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by Eric Knapp
Sat Jun 12, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: First Build Milestone
Replies: 6
Views: 1071

Re: First Build Milestone

Thanks, guys. It is very therapeutic to be back in the shop. Even though this first build will have more issues than I can count, and will not be very good, it's still wonderful to work on. The second one will be better, I swear! I'm already having trouble storing all the guitars I didn't make. What...
by Eric Knapp
Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: First Build Milestone
Replies: 6
Views: 1071

First Build Milestone

Hello, I'm back to making slow, steady progress on my first guitar after my heart attack. There is still a lot of work to do but seeing it like this is a great moment. No braces, no lining, and no back. The fretboard and top are just sitting there. I'm pumped.
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-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Sun Apr 25, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Should I attempt this repair?
Replies: 9
Views: 3035

Re: Should I attempt this repair?

Thanks, Clay and Barry. I will pass this on to my friend. I don't have much desire to start a repair practice so I'll be very cautious about taking them on. Maybe I'll do some for a few friends only.

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Fri Apr 23, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Should I attempt this repair?
Replies: 9
Views: 3035

Re: Should I attempt this repair?

Barry Daniels wrote:
Thu Apr 22, 2021 8:00 pm
Since you are new to this repair stuff I would recommend you use Titebond Original Wood Glue, but that is assuming that you can get the crack to close up completely.
Thanks, Barry. I'll recommend he take it to a repair place first if he can find one. I'll look at it if he needs me to.

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Thu Apr 22, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Should I attempt this repair?
Replies: 9
Views: 3035

Re: Should I attempt this repair?

Barry Daniels wrote:
Thu Apr 22, 2021 2:43 pm
It's a long break so it should glue up easily and will be quite strong when done.
Thanks, that makes me think I might want to take it on. What glue would you use?

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Should I attempt this repair?
Replies: 9
Views: 3035

Should I attempt this repair?

I suppose this happens to many once word gets around that you are setting up to make instruments. A friend sent me this photo asking if I would be interested in fixing it. I've never done a repair like that and I'm inclined to decline the request. I certainly have the glue, clamps, and theoretical k...
by Eric Knapp
Sat Mar 27, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Drying cabinet plans or photos
Replies: 8
Views: 2842

Re: Drying cabinet plans or photos

I wonder if anyone has adapted an old refrigerator as a drying box? It would have a good vapor barrier and a relatively air tight door. A quick search for "fridge as drying cabinet" shows that this is a big thing. Drying foods is the most common but the concept is the same. I think this is an inter...
by Eric Knapp
Sat Mar 27, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Electric Viola - Done! (Almost)
Replies: 16
Views: 6401

Re: Electric Viola - Done! (Almost)

Eric, You had a heart attack this week? How are you? Yes, I had a major heart attack this week and survived. I called 911 in time and now have two stents and a story to tell. Overall, I’m doing very well, thanks for asking. I’m sure glad I got this viola done before my daughter leaves for school to...
by Eric Knapp
Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Drying cabinet plans or photos
Replies: 8
Views: 2842

Re: Drying cabinet plans or photos

A lot of cabinets use a simple lightbulb to control humidity. I am not sure a dehumidifier locked up in a small cabinet would be a good idea. They can put out a lot of heat in addition to the dry air. That might be too much for such a small space. There are a lot of older discussions on drying cabi...
by Eric Knapp
Fri Mar 26, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Drying cabinet plans or photos
Replies: 8
Views: 2842

Re: Drying cabinet plans or photos

I feel you on the humidity Eric. My shop's on a cement slab and it just feels clammy on those humid days. Wisconsin can be pretty swampy in the summer. I'm also on a clammy cement slab in my detached garage. I should have sealed the floor before building the shop but it's too big a task now, ugh. -...
by Eric Knapp
Fri Mar 26, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Electric Viola - Done! (Almost)
Replies: 16
Views: 6401

Re: Electric Viola - Done! (Almost)

Congratulations, Eric! I hate to say I even remember when you started on this "a while back." Glad you brought it to fruition and it meets with your daughter's approval! Thank you, Jim. I'm so glad she approves! The stress of worrying about that was pretty high. This was the first instrument and I ...
by Eric Knapp
Fri Mar 26, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Electric Viola - Done! (Almost)
Replies: 16
Views: 6401

Re: Electric Viola - Done! (Almost)

Bob Francis wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 2:21 pm
Nice Eric
Thank you, Bob. A labor of love that got my butt moving.

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Wed Mar 24, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Electric Viola - Done! (Almost)
Replies: 16
Views: 6401

Re: Electric Viola - Done! (Almost)

It will help a lot if you use a normal bridge, or, at least make some cutouts that follow similar practice. The flexibility of the bridge acts as a filter for sound in different ranges, and can make a real impact on the tone coming from the pickup. The instrument sounds great right now. It sounds m...
by Eric Knapp
Wed Mar 24, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Electric Viola - Done! (Almost)
Replies: 16
Views: 6401

Re: Electric Viola - Done! (Almost)

You need a pre-amp between the pickup and the amp. I forgot to mention that we are using a preamp. It doesn’t make a difference with the buzzing. We have an acoustic guitar amp with inputs designed for piezo pickups. It sounds great with and without the preamp but the buzz is always there. If we ho...
by Eric Knapp
Wed Mar 24, 2021 12:02 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Electric Viola - Done! (Almost)
Replies: 16
Views: 6401

Electric Viola - Done! (Almost)

Well, here's the first musical instrument I've made. It's a 5-string electric viola for my music-major daughter. The body and bridge are maple, the fingerboard and tailpiece are Macassar Ebony. I made everything except for the pickup, the tuning pegs, and the chin rest. She wanted a chin rest that i...
by Eric Knapp
Wed Mar 24, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Drying cabinet plans or photos
Replies: 8
Views: 2842

Drying cabinet plans or photos

Hello, After reading about this here and other sources I believe I need a drying cabinet in order to make guitars. I’m in Wisconsin and the humidity in my shop is never below 75% and way higher during the summer. I have a sling psychrometer so I’m reasonably sure about these numbers. I’m not trying ...
by Eric Knapp
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Thicknessing Binding.
Replies: 13
Views: 4601

Re: Thicknessing Binding.

I have not done binding this way yet. However, I do string inlay on furniture projects. This tool from Veritas is very good at thicknessing thin stock. It can thickness stock down to very thin levels less than 1/64”. https://www.leevalley.com/en-us/shop/tools/hand-tools/scrapers/69877-veritas-string...
by Eric Knapp
Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:56 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Rookie Bending Questions
Replies: 12
Views: 4564

Re: Rookie Bending Questions

Thanks, everyone. I am trying to apply all the hints and make some progress. I have completed four test runs and the last one seems really nice. It was also a scrap that is much closer to the actual side pieces. I’m going to start working on thicknessing and cutting the sides to shape next. Bending ...
by Eric Knapp
Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: MIMF News & a giveaway
Replies: 33
Views: 33879

Re: MIMF News & a giveaway

I’m in!

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Rookie Bending Questions
Replies: 12
Views: 4564

Rookie Bending Questions

Hello, I’m working on my first guitar, an acoustic flattop, and have some beginner questions for the wizards. I built a mold and I’m practicing bending sides. Here’s my best attempt so far. My guitar’s back and sides will be walnut and this test piece is a pretty good match, it’s just short but fine...