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by Andy Bounsall
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Body vise
Replies: 8
Views: 738

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: 738

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: 570

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: 738

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: 1097

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: 738

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: 1030

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: 980

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: 980

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: 980

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: 980

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: 994

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: 994

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: 994

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: 1416

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: 659

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.
by Andy Bounsall
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Accuracy
Replies: 10
Views: 1986

Re: Accuracy

It is a completely ridiculous claim. Like a lot of marketing hype, however, it doesn’t necessarily have to be proven, just stated. To the uninformed it suggests that a high level of skill and precision is involved. To the informed, it just sounds foolish.
by Andy Bounsall
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: EM6000 crack repair
Replies: 2
Views: 659

EM6000 crack repair

Daughter-in-laws guitar that I built a year or so ago and finished with EM6000. Not exactly sure how it happened, but there are a few cracks in the finish. That area of the top had quite a bit of flex. The wood isn’t cracked, just the finish. I’ve added some support underneath to stiffen it up a bit...
by Andy Bounsall
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: laminated necks
Replies: 9
Views: 5621

Re: laminated necks

Maybe I’m the odd man out here but I don’t really like the look of necks with multiple species laminated together. It creates a ‘racing stripe’ look that, to me, is a visual distraction.
by Andy Bounsall
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pickup for 12 String?
Replies: 7
Views: 2922

Re: Pickup for 12 String?

Yes, I’ve used it as a passive pickup and they sound very good. Have also used it with an external preamp and that also sounds great.