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by Andy Bounsall
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Spalted maple grand auditorium
Replies: 5
Views: 1069

Re: Spalted maple grand auditorium

Here’s a short video if anyone’s interested to hear what this guitar sounds like. Please forgive my not quite mediocre playing skills. https://youtu.be/5bzQsJ7vJkU
by Andy Bounsall
Wed Sep 02, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Rosewood / redwood acoustic
Replies: 5
Views: 1264

Re: Rosewood / redwood acoustic

Thanks Chuck. It’s a flat top so no unusual arch. Must just be the light reflections / shadows.
by Andy Bounsall
Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Rosewood / redwood acoustic
Replies: 5
Views: 1264

Rosewood / redwood acoustic

I often build two or three guitars in parallel. Here‘ s the third of three that I’ve built most recently. This one is a grand auditorium sized body of East Indian rosewood with matching EIR bindings. The top is old growth curly redwood. Neck is sapele with rosewood fretboard, bridge, and head plate....
by Andy Bounsall
Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Spalted maple grand auditorium
Replies: 5
Views: 1069

Re: Spalted maple grand auditorium

Thank you all for the kind words. Darrel, the spalted areas on the back we’re pretty solid and not spongy. I bought the spalted back + side set quite a few years ago so it was well dried. I did use some epoxy in a couple of spots to strengthen and fill some tiny voids. The original sides also had so...
by Andy Bounsall
Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Spalted maple grand auditorium
Replies: 5
Views: 1069

Spalted maple grand auditorium

Here’s the second of three guitars that I completed recently. Body is roughly grand auditorium sized, curly big leaf maple with spalting on the back. Top is engelmann spruce. Mahogany neck with ebony fretboard and bridge. Body binding is African Blackwood. Scale length is 25 1/4”. Guitar is fitted w...
by Andy Bounsall
Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Advice Needed - When should I install frets onto my neck?
Replies: 18
Views: 2438

Re: Advice Needed - When should I install frets onto my neck?

I’ve done it both ways but normally install frets before shaping the back of the neck. I find it’s just easier while the back of the neck is still flat.
by Andy Bounsall
Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Cherry 00
Replies: 1
Views: 641

Cherry 00

Haven’t posted a build for awhile so here’s a cherry and birdseye maple 00 that I recently completed on spec. Top is sitka spruce. Neck is cherry. Rosewood fretboard, bridge, rosette ring, and purfling lines. Schertler open back tuners. Scale is 24.75”. Finish is amber shellac topped with Target EM6...
by Andy Bounsall
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Maple log
Replies: 12
Views: 2012

Re: Maple log

Barry Daniels wrote:
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:20 am
Please tell us the full crazy request.
OK, here’s part of it...
I was thinking a carved archtop jazz guitar, but shaped more like a hollow body jazzmaster (with f holes). I want a loud 8 string ( "D" and "G" doubled) acoustic guitar that also is electric
by Andy Bounsall
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Maple log
Replies: 12
Views: 2012

Re: Maple log

Thanks for the sanity check Barry.
Heard from him again about what he is looking for and it gets even crazier. I’m definitely not going down this road.
by Andy Bounsall
Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Maple log
Replies: 12
Views: 2012

Maple log

I received a query from someone I don’t know to ask if I could make a guitar from a chunk of maple. Turns out the “chunk” is actually a hollow log that was harvested from a tree on his parents farm roughly 20 years ago. He says the wood has amazing quilt and Birdseye figure. Also, he says, bugs have...
by Andy Bounsall
Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy
Replies: 19
Views: 4378

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Very nice. I love walnut. :)
by Andy Bounsall
Sun May 03, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 5-bolt pattern on a bolt-on neck?
Replies: 6
Views: 2779

Re: 5-bolt pattern on a bolt-on neck?

You’d want to make sure that the fifth screw/bolt...the one in the centre...isn’t going to run into the truss rod in the neck.
by Andy Bounsall
Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Using the LMI/O’Brien neck mortise jig
Replies: 6
Views: 2322

Re: Using the LMI/O’Brien neck mortise jig

Yeah, I know it’s in the product description. Doesn’t make sense to me that I have to do extra trimming to get a perfect fit.
I think i will email LMI and ask why it’s like that. I’m seriously considering just trimming 1/32” off each side of the tenon pattern.
by Andy Bounsall
Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Using the LMI/O’Brien neck mortise jig
Replies: 6
Views: 2322

Using the LMI/O’Brien neck mortise jig

I’ve always used the method outlined in the Cumpiano book to do acoustic guitars mortise/tenon and inevitably end up spending several hours fitting the neck, adjusting the angle, etc. Finally got tired of all that and decided the LMI/O’Brien jig looked to be much simpler. Well, I bought one and used...
by Andy Bounsall
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Truss rod channel
Replies: 5
Views: 4298

Truss rod channel

Routing the truss rod channel in a neck has always been a bit of a nail biter for me. To make things easier, I spent a couple of hours building this sled for my plunge router. It attaches to the neck blank using 4 screws that are outside the actual shape of the neck. I use a two-way low profile trus...
by Andy Bounsall
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Body vise
Replies: 8
Views: 3828

Re: Body vise

Chuck Tweedy wrote:that is great!
what type of foam is it?
Just some medium density foam rubber from a local fabric store. This stuff is about 1.5“ thick but it doesn’t get compressed very much in use so it could probably be thinner and still work fine.
by Andy Bounsall
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Body vise
Replies: 8
Views: 3828

Re: Body vise

Dick Hutchings wrote:Whoa, I love this. Thanks so much for sharing your design.
You’re welcome. To be clear, the basic idea is not mine. This is just my take on an idea that I saw or read about somewhere else.
by Andy Bounsall
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Alvarez “bridge”
Replies: 11
Views: 4606

Re: Alvarez “bridge”

What a curious design.
I suppose it at least prevents the back of the bridge from lifting up if the bridge has a less-than-perfect glue joint.
by Andy Bounsall
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Body vise
Replies: 8
Views: 3828

Re: Body vise

...the holes that are drilled in the workmate to hold the swivel pegs could be used to hold dowels attached to the bottom of the jigs and allow them to be installed and taken off quickly. That’s pretty much what I was thinking Clay. I need to use it a couple of times to figure out the best position...
by Andy Bounsall
Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Double top all-wood acoustic
Replies: 13
Views: 4890

Re: Double top all-wood acoustic

Interesting, but...what Peter said.