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by John Clifford
Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Please help: neck reshape: yes or no
Replies: 14
Views: 4439

Re: Please help: neck reshape: yes or no

I agree with the other comments. If you don't have a bolt-on neck, then you'll need to think through how you are going to deal with the neck heel area, both in reshaping and refinishing. If you end up removing a significant amount of wood, there is the possibility that the neck will become less stif...
by John Clifford
Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Lodestone PP4-TS Bridge
Replies: 11
Views: 6101

Re: Lodestone PP4-TS Bridge

Well David, I'm not looking to get into an argument with you here, and I didn't research the NEC, but I am 100 percent certain that guitar/bass strings with no electrical connection cannot kill you (unless someone wraps them around your neck), whereas that potential does exist with grounded strings....
by John Clifford
Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Lodestone PP4-TS Bridge
Replies: 11
Views: 6101

Re: Lodestone PP4-TS Bridge

. . . or don't ground the strings. It really shouldn't be necessary if the rest of your electronics are properly shielded and grounded. And it's actually safer not to ground them, since that's how people get electrocuted on stage.
by John Clifford
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Can you carve top variably to emphasize bass vs treble?
Replies: 10
Views: 4613

Re: Can you carve top variably to emphasize bass vs treble?

It also seems to me that cutting big holes in the lower bout must interfere to some extent with the monopole and cross dipole modes of vibration of the top. I'm wondering if anyone has studied this? It's kind of hard to produce chladni patterns on an archtop.
by John Clifford
Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Can you carve top variably to emphasize bass vs treble?
Replies: 10
Views: 4613

Re: Can you carve top variably to emphasize bass vs treble?

I think it's clear, as Alan said, that there's no such thing as a "bass side" and "treble side" to the top. However, the same is not necessarily true for the bridge. I haven't personally experimented with this, but I think you could carve a bridge to have less mass on the treble side, with a reasona...
by John Clifford
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fender bass neck wood choice
Replies: 4
Views: 2586

Re: Fender bass neck wood choice

If the workpiece stays straight after you cut it to size, chances are it’s OK. You could laminate it with something else to add warp resistance. I’ve made a couple of archtop necks with laminated cherry, maple and padauk that have stayed straight so far.
by John Clifford
Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Another 17" archtop
Replies: 12
Views: 9918

Re: Another 17" archtop

I agree with all of Alan’s comments about Douglas Fir, except that I haven’t had a problem with splitting, as in the top actually splitting. Just splintering and chipping. I’ll add that it’s tricky to sand smooth, because of the difference in hardness between early and late grain. The trick is to us...
by John Clifford
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Another 17" archtop
Replies: 12
Views: 9918

Re: Another 17" archtop

Eldon - no, the bridge is solid ebony, but it’s carved pretty thin.
by John Clifford
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Just for the fun of it - DIY tube amp
Replies: 11
Views: 6957

Re: Just for the fun of it - DIY tube amp

Cool! Looks like you could have a lot of fun with that, if it doesn't kill you. You should post a sound clip somewhere.
by John Clifford
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Another 17" archtop
Replies: 12
Views: 9918

Another 17" archtop

Here is my fourth 17" archtop. This is pretty similar to my last one, but with different woods and headstock and tailpiece designs. The woods are: Top: Douglas Fir Back & sides: Cherry Neck: Cherry, Maple & Padauk Fretboard: Ebony Bridge: Ebony Headstock veneer: Cocobolo Tailpiece: Cocobolo Finger r...
by John Clifford
Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New project. Silvertone 672
Replies: 20
Views: 13158

Re: New project. Silvertone 672

Interesting body shape, with the wide shoulders and tight curves at the waist. What's it sound like, or can't you tell at this point?
by John Clifford
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A bit off fun!
Replies: 13
Views: 5426

Re: A bit off fun!

A Mad Max guitar! It reminds me of the first car I bought after high school.
by John Clifford
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: fret levling - radius block or straight edge
Replies: 15
Views: 6254

Re: fret levling - radius block or straight edge

I use a StewMac aluminum 12" radius sanding beam for both shaping the fretboard and leveling the frets (and also as a clamping caul for glueing the fretboard to the neck, and for shaping the tops of the nut and saddle). I understand all the reasons why that is not a theoretically perfect method, som...
by John Clifford
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Small changes make a big difference at the bridge
Replies: 7
Views: 9381

Re: Small changes make a big difference at the bridge

Sorry Eldon, I've been away for awhile. No, the holes don't go all the way through. They are just deep enough to hold the ball ends, and lined with brass tubing.
by John Clifford
Sun Nov 04, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: neck fitting dovetail archtop
Replies: 3
Views: 6108

Re: neck fitting dovetail archtop

I don't think there is any easy trick to making a perfect joint. You can get a good preliminary fit on the dovetail before adding the neck extension, as Christ says, but it always seems like everything you do affects everything else. I almost always have to use shims in the end, no matter how well t...
by John Clifford
Sun Nov 04, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My latest - a cherry parlor
Replies: 35
Views: 18770

Re: My latest - a cherry parlor

Nice job, Bryan. The finish looks great, and it sounded great in the video too. It has a nice depth. What's the scale length?
by John Clifford
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Small changes make a big difference at the bridge
Replies: 7
Views: 9381

Re: Small changes make a big difference at the bridge

Brian, what string gauge do you use for your D-D tuning?
by John Clifford
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Small changes make a big difference at the bridge
Replies: 7
Views: 9381

Small changes make a big difference at the bridge

Never underestimate the importance of details at the bridge in bringing out the sound of an archtop! I had originally made a two-piece adjustable ebony bridge for this guitar. I thought I’d done a good job with it. The strings all sounded cleanly, and the intonation was excellent. But I felt there w...
by John Clifford
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hybrid design question
Replies: 17
Views: 10562

Re: Hybrid design question

Freeman, that is a gorgeous guitar! Beautiful sunburst! What are the skull inlays made of?
by John Clifford
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Just want to say thanks...
Replies: 8
Views: 4883

Re: Just want to say thanks...

Mark, I also learn something new every day. The problem is, I forget two things.