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A range of fingerboard blanks in a wide variety of timbers including Rosewood, Ebony, Ovangkol, Madagascar Rosewood, Pacific Blackwood. A variety of lengths covering classical through to bass guitars..
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.
Pete’s has a reputation for teaching at the International Ukulele Building School where he has trained hundreds of students over the years in his traditional, and often innovative techniques and processes.
In this detailed teaching DVD, Pete Howlett shows how to carve Gibson style and Classic style ukulele necks. These principles can also be applied to guitar necks as Pete goes from explaining the tools to use right through to the finished neck.
The subjects covered in the 2hr and 29 minute DVD are:
When joining body blanks or laminated necks most people use an assortment of G Clamps, sash clamps and other holding devices. Summit Professional Guitar Tools has worked to eliminate much of the setup and breakdown time for clamping while improving accuracy.
For Electric Guitar or Bass body blank clamping Summit have introduced a set of sash clamps that apply pressure in just the right place. These clamps can be joined together with support joining plates to form a sturdy bed on which to lay your body blank halves.
The clamps are low profile giving them stability and are made from industrial quality heavy duty tempered steel - hardened to 40 – 45 HRc. They are Nickel plated for rust resistance and easy cleaning.
The clamps are engineered to offer the best grip and maximum power transmission. The clamp jaws are angled slightly inwards to press the work down onto the clamp bed. The screw thread is engineered to give a strong clamping power coupled with speedy adjustment.
To ensure there is no “slip or slide” of the joint while the glue is still wet, simply apply a pair of the quick release holding clamps. The quick release clamps are supplied with two sizes of clamping plates, the larger is preferred for body blanks and the smaller for neck blank laminating.
Like most of the Summit Professional Luthier tool range they are aimed at saving time in a busy custom shop. The enthusiastic amateur will also find this clamping system will help to make an accurately glued body blank.
Here's a short video showing the clamps being used. Non-stick support plates are used here to prevent the assembly sticking to the clamps. These are also available from Tonetech.
Summit produce 2 sizes of fretting hammer, a 27mm head diameter and a 22mm head diameter.
Each hammer has a "softer" slightly cushioned face in a robust white plastic, and a harder clear amber plastic face. Summit suggest to use the softer face to knock in the frets and the harder face to do the final seating of the frets.
The 27mm diameter head hammer weighs 210 grams is for guitars and basses and the 22mm hammer weighs 170 grams for smaller instruments such as mandolins, banjos and ukuleles.
is a smart little clamping device that sits over the tuner post of an acoustic or electric guitar.
The string threads through holes in the EZString and through the post. After a short amount of winding the tuner the EZString grips the string so only a few more small turns of the tuner bring the string up to pitch. The EZString acts like a locking device on the tuner post.
These pliers are not just an adapted mole grip. They are made for pressing frets. Each plier is supplied with the same neck support as the bench mounted press, and a set of radius cauls. The pliers are simple to adjust and have a quick release lever on the end of the handle. Simple to set up, easy to use and a great time-saver. The pliers lock in place if you are gluing frets and the quick release lever makes quick work of moving from one fret to the next. The cauls supplied with the pliers are Flat, 7.25”, 12” and 16”. These are also available as individual cauls and the range includes 9.5”, 10”, 14” and 20”
For a short video showing the Summit Fret Pressing Pliers in action.
Tonetech Ltd provides luthier supplies, luthier tools, guitar paint and nitrocellulose lacquers across the UK and Europe. In addition to online sales our trade counter is located in Stockport, Cheshire and is open to the public and trade customers.