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by Stephen Neal Saqui
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Top/side geometry issue
Replies: 6
Views: 5991

Re: Top/side geometry issue

Keep the dovetail jigs simple to use so that you can adapt to any angle that you have. It's good to have your dimensions set, but it's better that you have flexibility in the jigs. You may want to do experiments in future guitars regarding the top arching. Making the neck should solve your understan...
by Stephen Neal Saqui
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Spare holes in fretboard-how to cover
Replies: 15
Views: 8817

Re: Spare holes in fretboard-how to cover

You're not alone! In making a guitar for a friend I showed it to him...he burst out laughing and didn't mind the ebony plugs...oh but he does point it out to other friends!
by Stephen Neal Saqui
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bending Curly Maple Bindings
Replies: 21
Views: 15132

Re: Bending Curly Maple Bindings

Thank you Todd!
I like using solid molds and spring steel slats. In San Diego I found some sheet titanium that I use for cutaway sides. It has almost NO memory. Unfortunately it isn't long enough and I haven't found any other source so far. I use it for the cutaway section.
by Stephen Neal Saqui
Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bending Curly Maple Bindings
Replies: 21
Views: 15132

Re: Bending Curly Maple Bindings

Anyone had success with the Fox bender?
by Stephen Neal Saqui
Mon May 29, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Mistakes...
Replies: 23
Views: 20495

Re: Mistakes...

Keep a list going while building. The list should keep you from jumping ahead. Think through everything about making the guitar and write it down...cross off what's been done...but write when you've forgotten something. On the next guitar read previous lists...then write the new one. Think about wha...
by Stephen Neal Saqui
Mon May 29, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Cracking Lacquer ???
Replies: 7
Views: 4766

Re: Cracking Lacquer ???

Sand in between coats. Try out different fillers to apply in between coats. There should be conversations here about fillers. The idea is to keep the finish thin while plugging up the holes.
by Stephen Neal Saqui
Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Wenge for Fret Board
Replies: 12
Views: 7674

Re: Wenge for Fret Board

I've used wenge for veneers on multi piece maple necks and had access to large boards. I should have listened to you guys back then (70's-80's).
Dave, have you used it for normal fretboards? How well does it re-saw?
by Stephen Neal Saqui
Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Wenge for Fret Board
Replies: 12
Views: 7674

Re: Wenge for Fret Board

I think it's a poor choice for a fingerboard...I can't help thinking of splinters...but....think about this: 2P-10
by Stephen Neal Saqui
Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Ephiphone lp headstock break suggestions needed
Replies: 7
Views: 6571

Re: Ephiphone lp headstock break suggestions needed

I like your last post....removing fingerboard and splines on either side of the tension rod. You may not gain much from a tension rod swap. How well did the original rod work? Two-way rods are not that efficient...I'll probably get hammered for saying that but have done a lot of this stuff. Is the l...
by Stephen Neal Saqui
Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Benedetto style Classical Archtop
Replies: 9
Views: 6407

Re: Benedetto style Classical Archtop

I love the shape! I love the freedom of ideas. I love that it looks musical.

Thank you for sharing. What's next?
by Stephen Neal Saqui
Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Gluing the bridge to the top?
Replies: 11
Views: 7051

Re: Gluing the bridge to the top?

Here we have many centuries of fitting the bridge to the top without glue. The main concern is intonation and that changes with gauge of strings. You want to be able to move the bridge ever so slightly.
Don't mess with success!
by Stephen Neal Saqui
Sat Dec 31, 2016 3:10 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: What's the best fix for a broken dovetail on a Gretsch archtop?
Replies: 5
Views: 4889

Re: What's the best fix for a broken dovetail on a Gretsch archtop?

I'd go with Barry Daniels and add a couple of suggestions. If the block does not fit perfectly at the break then rough the two surfaces and use epoxy with light clamping using tape to hold it in place till setup. I doubt wether it would need reenforcing, but if you don't agree then use hardwood dowe...
by Stephen Neal Saqui
Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: How thin on EI Rosewood sides?
Replies: 11
Views: 8183

Re: How thin on EI Rosewood sides?

There's a good book on classical guitar making in which the guy makes two veneers for the sides. The method would work for your situation. http://www.jsbguitars.com/classical-guitar-making-book/ Amazon has the book much cheaper: https://www.amazon.com/Classical-Guitar-Making-Approach-Traditional/dp/...
by Stephen Neal Saqui
Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:28 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Small bandsaw or small table saw
Replies: 40
Views: 24549

Re: Small bandsaw or small table saw

A bit expensive but well worth it I recently bought a Byrnes Model Machines table saw, hand built machine that works great!! I also got their sander BTW and between it and the table saw making things like bindings and rosettes is great.. of course a regular table saw with the right jigs will work a...
by Stephen Neal Saqui
Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: long distance cleating
Replies: 19
Views: 15866

Re: long distance cleating

I vote that this belongs in the: "That's Not Fair" category!
by Stephen Neal Saqui
Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: long distance cleating
Replies: 19
Views: 15866

Re: long distance cleating

Barry's method is old, tried, and true. But start playing with magnets with no glue. A tiny bit of double stick tape to attach the patch to magnet and take it in by hand or tip of the finger. The outside magnet placed on the crack or not, etc. The idea is to try things out. See what you can make wor...
by Stephen Neal Saqui
Sun Dec 11, 2016 6:24 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: ukulele neck/body join
Replies: 6
Views: 6139

Re: ukulele neck/body join

The simplest of all ways is the mortise and tenon.

Tops are flat. 3 fan braces are common. Keep everything light for the best sound.
by Stephen Neal Saqui
Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:31 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fretting, backbow
Replies: 22
Views: 12238

Re: Fretting, backbow

My comments about Stewmac's Fret Barber were addressed to repair, not new building. It's pretty obvious that when building you want to match the frets with the slot width beforehand.
by Stephen Neal Saqui
Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fretting, backbow
Replies: 22
Views: 12238

Re: Fretting, backbow

The beauty of Stewmac's Fret Barber is that you control exactly how much fret you remove by using mechanics metal shims measured in the thousandths! AND its fast! You can pull a whole strand of fretstock through or chose to use short sections. The most important thing about this conversation, in my ...
by Stephen Neal Saqui
Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fretting, backbow
Replies: 22
Views: 12238

Re: Fretting, backbow

Driving the neck into a back bow is simply that you haven't matched the frets to the slot. Before you commit to fretting always test the 1st fret you put in. If it feels tight then you must cut the fret down. Stewmac has a brilliant tool they call the Fret Barber. It's probably the single most impor...