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Acoustic guitar saddle: how to cut the slot

Issue 271 September 22, 2016

Dan Erlewine's working on a World War II era Gibson flattop. He explains that during wartime, some experienced factory guitar makers were replaced by temps. Maybe that's why this guitar's saddle was in the wrong place. Here's how he fixed it.
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About the guitar in this video: This 1942 Gibson LG-2 is all mahogany. It's often called a "banner" model because of the peghead decal: a banner reading "Only A Gibson Is Good Enough."

Music: Thanks to our friend, Dakota Dave Hull for the music!

blankIn this Trade Secrets video:
  • checkmarkRepositioning the saddle to play in tune
  • checkmarkUsing a jig to guide the router
  • checkmarkDowncut router bit for a clean cut
  • checkmarkPlunge cut: connect the dots