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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: 1325

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: 3
Views: 756

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: 3
Views: 756

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: 2913

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: 2582

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: 2582

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: 2745

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: 2582

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: 3324

Re: Double top all-wood acoustic

Interesting, but...what Peter said.
by Andy Bounsall
Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Body vise
Replies: 8
Views: 2582

Body vise

Trying to hold a guitar body still to sand the sides or scrape bindings has always been a problem for me. I finally solved that issue by repurposing an unused melamine shelf and a couple of pieces of foam to create a guitar body vice attachment for my workmate. For now it’s just clamped onto the wor...
by Andy Bounsall
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Build #2 completed!!
Replies: 8
Views: 2718

Re: Build #2 completed!!

Very nice. Well done Steve.
by Andy Bounsall
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ebony / Engelman OO
Replies: 6
Views: 1751

Re: Ebony / Engelman OO

Thanks Bob and Chuck.
by Andy Bounsall
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ebony / Engelman OO
Replies: 6
Views: 1751

Re: Ebony / Engelman OO

Andy Bounsall wrote:...Thinned the sides to around .075-.080...
Correction, sides were closer to .070. Reinforced the waist on the inside for added strength/stiffness.
by Andy Bounsall
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ebony / Engelman OO
Replies: 6
Views: 1751

Re: Ebony / Engelman OO

Thanks Brian. I was a bit scared when I went to bend it as I’d heard many stories of ebony breaking. Thinned the sides to around .075-.080, lightly misted with water, wrapped in parchment paper and aluminum foil, sandwiched with spring steel slats and heating blanket, then took it very slow in the b...
by Andy Bounsall
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ebony / Engelman OO
Replies: 6
Views: 1751

Ebony / Engelman OO

Just completed this guitar. The details...OO sized body is African ebony. Top is torrified Engelmann spruce with wonderful bear claw figure. The neck is mahogany. Fretboard and bridge are Indian ebony. Body, fretboard, and head are bound with curly maple. Scale length is 24.75” and it’s fitted with ...
by Andy Bounsall
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Recently completed
Replies: 7
Views: 2080

Re: Recently completed

Gordon Bellerose wrote:Beautiful! Walnut is gorgeous.
What is the binding?
Thanks Gordon. Bindings are the same curly English walnut as the sides. Single birch veneer purfling line on the sides and back, birch + black dyed veneer purfling lines on the top.
by Andy Bounsall
Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Recently completed
Replies: 7
Views: 2080

Re: Recently completed

Many thanks to all for the kind words.
by Andy Bounsall
Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Recently completed
Replies: 7
Views: 2080

Recently completed

Recently completed this roughly GA sized acoustic. Body is a lovely set of curly English walnut with figure that ripples and dances in the sunlight. Top is Sitka spruce, neck is black walnut, fretboard and bridge are Indian ebony. Scale length is 25 1/4” and it’s fitted with Schertler open back tune...
by Andy Bounsall
Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Lacquer available in canada
Replies: 10
Views: 2735

Re: Lacquer available in canada

I used satin Varathane Diamond on the first guitar I built, many years ago. As a satin finish, I didn’t try to polish or buff it. Wet sanded to about 1500 and left it at that. It seemed to work ok. I still have that guitar and have had no issues with it. I’m now using Target Coatings EM6000 which I ...
by Andy Bounsall
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: EM6000 crack repair
Replies: 2
Views: 1625

Re: EM6000 crack repair

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Bob. I admit that I was leaning towards the ‘learn to love it’ camp but figured I’d ask in case I was missing something obvious.