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Acoustic Soundboard

Tracking The Steel-String Guitar's Evolution, Pt. 1

January 17, 2011
In this three-part series, we’ll explore the genesis of the steel-string and look at the evolution of this versatile and intriguing stringed instrument over the last century.
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OCD About An OMC

December 21, 2010
The email exchange below offers a glimpse into the boutique builder’s reality.
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A Thomas Jefferson Signature Model . . . Almost

November 16, 2010
An extraordinary wood find: a tree planted by Thomas Jefferson himself!
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On Quality and Workmanship

October 20, 2010
There are things one should expect to see, hear, and find on an expensive new guitar
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Still Learning, One Surprise at a Time

September 21, 2010
Bob Taylor shares moments of learning and inspiration
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Tales of Wood Discovery

August 17, 2010
Finding gorgeous wood in unexpected places
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What Makes an Acoustic Tick?

July 20, 2010
A look at the common and less common types of bracings.
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Drying Spruce: Nature or Nuture?

June 16, 2010
How a young Bob Taylor figured out how to dry spruce with as little shrinkage as possible
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When Bad Things Happen to Good Guitars, Part 1

May 18, 2010
Commonly-seen causes of damage at the repair shop
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You Can Build It, Yes You Can

February 11, 2010
Been thinking about building a guitar? Just do it! Here are some tips for getting started.
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To Boldly Go...(Where No Guitar Has Gone Before)

January 14, 2010
Looking beyond the more common alternative materials to see what the future might hold.
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Today’s Acoustics: Tradition vs. Alternative Woods

December 17, 2009
Tradition, renaming alternative tonewoods and where all of that Brazilian keeps popping up from.
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A Slow Market Spurs Innovation

November 18, 2009
How the recession has given birth to new gear
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The Soul of A Guitar

October 21, 2009
Examining how a guitar becomes more than a guitar as it collects experiences and emotions.
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Dads, Daughters and Guitars

September 18, 2009
Bonding with teenagers over guitars
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Are You in Tune?

August 19, 2009
Tuning rules from Bob Taylor to save you some headaches
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(Acoustic) Size Matters

July 22, 2009
When it comes to acoustic guitars, there are quite different virtues to both small and large bodies.
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Fear Not the Magic

June 17, 2009
Learning to love the magic and mysteries of the guitar
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Guitar Tasting Tips

May 20, 2009
How guitar tasting is like food tasting -- and how to keep yourself honest with both
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Where Acoustic Tone Begins

April 21, 2009
Choosing wood for different guitars
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