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by Greg McKnight
Sat Jul 18, 2015 1:04 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Archtop #1 in progress
Replies: 34
Views: 34753

Re: Archtop #1 in progress

Fortunately, I cut the sides longer than needed, so I was able to flip it around and start from the other end. This morning I got a pot of water boiling on a hot plate nearby and kept dipping the cutaway section in there. Eventually it got pretty limber and I was able to clamp it in. Phew! Now that ...
by Greg McKnight
Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Archtop #1 in progress
Replies: 34
Views: 34753

Re: Archtop #1 in progress

It split along the grain. This section, unlike the one I used for the top, has a little "figure" in it rather than straight grain. I'll used some CA glue and sand a little thinner and try again tomorrow.
by Greg McKnight
Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Archtop #1 in progress
Replies: 34
Views: 34753

Re: Archtop #1 in progress

After a session of practice side bending, I dove right in this morning. The top ended up fine but of course the side with the cutaway didn't make it without a split. My plan is to let the side dry out and then sand it thinner in those spots it will need to bend more sharply in. Will it be okay to gl...
by Greg McKnight
Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:23 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Archtop #1 in progress
Replies: 34
Views: 34753

Re: Archtop #1 in progress

Thanks for the tips Mike. I've got some of that rug/carpet tape, and boy howdy does it hold well ;) . I'll glue the side split tomorrow. I have to say, the carving process on the spruce is a nice, therapeutic thing to do. I'm learning about the sharpening process too, but very slowly. That just seem...
by Greg McKnight
Tue Jun 30, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Archtop #1 in progress
Replies: 34
Views: 34753

Re: Archtop #1 in progress

Did a little more carving the past couple of days and it's starting to look like a guitar-shaped object. I may be further along if I could find my smaller finger plane :P . Or if I had a nice sharp gouge to get into some of the curvy parts. http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j138/twanglover_2006/DSCF...
by Greg McKnight
Fri Jun 26, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: How do you sharpen a curved plane blade?
Replies: 3
Views: 3059

How do you sharpen a curved plane blade?

The little palm and finger planes, like Ibex brand, I mean. Is there a universal technique or sharpener of some kind that makes it easier? I'm not having any luck getting mine very sharp.
by Greg McKnight
Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:40 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Archtop #1 in progress
Replies: 34
Views: 34753

Re: Archtop #1 in progress

I've always used a black grain filler on walnut and I like the look too, Mike. Really does make it pop once the finish is on.
by Greg McKnight
Wed Jun 24, 2015 6:46 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Archtop #1 in progress
Replies: 34
Views: 34753

Re: Archtop #1 in progress

To be honest I can't remember whether I bought black or white binding, it's been so long since I looked in the "goodie box" of guitar parts and supplies. I think I intended to do the opposite of what I saw in Benedetto's book, using black where he used white and vice versa. The main reason for that ...
by Greg McKnight
Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:03 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Archtop #1 in progress
Replies: 34
Views: 34753

Archtop #1 in progress

I've had a couple of things done on my first archtop build for a few months. Finally getting around to making a build thread to document it all. Top is Engleman and back and sides will be black walnut. Three piece maple neck with walnut headstock overlay planned. Here is the shortcut setup for the t...
by Greg McKnight
Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:04 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Archtop Build Journal Video
Replies: 5
Views: 4896

Re: Archtop Build Journal Video

I hope there are lots of builders taking advantage of Mike's generous offer. This journal is well written, detailed, and contains lots of pictures, so it at the very least makes a good companion to Benedetto's book. It's over a hundred pages too btw. Thanks, Mike, for sharing another great resource ...
by Greg McKnight
Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:27 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Archtop Build Journal Video
Replies: 5
Views: 4896

Re: Archtop Build Journal Video

Wow, nice build and video Mike! Of course, good quality control is ultra important when building something this demanding, so hats off to Winston too. Sweet playing too btw. I would be interested in seeing/hearing more about how you use the Workmate to hold the neck and body mortise/tenon jigs if yo...
by Greg McKnight
Sat Jun 06, 2015 5:09 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: string ground with ebony tail piece
Replies: 4
Views: 4170

Re: string ground with ebony tail piece

Lots of people use copper shielding tape on the underside of the tailpiece.

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by Greg McKnight
Mon May 25, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Benedetto Archtop Build
Replies: 73
Views: 66431

Re: Benedetto Archtop Build

That's looking great Ron. :!:
by Greg McKnight
Sat May 16, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Forster oddball archtop
Replies: 35
Views: 15367

Re: Forster oddball archtop

After reading the PDF it would appear that he consciously traded some acoustic volume for extra sustain knowing full well that the instrument was going to be amplified. I'd suggest that eliminating feedback potential was a secondary motivation. I'm a little surprised that the price of this instrume...
by Greg McKnight
Sun May 10, 2015 7:20 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Forster oddball archtop
Replies: 35
Views: 15367

Re: Forster oddball archtop

After reading the PDF it would appear that he consciously traded some acoustic volume for extra sustain knowing full well that the instrument was going to be amplified. I'd suggest that eliminating feedback potential was a secondary motivation. I'm a little surprised that the price of this instrume...
by Greg McKnight
Sat May 09, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bridge set-up for Les Paul
Replies: 8
Views: 5022

Re: Bridge set-up for Les Paul

The bridge is on the small flat part of the top of an LP. Check out this build and others at MyLesPaul.com forum: http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/luthier ... ild-5.html
by Greg McKnight
Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Benedetto Archtop Build
Replies: 73
Views: 66431

Re: Benedetto Archtop Build

Looking good! Nice build you've got going there.

I need to stop procrastinating and get a build thread on here myself.
by Greg McKnight
Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:34 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Center seam separation- disaster?
Replies: 11
Views: 7280

Re: Center seam separation- disaster?

Greg, I can e-mail a couple pics to you if I could have your e-mail address. Posting pics is a bit more computer complicated than my sleep deprived brain wants to handle right now. So I'm not the only one that isn't well rested huh? That makes me feel a little better. :P pm sent, and thanks for the...
by Greg McKnight
Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:33 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Center seam separation- disaster?
Replies: 11
Views: 7280

Re: Center seam separation- disaster?

Thanks Patrick! That is very helpful indeed.
by Greg McKnight
Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:37 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Center seam separation- disaster?
Replies: 11
Views: 7280

Re: Center seam separation- disaster?

Michael, would it be a lot of trouble to post some pics of your carving cradle? I haven't made mine yet and would value another look at someone else's.