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by Beate Ritzert
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Again: DIY headless tuning machines
Replies: 30
Views: 16515

Re: Again: DIY headless tuning machines

Addon: i expect the Preston tuners to be comparatively heavy. But the idea might help reducing the neck angle if the tuners are located on the bridge side - slots in the top are necessary anyway. What i actually want to hide are mostly the tuning knobs.
by Beate Ritzert
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Again: DIY headless tuning machines
Replies: 30
Views: 16515

Re: Again: DIY headless tuning machines

Preston style tuners or a mod thereof might be a viable option. I made some using cap head screws and used an allen key to provide the leverage rather than a knob. Simple and cheap to construct and with a little bit of ingenuity hideable . What exactly are Preston style tuners? Something like that?...
by Beate Ritzert
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New 17" archtop
Replies: 15
Views: 9997

Re: New 17" archtop

You could also use audacity, a free and platform independent multi track recording tool. It has a builtin FFT display similar to the one shown above.
by Beate Ritzert
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New 17" archtop
Replies: 15
Views: 9997

Re: New 17" archtop

Wow!
Beautiful wood, pretty and harmonious design.


Ha, and i like the More-Gibson-than-Benedetto-style shape of the cutaway...
by Beate Ritzert
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Again: DIY headless tuning machines
Replies: 30
Views: 16515

Re: Again: DIY headless tuning machines

And that might indeed be an option i am considering. Regardless of the question wether to make lever tuners or linear ones - that's a question of the available space and i am still considering both options side by side: both are easy enough to make if You have the tools (i need to buy a drill press,...
by Beate Ritzert
Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Again: DIY headless tuning machines
Replies: 30
Views: 16515

Re: Again: DIY headless tuning machines

I'll check what materials are available here in the stores - it is getting more and more difficult to find suitable starting materials here.
by Beate Ritzert
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Again: DIY headless tuning machines
Replies: 30
Views: 16515

Re: Again: DIY headless tuning machines

That 23º sounds like a lot for a bass string ... In order to give You an impression on the situation - the new bass will be based on that project: https://www.ritzert.net/~beate/My_V_Bass.jpg In order to reduce the string angle i added a pseudo tailpiece: https://www.ritzert.net/~beate/DSC_3656.JPG...
by Beate Ritzert
Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Again: DIY headless tuning machines
Replies: 30
Views: 16515

Re: Again: DIY headless tuning machines

THX. Steel axis in brass body - reasonable choice? brass - relatively easy to work on and somewhat lubricating. ABM uses that combination as well, right? Related question: string angle at the bridge. As the tuners shall be "hidden" the strings shall go through the top and the tuning mechanism is und...
by Beate Ritzert
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Again: DIY headless tuning machines
Replies: 30
Views: 16515

Re: Again: DIY headless tuning machines

I think ill use the ball end at the tuner side and clamp at the nut. But a lever based mechanism would make it easier to use the ball ends at the nut and clamp at the tuner. My main goal is to learn about useful mechanisms which allow tuning of bass strings (with small ball ends - bass VI, violin ba...
by Beate Ritzert
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Again: DIY headless tuning machines
Replies: 30
Views: 16515

Again: DIY headless tuning machines

This is kind of brainstorming regarding possibilities and - moreover - layout. I am aware of the various approaches - mostly linear tuners, rarely lever based. Target instrument is a Bass VI, which means bass strings with a guitar like string spacing. A few estimates on the physics - lets start from...
by Beate Ritzert
Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Do short-scale steel-string instruments need a truss rod?
Replies: 7
Views: 5600

Re: Do short-scale steel-string instruments need a truss rod?

The archtop i restored recently has not truss rod. Its neck is really thick yet comfortable, and it is perfectly stable with .012 strings - the neck itself should be capable of .013 strings. The neck is made of birch which has the largest Young's modulus among the "common" northern European woods. T...
by Beate Ritzert
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Wood Used on Crappy Violin
Replies: 12
Views: 13963

Re: Wood Used on Crappy Violin

*g* cool. But i would guess those student violins are by worlds better than this cheap deco instrument. In order to set up, the construction must at least resemble that of a real violin. To me it would already be painfull to cut an instrument into pieces which is potentially playable.
by Beate Ritzert
Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: 5-string vs 4-string bass
Replies: 24
Views: 11838

Re: 5-string vs 4-string bass

It would be even more interesting if i was able to sinf backup or 2nd voice. But unfortunately my voice is not useful for that; even training would not help.
by Beate Ritzert
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: 5-string vs 4-string bass
Replies: 24
Views: 11838

Re: 5-string vs 4-string bass

Also, is that report on that short-scale headless viewable online? I'd be interested in seeing that. Yes, it is. I did not post just because of the forum rules which explicitly forbid such links. You might also consider a 4 string shortscale build. Meanwhile there are many modern shortscales on the...
by Beate Ritzert
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: 5-string vs 4-string bass
Replies: 24
Views: 11838

Re: 5-string vs 4-string bass

Addon, i happened to come a across a report on a German made headless shortscale. 30", active, one Delano humbucker in Stingray position. The recordings sound really promising (and the strings appear to have normal thickness). Even the B string, and the sound fits every expectation to a modern sound...
by Beate Ritzert
Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: 5-string vs 4-string bass
Replies: 24
Views: 11838

Re: 5-string vs 4-string bass

First of all: the Fender religion... and 34" ideology... shorter scale basses sound indeed a bit different from longer scale basses, but they do not need to be inferior. You might search for sound samples of the Cazpar basses for example. Or the Fender Mustang. Well, and my short scales all have goo...
by Beate Ritzert
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: 5-string vs 4-string bass
Replies: 24
Views: 11838

Re: 5-string vs 4-string bass

A truss rod just conteracts the force of the strings by an opposite force allowing for actually pretty weak necks to be used. The stiffer the neck the less truss rod force you need. And a really stiff neck - aside of possibly not necessarily needing a truss rod at all. Stiff necks have other propert...
by Beate Ritzert
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: 5-string vs 4-string bass
Replies: 24
Views: 11838

Re: 5-string vs 4-string bass

First: which music do You plan to play? A B string is necessary in only certain instances: metal - here a four string bass tuned BEAD is usually the choice. musical an the like, i.e. composed bass lines. Although usually not explicitly stated, a 5 string with a low B is generally expected. String le...
by Beate Ritzert
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Burst and French Polish?
Replies: 17
Views: 10828

Re: Burst and French Polish?

Back to that topic: There are actually four natural color graduations available, from clear to garnet. Do You think it is possible to just wipe on a burst using differently colored types of shellack? Which would mean a procedure analogously to the one with water dye, but ideally not penetrating into...