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by Neal Carey
Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:02 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: More progress on the viol, why I'm not making guitars...
Replies: 7
Views: 6192

Re: More progress on the viol, why I'm not making guitars...

Doug, It's looking great so far.! I really like the look of the back. Could you perhaps post a closer picture of it?
by Neal Carey
Sat Mar 02, 2013 4:15 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: It's Not A Guitar, It's Got Strings..Put it Here
Replies: 21
Views: 8755

Re: It's Not A Guitar, It's Got Strings..Put it Here

Found this nice performance by Hill. Jason, if you like One Note Samba, check out James "way back" in 2006 playing his original tune Down the Rideau Canal . It really shows his virtuosity. BTW, he is a graduate of the Langley British Columbia school system where kids are taught 'uke from an early a...
by Neal Carey
Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:10 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: I need advice on removing a bridge
Replies: 6
Views: 3335

Re: I need advice on removing a bridge

If you really want to remove it, I'd use a hand plane. A router is awfully aggressive and you risk damaging the instrument. But, that said, I would follow Steve's advice and 'inlay' a strip of contrasting hardwood and re-drill.
by Neal Carey
Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:58 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: It's Not A Guitar, It's Got Strings..Put it Here
Replies: 21
Views: 8755

Re: It's Not A Guitar, It's Got Strings..Put it Here

Yes, but unfortunately, that is what most ordinary folk know about the Uke. I know, I know. I remember watching him (and Miss Vickie) on the talk shows when I was a kid. It was just awful. And yet, the 'ukulele is more popular than it has ever been in the previous waves of popularity. The great thi...
by Neal Carey
Fri Mar 01, 2013 3:46 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: It's Not A Guitar, It's Got Strings..Put it Here
Replies: 21
Views: 8755

Re: It's Not A Guitar, It's Got Strings..Put it Here

Most people build 'em too big Chris, that little tiny cigar box is more of a novelty. 'Ukulele sizes have been standardized for quite some time (Soprano ~13", Concert ~15", Tenor 17", Baritone 19"). Barry, a well-built 'uke is EVERY BIT as nice as any OTHER well-built instrument, and just as diffic...
by Neal Carey
Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:08 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Greek Baglama
Replies: 26
Views: 12182

Re: Greek Baglama

Very nice Keith, enjoyed hearing the clip. We lots of final pics but not that many sound files, it's nice to see and hear the complete package.
by Neal Carey
Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Greek Baglama
Replies: 26
Views: 12182

Re: Greek Baglama

Wow, Keith, μπράβο! You should be happy, they're beautiful!
by Neal Carey
Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:29 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Paul Rhoney's Latest Builds
Replies: 82
Views: 57331

Re: Paul Rhoney's Latest Builds

Enjoyed your video! The 'Black Oceana Junior with TV Jones PowerTron Plus' is really striking!!!
by Neal Carey
Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:07 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Greek Baglama
Replies: 26
Views: 12182

Re: Greek Baglama

As Christ said, the fit on those neck joints is really perfect. I'm looking forward to seeing the instruments with finish on them, they look great so far.
by Neal Carey
Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:18 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Schools for Guitar Repair and Building. Electric & Acoustic
Replies: 10
Views: 6228

Re: Schools for Guitar Repair and Building. Electric & Acoustic

You might want to look at:

http://www.alcarruthluthier.com/

Al Carruth is in Newport, NH, about 90 miles from Groton. [I'm just down in Woburn BTW :-)]
by Neal Carey
Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:25 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Completed Electric Violin
Replies: 12
Views: 9226

Re: Completed Electric Violin

That is very cool. Perhaps a sound clip could be done by the lucky recipient of this violin?
by Neal Carey
Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:16 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: guitar shaped flat top mandolin
Replies: 19
Views: 17757

Re: guitar shaped flat top mandolin

Beautiful instrument. I like the shape and enjoyed watching the videos. First mando? Pretty nice all around!
by Neal Carey
Sat Dec 22, 2012 7:46 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Greek Baglama
Replies: 26
Views: 12182

Re: Greek Baglama

πολύ ωραία Keith! I tried to build a stave body for a tzoura for a challenge we had here a few years back, but only got about 3/4 done, but I may try again at some point.

Yours are really very nice. Good to see this kind of work here. Looking forward to seeing what you do after the New Year.
by Neal Carey
Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:29 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Polk-a-Lay-lees and Treholipees
Replies: 11
Views: 7122

Re: Polk-a-Lay-lees and Treholipees

Entirely possible Bob! I suppose it would have to be some kind of surfin' theme?
by Neal Carey
Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:30 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Polk-a-Lay-lees and Treholipees
Replies: 11
Views: 7122

Re: Polk-a-Lay-lees and Treholipees

Alan, here are the pictures I promised you. First the full neck with circles around the jointed areas, then a couple closeups. You can probably tell that it is just pine. Following are 2 pics of the body 'improvements' (or not depending on your perspective) where I'm veneering over the cheesy plywoo...
by Neal Carey
Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:59 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Polk-a-Lay-lees and Treholipees
Replies: 11
Views: 7122

Re: Polk-a-Lay-lees and Treholipees

I have a polk-a-lay-lee taken apart that I'm re-building. For your own enjoyment and amusement, I presume? I wouldn't think Polk-a-lay-lee restorations are a big moneymaker. Yes, indeed. It isn't always about making money, this is just a hobby anyway. If it were a really good condition vintage inst...
by Neal Carey
Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:19 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Polk-a-Lay-lees and Treholipees
Replies: 11
Views: 7122

Re: Polk-a-Lay-lees and Treholipees

The Polk-a-lay-lee neck is actually 2 pieces, not bent, but laminated together and cut out, then stained. The seam actually can show quite a bit. I'll try to post a picture later if I can as I have a polk-a-lay-lee taken apart that I'm re-building. I've already sanded down the neck and stained it mu...
by Neal Carey
Sat Nov 10, 2012 6:51 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 2 WIP
Replies: 24
Views: 10017

Re: 2 WIP

I also enjoy WIP pictures and like them both, but if forced to choose only one I'd choose the Walnut. Is there a substantial difference in weight? The Maple looks like it must be heavy.