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by Hans Bezemer
Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:17 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Something Slide-ly different
Replies: 4
Views: 3702

Re: Something Slide-ly different

Did you do any calculating on the box volume and the port areas? As a science teacher I'm a bit embarrassed to say that I didn't.... :geek: The construction is way to heavy to be a good soundbox. The sides are 3/4" ply and top and back are 1/4" ply. You can let an elephant play this thing without d...
by Hans Bezemer
Sat Jul 02, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Something Slide-ly different
Replies: 4
Views: 3702

Something Slide-ly different

I doubted to put this post in Jam session but since it involves strings I finally decided to put it here. A while ago I made a semi acoustic lapsteel guitar out of scrap pieces of birch plywood, just for the fun of it. The instrument is basically a box with two set of strings mounted on top of it, u...
by Hans Bezemer
Fri Jul 01, 2016 2:06 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: undersaddle pickup would this work?
Replies: 7
Views: 6383

Re: undersaddle pickup would this work?

Hans Bezemer wrote:I've made several electric (slight) guitars
Slight = Slide of course, pardon me.
by Hans Bezemer
Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:50 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: undersaddle pickup would this work?
Replies: 7
Views: 6383

Re: undersaddle pickup would this work?

I've made several electric (slight) guitars with a cheap piezo under saddle pick up (2 dollars a piece) and they sound great. I also installed a under saddle pickup in my acoustic guitar. The trick is to fight off the high impedance of the pickup, which I did with a very simple but effective fet-pre...
by Hans Bezemer
Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Guitar Synth, Ergonomic Shape, Baritone tuning
Replies: 14
Views: 10483

Re: Guitar Synth, Ergonomic Shape, Baritone tuning

Beate, that's a really cool guitar!

How low Z is your low Z pickup
How did you attached the neck?
by Hans Bezemer
Sat Jun 18, 2016 10:55 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Baritone 12 string
Replies: 22
Views: 14890

Re: Baritone 12 string

Starting with a 0.90 gauge string for the G will give you a reasonable tension. If your building an (hollow) electric, then tension will be not that much of an issue. I'm very interested in your project, because I'm thinking of building an 12 string baritone for a long time also. I do use an other t...
by Hans Bezemer
Sat May 21, 2016 3:46 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Converting an existing guitar to just or pure intonation
Replies: 13
Views: 7143

Re: Converting an existing guitar to just or pure intonation

If being able to play in different keys is an issue, you could consider to use a 31-tone divisions of the octave. This will give a meantone kind of tuning, so somewhere in between 12- tet and just tuning. There's an excellent article on Wikipedia about 31-tet . There is a Dutch guitarist who uses a ...
by Hans Bezemer
Thu Apr 07, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: how to mix graphite powder to get shielding paint
Replies: 14
Views: 14962

Re: how to mix graphite powder to get shielding paint

You could make Indian / Chinese ink with it: http://www.ehow.com/how_7370727_homemad ... n-ink.html
I've used Indian ink to stain wood and it shielded well.
by Hans Bezemer
Tue Mar 15, 2016 5:48 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: DIY Tuning machine
Replies: 15
Views: 15740

Re: DIY Tuning machine

I'm a bit late to the party, but I really like these tuners.
As said above, good use is made of commonly available stuff.

Hans
by Hans Bezemer
Sat Mar 05, 2016 1:01 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: The Quintar Project: Popularizing an All Fifths Tuning
Replies: 28
Views: 22009

Re: The Quintar Project: Popularizing an All Fifths Tuning

Great! It really is a beautiful instrument.
by Hans Bezemer
Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Why Doesn't This Martin Sound Good?
Replies: 10
Views: 5236

Re: Why Doesn't This Martin Sound Good?

It may be used in the jazz-scene to make playing turnarounds easy? :roll:
by Hans Bezemer
Sat Feb 13, 2016 2:29 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: The Quintar Project: Popularizing an All Fifths Tuning
Replies: 28
Views: 22009

Re: The Quintar Project: Popularizing an All Fifths Tuning

And many people build them for long scaled instruments to improve ergonomics. Which is definitely a second advantage. I think fanned frets are by far the better option for fretted instruments, I have played I lot with them. But building-wise they are a bit more demanding, outlining and cutting the ...
by Hans Bezemer
Fri Feb 12, 2016 10:41 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: The Quintar Project: Popularizing an All Fifths Tuning
Replies: 28
Views: 22009

Re: The Quintar Project: Popularizing an All Fifths Tuning

my knowledge of music theory can be written on one 3"x5" notecard. But my ears tell me that for a short - scaled instrument, that a fanned-fret/multi-scale fingerboard is good. It just sounds better. Regarding your music theory, I think the most important things easily fit on a notecard. At the end...
by Hans Bezemer
Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:42 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: A guide to photographing guitars
Replies: 37
Views: 19258

Re: A guide to photographing guitars

This a good discussion.
Although I'm the worst photographer alive, I think it really helps to let the final outcome shine. It's almost like a second finish.
I think good photographs really help to attract potential buyers.
by Hans Bezemer
Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: The Quintar Project: Popularizing an All Fifths Tuning
Replies: 28
Views: 22009

Re: The Quintar Project: Popularizing an All Fifths Tuning

For a built from odds & ends, you did a very fine job!

I would love to hear some soundclips when it is all set up.

It is no trouble to add an overview diagram to my SAC-book with your tuning and number of strings, if it will help to find your way.
by Hans Bezemer
Wed Feb 10, 2016 4:58 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: The Quintar Project: Popularizing an All Fifths Tuning
Replies: 28
Views: 22009

Re: The Quintar Project: Popularizing an All Fifths Tuning

I am ignorant about this. But I just strung up this 5-string 23-24" tenor for the first time about 3 hours ago. The neck joins the 13.5" body at the 17th fret, and it sounds crispy. I'm going to let it stay at the conventional ADGBE for a while. But I'll study Hans' material and try out the fifths ...
by Hans Bezemer
Mon Feb 08, 2016 5:17 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Flame Maple bass
Replies: 17
Views: 12999

Re: Flame Maple bass

That turned out as a very nice and elegant bass!

Hans
by Hans Bezemer
Mon Feb 08, 2016 3:46 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: The Quintar Project: Popularizing an All Fifths Tuning
Replies: 28
Views: 22009

Re: The Quintar Project: Popularizing an All Fifths Tuning

Most often tenor guitars are tuned in fifths. If I were to build a 6 string to be tuned in fifths I would consider doing a fanned fret fretboard. It might reduce the finger stretches some and make string selection a little easier. You're right about the fanned frets, I actually build a 7 string tun...
by Hans Bezemer
Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: The Quintar Project: Popularizing an All Fifths Tuning
Replies: 28
Views: 22009

Re: The Quintar Project: Popularizing an All Fifths Tuning

Finding the right strings is bit of a trouble, I use a combination of guitar and bass strings. The bass strings I cut to the appropriate length. But: There will be a time that all fifths players can choose their strings from several companies in different gauges, flatwound, roundwound etc. etc. As ...
by Hans Bezemer
Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: The Quintar Project: Popularizing an All Fifths Tuning
Replies: 28
Views: 22009

Re: The Quintar Project: Popularizing an All Fifths Tuning

The 5 string has a custom made nut. And it happens to have a neck that is so narrow that it is better suited for 5 strings than for 6 strings anyway. To me it actually has the ideal width for 5 strings. But i do not play it often, and i even did not finish it. Main reason: i found out that it needs...