Open Source Luthiery

Like a lot of people, I'd never have got started building guitars if it wasn't for the fact that someone else spent time contributing knowledge to the community so that people like me could learn from their experience. Often this comes in the form of youtube videos explaining various techniques, but also includes things like design files.

As my way of trying to contribute back, in addition to writing up how I do various things on the blog, I'll also publish here design files under an open source license so that others can benefit from my efforts too.

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Fretboard design generator

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Generating fretboard layouts is tedious at best. Whilst there are lots of existing fret spacing calculators out there, they still require you enter the measurements into your design tool by hand, and I wanted to automate that process. Hence the existance of this - a simple webpage where you enter the details of the fretboard you want and it'll generate either an SVG or DXF file for you to import into either your design/CAD software or CAM workflow.

You can access the tool here, or find the source code here.