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by Brian Evans
Fri May 22, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Neck Laminations and Glue choice
Replies: 10
Views: 897

Re: Neck Laminations and Glue choice

I've only ever used titebond, based on the Benedetto book advice. Never had the first issue.
by Brian Evans
Sun May 17, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bridge height, how low can you go?
Replies: 5
Views: 392

Re: Bridge height, how low can you go?

With respect to the oft-quoted "rules" that downward pressure and large surface areas in a bridge footprint are required to "drive the top" and "transfer all the string energy", I say bunk. Physics does not agree. Simply take the example of a tuning fork. A tuning fork terminates with a round sphere...
by Brian Evans
Sun May 17, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bridge height, how low can you go?
Replies: 5
Views: 392

Re: Bridge height, how low can you go?

I did the experiment that Allan alludes to, varying the break angle over an archtop bridge. I went from around 22 degrees, which developed between 50 and 60 lbs of pressure on the top and really killed the sound, down to 12 degrees, which develops around 30 - 35 lbs of down pressure, and freed up th...
by Brian Evans
Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Shellac as sealer under nitro
Replies: 4
Views: 907

Re: Shellac as sealer under nitro

You might need to dewax the fresh shellac as you prepare it. Personally I'd use the Zinsser spray shellac, it's dewaxed quite well. In any case, dewaxed shellac is great as a seal coat.
by Brian Evans
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Truss rod channel
Replies: 5
Views: 2901

Re: Truss rod channel

My necks are designed such that I can cut the channel on my table saw. That is a nice jig.
by Brian Evans
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bridge installation
Replies: 5
Views: 3994

Re: Bridge installation

I use a scale length calculator (this one: https://www.liutaiomottola.com/formulae/compensation.htm ) to determine exactly where I want each saddle for the scale length and string gauges I plan to use (unless I already know because I've done it before and wrote it down). I set the saddles in the bri...
by Brian Evans
Sun Mar 08, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: What do you use a router for in classical/acoustic guitar making?
Replies: 11
Views: 5914

Re: What do you use a router for in classical/acoustic guitar making?

I desperately hate using routers, to me they are a tool of the devil. I calm them down by using jigs or a router table wherever possible. I use them to cut neck joint mortices, to shape headstocks, to cut binding channels, to trim top and back to fit sides after glue up, to round over sides of elect...
by Brian Evans
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: open discussion about binding/purfling fitting
Replies: 23
Views: 9037

Re: open discussion about binding/purfling fitting

Nice discussion. My adds will be kind of simplistic, because I use plastic binding and do relatively simple takes on archtops. The tailpiece of an archtop kind of negates a need to do a superb job of matching at the tail, because the tailpiece mount covers that area. I use the Stewmac binding gluer ...
by Brian Evans
Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: dobro string height vs tension question
Replies: 7
Views: 3357

Re: dobro string height vs tension question

Thanks guys. You'll note that in my original post I stated the tension from the strings I selected, so I really wasn't asking a tension question. I was more asking a bending stress question from the effect of the tension acting on the neck - the farther away from the center of the neck the strings a...
by Brian Evans
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: dobro string height vs tension question
Replies: 7
Views: 3357

dobro string height vs tension question

I have recently decided to play my round neck Gold Tone PBR-CA - quite a modern resonator designed by Paul Beard and made by Gold Tone - as a lap style instrument. I know that the tension of a typical resonator string set tuned to high G tuning (GBDGBD) is fully not recommended for a round neck inst...
by Brian Evans
Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Makeshift Alternative for Tone Woods?
Replies: 5
Views: 4243

Re: Makeshift Alternative for Tone Woods?

Use the tin top of the box, just put some posts or a cross brace under the bridge. I've seen them at flea markets, sound fine. People use one or three strings and play them bottleneck style. Very fun
by Brian Evans
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph
Replies: 43
Views: 20633

Re: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph

Michael, I always assumed it was nitro-cellulose, but I don't actually know. I'll ask on the pre-NY epiphone facebook page. The colour is in the finish, not a stain, fwiw.
by Brian Evans
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: A Different Way of Steam Bending
Replies: 8
Views: 2430

Re: A Different Way of Steam Bending

Is the inside/outside mold in the fifth picture a drying/cooling press? All of the forms need to be exact versions of each other, I imagine.
by Brian Evans
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: It's Been a While
Replies: 11
Views: 4120

Re: It's Been a While

Nice to have you back, Gordon, and my sympathies for your loss.

Brian from Tatamagouche.
by Brian Evans
Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: CE marking for electric guitar
Replies: 6
Views: 3329

Re: CE marking for electric guitar

It's European market only, and you need to document the testing, and you may need to engage a lab to do the testing. I did find this; https://f2labs.com/technotes/2019/01/11/rohs-2011-65-eu-and-a-tale-of-three-guitars/ which I believe is by a firm that consults in eu CE testing. It said that electri...
by Brian Evans
Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: MIMF Archtop Guitar Project
Replies: 64
Views: 100649

Re: MIMF Archtop Guitar Project

I don't mind if you don't use the neck I made. After this time, I might not be satisfied with it either, I kind of screwed up the binding on the headstock. It was an approach I experimented with, maple and walnut I think, jatoba fretboard, to make a grid pattern on the heel. The joint is 100% Benede...
by Brian Evans
Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph
Replies: 43
Views: 20633

Re: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph

That part of the tailpiece is not reproduced (not to that pattern, anyway), and can be easily repaired by a jeweler - mine was decades ago. The two bails that hold the strings are quite available.
by Brian Evans
Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: 7 course renaissance lute
Replies: 7
Views: 2051

Re: 7 course renaissance lute

7 courses, 13 strings. Which string is not doubled, and why? You have me very curious! :)
by Brian Evans
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph
Replies: 43
Views: 20633

Re: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph

My 1946 Epi's frequensator cracked there and was brazed/soldered, and has stood the test of time since. It's a sunburst, they did sunbursts on most guitars up to the advent of TV and the desire to be a bit more stand-out, I think. Sunbursts sometimes get accused of covering up less desirable wood ch...
by Brian Evans
Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: need basic P-bass setup advice.
Replies: 5
Views: 2053

Re: need basic P-bass setup advice.

When setting intonation on a long scale bass like a P-bass, is it common to have the G and D saddles in roughly the same place? I was somehow expecting the normal-for-a-guitar slant to the break points over the saddles.