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by Allyson Brown
Fri Dec 08, 2023 6:12 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Do I need a body mold?
Replies: 22
Views: 7788

Re: Do I need a body mold?

The problem with an inside mold on a guitar is holding the waist in. Fleta came in from violin making, and was used to it, but on a violin the 'c' bouts are held in by the corner blocks. You push the ribs in against the mold as you glue them to the blocks. When I made 'peanut' shaped fiddles I used...
by Allyson Brown
Thu Dec 07, 2023 6:45 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer
Replies: 19
Views: 11613

Re: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer

Check this book out. It might turn out to be a fantastic teaching aid. I've suggested that it be added to the MIMF Amazon list, but in the meantime -- https://www.amazon.com/Building-Steel-String-Acoustic-Guitar/dp/1734125616/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3VXOD9YUBN13D&keywords=r.m.+mottola&qid=170086414...
by Allyson Brown
Wed Dec 06, 2023 3:26 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Electric Viola - Done! (Almost)
Replies: 17
Views: 17368

Re: Electric Viola - Done! (Almost)

Well, here's the first musical instrument I've made. It's a 5-string electric viola for my music-major daughter. The body and bridge are maple, the fingerboard and tailpiece are Macassar Ebony. I made everything except for the pickup, the tuning pegs, and the chin rest. She wanted a chin rest that ...
by Allyson Brown
Tue Dec 05, 2023 5:46 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Maple plate carving
Replies: 15
Views: 13477

Re: Maple plate carving

Experimenting with different methods and finding what works best for you is all part of the joy of crafting instruments. Best of luck with your future mandolin projects, and I hope this technique continues to serve you well.
by Allyson Brown
Mon Dec 04, 2023 3:55 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Position Markers -- Drilling holes and tear-out
Replies: 6
Views: 6519

Re: Position Markers -- Drilling holes and tear-out

Try to mark the spot with a smaller drill bit first then bore it in both sides in the size you need.
by Allyson Brown
Thu Nov 30, 2023 11:37 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 1915 Gibson A pickguard issue
Replies: 12
Views: 9955

Re: 1915 Gibson A pickguard issue

Barry Daniels wrote: Wed Nov 29, 2023 10:02 am I think penetrating oil would soak into the neck wood which will soften it over time. I use heat from a soldering iron for this.
I haven't tried that one out but I think it leads to less clean up.
by Allyson Brown
Thu Nov 30, 2023 4:17 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Increasing magnetic strength of a pole piece
Replies: 10
Views: 17123

Re: Increasing magnetic strength of a pole piece

Your explanation about the magnetic circuit in instruments like the Jazz bass sheds light on the intricacies that contribute to the unique humbucking quality. It's a testament to the blend of physics and craftsmanship that goes into creating music.
by Allyson Brown
Wed Nov 29, 2023 6:49 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 1915 Gibson A pickguard issue
Replies: 12
Views: 9955

Re: 1915 Gibson A pickguard issue

Regarding the pickguard removal, those stubborn metal pins can be a real challenge. As an amateur mandolin player, I've encountered similar situations with my own instruments. Sometimes, a little patience and a delicate touch go a long way. Have you considered applying a tiny amount of penetrating o...
by Allyson Brown
Tue Nov 28, 2023 4:05 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: gluing pickguards
Replies: 10
Views: 3588

Re: gluing pickguards

Do you use press when gluing pickguard?
by Allyson Brown
Mon Nov 27, 2023 4:16 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Really bugged
Replies: 5
Views: 6583

Re: Really bugged

Wall storing instruments uncovered is not the best option for long term storage. That mandolin really needs a good clean up.
by Allyson Brown
Fri Nov 24, 2023 5:52 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Banjola buzz fixing and new tailpiece/bridge?
Replies: 7
Views: 9718

Re: Banjola buzz fixing and new tailpiece/bridge?

That's fantastic news! It's great that you were able to work with your Octave Mandolin maker to create a custom bridge/saddle that fits your instrument perfectly. The adjustments in width sound like they'll make a significant difference. Best of luck with the Ashton Bailey tailpiece – it's always ex...
by Allyson Brown
Thu Nov 23, 2023 8:22 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: bending binding
Replies: 16
Views: 14823

Re: bending binding

Thats too bad Matt, I think wood binding adds such an elegant touch and really makes the guitar look finished. The only times I use plastic any more is if the particular style of the instrument simply calls for it - an ES335 for example or an F5 mandolin. Or possibly if I just can't make the really...
by Allyson Brown
Wed Nov 22, 2023 2:47 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer
Replies: 19
Views: 11613

Re: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer

Making acoustic instruments is a goal directed process involving a lot of self discipline. You can make a good guitar just following a plan without much thought past accurate joinery. But even if he only makes one guitar, understanding some of the basic principles of sound production I think would ...
by Allyson Brown
Mon Nov 20, 2023 1:51 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: The Ol' Vintage Amber.
Replies: 3
Views: 4930

Re: The Ol' Vintage Amber.

I used the ColorTone Vintage Amber as the base coat of a two color sunburst for a Gibson L-0 copy. Tobacco Brown was my second color. It looked great. I was shocked. The next one will be finished with hand applied color. I watched a video on mandolin sunbursts. The person was a true artist. I'm abou...
by Allyson Brown
Fri Nov 17, 2023 3:43 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 31
Views: 34748

Re: Chapman stick?

[/quote] I certainly agree with what you've said; I have played many instruments over the years clarinet, sax, recorder, french horn, bassoon, baritone, bass trumpet(yep), drums, mandolin, banjo, electric guitar and acoustic guitar. I've played most of these in bands or orchestras. In the last 5 yea...
by Allyson Brown
Thu Nov 16, 2023 3:34 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Almost consistently bad glue joints...
Replies: 32
Views: 18267

Re: Almost consistently bad glue joints...

Steve Sawyer wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:10 pm
Peter Wilcox wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 5:09 pmI haven't used it for any structural applications as I have read there are questions about its long term strength.
Yeah - we'll see how this goes. Of course, at my age, I could begin assuming room temperature long before any issues become evident! :roll: ;)
Don't forget the humidity.
by Allyson Brown
Wed Nov 15, 2023 3:18 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: electric bass
Replies: 2
Views: 3401

Re: electric bass

F Murtz wrote: Sat Sep 18, 2021 11:33 am I made an electric violin which was basically a single piece of wood and would like to make a fretless (could have painted frets) bass instrument in a similar fashion and I wonder if any one would have a pattern of such a thing
Have you tried looking for patterns on etsy?
by Allyson Brown
Tue Nov 14, 2023 1:33 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Tuning Machine Opinions
Replies: 5
Views: 3017

Re: Tuning Machine Opinions

In my luthiery journey, Schaller has remained a reliable choice,
by Allyson Brown
Mon Nov 13, 2023 3:55 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Brass binding on Garcia tiger/rosebud
Replies: 12
Views: 14258

Re: Brass binding on Garcia tiger/rosebud

Well, here it is on a mandolin that I built and am now gearing up to build a guitar. This one is headed to finishing booth soon. I spoke with some other builders that make Irwin tributes and they all confirmed the key was a tight slot and CA adhesive. I've done three mandolins so far and each one i...
by Allyson Brown
Fri Nov 10, 2023 4:13 am
Forum: CAD/CAM/CNC - hardware and software and its uses in luthiery
Topic: CNC for inlay work
Replies: 4
Views: 9656

Re: CNC for inlay work

Those fret icons look nice and intricate.

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