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A Lot Of Acoustic Guitar Makers Reinforce The

Guitar Sides With Cloth Tape, Dipped In Glue And


Aheared The The Guitar Sides. This Will Help
Inlay Position Dot Tutorial Reduce Cracking. I Prefer To Use Small Mahogany
Side Braces, 6mm Wide x 3.2 mm Thick. Chamfer
Mother Of Pearl Position Dots Are A Matter Of Each Guitar Mixup Some Ebony Sawdust With 2-part Epoxy Into A All Edges And Space Around The Top. I've Never
Players Taste And Varies From No Position Dots At All To Toothpaste Consistency. Take A Bit On The Tip Of Your Finger Had A Side Crack To Contend With - Besides They
Position Dots At The 3rd, 5th, 7th, 12th and 15th Frets To Very And Work It Into Each Dot Hole. Now Take Each Position Dot Look Really Cool!
Elaborate Vines And Other Inlays. And Work It Down Into Each Filled Hole. Wipe Away The Excess
With Your Finger, But Make Sure You Don't Scoop It Out Of The
To Install Round Position Dots, Mark The Center Of Each Dot Position Dot Cavity.
With A sharp-Pointed Scratch Awl. Certain Luthiers Tune The Top By Making The Top
Let Dry Thoroughly And Sand Smooth With A Power Sander Or Progressively Thinner As It Reaches The Guitar Edge
Chuck -Up A Brad Point Drill Bit In Your Drill Press And Drill Sanding Sticks, Until The Dot And Fretboard Are Level. And Remain Full Thickness At The Top. If You Do
Holes For The Dots As Close To The Depth Of The Dot As This Do Not Reduce The Edges More Than .5 mm.
Possible. Usually Try To Have The Dot Just A Bit Above The Special Precaution: Do Not Inhale Any Of The MOP Dust. Wear
Fretboard Surface. A Good Dust Mask. The Dust In A Carcynogyn And Is Very A Heavy Dashed Lines Indicate Single Cutaway
Very Dangerous Health Risk. Used By Many Luithers. This Allows The Guitar
Player To Reach Approximately 3 to 4 Frets Higher
On The Fretboard Without The Guitar Body
Blocking Their Left Hand G
Neck Width At The Nut Is Another Dimension That Varies
Quite Often It Looks Great To Use A Contrasting Wood On The
Per Each Players Specifications. Standard Nut Width Is C F
Peghead For Some Extra Detail. Also One Popular Option Is To
1-3/4" or 44.4 mm As Shown Here. Fingerstyle Guitarist's
Use The Same Species Of Wood As On The Backs And Sides.
Prefer A Nut Width Of 1-7/8" Or 47.6 mm. There Will Be
Instances Where The Player May Require Even Wider
164.7 Widths. By The Way A Classical Guitar Nut Width Is
6 15/32"
2-1/8" or 54 mm. Dashed Lines Indicate Outline
Of Pickguard.
138.9 19.1 4.8 645.2 E
5 15/32" 3/4" 3/16" 25 13/32" These Are The Tone Braces. This Is What

3 1/4"
82.5
Scale Length Really Prohibits An Acoustic Guitar From
357.8 51.7 27.7 Acoustic Guitar Rosettes Being Easily Changed From A Right Hand To
14 3/32" 2 1/32" 1 3/32"
Are Usually Handmade By A Left-Handed Guitar. Refer To The
The Luthier. Form Them Reference Photo, Which Indicates a
41.3 41.3 39.0 Around Small Wooden Standard Right Handed Guitar Placement
1 5/8" 1 5/8" 1 17/32" Drums And Glue With Push
Re-Constituted Ivory Or Excellent Quality Typically Acoustic Guitars Have A Radius On The 9.5 9.5 Pins Holding The Layers
Bone For the Nut. Top Of The Fretboard. This Is Optional. Fingerstyle Neck Block. This Is A Very 3/8" 3/8" 5.1 15.7 16.5 D
Together. 3/16" 5/8" 21/32"
Guitar Players May Prefer A Flat Fretboard And Important Structural Element. 15.0
Construct From Vertical Grain 19/32"
String Slots Should Be Filed Out With Flatpickers May Prefer A Radius Fretboard. I Build
Gaged Nut Files To Precisely Match The All Of My Guitars With A Flat Fretboard, Unless Honduras Mahogany, Maple Or
String Gages. The Guitar Cliet Wishes Otherwise. Match Neck Wood
12.7
1/2"

The Center Joint Is One Of The Most


Important Joints On The Guitar For Both
Top And Back Plates. Consider Using Our
1.8

Plate Joining Jig For Hairline Joints In Record


R 125.7
Time

10 25/32"
11 17/32"
1 31/32"

2 15/32"
1 25/32"

152.4
2 1/16"

2 5/32"

15 5/8"
292.6

273.8

396.7
2 1/2"

1 3/4"

1 3/8"

2 1/4"

2 1/2"
76.2

63.5

44.4

49.8

52.4

19.0

63.0

34.6

57.1

54.6

63.5
45.5

3/4"
40.9

6"
3"

R 48.3
1 29/32" Back Block or Butt Block. Vertical Grain
Honduras Mahogany. Some Luthiers
Shave This Block or Angle It Away
1.8

From The Top As This Block Often


Gives A Guitar A "Hump" In The Top
And Can Cause Cracking. Additional
The Bridge Plate Is One Of The More Important Pieces Woods Can Include African Mahogany,
Optional Fretboard Support. See Of The Guitar Top Plate To Get Right. First Glue All The Maple, Walnut or Spruce
Section Below For Detail 50.3 Top Braces To The Top, Cleanup The Glue And Shape
R 28.7 1 31/32" And Sand The Braces. Then Fit The Bridge Plate In
Very Carefully. It Should Be A Hardwood Plate, Approx
If You Decide To Place Binding On The Edge Of 3mm Thick Top Reinforcement To 3mm Thick. Grain Should Run 90 Degrees To The Top.
41.3 41.3 The Fingerboard, Make Sure You Follow The Prevent Top Cracking Alongside
1 5/8" Rosette Reinforcing Beneath
1 5/8" Direction On UGOL Website On Fret Repair. Fretboard. Typical Each Side Of
The Concentric Rossette
www.ultimate-guitar-online.com/fret-repair- Fretboard.
Inlays To Strengthen The Top
19.5 part1.html Where There Are Extensive Fret Repair Plate. Round Edges Where
And Installation Articles, Tools Required And Brace Key Numbers. Refer To
139.0 25/32" They Join The Top. Brace Diagram Plan For
5 15/32"
Fret Wire Detail Methods For Installing Frets On Fingerboards With
Binding. Bracing Layouts

Guitar Plan View


A Nice Touch Is To Counter-Sink The Drill Holes In Head With Drill Press. To Prevent A B
Washer Portion Of The Machine Tear-Out Place A Scrap Piece Of Wood Beneath
Heads Slightly Into The Guitar Head. Exit Hold Of Drill. Make Sure To Pre-purchase Ebony or East Indian Ebony or East Indian 25.4 11.4
Use A Forstner Flat-Bottom Bit For Your Machine Heads To Get The Hole Diameter 45.5 Rosewood Fretboard 49.8 Rosewood Fretboard 52.4 F 1" 7/16"
Exact. 1 25/32" w/9.5" (241mm) Radius 1 31/32" w/9.5" (241mm) Radius 2 1/16"
This Operation and Chuck It In A Drill
Press. Be Sure To Drill The 5.5 5.5 5.5
Countersink Before The Hole For The Many Luthiers Trim The Perimeter Of The 7/32" Two-way Adjustable 7/32" Two-way Adjustable 7/32"
Machine Head Posts. Peghead With Multi-layer Purfling of Wood Or Truss Rod Truss Rod
Plastic. I Prefer Wood. G

29/32"
1/4"
6.2

21.9

1/4"

1/4"
6.2

6.1
11.1
7/16"

23.1
11.1
7/16"
7/8"

Make Sure To Use High Quality Tuning Machines


Such As Grover or Schaller. Good Plating Is 65.1
2 9/16"
17/32"

Essential To Resist Weather And Perspiration


13.7

The Intersection Joint Of The Major Structural Braces or The "X" Brace Bridge Plate

21/32"
15.8

17.1
5/8"

R 406.4 Is Usually Constructed By Running One Of The Braces Through And


R 406.4 R 406.4 Butting The Other Brace On Either Side And Glueing. Then Cloth Dipped
In Glue Is Wrapped Around The Joint. I Feel This Is An Inferior Structural
Joint For Such An Important Brace. I Prefer To Cope Out One Brace And

Neck Section Neck Section Neck Section


Provide A Tongue And Groove Joint Here This Allows Both Braces To
Run Though And Gives A Large Glueing Area For The Braces. Refer To
The Bracing Diagrams For This Technique.

@ 1st Fret @ 6th Fret @ 10th Fret


513.8
20 7/32"

Dashed Lines Indicate Top Plate Location

13.1 13.1 Binding Around Edge of Instrument Kerfed Lining. Extend Above Wood Sides
1/2" 1/2" Butt at Global Centerline of the Instrument. About 1/32" (.8mm). After Glue Is Dry, Sand
This Trim Can Be Plastic, Celluloid or My 54.6 With A Flat Sanding Surface.
2 5/32"
Personal Favoriate - Solid Wood. When Fretting An Bound Fingerboard Cut Back This Gap Can Remain As It Will Be Routed
1/32" 3/16"

Tang Of Frets To Back Side Of Purfling. Carefully Mark Braces On The Top Of
4.8

Solid Ebony Fretboard or Indian Side Wood Out For the Purfling and Binding Channel
The Lining And Cut The Brace Channels
Rosewood.
Into The Lining As Required. These
3/16"

Wood Sides
4.8

Notch Kerfed Lining To Receive Brace End. Channel Are Best Cut With a Mini Router
5

42.6 If The Fretboard Is To Be Bound With The Brace Should Be Glued To Both The
22.0

Rout a .218" x .437" (5.54mm x 11.1mm) Such As A Dremel Roto-Tool


7/8"

Optional Contrasting Purfling. Miter Edges 1 11/16" 5.5 Purfling, Use Wood Veneer With Side Wood and The Channel In The Lining.
Channel To Receive The Double Action 7/32" Multi-Layer Colored Banding Such As
Where It Meets The Butt Trim and Discontinue Adjustable Truss Rod Mechanism.
At The Top of The Butt Trim Rosewood, Maple, Ebony Etc. Gap Can Remain As It Will Be Routed Out
For Purfling and Binding Channel
11.1
7/16"

3/8"
9.5

This Neck Detail Indicates The Use


22.0

32.9
7/8"

1 5/16" Of A Double-Action Adjustable Truss


Rod. Verify All Dimensions With The

Top Plate Detail


Optional Guitar End Button. Ebony or Bone Actual Truss Rod Prior To Routing Back Plate Glued In Place
Varies

Match Bridge Pins. Drill Hole And Use A Tapered The Neck For the Truss Rod.
4 11/32"

Back Brace Detail


22.0

27.1
Varies

Peg-Cutting Tool For Proper Fitting


7/8"

1 1/16" 3.2 9.5 9.5 3.2


1/8" 3/8" 3/8" 1/8"
Butt Trim: Often Vertical Solid Wood, Same Wood
Species As The Binding. Fabricate The Butt Trim
Sandwich First, Layout On Centerline Of The Sides Neck Section At 7th Fret This Is How The Instrument Should Appear
Varies

24.9
And Mark With A Sharp Woodworkers Marking Knife After The Back Plate Is Glued In Place.
Using Carbon Fiber
31/32"
And Cut With A Router or Chisel Out The Channel. Detail Is 2x Actual Side Top Plate Glued In Place.
6.3
1/4"
6.3
1/4"
Reinforcement Notch Kerfed Lining To Receive Brace End.
The Brace Should Be Glued To Both The
Varies

When Fretting An Bound Fingerboard Cut Back Side Wood and The Channel In The Lining.
Tang Of Frets To Back Side Of Purfling.
1/32"

Solid Ebony Fretboard or Indian


Rosewood.
5

25.0
31/32"
3/16"

If The Fretboard Is To Be Bound With


4.8

Rout a .218" x .437" (5.54mm x 11.1mm) Purfling, Use Wood Veneer With
Channel To Receive The Double Action Multi-Layer Colored Banding Such As
Purfling/Binding Detail Neck/Heel Section Adjustable Truss Rod Mechanism. Rosewood, Maple, Ebony Etc.

At Guitar Butt At Guitar Body This Neck Detail Indicates The Use
Of A Double-Action Adjustable Truss
Rod. Verify All Dimensions With The
Actual Truss Rod Prior To Routing

6.4
1/4"
The Neck For the Truss Rod.
Top Brace Detail
This Is How The Instrument Should Appear
After The Top Plate Is Glued In Place.
Neck Section At 7th Fret Detail Is 2x Actual Side

Using Carbon Fiber Note For Detailed Guitar & Uke Construction Instructions
Refer To Our Book "Guitar & Ukulele Construction
Reinforcement Handbook @ http://shopglss.com
This Drawing or Drawings Are To Used For One Use Only Sheet Number
Date: Jan. 8, 2014

Georgia Luthier Supply


And Not Reproduced For Any Other Purpose Than
Construction Of This Particular Instrument, and a One Time
Reproduction Only is Allowed Revisions: Dec 13, 2013

Dreadnought Guitar Plan D1


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David VerBurg AIA c 2013 Unless Noted Otherwise,
This Sheet Size Is Metric A0 Size Overall Size is 1189mm x These Plans Are Drawing
841mm With 15mm Borders On All Sides. For USA Full Scale. They Are
Customers Print On Architectural "E" (36" x 48") Without Labeled in mm and
Resizing For 1:1 Printout.
Fractional Inches