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by John Kingma
Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Guitar Building in Spain
Replies: 29
Views: 30445

Re: Guitar Building in Spain

Hope it's okay to post an update in this older thread. Evan ended up being offered an apprenticeship with Stephen Hill. He just got home for a short visit (to renew his visa) after being there for about a year and a half. In that time he has built 5 guitars of his own and 7 guitars for Stephen... hi...
by John Kingma
Wed Dec 23, 2015 7:38 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Guitar Building in Spain
Replies: 29
Views: 30445

Re: Guitar Building in Spain

The first guitar I built was an electric - for Evan actually. And even though he has a few more guitars and better guitars than the one I built for him he says it's "his baby" and he will never get rid of it. Well he has a new baby now but I know he will still keep the electric I built for him.
by John Kingma
Sat Dec 19, 2015 9:20 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Guitar Building in Spain
Replies: 29
Views: 30445

Re: Guitar Building in Spain

Beate Ritzert wrote:Maybe he should have sold the first one?
:?:

Why...??

If I was in his shoes I would never sell my first one.
by John Kingma
Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:05 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Guitar Building in Spain
Replies: 29
Views: 30445

Re: Guitar Building in Spain

I don't know enough about classical guitars to really answer your questions Randolph... but of Stephen's website he says he builds in the "traditional Spanish method". So I can only assume that's how it was done way back when. Perhaps someone here with more experience with this can pipe in and clari...
by John Kingma
Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:13 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Guitar Building in Spain
Replies: 29
Views: 30445

Re: Guitar Building in Spain

Evan really hit it off with the instructor and when the course was completed Evan swung a deal to stick around and build a second guitar on his own. He bought materials and rented "bench space" from Stephen and tackled a Flamenco guitar. He's still there and wants to stay even longer. http://i334.ph...
by John Kingma
Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:20 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Guitar Building in Spain
Replies: 29
Views: 30445

Re: Guitar Building in Spain

At the end of the course they had a little concern where a professional guitarist played all the students' guitars. Here are links to a couple youtube videos that you may find interesting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkB309uUs0A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1sgSg7-AWQ Evan went with a very m...
by John Kingma
Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:06 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Guitar Building in Spain
Replies: 29
Views: 30445

Re: Guitar Building in Spain

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m408/apolloguitars/Building%20Guitars%20In%20Spain/IMG_1622_zps2srd8hlh.jpg~original http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m408/apolloguitars/Building%20Guitars%20In%20Spain/IMG_1781_zpsqqj4xaev.jpg~original http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m408/apolloguitars/Build...
by John Kingma
Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:44 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Guitar Building in Spain
Replies: 29
Views: 30445

Re: Guitar Building in Spain

Progress... http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m408/apolloguitars/Building%20Guitars%20In%20Spain/000001_zpsj5bswdzf.jpg~original http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m408/apolloguitars/Building%20Guitars%20In%20Spain/000002_zpsbg6f5qip.jpg~original http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m408/apolloguitar...
by John Kingma
Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:16 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Guitar Building in Spain
Replies: 29
Views: 30445

Re: Guitar Building in Spain

The class having a break at a local watering hole. Stephen Hill is 3rd from left with the bag over his shoulder. http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m408/apolloguitars/Building%20Guitars%20In%20Spain/IMG_0464_zpscllpgivx.jpg~original Back to the shop... http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m408/apollog...
by John Kingma
Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:06 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Guitar Building in Spain
Replies: 29
Views: 30445

Re: Guitar Building in Spain

Here's some work on the rosette. http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m408/apolloguitars/Building%20Guitars%20In%20Spain/01rosette_zpsojtczfcx.jpg~original http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m408/apolloguitars/Building%20Guitars%20In%20Spain/03rosette_zpsogqcaypz.jpg~original http://i334.photobucket.c...
by John Kingma
Fri Dec 04, 2015 9:58 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Guitar Building in Spain
Replies: 29
Views: 30445

Re: Guitar Building in Spain

The course ran from mid September to mid October. Students had a choice of a classical or flamenco guitar. Evan chose a Classical. He picked padauk for the back and sides and cedar for the top. http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m408/apolloguitars/Building%20Guitars%20In%20Spain/IMG_0500_zpsmfmgwo5m...
by John Kingma
Fri Dec 04, 2015 9:49 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Guitar Building in Spain
Replies: 29
Views: 30445

Guitar Building in Spain

My son, Evan, graduated from Culinary School last spring but wasn't sure he really wanted to get into that field. So he spent most of last summer working odd jobs here and there while considering his future. He has had a bit of exposure and experience building electric guitars with me in my shop - a...
by John Kingma
Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:30 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Home made Fox Style Bender
Replies: 34
Views: 29061

Re: Home made Fox Style Bender

Well as a bit of an update... I've done a lot of "test" bends and have done some tweaking to the bender. I've also bent my first real set of sides and have an actual guitar started. A lot of other things have come up so it's currently on the backburner... but I'm hoping to get going with it again af...
by John Kingma
Wed May 06, 2015 1:54 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Home made Fox Style Bender
Replies: 34
Views: 29061

Re: Home made Fox Style Bender

No heat from below... only from the heat blanket, which sits directly on top of the wood..

The cherry is 2mm thick, and it's kiln dried.
by John Kingma
Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:43 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Home made Fox Style Bender
Replies: 34
Views: 29061

Re: Home made Fox Style Bender

I don't know for sure... but after the fact it just "looked" thicker than it should be. My son did the thicknessing. I told him to shoot for 2mm but I never checked when he was done.
by John Kingma
Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:35 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Home made Fox Style Bender
Replies: 34
Views: 29061

Re: Home made Fox Style Bender

We finally got around to doing a test bend on our machine. We used a piece of cherry left over from a desk I built for my youngest son last year. Everything went smooth and the rig worked better than I was expecting. We got a bit of "spring back" in the cutaway area, but that might be because our wo...
by John Kingma
Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:44 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Home made Fox Style Bender
Replies: 34
Views: 29061

Re: Home made Fox Style Bender

Thank you for all of the comments and suggestions.

I should have stated that these are not quite done and I still have a fair bit of tweaking to do before I am ready to use them. I will definitely take some of the advice given and make sure I have something that will work for me.

Cheers,