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by Mark Swanson
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Roughing in an LP body
Replies: 23
Views: 19918

Re: Roughing in an LP body

That's cool Steve! One suggestion, consider a 3/16 or 1/4" piece for the top instead of a veneer. That will let you have the thickness you want and also it will allow you to bolt the pots and switch in place, otherwise if you have a middle core section bandsawn out, how will you mount the controls i...
by Mark Swanson
Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Roughing in an LP body
Replies: 23
Views: 19918

Re: Roughing in an LP body

Yes, that looks good, and Steve that is good too. When I do this I resaw thin pieces off of each side of the board. It makes a better match, but since you are putting a veneer on the top it won't matter much.
by Mark Swanson
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Roughing in an LP body
Replies: 23
Views: 19918

Re: Roughing in an LP body

I agree with Gordon. I would cut off a thinner piece, to serve as the "back", and then take the thicker central piece to the bandsaw and after sawing right into the center where the end pin goes, saw out the "chambers". Then glue the "back" on to the middle section, and you can place a slip of wood ...
by Mark Swanson
Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A quicky
Replies: 4
Views: 4262

Re: A quicky

Very cool! i could play that.
by Mark Swanson
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: HELP!! Side Bending
Replies: 17
Views: 13992

Re: HELP!! Side Bending

All good advice here. but I will say that you need a bigger pipe, too. A pipe that small will not spread the heat over a larger area of the wood, you need to get a decent sized area of the side hot. Even if you move it back and forth it'll take forever to heat a large enough area to easily bend.
by Mark Swanson
Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Unfinished NOS necks - slight backbow
Replies: 8
Views: 6891

Re: Unfinished NOS necks - slight backbow

If you tighten the rod just a bit and then plane and sand them flat, when you loosen the rod you should have a bit of relief built in. Then cut your slots and fret it.
by Mark Swanson
Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Setting action for semi-sympathetic strings
Replies: 3
Views: 3353

Re: Setting action for semi-sympathetic strings

That is going to be quite problematic if you ask me. It won't work because fretting the string will interrupt what you want a sympathetic string to do. In order for you not to pick or pluck it, the difference between the two strings would have to be large, and that would mean really high action...I ...
by Mark Swanson
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Gibson J160E Custom Shop 1962 Reissue
Replies: 6
Views: 6454

Re: Gibson J160E Custom Shop 1962 Reissue

These guitars are very different from a regular laminated top guitar. I had an original one for a while, and it was amazing what i saw. the top is very thick and laminated and the bracing is gigantic and quite different from anything else. it will never be a good acoustic guitar no matter what you d...
by Mark Swanson
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Fixing a bad repair
Replies: 13
Views: 11889

Re: Fixing a bad repair

It is pretty much impossible to give you much advice without seeing it, or some good photos. But it sounds to me like a whole new fingerboard would be a good thing.
by Mark Swanson
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Any harp making experience here?
Replies: 14
Views: 18346

Re: Any harp making experience here?

That's great! My friend Jim would approve.
by Mark Swanson
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Super Glue joint repair
Replies: 9
Views: 7872

Re: Super Glue joint repair

i wonder that also. If you truly do have a mess as you say then it would be better to do it over. Use wood glue.
by Mark Swanson
Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Larson 551 side damage
Replies: 15
Views: 12680

Re: Larson 551 side damage

Wood is of course a very good way to fix it, and it's just good to know that it's filled with real rosewood. On the other hand, a fill is a fill, right? What difference does it make what the fill is, if it isn't going to be wood? It would be hard to do with wood and make it look nice. I know dust an...
by Mark Swanson
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Guitar ID?; Worth repairing?
Replies: 11
Views: 9793

Re: Guitar ID?; Worth repairing?

In my opinion I would not do this without re-bracing the top with a nice X-brace. That makes a world of difference in the tone of the finished guitar, they didn't take much care in doing that in these old ones.
by Mark Swanson
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: So I want to build an A-style mandolin
Replies: 3
Views: 4698

Re: So I want to build an A-style mandolin

I can't add too much to that!
by Mark Swanson
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Guitar ID?; Worth repairing?
Replies: 11
Views: 9793

Re: Guitar ID?; Worth repairing?

Yes, that's an Arion parlor guitar, made by Lyon and Healy. It's a mid grade guitar from back then, but these days the woods used for these would be seen as very nice. it's an adirondack top, mahgoany back and sides...it would be a good guitar if you completely rebuild it. I've done a bunch of these.
by Mark Swanson
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: mini tuners
Replies: 6
Views: 5779

Re: mini tuners

Using eight of those tuners on a smaller instrument like an octave mandolin makes it very neck-heavy. Thats a lot of metal up there for a small instrument. Maybe you should consider regular mandolin tuners. I like that much better on my instruments.
by Mark Swanson
Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Clear Finish on Rosewood?
Replies: 19
Views: 14341

Re: Clear Finish on Rosewood?

The dust of that wood is absolutely dangerous, poison to me and to many others here. if I get it on my skin I get a nasty rash, if I breathe it in I have a terrible reaction. Take precautions.
by Mark Swanson
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: 12 strings acoutic guitar kit
Replies: 13
Views: 13854

Re: 12 strings acoutic guitar kit

Wow, ditto on the telescopes! you will bring new meaning to the term"tele" that we use here quite a bit.
by Mark Swanson
Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Any harp making experience here?
Replies: 14
Views: 18346

Re: Any harp making experience here?

Good Job! I hope you were able to check out my friend Jim's harps, and his playing. I'll try to show him yours.