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by Marshall Dixon
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Laminating top question
Replies: 1
Views: 424

Re: Laminating top question

If I glue that onto a perfect flat surface like the planed body is going to be, is glue strength enough to keep it flat? What glue would I use for the best result? I have epoxy and Titebond II on hand, but I can get anything. I think the holding strength of either of those would be strong enough to...
by Marshall Dixon
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Advice Needed - When should I install frets onto my neck?
Replies: 18
Views: 689

Re: Advice Needed - When should I install frets onto my neck?

Barry, I tried that but with 1/4" blocks. As I said it helped some but 1/2" blocks would have helped more. I'll be braver next time. I bent the extension quite a bit after it was on the neck and clamped that overnight. It just didn't want to give in. I thought of putting a little moisture on the bot...
by Marshall Dixon
Sun Sep 06, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Advice Needed - When should I install frets onto my neck?
Replies: 18
Views: 689

Re: Advice Needed - When should I install frets onto my neck?

frettboard backbow.jpg Here is a fretboard from a guitar in progress. I check the width and depth of the fret slots with a tangless piece of the fret being used. I clamped this board overnight to try to force the frets to seat, and it helped some little bit. Splits in the soundboard on the sides of...
by Marshall Dixon
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: What do you check before sending out a guitar?
Replies: 4
Views: 155

Re: What do you check before sending out a guitar?

You might reconsider what you say about laminates. People are doing some interesting stuff with laminates. Nomex honeycomb material, graphite, balsa laminates, etc. And I don't understand what you are saying in the last sentence here: "There are two types of top: solid wood and laminate. The laminat...
by Marshall Dixon
Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: bridge placement
Replies: 7
Views: 182

Re: bridge placement

I said in my original post that I placed the bridge on the finished guitar, but have been gluing the bridge on in the white.
by Marshall Dixon
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: bridge placement
Replies: 7
Views: 182

Re: bridge placement

Could you send a picture? Here are pictures of the one I most recently threw together for a 7 stringer I'm working on. I mocked it up on a 6 string in the finishing process and didn't put the tuners in or the nut in place. And the strings need to be long enough to make this work. Anyway, this will ...
by Marshall Dixon
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: bridge placement
Replies: 7
Views: 182

Re: bridge placement

Is there some kind of jig I can build? Or is there some way to get the compensation right in real time on the uke before gluing bridge down? I am using D’Addario Nyltech strings THANKS! I radius the back of my guitars and carefully clamp the finished guitar onto the radiused form on either side on ...
by Marshall Dixon
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Advice Needed - When should I install frets onto my neck?
Replies: 18
Views: 689

Re: Advice Needed - When should I install frets onto my neck?

I've been installing frets before gluing the fretboard on, and apply before shaping the neck. For classical guitars where I use a non-adjustable graphite truss rod I glue up with about 1/100" relief at the 5th fret, leveling and polishing afterword from the 1st to 5th then from the 5th fret to the e...
by Marshall Dixon
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Replacing bandsaw tires on Delta 14".
Replies: 2
Views: 163

Re: Replacing bandsaw tires on Delta 14".

I replaced the tires on my 14" Rockwell/Delta Several years ago with some urethane ones from Grizzly. As I recall, instructions were to heat the tires in 160°F water prior to installation.
by Marshall Dixon
Tue Aug 25, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Glue for colored veneer marquetry in spruce top
Replies: 39
Views: 1225

Re: Glue for colored veneer marquetry in spruce top

I've heard of using colored pencils to fill little gaps in marquetry and mitered corners on purflings, though never tried it.
by Marshall Dixon
Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Glue for colored veneer marquetry in spruce top
Replies: 39
Views: 1225

Re: Glue for colored veneer marquetry in spruce top

"... So i need some reasonably tan colored fill." I've mixed bone dust with epoxy for use as a filler. Another problem I have with this is the gaps aren't clean, but often have glue remnants visible at the surface. A collection of dental tools helps get those out but can't say I'm ever satisfied wi...
by Marshall Dixon
Sun Aug 23, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Cherry 00
Replies: 1
Views: 167

Re: Cherry 00

Nice looking guitar. I like the smaller size guitars. Cherry takes on a nice coloration with age, and I love the way it works. I've used on furniture but not for a guitar. I'm big on using local wood and we took down an old cherry tree two years ago. Still have two 3' diameter logs I started cutting...
by Marshall Dixon
Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: water based finish over linseed oil
Replies: 8
Views: 293

Re: water based finish over linseed oil

Does anyone know if oil under EM6000 is a bad idea? It's a bad idea. It warns you on the back of the can "surfaces should be free of oil, dust and other contaminants..." I've been using it over shellac for years and never had problems with it. I've used Zinsner's, Target Coatings proprietary water ...
by Marshall Dixon
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: spray EM6000 in hot/humid condition?
Replies: 3
Views: 453

Re: spray EM6000 in hot/humid condition?

[="Brian Evans" post_id=61303 time=1596027938 user_id=4226] ... has anyone tried the water based stuff in hot/humid conditions?... [/quote] I've been spraying EM6000 for years. I use it with their cross linker CL100 which makes it harder and acid/alcohol resistant so it's better for bar tops and suc...
by Marshall Dixon
Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Vintage archtop guitar, neck backbow - the right way to go fixing it?
Replies: 9
Views: 971

Re: Vintage archtop guitar, neck backbow - the right way to go fixing it?

That guitar looks in such good shape that I wonder if it wasn't played much because of that back bow being there from early on. First thing to figure out is if the glue used on the neck is water soluble. Made in the 1930's there is a good chance that it's hide glue, but casein glue was popular and i...
by Marshall Dixon
Sun May 03, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Dome height
Replies: 13
Views: 3225

Re: Dome height

Alan Carruth wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 12:59 pm
This thread has been about carved arches; I'm not sure how that relates to a bent-with-bracing dome.
OK, sorry. Just gives me more ideas.
by Marshall Dixon
Sun May 03, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Thinking about a steel string ...
Replies: 11
Views: 2679

Re: Thinking about a steel string ...

Triple O is a nice size. X brace opened up to 100° to help the bottom end. Venetian cut-away. Bolt on neck. The bridge patch effects tone. You need something hard because of the ball ends, (unless you use a pin-less bridge) but hardness effects high end tone. Maple gives a mellower tone, rosewood br...
by Marshall Dixon
Sat May 02, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Dome height
Replies: 13
Views: 3225

Re: Dome height

... and you can have too much of a good thing, of course. I suspect different makers have diifferent ideas about what they like to hear, and that probably has some bearing on their choice of arch height... I previously built steel stringers with 12' radius back and have been using 25' for classical...
by Marshall Dixon
Fri May 01, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Dome height
Replies: 13
Views: 3225

Re: Dome height

Hello Tommaso,

Though it doesn't address your question directly you may find this conversation of interest.

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