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by Paul Kincaid
Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:25 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Paul's third archtop
Replies: 19
Views: 9812

Re: Paul's third archtop

A few in progress shots.
by Paul Kincaid
Wed Oct 21, 2015 6:30 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Paul's third archtop
Replies: 19
Views: 9812

Re: Paul's third archtop

A few more quick shots.
by Paul Kincaid
Wed Oct 21, 2015 6:21 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Paul's third archtop
Replies: 19
Views: 9812

Re: Paul's third archtop

Turquoise dots and banjo-inspired star inlay.
by Paul Kincaid
Wed Oct 21, 2015 6:19 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Paul's third archtop
Replies: 19
Views: 9812

Paul's third archtop

Full hollow 14" archtop. Engelmann spruce top, Spanish cedar back and sides, maple and African blackwood neck, bloodwood fingerboard, custom wooden pickup rings, knobs, bridge, and lots of binding. Pickups are a '59 in the neck with series/parallel switch, Twangbucker in the bridge, and a K&K twinsp...
by Paul Kincaid
Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:14 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Compensated nut location: how does it relate to compensation at the saddle
Replies: 16
Views: 8260

Re: Compensated nut location: how does it relate to compensation at the saddle

I find that with 0.5mm compensation at the nut, the saddle compensation is less dramatic; I file the individual nut slots back if necessary. It leads to less compromise for where the intonation is proper. With many production guitars, even with careful setup, the 1st to 3rd frets are sharp unless th...
by Paul Kincaid
Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tuning Machines
Replies: 19
Views: 17237

Re: Tuning Machines

Both Sperzel and Hipshot make excellent tuners in the US. I use Sperzel on most of my ukes, Hipshot on most of my basses, and one or the other on most of my guitars. They are great companies to work with and will sell custom sets directly to medium output builders and small retail shops like me. I h...
by Paul Kincaid
Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:51 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Visiting Luthier Challenge.
Replies: 10
Views: 6065

Re: Visiting Luthier Challenge.

You can do an awful lot with a drill press. I use a flexible rubber sanding disc designed for metal work mounted in a press to rough out my carved and archet tops. I use a pin router now, but you can use the depth stop to drill top thickness reference points to sand out the inside. A safe-t-planer c...
by Paul Kincaid
Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:00 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Paul Kincaid's 2nd archtop guitar
Replies: 8
Views: 6041

Re: Paul Kincaid's 2nd archtop guitar

I would say that it's quite a lot louder than a 335 or other semi-hollow, but doesn't have the bass response of a larger full hollow instrument.
by Paul Kincaid
Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:06 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Paul Kincaid's 2nd archtop guitar
Replies: 8
Views: 6041

Re: Paul Kincaid's 2nd archtop guitar

I went with the Spanish heel mostly because it is how I have been making my ukuleles recently. It also lends itself well to the complete lack of space around the neck joint due to the 24th fret body join and neck pickup position.
by Paul Kincaid
Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:08 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Paul Kincaid's 2nd archtop guitar
Replies: 8
Views: 6041

Paul Kincaid's 2nd archtop guitar

Finally done and delivered, here is my 2nd archtop, and my first dyed finish. African blackwood fingerboard, tailpiece, and headstock veneer. PRS Dragon II pickups. Figured mahogany neck. Maple top, back, and sides. Full hollow with no block or core. Spruce parallel bracing. SS frets. Spanish heel n...
by Paul Kincaid
Thu May 16, 2013 6:33 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Traveling with instruments containing CITES species
Replies: 4
Views: 3049

Re: Traveling with instruments containing CITES species

Any idea where it is available to see the recording?
by Paul Kincaid
Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:58 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: What factors allow lower action on some guitars than others?
Replies: 12
Views: 4618

What factors allow lower action on some guitars than others?

I'm aware of many of the variables involved, but some instruments just seem to allow much lower action without getting excessive buzzing. Zon basses are likely the best example of instruments that I've personally played with hyper low action and still clean sound. So- if it's the same scale, same st...
by Paul Kincaid
Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:10 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Replacement tailpiece for Brandt mandolin
Replies: 2
Views: 2155

Re: Replacement tailpiece for Brandt mandolin

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by Paul Kincaid
Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:03 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Replacement tailpiece for Brandt mandolin
Replies: 2
Views: 2155

Replacement tailpiece for Brandt mandolin

I have a vintage Brandt Mandolin in for extensive repairs right now. The cracked staves, broken headstock, missing binding, and finish issues are expected to go just fine. Where I'm stuck is finding an appropriate replacement for the tailpiece. Part of it is still there, but it has some string tabs ...
by Paul Kincaid
Sat Jul 21, 2012 1:31 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Fancy figured woods...
Replies: 97
Views: 49266

Re: Wood porn...

Some figured purpleheart that my brother bought for me.
by Paul Kincaid
Sat Jul 21, 2012 12:54 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Bosch Colt router losing power at all speeds.
Replies: 5
Views: 3381

Re: Bosch Colt router losing power at all speeds.

I may just buy a new router and keep the one from class for parts. The parts aren't too expensive, but they add up quick and I'll eventually need parts for my own.
by Paul Kincaid
Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:28 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Bosch Colt router losing power at all speeds.
Replies: 5
Views: 3381

Bosch Colt router losing power at all speeds.

I have a router that I use for teaching that recently started having some problems. It's at a public shop that I am not always at, so I don't always know how the tools are being used and they get a lot of "use". I have two identical routers at my own shop that are older and used more often with no p...