unique features of this tool.
Length 07:44

 

Kerfing

Kerfing
About kerfing and how to install it.
Length 08:03

 

Double Tops Part One

Double Tops Part I
PConstructing a composite top soundboard.
Length 08:50

 

Double Tops Part Two

Double Tops Part II
Constructing a composite top soundboard.
Length 09:59

 

Spray Guns

Spray Guns
Using a spray gun.
Length 09:26

 

Creating the V Joint

Creating the V Joint
How to make a V- joint.
Length 09:48

 

Bending Temperature Control

Bending Temperature Controller
The LMI Heating Blanket Temperature Controller.
Length 07:32

 

Nut and Saddle Making

Nut and Saddle Making
How to make and install Nuts and Saddles.
Length 08:34

 

Sharpening

Sharpening
Put a sharp edge on your tools.
Length 09:21

 

Acoustic Guitar Setup

Acoustic Guitar Setup
How to set up an acoustic guitar.
Length 08:57

 

Plate Joining

Plate Joining
Using a plate joining jig.
Length 06:07

 

Heel and End Blocks

Heel and End Blocks
Make and install heel and end blocks.
Length 08:15

 

Making Forms

Making Forms
Building your own forms.
Length 09:15

 

Manual Fret Slotting

Manual Fret Slotting
Manually cut fret slots with the LMI jig.
Length 08:02

 

Steel String Bridge

Steel String Bridge
Making a steel string guitar bridge.
Length 07:04

 

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