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Classical Guitar Side Mold

This guitar side mold is used to accurately bend guitar sides by laminating the wood as demonstrated in the guitar making book and DVD. CNC for accuracy the pre-assembled the mold will produce consistently shaped sides. The mold can also be used to install linings. Materials to make the glue cauls for the mold are included. The shape of the mold is identical to the guitar plans for both the book, DVD and ’37 Hauser classical guitar.


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The classical guitar side mold is made of MDF and has been cut on a CNC machine for ultimate accuracy. The shape is identical to that in the plan and template sets. The mold can be used to both laminate sides and install linings as demonstrated in the  book “Classical Guitar Making: A Modern Approach to a Traditional Design” and the 10-DVD box set Classical Guitar Making by John Bogdanovich. The shape and dimensions of the mold are the same as that of a ’37 Hauser classical guitar.

Three pieces of pre-bent masonite thinned to .090″ and 16 pieces of 3 3/4″ x 3/4″ x 3/4″ MDF are included to create glue cauls necessary to distribute clamp pressure.  It is recommended that the mold be shellaced before use to reduce moisture exchange with the environment and improve stability.

*The weight of the side mold may make it impractical for international shipping

Classical guitar side mold kit consists of:

  • Side mold 3-3/4″ high for laminating sides for the guitar in book & DVD
  • 3 pieces of .090″ thick pre-bent masonite for side mold cauls
  • 16 pieces of MDF for clamp pads on the side mold caul

(verified owner)

I just bought my second one of these; following John’s video instructions makes side construction ‘easy’ and they are strong and stable/rigid. I bought a second mold to speed up the building process.

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Weight15 lbs
Dimensions26 × 15 × 4 in
Scale Length

640mm, 650mm