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by John E Giarrizzo
Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:43 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Technique to align and reattach guitar back?
Replies: 19
Views: 9458

Re: Technique to align and reattach guitar back?

Tom: I set the height of the supports so that the 5/8" diameter pads were even with the edge at the narrowest part of the sides, at the neck. That made them about .4" lower at the bridge end. That does make sense, though. Mark: Binding is looking more and more the solution. The fixture was worth the...
by John E Giarrizzo
Sat Mar 30, 2013 2:54 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Technique to align and reattach guitar back?
Replies: 19
Views: 9458

Re: Technique to align and reattach guitar back?

Tried using the elastic bands designed for this application that Stew-mac sells. Not enough side pressure to bring sides in. Built an adjustable form that could adjustably push sides in. No matter what I do with this fixture, cannot get perfect alignment. It is as if the circumference of the sides i...
by John E Giarrizzo
Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:29 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Technique to align and reattach guitar back?
Replies: 19
Views: 9458

Re: Technique to align and reattach guitar back?

Thanks Peter.

Lmii has some rubber strips, but kind of expensive. Maybe go to my local tire dealer and get some inner tubes to try. Looks like that just might work.
by John E Giarrizzo
Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:08 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Technique to align and reattach guitar back?
Replies: 19
Views: 9458

Technique to align and reattach guitar back?

For a tenor guitar I am restoring. As expected, the sides have relaxed. I made a 1/4" plywood form using the back outline as reference, but it is to light and distorted when trying to force sides in position, besides, how to clamp with it in position. Tried clamping back to sides dry and hand forcin...
by John E Giarrizzo
Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:36 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: What kind of Instrument is this?
Replies: 9
Views: 5462

Re: What kind of Instrument is this?

Will do. I guess I'm committed now to start this project. It's been one of those I've been thinking about for years.

John
by John E Giarrizzo
Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:05 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: What kind of Instrument is this?
Replies: 9
Views: 5462

Re: What kind of Instrument is this?

Thanks for the info. Websites were very informative. I see that there is some flexibility in tuning. Guitar, Mandolin, banjo, Uke tunings. Basically, I'm a guitar guy. Some violin (mandolin tuning). I'll have to start by pulling the back off, as it's just hanging there now, Reglue braces that fell o...
by John E Giarrizzo
Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:17 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: What kind of Instrument is this?
Replies: 9
Views: 5462

What kind of Instrument is this?

Has old metal strings on it. It's in pretty bad shape. Back almost completely off and warped. Braces rattling around inside. But I think --- hope I can do a restoration on it. Type of strings? Is it tuned like a mandolin? Ukelele? Thanks. John JEG 100_2738-1.JPG JEG 100_2739-1.JPG JEG 100_2741-1.JPG
by John E Giarrizzo
Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:41 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: It's Not A Guitar, It's Got Strings..Put it Here
Replies: 21
Views: 9272

Re: It's Not A Guitar, It's Got Strings..Put it Here

Listened to those links. Awesome. Reinforces my belief that any string under tension can make music. It's not the instrument, it's the one playing it. I'm inspired to get my Ukulele out. I used it once in a song. Learned a few basic chords and played it as a rhythm Uke. Gave the song personality.
by John E Giarrizzo
Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:36 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Experimental Violin
Replies: 14
Views: 10195

Re: Experimental Violin

Barry,

Enjoyed seeing your design. Interesting that you used douglas fir for the top. I had already decided to try that for my next. From some left over 4x4 posts from another project. Your post has inspired me to get started on it. Thanks

John
by John E Giarrizzo
Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:47 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: help with final finishing/polishing of varnish
Replies: 11
Views: 8884

Re: help with final finishing/polishing of varnish

You're so right. But after you play one for a while and nurse it to it's best potential it gets to be like a good significant other. Full of flaws but better than you deserve. I know what you mean --- unconditional Love. And my significant other? Poor woman --- has to put up with an artist/musician...
by John E Giarrizzo
Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:13 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: help with final finishing/polishing of varnish
Replies: 11
Views: 8884

Re: help with final finishing/polishing of varnish

Justin tugaoen wrote:Maybe violin #4 will be better!
Each one does get better, but I'm warning you, they are never as good as you want. <g>
by John E Giarrizzo
Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:18 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: help with final finishing/polishing of varnish
Replies: 11
Views: 8884

Re: help with final finishing/polishing of varnish

they go straight from varnishing to pumice or Meguiar's cleaner/polisher From an email in response to a question I asked Meguiar's: "the A1216 Deep Crystal Wax does contain silicone in it as do all of our current waxes" It is generally recommended to not use silicon waxes on Violins, as that could ...
by John E Giarrizzo
Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:23 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: help with final finishing/polishing of varnish
Replies: 11
Views: 8884

Re: help with final finishing/polishing of varnish

Justin, I can't really answer your question, as I am still trying to learn to varnish myself, and have had the same problems as you are having. Getting an even flat color coat. Most of my finishes have been clear natural color of wood. The best color I did was very thin even coats of oil varnish. An...
by John E Giarrizzo
Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:50 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: My Latest Two Violins
Replies: 21
Views: 18349

Re: My Latest Two Violins

Do you use the same tool for all of the turning. I assume you have a compound slide for the 1:30 taper. The tool shown in the pictures is the same used for all the operations. I set up for each single operation and do the same on all pegs being made. Then switch to the next operation. The positioni...
by John E Giarrizzo
Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:09 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: My Latest Two Violins
Replies: 21
Views: 18349

Re: My Latest Two Violins

Oop's, Mr. Cox is retired now, and living in semi-recluse, after a really rough patch a while back... He was never really part of the computer generation. Ya --- I did a google search and turned up no info If you are interested, I could probably go get a photo or two - he's still got around 75 or 8...
by John E Giarrizzo
Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:26 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: My Latest Two Violins
Replies: 21
Views: 18349

Re: My Latest Two Violins

Cliff, Thanks. Bending the ebony: This particular piece bent OK using cold bending. On a previous violin, I had bent solid ebony purfling from the same batch. On these last two I bought some new ebony, as I wanted that for the purfling. Nothing I could do got it to bend without breaking, which is wh...
by John E Giarrizzo
Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: My repairs, restorations and alterations.
Replies: 2
Views: 2908

Re: My repairs, restorations and alterations.

Nice looking instruments and restorations. Reminds me of a few I've done. One a mandolin similar to yours. Have a couple other oldies on the shelf waiting for restoring. I love old unusual instruments. Again, nice job.