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ASL - American School of Lutherie Materials Set - Price based on choices

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These are the materials that Charles Fox uses in his steel guitar building course. Unlike our other Kit Wizard offerings, all of the items in the materials set are required as they are all used in the course. Anyone may purchase this kit, just remember that it is far less flexible as it is designed specifically for the ASL building program. 

Charles is particular about the back and sides included in your set. Please be sure to select for rich red coloration first, and tight straight grain secondly. If your selection does not meet these criteria, it may delay your order. If you have questions or need a suggestion, please contact Chris in the LMI Sales Office.

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Choose your back and side set by clicking on it.

Charles is particular about the back and sides included in your set. Please be sure to select for rich red coloration first, and tight straight grain secondly. If your selection does not meet these criteria, it may delay your order. If you have questions or need a suggestion, please contact Chris in our sales department.

Bookmatched back and side set includes two bookmatched back pieces and 2 bookmatched sides.

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  • Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought Back and Sides Thumbnail Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought Back and Sides
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  • Indian Rosewood Dreadnought Back and Sides Thumbnail Indian Rosewood Dreadnought Back and Sides
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Charles would like you to use a Sitka Spruce 3A soundboard. Just click on it to select it. 

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  • Top Sitka Spruce, 3A grade, dreadnought (ref: TSS3ASS)

    Sitka Spruce is very stiff. Because of its strength and toughness, it is well suited for steel string acoustic guitars. It has even been used successfully for classical guitars. The color of Sitka Spruce ranges from white to pinkish to light brown. Some tops display a lot of color variation.

    $59.07

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    Top Sitka Spruce, 3A grade, dreadnought (ref: TSS3ASS)

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Select 3 - .063" curved paua or green abalone shell strips. These will be used for your rosette. 

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  • Abalam curved paua abalone, .063"/1.6mm wide

    "Abalam" is is a stunning inlay material, made by laminating extremely thin sections of shell in such a way as to render the entire surface of the sheet with beautiful, figured shell patterns — unlike natural shell slab pieces which vary over the surface area and depth of the piece. It is perfectly flat and is actually easier to saw into delicate patterns because of the homogeneous nature of the laminations. This is the ideal material when you need unusually large pieces or for projects where extreme figure is a must.

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    $12.84
    Abalam curved paua abalone, .063"/1.6mm wide (ref: CS63PPLY)

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  • Abalam curved green abalone, select grade, .063"/1.6mm wide

    "Abalam" is is a stunning inlay material, made by laminating extremely thin sections of shell in such a way as to render the entire surface of the sheet with beautiful, figured shell patterns — unlike natural shell slab pieces which vary over the surface area and depth of the piece. It is perfectly flat and is actually easier to saw into delicate patterns because of the homogeneous nature of the laminations. This is the ideal material when you need unusually large pieces or for projects where extreme figure is a must.

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    $15.06
    Abalam curved green abalone, select grade, .063"/1.6mm wide (ref: CS63GSELPLY)

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You will use these Teflon strips to inlay your shell. Click to choose. 

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  • Teflon strip .063" x .063" thick (1.6mm x 1.6mm) (ref: TS63)

    Edge bindings and marquetry are glued up with a Teflon strip spacer laminated into the position where shell stripping will go. When dry, the Teflon is carefully pulled out and the shell strips glued into the resulting groove. The Teflon strips are approximately 34"-36" long and can be cleaned and used several times if care is taken not to stretch them during use. 

    $6.97
    Teflon strip .063" x .063" thick (1.6mm x 1.6mm) (ref: TS63)

    $6.97
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A BWB rosette ring scheme will really set off your paua rosette! Simply click on the item to select it. 

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  • Purfling, BWB 20/20/20 (ref: PFLMLG5)

    Anything on the edge of an instrument that isn't the outermost edge (binding) is called "purfling".

    Fiber veneer is very flexible and no bending is needed prior to installation. Wood veneer may need to be bent to avoid breakage depending on the shape of the instrument you are building and the number of laminates in the layup. One can sometimes us a simple household iron to bend these to the appropriate shape. These laminates should not be soaked.

    $4.23

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    Purfling, BWB 20/20/20 (ref: PFLMLG5)

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Please choose 5 Indian Ebony bindings. 

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  • Binding, Indian Ebony

    Wood binding serves to protect the corners of the instrument as well as seal the end grain of the soundboard and back. Many of our bindings have matching backstrips.

    $8.59
    Binding, Indian Ebony (ref: WBIE1)

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Charles has selected a West African Ebony Fingerboard for this guitar. 

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  • West African Ebony Fingerboard

    West African Ebony has been a standard fingerboard wood for factory guitars in Europe and America, and for many builders, it is preferred because it is easier to plane and is more stable than other Ebonies. It is rarely pure-black, but the streaks and mottling that are indicative of West African Ebony are now largely accepted in the marketplace.

    Ebony Grading

    More About Ebony...

    Would you like us to slot, radius and/or thickness sand your fingerboard? Choose fingerboard customizations below.

    $26.35
    West African Ebony Fingerboard

    $26.35
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Charles would like you to choose 6 PSLMSH12 (WBW) and 2 PFLMSH14 (BWBW) purfling strips.

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  • Purfling, WBW 20/20/20

    Anything on the edge of an instrument that isn't the outermost edge (binding) is called "purfling".

    Fiber veneer is very flexible and no bending is needed prior to installation. Wood veneer may need to be bent to avoid breakage depending on the shape of the instrument you are building and the number of laminates in the layup. One can sometimes us a simple household iron to bend these to the appropriate shape. These laminates should not be soaked.

    $2.43

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    Purfling, WBW 20/20/20 (ref: PFLMSH12)

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  • Purfling, BWBW 20/20/20/20

    Anything on the edge of an instrument that isn't the outermost edge (binding) is called "purfling".

    Fiber veneer is very flexible and no bending is needed prior to installation. Wood veneer may need to be bent to avoid breakage depending on the shape of the instrument you are building and the number of laminates in the layup. One can sometimes us a simple household iron to bend these to the appropriate shape. These laminates should not be soaked.

    $2.84

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    Purfling, BWBW 20/20/20/20 (ref: PFLMSH14)

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Charles has chosen Honduran Mahogany for your neck blank.

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  • Honduran Mahogany neck blank, 1st grade, 35" x 3" x 7/8" (ref: NKHM1353)

    A 35" neck generally allows you to produce your neck and heel from the same stock which prevents issues with color/grain mismatch.

    First grade necks and heels are straight-grained, quartersawn with a 25° variance off quarter allowed.

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    $45.68

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    Honduran Mahogany neck blank, 1st grade, 35" x 3" x 7/8" (ref: NKHM1353)

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Please select the West African Ebony bridge blank.

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  • West African Ebony bridge blank, 1st grade, 12 string (ref: BBAE112STR)

    West African Ebony has been a standard wood for factory guitars in Europe and America, and for many builders, it is preferred because it is easier to plane and is more stable than other Ebonies. It is rarely pure-black, but the streaks and mottling that are indicative of West African Ebony are now largely accepted in the marketplace.

    $8.14

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    West African Ebony bridge blank, 1st grade, 12 string (ref: BBAE112STR)

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Please select the FW74 nickel/silver fretwire Charles would like you to use. 

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  • Fretwire, 18% nickel/silver, 4 feet (ref: FW74)

    Hard, standard size long wearing fretwire. This is easily our most popular fretwire and is used mostly for steel string, but is often used on classical and electric guitars as well. This wire is similar to Dunlop's #6230 wire. 

    Fretwire is sold in either 4 or 100-foot lengths. 4 feet is normally enough for one standard instrument if you're not wasteful, but please check your plans before ordering. For easier installation, fretwire is coiled with the tang toward the inside of the curve. 4-foot sections might be cut into halves for shipping purposes. All of the fretwire we carry will fit into a .023" slot, with the exception of the FW75 nickel/silver wire.

    $5.11

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    Fretwire, 18% nickel/silver, 4 feet (ref: FW74)

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Please choose each of the options offered by clicking on them.

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  • Ebony, West African headplate, 1st grade (ref: HPAE1)

    Note - Each headplate is different from the next. We are showing you a representation of the wood species, but your headplate might look very different from the representative photo.

    $10.71

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    Ebony, West African headplate, 1st grade (ref: HPAE1)

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  • Ebonized (Black) headplate veneer, .6mm (ref: WHMPEV)

    These veneers sandwich between your peghead and your headplate to give your finished peghead that extra something special. 

    $1.47

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    Ebonized (Black) headplate veneer, .6mm (ref: WHMPEV)

    $1.47
  • Maple headplate veneer, .6mm (ref: WHMPV)

    These veneers sandwich between your peghead and your headplate to give your finished peghead that extra something special. 

    $0.93

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    Maple headplate veneer, .6mm (ref: WHMPV)

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Choose both items offered by clicking on them. 

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  • Nut, bone, 5/16" x 13/32" x 2 3/16" (ref: N0)

    Bone is the material of choice these days for nuts and saddles. Its creamy smooth quality and natural denseness make it perfect both visually and mechanically.

    PDF: Conversion Chart

    $3.71

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    Nut, bone, 5/16" x 13/32" x 2 3/16" (ref: N0)

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  • Saddle, unbleached bone, 1/8" x 15/32" x 3 1/4" (ref: S2BU)

    Bone is the material of choice these days for nuts and saddles. Its creamy smooth quality and natural denseness make it perfect both visually and mechanically.

    PDF: Conversion Chart

    $3.66

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    Saddle, unbleached bone, 1/8" x 15/32" x 3 1/4" (ref: S2BU)

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Chrome mini tuners are a great choice here!

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  • Gotoh M6-style mini, chrome, chrome button (ref: GGM6MINI)

    $35.95

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    Gotoh M6-style mini, chrome, chrome button (ref: GGM6MINI)

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Charles would like you to use a truss rod along with additional carbon fiber reinforcement. Choose 1 truss rod and two carbon fiber reinforcements. 

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  • Truss rod double action welded, 14 1/2" x 3/8" (overall length 15 1/2")

    Protected by U.S. Patent No. 6,259,008, this is the best rod on the market in our humble opinions. The square stock bears against the bottom of the fingerboard, so no filler strip is necessary. Turn the nut one way and the rod bows one direction, turn the nut the other way, the rod bows the other direction! With this rod, the nut is actually welded onto the adjusting rod which has been right-hand threaded on one end and reverse threaded the other. The bottom, round rod is covered with heat-shrink tubing to protect against rod buzz. This rod requires a slot 1/4" wide x 3/8" deep. The bar-stock dimensions and the round-stock OD with the heat-shrink tubing are the same and that makes for easy installation. 

    $27.43

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    Truss rod double action welded, 14 1/2" x 3/8" (overall length 15 1/2") (ref: TRSD)

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  • Carbon fiber neck reinforcement, 1/8" x 3/8" x 18"

    Carbon fiber exhibits so many of the qualities useful in fine instrument construction — namely, low weight, stiffness, stability, resistance to fatigue and creep. Its low weight and high stiffness – three times stiffer than steel on a weight-to-weight basis, 80% as stiff on a cross-sectional area comparison – offers many advantages to the guitar builder.

    Without fear of fatigue, fan braces (between which a sheet of carbon fiber has been laminated) can be shaved down considerably, allowing the top to be more responsive to string energy.

    Neck reinforcement stock can be laminated in such a manner that the reinforcement continues through the peghead joint, reducing flex and therefore reducing energy loss to the head area.

    $15.99

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    Carbon fiber neck reinforcement, 1/8" x 3/8" x 18" (ref: GR4)

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Your bridge and end pins are coordinated and will match your rosette nicely. Choose both items offered by clicking on them. 

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  • West African Ebony 3 deg. bridge pins w/abalone dot, set of 6 (ref: PI3AK)

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    $7.81

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    West African Ebony 3 deg. bridge pins w/abalone dot, set of 6 (ref: PI3AK)

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  • West African Ebony End pin w/abalone dot (ref: PIE3A)

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    $2.70

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    West African Ebony End pin w/abalone dot (ref: PIE3A)

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Charles has chosen Made in America La Bella strings for your guitar. Please order 2 sets.

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  • LaBella acoustic light strings

    E.O. Mari, maker of LaBella Strings has been making strings since the mid-1600's. They are still a family owned and operated company manufacturing a large variety of strings in the U.S.A.

    $9.60

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    LaBella acoustic light strings (ref: STLAAL)

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ASL - American School of Lutherie Materials Set - Price based on choices

These are the materials that Charles Fox uses in his steel guitar building course. Unlike our other Kit Wizard offerings, all of the items in the materials set are required as they are all used in the course. Anyone may purchase this kit, just remember that it is far less flexible as it is designed specifically for the ASL building program. 

Charles is particular about the back and sides included in your set. Please be sure to select for rich red coloration first, and tight straight grain secondly. If your selection does not meet these criteria, it may delay your order. If you have questions or need a suggestion, please contact Chris in the LMI Sales Office.

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