Lutherie Guides

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!

Tonecaps – Guitar Capacitors Guide

Ever wanted to know how a capacitor actually changes your guitar’s tone? Or know why different capacitors create different tones? This article is for you.