Category: Luthiery

Guitar build CD60-3 – Dell Sweet – Bridge work

BRIDGE WORK: Geo Dell 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 […]

Guitar build CD60-2 -Guitar Works – Geo Dell

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 CD60-4 _ Dell Sweet – Geo Dell Guitar Builds

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 CD60-5 – Repairing a broken neck – Leveling – Compound Radius

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 […]

The Guitar Works Big Book – Geo Dell Luthier

The Guitar Works Big Book contains sections on finish work: Information that you can use to do your own finish and spot repairs on guitars step by step to teach you that you can come very close to perfect results every time. You will learn to apply a lacquer finish to your guitar. I have […]

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