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The art of making stringed instruments.

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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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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 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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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 top). ...
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Cheap electric guitar - fix or replace? [duplicate]

TL:DR version: cheap guitar needs work. Fix it or replace it? Hi - After many years of wishing I could just magically be able to do it, I've finally decided it's time to learn to play guitar. ...
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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 ...
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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'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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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