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ARTICLES

Acoustic Soundboard: The Challenges of Wood Sourcing, Part 2

July 21, 2017
Spruce remains king in the soundboard realm, but not all varietals are the same, or easy to come by.
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Acoustic Soundboard: A Guitar Grows in Monticello

May 2, 2017
Have you ever heard “presidential” used to describe tonewood? You have now.
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Acoustic Soundboard: A Master Builder’s Tips for Choosing the Right Pickup

February 22, 2017
Huss & Dalton’s Mark Dalton shares five points to consider when deciding how to amplify your acoustic.
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Challenges of Wood Sourcing

November 14, 2016
The lowdown on tonewood availability from a small-scale guitar manufacturer’s perspective.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Measuring and Adjusting Your Guitar’s Action

August 23, 2016
Even if you don’t do setups yourself, knowing how to take key measurements of your guitar’s action will help you get the feel and playability you're looking for.
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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: (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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Designing and Ordering a Custom Guitar, PT. 2

February 4, 2013
Prized for its beauty, koa possesses tonal characteristics similar to mahogany when used as a back and sides wood, and is one option to consider when planning your custom
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Designing and Ordering a Custom Guitar, PT. 1

November 5, 2012
Owning a custom instrument is a dream for most guitarists. Doing your due diligence before placing the order will help ensure it is the guitar of your dreams. In
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Of Tree Elves and Hide Glue

May 11, 2012
There are some notions about how certain things affect guitar tone and volume that, I think, we just don’t know for sure.
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Lemons to Lemonade

November 15, 2011
I have touched on the many challenges we and most other builders face every day, so when you’re at your job thinking, “I’d give anything to be making guitars all day long,” you will know that though it has its moments, it also has its moments—if you know what I mean.
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