Voicing a Steel String Guitar

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Voicing a Steel String Guitar

With Kent Carlos Everett
Learn how to build great tone into your guitars with this 2-DVD master class.

Producing consistently great sounding guitars is more than mere assembly. Defining the tone you want, and building it into your instruments, is the goal of this outstanding DVD set for intermediate and advanced luthiers. Kent Everett demonstrates the fundamentals of voicing an acoustic guitar with spruce soundboard and X-bracing. Kent is a highly respected luthier and a personable instructor, whose step by step methods have been refined through 30 years of guitarmaking and repair. The DVDs were recorded at a master lutherie class, and in Everett's own workshop.

2-DVD set, 263 minutes.

Contents in brief:
Defining how you want your guitar to sound
Factors that influence guitar tone
How braces and the bridge plate function
Tonal characteristics of spruces
Bracing shapes and positioning
Effects of top and back radii and thicknesses
What to listen for when tap-tuning the soundboard and back
Adjusting brace contours for the desired top deflection and tap-tuning response
Repositioning the X-braces to affect bass response
How the back and bindings affect tone
The relationship of soundhole size to loudness
Soundport positioning
Fine tuning the bridge shape

These DVDs are not "region-specific," and are intended for worldwide use.

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Some good stuff, but...

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We are all (hopefully) on the quest for consistently great tone. Any useful information toward this end is desirable and potentially valuable. This DVD contains some important and helpful tips, and is a good place to start. The section on really listening for, and learning to define, your tone is worth the price of the video. Where this DVD (and most other voicing techniques) comes up short is in addressing the absolute necessity of grading top wood for it's tonal potential before deciding to build with it. Mass per square inch is a vital piece of data that separates average top wood from great top wood. All the thicknessing, flexing, tapping, and brace-carving in the world can't make an average top into a great top. But there is a lot of good discussion and ideas in this DVD that will add to a builder's understanding of guitar tone.


Take your building to the next level

(Customer's Reviews)

A very well thought out and presented DVD on voicing. Kent does a great job of making a complicated subject understandable and the results repeatable. Has really helped my building and taking my craft to the next level!


A must have

(Customer's Reviews)

I am one of the lucky ones in as much as I have built enough guitars to have gotten to point where I am happy with the tone I have managed to achieve but here is a definite work that clarifies every thing you need to know to start achieving good results. A must have for any budding acoustic maker and thanks Kent for making sense of everything.

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