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by Clay Schaeffer
Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:20 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Damaged goods
Replies: 25
Views: 13666

Re: Damaged goods

Most instruments will eventually develop a crack . I think guitars are especially prone to this. We hope that it doesn't happen for many years, but inevitably it gets left in a car trunk or next to a heat duct or some other place with extreme humidity. Building a responsive guitar is a balancing act...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Damaged goods
Replies: 25
Views: 13666

Re: Damaged goods

For a "fancy" instrument where looks are almost as important as sound, that is otherwise "new", I would consider it to have lost 1/2 it's value. If it was a Plain Jane model I would say a minimum of 25% reduction in price.
If it was an antique instrument it probably wouldn't take as bad a hit.
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:05 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Repairing a crack with humidity issues?
Replies: 4
Views: 4057

Re: Repairing a crack with humidity issues?

Humidify it until it does fully close, then repair it with hot hide glue.
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Legal ivory: caveats?
Replies: 19
Views: 14164

Re: Legal ivory: caveats?

I wonder how you tell African elephant ivory from Asian elephant ivory when it's cut in small pieces?
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:23 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: I just broke my first truss rod
Replies: 5
Views: 5163

Re: I just broke my first truss rod

Hi Mark, I think you are on the right track. You are being as fair as you can be. Hopefully your customer will feel the same way. It might be the first one you have broken, but it probably won't be the last. Some truss rods won't adjust the necks properly, may be already damaged, and how tightly the...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:19 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Finishing a carved banjo neck
Replies: 5
Views: 3858

Re: Finishing a carved banjo neck

Fisheye eliminator is silicone based. Adding small amounts don't seem to harm the finish. It has been known to contaminate the equipment and spray area and make it's continued use necessary (although there is some debate on this). I've never heard of the armor all / truoil combo but will be interest...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:41 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: new simple banjo design
Replies: 23
Views: 17698

Re: new simple banjo design

Hi Jon,
Nice use of "found" material. It might also lend itself to use for banjo uke heads. Have you experimented with other plastics? Milk jugs might give a nice semi-frosted type head.
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:15 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Woodburning on the soundboard - adverse effects??
Replies: 18
Views: 5490

Re: Woodburning on the soundboard - adverse effects??

Rather than adding a veneer I would be inclined to leave the soundboard slightly thicker to compensate for the depth of the burned areas. I have seen some dulcimers with wood burned designs in the soundboards, but the burning is pretty shallow, much less than 1/2 a millimeter.
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:03 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Brace thickness for an acoustic 5 string?
Replies: 5
Views: 4024

Re: Brace thickness for an acoustic 5 string?

Hi Len,
Another possibility you might want to consider is making it a 4 string Plectrum guitar. This is similar to a tenor guitar but has the longer scale and a lower tuning. They are somewhat rare these days but have been used by banjo/guitar crossover players in the past.
by Clay Schaeffer
Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:25 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tap Tuning
Replies: 33
Views: 21316

Re: Tap Tuning

Hi Craig, The bridge acts as a "bridge" to carry the vibrations across from the string to the top. The material it is made of creates an impedance mismatch which can be helpful to do this. Different materials create different impedances which is why some materials make better bridges than others. Th...
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:25 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ringing on my G notes.
Replies: 7
Views: 3772

Re: Ringing on my G notes.

You might check the nut or saddle. Sometimes they will wear and cause something like that to happen.
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:34 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Sweated on my bare wood. Now what?
Replies: 5
Views: 3902

Re: Sweated on my bare wood. Now what?

Hi Dave,
Most people don't sweat oil. A quick wipe down with a damp cloth should remove any sweat ( and salt?) stains that may be on the wood. This may raise the grain a little so you may have to follow up with a light scraping to smooth the wood.
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:08 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Legal ivory: caveats?
Replies: 19
Views: 14164

Re: Legal ivory: caveats?

Boone trading company cuts and sells African elephant ivory in the United States. Not arguing the ethics of it, only the legality.
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Violin rib thickness....why?
Replies: 19
Views: 17399

Re: Violin rib thickness....why?

Somewhere I read that " Del Gesu" was a hack, compared to Stradivari and others when it came to construction of the instruments, but that he managed to make them sound great in spite of that.
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:04 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Legal ivory: caveats?
Replies: 19
Views: 14164

Re: Legal ivory: caveats?

Unless the Lacey act has changed things, I believe elephant ivory that is "preban" (1989) is still legal to buy and sell across state lines. You might inquire at the Boone Trading Co. for the particulars on these laws as ivories are what they deal in. If you do use it make sure your cousin is aware ...
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:41 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 100 mile guitar - what woods to use?
Replies: 27
Views: 16990

Re: 100 mile guitar ??

I have an old parlor guitar that has spruce or fir back and sides with rosewood veneered over it. Richard Schneider built some classical guitars with redwood backs. Softwoods have been used for back and side wood with some success in the past and by at least one luthier who was certainly more than a...
by Clay Schaeffer
Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:36 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Old violin -renew fingerboard?
Replies: 7
Views: 7396

Re: Old violin -renew fingerboard?

Hi Jane, The original may not have originally been 1/8". If the fiddle was played a lot it may have had divots sanded out of it several times in the past. With violins the break angle, and down bearing, as well as bridge height for playability, are more important than the thickness of the fingerboar...