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by Eric Knapp
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Hello again, electric viola project starting
Replies: 4
Views: 904

Re: Hello again, electric viola project starting

The only solid body instrument I ever made was a 5-string viola, with frets. The customer insisted on the frets... Big mistake. Ha! My daughter won’t make that mistake. She has a very nice acoustic viola and I’m trying to copy the feel of it for her. For a pickup I used a small piece of PZT-5 piezo...
by Eric Knapp
Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Hello again, electric viola project starting
Replies: 4
Views: 904

Re: Hello again, electric viola project starting

Here’s what I have found so far. The Barbera pickups look very nice but are pretty expensive. I wonder if they are worth it. Here’s a link for the violin pickups but they have ones for viola too. http://barberatransducers.com/violinpickups.html The Fishman series look like they are designed for acou...
by Eric Knapp
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Hello again, electric viola project starting
Replies: 4
Views: 904

Hello again, electric viola project starting

Hello, After the initial chaos of retirement, and dealing with some health issues, I’m finally working in my shop on a consistent basis. I’m more of a general woodworker than a luthier but I want to make some instruments. I’ve had a few false starts and I’m trying to get started again. My daughter i...
by Eric Knapp
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Thank You Alan!! (Ultimate Scrapers)
Replies: 14
Views: 2943

Re: Thank You Alan!! (Ultimate Scrapers)

Thanks, Alan, I love mine too. Has anyone tried making one out of O1 steel? That would be much easier to harden and I like O1 tools a lot.

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Steinway factory tour
Replies: 13
Views: 2608

Re: Steinway factory tour

The same people made the full-length documentary “Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037”. If you want more detail this is a very good film.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Note_by ... nway_L1037

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: First Cello Build
Replies: 38
Views: 10970

Re: First Cello Build

Wow, when machinists retire...

Great work.

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: The scorper, a rosette channel cutter
Replies: 7
Views: 2410

Re: The scorper, a rosette channel cutter

That’s pretty awesome. I could get lost in that guy’s channel too.

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Looking for a school for luthiery
Replies: 3
Views: 2840

Re: Looking for a school for luthiery

The North Bennet Street School in Boston has a three year full time violin family building/repair progrm.The school has been around since the late 1890s, and also offers a number of other programs including cabinetry, preservation woodworking, and a number of other things that... Thanks, that looks...
by Eric Knapp
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Looking for a school for luthiery
Replies: 3
Views: 2840

Looking for a school for luthiery

Hello, my daughter is interested in luthiery and is looking for a school. She wants to learn to make violin family instruments. What schools are recommended?

Thanks,

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pat Metheny’s nylon archtop
Replies: 9
Views: 4996

Re: Pat Metheny’s nylon archtop

I have made a half dozen or so, and am currently working on another for a customer. My approach is different than Daniel's. Here is me playing it as a demo for a prospective customer. I'm no Pat Matheney, of course Thanks, Randolph. Was the sound in the video coming off the pickups or a mic? -Eric
by Eric Knapp
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pat Metheny’s nylon archtop
Replies: 9
Views: 4996

Re: Pat Metheny’s nylon archtop

Do you know who made Metheny's guitar? It was made by Daniel Slaman. I found this link for it. http://www.nylonstringjazzguitar.com/pat-metheny,-usa.html Thanks for your input. I’m still working on my first guitar so planning anything else now is premature. This might be an interesting one down the...
by Eric Knapp
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pat Metheny’s nylon archtop
Replies: 9
Views: 4996

Re: Pat Metheny’s nylon archtop

Thanks, Brian. That’s a lot of great information. I had found the Slaman guitars and I noticed how thin they are. Pat is very performance focused so acoustic volume probably doesn’t matter to him. If those F holes are actual holes then it seems pretty silly to say the bracing system is proprietary. ...
by Eric Knapp
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pat Metheny’s nylon archtop
Replies: 9
Views: 4996

Pat Metheny’s nylon archtop

Hello, I saw Pat Metheny last night and for many of his tunes he played solo on a nylon string archtop. I’ve never heard one before and now I’m intrigued. I guess I’m out of touch, eh? Anyway, now I’d like to start exploring the concept more. I did search the forums here and found all the posts that...
by Eric Knapp
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: MIMF 21st birthday giveaway
Replies: 21
Views: 8550

Re: MIMF 21st birthday giveaway

Happy 21st!

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman Stick
Replies: 8
Views: 6144

Re: Chapman Stick

There are Chapman Stick with different scale lengths. They are all published on the Stick website. Is that what you mean?

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Mon May 14, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Thinking of quitting building for a long, long while
Replies: 24
Views: 10873

Re: Thinking of quitting building for a long, long while

At your age I put my shop into storage and concentrated on my new career. I met my wife couple of years later and started a family after that. We moved my mostly dormant shop with us from house to house. Fast forward and I’m about to retire. I’m bringing my shop out of its long sleep and will finall...
by Eric Knapp
Fri May 04, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Cleaning Mildew
Replies: 4
Views: 2891

Re: Cleaning Mildew

A soft rag dampened with 10% bleach solution should work, and will kill it so it won't come back (maybe). We used that once on a nice 'cello that had been stolen and left in the woods through a hot summer in it's fiberglass case. Once we got the mold off and dried it out it was just a matter of glu...
by Eric Knapp
Wed May 02, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Cleaning Mildew
Replies: 4
Views: 2891

Re: Cleaning Mildew

Barry Daniels wrote:Lots of stuff would work. A mild household cleaner or even a bit of dish soap on a damp rag would be fine. I use mineral spirits on gunk that water won't dissolve and it is safe on all finishes.
Thank you, Barry. This sounds good.

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Tue May 01, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Cleaning Mildew
Replies: 4
Views: 2891

Cleaning Mildew

Hello, I have an old guitar that has some mildew on the finish. What’s the best way to remove it? It has a satin finish and is a classical guitar with several spots that have been polished by use. The mildew is not heavy but I don’t want to wreck the finish. Any tips?

Thanks,

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Tue May 01, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Soon...
Replies: 38
Views: 19673

Re: Soon...

Jim McConkey wrote:I give you a week before you start wondering how you ever had time to work.
I have no doubt about that. I'm already being contacted, "Hey, I heard you are retiring. Could we talk?"

-Eric