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by Matt Atkinson
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Truoil application
Replies: 6
Views: 7103

Re: Truoil application

I have now tried all of these methods. There are nits, streaks, bubbles (from applying with fingers), unevenness, etc. Whatever is left requires scuffing/leveling to the point of zero build. I’m done. Question: all the way back to wood 100% for sanding sealer/nitro? I will say that the truoil applic...
by Matt Atkinson
Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Truoil application
Replies: 6
Views: 7103

Truoil application

I am applying coats of Truoil to an acoustic guitar. Scuffing between coats with 0000 steel wool. Over and over and over. I have had to sand it completely back twice. My wiping technique needs help I think. I have seen demonstrations where folks put it on fairly heavy and wiped it "smooth" and also ...
by Matt Atkinson
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: ordering plans
Replies: 2
Views: 3596

ordering plans

I'm interested in the tenor guitar plans. The instructions in that area link to the index page and tell me to look for yellow donate button. Not finding anything...
by Matt Atkinson
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Martin bass guitar
Replies: 1
Views: 1970

Martin bass guitar

Hi all, I am looking to repair and set up Martin bass guitar for a friend. I haven't checked the label yet but likely 70's vintage. It is definitely in need of a neck reset and likely a bridge doctor. I have done both jobs on a 70's D35 before. I haven't checked the truss rod yet to see if it works ...
by Matt Atkinson
Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bolt on issues
Replies: 14
Views: 4821

Bolt on issues

Hi all I am rough fitting a bolt on neck. Holes are drilled for barrel nuts and bolts. As I remove material from the bottom of the heel to get a good neck angle I’m having trouble with the bolts starting to be angled such that that when I tighten them the neck gets pulled down and doesn’t want to ke...
by Matt Atkinson
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: bending binding
Replies: 15
Views: 6919

Re: bending binding

Well never say never. I made try wood again :) I found that where it turned towards the neck at the upper bout it needed hard pulling at the top edge to get tight to the body. I had to put clamps in various spots to get it tight and it frustrated me a bit. It DID get in there though and does look pr...
by Matt Atkinson
Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: bending binding
Replies: 15
Views: 6919

Re: bending binding

Well that’s the last time I’ll use wood bindings for a while. What a ton of work. And I really need to learn how to sharpen my scraper! No matter how I try I just get dust instead of shavings.
by Matt Atkinson
Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tap tone on the closed box
Replies: 5
Views: 2231

Re: Tap tone on the closed box

For what it’s worth my top rings at Ab when I tap it. Dunno what that means but it’s certainly better than what it sounded like when the binding channels were cut! Probably a good thing that it’s not tapping at one of the open string pitches.
by Matt Atkinson
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hmpf
Replies: 6
Views: 2547

Re: Hmpf

That's good to hear and interesting. I guess solidly gluing the bindings is important for tone? Does this mean wood bindings and plastic bindings have different effects on tone?
by Matt Atkinson
Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hmpf
Replies: 6
Views: 2547

Hmpf

Cut binding channels today. I haven’t worked on this guitar for a while and the closed body has been sitting around. Shop humidity is under control. I gave the top a tap as I usually like to do and it sounds tight as a drum. The plates rang nicely before assembly. Dead as a door nail. I have an old ...
by Matt Atkinson
Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: books on violin bow construction
Replies: 7
Views: 3160

Re: books on violin bow construction

Thanks, Bob. That's very generous. I am just starting a fiddle so it will be a while before I get to making a bow. I'll definitely let you know!
by Matt Atkinson
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: books on violin bow construction
Replies: 7
Views: 3160

books on violin bow construction

Anyone have a book on how to make a violin bow? I'm not finding much.
by Matt Atkinson
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Back radius gone in one direction
Replies: 13
Views: 4077

Re: Back radius gone in one direction

Thanks, all. I'm going to work on stabilizing the humidity and let it all rest for a good bit. I found this thing TH220_C.jpg Might spring for it. I also need to empty out the shop, line the walls with poly and put sheathing over it. It's just studs and insulation now. Rigid foam on the ceiling. Fir...
by Matt Atkinson
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Back radius gone in one direction
Replies: 13
Views: 4077

Re: Back radius gone in one direction

I seem to have got the humidity under control. I’m running a small humidifier now. Thinking about buying a plug and play humidistat. In any case, this back that started out flat has a obvious desire to be curved in one direction not the one I wanted. It was all nice and flat all summer, stickered an...
by Matt Atkinson
Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Back radius gone in one direction
Replies: 13
Views: 4077

Re: Back radius gone in one direction

Yes. It got unseasonably cold and all hell broke loose. I just got the back off and it has reached its full potential in the wrong direction. Quite spectacularly. My hygrometer has been reading 40-60 with a lot of swings. I did use a dehumidifier until a couple weeks ago. Then it got very cold very ...
by Matt Atkinson
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Back radius gone in one direction
Replies: 13
Views: 4077

Back radius gone in one direction

Took spool clamps off just now after gluing the top on last night. Thinking about setting up for binding channels and I see that the back radius is gone flat across the bouts. It’s still prominent end to and but the braces appear to have flattened out somehow. It was braced in a dish under a go bar ...
by Matt Atkinson
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Fish glue
Replies: 2
Views: 2140

Re: Fish glue

lol yes a little warmer and it's fine!
by Matt Atkinson
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Fish glue
Replies: 2
Views: 2140

Fish glue

So I got some fish glue a few months ago and like it a lot. It's a little slow but that's great for me. I used it about a week ago and all was fine but last night I tried to use some and it was like slooow jelly. The thermostat in my shop is set at 45 deg. when I'm not in there just so nothing freez...
by Matt Atkinson
Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Makers Knife
Replies: 10
Views: 7910

Re: Makers Knife

I recently discovered Wayne Henderson's work (and pickin') on YouTube. Holy cow. I think he originally used a pocket knife for EVERYTHING. Wow.
by Matt Atkinson
Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: dreadnought back braces
Replies: 3
Views: 3354

dreadnought back braces

Hi all,
I am shaping back braces. I have seen pics of braces that taper or scoop to nearly nothing where they mortise into the kerfing and others that are maybe 1/8" to 3/32" thick where they meet the sides. Trying to decide how thin to make mine. Also: where to begin the taper or scoop? Thoughts?