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by Michael Lewis
Tue Jan 19, 2016 3:44 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: historical hoot
Replies: 5
Views: 4264

Re: historical hoot

Man! What a time soak! Betcha can't read just one page.
by Michael Lewis
Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:49 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: How do you split your braces?
Replies: 10
Views: 6374

Re: How do you split your braces?

It doesn't really matter much WHAT you use to split your wood, it matters more HOW you do it. Start the split in the center of the end of your piece to get the most even split. If you start near one side rather than in the center the split will wander off toward the small edge, yielding a tapered pi...
by Michael Lewis
Wed Jan 13, 2016 4:40 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: full size floating humbucker on archtop
Replies: 28
Views: 24659

Re: full size floating humbucker on archtop

Yet another opportunity to figure all this out before cutting any wood. MAKE A FULL SCALE SIDE VIEW DRAWING. It is easy enough to take measurements and design the guitar around a specific pickup. Bill is right, a tall overstand is needed for a big pickup.
by Michael Lewis
Tue Jan 12, 2016 3:40 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Geoff's 3rd Archtop Guitar
Replies: 14
Views: 10128

Re: Geoff's 3rd Archtop Guitar

Your wood is air dried, as evidenced by the distinct color stripes. Most if not all commercially prepared walnut is kiln dried and often steamed to blend all the colors, so you get that monochromatic sort of light purplish gray brown you find so often. The colors will change with time and exposure t...
by Michael Lewis
Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:53 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Drying time in Humidity Box
Replies: 4
Views: 3710

Re: Drying time in Humidity Box

One of the quickest ways to have a set back in your work is to try to hurry it. Been there. My suggestion is to wait until the weather is a bit drier. It shouldn't be long.
by Michael Lewis
Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:48 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Geoff's 3rd Archtop Guitar
Replies: 14
Views: 10128

Re: Geoff's 3rd Archtop Guitar

Walnut is one of my favorite woods for making instruments. Strong, stable, and beautiful.
by Michael Lewis
Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:39 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: experimental bridge designs
Replies: 3
Views: 4175

Re: experimental bridge designs

Well, those guys say some things that at first sound logical and good, but if you do your own experiments you may find other results and conclusions. Some people have suggested the Gibson style adjustable bridge is a poor design because it has so many design flaws (metal adjuster posts and wheels, s...
by Michael Lewis
Sun Jan 10, 2016 2:43 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Geoff's 3rd Archtop Guitar
Replies: 14
Views: 10128

Re: Geoff's 3rd Archtop Guitar

Geoff, nice job. Your trip up the learning curve seems very quick, so, good for you, and I hope you find it as satisfying making all those shapes as I have. Regarding bridges, they don't need to be light weight for archtops. You might do well to experiment with bridge weights for your guitars to fin...
by Michael Lewis
Sat Jan 09, 2016 3:03 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another Guitar Headpiece Repair
Replies: 25
Views: 22387

Re: Another Guitar Headpiece Repair

The problem I see is there has already been other glue applied. It will be rather difficult to get a really good fit of all the surfaces. It might be easier to make a new headstock and glue it to a freshly cut surface on the neck.
by Michael Lewis
Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:50 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Considering Fretboard Replacement on 1973 Gibson
Replies: 5
Views: 5373

Re: Considering Fretboard Replacement on 1973 Gibson

Then YOU will be installing the new board, trimming and binding it, fretting it, and finally, finishing it. It's not rocket science but it IS a procedure you need skill and care to end with a good result and to avoid causing any damage to surrounding areas. Go ahead, ask me how I know this.
by Michael Lewis
Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:32 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Body end truss rod adjuster
Replies: 3
Views: 3611

Re: Body end truss rod adjuster

Make a side view drawing of your intended guitar, and you will see how it can be done. The beauty of making the drawing is that you have the opportunity to make any adjustments to the structure BEFORE you cut any wood and commit to a design. Make it happen. The problem with this arrangement is if yo...
by Michael Lewis
Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:39 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Is the Warranty Even Worth It?
Replies: 11
Views: 10855

Re: Is the Warranty Even Worth It?

Generally frets lifting is not a wear issue, but a manufacturing issue unless the instrument has been maltreated. If you have a warranty it should cover this problem.
by Michael Lewis
Sun Dec 27, 2015 2:37 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Preventing protruding fret ends
Replies: 10
Views: 7359

Re: Preventing protruding fret ends

There are things you CAN do, like install shorter frets or dry the necks before you put frets in, but the practical answer is "no". Just file off the ends if they stick out. I would look at other instruments in the shop to see if other makers and factories have the same issue.
by Michael Lewis
Tue Dec 22, 2015 3:06 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Bridge for an five course electric Cittern
Replies: 4
Views: 6372

Re: Bridge for an five course electric Cittern

Do you mean "Hipshot" or Hotshot? You might contact the maker and see if they would make a 10 string version. Hipshot has a 9 string model available.
by Michael Lewis
Mon Dec 21, 2015 3:55 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another Guitar Headpiece Repair
Replies: 25
Views: 22387

Re: Another Guitar Headpiece Repair

The truss rod pocket is rather low in that part of the neck. There is little you can do about that.

If the parts fit together well when the glue is cleaned off then hot hide glue should be the best choice, but it there are gaps then that complicates the situation.
by Michael Lewis
Sat Dec 19, 2015 2:57 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Stauffer style guitar needs restoration. Any clues on the maker?
Replies: 13
Views: 11132

Re: Stauffer style guitar needs restoration. Any clues on the maker?

Nicely engraved cover plate. I'm not saying what this guitar is or is not, but it bears striking resemblance to Stauffer and very early Martin instruments. I suggest you contact Richard Johnston of Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto Calif. He is an expert in these things, and a real straight ...
by Michael Lewis
Thu Dec 17, 2015 5:06 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Stauffer style guitar needs restoration. Any clues on the maker?
Replies: 13
Views: 11132

Re: Stauffer style guitar needs restoration. Any clues on the maker?

How is the neck heel shaped? What does the bracing and bridge plate look like? And the neck block?

How about a close look at the metal cover on the back of the headstock for any clues? (patent date, manufacturer, etc.)

Looks European
by Michael Lewis
Thu Dec 17, 2015 4:55 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Need help identifying this violin
Replies: 13
Views: 19180

Re: Need help identifying this violin

This violin has mostly sentimental value, not a valuable instrument on the market. I wouldn't be surprised if the bass bar is carved in place as part of the top. The inlay and all is cheap fancy. This is a student grade or catalog grade instrument. That aside, there is no reason it can't be a good p...
by Michael Lewis
Mon Dec 14, 2015 1:55 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Newly Built: fretted notes are all sharp...........nut adjustment?
Replies: 16
Views: 7250

Re: Newly Built: fretted notes are all sharp...........nut adjustment?

Another often involved aspect is a high action, especially at the nut. The strings will go sharp as they are stretched to the fingerboard if the action is high.

The process of elimination will eventually point to the cause.