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by Marshall Dixon
Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Ex-wife ran over guitar
Replies: 13
Views: 359

Re: Ex-wife ran over guitar

Thanks for the info. I like using local woods and just made the acquaintance of an arborist who'll put aside the nicer stuff I'm looking for.
by Marshall Dixon
Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Ex-wife ran over guitar
Replies: 13
Views: 359

Re: Ex-wife ran over guitar

...It's from alder so not a match, but it's what I had scraps of... Nice work! Have you used alder for necks in the past? The reason I ask is that I harvested some from a neighbor last year with that in mind. I've used it in furniture making and like it's properties. Seems like it would work well f...
by Marshall Dixon
Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Ex-wife ran over guitar
Replies: 13
Views: 359

Re: Ex-wife ran over guitar

It has a double action truss rod which ends 1/4" from the fret board end, and extends about 1/2" deep under the fret board, so this limits the angle that I can cut the scarf without the truss rod getting in the way of a clean cut. I'll probably cut leaving some of the damaged wood. I can cover the ...
by Marshall Dixon
Tue Feb 11, 2020 1:48 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Ex-wife ran over guitar
Replies: 13
Views: 359

Re: Ex-wife ran over guitar

I just found out that this guitar goes for $199 at Walmart. I'm in the process of making a classical headstock now. It's a lot of work. I don't keep track of my time, and am a sporadic worker. With the truss rod in there it doesn't look like a clean job. If I had to bill my time for this job I'd gue...
by Marshall Dixon
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Ex-wife ran over guitar
Replies: 13
Views: 359

Re: Ex-wife ran over guitar

A couple of inlaid reinforcement strips on either side of the truss rod I've seen done. Even where the fracture is clean and the headstock attached. Probably good insurance.
by Marshall Dixon
Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Ex-wife ran over guitar
Replies: 13
Views: 359

Re: Ex-wife ran over guitar

Peter Wilcox wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:55 pm

Before I start, any ideas/suggestions (besides a new neck which ain't gonna happen)?
I'd cut a scarf joint in the opposite direction to what we see in the pics, avoiding the truss rod.
by Marshall Dixon
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Makeshift Alternative for Tone Woods?
Replies: 3
Views: 144

Re: Makeshift Alternative for Tone Woods?

Daniel Fenson wrote:
Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:45 am

One idea I've had is clipboards. But I'm not too confident with that idea.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
What about Formica countertop material?
by Marshall Dixon
Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: MIMF Redirection Errors
Replies: 12
Views: 631

Re: MIMF Redirection Errors

I get here by going to the forum index page https://www.mimf.com/phpbb Thanks Pete. That works but until about a week ago I could log in automatically from an initial yellow page of selections that included mime forum, FAQ's, bookstore, etc. Now even the sign on is different as it doesn’t ask me if...
by Marshall Dixon
Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: MIMF Redirection Errors
Replies: 12
Views: 631

Re: MIMF Redirection Errors

When I try to log on to the forum from the home page I get “URL not found.” I got here by going to the FAQ page which opens but doesn’t log me in automatically. I deleted cookies for this website by using the function at the bottom of the page. Still ain't working. Also the “active topics” and “unan...
by Marshall Dixon
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: 6 course early renaissance lute
Replies: 2
Views: 173

Re: 6 course early renaissance lute

I am so impressed with your work.

Took a listen to several composers you suggested in an earlier thread. Yet another world of wonderful music.

Thanks again for those suggestions.
by Marshall Dixon
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Fixing separated neck laminations, any tricks out there?
Replies: 3
Views: 283

Re: Fixing separated neck laminations, any tricks out there?

How about drying it out to as low as can be, then planing some super thin shavings of ebony, ironing them flat and working them into the crack with some glue. Or maybe find some black veneer and shaving/scraping to fit.
by Marshall Dixon
Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: 7 course renaissance lute
Replies: 7
Views: 400

Re: 7 course renaissance lute

Thanks for the recommendations. I have several transcriptions in various anthologies. About 30 years ago I picked up Frederick Noad's ”The Renaissance Guitar” and tried some of those pieces. I couldn't get them to sound right. Now with the internet it's much easier to get another perspective.
by Marshall Dixon
Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: first Hurdy Gurdy
Replies: 2
Views: 241

Re: first Hurdy Gurdy

When it comes to glue im wondering between pur glue and titebond. Hello and welcome. Pardon the delay in response. I had to look up pur glue. It seems this is a hot melt glue and non reversible. I've had time where I got everything glued up and clamped down then realized I was off a hair and had to...
by Marshall Dixon
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: 7 course renaissance lute
Replies: 7
Views: 400

Re: 7 course renaissance lute

The contrasting colors work well. I'm not sure which colors to believe of the two backs, but I'm colorblind anyway. I haven't heard much Renaissance music outside of Monteverdi, which didn't capture my heart. But I know that Resphigi's Ancient Airs and Dances were transcriptions of, or influenced by...
by Marshall Dixon
Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Decals?
Replies: 8
Views: 528

Re: Decals?

Also to consider about the fretboard: there’s a good chance that it is “ebonized” lighter colored wood.
by Marshall Dixon
Sun Dec 22, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Decals?
Replies: 8
Views: 528

Re: Decals?

The only decals I've ever applied were to model airplanes. They were self adhesive. I haven't seen but a few of these guitars with decals. It seems that the decal was finished over. It is a fairly common technique in woodworking. I wondered what kind of finish was used on these old Stellas, but coul...
by Marshall Dixon
Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Decals?
Replies: 8
Views: 528

Re: Decals?

[quote="Mark Wybierala"] ... I had written it off as Wall Art but I'm reconsidering. Its totally intact although needs a neck reset... [/quote] I perused the Stella Guitar Book a little more trying to find info on how the necks were attached. Nothing in the text but there is a line drawing of a 12 s...
by Marshall Dixon
Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Replace or re-configure rattling truss rod?
Replies: 27
Views: 1295

Re: Replace or re-configure rattling truss rod?

I had this problem once and cut the fingerboard off and inserted a fillet on top of the rod (which was not recommended). I squeezed the fillet in the center to take up any slack in the intentioned rod. Then trimmed it all flush. I had put some silicone caulking in originally but apparently not enoug...
by Marshall Dixon
Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Decals?
Replies: 8
Views: 528

Re: Decals?

Interesting guitar! Sorry that I can't help with the process but I pulled out the Stella Guitar Book by Neil Harpe, who is a luthier with a special knowledge of “The guitars of the Oscar Schmidt Company” (the subtitle). Apparently the Stella catalog of the day described this as “decalcomania.” There...
by Marshall Dixon
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Small (very) acoustic archtop design questions
Replies: 15
Views: 1197

Re: Small (very) acoustic archtop design questions

I've been thinking about building a guitar who's depth tapers from the tail (shallower -- 2") to the neck (deeper, 4"). I've never seen this before, but I am curious if it might work, given that most flattops are built with the opposite taper. Is this a terrible idea? Art Overholtzer, in his book o...