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by Steven Smith
Fri Aug 07, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Using Kevlar instead of cleats for crack repair.
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: Using Kevlar instead of cleats for crack repair.

For a similar type of reinforcement I have used linen and hide glue. I prefer something that can be reversed unless I am working on a cheap Chinese guitar. I still put cleats on cracks for the reason that Barry stated.
by Steven Smith
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: falcate bracing
Replies: 19
Views: 1258

Re: falcate bracing

As I understand it, falcate bracing is based on work by Trevor Gore and Girard Gilet as documented in their book Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build . Based on the info in the book I built a falcate dread in 2012, it came out quite nice. I think it is a good bracing system although I see y...
by Steven Smith
Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Advice for changing bridge type mid-build
Replies: 9
Views: 1288

Re: Advice for changing bridge type mid-build

I'm with Barry, I would tell them it's not a reasonable change at this time.
by Steven Smith
Sat May 30, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bending Torrified or Baked sides
Replies: 2
Views: 820

Re: Bending Torrified or Baked sides

My experience with torrified spruce and maple is similar to Alans - it gets brittle and is prone to splitting.
by Steven Smith
Sat May 30, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 39
Views: 4060

Re: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught

K&K mini is good advice, I've used them in several guitars and I play out every week. I use a Red Eye preamp. Sound guys like what they get too. Only disadvantage is the K&K will pick up top noise if the player has a tendency to tap the top - I had to retrain myself a bit but it wasn't a big deal.
by Steven Smith
Mon May 04, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 24"x4"×3" Neck Blanks
Replies: 4
Views: 2158

Re: 24"x4"×3" Neck Blanks

I routinely get two necks out of the 24 x 4 x 3 blanks. Unlike the drawing above I plane the surface of the blank and then layout the neck from there although I expect the drawing was just to show that two necks would fit. If the wood does not have significant defects then it should be no problem.
by Steven Smith
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Aqua Coat grain filler
Replies: 7
Views: 1892

Re: Aqua Coat grain filler

Yes, on Honduran rosewood. I just used the clear version and it did look good, but, since the Honduran is pretty light anyway, I think it would have looked better if it was tinted really dark as you are looking for.
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by Steven Smith
Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Aqua Coat grain filler
Replies: 7
Views: 1892

Re: Aqua Coat grain filler

I've used it on several guitars under French polish. I like it. I have not tried to tint it. They have a number on their website for questions, you could contact them and ask.
by Steven Smith
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Crack repair
Replies: 8
Views: 4604

Re: Crack repair

I've been using the GluBoost since it came out and I do like it a lot for finish repairs. I prefer HHG for bridge/brace reglues and crack repairs unless it's a very low-cost guitar with a client on a low budget. One thing I do is that when I fix anything on the finish I tell the owner that I'll make...
by Steven Smith
Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Loss of bass lowering the saddle?
Replies: 40
Views: 15830

Re: Loss of bass lowering the saddle?

Square topped braces are not an issue. I know of one top luthier that leaves his braces square. If the top is voiced properly it just doesn't matter.
by Steven Smith
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: open discussion about binding/purfling fitting
Replies: 23
Views: 11068

Re: open discussion about binding/purfling fitting

Like Randy says it's important to seal with shellac before using the CA. I tried to go back and edit my post but looks like there's a time limit with the new softaware?
by Steven Smith
Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: open discussion about binding/purfling fitting
Replies: 23
Views: 11068

Re: open discussion about binding/purfling fitting

Another vote for CA. I almost always use wood bindings and I've found that making sure that the binding fits the channel makes a huge difference. I tape my bindings together and bend them on a pipe. I also use a razor blade to scrape the inside corner of the binding which helps the fit. I use 3/4" 3...
by Steven Smith
Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Number 3 Celtic themed 12 fret 000
Replies: 4
Views: 2586

Re: Number 3 Celtic themed 12 fret 000

That's nice Bob, I like oak guitars!
by Steven Smith
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Alvarez “bridge”
Replies: 11
Views: 3756

Re: Alvarez “bridge”

Michael Lewis wrote:Have fun with the StewMac Bridge Saver. It is a very good tool for this application.
It sure is a handy tool when things aren't too far gone, I hate pulling bridge plates.
by Steven Smith
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17
Replies: 201
Views: 50201

Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

Michael Lewis wrote:Yes, I read all that, and it made me think about some of the jobs I have done on really far gone instruments. Did you ever get one in a paper bag? ...
That's funny, I did get a 40's J45 in a trash bag once :?
by Steven Smith
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: REPAIR
Replies: 8
Views: 3305

Re: REPAIR

I’ve been doing the dental composite with eBay stuff for a couple of years. So far, it seems permanent. It sure is easier than remaking the nut. My experience with the CA plus anything fills in the nut slots is that they are very temporary (but useful when you only have a minute). I've also been us...
by Steven Smith
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17
Replies: 201
Views: 50201

Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

The reduction of solvent used to clean your gun with the PPS is worth the cost, alone. Steven, what sized tip do you have on the Evo, and does it work well for lacquer? Barry, sorry I missed the question the first time around but just saw it going back through the thread. The tip I'm using is a 1.2...
by Steven Smith
Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: How thin?
Replies: 2
Views: 1877

Re: How thin?

Interesting article. Would love to see areas where wood could replace plastics.
by Steven Smith
Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: bending binding
Replies: 15
Views: 6576

Re: bending binding

Well never say never. I made try wood again :) I found that where it turned towards the neck at the upper bout it needed hard pulling at the top edge to get tight to the body. I had to put clamps in various spots to get it tight and it frustrated me a bit. It DID get in there though and does look p...