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by Eric Knapp
Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 20
Views: 11374

Re: Chapman stick?

Those are interesting - and surprisingly reasonably priced! I'd still like to build one though... :D Heh, that’s the attitude of most of us here, eh? I’d build my own house and car if I could swing it. I have yet to finish an instrument, you are ahead of me by several now. I hope to catch up, somed...
by Eric Knapp
Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 20
Views: 11374

Re: Chapman stick?

There is a guy making acoustic tapping instruments who is getting known in the Chapman Stick community. His instruments are very interesting and show a different approach to tapping.

http://english.dragonflytap.com/

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Electric Viola Build - Starting to come together
Replies: 2
Views: 964

Re: Electric Viola Build - Starting to come together

JC Whitney wrote:
Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:23 am
"Fascinating", to quote your little supervisor's slightly more famous cousin.
What are you planning to use for a pickup?
I am going to try a piezo pickup from StewMac first. I have a preamp I made that should work with it. This is definitely an experiment and we’ll see how it goes.

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Electric Viola Build - Starting to come together
Replies: 2
Views: 964

Electric Viola Build - Starting to come together

Hello, I have enough pieces of the puzzle that I can set it up like this. Making this up as I go is a bit nerve-wracking. Seeing like this makes me think I might pull this off. gnome-02.jpg Even the shop gnome seems to approve. gnome-01.jpg On to the head, I'm not doing a traditional scroll, just so...
by Eric Knapp
Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Electric Viola Build - Tailpiece
Replies: 6
Views: 1005

Re: Electric Viola Build - Tailpiece

I was sitting here looking at the tailpiece again. And I had a thought; from a geometric standpoint, shouldn't the holes on the outside edges be spaced a little farther apart in order to keep equidistant string spacing. Good observation. They are a little farther apart but I’m not sure of the exact...
by Eric Knapp
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Electric Viola Build - Tailpiece
Replies: 6
Views: 1005

Re: Electric Viola Build - Tailpiece

Bob Francis wrote:
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:19 am
that looks great Eric.
Thank you, Bob. It’s fun and sometimes stressful to make something for someone close to you with high standards.

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Electric Viola Build - Tailpiece
Replies: 6
Views: 1005

Re: Electric Viola Build - Tailpiece

That looks perfect, Eric. And I love the grain in that piece. Thank you, Barry. Here's the latest on that tailpiece. It is polished up a bit and the grain is fabulous. bridge-string-01.jpg I have done string inlay in my general woodworking and was able to use the same homemade tools for this. That ...
by Eric Knapp
Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Electric Viola Build - Tailpiece
Replies: 6
Views: 1005

Electric Viola Build - Tailpiece

Hello, With my daughter home from college we have been slowly working on the 5-string electric viola for her. She is a music major and plays viola in the orchestra. I have no idea what I'm doing and it's a great learning project. Here's the tailpiece I made based on measuring her's and some online p...
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: 2454

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: 2454

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: 2454

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: 15
Views: 5930

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: 4943

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: 52
Views: 26705

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: 3242

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: 3388

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: 3388

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: 6178

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: 6178

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: 6178

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. ...