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by Nathan Dodd
Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: SIX ...
Replies: 33
Views: 32940

Re: SIX ...

Hi Beate, I understand the bass VI has regular guitar tuners. you have decided to use bass tuners for this build. Why is this? Do you envisage there being an issue with ratio or the side of the holes through the tuning shafts themselves? Are you making purchase decisions based on measurements of a c...
by Nathan Dodd
Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a write-off archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 22518

Re: Restoration of a write-off archtop

On to steaming the heel block out of the neck block. i bought a hand held steamer, some injector hose and a football pump needle and constructed a steaming device. it didn't exactly go swimmingly. the heel block finally popped out after some technical difficulties surrounding the connection between ...
by Nathan Dodd
Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a write-off archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 22518

Re: Restoration of a write-off archtop

The headstock has at some time sustained a knock and there is a chip out of the plastic facing. P7221937.jpg While there were no holes drilled in the soundboard for pots thankfully a makeshift jack plate was attached over a crudely 'drilled' hole on the side of the body. this has been filled and san...
by Nathan Dodd
Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a write-off archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 22518

Re: Restoration of a write-off archtop

The Story so far: As mentioned above, I found the battered old Hofner on eBay one day while on holiday and thought that she could serve well as a practice piece in order to hone some restoration skills. little did I know what i was letting myself in for! P7221936.jpg P7221938.jpg initially i could t...
by Nathan Dodd
Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a write-off archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 22518

Re: Restoration of a write-off archtop

Beate Ritzert wrote: i did the fanned bracing - and that's an approach i would do once again.
I found that a very eloquent solution and enjoyed reading about it in the link you provided
by Nathan Dodd
Sat Jul 29, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a write-off archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 22518

Re: Restoration of a write-off archtop

Thanks Beate, I will continue to post pictures of my progress
by Nathan Dodd
Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a write-off archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 22518

Re: Restoration of a write-off archtop

Thanks Karl - frustrating is another adjective that might be pertinent :lol: Nevertheless, this evening the weights came off and the story is one of success! the arch has remained in place. while the curve isn't completely faultless it is within fractions of a millimetre which makes me a lot happier...
by Nathan Dodd
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a write-off archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 22518

Re: Restoration of a write-off archtop

earlier i removed my braces once again and a thought occurred to me. i took my razor saw and cut away the glue joint on the back edge of my patch (closest to the bridge) found a small block and placed it under the collapsed section. with some pressure to the top i found that the fallen area would ra...
by Nathan Dodd
Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a write-off archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 22518

Re: Restoration of a write-off archtop

Yes the block I'm thinking if would not be fixed but would come off once the glue joint with the filler is set. I would then reintroduce braces back to provide the support. It may be that I would use maple again for it's added rigidity as opposed to spruce
by Nathan Dodd
Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a write-off archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 22518

Re: Restoration of a write-off archtop

Thanks for the input guys, I must admit it has been bothering me that this dip is presentbajd I'm worried that it will be incredibly evident when I apply the finish. If I did take it apart and redo the top my idea presently is to make a tall filler block in spruce this time then make a form for eith...
by Nathan Dodd
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a write-off archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 22518

Re: Restoration of a write-off archtop

Thanks Brian, Your reponse gives me confidence. i fell in love with a friend's Congress many years ago and have always wanted one. i know what you mean about loud and brash. i may add a floating pickup to this guitar in the future if i like the way it turns out maybe a Benedetto S-6 or something. I ...
by Nathan Dodd
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:21 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a write-off archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 22518

Re: Restoration of a write-off archtop

Hi Beate, Thank you for the reply and the link; it appears that we have had a similar idea and similar experiences. The previous work carried out to my Congress was very poorly executed and unfortunately the aperture for the pickup is quite unsightly and there is also scoring around the bridge area ...
by Nathan Dodd
Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a write-off archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 22518

Restoration of a write-off archtop

I've been looking around the site for some time and used to be a much more active member. Life and funds have always made my building experience a slow one. While on holiday last week I decided to invest in a 'project' guitar. I found a 1961 Hofner Congress in very bad shape. I paid a little more th...
by Nathan Dodd
Tue May 14, 2013 10:48 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The 10 Year Project
Replies: 43
Views: 13706

Re: The 10 Year Project

What type of acoustics? -Matt Hi Matt, A pair of OMs with euro spruce tops, Indian rosewood backs and sides with African mahogany necks. One will have rosewood bridge, fingerboard and head plate and the other will have ebony. Quite standard stuff for these first forays into the acoustic world. I ha...
by Nathan Dodd
Tue May 14, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: What should I Call This?
Replies: 9
Views: 5837

Re: What should I Call This?

The biscuit barrel?
by Nathan Dodd
Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:49 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Maple body cap
Replies: 8
Views: 2838

Re: Maple body cap

Get the seam on the face of the guitar right first and you will avoid any unsightly matching miscalculations on the most visible part when you are involving a lot more glue
by Nathan Dodd
Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:24 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The 10 Year Project
Replies: 43
Views: 13706

Re: The 10 Year Project

Thank you Eric :) the wood is bought and currently in transit for the next projects - 2 acoustics.
by Nathan Dodd
Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:21 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The 10 Year Project
Replies: 43
Views: 13706

Re: The 10 Year Project

Thank you very much Dave!! They are a pretty standard cream as far as i know, they were just the cheapest ones i could find from a UK based vendor. They are likely just an all parts style generic replacement.
by Nathan Dodd
Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:17 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Shellac: blonde vs. orange vs. garnet
Replies: 8
Views: 4776

Re: Shellac: blonde vs. orange vs. garnet

With modern sand papers and careful applications there are now many ways to achieve a good result without applying multiple thin passes of shellac, and many people buff with a glaze at the end of the French polishing but pure bread technique is to build you're coats with those little swirls over and...