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by Matthew Lau
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Stabilized woods for bridge?
Replies: 4
Views: 4141

Stabilized woods for bridge?

Hey luthier buddies,

I've noticed that a number of bridges can crack under high tension strain.
I've been considering using some sort of stabilized wood, or reinforcing the fracture points with brass or carbon fiber.

Any thoughts?
by Matthew Lau
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Looking for a school for luthiery
Replies: 3
Views: 3626

Re: Looking for a school for luthiery

It'd be really interesting to hear from Al Carruth.
by Matthew Lau
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Sound system in workshop?
Replies: 21
Views: 13295

Re: Sound system in workshop?

I can’t stand bad fidelity. In my shop, I have a 40 year old Akai receiver (I can’t remember how many watts, but it was a lot at the time I bought it) connected to an archaic CD player and to a bluetooth receiver. I have a pair of Genesis speakers from long ago that a friend gave me. I don’t think ...
by Matthew Lau
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Sound system in workshop?
Replies: 21
Views: 13295

Re: Sound system in workshop?

I'm probably the least "luthier" of of everyone here. For me, it's generally my mom's old semifunctional transistor radio from the 80's. Or the giant sound muffler radio headphones for working with power tools. I'm generally listening to the public radio station or the local jazz public radio. Perso...
by Matthew Lau
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Sound system in workshop?
Replies: 21
Views: 13295

Sound system in workshop?

This sounds sorta funny, but I've found pretty much every good luthier that I know has music on the background. Some guys are fancy, like Robert Garcia with his vintage audiophile gear worth more than my Honda Fit. Others are practical but with good taste, Michihiro Matsuda and his vintage freecycle...
by Matthew Lau
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Air Travel with a Clay Schaeffer travel guitar
Replies: 5
Views: 3937

Re: Air Travel with a Clay Schaeffer travel guitar

As for what I'd change--it's very minor: 1. I'm going to do some fretwork. Stuff can get loose, also I'm a very picky dentist guy. 2. I don't see why the bridge is notched...makes it harder to use different strings to due stress points. 3. I'd change the handle from metal to something softer on the ...
by Matthew Lau
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Air Travel with a Clay Schaeffer travel guitar
Replies: 5
Views: 3937

Re: Air Travel with a Clay Schaeffer travel guitar

The nicest thing about having a really cool Clay Schaeffer travel guitar, is that you make friends really fast. People go-- "whoa, nice guitar!" When they see the case-- "Is that a baby coffin?" "French horn case?" Then, they see the transform state-- "That's way cool!" "I want one!" "My niece/son/m...
by Matthew Lau
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Air Travel with a Clay Schaeffer travel guitar
Replies: 5
Views: 3937

Re: Air Travel with a Clay Schaeffer travel guitar

The nicest thing about having a guitar with you at an airport, is that you can relax a bit. Everyone is busy playing on their phones, eating overpriced fast food, or frantically trying to ignore people. Meantime, I have a great guitar...the world is swell! edit- note how the shell catches the light ...
by Matthew Lau
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Air Travel with a Clay Schaeffer travel guitar
Replies: 5
Views: 3937

Re: Air Travel with a Clay Schaeffer travel guitar

On folding, the body tucks *inside* the guitar. What isn't shown is that the neck is secured at two (almost 3) points to avoid damaging the body. The headstock snuggles into a padded groove in the neckblock. The heel screws into a metal insert at the heel. Additionally, there's little thoughtful tou...
by Matthew Lau
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Air Travel with a Clay Schaeffer travel guitar
Replies: 5
Views: 3937

Re: Air Travel with a Clay Schaeffer travel guitar

Since I didn't hear anything from our moderators, I'll just start posting. I first heard about Clay's travel guitar in 1995, at it (along with Kathy Matsushita's website and a 1935 Martin 000) are a large part of why I got into guitar building. It was the coolest guitar ever, and the only travel gui...
by Matthew Lau
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Air Travel with a Clay Schaeffer travel guitar
Replies: 5
Views: 3937

Air Travel with a Clay Schaeffer travel guitar

Hey MIMF, I'm not sure if this is appropriate to post, since I didn't build it. However, I wanted to give props to Clay Schaeffer for building me a special guitar. I'd also like to document how it's like travelling with the guitar. If the moderator doesn't mind, I'd like to post pictures and feedbac...
by Matthew Lau
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hand planing thin wood
Replies: 23
Views: 15000

Re: Hand planing thin wood

Dude! Great sander.

I envy you. I'm hoping to make some planes for thicknessing.
http://myplace.frontier.com/~nostberg/c ... /step5.htm

Except mine will be chinese style (pull and push okay)
by Matthew Lau
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hand planing thin wood
Replies: 23
Views: 15000

Re: Hand planing thin wood

Hey OP, Get it to work yet? I'm going to get back to guitar building too...which means thicknessing by hand since I don't own a thickess sander or a drill press with adjustable table lift (Walker Turner, it's HEAVY). I plan to make some Chinese style handplanes for doing the thicknessing with a Hock...
by Matthew Lau
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Fret rocker? Stew mac? LMII? Other?
Replies: 4
Views: 2978

Re: Fret rocker? Stew mac? LMII? Other?

I honestly just use a EZE lap card...it's served me well on all my fretjobs.
The edges are pretty square and sorta work.
Also works to flatten the edge too.

Guess I'm overthinking it.

https://www.amazon.com/EZE-LAP-201-Cred ... B002RL83HC
by Matthew Lau
Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Fret rocker? Stew mac? LMII? Other?
Replies: 4
Views: 2978

Fret rocker? Stew mac? LMII? Other?

For my first few builds, I just used whatever I had on hand for setup (like a EZE lap diamond card sharpener for fret flattening and rocking frets). I'm thinking of getting a setup tool like the cool people. Can you recommend a good one? I'm considering between https://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/...
by Matthew Lau
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Again: DIY headless tuning machines
Replies: 30
Views: 16601

Re: Again: DIY headless tuning machines

Ping David King.

He's had a few threads where he's showed machining these types of tuners.
I think he worked on a few MIMF bases too.
by Matthew Lau
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hand planing thin wood
Replies: 23
Views: 15000

Re: Hand planing thin wood

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maJCqbtN-6I
fancy version

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItMUjHdWiI4
simpler version by Kiyond.

FWIW, Kiyond is the better luthier.
by Matthew Lau
Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Tools I wish I never bought
Replies: 25
Views: 17343

Re: Tools I wish I never bought

Matthew Where did you get a diamond bench stone for $20? Are you happy with it? Do they offer various grits? Ed Sorry for the late reply. It was about 15 years ago at the Japan Woodworker in Alameda. They had a pile of "reject" sharpening stones and other stuff on clearance. While the stones aren't...