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by Clay Schaeffer
Sat Aug 08, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Maple log
Replies: 10
Views: 202

Re: Maple log

Please tell us the full crazy request. OK, here’s part of it... I was thinking a carved archtop jazz guitar, but shaped more like a hollow body jazzmaster (with f holes). I want a loud 8 string ( "D" and "G" doubled) acoustic guitar that also is electric Hi Andy, So far it doesn't sound too wacky -...
by Clay Schaeffer
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Using Kevlar instead of cleats for crack repair.
Replies: 4
Views: 95

Re: Using Kevlar instead of cleats for crack repair.

"The cons would be for one that it's a one shot repair. You will never be able to get it off again, and might influence any future repair" Hi Mario, I think for me that might be the biggest argument against using it. If you want to do long thin continuous "cleats" the TJ Thompson technique might be ...
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: This got me mad!
Replies: 16
Views: 473

Re: This got me mad!

So often what we hear from professional repair people when presented with a basket case such as that Gibson is that it isn't economically feasible to rebuild it. The cost of repairs would be more than the guitar is worth. They can make more doing fretwork and set ups in the same amount of time it wo...
by Clay Schaeffer
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Help! Confusion over non-functioning electronics
Replies: 3
Views: 136

Re: Help! Confusion over non-functioning electronics

I had to go to the urban dictionary to find the proper definition of CRS disease.... :lol:
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Custom 45 Style
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Re: Custom 45 Style

Nice!
Jumbos have such a large canvas the burst helps bring them in a bit.
by Clay Schaeffer
Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: This got me mad!
Replies: 16
Views: 473

Re: This got me mad!

Hello Max, from one of the old geezers!
I'm surprised you took exception to his lutherie work. There were a few things I might have done differently, but he seemed to get it back together in reasonably good fashion, and to the level of the average 60 year old factory production guitar.
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: oscillating multi-tool saw...
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: oscillating multi-tool saw...

For sheet work work I used it to plunge cut cutouts for electrical boxes and light fixtures. Blades if bought from local big box stores can be somewhat expensive. Buying from eBay they are fairly cheap.
Another blade I've found useful is the scraper blade which I forgot to mention.
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: oscillating multi-tool saw...
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: oscillating multi-tool saw...

I have three of the HF oscillating tools. I caught them on sale so the single speed one was $14 and the variable speed ones were under $30. The single speed one worked O.K. and I've used it for construction work (plunge cutting drywall and thin plywood) and some guitar related stuff, but it does hav...
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 3 vihuelas I've built recently
Replies: 2
Views: 261

Re: 3 vihuelas I've built recently

Nice looking instruments. The article you linked suggested that the vihuela was a Spanish creation to provide a more robust form of lute. I had never seen that before. That it had lute stringing and tuning is also interesting. It is somewhat surprising that the guitar developed from a different line...
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: neck transplant
Replies: 7
Views: 300

Re: neck transplant

Rodgers will make you a set for $850.
I modded mine from an $8 set of Chinese mandolin tuners. They aren't quite as nice. :) Here is a picture of them in the old original peghead I copied.
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: falcate bracing
Replies: 19
Views: 741

Re: falcate bracing

Actually I was speaking of me, Barry. My friend calls me the Hermit in the Hollow, because of my somewhat antisocial nature. I spent most of my "growing up" years alone in the woods, and the fields, and the marshes. I never made many social contacts, and still today, I am quite happy to "social dist...
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: neck transplant
Replies: 7
Views: 300

Re: neck transplant

P.S. The line of holes in the cover plate that run through the "medallion" I believe were for oiling the gears.
The donor guitar will be getting a new neck with tuners that can take the strain of steel strings.
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: neck transplant
Replies: 7
Views: 300

Re: neck transplant

Hi Karl, The enclosed tuners are somewhat traditional with that style of headstock. The original guitar I have has a plate on the back. Some used a plate on the front and some used tuners similar to "banjo" straight through friction tuners. The original tuners were made a little differently than mod...
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: neck transplant
Replies: 7
Views: 300

Re: neck transplant

This was the guitar I mentioned in Chuck Tweedy's post that originally sounded terrible. I guess it took a little while for the neck to wake up in a new body. It sounds quite nice now. It is kind of a crossover with a narrower nut width than a classical and a radiused fretboard. I used a "fan X" bra...
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: neck transplant
Replies: 7
Views: 300

Re: neck transplant

The recipient :
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: neck transplant
Replies: 7
Views: 300

neck transplant

I recently removed a neck from one guitar and transplanted it to another body. Originally it was on a body I had built for steel stringing, but the tuners I modified couldn't handle the tension. I mounted them similar to the originals - with the worms below the posts (which I know is poor practice)....
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: falcate bracing
Replies: 19
Views: 741

Re: falcate bracing

No big deal Max, One person's promotional is another person's informational. I learned something from your post - how you determine what you feel is the optimum bridge rotation. And welcome to the forum Max. Hope you continue to post here.We are generally a pretty friendly bunch, although at times w...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: falcate bracing
Replies: 19
Views: 741

Re: falcate bracing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HB8MDlNqKo&feature=emb_rel_end https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYBzedxzy7I&feature=emb_logo The guitars have a nice mid-rangy blues box kind of sound. Yeah Barry, It is a bit promotional. He did say he was the marketing person for his Dad. I think he is being transpa...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: falcate bracing
Replies: 19
Views: 741

Re: falcate bracing

When we speak of "X" bracing we don't give credit to C.F.Martin or his predecessors who developed it. Likewise we don't credit Torres and his predecessors who developed fan bracing when we say we are using it. I think saying "Falcate bracing" sufficiently identifies the source of inspiration and giv...