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by David Gerard
Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:31 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 1935 Epiphone Zenith Restoration
Replies: 5
Views: 3487

Re: 1935 Epiphone Zenith Restoration

wow! Ill bet it smells like grandmas attic! Love it. Looks like it was loved in it's long life.
by David Gerard
Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:15 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bridge width relationship to top braces?
Replies: 7
Views: 4295

Re: Bridge width relationship to top braces?

If I may I have a question too with regard to bridges on arch tops. I just rebuilt a 1957 silvertone arch top. I reused the original rosewood bridge. It sounds great! I now would like to put a pick up on this instrument. I dont want the jazz sound but rather would like to keep the old timey sound. A...
by David Gerard
Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:34 am
Forum: Challenges
Topic: The "Reclaimed Materials" Challenge- discuss rules here
Replies: 34
Views: 41954

Re: The "Reclaimed Materials" Challenge- discuss rules here

forgot the peg head. "G-String Guitars" Arctic Mariner
the veneer is a scrap of solid surface that looks like Icy arctic water.
wood, solid and also liquid inlays to make the gnarly bent anchor and chain
by David Gerard
Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:27 am
Forum: Challenges
Topic: The "Reclaimed Materials" Challenge- discuss rules here
Replies: 34
Views: 41954

Re: The "Reclaimed Materials" Challenge- discuss rules here

One of my winter's projects, my first electric guitar.
This is not an entry but just my contribution to using reclaimed materials that I wanted to share in honor of this challenge.
Thanks for looking
by David Gerard
Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:26 pm
Forum: Challenges
Topic: The "Reclaimed Materials" Challenge- discuss rules here
Replies: 34
Views: 41954

Re: The "Reclaimed Materials" Challenge- discuss rules here

I have an electric I just finished that is build from reclaimed wood and solid surface scraps. I totally blew it on minimal cost( for the guide lines of this challenge) once I bought electronics. It was built more for its theme than to save any money. It's theme dictated the materials used. It looke...
by David Gerard
Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:00 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: guitar shaped flat top mandolin
Replies: 19
Views: 17784

Re: guitar shaped flat top mandolin

Hi Bryan, thanks for the reply. So this instrument is braced very similar to yours in that it was braced like a guitar with maybe 2 lower tone bars(couldn't find the pics from way back). The bridge sets directly over a maple plate much like on a guitar. I'll tell you, it was made on the fly as just ...
by David Gerard
Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:48 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: guitar shaped flat top mandolin
Replies: 19
Views: 17784

Re: guitar shaped flat top mandolin

I looked back in the thread now and followed the links. Sounds great!, it chops better than I would have thought too based on what mine does. Once again, very nice! thanks for sharing.
by David Gerard
Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:41 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: guitar shaped flat top mandolin
Replies: 19
Views: 17784

Re: guitar shaped flat top mandolin

Bryan, I think you may have solved a major headache for me. I built this mando out of scrap and reject materials for my daughter and I employed an arch top neck angle and bridge. Not long after i strung it up I noticed the string tension starting to collapse the top. I wondered how a glued on bridge...
by David Gerard
Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:53 pm
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: An "intro page" ?
Replies: 3
Views: 7389

An "intro page" ?

Hi folks, forgive me if I missed an intro page but thought I'd ask anyway. I participate on a counter fabricators forum. Over there we have an "intro Page" and it's fun to learn about fellow craftspeople who are passionate about the same things. I have had opportunity to actually stop an visit folks...
by David Gerard
Fri Dec 28, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Early '60's Harmony Glue
Replies: 11
Views: 5862

Re: Early '60's Harmony Glue

I am in the process of rebuilding a "silvertone" arch top made in 1957. It was left in a shed and came apart everywhere so decided to use it as a practice rebuild. I do agree that the glue could be a recorcinol type of glue. From my experience this type of glue is water proof and somewhat heat resis...
by David Gerard
Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:49 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Pour-in inlays?
Replies: 23
Views: 11498

Re: Pour-in inlays?

great video link! Maybe I can help here. I do lots and lots of poured inlays when I make cutting boards out of left over acrylic in my cabinet/counter shop in addition to guitar building. I mostly use polyester resin and metallic powders or pigments and sometimes crushed acrylic particles. For inter...