Making a Concert Classical Guitar

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A video preview of John Bogdanovich's 10 DVD set.

Video Transcription

[on-screen text reads: Now Available from J.S. Bogdanovich Guitars]

Preview of Making a Concert Classical Guitar with John S. Bogdanovich

John Bogdanovich: Hi, I'm John Bogdanovich and I build concert classical guitars right here in the shop. A few years ago, I wrote the book, Classical Guitar Making, a Modern Approach to a Traditional Design, and the reader response was phenomenal. Everyone asked the same question though, "When is the DVD series coming out?" So many people asked that I decided it had to be done, but I didn't want to just repeat the book. Now, in this DVD series, not only am I using my current design which has evolved and been refined over time to give the sound that I was trying to find, I'm also going to use all of the techniques that I currently use which have also evolved over time. There's a lot of new techniques and there's also going to be a new design.

[Video shows John going through all of the stages of building a classical guitar]

This 10 DVD instructional series will demonstrate how to make a concert classical guitar from beginning to end and provide lots of helpful information on tools and materials along the way. A complete set of full size plans and acetates for the guitar, as well as drawings for most of the jigs and fixtures used in this video series are also included.

And it really does make a difference, especially when you peek inside the guitar and you see the finish in there. It has a purpose besides looking good. It really does cut down on the moisture exchange. And if you have spraying equipment, by all means, you can spray the shellac on these.

Now, this particular wheat that we're going to use on this guitar is made at a 30 degree angle, and it's cut at a 30 degree angle. And these are the types of wheat motifs that'll come out of this stick. And notice all the hash marks are on a 30 degree angle.

Now, as I get up into here, I like to use a file with a safe edge. Notice that the file marks have been shaved off of this edge. That edge won't cut so that's the edge I want up against the guitar. And again, this waist area is important. You want to always measure from that same waist area. That's why we're not taking it off here and pushing it forward. Now that fits right.

Now we need to check the setup before we put the fingerboard on, not after. I'm going to put the dummy nut up here and I've got a dummy saddle and bridge here, which is going to give me approximately the height of the strings above the top, it's 11 and a half millimeters. It's front edge is approximately position of the saddle. Now I'm going to take this ruler.

Before we glue on the bridge we need to fit the nut and the saddle in their respective slots because we use the nut and the saddle to actually position the bridge with this stick. And always the gears at the bottom, poke them in the holes. There you go.

I hope this DVD series will help you to achieve your goal in building a fine concert quality classical guitar.

[on-screen text reads: Available Now at and at most luthier and wood working supply companies]



John Bogdanovich

Author and Founder of J.S. Bogdanovich Guitars

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