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by Justin Tugaoen
Fri May 29, 2015 2:19 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Cracks on a new build
Replies: 7
Views: 4162

Re: Cracks on a new build

Thanks for all your thoughts and input! Because I couldn't stand the thought of finishing a new guitar and already have cracks on it, I went ahead and removed the finish and sanded it.....but I didn't really see any cracks that needed repair! The center seam was palpable but no real visible cracks t...
by Justin Tugaoen
Mon May 04, 2015 3:49 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Cracks on a new build
Replies: 7
Views: 4162

Re: Cracks on a new build

I had the wood back and side set for at least 4 years prior to starting the build, stored also in the basement. The humidity in my basement shop varies usually between 40- 50%. No I never check wood MC. So would you suggest sanding down the finish, repair the cracks again then respray? I'm starting ...
by Justin Tugaoen
Sun May 03, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Cracks on a new build
Replies: 7
Views: 4162

Re: Cracks on a new build

Here's a pic of one of the cracks
by Justin Tugaoen
Sun May 03, 2015 4:57 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Cracks on a new build
Replies: 7
Views: 4162

Cracks on a new build

I've got a figured Narra acoustic I started in 2011 working to the point of closing the box. I got back to it again in 2013 when I noticed several cracks mostly along the grain on the back, none in the sides, as well as some irregular flattening of the radius. I sent ahead and took off the back, rep...
by Justin Tugaoen
Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:10 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Shellac Discoloration on Spruce
Replies: 4
Views: 1689

Re: Shellac Discoloration on Spruce

Thanks Mark. I'll try the alcohol method first and then sand if necessary. Is it typical not to epoxy the top/spruce? Wouldn't there be a color difference then between the top of the binding vs the side? Also, I was thinking the epoxy would help to strengthen/harden the spalted maple rosette (I reme...
by Justin Tugaoen
Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:44 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Shellac Discoloration on Spruce
Replies: 4
Views: 1689

Shellac Discoloration on Spruce

So I'm continuing on with my acoustic guitar build and just finished gluing the binding, scraping and sanding. I used the method of taping the bindings first, then wicking thin ca glue to secure everything in place. Beforehand, I brushed on dewaxed shellac on the binding ledges to prevent ca glue di...
by Justin Tugaoen
Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:22 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Fretless Maple-topped Bass
Replies: 8
Views: 3029

Re: New Fretless Maple-topped Bass

Oops! Sorry my pictures posted upside-down! (I swear they had the correct orientation on my computer). David, I'm glad to hear that those fretlines will come in handy after all. I haven't played with it enough yet to get anywhere near comfortable with intonation, but it should come with practice. An...
by Justin Tugaoen
Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:33 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: wood bindings
Replies: 6
Views: 3315

wood bindings

A few years ago, I cut up a bunch of wood to use for acoustic guitar bindings. Most of them I prelaminated a contrast veneer before cutting into strips. Unfortunately I didn't do this with all of them, so now I have a bunch of koa and ebony strips that are plain, but when I bind the guitar(s) I'd li...
by Justin Tugaoen
Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:45 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Fretless Maple-topped Bass
Replies: 8
Views: 3029

Re: New Fretless Maple-topped Bass

Hi Jim.. Here's a closeup of the truss rod access. It's not really necessary since it's a bolt-on (think Fender strat), but it's convenient, allowing adjustment without having to take off the neck first. I basically routed it out using the template, then made a thin matching maple cover to fit. I be...
by Justin Tugaoen
Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:26 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Fretless Maple-topped Bass
Replies: 8
Views: 3029

New Fretless Maple-topped Bass

So here's a bass I finished fairly recently: 34" scale fretless, with flamed-maple-topped alder body Flamed maple neck with fretless lined wenge fingerboard, with LED side markers Fender precision pickups, passive tone and volume controls Tru-oil satin finish I worked on this bass simultaneously wit...
by Justin Tugaoen
Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:13 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Maple Electric Upright Bass
Replies: 12
Views: 10188

Re: Maple Electric Upright Bass

Here's a couple better closeup pics of the bass, including the tailpiece
by Justin Tugaoen
Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:37 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Customizing my Taylor 514ce
Replies: 1
Views: 1267

Customizing my Taylor 514ce

A few weeks ago my wife and I went to San Diego and took a side trip to visit the Taylor factory and had a great experience seeing a large scale operation. Anyway, we got to see some very nice BTO (build to order) guitars, with various inlays and other "custom" features, which inspired me to do some...
by Justin Tugaoen
Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:51 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: acoustic guitar build problem
Replies: 16
Views: 4922

Re: acoustic guitar build problem

Well, thanks to you guys I went ahead and took off the back of my guitar (with much trepidation) and it surprisingly came off fairly easily, but with a couple issues, including a huge 4" crack while I was removing the braces and separation at the midline by the endblocks from overheating with the ir...
by Justin Tugaoen
Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:01 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Maple Electric Upright Bass
Replies: 12
Views: 10188

Re: Maple Electric Upright Bass

Hans, this is about the only "in-progress" pic I could find, but it gives a different view of the EUB. You can see in the upper bout how I integrated the preamp, so that only the adjustment knobs are showing. Battery access is in the back. The piece in front is the solid maple tailpiece, which attac...
by Justin Tugaoen
Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:27 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Short-scale Flamed-Maple Bass Guitar
Replies: 13
Views: 3875

Re: Short-scale Flamed-Maple Bass Guitar

Thanks guys! Yes, unplanned inlays are my treatment of choice for covering mistakes, unexpected cracks, and "discovered" wood defects and mineral deposits during carving. Works great and their unexpected locations give them added interest (I think).
by Justin Tugaoen
Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:50 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Short-scale Flamed-Maple Bass Guitar
Replies: 13
Views: 3875

Re: Short-scale Flamed-Maple Bass Guitar

Hans, here's the closeup of the inlay. If it seems like a strange place for an inlay, yes it is and it's because it wasn't planned. When I first routed out the rear cavity, I went ahead and also drilled out the pot shaft holes from the rear; but when I looked at them from the front, the holes didn't...
by Justin Tugaoen
Sun Aug 18, 2013 12:47 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Short-scale Flamed-Maple Bass Guitar
Replies: 13
Views: 3875

Re: Short-scale Flamed-Maple Bass Guitar

I did use specific short-scale strings on this, but you could use regular strings. The advantage of short-scale strings I think is that the length is already correct and the ends are wrapped to prevent unwinding
by Justin Tugaoen
Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:15 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: acoustic guitar build problem
Replies: 16
Views: 4922

Re: acoustic guitar build problem

Sounds good. That's what I'll do
by Justin Tugaoen
Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:27 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Maple Electric Upright Bass
Replies: 12
Views: 10188

Maple Electric Upright Bass

Here's my attempt at an electric upright bass 42" scale Body: Figured maple top with chambered basswood body; maple tailpiece; standard double-bass maple bridge, trimmed to size Neck: Bolt-on, figured-maple Fingerboard: Ebony with wood vine inlay; LED side markers; ebony nut Electronics: K&K pickup ...