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by Brian Evans
Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bolt On Neck Inserts - Isn't 8/32 is small ?
Replies: 9
Views: 115

Re: Bolt On Neck Inserts - Isn't 8/32 is small ?

Fun with bolt numbers. If a 1/4" bolt is Grade 2 it has ultimate tensile strength between 60,000 and 80,000 psi, which translates to around 3500 lbs. A 8-32 bolt, at .164" diameter, has a UTS of around 1500 lbs. Two of them can pick up a car (a little car, anyway). They both can create over 500 lbs ...
by Brian Evans
Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?
Replies: 22
Views: 309

Re: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?

I have a 24" flexible ruler that I use a lot. I use it to see what the scale length of a guitar is - that's about the measuring I do with it. I recently used it to center a neck I was installing - flexible is good when you need to bend the thing. When I carve archtops I use it all the time to judge ...
by Brian Evans
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hemlock tops
Replies: 6
Views: 170

Re: Hemlock tops

I've used eastern, or Canadian, hemlock for construction. Makes very rot resistant siding, decking, piers, blocking for rigging in factories. Otherwise it's kind of a junky, fast-ish growing softwood that splits and splinters about as fast as you can look at it. Can't reasonably be shaped, sanded sm...
by Brian Evans
Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Stupid question of the day. Finish then set neck, or set neck then finish?
Replies: 3
Views: 112

Stupid question of the day. Finish then set neck, or set neck then finish?

I'm doing a kind of Les Paul ish tenon neck joint, glued. Straight tenon so fit is critical. I've never done one before, so I can't make up my mind if I set and glue the neck first, then finish, or vice versa. I normally do bolt on necks, so I finish everything first right through final polish then ...
by Brian Evans
Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic/electric dreadnaught, adjustable neck
Replies: 16
Views: 5201

Re: Acoustic/electric dreadnaught, adjustable neck

I'm at the "finalize the neck fit and start finishing" stage of a build, and I may very well modify the joint based on your ideas. I love the idea of an adjustable neck, and using string tension to keep it together. My favorite neck joint is the Howe-Ormes arrangement, and while yours is completely ...
by Brian Evans
Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Titebond liquid hide glue
Replies: 8
Views: 201

Re: Titebond liquid hide glue

Thank you all very much. I was under a mistaken impression that it was a brand new product - the ad for it I saw kind of implied that. But 46 years ago is a long time!
by Brian Evans
Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Titebond liquid hide glue
Replies: 8
Views: 201

Titebond liquid hide glue

http://www.titebond.com/product/glues/9 ... 7daa20f8ed

Have we tried it? What do we think? :)
by Brian Evans
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Sound hole placement...
Replies: 16
Views: 515

Re: Sound hole placement...

I build archtops, and I find that when I build a traditional F-hole top I end up with a strong air resonance around Bb or C. If it's too strong I end up with a dead sounding note. I built an archtop with F-holes and a sound port on the upper shoulder, it had a stronger resonance around D (open 4th s...
by Brian Evans
Sun Dec 20, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: grounding individual bass bridge units
Replies: 3
Views: 291

grounding individual bass bridge units

I'm getting ready to "dress" the J-bass I've been making for what seems like decades, but is only years. The guy I'm building it for gave me a bunch of random hardware that he had collected, including some individual bridge/saddle units. You mount them beside each other but they don't touch. I'm hav...
by Brian Evans
Mon Dec 14, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: neck tenon - how tight?
Replies: 2
Views: 355

neck tenon - how tight?

I'm doing a kind of Les Paul style neck tenon for my current build, I normally do dovetail or bolt on joints. The tenon is straight, around 3" long, flat bottom, and straight flat sides. It will rest firmly on the bottom, and get clamped while gluing, but I can't clamp the sides. How tight a fit do ...
by Brian Evans
Sun Dec 13, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Lacquer available in canada
Replies: 16
Views: 4992

Re: Lacquer available in canada

Thanks for your reply. Not what I was told by the other guys, but if you're doing it, that's it! I can follow up on my 2019 comment on Beautitone Acrylic Lacquer, from Home Hardware. Finally got around to refinishing one of the instruments I used it on, first of three to do. Good news - it's about i...
by Brian Evans
Sat Dec 12, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Lacquer available in canada
Replies: 16
Views: 4992

Re: Lacquer available in canada

How do you get around the supposed ban on shipping? I was told directly by lacquer manufacturers that they would not ship it to me. I'm in Nova Scotia.
by Brian Evans
Wed Dec 09, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Carve neck before or after fretting?
Replies: 5
Views: 1321

Re: Carve neck before or after fretting?

Thanks for the feedback, I believe I will fret first and carve after. As it happens I decided to bind the fretboard first, but I still think New York Epi's had the binding installed after the frets, I've seen a picture of that from their factory, and other Epi experts agree. It's quite unusual now t...
by Brian Evans
Sun Dec 06, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Carve neck before or after fretting?
Replies: 5
Views: 1321

Carve neck before or after fretting?

Do you carve the neck before or after you install the frets? It's an archtop with a neck extension under the fretboard, so it's fully supported and the fretboard is glued to the neck and fully prepped for fretting. I can't remember how I did it before, and I can't think of why it would matter one wa...
by Brian Evans
Sat Dec 05, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Mandolin - small archtop guitar or completely different?
Replies: 4
Views: 1456

Mandolin - small archtop guitar or completely different?

A friend of mine wants to get a good but cheap mandolin (we are looking at used). I can't find her one within Covid driving distance to even try, and the ones on line near here seem to think that a 10 year old laminated far east instrument has somehow doubled in price from when it was new. So I'm bo...
by Brian Evans
Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: high neck relief in an old Regal Parlor guitar
Replies: 7
Views: 1619

Re: high neck relief in an old Regal Parlor guitar

I have a 1930's Regal made Dobro with a similar (identical) neck problem so I hope you post your solution. I'm currently ignoring it by playing it lap style with a riser nut, but in the back of my mind is this nagging feeling that I'm going to repair it sooner or later... I won't be removing frets o...
by Brian Evans
Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: I’m Stuck. Wash Coat Before Binding...
Replies: 9
Views: 1836

Re: I’m Stuck. Wash Coat Before Binding...

Late to the party but - I use the Zinsser spray shellac in a can all the time when I am building, I use it to protect the raw wood from dirty fingers, I use it to seal the binding rout, I use it to protect against glue staining so I spray it on the routed ledge and use CA glue to apply the binding (...
by Brian Evans
Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Neck Joint Database
Replies: 5
Views: 1346

Re: Neck Joint Database

I was sure I saw this somewhere, and found it on Frets.net. A good starting point. I talked to a luthier who was doing a similar cut and bolt neck reset on a Yamaha, I think. http://fretsnet.ning.com/forum/topics/n ... et-gallery
by Brian Evans
Tue Sep 29, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Doing fret board and head stock binding -questions
Replies: 11
Views: 2231

Re: Doing fret board and head stock binding -questions

So many ways, and no one does it my way... although it comes virtually step for step from the Benedetto book. I slot the flat and square fretboard. I taper it to size accounting for binding width. I add the "purlfing" binding to the tapered, slotted fretboard, and slot the binding. I glue the flat, ...
by Brian Evans
Mon Sep 21, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 23
Views: 3731

Re: slim hollow body with P90

It's been done, over the decades (centuries), mostly an arch in one direction, with the grain. The nuance of a traditional arched top guitar, with the flowing curves and the recurve around the edge, is impossible as far as I can see. If I wanted to make a guitar like that and didn't want to carve th...