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by James Maden
Wed Apr 21, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: american chestnut
Replies: 15
Views: 3994

Re: american chestnut

Bob , my sycamore is still drying so I haven't planed any of it yet to really see what it will look like. JW ,thanks for posting pics of your guitar, glad you got it back . Your chestnut doesn't look anything like mine .Do you remember what finish your uncle used on it? Looks like it has held up well.
by James Maden
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: hammered dulcimer string spacing.
Replies: 0
Views: 1386

hammered dulcimer string spacing.

I have looked all over the net at string spacing of the different builders . Some use 7/8 ,1 or 1 1/8 inch and so on. My question is how do you measure, I mean from which string in a coarse to what string in the next coarse. My first build ,a 16/15 is at the stage were I need to drill for the pins .
by James Maden
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: american chestnut
Replies: 15
Views: 3994

Re: american chestnut

Thanks for the positive comments. Bob I' ve got some sycamore air drying in the shed along with plenty of walnut,cherry,maple,paulownia and a few others. I don't have any osage but I am using mulberry for my next acoustic guitar neck and I may try a locust for a neck in the near future . The america...
by James Maden
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: american chestnut
Replies: 15
Views: 3994

Re: american chestnut

HPIM0153.JPG HPIM0155.JPG Thanks for the replies. Here are some pics of an all chestnut I have already started. I have some american chestnut that was saved from an old piano that does seem very soft. But the wood I used for this guitar I sawed from a log that had been buried at the edge of a creek...
by James Maden
Sat Apr 10, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: american chestnut
Replies: 15
Views: 3994

american chestnut

hello ,I'm new to the forum and have been building guitars and dulcimers for about three years now as a hobby. I have my own sawmill and have been doing carpentry and woodworking since the early 80s. Since starting guitar building I've been trying so far to experiment with wood that grows local (or ...