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by Matthew Atkinson
Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:08 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Strings
Replies: 2
Views: 1881

Strings

Do heavier strings put more tension on a guitar and, if so, why? Also, if so, is it a significant amout between "light" gauge and "medium" gauge? What should I expect to observe as a result, if any?
by Matthew Atkinson
Tue May 29, 2012 12:10 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic guitar pickup
Replies: 6
Views: 18506

Acoustic guitar pickup

I need advice on an inexpensive pickup to plug an acoustic guitar into a pa. Not sure what's best.
by Matthew Atkinson
Tue May 15, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Installing frets before gluing down the fretboard ?
Replies: 12
Views: 6080

Re: Installing frets before gluing down the fretboard ?

I pressed frets in before gluing on my last one. I was very happy with it. Much more control. Gluing wasn't really any more difficult.
by Matthew Atkinson
Tue May 15, 2012 1:01 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fretboard/top junction
Replies: 2
Views: 2265

Re: Fretboard/top junction

I have had good luck by bracing the area above the soundhole "flat" with no radius to the top. I put all the other braces on first while the top is in a dish. The fretboard has lined up well at a good neck angle without causing a hump at the body connection. So far so good.
by Matthew Atkinson
Tue May 15, 2012 12:43 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: String height at the twelfth fret 25.4 scale
Replies: 11
Views: 5723

Re: String height at the twelfth fret 25.4 scale

Great feedback! Thanks, all.


P.S. How short does the saddle get, on average? I have about 3/16" give or take, right now an the 6th is at 7/64". I want to get down to 6/64" if I can. That will reduce the saddle height (average) by 1/32". Should be ok? The top seems very responsive right now.
by Matthew Atkinson
Tue May 15, 2012 10:56 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: String height at the twelfth fret 25.4 scale
Replies: 11
Views: 5723

String height at the twelfth fret 25.4 scale

Is it just me or do Cumpiano's suggested heights at the twelfth seem crazy high? (i.e. 10.5 sixtyfourths on the 6th string?)
I'm putting on light strings and want to be WAY lower than that.
by Matthew Atkinson
Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:34 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Wasburn EA10MB
Replies: 4
Views: 3151

Wasburn EA10MB

I have a Wasburn acoustic that has a transducer under the saddle. The saddle is sticking up too high and causing the action to be too high by a mile. The saddle is also loose in the slot and leaning forward causing the intonation to be off. I took a look under the saddle and the transducer takes up ...
by Matthew Atkinson
Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:34 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic guitar finish
Replies: 26
Views: 14103

Re: Acoustic guitar finish

Well I have applied a brushing laquer instead of the Behlen's and I am wishing I was more patient and ordered up some Varnish. I couldn't find the Behlen's in the store so I used laquer because I didn't want to wait. Looks ok but having a very tough time getting a smooth coat on the top. The back an...
by Matthew Atkinson
Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:33 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Brushing laquer
Replies: 5
Views: 3945

Brushing laquer

I am trying to put a nice "last" coat on my guitar project. I am using "brushing" laquer. For some reason on the top I can't get it to flow smoothly enough. The back and sides came out ok. I am worried about drips on the edges and at the soundhole so I can't get a smooth stroke with the brush. Any s...
by Matthew Atkinson
Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic guitar finish
Replies: 26
Views: 14103

Re: Acoustic guitar finish

Not oil. I mean to put behlen's over it.
by Matthew Atkinson
Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:33 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Newbie neck question
Replies: 9
Views: 5763

Re: Newbie neck question

I suggest reducing the tenon length to 1/4" and using a smaller block inside. It's really only there to prevent side to side and rotational movement. With bolts there seems to be no need to make a long tenon, I think. Also put the truss rod adjustment at the peg head end. Also brace the top "flat" a...
by Matthew Atkinson
Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:20 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic guitar finish
Replies: 26
Views: 14103

Re: Acoustic guitar finish

I usually seal with a thin coating of blonde shellac before using the Behlens I have put on 3 coats of shellac right out of the can, sanding in between. Trying to fill the grain a bit. Now I'm worried about putting truoil or Behlen's rockhard over it. I think I meant to follow John's advice and sea...
by Matthew Atkinson
Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:40 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic guitar finish
Replies: 26
Views: 14103

Re: Acoustic guitar finish

Thanks, Alan. Can a pore filler be used under it? Can it be used quite thin as a sealer and then filled in between?
by Matthew Atkinson
Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:24 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic guitar finish
Replies: 26
Views: 14103

Re: Acoustic guitar finish

Also- do I need a sealer coat under the Behlen's like shellac or sanding sealer?
by Matthew Atkinson
Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:38 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck angle new dreadnaught
Replies: 15
Views: 8404

Re: Neck angle new dreadnaught

I'm at 3/64" but I'm gonna go for .04" Couple more "swipes". I need to sharpen my chisel. Thanks, Mario. That's the exact answer I was looking for!

Hey wait a second! 3/64" is damn close to .04" (.046875") I guess you were refering to my first post. Got it!
by Matthew Atkinson
Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:56 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck angle new dreadnaught
Replies: 15
Views: 8404

Re: Neck angle new dreadnaught

I don't see how I can do that. There is no finish yet and I want to have the neck/fb installed before gluing on the bridge. I could do the assembly without gluing the fb extension, I guess.
by Matthew Atkinson
Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:50 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck angle new dreadnaught
Replies: 15
Views: 8404

Re: Neck angle new dreadnaught

Ok. i'm gonna try to get it a bit lower. Best thing to do is sand the body at the neck joint, I guess. Might have to sand the fb extension too. I will shoot for 3/64" I think.
by Matthew Atkinson
Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:15 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck angle new dreadnaught
Replies: 15
Views: 8404

Neck angle new dreadnaught

With the neck bolted on and clamped tight I have 3/32" above the bridge at the saddle location with a straightedge laying on the levelled frets. Good, right? Just want a thumbs up before moving on!
by Matthew Atkinson
Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:01 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Been awhile...
Replies: 5
Views: 4338

Re: Been awhile...

Really nice. Great idea on the end graft.