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by Dave Sayers
Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:43 am
Forum: The "Try Something New" Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Acoustic steel string guitar
Replies: 59
Views: 63119

Re: Acoustic steel string guitar

Ansd finally, unless I get any more notifications that this thread continues, Peter, I've been at a loose end after finishing the last experimental guitar, so it's been time to decide which direction to take my guitar building and I have decided for the next two years at least to concentrate on deve...
by Dave Sayers
Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:26 am
Forum: The "Try Something New" Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Acoustic steel string guitar
Replies: 59
Views: 63119

Re: Acoustic steel string guitar

Peter there isn't really any 'good fit' for any forum. The right way is to filter the good advice from the unhelpful... but don't be afraid to stand your ground if you have something you want to do and you feel 'put down' by someone else. If it you would like to to see me when I really get annoyed t...
by Dave Sayers
Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:10 pm
Forum: The "Try Something New" Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Acoustic steel string guitar
Replies: 59
Views: 63119

Re: Acoustic steel string guitar

I refer only to luthiers I do not know personally but who have been helpful in replying to emails, which I think is pretty good for a busy luthier. Whether you can vouch for Barry is immaterial, his comments were not at all positive or supportive and merely sounded bossy, ill mannered and from a kno...
by Dave Sayers
Tue Jun 24, 2014 12:19 pm
Forum: The "Try Something New" Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Acoustic steel string guitar
Replies: 59
Views: 63119

Re: Acoustic steel string guitar

Hi Peter, I can't be bothered fiddling around so here's a link to my Flickr with pictures of the top and the guitar getting a good testing. I'm out playing again tonight so I'll get Gerry or someone to get some pictures of it in action at the Labour Club. https://www.flickr.com/photos/26072650@N03/
by Dave Sayers
Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:43 am
Forum: The "Try Something New" Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Acoustic steel string guitar
Replies: 59
Views: 63119

Re: Acoustic steel string guitar

Suggestions, carry on Peter. I'm quite sure you are able to build a standard guitar, just as I am, and you will. There's no need to stop experimenting simply because some people only want the accepted standard. After all, we would still be twanging cat gut and banging hollow logs if it wasn't for so...
by Dave Sayers
Tue Jun 24, 2014 1:54 am
Forum: The "Try Something New" Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Acoustic steel string guitar
Replies: 59
Views: 63119

Re: Acoustic steel string guitar

I will endeavour to do the pictures today. I'm planning to take the dreadnaught out to an open mic tonight so if I can get someone to take pics of me paying I will. This one has an x brace that stops 1" short of the kerfing with a line of carbon ribbon around the edge between the kerfing and the end...
by Dave Sayers
Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:31 am
Forum: The "Try Something New" Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Acoustic steel string guitar
Replies: 59
Views: 63119

Re: Acoustic steel string guitar

Sounds good over my low tech speakers. Perhaps a little more experimentation and then I suspect the mark 2 version might start to take shape. I took the dreadnaught with the carbon and light X braced top to an open mic, and didn't get it back for ages. The general verdict was that the light carbon b...
by Dave Sayers
Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:32 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: luthier apps
Replies: 7
Views: 4619

Re: luthier apps

There aren't really any apps for a kindle or nexus but there's plenty of uses. If you don't get your wi fi in the workshop get a range extender like I did. Use your kindle to...look up luthier videos...order from ebay...find out how to measure fan frets...identify electronic components by picture......
by Dave Sayers
Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:05 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Little wheel on pre-amp question (Yamaha silent guitar) and jackpin rattle
Replies: 6
Views: 4320

Re: Little wheel on pre-amp question (Yamaha silent guitar) and jackpin rattle

L r baggs lyric pickups have a tiny adjustable gain you change with a pointy stick. Perhaps thw wheel does the same thing?
by Dave Sayers
Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:00 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: drying out after a flood
Replies: 5
Views: 2783

Re: drying out after a flood

We had a blocked drain that flooded the kitchen and that was bad enough. Hope it all goes back ok. One thing I do about 4 monthly is to use Armour All wax on all metal surfaces. It can get pretty damp in my wooden workshops but so far nothing has even started tarnishing, not even the shiny beds on t...
by Dave Sayers
Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:10 am
Forum: The "Try Something New" Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Acoustic steel string guitar
Replies: 59
Views: 63119

Re: Acoustic steel string guitar

Here's a link to a small video of the 12 string. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDWAVCnNVz4 This link works on my computer I have to be honest and say that I can only see small differences in the spectograms and I wouldn't have the foggiest idea what they meant anyway. I think I might stick with th...
by Dave Sayers
Sat May 31, 2014 11:18 am
Forum: The "Try Something New" Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Acoustic steel string guitar
Replies: 59
Views: 63119

Re: Acoustic steel string guitar

I also find it interesting that you are basing all of the support on the neck block. Is this to take advantage of the string vibration and sustain?
by Dave Sayers
Sat May 31, 2014 11:11 am
Forum: The "Try Something New" Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Acoustic steel string guitar
Replies: 59
Views: 63119

Re: Acoustic steel string guitar

I've been studying up on phase cancellation, which can occur when the soundboard is producing opposite phase vibrations. I got the info from an extremely clever Australian luthier named Daniel Brauchli. He has a whole section on bracing in his website. I also felt my braceless top 12 string was weak...
by Dave Sayers
Fri May 09, 2014 1:18 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Wooden planes
Replies: 11
Views: 4685

Re: Wooden planes

Scraper plane next?
by Dave Sayers
Wed May 07, 2014 1:07 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Wilkinson products?
Replies: 9
Views: 3054

Re: Wilkinson products?

Wilkinson products are, like so many other things, designed in one country and built in the far east. Wilkinson are designed in England. The quality control is generally good and for the tuners they usually have 'Wilkinson' embossed on the metal the same way as Gotoh have their name on. Wilkinson pi...
by Dave Sayers
Sun May 04, 2014 5:39 am
Forum: The "Try Something New" Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Acoustic steel string guitar
Replies: 59
Views: 63119

Re: Acoustic steel string guitar

Struts should work, planned properly I think. I know I've used struts, or spars in mine. Being a bit of a cheapskate I went to a boot sale and bought a biggish pop up tent with carbon fibre poles for £4 , about $3.50. They work a treat in compression over short lengths. The six string I'm building h...
by Dave Sayers
Sat May 03, 2014 4:16 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Tru-Oil & Perspiration
Replies: 18
Views: 12255

Re: Tru-Oil & Perspiration

Incidentally I have tried Osmo oil. It rewuires a rub down qith fine grit paper between the first an second coat. A white sheen was apparent after the fourth coat. I haven't used it on an instrument yet.
by Dave Sayers
Sat May 03, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Tru-Oil & Perspiration
Replies: 18
Views: 12255

Re: Tru-Oil & Perspiration

With regard to perspiration, and I also finger marks, you may well want to consider trying Renaissance Wax as a final finish over the top of whatever you use, tru oil, shellac, whatever. Renaissance Wax is recommended as a preservative finish for museum quality exhibits, including very fine furnitur...
by Dave Sayers
Sat May 03, 2014 2:52 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: tuning effect on guitar neck
Replies: 6
Views: 2807

Re: tuning effect on guitar neck

With nylon strings I suspect they keep stretching for ages. I'm really more used to dealing with steel strings but I think there's a couple of points that might be worth mentioning. The first is the height of the action. I generally try to set up guitar action as low as possible, and now restrict th...