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by John Clifford
Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Small (very) acoustic archtop design questions
Replies: 15
Views: 4315

Re: Small (very) acoustic archtop design questions

I made this parlor-size acoustic archtop. Lower bout is 13.75." Side depth is standard 3". It has a cedar top and sapelle back & sides. The top has a relatively low arch (about 5/8" from bottom to top), and I used parallel bracing. It's quite loud and has a nice snappy sound. It would work fine for ...
by John Clifford
Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Back radius gone in one direction
Replies: 13
Views: 3735

Re: Back radius gone in one direction

I live in Minnesota and build guitars in the basement of my house. During the summer, a dehumidifier does the trick. During the winter - you're not going to like this - I just don't heat the basement, and that keeps the RH pretty consistent. Yes, it gets cold down there so I have to wear multiple la...
by John Clifford
Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Blues Guitar for Acoustic Players
Replies: 3
Views: 1950

Re: Blues Guitar for Acoustic Players

You can absolutely play blues on an acoustic guitar. Or anything else. The question is what sort of sound you want to make. If you want to sound like BB King or Buddy Guy, you'll need to play an electric guitar. You can play their licks on an acoustic, but it won't sound the same. Acoustic guitars g...
by John Clifford
Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass guitar design advice
Replies: 45
Views: 18167

Re: Bass guitar design advice

It sure helped when doing my first two guitars to have some examples hanging on the wall to refer to. I have to drive 45 minutes one-way to get to my local guitar store, unless I go to Guitar Center which I try to avoid like the plague. My preferred store has a huge selection, they don't bug you so...
by John Clifford
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass guitar design advice
Replies: 45
Views: 18167

Re: Bass guitar design advice

1/4" is probably an average nominal center thickness, but it's really up to you. It needs to be thick enough to support the truss rod, assuming that's mounted directly underneath. And keep in mind the geometry of bridge saddle and pickup heights, and desired action. If you're building a Fender-type ...
by John Clifford
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Resonate Frequency Problem ?
Replies: 14
Views: 2444

Re: Resonate Frequency Problem ?

Another thing you could try is attaching small lead weights with putty to the top, back or even the sides of the instrument in different places. Try it on the outside first, and if you find a spot that works, then you can move it to the inside. I wouldn't take the back off unless and until you know ...
by John Clifford
Mon Oct 28, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Force required to fret a guitar string?
Replies: 14
Views: 6685

Re: Force required to fret a guitar string?

First, I'm very sorry to hear about your accident. That's a terrible thing for a musician. Second, I have no idea how to compute the exact amount of force required. But third, I have actually been working lately to see how much I can reduce the amount of force I'm using, as a matter of playing techn...
by John Clifford
Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: First Electric Guitar
Replies: 8
Views: 3435

Re: First Electric Guitar

That's lovely Christ. Great job! I like your headstock design and logo.

I'm left-handed, but I've always played right-handed (I guess because I didn't have a talented brother to make me a guitar). At this point, it's hard for me to even imagine playing left-handed.
by John Clifford
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: f holes
Replies: 3
Views: 2686

Re: f holes

No doubt there are many ways to make a pleasant sounding instrument, and certainly many great sounding archtop guitars have been made with f holes. On the other hand, they clearly break up the lower bout of the top plate, which is the main sound pump. If the job of the guitar body is to move air, it...
by John Clifford
Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: f holes
Replies: 3
Views: 2686

f holes

I just watched a long, rambling but quite interesting (to me) video of a talk given by Ken Parker on innovations in guitar making. One thing that stood out to me was Ken's explanation of the reason violins have f-holes, and why they are not such a good idea for archtop guitars. His argument is that ...
by John Clifford
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Doing a refret
Replies: 18
Views: 6623

Re: Doing a refret

First, are you sure it really needs a re-fret? Are you unhappy with the way it plays now, and are you sure your unhappiness is due to fret wear? Or are you just seeing worn frets and thinking they need fixing? I have a Les Paul Deluxe I got in 1975 that still has its original frets. They are very wo...
by John Clifford
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Wood identification - Taste
Replies: 10
Views: 4644

Re: Wood identification - Taste

I would generally avoid buying wood that is just labeled "mahogany." What that tells you is the seller doesn't know what kind of wood it is. Usually it's so-called "African Mahogany" (Khaya), but it could be just about any sort of brownish wood.
by John Clifford
Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Thank You Alan!! (Ultimate Scrapers)
Replies: 15
Views: 5523

Re: Thank You Alan!! (Ultimate Scrapers)

Is there an effective way to sharpen these without using a bench grinder? I just don't have any room for another power tool. I've tried using a disc sander, and results are OK but not great.
by John Clifford
Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: KMG binding router 'clone'??
Replies: 11
Views: 4277

Re: KMG binding router 'clone'??

Brian, you're gutsier than I am. I always go for maximum stability around routers.
by John Clifford
Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Cracked poly finish
Replies: 8
Views: 2219

Re: Cracked poly finish

I followed the excellent advice given above, and it worked out great. No "after" photo, because it looks the same as before, which is exactly what I wanted.

So thanks again. I really appreciate this resource.
by John Clifford
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Cracked poly finish
Replies: 8
Views: 2219

Re: Cracked poly finish

I’m sure you guys are right. Thanks for the guidance.
by John Clifford
Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Cracked poly finish
Replies: 8
Views: 2219

Re: Cracked poly finish

Thanks David. I'll probably try it that way.
by John Clifford
Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Actual effect of volume/tone pots on acoustic tone
Replies: 6
Views: 3367

Re: Actual effect of volume/tone pots on acoustic tone

Thumb wheels, even if mounted inside the f-holes, are a safer option than pots because they attach with removable adhesive, they're very low mass, and are less prone to vibrate than pots with their mechanical connection involving nuts and washers. But you have fewer options for resistance, taper, tr...
by John Clifford
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: StratoJag
Replies: 9
Views: 3317

Re: StratoJag

Bob Gramann wrote:Talk to D’Addario. I expect that they will be interested.
Bob, you were right. I called them and they are sending me some replacement strings with reinforced windings. Great customer service. I've just gotten so used to the other kind that I don't expect that anymore. :)
by John Clifford
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Cracked poly finish
Replies: 8
Views: 2219

Re: Cracked poly finish

Thanks guys. I think I can try it out on an area under the cover plate in back, so that's the plan. What do you think about clamping? I was thinking I could place 2-3 layers of masking tape along both sides of the crack and lightly clamp a flat caul across those, bridging the crack itself so I don't...