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by Marshall Dixon
Sun May 03, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Dome height
Replies: 13
Views: 2264

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: 1840

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: 2264

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: 2264

Re: Dome height

Hello Tommaso,

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

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5922
by Marshall Dixon
Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Stradivarius Baroque Guitar Bridge
Replies: 11
Views: 2108

Re: Stradivarius Baroque Guitar Bridge

I had van Chappell's article sitting out and took another look before returning it to the bookshelf. What hit me like a ton of bricks is that these bridges provide virtually NO cross grain stiffness. That would make sense with a narrow body and a ladder braced top. PS my above post should read "Thin...
by Marshall Dixon
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Stradivarius Baroque Guitar Bridge
Replies: 11
Views: 2108

Re: Stradivarius Baroque Guitar Bridge

...wondered if the cherry would work. I would think so. Wouldn't it? I don't see why not. I think the properties of the individual piece of wood are more important. Things light weight and runout. Unless you were trying to make a reproduction of a particular instrument. I use what wood I have on ha...
by Marshall Dixon
Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Stradivarius Baroque Guitar Bridge
Replies: 11
Views: 2108

Re: Stradivarius Baroque Guitar Bridge

Those photos are quite nice, but I can't figure the bridge out from them... I work in sketches; this is what I'm thinking. Is it anything like reality? 20200421_090841.jpeg No, on the reality issue. I just pulled American Lutherie #122 off the shelf and read the article referred to by the plans. Wr...
by Marshall Dixon
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Stradivarius Baroque Guitar Bridge
Replies: 11
Views: 2108

Re: Stradivarius Baroque Guitar Bridge

Hi Ken, I'm afraid I've reached the limit of my helpfulness on the subject. You might try getting in touch with member Jo Duseppo, who is an expert in historical instruments. Here is the website or maybe a personal message from this forum. Best wishes on this project. Hope you post some pictures whe...
by Marshall Dixon
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Stradivarius Baroque Guitar Bridge
Replies: 11
Views: 2108

Re: Stradivarius Baroque Guitar Bridge

Don't know if this will help or not.

https://emuseum.nmmusd.org/objects/7192 ... 439&idx=16

The Guild of American Lutherie has a plan here. Not the model number you mention but 901.6:

https://luth.org/instrument-plans/guita ... tar-plans/
by Marshall Dixon
Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Left handed block planes? Or hand agnostic?
Replies: 7
Views: 1475

Re: Left handed block planes? Or hand agnostic?

I have a Record 060 low angle block plane with the tightening screw in a rather inaccessible spot. I find it hard to get to when I want to adjust it and always considered it a sinister design.
by Marshall Dixon
Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: New shop lights?
Replies: 17
Views: 3069

Re: New shop lights?

I just replaced a 4 foot dual 20 watt fluorescent fixture with a 4 foot LED type. I couldn't find a fluorescent fixture in the store I went to and found a mid isle mountain of these new type on sale for less than $20. Seems brighter without the irritating hum and no need to replace bulbs. Supposed t...
by Marshall Dixon
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Using the LMI/O’Brien neck mortise jig
Replies: 3
Views: 979

Re: Using the LMI/O’Brien neck mortise jig

I wasn't familiar with this jig so I looked it up: ____________ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION This jig is produced from medium density fiberboard (MDF). The SPRB12 straight bit (see below) is recommended for this jig. The dimensions of the mortise and tenon prior to fitting them are: • Mortise - 7/8" (.875") ...
by Marshall Dixon
Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:10 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tap tones for archtop top-plate, help needed
Replies: 21
Views: 7924

Re: Tap tones for archtop top-plate, help needed

Daniel Oates wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:13 pm

...Anyway, not bad for my first.
That's a beauty. What a job!

And I'm going to have to read this thread over several times. There is a lot of information here.
by Marshall Dixon
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Attach routing template to spruce top
Replies: 23
Views: 5980

Re: Attach routing template to spruce top

I probably can, but I'll have to put my thinking cap on. It would be nice if I could actually build the pocket into the heel block. Looking at your heel block in the other thread, I can think several ways to do it. Large glue surfaces have plenty of strength. With waterproof glue you'd need a blow ...
by Marshall Dixon
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Attach routing template to spruce top
Replies: 23
Views: 5980

Re: Attach routing template to spruce top

... it's so great to be able to adjust the action with just the turn of a small screw through the fretboard. Here's the thread if you haven't seen it, and a pic from that thread... That is a great feature. No, I hadn't seen that thread, thanks for posting. Could you incorporate the concept of routi...
by Marshall Dixon
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Attach routing template to spruce top
Replies: 23
Views: 5980

Re: Attach routing template to spruce top

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by Marshall Dixon
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Attach routing template to spruce top
Replies: 23
Views: 5980

Re: Attach routing template to spruce top

.. seems like I have more trouble with this software than I do building guitars.The 4200 foot mountain is to the SOUTHWEST dammit.
by Marshall Dixon
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Attach routing template to spruce top
Replies: 23
Views: 5980

Re: Attach routing template to spruce top

...Here's a pic of the rising moon I took yesterday morning over Honey Lake looking southeast from my deck. Nice up here on the side of a hill. Fresh air. I'm in the canyon of the Rogue with 1800 foot ridge to the north and a 4200 ft mountain to the northwest. Miss the wide open spaces. I bet the s...
by Marshall Dixon
Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Is guitar building like crack or nicotine?
Replies: 18
Views: 9329

Re: Is guitar building like crack or nicotine?

Former addicts might consider it therapy. Not being a FORMER addict (who knows what the future holds) 8-) I see it as an obsessive/compulsive disorder. The root of the word “amateur” is “love,” but that doesn’t quite describe my relationship with it. In fact, as in love, I keep learning to deal with...