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by Dave Higham
Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Gluing surfaces
Replies: 10
Views: 3010

Gluing surfaces

I wasn't sure where to put this, so if it needs moving, please feel free. There has been quite a lot of discussion in the past, on various forums, on how to prepare surfaces for gluing. I think it was generally accepted that freshly planed or scraped surfaces are best. Is this still the case? I ask ...
by Dave Higham
Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Titebond liquid hide glue
Replies: 6
Views: 4933

Re: Titebond liquid hide glue

A ‘friend’ asked me to repair this mostrosity for him (an oud, it fell off the wall). I didn’t want to but he insisted, even though I told him it certainly wouldn’t look like new again. In fact, even when new, the workmanship is pretty rough including wood filler where the inlays didn’t fit. The rib...
by Dave Higham
Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic bass Wedged shape Cocobolo/Englemann
Replies: 28
Views: 18844

Re: Acoustic bass Wedged shape Cocobolo/Englemann

Todd Stock wrote:to claim as she does that it is an original innovation is not even remotely correct.
Which also applies to Novak and his 'Fanned Frets'.
by Dave Higham
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Radius Dish Help
Replies: 38
Views: 25498

Re: Radius Dish Help

Spacers all glued.
Dish 7.jpg
Screw down the Masonite or MDF or whatever.
Dish 8.jpg
by Dave Higham
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Radius Dish Help
Replies: 38
Views: 25498

Re: Radius Dish Help

Drilling holes in the strips.
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Cutting the strips in half (don't try to cut through the locating pin).
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Cut the strips into pièces.
Dish 4.jpg
Drill pilot holes in the base board.
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Glue the spacers to the board.
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by Dave Higham
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Radius Dish Help
Replies: 38
Views: 25498

Re: Radius Dish Help

I think you're probably right Bryan but as Mark has asked me if I could post the photos here, I will. They were hosted on *!£§*bucket when I posted the thread on another forum but I never put photos there without keeping the originals myself, thank goodness! Mark has explained the process so I'll ju...
by Dave Higham
Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Picture Hosting Sites
Replies: 16
Views: 15402

Re: Picture Hosting Sites

Gordon Bellerose wrote:I don't know if Photobucket will kill all the links I currently have in this forum, but it's a fair bet they will.
They will. They've killed mine.
by Dave Higham
Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Final auction, ends July 5th (closed)
Topic: Claro walnut back & side set #2
Replies: 5
Views: 7146

Re: Claro walnut back & side set #2

I'll open the bidding at $60.
by Dave Higham
Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: gradient/progressive reading glasses
Replies: 40
Views: 26506

Re: gradient/progressive reading glasses

When you wear progressive lenses, apparently there is no such thing as a straight line. It drove me crazy for 2 weeks. Nothing looked right. the field of view for the reading (near) correction was so narrow that I had to turn my head to keep the words in focus as I read across a page. My experience...
by Dave Higham
Fri Aug 07, 2015 10:52 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My first real acoustic guitar in 43 years
Replies: 25
Views: 10732

Re: My first real acoustic guitar in 43 years

Thanks Chuck and Arnt, and it's nice to hear from both of you again. You seem to be making yourselves rather scarce these days. Well,it sounds quite good to me, but that doesn't mean much because I'm not a guitarist. But there does seem to be a small problem of some sort. When I was setting it up an...
by Dave Higham
Sun Aug 02, 2015 3:20 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My first real acoustic guitar in 43 years
Replies: 25
Views: 10732

Re: My first real acoustic guitar in 43 years

Thanks Randy, I'm pleased you like it. The 'fanned fret instrument is an orpharion and you can find much more information on it here: http://www.cittern.theaterofmusic.com/old/palmer.html There are lots more here: https://www.google.fr/search?q=orpharion&biw=1381&bih=881&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&s...
by Dave Higham
Sat Aug 01, 2015 8:48 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My first real acoustic guitar in 43 years
Replies: 25
Views: 10732

Re: My first real acoustic guitar in 43 years

Thanks Todd, and yes you're quite right. Everyone credits Linda Manzer with creating the wedge body, but am I right in thinking that she did 'create' it not knowing that it had already been done and even patented? Then again Novak even managed to patent something that had existed for 400 years. Orph...
by Dave Higham
Fri Jul 31, 2015 3:07 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My first real acoustic guitar in 43 years
Replies: 25
Views: 10732

Re: My first real acoustic guitar in 43 years

Thank you all for the kind remarks. Charlie, the Claro was fine to work with, but seem a bit brittle and being curly had a tendency to chip out if tools or cutters weren't really sharp. When I routed the binding rebate on the top (the first top) I didn't notice it had chipped out quite a lot until I...
by Dave Higham
Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:43 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My first real acoustic guitar in 43 years
Replies: 25
Views: 10732

Re: My first real acoustic guitar in 43 years

When I’ve done a stacked heel before the joins were quite visible; this time, for some reason they are at lot less visible. The rosewood button covers the head of a socket head screw which holds the neck in place and the action (string height) is adjusted by turning the screw. 15.JPG If you look car...
by Dave Higham
Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:39 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My first real acoustic guitar in 43 years
Replies: 25
Views: 10732

Re: My first real acoustic guitar in 43 years

7a.JPG Three-quarter view. 8.JPG Cutting an elliptical sound-port with a bevelled edge in a curved surface isn’t as easy as I thought. It finished up OK but slightly larger than intended. 10.JPG I was very apprehensive about the bevel. In fact when I got the box closed I chickened out and bound it ...
by Dave Higham
Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:33 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My first real acoustic guitar in 43 years
Replies: 25
Views: 10732

My first real acoustic guitar in 43 years

Two or three years ago my nephew asked me if I’d make him a guitar. He wanted an OM with a cut-away. I don’t make acoustic guitars, I make (mostly electric) basses, although I have made an acoustic one but it didn’t have a cutaway, and anyway, I was just about to start on another bass. What’s more, ...
by Dave Higham
Tue Jul 07, 2015 2:27 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Walnut soundboard?
Replies: 30
Views: 23251

Re: Walnut soundboard?

Nice uke Chuck.

Bruce Sexauer recently built an all-Claro guitar. There are sound clips too.

http://www.sexauerluthier.com/FT-000-W-Memphis.html
by Dave Higham
Tue Mar 10, 2015 7:43 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Fanned Fret Slotting Sled
Replies: 10
Views: 11482

Re: Fanned Fret Slotting Sled

To make my multiscale basses I made a jig like the one shown by Jeremy Fullerton on the ANZLF. It works very well. http://www.anzlf.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=2094 BTW, putting the perpendicular fret at the 12th will give you a helluvan angle at the nut. Sheldon Dingwall's 5-string basses have a 3" di...
by Dave Higham
Fri Feb 27, 2015 6:55 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A 5-string multi-scale Skeleton Bass
Replies: 32
Views: 31152

Re: A 5-string multi-scale Skeleton Bass

Again I didn't notice this thread had been revived.
John, after being mightily impressed by your work for a number of years, I really appreciate your comment.