Lutherie Guides

How To: Compound Radius Router Jig

A pictorial guide to help you construct a router jig capable of creating perfect compound-radius fretboards. Make sure you check the videos at the end!

How To: Circle/Radius Cutting Jig

A simple yet effective router jig for making circular cuts – this is pretty much the standard for any carpenter or luthier – even a bit more complex.

Compound Radius Calculator

A complete toolset for calculating the measurements to achieve the most perfect fretboard construction possible – your action will never be lower than this!

How To: Radius Sanding Block Jig

A pictorial guide to help you build a router/dremel jig for creating your own radiused sanding blocks. Price and parts are minimal.

How To Fretdress Your Guitar Flawlessly

Learn how to perform a professional fret dress on your guitar. Tool links and detailed diagrams will help guide you along the way.

How to Make a Bone Nut

A detailed walkthrough to teach you the process of making a new bone nut for your guitar from scratch – you need to know this to get perfect action!

Fret Distance Calculator

A helpful application to do all of the math required fretting a guitar (or bass) – particularly useful for non-standard scale lengths.

How to Set Up a Guitar (Perfectly)

This guide walks you through every step in the process of performing a professional setup and achieving the perfect action at home. Tool links included.

Figured Guitar Wood Guide

A guide to figured wood types – take an in-depth look at how these fascinating patterns are formed. Even professional luthiers can learn something new here.

How to Choose the Right Wood for your Guitar

This guide will walk you through the very first step in the guitar-making process: cutting down the tree. You should know this stuff before you go buy wood!