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by Dale Penrose
Sat Feb 27, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Working Osage Orange
Replies: 7
Views: 7611

Re: Working Osage Orange

I have used Osage for fretboards, bridges and peg head overlays. Works great, looks really nice paired up with a cherry back and side set. Highly recommend.
by Dale Penrose
Thu Jan 07, 2016 5:27 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Guitar #4 finished
Replies: 4
Views: 4259

Re: Guitar #4 finished

Binding is black walnut, and yes the head angle is too shallow, borrowed a trick from Fender and installed a string retainer bar, it works, will pay more attention to the angle on the next ones I build. I like the sound, with a smaller body (concert sized) it has a bright tone.
by Dale Penrose
Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:31 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Native necks
Replies: 10
Views: 8772

Re: Native necks

Had not given sycamore any thought. Will get a board next week and see how it looks. The next guitar will be walnut back and sides, sitka top, with either persimmon or black locust for a fretboard. And either cherry or sycamore for the neck. Thanks for the advice!
by Dale Penrose
Tue Jan 05, 2016 6:49 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Native necks
Replies: 10
Views: 8772

Native necks

Choosing from woods only native to the US, what is your first choice for necks on an acoustic guitar? Flat sawn, rift, or quarter? I'm leaning towards quarter sawn cherry on my next build, but was hoping for some input.
by Dale Penrose
Sat Dec 19, 2015 6:55 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Guitar #4 finished
Replies: 4
Views: 4259

Guitar #4 finished

Quilted cherry, birdseye maple neck with osage orange fretboard
by Dale Penrose
Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:50 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Dulcimer Number 157
Replies: 4
Views: 4823

Re: Dulcimer Number 157

Dulcimer #157, finishing guitar #4, ordered the skin for banjo #19, etc.
by Dale Penrose
Sat Dec 12, 2015 7:55 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Dulcimer Number 157
Replies: 4
Views: 4823

Dulcimer Number 157

Here is my latest mountain dulcimer. You have to love Big Leaf Maple!
by Dale Penrose
Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: How do you price?
Replies: 24
Views: 17171

How do you price?

As the title says, how do you price your work?
by Dale Penrose
Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:01 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Short scale guitar
Replies: 18
Views: 9184

Re: Short scale guitar

Very nice!
by Dale Penrose
Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Finish for Persimmon?
Replies: 6
Views: 4265

Re: Finish for Persimmon?

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I just used an oil finish on this guitar. Was quite pleased with the results!
by Dale Penrose
Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:16 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tuning Machines
Replies: 19
Views: 17212

Tuning Machines

What do you all recommend for tuning machines. I see Grover, Schaller and Gotoh going for 40 bucks on up and on ebay Chinese tuners that look very similar for under 10. Is there a great difference? Where are the first three made?
by Dale Penrose
Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:30 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Height of saddle above bridge
Replies: 13
Views: 9386

Height of saddle above bridge

What is the max height of the saddle above the bridge. I'm looking at .325 inches. Is my neck angle too great?
by Dale Penrose
Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:20 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Guess this wood
Replies: 9
Views: 6613

Re: Guess this wood

My favorite source of hardwood is Lumber Logs LLC. Here is a quote from them, "Lumber Logs is an urban log recycler in St. Louis. We collect lumber-worthy logs that normally would end up being ground up, burned or buried in a landfill and see that they get a more noble end. We select a few logs that...
by Dale Penrose
Sat Aug 22, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Guess this wood
Replies: 9
Views: 6613

Re: Guess this wood

That is the natural color.
by Dale Penrose
Sat Aug 22, 2015 9:55 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Guess this wood
Replies: 9
Views: 6613

Re: Guess this wood

It is sweet gum, osage orange binding and black walnut fret board. All local woods!
by Dale Penrose
Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:19 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Guess this wood
Replies: 9
Views: 6613

Guess this wood

Guess what this dulcimer is made from. Hint, it's domestic, one doesn't have to buy tropical woods to get this quality. https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtp1/v/t1.0-9/11891133_10203697577034717_3113073684314352563_n.jpg?oh=226cae39bd44119c2d88ca9ca543d5d8&oe=567E230B https://scontent-ord...
by Dale Penrose
Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:38 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Who cuts and cures their own wood?
Replies: 14
Views: 10251

Re: Who cuts and cures their own wood?

I'm sawing up a holly log today. Hoping to get some nice purfling and binding strips out of the boards this winter. Will be cutting the log into 1/2 inch boards, sealing the ends in paraffin, and drying in the attic of my shop. Its a lot of work, but at the price of holly.....
by Dale Penrose
Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:47 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Walnut soundboard?
Replies: 30
Views: 24595

Re: Walnut soundboard?

I've built a walnut guitar with a butternut top and a cherry guitar with a silver maple top. Both sounded very nice. The walnut guitar can be viewed here. http://wildmeadowdulcimers.blogspot.com ... uitar.html
by Dale Penrose
Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:31 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Cupped Back
Replies: 11
Views: 5655

Re: Cupped Back

If the cup is a result of flat sawn lumber, the bracing will fix it with no problem. If its with the grain, I'd be calling the supplier.
by Dale Penrose
Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:01 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Does anyone know where I can get instructions on building a dulcimer from start to finish
Replies: 18
Views: 9149

Re: Does anyone know where I can get instructions on building a dulcimer from start to finish

Finishing an all sassafras dulcimer right now. Second one I've made from this wood. Nice to work with, smells great. FoxFire iii has good instructions for a traditionally built one, if I remember right, Jean Ritchie's Dulcimer People has instructions.