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by Mike Conner
Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: New shop lights?
Replies: 17
Views: 4247

Re: New shop lights?

I'm building a new shop and definitely using LED 4 ft fixtures. They draw less power and no future fussing with replacing ballasts, etc. If you have a choice look for "warm white" rather than "bright white" lamps. The warm or daylight bulbs seem to give a more natural color when trying to match colo...
by Mike Conner
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: dobro string height vs tension question
Replies: 7
Views: 4342

Re: dobro string height vs tension question

Even the round neck resonator is closer to a speaker box than a typical acoustic guitar. The Gold Tone is likely laminated wood body. Probably work work out fine. Let us know Brian!
by Mike Conner
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: dobro string height vs tension question
Replies: 7
Views: 4342

Re: dobro string height vs tension question

Brian, seems like you have a path forward. Have fun!

(BTW, my attempt at a graphic on dobro vs guitar was a solid failure ;-)
by Mike Conner
Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: dobro string height vs tension question
Replies: 7
Views: 4342

Re: dobro string height vs tension question

Comparing standard guitar light gage to dobro strings: 0.056 0.045 (D'Addario EJ42)) Dobro: G B up up : : 0.053 0.042 0.032 0.024 0.016 0.012 (D'addario EXP16) Std guitar E A D G B E same same same : Dobro: 0.035 0.026 0.018 down D 0.016 Hope this helps
by Mike Conner
Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: dobro string height vs tension question
Replies: 7
Views: 4342

Re: dobro string height vs tension question

Brian: I play square neck dobro and have two instruments, a Wechter-Scheerhorn and a custom dreadnought size. Both are 25" scale. The scale length affects the string tension at pitch, so the 25" scale instruments have a lower string tension compared to a standard 25.4" scale for acoustic guitar. You...
by Mike Conner
Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Small (very) acoustic archtop design questions
Replies: 15
Views: 4316

Re: Small (very) acoustic archtop design questions

My GOM plan is essentially a 14.5" wide and 2.5" side depth archtop guitar. I built to a 23.5" scale length. So far I have completed two octave mandolins (8 strings, 4 courses) and one guitar. The guitar uses the 23.5" scale length and a standard 1.680" nut width. Has a great sound and plenty of vo...
by Mike Conner
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Small (very) acoustic archtop design questions
Replies: 15
Views: 4316

Re: Small (very) acoustic archtop design questions

My GOM plan is essentially a 14.5" wide and 2.5" side depth archtop guitar. I built to a 23.5" scale length. So far I have completed two octave mandolins (8 strings, 4 courses) and one guitar. The guitar uses the 23.5" scale length and a standard 1.680" nut width. Has a great sound and plenty of vol...
by Mike Conner
Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Salvaging elm and basswood
Replies: 20
Views: 6766

Re: Salvaging elm and basswood

Karl, another tip: wrap the outside of the stickered pile with black landscape cloth. It lets air flow through and water vapor escape, and keeps direct sunlight off the wood. Also discourages bugs and birds. Worked great for me with the red maple and some red oak.
by Mike Conner
Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Doing a refret
Replies: 18
Views: 6623

Re: Doing a refret

Steve: I haven't found feeler gages to be reliable in judging the nut slot depths. The half-a-pencil technique has worked very well for me. The pencil rides on the 1st through 3rd frets and I am careful to not go too near the line when roughing in the slots. I usually go through a set of cheap setup...
by Mike Conner
Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Salvaging elm and basswood
Replies: 20
Views: 6766

Re: Salvaging elm and basswood

I had 20" diameter Red Maple logs milled to 2.5" at the recommendation of the sawyer. Remember that the green lumber will shrink significantly, and my rough milled 2.5" planks are closer to 2.25" The sawyer stated that the thicker planks would be less likely to twist and this seems to be the case. I...
by Mike Conner
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Actual effect of volume/tone pots on acoustic tone
Replies: 6
Views: 3367

Re: Actual effect of volume/tone pots on acoustic tone

Alan - totally subjective on my part ;-)

… and, I haven't built enough instruments to be considered "expert". I just liked that to my players ears it didn't seem to matter.
//mike
by Mike Conner
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Actual effect of volume/tone pots on acoustic tone
Replies: 6
Views: 3367

Re: Actual effect of volume/tone pots on acoustic tone

I have tested this on my archtops with magnetic pickups. Every build also has piezo transducers superglued to the inside of the top plate. All of my builds have been X-braced. I always test in the white, and after finishing, prior to completing the installation and wiring for the pickups. Neck mount...
by Mike Conner
Thu May 23, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need some advice on fingerstyle guitars
Replies: 16
Views: 7709

Re: Need some advice on fingerstyle guitars

Tim, I have played Taylor guitars for about 30 years now, and have plenty of experience with other brands. The advice here has been good in terms of your question regarding which guitar would meet your playing style and tonal objectives. The strings can really make a difference, and trying different...
by Mike Conner
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pickup for 12 String?
Replies: 7
Views: 3922

Re: Pickup for 12 String?

The JJB sounds great plugged direct into an acoustic amp with high impedance input channel. I've used the JJB 220 in several instruments (including mandolins and a 6-string guitalele) and all sounded pretty good. I have used the K&K once, and my observation is that the JJB is encapsulated differentl...
by Mike Conner
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pickup for 12 String?
Replies: 7
Views: 3922

Re: Pickup for 12 String?

I'll second the recommendation for the JJB pickup packages. These are a great choice for passive piezo pickups and good and competitive prices. Jesse really is good to deal with. For active pickups, I have had really good results with the LR Baggs Lyric system. Installed in two 12 strings and sounds...
by Mike Conner
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: What is the bassier resonator guitar.
Replies: 6
Views: 3691

Re: What is the bassier resonator guitar.

Thanks Max. Real life has put my building somewhat on the back burner (preparing for retirement, etc.). Still doing some setups though. But more lurking than posting. Resonators are a niche breed, so I had to jump in on this one. Let everyone know how it turns out.
by Mike Conner
Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: What is the bassier resonator guitar.
Replies: 6
Views: 3691

Re: What is the bassier resonator guitar.

One thing to consider is the adjustment of the screw connecting the spider to the cone. This has a big influence on tone. I'm coming from the square neck Dobro perspective with the typical heavy strings, but I am certain the same things apply to a round neck with typical acoustic strings. Before you...
by Mike Conner
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: tone and volume on top plate actual effect?
Replies: 15
Views: 6879

Re: tone and volume on top plate actual effect?

Brian, I also dislike finger rests or floating pickguards on archtops. For me they are in the way and a source for rattles or buzzes. I have been using Schatten thumbwheel pots purchased through StewMac and installing them on the inside lip of the bass side F-hole. They sell a kit that includes the ...
by Mike Conner
Fri May 18, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 12305

Re: New Archtop

Really!!!? Yeah, really. The sides on an archtop are generally a uniform depth, so the geometry is simpler, the bracing is much simpler (although fitting them can be a little tricky), you have more margin for error in setting your neck angle, and you can finish the whole top without worrying about ...
by Mike Conner
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Reverse Kerfing
Replies: 8
Views: 5887

Re: Reverse Kerfing

I lightly dampen the "web" with distilled water (to avoid any chance for discoloration) and that has greatly reduced the breakage. Warming it on the bending iron has helped also. //mike