Tech Tip from Dave Johnson: Slide Away

(Dave Johnson is an instructor at Guitar Craft Academy Nashville and the owner of Scale Model Guitars in Nashville.) Even after more than a decade as a luthier, I still learn new things here and there where I can’t believe I never knew about them...

Tech Tip from Mark Lacey: Designing a Guitar Body Using Rhinoceros

Most manufacturers and some independent luthiers use CNC machines to build their guitars. The process starts with drawing a design on the computer. My favorite program for doing this is Rhinoceros. Rhino (for short) is a powerful 3-D drafting and rendering program...

Tech Tip: Fretwork

(Greg Voros is the repair shop manager at Gruhn Guitars in Nashville.) One of the first build or repair traits to catch my eye on any steel-stringed instrument is fretwork. Fretwork allows an instrument to look and feel great when it’s played — but it...

Tech tip: A Sticky Situation

(Brian Nutter is an instructor at Guitar Craft Academy Nashville and the owner of Nutter Guitars.) Sooner or later in guitar making you’ll need to use glue. The question is, what type of glue should you use and why? Let’s take a quick look at four common types of...

Tech Tip: Removing Frets

I use this tool, called a fret zapper, to remove frets. The guys at Gruhn Guitars showed me this when I was working there. It’s essentially a 150-watt soldering gun with the tip replaced with two separate pieces of copper. You simply hold the ends onto the fret and...