Recommended Reading

By | April 6th, 2016|2016 Workshop Diary, Workshop Diary|

Guitar Building Books, Tutorials and How-to Guides   In a day and age where apprenticeships are few and far between, most of us have to turn to books and the internet for our instruction in the art of Guitar Building, and there is a vast resource of materials to [...]

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Custom Guitar Build – The Archangel part 2 of 3

By | February 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|

The Archangel part 2 we are back with the Archangel Guitar being custom built for a client by Crimson Guitars luthier Tom. The distinctive body outline has been shaped and now we are carving.  The Triton jaws hold on to the body very well.  Tom is using Ben's angle grinder carving technique this removes a [...]

Custom Guitar Build – The Archangel part 1 of 3

By | February 9th, 2016|Custom Guitar Build|

220116 The Archangel This build began in early 2015 .  It is certainly one of our more unique designs for a custom client. This build was designed from the start to be BITCHIN', but on a budget. While trying to keep the quality and customisation known of Crimson Guitars, we designed it around using [...]

Building a guitar makers workbench part 1

By | November 6th, 2013|Workshop Diary|

061113 I am in desperate need of a new workbench.  The old one, which was supposed to be an upgrade, turned out to be something of a disappointment.. too short for my mix of hand and power tool use, too flimsy for anything more gentle than a light caress and less stable on its feet [...]

guitar builders basics podcast 5 – acid, zero fret and tone

By | November 4th, 2013|Workshop Diary|

This week I talk about the order in which I put my necks together, guitars built from a single piece of wood and the tone benefits.. or otherwise.. and more on a guitars tone.  How about zero frets and hairline cracks, Oxalic acid and binding plus we have a few links and tips from you [...]

guitar builders basics podcast 4

By | November 1st, 2013|Workshop Diary|

Episode 4 for the 28th of October 2013 This week we cover burning our guitars,a little, on purpose.  The hard maple soft maple hoohah!  Neck angle.. again.. this time I’m going to do some drawing!  To radius beam or not to radius beam? How about a fanned fret mitre box to make cutting multi-scale fretboards [...]

new workshop, new tools much fun

By | October 26th, 2013|Workshop Diary|

261013 A proper workshop diary for a change with a return to regular posts and a LOT of guitar making coming imminently!  For now though.. In between setting up the new Ltd company and workshops, with all the red tape that that entails we were booked to exhibit at two of the UKs biggest woodworking [...]

guitar builders basics podcast 3

By | October 25th, 2013|Workshop Diary|

episode 3 21/10/2013 post apocalyptic scorched guitar episode 3 of the Guitar Builders Basics guitar building podcast from for the 21/10/2013 - the post apocalyptic scorched guitar This week we talk about adding finish to a purposefully scorched guitar, luthiery during extreme changes in temperature, preparing for your first guitar build and the [...]

The Guitar Builders Basics video podcast episode 2 – losing our heads

By | October 14th, 2013|Workshop Diary|

Welcome to episode 2 of the Guitar builders basics video podcast from where your questions about all things luthiery will be answered by me, Ben Crowe, luthier-in-charge at the Uk's premier boutique guitar building workshops. Show notes - show 2: losing our heads This week we talk about headless tremolo systems, guitar templates and plans, [...]

The Guitar Builders Basics video podcast episode 1

By | October 10th, 2013|Workshop Diary|

Guitar Builders basics video podcast episode 1 On the 7th of October we uploaded the first in a new series of video podcasts, this is the latest development at Crimson Guitars and will be a weekly video supplementing our Workshop Diary blog (which will be starting up again very soon) and also the Crimson Guild [...]

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