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by Bryan Bear
Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: open discussion about binding/purfling fitting
Replies: 0
Views: 1

open discussion about binding/purfling fitting

This is not so much a question as a hope to spark some discussion. Often just talking about something brings up tips someone may have missed along the way. I'm going to ramble about what I do. Feel free to read it, or not. Don't feel obligated to respond to any questions I might have (unless you wan...
by Bryan Bear
Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: We're back!
Replies: 4
Views: 14

Re: We're back!

Thanks!
by Bryan Bear
Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Ex-wife ran over guitar
Replies: 19
Views: 755

Re: Ex-wife ran over guitar

Looks like you got it up and strumming again, good on you. have you returned it to the owner yet? I bet it will make even more interest for him given the story behind it.
by Bryan Bear
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Been a while - Got a couple of projects now
Replies: 22
Views: 7753

Re: Been a while - Got a couple of projects now

Eric Baack wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:06 pm
McWormy is on it's way to the new owner :) made a little money on it, not a bunch but it is not my full time gig.
Congrats!
by Bryan Bear
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Ex-wife ran over guitar
Replies: 19
Views: 755

Re: Ex-wife ran over guitar

I'm late to the party here but I wonder if you could do a v joint here. Cut the traight parts flush with the end of the fretboard and you should have enough good wood to make the v. The tops surface of the Ved area is missing but you should be able to get clean gluing surface of the v. Then you can ...
by Bryan Bear
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Makeshift Alternative for Tone Woods?
Replies: 3
Views: 207

Re: Makeshift Alternative for Tone Woods?

Not exactly household items but you could cut tops from SPF dimensional lumber from the big box store. The small size you need wold be easy to find boodmatched mostly vertical grain sections to resaw your tops for very little money. I'd bake the the wood before you thickness and join the halves to m...
by Bryan Bear
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Baroque mandolin
Replies: 6
Views: 560

Re: Baroque mandolin

That is wonderful! Color me impressed. I'd like to see a close up of the rose carving.
by Bryan Bear
Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: It's Been a While
Replies: 11
Views: 701

Re: It's Been a While

Gordon, I am all too familiar with the ravages of cancer on all who are involved in the journey. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. I'm pleased to see you stepping into the shop again. It can be really difficult to resume something of a normal life. Not only are you dealing with you...
by Bryan Bear
Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bolt on issues
Replies: 12
Views: 807

Re: Bolt on issues

Following with interest since I have never been totally happy with this process. I use a bolt on butt joint so the problem is similar but not completely the same. But maybe this discussion will help uncover solutions for all of us. On my next two guitars I plan to drill the holes in the neck block, ...
by Bryan Bear
Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Shards and splinters
Replies: 7
Views: 403

Re: Shards and splinters

I'm not of any help but am just curious about the Gorilla glue. I know that Gorilla (as a brand) has a line of glues of just about every type but when I hear Gorilla glue, I think of their polyurethane (PU) glue. Do you know what type of gorilla glue they used? I don't think there is any way to reve...
by Bryan Bear
Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17
Replies: 201
Views: 22913

Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

Thanks guys. One thing that kind of surprised me was the no binding thing. I really like it. The guitar looks like it was carved from a log. I know what you mean. I am in the process of blocking a katalox parlor guitar to prep for cutting the binding rebate. The interface of the very dark (approach...
by Bryan Bear
Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17
Replies: 201
Views: 22913

Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

Great work! Is it where you wanted it tonally? Is the owner over the moon?
by Bryan Bear
Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Replace or re-configure rattling truss rod?
Replies: 27
Views: 1344

Re: Replace or re-configure rattling truss rod?

The fRank Ford article posted above alls out the diluted rubber cement for two way truss rods. Good enough for Frank, would be good enough for me.

Are you all using silicone or similar to bed your two way (shrink wrap) truss rods when new or only of a buzz develops?
by Bryan Bear
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Oak and Cedar Concert Ukulele
Replies: 3
Views: 478

Re: Oak and Cedar Concert Ukulele

That looks great! That is a nice looking set of oak and it goes well with the tortoiseshell.
by Bryan Bear
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tap tone on the closed box
Replies: 5
Views: 398

Re: Tap tone on the closed box

Dave, that is my assumption as well. I don't really have any exposure to non-live backed instruments so I don't know that they tend to sound like when tapped. I would have expected them to sound nicer than what I seem to get. Mine mostly just thud.
by Bryan Bear
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tap tone on the closed box
Replies: 5
Views: 398

Tap tone on the closed box

The thread about tap tone going away when the binding channels were cut got me thinking about what "tap tone" really means and how you use it to predict the outcome. I'm going to guess that we all have a different idea of what tap tone is and what we are looking for. That could be a thread in and of...
by Bryan Bear
Thu Nov 21, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Back radius gone in one direction
Replies: 13
Views: 897

Re: Back radius gone in one direction

If your shop is around 55% in the summer and dries out in the winter months I think you would be better off working out a way to dehumidify in the summer so you can brace and attache plates in the summer months, rather than humidifying in the winter months. Ideally you would brace and attach the pla...
by Bryan Bear
Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Back radius gone in one direction
Replies: 13
Views: 897

Re: Back radius gone in one direction

I was going to say that I suspected humidity changes as well. Tell us about the timing and conditions of the bracing gluing and then gluing on the back. If the RH was high when the braces were glued on the back plate width would be x. If you let it set for a while before gluing it to the rim and the...
by Bryan Bear
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Need bridge thickness for 76 Gibson J-45/50
Replies: 6
Views: 565

Re: Need bridge thickness for 76 Gibson J-45/50

I think at this point the more important questions are what to do going forward. You need to determine if you are going to make a new bridge or not when you re-set the neck. You should be shooting for string height above the soundboard (at the bridge) of about a half an inch. What is the string heig...