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by Freeman Keller
Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Yr 12 major project (12 string flattop acoustic)
Replies: 11
Views: 4706

Re: Yr 12 major project (12 string flattop acoustic)

There is an article in the latest Fretboard Journal about David Crosby, and he discusses the D18 that he converted to a 12 string. He even did a little "scalloping" with a pop bottle and some sandpaper. It has two strings under on pin, basically D18 bracing (Crosby says that lightly braced guitars s...
by Freeman Keller
Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:57 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Yr 12 major project (12 string flattop acoustic)
Replies: 11
Views: 4706

Re: Yr 12 major project (12 string flattop acoustic)

Here is a closer view of the bridge and tailpiece on my Stella clone http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f387/Freeman_Keller/Stella%20clone/IMG_2014.jpg Note that the break angle is very shallow, that is one thing that makes the heavy strings work (the tension is all anchored to the end block). Rememb...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:05 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Yr 12 major project (12 string flattop acoustic)
Replies: 11
Views: 4706

Re: Yr 12 major project (12 string flattop acoustic)

I have built two twelve strings and own(ed) a few more. One of them was a pinned bridge, one a tailpiece guitar (it was also ladder braced in the style of the old Stellas). Some comments: 1- Depending on how you string and tune it, a 12 normally has about 50 precent more tension on the top (225-260 ...
by Freeman Keller
Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1st guitar build
Replies: 7
Views: 3705

Re: 1st guitar build

John, let me suggest at least getting Melvyn Hiscock's book and reading it several times through. In addition, read as many "build threads" as you can find, particularly when done by relatively inexperienced builders (watch their problems, what tools they think they need, comments, etc). On that not...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Strings
Replies: 2
Views: 1945

Re: Strings

The D'Addario pdf's are very helpful, particularly when building mixed string sets (for altered tunings, for example). There are a couple of good on line string tension calculators, but I find this page very helpful for evaluating gross changes in string gauges and tunings http://theunofficialmartin...
by Freeman Keller
Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:32 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 12 string guitar
Replies: 10
Views: 5508

Re: 12 string guitar

Freeman, did you increase the body depth on your OM? If yes how much? I'm looking at modifying my 6 string OM plans for 12 string and this thread is quite helpful especially the top and brace info. Yes, I went with 4 inches at the neck heel ad 4-7/8 at the end block (out to out). Can't really tell ...
by Freeman Keller
Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 12 string guitar
Replies: 10
Views: 5508

Re: 12 string guitar

I have built two twelves, a short scale OM sized body and a very long scale ladder braced 000 (basically a Stella clone), and own one more. There are many factors that go into a good 12 string design - how you plan to string and tune it, what sort of sound you are looking for. My Martin D12-28 has e...
by Freeman Keller
Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:21 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Building a solid body electric guitar from scratch.
Replies: 5
Views: 4663

Re: Building a solid body electric guitar from scratch.

I'll echo exactly what the others have said - get Hiscock's book, study every guitar you can until you figure out which one sounds and works the way you want it too. Remember that most of sound of an electric is in the pups - find the ones you like, which will influence a lot of your design decision...
by Freeman Keller
Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:00 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic guitar stand plans
Replies: 7
Views: 3734

Acoustic guitar stand plans

Looking for ideas for guitar stands - either photos of something you have built or plans (links would be appreciated). I prefer wood, something that looks like a piece of furniture, mainly for my acoustics.

Mods, if this is not the correct forum, please move.
by Freeman Keller
Wed May 16, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Inlaying purfling around mother of pearl rosette
Replies: 10
Views: 5833

Re: Inlaying purfling around mother of pearl rosette

Mike, here is the teflon strip - it makes this work very easy. Laminate it between your bwb - use whatever glue you like (Titebond will work, as will CA), pull the teflon and insert the pearl. Works for rosettes, style 40+ edge trim - highly recommended http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Bindings,_trim/Too...
by Freeman Keller
Fri May 04, 2012 3:24 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Telecaster Plans
Replies: 4
Views: 4678

Re: Telecaster Plans

Brent, there used to be a plan section at the old forum and you could purchase copies, but I don't know if that got ported over and I'm pretty sure that Deb's plotter permanently died (at one time I helped her with some parts). And while there are no actual plans with it, the Melvyn Hiscock book has...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:33 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Removing glued on bone frets from Ruan fretboard
Replies: 3
Views: 2815

Re: Removing glued on bone frets from Ruan fretboard

Thank you both. I suggested that he try the vinegar first, then a tiny drop of acetone if that doesn't work. I was trying to figure out how to apply heat without doing damage to the bone frets - this should be better.
by Freeman Keller
Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Removing glued on bone frets from Ruan fretboard
Replies: 3
Views: 2815

Removing glued on bone frets from Ruan fretboard

A friend has a Chinese instrument called a Ruan with bone frets that are glued directly to the fretboard. He had to replace a couple of them and used Titebond III to glue them down. Unfortunately he got a couple of them crooked and needs to redo them. My thoughts are to apply an little head/moisture...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:33 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: LP Classic plans
Replies: 14
Views: 8645

Re: LP Classic plans

Louie Atienza wrote:Is that the guy from Israel? There was a guy on teh TDPRI wo makes some incredible repros...

Yes, somewhere I have the thread bookmarked.
by Freeman Keller
Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:59 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: LP Classic plans
Replies: 14
Views: 8645

Re: LP Classic plans

Roger, I just finished a LP from the StewMac '59 burst plans (which I understand are no longer available). It seems to be fine, don't know how truely "accurate" it is, however. My understanding is that Gibson made them pull the plans. I'd did a few things to mine so it wouldn't be a perfect copy (no...
by Freeman Keller
Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:28 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Resonator guitar
Replies: 17
Views: 10926

Re: Resonator guitar

I'd say that you've got things pretty well covered. Resonators are a little different inside and out - just wanted to make sure there were no surprises. Personally I find that about 20 inch fretboard radius and at least 1-3/4 at the nut work for my mixed style of fretted and slide - as you say Rober...
by Freeman Keller
Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:33 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Resonator guitar
Replies: 17
Views: 10926

Re: Resonator guitar

Thanks for the comments. I've managed to avoid building the metalwork. There is a company here in the UK importing resonator guitars. They have offered me a guitar with a badly fretted neck at a reduced price. This means that I only need to build the neck. I am under the impression that resonator g...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:46 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Ruan (Chinese lute) plans
Replies: 2
Views: 3272

Re: Ruan (Chinese lute) plans

Thank you, Jim. That is helpful and I'll look thru the back issues of GAL stuff to see if there are plans somewhere. A friend has a couple of Ruans and wants another - I thought if I could collect enough information I might try to build one for him. His have bone frets (which he had to replace) and ...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:54 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Ruan (Chinese lute) plans
Replies: 2
Views: 3272

Ruan (Chinese lute) plans

Has anyone built a Ruan? If so, any ideas on where to get plans and other information.
by Freeman Keller
Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:50 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tri-Cone Resonator Plans
Replies: 7
Views: 5297

Re: Tri-Cone Resonator Plans

PM me your e-mail addy and I'll send them to you.