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Cloth for French Polishing

I have advised all makers of my guitars to construct the fingerboard a little wider than usual because this allows the fingers to stretch and they articulate better. This facilitates the clarity of phrases, the entire technique.

Andres Segovia, 1977



You are looking at $45 worth of fabric. The fabric to the left is Irish handkerchief linen, the material on the right is Nelona Swedish cotton made from 100 percent Pima cotton. I purchased this from Elfriede's Fine Fabrics in Boulder, Colorado, I couldn't find any decent linen or cotton at super fabric stores, my wife told me the best place to go was to Elfriede's, and of course she was right.

I'm starting to run a little short on T-shirt material which is what I've been using to apply shellac with. It works but it tends to leave swirl marks, I haven't decided if that is from using a 2 pound cut of shellac or if it is the material. I decided I need to try other fabric to french polish with and I can't see the point in being cheap about the materials that I use. I have a four day weekend next week, there are plenty of guitars here in the upstairs of our house for me to try out this new material on.

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  1. I have used paper towel and old tshirts and have been disapointed with both, a lot of dust nibs I think, let me know how this stuff works, If it works, it's worth it.

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