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Technical Articles from Master Luthier George Goumas

Re-Fretting a Guitar

The two most popular means of fret installation are the Hammer-In and Press-In methods. The technique of using a hammer to install frets requires years of experience and great skill, while the second option is somewhat amateurish, and requires nothing … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Modern Frets

Throughout history, frets have evolved from strands of sinew tied to the necks of primitively hewn instruments, to strips of bone and ivory, pieces of solid silver, brass and bronze, and now, specially compounded wire which is extruded through shaping … Continue reading

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Preparing An Instrument For The Installation Of Frets

The Primary Commandment Of Lutherie: “Preparation…Preparation….Preparation” Reading The Neck In a prior article, we learned about how wood responds to the five natural forces. We also learned that wood is not a predictable, or consistent medium, and that successive planks … Continue reading

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Maintenance Of The Guitar Neck

Many musicians don’t realize when their guitars and basses need servicing. Some of these folks wait until an instrument has played its last clear note before they decide to have it examined and appraised for restorative work. If you have … Continue reading

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Understanding The Guitar Neck

Most stringed instrument necks are fashioned from wood. Wood is a remarkable medium. It’s cellular makeup gives it its unique ability to absorb and transmit energy efficiently, and depending on the particular species, wood can transform vibration into sounds and … Continue reading

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