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Acoustic Soundboard

Acoustic Soundboard: Flattop Fajitas, Curry, and Cordon Bleu

April 26, 2016
Like a chef, a guitar builder strives to create a palate-pleasing balance of ingredients.
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Originality Quandary

March 7, 2016
“All original” is a desired trait in a vintage guitar, but what if that guitar is essentially unplayable?
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Acoustic Soundboard: Little Mods, Big Results

February 25, 2016
If you’re not getting the tone you want out of your acoustic, a simple and quick tweak might get you a little closer.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Taking a Holistic View of Setup

January 11, 2016
How the numerous elements that determine the feel of your guitar work together.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Crossing the Digital Divide

November 12, 2015
It’s time to question some common analog/digital assumptions.
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Acoustic Soundboard: (Scale) Length Matters

October 14, 2015
String scale length certainly affects playability, but it also has a huge role in a guitar’s sound.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Your Guitar Might Last Forever, But Will Its Parts?

September 8, 2015
Reality check: Does “all-original” even matter when the original parts are disintegrating?
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Intersection of Creativity and Technology

August 10, 2015
It’s good to recognize your own biases—and to challenge them sometimes.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Guitar Finishes and Care 101

June 24, 2015
The pros and cons of the two most common acoustic-guitar finishes.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Putting Recently Outdated Guitars to Work

May 28, 2015
Vintage guitars continue to fetch high dollar, but there are true bargains to be had with recently used guitars.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Great Live Sound Doesn’t Just Happen

May 3, 2015
Due diligence will yield the live sound you seek.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Grading Tonewoods - Back and Sides

March 30, 2015
There’s more to consider than tone when choosing wood for a guitar’s back and sides.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Dawn of the Specialists

March 8, 2015
Guitar collecting is alive and well, but the game has changed.
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Acoustic Soundboard: It’s All in Your Head

February 8, 2015
Achieving a great live sound with an amplified acoustic takes work and a solid understanding of what is and isn’t possible.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Grading Tonewoods—Tops

December 29, 2014
Beauty is only skin deep when it comes to choosing the right tonewoods for your dream guitar.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Ladder-Bracing Revival

December 3, 2014
Ladder-bracing has an interesting foothold in the history, and future, of guitar making.
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Acoustic Soundboard: You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Pt. 2

November 17, 2014
Before you can achieve your ideal amplified-acoustic sound, you need to have a very clear definition of what that ideal really is.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Torrefied Woods—Don’t be Afraid

October 8, 2014
Is thermo-cured wood a lutherie fad or here to stay?
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Acoustic Soundboard: Vintage Instruments—An Endangered Species?

September 1, 2014
New restrictions on certain woods and animal products may have a larger impact on the instrument market.
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Dos and Don’ts of DIY

June 30, 2014
Knowing how to do simple guitar-setup tasks is a good thing, but some work should be left to the professionals.
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