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by Daniel Oates
Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Makeshift Alternative for Tone Woods?
Replies: 5
Views: 4288

Re: Makeshift Alternative for Tone Woods?

Cedar used in the building trade night work for you. It has good tonewood properties and you can find it in many lumberyards. Cedar shingles or cedar siding off-cuts might work.
by Daniel Oates
Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tap tones for archtop top-plate, help needed
Replies: 21
Views: 7121

Re: Tap tones for archtop top-plate, help needed

So, I thought I would post pictures of the completed guitar and thank everyone for their advice and knowledge. Thank you. I’m quite pleased with the way it plays. Mellow as far as archtops go but perhaps not as loud as I was hoping. Anyway, not bad for my first. D291BDF5-92A2-419B-8098-FFEFA5CF1CA5....
by Daniel Oates
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Aged Tone wood stability, tone.
Replies: 3
Views: 2394

Re: Aged Tone wood stability, tone.

Thanks Alan, that’s a good explanation.
by Daniel Oates
Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Aged Tone wood stability, tone.
Replies: 3
Views: 2394

Aged Tone wood stability, tone.

Aged tone-wood appears to be highly desirable in instrument building. How much of this is for the development of the tone and how much for the stability?
by Daniel Oates
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tap tones for archtop top-plate, help needed
Replies: 21
Views: 7121

Re: Tap tones for archtop top-plate, help needed

Alan , that's something that never even occurred to me, but it makes perfect sense. So you're saying that it should be possible to achieve some kind of equilibrium between the downward pressure of the strings and the upward pressure caused by the compression from the strings and a shallower break an...
by Daniel Oates
Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tap tones for archtop top-plate, help needed
Replies: 21
Views: 7121

Re: Tap tones for archtop top-plate, help needed

Thanks everyone for your help. Everyone here has a lot more experience than me and I am kind of taking a little advice from everyone as I am moving ahead. I am at the point where I have glued the top to the sides and the braces are in place. I had some nice ringing tones before I glued the tone bars...
by Daniel Oates
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tap tones for archtop top-plate, help needed
Replies: 21
Views: 7121

Re: Tap tones for archtop top-plate, help needed

No, the top is still not attached to the sides
by Daniel Oates
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tap tones for archtop top-plate, help needed
Replies: 21
Views: 7121

Tap tones for archtop top-plate, help needed

I posted this on another forum but this forum seems more relevant to the guitar I'm building. I need a little advice regarding tap tones. I’m building my first full scale archtop guitar with a carved top and back. I’m using Benedetto’s book on building archtops for help. Currently, I’m working on th...
by Daniel Oates
Fri May 30, 2014 4:12 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: building humidity different than clients humidity
Replies: 4
Views: 2849

Re: building humidity different than clients humidity

I build high end furniture for a living. I have this problem all the time. Truth is, no matter where you live, there are going to be big differences in humidity from one season to the next. Here on the east coast of the USA we have the biggest fluctuations in humidity in the world . There is nothing...
by Daniel Oates
Sat May 24, 2014 10:26 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My Mini Archtop.
Replies: 7
Views: 4218

Re: My Mini Archtop.

I used Zar wood stain thinned with mineral spirits to get the slight sunburst effect. Once dry i used two coats of polymerized tung oil. Finally, I polished with beeswax - a really quick and simple finish that feels good and looks good. As far as the strings go, I started with bronze acoustic guitar...
by Daniel Oates
Fri May 23, 2014 5:08 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My Mini Archtop.
Replies: 7
Views: 4218

Re: My Mini Archtop.

I just found a side view. As you can see, the arch is quite deep which makes the neck angle steep, which, in turn, makes the bridge about 7/8". Consequently, the angle of the tail piece is really steep meaning there is probably too much tension on the bridge and the soundboard. If I were doing it ov...
by Daniel Oates
Fri May 23, 2014 12:21 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My Mini Archtop.
Replies: 7
Views: 4218

My Mini Archtop.

I wanted a guitar I could play whilst relaxing on the couch or in an armchair- something I could play without having to sit upright. Here is what I came up with. The body is about the size of a mandolin. The scale is a 25" scale that begins at the 5th fret. Heavy strings allow it to be tuned to E. h...