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Tonetech’s first “education” event was held on July 16th 2017. Guitar Maker, Jim Fleeting gave a fascinating presentation on the subject of the guitar soundboard. He covered all aspects of soundboard design and construction.

The audience were treated to some “insider” secrets that Jim had learned during his training at the Roberto Venn Luthier school in America, and during seminars given by Ervin Somogyi on soundboard voicing.

We learned about the relationship between soundboard thickness, soundhole dimensions and positions, and bracing patterns. The presentation was a helpful mixture of science and opinion and the attendees left the session knowing how they can control the voicing of the guitars they want to build.

We had a practical session on choosing a soundboard, both for it’s visual appeal and it’s sound properties. The whole audience was involved at one time practicing “tapping” the soundboard blanks so they can distinguish between “good and bad” soundboards.

 

 

After the session, the Tonetech Staff spent a happy half hour tapping all our stock of soundboards so we can help our customers choose their favourite.

Log SplittingIn addition to the soundboard lecture we were treated to a demonstration of traditional log splitting by Tony Williams. Tony, a lifelong Antique furniture restorer, demonstrated the use of traditional log splitting tools on some laburnum logs that are now being dried to become fingerboards in 12 months’ time.


Throughout the whole event the attendees had opportunities to talk one to one with Jim and Tony, and to chat with each other to exchange views and opinions on guitar making. The feedback for the event has been tremendous so we’re looking forward to planning the next one!

18 Jul 2017 14:42:02 By Bill Quinn

Bailey Online Guitar Courses

Bailey Online Guitar Courses

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8 May 2017 08:51:00 By Bill Quinn Technical Corner,
TONE UP 3D Bass Bridge

TONE UP 3D Bass Bridge

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14 Apr 2017 11:22:00 By Bill Quinn New Products,
Rocklite Ebano Binding, How does it Bend?

Here is a video featuring guitar maker, Rory Dowling, showing just how easy it is to bend Rocklite Ebano Binding

 

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14 Apr 2017 10:53:40 By Bill Quinn Technical Corner,

Tonetech Launch the all new Luthier Directory

Tonetech Launch the all new Luthier Directory

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Tonetech has provided a free of charge luthier directory, mainly aimed at UK luthiers, for the last 6 years.  The site was a bit tired and hard to update. 

We've invested in a new great looking directory which allows the luthiers to manage their own entry.  You can change the images, re-word the text, change address and contact details, to suit your changing circumstances.

How do you get a free entry?

First apply for a TonetchPro account.  Once this has been approved we shall email you access to the directory where you can load your profile.  If you'd rather we do this for you, email a couple of great images, one of which should be landscape in the proportion 375 x 195.  Let us have some about you blurb, contact details and we'll create your listing.

The directory is also open to luthiers around Europe.  We'll create new category countries so your local customer can find you.

27 Sep 2016 11:53:46 By Bill Quinn

The ToneBar is a new newsletter aimed at the Professinoal Luthiers and Repairers

Tonetech's "The ToneBar" is a virtual place where luthiers and repairers can hang out. We have several journalists writing for the ToneBar to bring information about our industry and doing business as a professional luthier and repairer.Read More
27 Sep 2016 10:55:50 By Bill Quinn

Tonetech's New TonetechPro Account

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In September Tonetech Launched new shopping website dedicated to Professional Luthiers and Repairers.

  • Discounts on our already low prices between 10% and 40%
  • Access to “The Tone Bar”, our trade newsletter with specially commissioned features relevant to luthiers.
  • Special Member only access to our Tonetech Pro website which gives you easy ordering from product lists.
  • Printed Tonetech Pro Price Lists for those who like a good read. Reward Points system giving you additional discounts on future purchases. Gotoh Product stock reserved for you. Take the stress out of ordering parts.
  • Free basic listing on our Luthier Directory. We make it easy for customers to find you. Over 1200 referrals each month from our directory.
  • Tonetech Pro only online bargain bin. Unique, odd sized, one-off or unusual items offered at low prices. Just what you’ve been looking for.

For more details:

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26 Sep 2016 10:38:42 By Bill Quinn
String Position Ruler

ToneTech String Position Ruler

Finding the position for the nut slots on a new nut can be fiddly. With the Tonetech String Position Ruler get accurate string spacing every time

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24 Feb 2016 10:15:00 By Bill Quinn Technical Corner,

Pete Howlett’s Neck Carving DVD

Pete Howlett’s Neck Carving

DVD Pete Howlett is a renowned builder of top quality Ukuleles that are appreciated by musi­cians the world over. With over 35 years of experience, his instruments really sing. He is now passing on this experience through this neck carving DVD.

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21 Dec 2015 13:23:04 By Bill Quinn New Products,

The Leonardo Guitar Research Project is challenging the need to use tropical hardwoods in Guitar Making.

The European Guitar Builders Symosium on 30th October 2015 presented a lecture by the Leonardo Guitar Research Project, that showed how fine instruments can be made from locally sourced, sustainable timbers. A “blind test” showed the audience that it was almost impossible to tell from the sound alone whether an instrument was made using a tropical tonewood versus a locally grown European wood.Read More
16 Nov 2015 10:42:18 By Bill Quinn
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