video title: Mark Dobbins on Guitar Parts
video link: http://youtu.be/wcUKLt2geds
video source: SacTVnews
published on YouTube on March 4, 2013

more info: Dobbins Guitars
duration 8:38 minutes

Mark Dobbins Explains Why Guitar Parts Matter
SacTV.com "Video of the Day" review by Alex Cosper on March 4, 2013

Here is the fifth and final segment in a series of SacTV videos interviews with custom guitar designer Mark Dobbins. This segment focuses on specific guitar parts and how they affect tone quality. Even bridges and nuts, which are the small parts that strings rest on, need to be decent quality. Effective bridges are usually made out of ebony or rosewood as plastic has been proven to be inferior since it can crack. Nuts can be made out of animal bone or ivory. Again, plastic nuts and saddles are inferior. These guitar parts are often overlooked but are important for transferring tone. The tuning gears also need to be made out of sturdy metal materials, which help keep the strings in tune. The more fine tuned these gears are, the better the instrument will stay in tune. Frets must be parallel, level, polished and crowned. The strings must also be parallel to the fretboard to create even action for faster playing and better tone. While the inlay, which is the design on the headstock, is important for design, it is strictly a cosmetic issue. Mark says that the tone and playability of the guitar are the two most essential factors in a guitar holding or gaining in value. He says that a guitar can be old and beat up and still be valuable if it has a nice tone.

Check out all five SacTV video interviews with Mark Dobbins:

Alex Cosper Interviews Mark Dobbins
How Mark Dobbins Makes Guitars
Mark Dobbins on Guitar Quality
Mark Dobbins on Guitar Restoration
Mark Dobbins on Guitar Parts


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