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Watch a Guitar Get Made From Scratch in This Documentary

Ever taken a look at a handmade, luthier-crafted guitar and wondered how such a complex instrument could be made from scratch? If so, then we've got the video for you.

Shot by Stereokroma (opens in new tab) at luthier Michael Greenfield (opens in new tab)'s workshop in Montreal over the course of five months, this hour-long documentary shows – in remarkable detail – the process of crafting an acoustic guitar. You get a front-row seat as slices of spruce, ebony, and mahogany are transformed into beautiful guitars.

For those who love guitars, woodworking, or both, this is pretty hard to beat.

For those keeping track, this particular guitar, according to Stereokroma, features Florentine cutaways with spalted beech rosettes, violin-style body purflings and simple decorative purflings along the edges, Laskin style arm rests, and rib rests, among other features.

For more on Michael Greenfield and his instruments, head on over to greenfieldguitars.com (opens in new tab).

Jackson Maxwell
Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.