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by Martin Taylor
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Les Paul done and dusted!
Replies: 11
Views: 4215

Re: Les Paul done and dusted!

Thanks everyone. Very nice! How did you bend your maple bindings? Especially around the lower horn? I use a technique shown to me by Wyatt Wilkie, an amazing guitar maker on Vancouver Island. I have a soldering iron with a temperature control. I set it to the lowest temp (which is plenty hot) and th...
by Martin Taylor
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Les Paul done and dusted!
Replies: 11
Views: 4215

Re: Les Paul done and dusted!

Lovely guitar. I had to look up Australian Red Cedar, AKA Toona Ciliata, member of the mahogany family, according to the interweb. Stunning grain revealed on your instrument. That looks great! I too had never heard of Australian Red Cedar. what is the finish? Thanks, It's actually Toona Australis. ...
by Martin Taylor
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Les Paul done and dusted!
Replies: 11
Views: 4215

Les Paul done and dusted!

This is my version of the classic Les paul. Australian Re Cedar top (hand shaped), Mahogany body and neck, Rosewood fretboard, Maple bindings (body, neck and headstock), Ebony pickguard, and covers, Golden Age PAF pickups. I love carving the necks on my guitars and now that I am making a few carved ...
by Martin Taylor
Sat Jul 02, 2016 8:06 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My first archtop build
Replies: 3
Views: 3301

Re: My first archtop build

Wow! I am guessing this is not your first build though based on the binding and purfling details. Really looks fantastic. Thanks Mike, no, I have been building 'normal' steel strings and classicals for few years now and run The Australian Guitar Making School - Central Coast but this is my first 'c...
by Martin Taylor
Sat Jul 02, 2016 6:57 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My first archtop build
Replies: 3
Views: 3301

My first archtop build

So, this is my first archtop build. Soundboard: Englemann Spruce Back and sides: QLD Maple Neck: Australian Red Cedar Fretboard: Australian Gidgee Pickguard and headstock veneer: Gidgee Bindings: Curly Maple Pickup: Benedetto S6 I'm really pleased with the outcome, it is loud acoustically and sounds...
by Martin Taylor
Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:33 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Recycled timber small body
Replies: 5
Views: 2056

Recycled timber small body

So, to yet again try to reduce my impact on my bank balance (oh, and maybe the rainforests) I have embarked on another recycled timber guitar. The back and sides are from an old desk that was discarded on the roadside. From what I can tell it was manufactured in the 1950's from Tasmanian Mountain As...
by Martin Taylor
Fri Feb 07, 2014 8:08 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Wake me up, please. What are you working on?
Replies: 49
Views: 15521

Re: Wake me up, please. What are you working on?

My latest is a Tenor Guitar. I used my own plans for this and am really happy with the outcome. If anyone is interested in the plans let me know and I am happy to put up a link to them. Back and sides: River Red Gum Top: King Billy Pine Neck: Recycled Cedar (from an old fence paling) Fretboard and B...
by Martin Taylor
Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:24 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Using wood from antiques?
Replies: 17
Views: 5741

Re: Using wood from antiques?

Hi, this is a build I completed recently where the back and sides came from an old broken Silky Oak dressing table. The top is Celery Top Pine that was given to me, the neck is recycled cedar (from an old fence) and the fretboard and bridge are mulga wood. It was really an experiment and I am really...
by Martin Taylor
Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:28 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Fancy figured woods...
Replies: 97
Views: 45490

Re: Fancy figured woods...

Oh and another Australian timber, Blackwood. This is a piece from New South Wales.

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by Martin Taylor
Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:16 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Fretboard shaping jig
Replies: 40
Views: 36449

Re: Fretboard shaping jig

so are the pvc pipes attached or just loose between the angle aluminum and the wood strip so they roll as you move the jig? Hi John, The PVC pipes are screwed in place into the timber base and also bolted to the aluminium strips. The wood strips help hold the pvc too. I found that the pvc needs to ...
by Martin Taylor
Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:04 pm
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: Wouldn't it be nice to be able hear finished instruments?
Replies: 6
Views: 10184

Re: Wouldn't it be nice to be able hear finished instruments?

I use soundcloud to store any recordings I do. I think hearing the guitars is a great idea. I also like to find out about pickups that are suitable for acoustics etc. I am currently using a variety of LR Baggs pickups and they seem to be doing a great job. You can hear one of my latest builds here. ...
by Martin Taylor
Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:05 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Fancy figured woods...
Replies: 97
Views: 45490

Re: Fancy figured woods...

This is a Tiger Myrtle Acoustic I built recently.

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with the final guitar looking like this

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by Martin Taylor
Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:56 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Fretboard shaping jig
Replies: 40
Views: 36449

Re: Fretboard shaping jig

Well spotted Greg. The drawing isn't that accurate and my router bit is closer to the curve. If I make any more boxes, I'll certainly allow for the router bit depth. Thanks
by Martin Taylor
Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:57 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Fretboard shaping jig
Replies: 40
Views: 36449

Fretboard shaping jig

I thought I'd post up some pictures of my Fretboard shaping jig. I generally use Mulga or Gidgee for my fretboards. Both are very hard, fine grained timbers that finish beautifully but if you have ever had to use a sanding beam to get the shape you know how time consuming that is! I didn't invent th...
by Martin Taylor
Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:46 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Label design on a Mac
Replies: 7
Views: 3510

Re: Label design on a Mac

I use Adobe Illustrator for labels, and InDesign for Desktop Publishing. They used to be very expensive but are now cheaper under the new cloud licensing. Also as to the inks, you can get archival inks for most inkjet printers or at least refills blanks that can be filled with them. To protect my la...
by Martin Taylor
Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:07 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: First Comission.....
Replies: 3
Views: 1272

Re: First Comission.....

FB page liked! I am looking forward to see the build as it progresses.