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Home : Trade Secrets Archive : Issue 204, Visiting Frank Ford, the King of Shop Tips!
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Frank Ford is the man behind frets.com, one of the richest sources of lutherie tips to be found anywhere. He's a skilled luthier, machinist and inventor. Spend a few minutes in Frank's shop at Gryphon Instruments, and you'll come away smarter!
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In this Trade Secrets Video:
Frank's setup for thickness-sanding acoustic bridge saddles
How to use hot hide glue without a heated pot
Brian Michael shares a tip from the benches at Taylor Guitars
Frank's custom tools will make you want to be a machinist!
Airbrush Outfit
Problem-solving products for this kind of work:
StewMac Accelerator
Aerosol makes super glue bonding even faster!
Whip Tips
Apply super glue exactly where you want it!
Jack The Gripper
Holds a standard 1/4" jack steady while you tighten or loosen the nut from the outside. A real work saver!
     
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3M Gold Fre-Cut Sandpaper
These sandpapers won't clog like traditional sandpapers, and they last twice as long!
StewMac Super Glue
First choice in guitar repair shops! Incredible bonding strength for quick jig-making, fretting, inlaying, finish touch-ups, and more.
Bleached White Bone Saddles
SHAPED and blank sizes. Traditional material favored for classic tone.
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