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by Graydon Stephens
Sat Dec 12, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Blank thickness for glue up
Replies: 9
Views: 977

Re: Blank thickness for glue up

Gents, thicknessing with the router sled went fairly well. I took the back blanks down to 0.125 (+/- 0.005 in spots). After glue-up there was some surface misalignment, not 100% flush in spots. After final leveling with cabinet scraper, I think I'll be at 0.105 (+/- 0.005). Tim, so much for "perfect...
by Graydon Stephens
Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Blank thickness for glue up
Replies: 9
Views: 977

Re: Blank thickness for glue up

Thanks. The set-up I used on my first (and only) acoustic build was an old school baton-and-nail press, as outlined in Jonathan Kinkead's book. The joint was perfect (beginner's luck??). Got the same result with the spruce top, so I'm using that method again. This may sound dumb, but in regards to w...
by Graydon Stephens
Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Blank thickness for glue up
Replies: 9
Views: 977

Re: Blank thickness for glue up

Thanks for the input. My first build was a walnut back 0.085 thick. I am targetting 0.095 - .105 with this build and was hoping to only have to remove about 0.010 after joining.
by Graydon Stephens
Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Blank thickness for glue up
Replies: 9
Views: 977

Blank thickness for glue up

I recently purchased flamed maple back and sides online. To my surprise the back was 0.25" thick and the sides 0.23". I have no access to a thickness sander or planer. So i built a router sled and using a 1.25" mortice bit it is working out well, so I want to go as far as I can on the back blanks pr...
by Graydon Stephens
Sat Sep 26, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 23
Views: 3628

Re: slim hollow body with P90

gxlkmanlqfcnwdro3mu0.jpg Freeman, I have found my solution, see attached photo of Yamaha AEX 500. This is a flat top, yet has the aesthetics of the archtop models I had been inspired by. It is thin body with bolt on neck. Has piezo under the saddle and neck humbucker, and a means to blend both pick...
by Graydon Stephens
Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 23
Views: 3628

Re: slim hollow body with P90

Freeman, BTW, your guitars look amazing, beautiful finishes!!
by Graydon Stephens
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 23
Views: 3628

Re: slim hollow body with P90

Quick edit to my last reply: the thickness of the top on my OM build was 0.112, not 0.100 The guidance in Kinkead's book was 0.125 with edges feathered down to 0.095 - 0.110 range. I suppose going to 0.100 across the board could impact tonality/resonance in a bad way, so more to consider than just h...
by Graydon Stephens
Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 23
Views: 3628

Re: slim hollow body with P90

I agree, lots of options. I very much appreciate your input and sharing your designs. Seeing the X bracing pics, I'm already glad I joined this forum. Hopefully I can pay it forward some day and give a neophyte some helpful advice. I am a fan of the florentine cutaway and realize I can modify my exi...
by Graydon Stephens
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 23
Views: 3628

Re: slim hollow body with P90

Thanks, Freeman. Your build with the lutz spruce top and more dome than a flat top but less than a jazz archtop is very relevant to my design idea. Here's the background, I am a garage player and jam once a week with friends (in my garage). As a retiree I decided to build a cigar box guitar, gave it...
by Graydon Stephens
Mon Sep 21, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 23
Views: 3628

Re: slim hollow body with P90

Learn something everyday, I didn't know there was laminated plates. Thanks for your input, something I will investigate.
by Graydon Stephens
Mon Sep 21, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 23
Views: 3628

Re: slim hollow body with P90

I have a question that may offend archtop purists. Could a suitable arch be achieved by the arched bracing of the soundboard? Yes, I am trying to avoid hand carving the top. I built an OM acoustic per the plans in Jonathan Kinkead's book. The arch of the top - created by the bracing - is only 5/64 a...
by Graydon Stephens
Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 23
Views: 3628

Re: slim hollow body with P90

Amazing work!! Thanks for the input and inspiration.
by Graydon Stephens
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 23
Views: 3628

Re: slim hollow body with P90

The plan is to carve the top and back. I haven't firmed up on wood types yet The OM style acoustic I built was sitka spruce top, sides and back were walnut. I had considered building the back the same as the OM (braced dome) and just carve the top.
by Graydon Stephens
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 23
Views: 3628

slim hollow body with P90

Hi, new member here and about to start a new build. Would like to know if anyone here has a build similar to Guild T-50 Slim or Epiphone 1966 Century.. Those are my inspiration for this build, and I have never built an archtop. My builds have been two solid body electrics and an OM acoustic. Thanks!
by Graydon Stephens
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Introduce yourself here!
Topic: New member intro
Replies: 1
Views: 1309

New member intro

Hi, joining the MMIF as I am about to build a slim hollow body - electric modeled after a Guild T-50 Slim I have previously built two solid body electric tricks and one acoustic styled on a Martin OM Question: the new build will have a P90 pickup so do I access electric guitar forum, or due to it be...