Category: Luthier

Guitar build CD60-7

ASSEMBLY I will assemble the parts and pieces to finish this project. The photo above shows a Piezo under saddle pickup. We provided for this element earlier in the build, test fitted it and trimmed the saddle to accommodate it. This guitar will have two separate sound sources, the Piezo and a single coil pickup […]

Guitar build CD60-6

SHAPING AND INSTALLING THE BONE NUT AND SADDLE Bone: Why? There are many reasons people have to use one type of material over another type on their acoustic guitars. Plastic ABS is the material of choice on lower end acoustic guitars. It’s easy to mass produce. It’s fairly easy to install. It is cast in […]

Guitar build CD60-5

FRET LEVELING The first thing to do is to check the fret board for level without string tension. You will probably have to loosen the tension on the truss rod via the adjustment until it is level without string tension: Once you are level you can begin the job of leveling the frets themselves. Once […]

Guitar build CD60-4

SURFACE PREPARATION The body needs to be sanded to remove imperfections and break the gloss of the previous finish so that the new finish will adhere correctly. I start with an orbital sander to scuff the finish and break the gloss, and then finish with a hand sanding in graduating grits: 120 to get the […]

Guitar build CD60-3

BRIDGE WORK. In this chapter I will work on the bridge area of this build. I have a bridge left over from a previous Ovation build and I want to use it on this guitar. I could have made things simpler by ordering a replacement Fender bridge to replace the cracked one that was on […]

Guitar build CD60-2

The beauty of a guitar like this is that you can usually pick it up for a fraction of the retail price, repair it and have less in the finished guitar than if you had purchased a lesser guitar. And most often it will be a much better guitar because you will have not only […]

Guitar build CD60-1

THE CD60 BUILD PUBLISHED BY: Dell Sweet Copyrighted material used with permission. Copyright Geo Dell & independAntwriters All rights reserved, domestic and foreign This guide is Copyright © 2015 by Geo Dell. No part of this book may be reproduced by any means, electronic, print, scanner or any other means and, or distributed without the […]

Re-fretting a neck

Re-fretting a neck… The first time the fretboard had been put under stress from the truss rod it had cracked straight through in three places. I had a choice to make, I had nothing into the neck, it is a good hard maple neck, straight, so I decided a look see to find out why […]

Three scrap wood build by Geo Dell

Three scrap wood build by Geo Dell My next project, a three guitar build. One Tele style body, one Strat style body, one SG style body. Start to finish builds similar to the last SG build. They will all be similar finishes and designs, yet different. It will be fun and keep me occupied for […]

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