The art of making stringed instruments.

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Scale length with incorrect bridge position

What would be the issue/effect of having the bridge too far away from the nut on a large fretboard with standard fret sizes? For example, a 24 fret board with 25.5 inch scale fret spacings, but a ...
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Does the type of wood on a solid body electric guitar affect its tone or sound?

I know that on an acoustic guitar the sound is produced by the strings vibrating the top or soundboard and that the type wood used on the soundboard and body of an acoustic guitar will be the ...
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How to tell if an electric guitar has good quality

I have been told that two "identical" mass-produced guitars - same series, same model - can be very different in quality. I am about to buy a new Fender from a guy who has been trying to sell it for ...
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Protecting signed acoustic guitar?

This isn’t strictly a music question but I think it’ll fare better here than on the DIY / Home Improvement exchange, so hopefully that’s okay! My wife and I got all our guests to sign and draw on an ...
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Which type of wood for an electric guitar should one choose for rock/metal music?

I know that the type of wood affects the sound of an electric guitar, but I don't understand in what way (or which type of wood has what effect). Which wood(s) should I choose if I want to play rock ...
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How does bracing work?

I have seen many types of bracing for guitar, for example: How do they work? What do the lines mean? Will they affect the tone?
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Does soundhole placement affect guitar tone?

For example, this guitar have 2 soundhole: 1 in front, 1 in side: Then, this guitar have only have 1 soundhole, in side: Or even I've seen guitar with 2 soundhole in the sides of the neck (on ...
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What's the difference in sound between different wood grades?

When I visited the online luthier supply shop, who sells wood (e.g. for acoustic guitars), they have wood grades like: German Spruce AAA German Spruce AA German Spruce A German Spruce ...
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What is a good string height for a mountain dulcimer?

27" scale, tuned DAd. Just ordered the nut and saddle and don't know how much I should sand them down as I'm not really a dulcimer player. Thanks in advance
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Does the kind of wood used in making a violin affect its sound?

Whenever I check on violin-learning-related sites, they usually begin talking about the quality of a violin. The strings, the species of woods... ... the species of wood. Ebony? Maple? Rosewood? I ...
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Worn saddles on Floyd-Rose bridge break my strings

I have two Cort guitars with the same type of Floyd Rose bridge. One is about 5 years older than another. Each of them has the same problem. The saddles are worn due to friction with the strings. It ...
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What are the differences for left handed person when playing electric cello?

If I decide to buy an electric cello, should I look for a special one for left handed people, or I will even have to order a custom one?
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What are some qualities to consider when purchasing a cello?

My wife is a Suzuki-method violinist but wants to dabble with some cello pieces. I'm a rock guitarist--so I have absolutely no clue what to look for in a cello. It's clearly not a Les Paul so any ...
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Carving a cutaway in a right-handed bass guitar to better suit a left-handed player

I am annoyed with the selection of left handed guitars. What bothers me about turning a right handed guitar into a left handed guitar is that there is not enough room given for the hand to reach the ...
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Building an electric guitar from scratch

I want to make an electric guitar by myself from scratch. How can I do this?
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How do I go about de-fretting a bass guitar?

I would like a fretless bass guitar, and I am considering giving an old bass a new lease of life as a fretless instrument. I would like to know how to go about achieving this at home, by myself, to ...
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What is a Birdseye Maple Neck?

Where does it come from or how is it chosen over regular Maple Necks - is there a tonal difference?
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What is the Difference between Maple and Rosewood Fretboards

Is there a difference that's based on feel or sound - why are they the two most widely used choices?
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Is a guitar body made out of mahogany generally lighter than a body made out of alder ?

I know that each piece of wood is different and two similar pieces of a same essence will have different weight. But in general, for the same body shape and size which wood essence will tend to give ...
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The skinny on neck constructions. Is it all about tone?

I recently went from a Peavy bolt-on classic bass to Warwick Thumb NT. The tone difference is completely out of this world, and comparatively, so was the price. I want to understand the ...
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What to look for in an independent luthier?

I've long been considering looking for an independent luthier to build me a custom guitar. I have a pretty specific idea of what I want the guitar to be, but I don't know how to find the right ...