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by Mark Swanson
Mon May 22, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: I know what I am doing, and my time is too valuable...
Replies: 13
Views: 9671

Re: I know what I am doing, and my time is too valuable...

Take it easy Randy! It's a sobering reminder to be careful!
by Mark Swanson
Wed May 17, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Milestone Day
Replies: 25
Views: 20062

Re: Milestone Day

That looks good! Glad you did it!
by Mark Swanson
Sat May 13, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: First Build Log - OM 6-String
Replies: 79
Views: 99380

Re: First Build Log - OM 6-String

Eric, I cut them at the top when I mount them into the dado, when it won't show. of course on designs where it shows you can't do that. With a ring like this, the whole thing is exposed.
by Mark Swanson
Sat May 13, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: First Build Log - OM 6-String
Replies: 79
Views: 99380

Re: First Build Log - OM 6-String

It looks good to me. The way that I make them has me ending up with complete rings too, and so I just cut them at the top afterward. It's kind of hard to bring myself to do that! However some of the designs I build need the full ring.
by Mark Swanson
Thu May 11, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: First Build Log - OM 6-String
Replies: 79
Views: 99380

Re: First Build Log - OM 6-String

One more thing Eric...I make my segements about two inches long, and when glued together the blank can be routed on a jig I made that cuts three rings out of it, the innermost being smallest and the outermost being biggest. I use all three sizes on different instruments I make.
by Mark Swanson
Tue May 09, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: First Build Log - OM 6-String
Replies: 79
Views: 99380

Re: First Build Log - OM 6-String

That is exactly how I do many of my rosettes. So I like it! It makes a difference to me if you make the grain direction in the segements to go across the short dimension, make them all have grain direction that points toward the center of the ring. That looks best to me. I cut angled sections on my ...
by Mark Swanson
Tue May 09, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Thanks to EVERYONE!! (I'm just a bit giddy...)
Replies: 22
Views: 17209

Re: Thanks to EVERYONE!! (I'm just a bit giddy...)

That feeling never gets old, or goes away no matter how many I build!
by Mark Swanson
Tue May 02, 2017 12:58 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Rosettes for Newbies
Replies: 36
Views: 24780

Re: Rosettes for Newbies

I find it much easier for me to inlay one wood ring, and glue that in first and level it with the spruce. Then I cut the trim channels with a bit that is just the right size for the strips, for example a 1/16" bit and inlay a 1/16" strip. It's easy to get a good result and doing it that way allows m...
by Mark Swanson
Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Maple SG
Replies: 11
Views: 8472

Re: Maple SG

Hi Jim, nice to see you!
by Mark Swanson
Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chuck Tweedy's adventure on the dark side
Replies: 49
Views: 32489

Re: Chuck Tweedy's adventure on the dark side

It's funny how a little time (and maybe a little bit of distortion and volume) can clear up little issues like this one.
by Mark Swanson
Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Maple SG
Replies: 11
Views: 8472

Re: Maple SG

Wow, that looks great!
by Mark Swanson
Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Grellier OM Bracing Pattern
Replies: 18
Views: 13744

Re: Grellier OM Bracing Pattern

I agree with the comments, it looks good to me too Eric. Don't forget to glue a slip of spruce over the lap join in the center of the X.
by Mark Swanson
Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Headstock Decals
Replies: 4
Views: 4144

Re: Headstock Decals

In order to make that happen you need to spray just the right thickness of lacquer. The lacquer needs to "melt in" the decal, to make the film and cloudiness go away. Too much or too thick lacquer will melt the decal and blur it, and not enough will not melt in the film.
by Mark Swanson
Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Custom Kraft lion peghead decal help
Replies: 14
Views: 11675

Re: Custom kraft lion peghead decal help

Still, that is pretty good and made smaller it would look sharper yet.
by Mark Swanson
Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Introduce yourself here!
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 11
Views: 18155

Re: Newbie

Welcome, Jes! I have to say that I am a huge fan of british prog rock myself.
by Mark Swanson
Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ebony neck? Wha?
Replies: 7
Views: 5873

Re: Ebony neck? Wha?

I would use it for fretboards. It isn't that stable and it would move if used for a neck, if you ask me. And it's heavy. There are better woods for necks, and you never have enough ebony for fretboards!
by Mark Swanson
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Wenge Build Pics
Replies: 19
Views: 15272

Re: Wenge Build Pics

Makes me want to play it!
by Mark Swanson
Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Rosewood Guitar Set Rookie Question
Replies: 16
Views: 15868

Re: Rosewood Guitar Set Rookie Question

I would try heating and clamping it to shape. Don't use the moisture trick. I used that once to flatten a piece and when I built with it, it showed up worse than ever. use dry heat and clamping, then I think you could use it. Ervin Symogi wrote about how he clamped warped Brazilian Rosewood between ...