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by Mike Conner
Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Square neck spider resonator
Replies: 27
Views: 32824

Re: Square neck spider resonator

Peter, I really like your design and material choices. I have a locally made square neck from highly figured Sapele and a Port Orford Cedar top plate. The construction is post (not soundwell) and the top plate is supported by a plywood cone ledge. Maple binding (and fret markers) like you have done....
by Mike Conner
Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Archtop Build Journal - Fifth Edition
Replies: 7
Views: 10645

Re: Archtop Build Journal - Fifth Edition

Just checking in on the Journal threads. I have started on the Sixth Edition but it will be a while before it has enough addtions to justify posting. PM me if you want the higher resolution version of the Journal via email. I have just started an F mandolin build. This will push my skills further du...
by Mike Conner
Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Archtop Build Journal
Replies: 10
Views: 17315

Re: Archtop Build Journal

I'm still amazed by the number of views of this original Journal thread - over 4300 so far.

The Fifth Edition is available at the new thread:
http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=4668

//mike
by Mike Conner
Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Walnut back and sides question
Replies: 34
Views: 21702

Re: Walnut back and sides question

I have had really good results with slab sawn walnut in archtop guitars. The boards were just a little too narrow, so I used the off cuts from the waist area to make up the needed width at the lower bout. With a little finesse these extensions will blend perfectly with the rest of the plate. I think...
by Mike Conner
Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:43 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Benedetto style Classical Archtop
Replies: 9
Views: 6548

Re: Benedetto style Classical Archtop

Yes, more photos lease! This looks really interesting and the sound holes in the upper shoulders look great. I am also fond of 16" archtops - I'm not a big guy, with slightly shorter arms and normal size hands. The 16" archtops feel just right hanging from a strap. How about some additional details ...
by Mike Conner
Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: opinion needed volume only or volume and tone controls on archtop
Replies: 5
Views: 3908

Re: opinion needed volume only or volume and tone controls on archtop

Greg, I use the Shatten thumbwheels and the wiring kit from StewMac. The 3M adhesive is very strong and durable, so I think it is likely to hold up fine. My concern has actually been in two areas: sheilding and future upgrades or modifications. This is especially true because I mount the thumbwheel ...
by Mike Conner
Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: question fortop/back plate carvers
Replies: 3
Views: 2577

Re: question fortop/back plate carvers

Brian, Your concern is a valid one, in the sense that the extra stock at the edges can lead your eye astray. My way around this is to measure from the center line of the plate when laying out the arch contours. Also, since I am planning on doing a recurve after assembling the box, I can leave the ou...
by Mike Conner
Sun Oct 09, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Shop Build
Replies: 10
Views: 5532

Re: Shop Build

Eric, Thanks for the update! This forum is encouraging as you say, and we can certainly qualify your posts as a "build log" ;-) I usually describe my usually messy shop as "looks like Norm Abram threw up in it", though since I don't have as many toys it usually looks more like Roy Underwood just got...
by Mike Conner
Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:40 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Archtop Build Journal - Fifth Edition
Replies: 7
Views: 10645

Re: Archtop Build Journal - Fifth Edition

Steve, The Bennedetto archtop book is really valuable, but a lot of steps and details are only lightly touched or not covered - understandable when you are making page count and other cost decisions for conventional print publishing. I wanted to document what I discovered along the way, and attempt ...
by Mike Conner
Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:28 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Effect of volume and tone control on top of acoustic archtop
Replies: 5
Views: 4508

Re: Effect of volume and tone control on top of acoustic archtop

Brian, I have similar concerns about how mounted pots may the affect on the acoustic tone or volume. My solution has been to use Shatten thumbwheels hidden inside the bass f hole. N7-132 Pots in f hole.JPG Randolph. As you say, especially the jazz community has a distinct focus on a thunky tonality,...
by Mike Conner
Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:08 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: antique finish with checking for knotty pine
Replies: 6
Views: 4182

Re: antique finish with checking for knotty pine

One alternative to consider would be to use waterborne poly with Honey Amber Transtint dye added to it (about 6-8 drops per quart will give that warm aged pine look). The advantage is a low cost and foam brush application. EnduroVar urethane varnish is what I am presently using, and they have a semi...
by Mike Conner
Sat Sep 17, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My third archtop
Replies: 12
Views: 6763

Re: My third archtop

Jim,
The dovetail tenon (and mortise depth) is 3/4" long. Looks like this:
A094 - Dovetail Tenon and Mortise.jpg
The screw is 2-1/2" #8 brass to match the gold hardware. The location is where I would want the strap button to be anyway:
B134 - Finished neck jpint.jpg
Hope this helps!
by Mike Conner
Sat Sep 17, 2016 6:39 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My third archtop
Replies: 12
Views: 6763

Re: My third archtop

Jim, I use a dovetail joint similar to what you describe and try for a nice tight fit. I do not use glue for final assembly, but instead a 2.5" screw capped with a strap button runs through the dovetail to lock it in place. This means that I can assemble in the white, play and refine, then disassemb...
by Mike Conner
Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My third archtop
Replies: 12
Views: 6763

Re: My third archtop

Looks really good! - What kind of spruce and the source? - Any details you can share on the neck joint? (Dovetail?). - Fretboard material? My preference is for a brighter tone for neck pickups, and as you say it tone can be rolled off. It looks like you have 21 frets, putting your neck pickup at abo...
by Mike Conner
Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:13 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Archtop Build Journal - Fifth Edition
Replies: 7
Views: 10645

Re: Archtop Build Journal - Fifth Edition

Steve: I had done maybe 100's of setups, dozens of pickup installations, etc. but had never tried to build an instrument, even from a kit. Woould have been easier to perhaps build a solid body (I've got a soft spot for Tele's) but just wanted to go all in. So, the first edition of the Journal was tr...
by Mike Conner
Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Archtop Build Journal - Fifth Edition
Replies: 7
Views: 10645

Archtop Build Journal - Fifth Edition

I have continued to build and learn since posting my original Archtop Build Journal. The original thread is here: http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=3905 The Archtop Build Journal - Fifth Edition can be found here: http://www.mimf.com/Builds/Archtop%20Build%20Journal%20-%20Fifth%20Editio...
by Mike Conner
Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:12 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Surface Mounted Full Humbucker on Carved Archtop
Replies: 11
Views: 8553

Re: Surface Mounted Full Humbucker on Carved Archtop

Randolph: Since I was not entirely sure of the end results, a lower cost humbucker was a reasonable option and a lower price/pain point if I messed it up. This really sounds good, so I'll start thinking about an upgrade in a few months - probably Vintage Vibe since this a custom configuration (no mo...
by Mike Conner
Wed Sep 07, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Surface Mounted Full Humbucker on Carved Archtop
Replies: 11
Views: 8553

Re: Surface Mounted Full Humbucker on Carved Archtop

Thanks David! The Golden Age was a decent price (about $50 USD) and I knew I would be modifying it for this build, so it was a reasonable choice. I have used Vintage Vibe (Pete Biltoft) neck mounted humbuckers on prior builds. Pete is great to order from but not cheap at $125 or so. The neck mounted...
by Mike Conner
Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:45 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Surface Mounted Full Humbucker on Carved Archtop
Replies: 11
Views: 8553

Re: Surface Mounted Full Humbucker on Carved Archtop

No guitar post is complete without the obligatory shot of the back:
N7-225 back left HD.JPG
//mike
by Mike Conner
Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:42 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Surface Mounted Full Humbucker on Carved Archtop
Replies: 11
Views: 8553

Re: Surface Mounted Full Humbucker on Carved Archtop

Shatten thumbwheels for volume and tone control are hidden inside the edge of the bass side f-hole: N7-132 Pots in f hole.JPG The humbucker height levels out with the fretboard height with a good clearance and room for string to string balance using the pole pieces. N7-131 Side view HB and neck exte...