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Articles by Mark Dalton

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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Acoustic Soundboard: CNC Technology in Guitar Making

April 4, 2014
Mark Dalton explains why the CNC machine is the most important tool in his small operation.
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Acoustic Soundboard: When Cracks Happen

December 24, 2013
A guide to dealing with those pesky wood imperfections.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Designing and Ordering a Custom Guitar, Part 4

August 6, 2013
When it comes to ordering a custom guitar, it's important to consider inlay options and other final particulars.
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Designing and Ordering a Custom Guitar, Pt. 3

May 11, 2013
Some of the cosmetic aspects you’ll need to determine for your custom instrument.
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