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by Clay Schaeffer
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic/electric dreadnaught, adjustable neck
Replies: 12
Views: 3764

Re: Acoustic/electric dreadnaught, adjustable neck

Nice looking guitars Peter, Adjustable necks kind of grow on you. One side affect of the travel guitar design I use is that the action is adjustable if some relief is added to the neck pocket. It uses a single socket head cap screw to attach the neck and adjust the angle. String tension acts as the ...
by Clay Schaeffer
Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 39
Views: 4678

Re: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught

Thanks for all your thoughts and advice - a lot for me to think about. Although I'd like every build to be a learning experience, in this case I'd rather do a good job using what I know how to do, rather than a poor job trying something too difficult. Any more suggestions welcome. I think you have ...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun May 31, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 39
Views: 4678

Re: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught

With the few commissions I have done I have the customer choose and supply the tuners - that is usually the single most expensive item on the guitar, so if they later decide they don't like them they can't blame me. I've used both Waverly open backs and Gotoh 510's. The Gotohs seemed smoother, but d...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun May 31, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help w cracked to repair from drop
Replies: 17
Views: 2115

Re: Help w cracked to repair from drop

If you have hot hide glue and can get it into the crack (again, assuming we are right and the wood is cracked) that would be better. If you are using CA as a finish repair it will most likely wick into any cracks that are not already filled with glue. Some superglue formulations eventually discolor ...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat May 30, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help w cracked to repair from drop
Replies: 17
Views: 2115

Re: Help w cracked to repair from drop

From looking at the pictures and seeing where the crack line of the finish is, I keep thinking the top buckled (and cracked?) at the relief rout. You would only feel the relief rout inside the guitar, but the top may be cracked along that same line. If that is the case I would be inclined to wick su...
by Clay Schaeffer
Fri May 29, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help w cracked to repair from drop
Replies: 17
Views: 2115

Re: Help w cracked to repair from drop

I've seen a guitar with multiple cracks and a three square inch hole in that area that held up structurally and sounded great (an old pre-1900 Martin). It is better to repair the damage and that was an extreme case. From the interior photos it looks like someone has reglued the top to the linings us...
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed May 27, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Using the Yonico FB radius bits
Replies: 6
Views: 1348

Re: Using the Yonico FB radius bits

Hi Steve, That looks like the hot setup. I used one to radius a fretboard and also had good luck with it using multiple shallow passes. My "jig" was heavy on hot melt and scrap particleboard. Eventually I will make something better. I cut the fret slots after radiusing the fretboard by kind of rolli...
by Clay Schaeffer
Mon May 25, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help request with my drum sander
Replies: 24
Views: 3600

Re: Help request with my drum sander

The precision we can expect from "home workshop" tooling is much less than an industrial tool might give. Two tenths of a millimetre is less than 8 thousandths of an inch. I would be very happy with that kind of accuracy with the woodworking tools I have. If it is truly a problem then a "work around...
by Clay Schaeffer
Fri May 22, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Did I plane my sides too thin?
Replies: 10
Views: 2095

Re: Did I plane my sides too thin?

There is one thing to keep in mind when you use thin sides. You need to keep your bindings flush or a hair proud. Some people suggest leaving the bindings slightly set in, and sanding the sides to meet the bindings. If your sides are already at the lower limit you want to avoid much additional sandi...
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu May 21, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Did I plane my sides too thin?
Replies: 10
Views: 2095

Re: Did I plane my sides too thin?

Some classical guitars have sides that are only 1/16th inch thick which is what you are dealing with in only a few spots. OM guitars aren't any deeper. You might add a couple of extra side braces, but if they bend o.k. I would use them.
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed May 20, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Anyone Building Spinets
Replies: 30
Views: 14151

Re: Anyone Building Spinets

Hi Jim, If I ever run out of Formica scraps I know a few dumpsters I can raid. I still build a few HPL bodied instruments, fun little stick dulcimers and a few ukuleles. The last guitar I used it on was a "Formica Blanca" I built several years ago. It is actually made with Alpi Ligna - a prefinished...
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed May 20, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Rosette for Ovation Ultra Model 1528
Replies: 6
Views: 1208

Re: Rosette for Ovation Ultra Model 1528

P.S. - If you can find a scrap of corian you could rout one out of that material and possibly have one more similar to the original.
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed May 20, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Rosette for Ovation Ultra Model 1528
Replies: 6
Views: 1208

Re: Rosette for Ovation Ultra Model 1528

I've made purfling rings out of wood. If you have a router and a circle cutting jig it is not too difficult. You can make a circle cutting jig fairly easily if you don't have one. One of the simplest jigs is a replacement sub-base with holes drilled in it at set distances from the router bit to acce...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat May 16, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Anyone Building Spinets
Replies: 30
Views: 14151

Re: Anyone Building Spinets

Hi Al, I have also joined the ranks of the retired, or as a friend's wife calls us "unemployed bums". :D I tell my wife I am "working" on instruments, but she's not buying it. I think it's the lack of remuneration that tipped her off. I live about 35 miles south of you in Cecil County, the county Ma...
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu May 14, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Dome height
Replies: 13
Views: 3513

Re: Dome height

Has anyone tried doing an arched bent stave top on a guitar like some of the old viols had?
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu May 14, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: A neck shaping jig
Replies: 5
Views: 2802

Re: A neck shaping jig

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Hi Paul,
I use a simple "L" type jig to rough shape necks with a router. I also use it for a router table fence (I made a cut out in it) and it can also be used as a drill press fixture. The neck blank is held on by two screws through the jig and into the fretboard side of the blank.
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu May 14, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Great tool for cleaning up binding channels
Replies: 3
Views: 1551

Re: Great tool for cleaning up binding channels

Thanks for the information. I will keep my eyes out for one.
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu May 14, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Fretless mountain banjo: 44 years in the making
Replies: 6
Views: 2790

Re: Fretless mountain banjo: 44 years in the making

Good looking instrument, Tom Has it really been 44 years? I have an unfinished "lute like object" laying around in the shop gathering dust that I started in the late 70's, but never finished. Perhaps I should follow suit and do it. I wonder how many others have unfinished projects left on the strand?
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu May 14, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Anyone Building Spinets
Replies: 30
Views: 14151

Re: Anyone Building Spinets

Hi Al, I guess I did do a few things that were somewhat "experimental". I was building "Formica" back and sided instruments when an acquaintance stopped in the shop who said his son in law (who worked for Martin) would be interested in seeing them. I never met his son in law but not long after that ...