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by G.S. Monroe
Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: Challenges
Topic: The "Reclaimed Materials" Challenge- discuss rules here
Replies: 34
Views: 42905

Re: The "Reclaimed Materials" Challenge- discuss rules here

Hmm... the possibilities are endless....
I've been wondering what I could do with grandpa's old cherry wood & cedar steamer trunk. Maybe make an upright Bass?
Gotta find some cheap strings though... $100 limit.
by G.S. Monroe
Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:27 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Question about choosing an Acoustic Bridge
Replies: 9
Views: 2528

Re: Question about choosing an Acoustic Bridge

I'm trying to understand the dynamics, because this will help me calculate the necessary structural load of the underlying bracing ( I have some commercial engineering experience designing roof trussing and floor beams, so I'm experimenting with applying the mathematics to sound board bracing). The ...
by G.S. Monroe
Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:34 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Question about choosing an Acoustic Bridge
Replies: 9
Views: 2528

Question about choosing an Acoustic Bridge

I'm looking at carving an Acoustic Bridge for an upcoming flat top guitar build, it will be cut from black walnut. but I'm not sure about if I want to use bridge pins or simply thread the strings through the bridge tail. I've seen both kinds on the internet, but I don't know what differences there m...
by G.S. Monroe
Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:45 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: looking for Info about a TeleStar Guitar
Replies: 5
Views: 3164

Re: looking for Info about a TeleStar Guitar

Oh... Acoustic?
I saw the bolt on pattern and assumed solid body electric
by G.S. Monroe
Sat Mar 16, 2013 5:31 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: looking for Info about a TeleStar Guitar
Replies: 5
Views: 3164

Re: looking for Info about a TeleStar Guitar

Thanks for the info Mark. I wasn't sure if it wasn't something rare or simply unremarkable.
Sounds like a good candidate for a cigar box build now.
by G.S. Monroe
Sat Mar 16, 2013 5:01 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: looking for Info about a TeleStar Guitar
Replies: 5
Views: 3164

looking for Info about a TeleStar Guitar

I recently acquired a vintage TeleStar guitar neck. It has what looks like the original tuners, and needs some fretwork done. It's made from some kind of "spectra-lam" laminated material, and has a zero-fret fretboard. It is a "C" shaped neck, and has the truss rod adjustment in the base, not the he...
by G.S. Monroe
Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:47 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Soliciting Construction Ideas
Replies: 7
Views: 3100

Re: Soliciting Construction Ideas

Hmm... I like it, and I'm not even a Texan. How thin can you thickness plane wood? If you can get it down to .25 inch, I would think building a center frame and adding a top and bottom board would serve you better than the clam shell method. If you don't happen to have a planer then yea, clam shells...
by G.S. Monroe
Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:59 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: So... Why is it best/preferrable to use a soft wood for a acoustic sound board?
Replies: 5
Views: 2239

Re: So... Why is it best/preferrable to use a soft wood for a acoustic sound board?

I would consider myself to be far from "expert" in the subject of tonewoods, but from what I have learned from building various folk instruments, I would say Tradition plays a huge roll. Tonewoods can be found amongst both softwoods and hardwoods, and every variety of tonewood brings with it particu...
by G.S. Monroe
Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:17 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Durable Natural finish ( No polymers)
Replies: 16
Views: 8138

Re: Durable Natural finish ( No polymers)

Have you considered something like a Tung Oil, Tru Oil, or Danish Oil finish?
It's a durable, natural looking, varnished finish.

For the Mouthpieces I would recommend Butcher Block Oil, Lemon Oil, or Olive Oil as it is safe and non-toxic.
by G.S. Monroe
Thu Mar 07, 2013 1:32 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Ground issues with a single coil pickup (Help)
Replies: 3
Views: 3432

Re: Ground issues with a single coil pickup (Help)

Ahh... I had a similar issue with Resonator builds and Magnetic pups. I'll be willing to bet you need a 2nd Bridge ground to the Resonator cone. If your pickup is mounted in the cover plate then it is sitting over your metal Resonator cone, and like ungrounded strings it will create a feedback hummm...
by G.S. Monroe
Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:23 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Member - Latest Build - Slimline Acoustic Electric 6 string
Replies: 2
Views: 1430

Re: New Member - Latest Build - Slimline Acoustic Electric 6 string

Good questions, The top is thickness planed to 3/16 inch, and the bracing I used were 1/4 inch maple strips. I haven't had a lot of experience with bracing. I was concerned about stiffening the top too much and deadening the acoustics since my acoustic body chamber is a very restricted 2 inches deep...
by G.S. Monroe
Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:53 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Guitar tuned in fifths research
Replies: 15
Views: 6527

Re: Guitar tuned in fifths research

Since I build a variety of both traditional and experimental instruments I may be able to help. One of the big concerns I see in your post so far is balancing the tension of the strings. It is important to have somewhat equal tension thru all of the string courses, otherwise over time the instrument...
by G.S. Monroe
Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:04 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Member - Latest Build - Slimline Acoustic Electric 6 string
Replies: 2
Views: 1430

New Member - Latest Build - Slimline Acoustic Electric 6 string

Hello there, I don't normally build your typical 6 string electric guitars. I'm usually building folk instruments like dulcimers, lyre harps, Cigar Box Guitars, and the like. This week, I broke from my routine to build this... a slimline acoustic - electric telecaster style guitar. The hardware, ele...
by G.S. Monroe
Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:55 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: What kind of Instrument is this?
Replies: 9
Views: 5295

Re: What kind of Instrument is this?

That is a 4 string Tenor Guitar. It was a popular instrument in the early to mid 1900's with Banjo players that wanted to play rhythm guitar without learning a new playing style. Typical tuning is same as Banjo. The design suggests that this guitar is from the mid 1920's. http://www.tenorguitar.com/
by G.S. Monroe
Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:49 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: How to separate body wings from a through-body neck?
Replies: 26
Views: 9140

Re: How to separate body wings from a through-body neck?

instead of using dowels, why not use the prefab carbon fiber bars to slip into groves in the wings and thru neck it would add a lot of strength to the repair. http://www.dragonplate.com/ecart/categories.asp?cID=44 Interesting suggestion. I'm a bit "old school" as I learned from my Grandfather, and ...
by G.S. Monroe
Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:40 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: How to separate body wings from a through-body neck?
Replies: 26
Views: 9140

Re: How to separate body wings from a through-body neck?

So far it sounds like a fairly good plan. If it was me, I would... 1. carefully cut through the wings with a band saw ( aprox a 1/2 to 3/4 wide blade for stability ), following the wood joints down the back. You would only lose about 1/8th of an inch in overall width due to the blade thickness. 2. O...
by G.S. Monroe
Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:46 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: How to separate body wings from a through-body neck?
Replies: 26
Views: 9140

Re: How to separate body wings from a through-body neck?

Can you provide a little more detail on why it is necessary to remove the neck from the wings?
Some pictures might help as well. If it is the style I'm thinking of, removing the neck seems to be a bit extreme.
As far as I know, it would take a band saw to remove the wings.
by G.S. Monroe
Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:25 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: I need advice on removing a bridge
Replies: 6
Views: 3419

Re: I need advice on removing a bridge

Have you considered drilling out the holes a bit larger and installing string ferrules?

Here I made nice black ferrules from some plastic bridge end pins.
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by G.S. Monroe
Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: National Statistics for Luthier Wages
Replies: 12
Views: 18541

Re: National Statistics for Luthier Wages

The sad reality is that in this age of mechanization, computers, C'n'C machining, "Labor Saving", and such, there is not a lot of value placed in traditional craftsmanship anymore. Unless you are a professional musician, chances are you can "make do" with a mass produced instrument built overseas. I...
by G.S. Monroe
Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Bridge Grounding question.
Replies: 3
Views: 3162

Re: Bridge Grounding question.

would a strip of nickel fretwire suffice?
I can inlay it under the string course where the strings would lay across the tail and solder a ground wire to it.
I don't think it would distract that much to the appearance.