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by Andy Bounsall
Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Curly sitka spruce
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Re: Curly sitka spruce

Thanks for that Alan.
by Andy Bounsall
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Curly sitka spruce
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Curly sitka spruce

I’d never seen curly spruce before but have come across it twice recently. Anyone have experience using it for an acoustic soundboard? Wonder if/how the inherent runout in the curl figure might affect stiffness, stability, etc. I’ve used curly redwood before without any issues but that had a much ti...
by Andy Bounsall
Fri Feb 19, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: MIMF News & a giveaway
Replies: 23
Views: 1674

Re: MIMF News & a giveaway

Include me in the draw please.
by Andy Bounsall
Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 12 fret 000 / 14 fret body shape
Replies: 7
Views: 572

Re: 12 fret 000 / 14 fret body shape

Thanks for all the replies and info folks. Martins 000 Norman Blake and Bourgeois 00-12 fret coupe scaled up to a 000 (thanks for that Gilbert) are pretty close to what I’m planning. Great to see that others have successfully executed the same basic idea.
by Andy Bounsall
Sat Feb 06, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 12 fret 000 / 14 fret body shape
Replies: 7
Views: 572

12 fret 000 / 14 fret body shape

I’m going to be doing my take on a 12 fret 000 sized guitar. I’ll likely be using a 25.25” scale as I find that quite comfortable. In order to push the bridge down nearer to the widest part of the lower bout, I’m thinking to use a standard OM/000 14 fret body shape (rather than the longer body shape...
by Andy Bounsall
Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Anybody know about Custom Inlay, Inc?
Replies: 2
Views: 500

Re: Anybody know about Custom Inlay, Inc?

Follow up...I was finally able to contact with them. Apparently they did have some COVID related trouble. I’ve been advised that my order is being shipped today so, hopefully, all is well now.
by Andy Bounsall
Fri Jan 29, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Anybody know about Custom Inlay, Inc?
Replies: 2
Views: 500

Anybody know about Custom Inlay, Inc?

I placed an online order at the beginning of the month with Custom Inlay, Inc of Caneyville, KY. Received a order confirmation email immediately, automated response I guess. Haven’t heard anything since to advise when the order will be filled and shipped. I’ve tried following up via email, no respon...
by Andy Bounsall
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:45 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Thicknessing Binding.
Replies: 13
Views: 1112

Re: Thicknessing Binding.

Peter Wilcox wrote:
Thu Jan 21, 2021 8:52 pm
…Do you think the Titebond would hold under those circumstances?
Original Titebond will not work as the glue will let go from the heat. Titebond II will work.
by Andy Bounsall
Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Thicknessing Binding.
Replies: 13
Views: 1112

Re: Thicknessing Binding.

I use wooden bindings. If there’s to be a side purfling line, I glue veneer strip to binding stock with Titebond II. Binding strips are cut on the band saw then run through the drum sander to thickness. Reason for Titebond II is that it tends to not let go with heat when bending the binding strip.
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: 2104

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: 2283

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: 2283

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: 2104

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: 2104

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: 4343

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: 1121

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: 3354

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: 3354

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: 3354

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: 24
Views: 7302

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Very nice. I love walnut. :)