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by Gilbert Fredrickson
Sun Mar 07, 2021 12:53 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A New Solera With Sides.
Replies: 9
Views: 1226

Re: A New Solera With Sides.

Thanks, Brent. The "mega mold" is a favorite. I know what you mean about neck angle, too. Clay, I reference Pablo Requena and Michael Thames often. It is Pablo's video on soleras and molds that has me asking questions. I think maybe 2mm forward neck angle and 3mm dome. I can shim the neck and hollow...
by Gilbert Fredrickson
Mon Mar 01, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A New Solera With Sides.
Replies: 9
Views: 1226

Re: A New Solera With Sides.

Yes, the built up solera has been working for me. I still plane the arches for the top and back dome into the braces. I simply swap out the cork shims for the 2 steel strings and 2 nylon string guitars I build. I could use everything, including the Torres side bending form, as is and make adjustment...
by Gilbert Fredrickson
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A New Solera With Sides.
Replies: 9
Views: 1226

Re: A New Solera With Sides.

Thanks. I guess it comes down to how I want to build it. This would be exclusive to the 1943. I'd still have my Cumpiano workboard. I remember my first guitar. I was so surprised it was playable. I just followed the book. I just made two molds for Early Romantic guitars. They'll have dovetail neck j...
by Gilbert Fredrickson
Sat Feb 27, 2021 3:37 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hauser Sr. Vienna Style Guitars.
Replies: 6
Views: 1903

Re: Hauser Sr. Vienna Style Guitars.

I recently built tops for two Early Romantic guitars. One is traditionally braces, with added 2mm arch carved into the bracing of the lower bout, the other is a five fan braced top, domed 3mm in the lower bout, for a guitar increased from 11.75" to 13" lower bout. The larger guitar will have a 24.75...
by Gilbert Fredrickson
Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Thicknessing Binding.
Replies: 13
Views: 2494

Re: Thicknessing Binding.

I've been looking for an excuse to buy the little Bridge City Mini block plane with depth skids. I could make a jig with a plane blade and pull the binding under the blade while adjusting the cut/scrape depth, but that little block plane is really cool.
by Gilbert Fredrickson
Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Homemade flush cut/ veneer saw
Replies: 6
Views: 1725

Re: Homemade flush cut/ veneer saw

That's a keeper!
by Gilbert Fredrickson
Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:33 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hauser Sr. Vienna Style Guitars.
Replies: 6
Views: 1903

Re: Hauser Sr. Vienna Style Guitars.

Everyone I ask says these guitars have no longitudinal arch in the top.
by Gilbert Fredrickson
Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A New Solera With Sides.
Replies: 9
Views: 1226

A New Solera With Sides.

I build the 1888 Torres guitar following the Cumpiano book to the letter: 0 neck angle, top dome planed into the lower harmonic brace, assembled "free style." I use molds for my steel string guitars. I'm thinking I would like to make a solera with sides for the 1943 Hauser plan. My question is wheth...
by Gilbert Fredrickson
Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:03 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Thicknessing Binding.
Replies: 13
Views: 2494

Re: Thicknessing Binding.

That's really great advice, Allen. Thank you. I remember Rik Middleton's book mentions inserting purfling in a gap left between the side and the binding strip when using matched offcut binding from the sides. He leaves a gap when glueing the binding. Really complicated. I don't think he bent the pur...
by Gilbert Fredrickson
Sat Feb 06, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 12 fret 000 / 14 fret body shape
Replies: 7
Views: 1540

Re: 12 fret 000 / 14 fret body shape

Dana Bourgeois, 00‑12 Fret Coupe. Add a "0" and Bob's your uncle. I recommend 12 fret guitars. I'm interested in the 12 fret, slope shoulder Dreadnaught guitars.
by Gilbert Fredrickson
Mon Feb 01, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Veneer Saw.
Replies: 6
Views: 1405

Re: Veneer Saw.

Yes. I use a really low angle when I pull the blade across the veneer. A curved blade would definitely improve the cut edges of the purfling strips. Thanks.
by Gilbert Fredrickson
Sun Jan 31, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hauser Sr. Vienna Style Guitars.
Replies: 6
Views: 1903

Re: Hauser Sr. Vienna Style Guitars.

I'm assuming the Vienna style Hauser guitars have very little transverse arch in the top. What I can't see is a longitudinal arch in the top. There is a pronounced longitudinal arch in the back.
by Gilbert Fredrickson
Thu Jan 28, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Veneer Saw.
Replies: 6
Views: 1405

Re: Veneer Saw.

Thanks, Barry. I'll let you know how it works out.
by Gilbert Fredrickson
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Veneer Saw.
Replies: 6
Views: 1405

Veneer Saw.

I've been using a razor knife to cut veneer strips for purfling. It works okay when I carefully make multiple passes. Is a veneer saw a better tool to use for this. The veneers are usually stacks of 0.010 and 0.020 dyed maple. Thanks.
by Gilbert Fredrickson
Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hauser Sr. Vienna Style Guitars.
Replies: 6
Views: 1903

Hauser Sr. Vienna Style Guitars.

Is there a longitudinal arch in the tops of these guitars?
by Gilbert Fredrickson
Thu Jan 21, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Thicknessing Binding.
Replies: 13
Views: 2494

Thicknessing Binding.

I cut it on a table saw and set up a fence on the spindle sander. Is this wrong? It seems to work okay. Is there a better way?
by Gilbert Fredrickson
Thu Jan 21, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?
Replies: 22
Views: 3512

Re: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?

IGaging 24" or 36" Precision Straight Edge! They have a flat edge and a tapered edge with lots of precise little markings.
by Gilbert Fredrickson
Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy
Replies: 26
Views: 9506

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

That is a beautiful set of Walnut. Beautiful rosette, too. As I have taken a vow of Rosewood and Maple only, I must look away. Great job.
by Gilbert Fredrickson
Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:38 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 24"x4"×3" Neck Blanks
Replies: 5
Views: 4062

Re: 24"x4"×3" Neck Blanks

Thanks. For sunburst finishes I use a 30×1×3 and generously apply the tobacco brown toner. These will have really silky Kermodie Lutz tops. They're to nice to hide under a burst. Thanks for your help.
by Gilbert Fredrickson
Wed Dec 09, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: The Ol' Vintage Amber.
Replies: 1
Views: 1197

Re: The Ol' Vintage Amber.

The top I'm using is so nice, I'm hesitant to use any dye on it. Maybe a couple of coats of blonde shellac to seal it before the lacquer clear coats. The Mahogany might be happy with some dark pore fill and a slathering of garnet bug vomit before I blast it with toxic aerosols. That's about all the ...