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by Bryan Bear
Mon May 24, 2021 11:30 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A moment
Replies: 2
Views: 612

Re: A moment

I fully understand the sentiment of what you are saying but my experience is slightly different. My first few instruments (non-Gitar) went pretty much as you describe. But now days, I experience this joy a little differently. I am still always pleased to hear something I made making lovely sound/mus...
by Bryan Bear
Mon Apr 26, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Really bugged
Replies: 3
Views: 939

Re: Really bugged

Yikes!
by Bryan Bear
Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Lining Clamps
Replies: 3
Views: 1194

Re: Lining Clamps

I use clothes pins with rubber bands wrapped around them to get more clamping force. The dollar store supplied enough of each for a couple bucks. It would sure be nifty to have 100 of those metal ones though.
by Bryan Bear
Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:09 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The 000 butternut twins
Replies: 3
Views: 1488

Re: The 000 butternut twins

I’ll be following g along!
by Bryan Bear
Mon Mar 22, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: MIMF News & a giveaway
Replies: 33
Views: 27721

Re: MIMF News & a giveaway

Congrats to the winners and thanks to the MIMF!
by Bryan Bear
Fri Mar 12, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer
Replies: 14
Views: 3147

Re: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer

Ha! I know what you mean. My biggest concern for FP is that if we are only spending a couple hours per week together it will never get done. If I show him and send him home with what he needs to do it on his own it could be a real mess by the next week. I need to find something he can do without spr...
by Bryan Bear
Fri Mar 05, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer
Replies: 14
Views: 3147

Re: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer

I’m going to follow his lead on how deep of a dive he wants to take and how ready he is. I’m hoping the process leads to conversations. I don’t want to be giving lectures, I want to be offering answers.
by Bryan Bear
Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer
Replies: 14
Views: 3147

Re: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer

Good points Marshal. I have an excel worksheet with all of the points in my process listed as well as which other points need to be completed before you can do a step. I really only use it when I am boarded at work. Sometimes I will pull it up and look at which steps I am able to do and come up with...
by Bryan Bear
Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer
Replies: 14
Views: 3147

Re: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer

Thanks for the response. Some good stuff in there. We will probably start this in a couple months. My plan for the fist meeting is to discuss what he wants to make and decide what woods he wants to use for binding/purfling (including going up the logs for that) and fretboard. We will bend the other ...
by Bryan Bear
Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures
Replies: 18
Views: 3756

Re: Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures

Wow! I don't know why I am just now seeing this, but nice job. looking at the first picture would have been enough for me to decide to make a new neck. Good save.
by Bryan Bear
Thu Mar 04, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer
Replies: 14
Views: 3147

advise for altered approach for helping a first timer

Hi all, I don't have a specific question here. I'm just interested in thoughts and or discussion to help me think of things I might be forgetting or otherwise failing to consider. My cousin (actually cousin once removed) is going to start coming to my shop on a semi regular basis to make his own aco...
by Bryan Bear
Wed Mar 03, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: A 'Harlequin' fiddle
Replies: 16
Views: 3409

Re: A 'Harlequin' fiddle

Nicely done. I really like the pegbox carving! I wish I had that skill! I had no woodworking experience and my first instrument was a long neck dulcimer that was basically me trying to learn to use tools. Somehow it ended up as a playable, but deeply flawed, instrument. It had a “scroll” on the pegb...
by Bryan Bear
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Rookie Bending Questions
Replies: 12
Views: 3711

Re: Rookie Bending Questions

When I use a bender. I put the side in wet (not dripping wet) craft paper and seal that in aluminum foil. The craft paper steams when it gets hot but the steam can’t just go away wherever it wants. It has to find its way out of the folds of the foil. That seems to keep everything fairly uniformly we...
by Bryan Bear
Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:30 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: MIMF News & a giveaway
Replies: 33
Views: 27721

Re: MIMF News & a giveaway

Wow, that’s really nice! I’m in.
by Bryan Bear
Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:05 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Bone direct from India?
Replies: 11
Views: 2898

Re: Bone direct from India?

I’ve heard that the fat in bone can cause problems but never gotten a firm handle on exactly what those problems are. How much fat is really In a dry bone? And how much will leach out into the wood. And what damage would that really do? We put oil on fretboards all the time. I know using too much oi...
by Bryan Bear
Tue Feb 16, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Katalox — humidity problem or a problematic piece of wood?
Replies: 4
Views: 1829

Re: Katalox — humidity problem or a problematic piece of wood?

I’m definitely going to take my time and hydrate it slowly. We are in a real cold snap right now. In a week or two it will be much easier to keep the RH in here up. I used royal lac for the FP, by that time it will be pretty resistant to water so if I decide to use HHG, I won’t have to worry about t...
by Bryan Bear
Tue Feb 16, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Katalox — humidity problem or a problematic piece of wood?
Replies: 4
Views: 1829

Re: Katalox — humidity problem or a problematic piece of wood?

The good news is, I am building it for myself. A while ago I finished a little parlor and liked it so much I wanted one. Around that time, I came across this back that I thought was really pretty (and just large enough to get a small guitar from). I thought it was meant to be. . . I guess the good n...
by Bryan Bear
Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Katalox — humidity problem or a problematic piece of wood?
Replies: 4
Views: 1829

Katalox — humidity problem or a problematic piece of wood?

I have been finishing up two new guitars, one cherry and one katalox. They have been sitng mostly idol lately. The cherry one has been strung for a while waiting for final setup. The katalox (small parlor) has bee unstrung (French polish was finished and beige glued on). The katalox showed what appe...
by Bryan Bear
Sat Feb 13, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Formica guit AR-7
Replies: 21
Views: 6470

Re: Formica guit AR-7

I hadn’t considered the issues with impact and glue, especially the point about bridges popping off. My thought about an HPL top was more about sacrificing tone for a more “waterproof” or humidity tolerant guitar. Not so much about saving money on top materials. I have used Home Depot pine to make a...
by Bryan Bear
Fri Feb 12, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Formica guit AR-7
Replies: 21
Views: 6470

Re: Formica guit AR-7

Have you ever made one with a Formica top? I think Martin had some guitars out there like that (maybe thicker?). If you weren’t overly concerned with tone, an all Formica body might really be good for camping. I know it is thin so it may need different bracing. Just thinking out loud.