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by Chris Richards
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Recreation of 1900's Gibson O archtop
Replies: 11
Views: 10413

Re: Recreation of 1900's Gibson O archtop

Here's the inside, the bracing is simple parallel, I did find some pictures on the web of an original being restored and copied that, I'm not sure how long the guitar was in production but quite a while it seems and during that time there were quite a few subtle changes, it did get a truss rod at so...
by Chris Richards
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Recreation of 1900's Gibson O archtop
Replies: 11
Views: 10413

Recreation of 1900's Gibson O archtop

Well, this was quite a mission! I'd never seen one of these until a friend gave me a guitar book about a year ago, for a number of reasons I was fascinated with the guitar, probably mostly because of the mandolin style upper bout. I continued my research and found a website with some anatomy picture...
by Chris Richards
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Les Paul ABR bridge installation question
Replies: 6
Views: 5307

Re: Les Paul ABR bridge installation question

I've converted a few later LPs to the earlier ABR bridge by doweling the large holes left after removing the pressed-in inserts, before I did the job I had my doubts but was actually quite surprised how solid the final job was. Before you start make a note of how high the existing bridge posts are s...
by Chris Richards
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Should neck reinforement run through the body of the instrument? Howabout the truss rod?
Replies: 8
Views: 16003

Re: Should neck reinforement run through the body of the instrument? Howabout the truss rod?

Running CF rods the entire length of the guitar I think is a good idea BUT it's not something that you can practically do since you have to route out pickup cavities. Rickenbackers used to have a problem in that the front pickup cavity was too close to the fretboard and thus even though they are nec...
by Chris Richards
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Sparkly guitar, with weird pickups!
Replies: 17
Views: 16221

Re: Sparkly guitar, with weird pickups!

Thanks again for the comments.. To answer a few questions: Regarding the pickguard, I purchased sheets of plastic, cut out the individual pieces and glued them to a backing sheet. The knobs are an ebay purchase that I thought looked a bit art deco. The equator strip worked out really well and is jus...
by Chris Richards
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Two Guitars Sold!!
Replies: 7
Views: 6243

Re: Two Guitars Sold!!

That's a big step, well done...Love the 5-String bass, hopefully someone will empty their pockets for it. I've only ever sold commissioned guitars, none of my own, which is a bit depressing, much that I love building them in the end there's only so many guitars you can own!
by Chris Richards
Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:47 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Round hole archtop bridge bracing?
Replies: 4
Views: 4501

Re: Round hole archtop bridge bracing?

Hi Brian and thank you for the information it is always interesting to read this sort of stuff. this wil be only the second archtop I've built and as a result I haven't got a wealth of experience to add, even reading Benedetto's book and other experienced builders accounts it's certainly far from be...
by Chris Richards
Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Round hole archtop bridge bracing?
Replies: 4
Views: 4501

Round hole archtop bridge bracing?

Hi Just wanted some thoughts regarding bracing for a round hole archtop. In the Benedetto book it shows that parallel bracing should go under the feet of the bridge, this becomes a bit of a problem with a round/oval sound hole since the braces would have to be too far apart, in which case would it b...
by Chris Richards
Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:06 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Sparkly guitar, with weird pickups!
Replies: 17
Views: 16221

Re: Sparkly guitar, with weird pickups!

Thanks again for the comments...It is much appreciated, and what I was hoping for! I love building guitars especially when I have that "light bulb" moment when I start designing them and I can't stop mulling over individual features, sometimes it's frustrating and I come to a conclusion to just keep...
by Chris Richards
Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:05 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Sparkly guitar, with weird pickups!
Replies: 17
Views: 16221

Re: Sparkly guitar, with weird pickups!

Thanks for the comments guys...Loving reading them! Much appreciated. I was hoping that it would be a "Love/hate" kinda thing, after going to the effort of building it "blah" comments would have been disappointing. I suppose I could say a few things about the build. The body is built in a sandwich f...
by Chris Richards
Wed May 31, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 5 String Bass Build
Replies: 56
Views: 58354

Re: 5 String Bass Build

Looking really nice, Gordon... I'm enjoying following this build, really nice wood choices. I got as far as drawing out a 5 string bass and have all the wood ready but then got distracted to a six string project, sorry about that! I'll get there in the end!
by Chris Richards
Tue May 30, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Sparkly guitar, with weird pickups!
Replies: 17
Views: 16221

Sparkly guitar, with weird pickups!

Hi all... Well, here's my latest, I decided to throw my toys out of the pram a bit with this one. I'm getting sooo fed up with Strats and Teles and wanted to do something that was exciting for me. Firstly I love some of those really quirky European guitars of the '60s (Eko and the like) with their s...
by Chris Richards
Wed May 17, 2017 5:11 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Pickup book
Replies: 9
Views: 9016

Re: Pickup book

Thanks to all for the information...I'll get searching, the pickups I've made so far are from scratch and seem to work well when rigged up on other guitars but I'm now in the middle of making a bespoke guitar for them so we'll see how that goes....Here's a picture, they're three pole and in a kind o...
by Chris Richards
Sun May 14, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Pickup book
Replies: 9
Views: 9016

Pickup book

Hi there.... I've not long been winding my own pickups and with a pleasing amount of success but they've all been to pretty standard designs, generally Fender or Gibson types. I'm now looking to experiment a bit and try some more "off beat" designs, may be a bit like some of the Gretsch pickups. Cou...
by Chris Richards
Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Headstock Decals
Replies: 4
Views: 4055

Re: Headstock Decals

Quite often with cellulose lacquer this happens, initially when slid in to place the decal will be cloudy but the subsequent coats of lacquer lacquer will make the decal transparent, once the lacquer is sprayed over it will still appear cloudy but within 5 minutes it should go clear. I have found th...
by Chris Richards
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: nightmare customers
Replies: 7
Views: 5836

Re: nightmare customers

I see exactly where you're coming from! I've been building/repairing and restoring guitars for many years it's not my full time business but an extended hobby which allows me to indulge my guitar building "fetish" make a little money and not end up with a loft full of guitars. It seems that I can go...
by Chris Richards
Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Repairing Solid body with inlay blocks
Replies: 4
Views: 4039

Re: Repairing Solid body with inlay blocks

Yes, I find problems with both the wood shrinking/expanding and lacquer "sinking"... Even after the finish has been on for a while and I've sanded back and polished after a while an edge will show and even re coating with lacquer will soften up the existing coats and start off the whole problem agai...
by Chris Richards
Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Repairing Solid body with inlay blocks
Replies: 4
Views: 4039

Repairing Solid body with inlay blocks

Just wondering how other people do this...I have quite a lot of repairs to do that require filling additional routs, ie a Vintage Strat that's been routed for humbuckers or filling extra cavities that have been cut for different bridges or switches etc. Generally my method is to rout out a neat cavi...
by Chris Richards
Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:52 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 5 String Bass Build
Replies: 56
Views: 58354

Re: 5 String Bass Build

Looking really nice, I'll be following the build. I'm afraid that my plans are just that...Plans! I still have to gather the materials, too much other work and lack of funds at the moment.

Thanks for posting, looking forward to seeing the progress.

Chris
by Chris Richards
Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Carbon Fiber Reinforcement
Replies: 17
Views: 26633

Re: Carbon Fiber Reinforcement

I suppose the alternative to using carbon fibre reinforcement would be to use two truss rods, what are the thoughts on this? I have no experience of necks constructed in this way, I can imagine not being able to accurately match the tension exerted by each of the truss rods may give rise to problems...