Tech Tip from Dave Johnson: Steaming Out the Heel of an OM-18

(Dave Johnson is an instructor at Guitar Craft Academy Nashville and the owner of Scale Model Guitars in Nashville.) I’m currently working on a restoration of a 1931 Martin OM-18 for Carter Vintage Guitars in Nashville. This job will include...

Tech Tip: How to Keep Your Guitar Humidified

(Marty Lanham is an instructor at Guitar Craft Academy Nashville.) As the summer ends and we prepare for cooler weather, it’s important to pay attention to the effect that heat in our homes can have on acoustic instruments, including guitars. Low humidity can...

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: 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...

Mastering Fretwork: Essential Techniques for Guitar Maintenance

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 also can make an instrument unplayable if it’s not carried out properly....

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 glue...