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by Brian Evans
Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: dobro string height vs tension question
Replies: 7
Views: 184

Re: dobro string height vs tension question

Thanks guys. You'll note that in my original post I stated the tension from the strings I selected, so I really wasn't asking a tension question. I was more asking a bending stress question from the effect of the tension acting on the neck - the farther away from the center of the neck the strings a...
by Brian Evans
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: dobro string height vs tension question
Replies: 7
Views: 184

dobro string height vs tension question

I have recently decided to play my round neck Gold Tone PBR-CA - quite a modern resonator designed by Paul Beard and made by Gold Tone - as a lap style instrument. I know that the tension of a typical resonator string set tuned to high G tuning (GBDGBD) is fully not recommended for a round neck inst...
by Brian Evans
Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Makeshift Alternative for Tone Woods?
Replies: 3
Views: 207

Re: Makeshift Alternative for Tone Woods?

Use the tin top of the box, just put some posts or a cross brace under the bridge. I've seen them at flea markets, sound fine. People use one or three strings and play them bottleneck style. Very fun
by Brian Evans
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph
Replies: 40
Views: 7417

Re: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph

Michael, I always assumed it was nitro-cellulose, but I don't actually know. I'll ask on the pre-NY epiphone facebook page. The colour is in the finish, not a stain, fwiw.
by Brian Evans
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: A Different Way of Steam Bending
Replies: 8
Views: 466

Re: A Different Way of Steam Bending

Is the inside/outside mold in the fifth picture a drying/cooling press? All of the forms need to be exact versions of each other, I imagine.
by Brian Evans
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: It's Been a While
Replies: 11
Views: 701

Re: It's Been a While

Nice to have you back, Gordon, and my sympathies for your loss.

Brian from Tatamagouche.
by Brian Evans
Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: CE marking for electric guitar
Replies: 6
Views: 616

Re: CE marking for electric guitar

It's European market only, and you need to document the testing, and you may need to engage a lab to do the testing. I did find this; https://f2labs.com/technotes/2019/01/11/rohs-2011-65-eu-and-a-tale-of-three-guitars/ which I believe is by a firm that consults in eu CE testing. It said that electri...
by Brian Evans
Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: MIMF Archtop Guitar Project
Replies: 64
Views: 91893

Re: MIMF Archtop Guitar Project

I don't mind if you don't use the neck I made. After this time, I might not be satisfied with it either, I kind of screwed up the binding on the headstock. It was an approach I experimented with, maple and walnut I think, jatoba fretboard, to make a grid pattern on the heel. The joint is 100% Benede...
by Brian Evans
Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph
Replies: 40
Views: 7417

Re: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph

That part of the tailpiece is not reproduced (not to that pattern, anyway), and can be easily repaired by a jeweler - mine was decades ago. The two bails that hold the strings are quite available.
by Brian Evans
Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: 7 course renaissance lute
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: 7 course renaissance lute

7 courses, 13 strings. Which string is not doubled, and why? You have me very curious! :)
by Brian Evans
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph
Replies: 40
Views: 7417

Re: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph

My 1946 Epi's frequensator cracked there and was brazed/soldered, and has stood the test of time since. It's a sunburst, they did sunbursts on most guitars up to the advent of TV and the desire to be a bit more stand-out, I think. Sunbursts sometimes get accused of covering up less desirable wood ch...
by Brian Evans
Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: need basic P-bass setup advice.
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Re: need basic P-bass setup advice.

When setting intonation on a long scale bass like a P-bass, is it common to have the G and D saddles in roughly the same place? I was somehow expecting the normal-for-a-guitar slant to the break points over the saddles.
by Brian Evans
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17
Replies: 201
Views: 22912

Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

I think no binding is a very courageous decision these days. Cost cutting in the day, now a statement of worth and skill.
by Brian Evans
Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Banjo neck angle
Replies: 5
Views: 413

Re: Banjo neck angle

It's kind of funny, on guitars and basses, the neck is attached to the body and that creates a whole definition of how you think about them. With banjo's it's more the body is attached to the neck - the neck is the defining element and you make the body fit it, not the other way round.
by Brian Evans
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: need basic P-bass setup advice.
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Re: need basic P-bass setup advice.

Nice advice! Thank you both very much. I had a ton of relief before I started, and I really notice the buzz above the 12th fret thing. I'll go get my nut files and see what I can do there.
by Brian Evans
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: need basic P-bass setup advice.
Replies: 5
Views: 327

need basic P-bass setup advice.

A friend of mine gave me a Squier P-bass, kind of a kit. I have nerve damage in my left arm and hand that's makes it very hard to play guitar, so it occured to me that maybe I could play a bass - so I put it together over the past few days. I set it up kind of the way I do a guitar, and consulted th...
by Brian Evans
Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bolt on issues
Replies: 12
Views: 807

Re: Bolt on issues

The last two I made I used one bolt only, and a slightly oversized hole for the bolt to pass through. In one case that's the hole in the neck block, in another case the bolt goes through the heel of the neck and the threaded barrel is in the neck block. It's inevitable that final fitting of the neck...
by Brian Evans
Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Banjo neck angle
Replies: 5
Views: 413

Re: Banjo neck angle

Jake Wildwood's blog has a ton of old banjo reviews, repairs, etc., and a ton of pictures. Here is one https://jakewildwood.blogspot.com/2012/03/c1890-buckbee-5-string-banjo.html The top of the fretboard on most seems to be level with the top of the rim, which is proud of the actual head surface. Ne...
by Brian Evans
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 2019 Solid Body
Replies: 7
Views: 752

Re: 2019 Solid Body

Elegant simplicity, I like it a lot.
by Brian Evans
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Build your own preamp
Replies: 5
Views: 564

Re: Build your own preamp

The thing about an acoustic guitar pre-amp, presumably for a peizo pickup, is the modern, good sounding ones are quite sophisticated in their processing of the signal. It's not just a gain amplifier, they process the signal to change the frequency response to make the pickup sound like an actual gui...