Some Assembly Required: How to Build Musical Instruments

How do acoustic guitars get that signature twang? Why are accordions are so loud? Get a close-up look at the nuts-and-bolts of building instruments in this playlist.

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Assignment Discovery: Violin and Viola Makers

Violin and viola makers talk about the importance of trees and finding the right wood to make an instrument. Learn more about making violins and violas on Discovery Channel's "Assignment Discovery."


Violin and viola makers talk about the importance of trees and finding the right wood to make an instrument. Learn more about making violins and violas on Discovery Channel's "Assignment Discovery."
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Assignment Discovery: Violin and Viola Makers

Both instrument and amplifier, acoustic guitars have come a long way from their origins hundreds of years ago.
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Factory Made: Acoustic Guitars

Accordions add key musical notes in this clip from The Science Channel's "How It's Made."
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How It's Made: Accordions

The Science Channel's "How It's Made" travels to the Swiss Alps to find out how mountain dwellers create the alpine horn.
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How It's Made: Alpine Horns

Learn about the process of assembling a banjo on Discovery Channel's "How It's Made."
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How It's Made: Assembly of a Banjo

The violin developed in the 1500s, evolving from a series of guitar-like instruments that musicians played with a bow. Check out this Science Channel video to see how this stringed instrument is made.
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How It's Made: Violins

Tour the Gibson guitar factory to see how a classic six-string Les Paul electric guitar is made.
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Some Assembly Required: Gibson Guitars

In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Some Assembly Required" watch how a guitar body is made.
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Some Assembly Required: Guitar Body

Learn how guitars get their shiny glaze at the Gibson Guitar Factory on Discovery Channel's "Some Assembly Required."
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Some Assembly Required: Guitar Buffing

The Gibson Guitar Factory is located in Nashville, Tennessee. Learn how vibrating guitar strings generate electricity on Discovery Channel's "Some Assembly Required."
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Some Assembly Required: Guitar Production

Learn how to attach guitar strings to a guitar on Discovery Channel's "Some Assembly Required."
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Some Assembly Required: Guitar Strings

Learn how the neck of a Gibson guitar is made on Discovery Channel's "Some Assembly Required."
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Some Assembly Required: Making a Guitar Neck

The piano arrives at the factory in several hundred pieces that need to be glued together and warped. Learn more about making the piano rim on Discovery Channel's "Some Assembly Required."
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Some Assembly Required: Making the Piano Rim

Piano keys are carefully constructed and tuned before they hit the salesroom floor. Learn more about piano keys in this clip from "Some Assembly Required" on Discovery Channel.
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Some Assembly Required: Piano Key Construction

Piano soundboards are made from spruce and they help resonate the sound from the strings out into the air. Learn about soundboard manufacturing in this clip from "Some Assembly Required" on Discovery Channel.
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Some Assembly Required: Piano Soundboard

The iron plate that is installed for the strings keeps the piano from imploding from 23 tons of tension. Learn more about pianos on Discovery Channel's "Some Assembly Required."
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Some Assembly Required: Pianos and Strings

A fretboard is placed on a guitar in order to give it a sharply defined pitch. Learn more about assembling a guitar and the fretboard on Discovery Channel's "Some Assembly Required."
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Some Assembly Required: The Guitar Fretboard

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