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by Chris Richards
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tried something new...Resin topped guitar.
Replies: 8
Views: 5016

Re: Tried something new...Resin topped guitar.

Hi Barry....Ugh flattening the resin, just the worst stuff I think I've ever worked with! I cut the body from poplar, bent some sides around it, all pretty simple to this point, set some 45s in it and poured resin over the top, it looked great until it set, by which time the whole thing bent to a cu...
by Chris Richards
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Pau Ferro Guitar
Replies: 8
Views: 5552

Re: New Pau Ferro Guitar

Been a while since I've been on here, that's a very pleasing guitar to the eye, nothing too embellished and some really nice design features, love the wood choice as well :D
by Chris Richards
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tried something new...Resin topped guitar.
Replies: 8
Views: 5016

Tried something new...Resin topped guitar.

Here's one of the latest from my workshop. I actually thought that this would be an easy project, ummm I was pretty wrong on that count! Working with resin is horrible and not what I expected, the 45s are encased in the resin top which is about 10mm-12mm thick and the pickup surrounds and control pl...
by Chris Richards
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Sanding flat and level
Replies: 3
Views: 2850

Re: Sanding flat and level

A flat scraper is really helpful and probably quicker than sanding, some woods are easier than others, ash ALWAYS requires grain filling, if you use sanding sealer then you can also use a scraper over that (gently), I get so frustrated with sand paper, the quality these days seems so poor, I've even...
by Chris Richards
Wed May 30, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Latest experimental guitar
Replies: 3
Views: 3441

Re: Latest experimental guitar

Thanks for the explanation, I'm guessing the bridge around the sound hole is going to be plenty strong enough with all those laminates! Love the padauk fb I'll have to try some of that and yes that grain feature on the sides is gorgeous. I can't say why but colour is really important to me and how t...
by Chris Richards
Wed May 30, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Latest experimental guitar
Replies: 3
Views: 3441

Re: Latest experimental guitar

I Really like it, the shape is nice, love the headstock and especially like the finished colour, very pleasing to the eye and like you say it's a bit different, the fretboard also matches nicely, what wood did you use? I'm not over keen on otherwise traditional shaped archtops that have the upper fr...
by Chris Richards
Mon May 28, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: K&K Double Big Twin question
Replies: 5
Views: 5632

Re: K&K Double Big Twin question

I recently fitted a K & K kit to one of my acoustics. I found the double sided tape pads supplied with the kit to be completely useless, the instructions do say that you'll have better results using a gel super glue, I drilled some tiny holes through the bridge and top and put some wire through to l...
by Chris Richards
Thu May 17, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: electric guitar neck build
Replies: 19
Views: 9495

Re: electric guitar neck build

I don't want to hijack this post but I'm glad I'm not alone in having experienced this problem, know that Fender had this problem with their slab-board necks in the early '60's, I've had a couple of these necks through my workshop that have had quite severe back bows and similar on some JV reissue S...
by Chris Richards
Wed May 16, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: electric guitar neck build
Replies: 19
Views: 9495

Re: electric guitar neck build

Like other people have said instead of using Titebond use an epoxy glue, also if you're not fussed about vintage accuracy do use a bi flex truss rod, I've had the same happen with Titebond but it isn't consistent, I've not had it happen with a mahogany neck just maple...
by Chris Richards
Wed May 09, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 12318

Re: New Archtop

Stunning work, I long for the day when I get good enough at building to do a totally natural finish without the need for paint somewhere to cover up the odd blemish! I love the celluloid it looks really classy...
by Chris Richards
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Guitar
Replies: 27
Views: 13707

Re: New Guitar

Thank you Gordon....We can still get cellulose here in the UK but it is getting harder to get and very expensive so I want to start using something else when I'm not working on a vintage instrument, I've also never used an epoxy grain filler, it's quite hard work grain filling with the stuff I use a...
by Chris Richards
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Guitar
Replies: 27
Views: 13707

Re: New Guitar

Hi Gordon... What products did you use to finish the guitar? I'm so stuck on cellulose and always seem to have unforeseen problems when I try other products (like never setting properly or cracking at a later stage) although most of my work is restorations and cellulose is the product to use for tha...
by Chris Richards
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Guitar
Replies: 27
Views: 13707

Re: New Guitar

Very nice, love the colour, for some reason it looks a bit Mosrite'ish?
by Chris Richards
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck joint - LP body, flat (not carved) top, neck angle and FB support
Replies: 48
Views: 26827

Re: Neck joint - LP body, flat (not carved) top, neck angle and FB support

I hope these two pictures come out ok...I don't think it's vital that the tenon extends into the pickup cavity I can't see that adding a great deal more strength especially as some LP neck tenons had a rounded bottom so the neck angle could be easily adjusted. Personally though I would keep the teno...
by Chris Richards
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck joint - LP body, flat (not carved) top, neck angle and FB support
Replies: 48
Views: 26827

Re: Neck joint - LP body, flat (not carved) top, neck angle and FB support

There's no problem at all with adding wedge shims under the unsupported sides of the fretboard. You mention adding a shim at the end as well but I think you'd be far better off making the male part of the tenon at least as long as the fretboard otherwise you're not going to end up with a very strong...
by Chris Richards
Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ok to use a 16.5" 2 way truss rod on an lp neck build?
Replies: 5
Views: 4375

Re: Ok to use a 16.5" 2 way truss rod on an lp neck build?

If vintage accurate is not your main concern then I would always use a modern two way rod, I used to use the traditional arrangement exclusively but started using the bi flex rods a couple of years ago, I just think that the way they work is a lot kinder to the neck since the bending action is trans...
by Chris Richards
Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Recreation of 1900's Gibson O archtop
Replies: 11
Views: 9580

Re: Recreation of 1900's Gibson O archtop

Thank you for your comments Joshua. It took me quite a while to work up the enthusiasm to build another archtop, they're sooo much work, I still can't believe how long it takes to carve a top and back plate, I'm wondering if I've got the right personality/mind set to build archtops. I've been lookin...
by Chris Richards
Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Setting action for semi-sympathetic strings
Replies: 3
Views: 2965

Re: Setting action for semi-sympathetic strings

Are you saying it has a 12-string like geometry with one set of strings at a lower action...just to get it straight in my mind?
by Chris Richards
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Recreation of 1900's Gibson O archtop
Replies: 11
Views: 9580

Re: Recreation of 1900's Gibson O archtop

Hi Randolph Please accept my sincere apologies...Basically a case of too many beers at the pub last night and I should have locked my keyboard away when I got home! I didn't want to drink that much but my friends dragged me in one last pub, my heels were sparking on the pavement trying to resist...S...
by Chris Richards
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Recreation of 1900's Gibson O archtop
Replies: 11
Views: 9580

Re: Recreation of 1900's Gibson O archtop

[Expletive deleted by staff; please read forum policy] that body style has nothing to do with China....Orville Gibson defined the the archtop guitar, gave birth to it!!!!