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by Chris Reed
Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: The best kept secret in the musical instrument industry....
Replies: 12
Views: 8869

Re: The best kept secret in the musical instrument industry....

I don't know about guitars but I do know some professional uke players. They all own boutique and vintage instruments, but in general these are just too good (great dynamics, hard to control on stage)/temperamental or both for gigging. On stage they play decent quality mass-market instruments. The s...
by Chris Reed
Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: 6 string Ukulele
Replies: 8
Views: 8173

Re: 6 string Ukulele

I made a taropatch (8 string), using the same nut width as normal. Inter-string spacing was 2.5 mm centre to centre. It plays fine, I don't see any need to increase the nut width.
by Chris Reed
Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Question re: crack along the grain of a side board
Replies: 20
Views: 8636

Re: Question re: crack along the grain of a side board

CA is just acrylic plastic once it has cured. It softens at a fairly low temperature, and will certainly melt during side bending. Plus it leaves a dark line.

HHG might well hold if the side can be bent dry, and allows regluing if not. This is why I suggested it.
by Chris Reed
Sun Mar 20, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Question re: crack along the grain of a side board
Replies: 20
Views: 8636

Re: Question re: crack along the grain of a side board

If this guitar is for you, then you can afford to risk a failure because you *will* build others! So I'd glue up the crack with hide glue (hot is best, but the bottled kind would probably work here). Then thin to desired thickness. Plan to profile so you lose as much of the crack as possible. Bend, ...
by Chris Reed
Tue Jan 19, 2016 1:45 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: What size ukulele?
Replies: 4
Views: 5197

Re: What size ukulele?

It depends what you want to play on it. The current fashion (though more in the US than in Europe) is for picked melodies and harmonies. This works best on a tenor. If you want to strum and sing, a soprano is the real deal. However, sopranos are the hardest to make so they play well - most first sop...
by Chris Reed
Fri Nov 27, 2015 6:39 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Ukulele bracing questions
Replies: 4
Views: 5176

Re: Ukulele bracing questions

Rob makes a very nice uke, so copy his work. I think the final height of braces depends on how stiff the top turns out to be. For a pineapple I'd make the top braces about 1/4 wide and 3/8 high, but almost a triangular section. Then I'd reduce the height until the top felt "right" - no idea how to e...
by Chris Reed
Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: New Ukulele
Replies: 11
Views: 8952

Re: New Ukulele

Looks nice indeed. Plays nice?
by Chris Reed
Sun Nov 22, 2015 3:14 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Ukulele bracing questions
Replies: 4
Views: 5176

Re: Ukulele bracing questions

That sounds about standard for a soprano pineapple. The longitudinal braces would definitely kill the sound.

Cracks and brace joint failure sounds like humidity swings, not under bracing. I'd probably brace a little lighter on the back.
by Chris Reed
Wed Nov 18, 2015 5:01 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Need Advice on Ukulele Setup
Replies: 9
Views: 6843

Re: Need Advice on Ukulele Setup

I've already posted partial answers in your other thread. The butt joint would be just a glue joint, no hardware, and if it's separated but not fallen apart its not that! Can you get a feeler gauge in to probe what's there? And it might be worth releasing the fretboard extension just to see if the n...
by Chris Reed
Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:51 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: New Ukulele
Replies: 11
Views: 8952

Re: New Ukulele

7/32 is 5mm or so, about twice what it should be. However, it was probably supplied at 5/32 or 6/32 to avoid returns - that's how modern, cheaper ukes are supplied. I suspect the rest is the top rising up over time, rather than the body distortion which leads to neck resets. The pic is too low-res t...
by Chris Reed
Tue Nov 17, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: New Ukulele
Replies: 11
Views: 8952

Re: New Ukulele

Google tells me there was a Melrose Music store in Phoenix AZ. My guess is that it was supplied by one of the big Chicago firms, maybe Harmony (though that's not a Harmony headstock shape), with the shop's label added. Is it a baritone? If so, probably 50s/60s. I doubt it's particularly valuable unl...
by Chris Reed
Thu Nov 05, 2015 5:04 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Bruno Conqueror - Tuning Issues...
Replies: 9
Views: 5830

Re: Bruno Conqueror - Tuning Issues...

I can't see how an alignment issue would cause the tuning to slip after a few bars playing. Something must be moving. Candidates: 1 Tuners slipping. I'd expect it always to be the same strings. Swap tuners around to see if the problem also moves. 2. String binding in the nut. Lubricate with graphite...
by Chris Reed
Mon Oct 12, 2015 12:58 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: This curly redwood adequate for acoustic (SS or classical) top?
Replies: 7
Views: 5214

Re: This curly redwood adequate for acoustic (SS or classical) top?

Today I resawed a mahogany drawer side, 9mm wide, by hand to make ukulele sides. I reckon I'll end up with two 2mm plates after removing the saw marks, which is fine as I'm looking to thin them to about 1.6mm. That board is a fraction wider than your boards. But my board is very plain, and was free,...
by Chris Reed
Fri Sep 18, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Reso Uke
Replies: 2
Views: 3383

Re: Reso Uke

Spend some time on Sven Nystrom's blog. http://www.argapa.blogspot.co.uk He makes universally praised reso ukes. Bracing is the wrong question - you build a framework to take the cone, and then clad that to produce a body. The reso stuff is mixed in with his other builds, but it's all worth reading.
by Chris Reed
Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:56 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: I need help splitting an MP3 file into several smaller clips
Replies: 2
Views: 2241

Re: I need help splitting an MP3 file into several smaller clips

Audacity is really simple for this. 1. Import your MP3 into Audacity. 2. Highlight with the mouse the portion you want to make into a separate file, giving yourself a margin at beginning and end and copy it (Ctrl C). 3. Open a new copy of Audacity and paste the copied section in (Ctrl V). 4. Trim be...
by Chris Reed
Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:41 am
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: compensation on a Uke
Replies: 1
Views: 2463

Re: compensation on a Uke

Between 2 and 3 mm, depending on which strings you use and the action height. Using Aquila Nylguts and 2.5mm action at the 12th, I end up with pretty much 2.5mm compensation. I'd suggest setting the front of the saddle at +2mm and then adjusting back once you're strung up. If you really want to be f...
by Chris Reed
Fri Sep 12, 2014 5:34 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: CHEAP Archtops, DIY
Replies: 30
Views: 22795

Re: CHEAP Archtops, DIY

Is there any reason why you shouldn't make a form, arched shapes (like braces) on a solid base plate, and then clamp the wood down all round, heating with a heat gun as you go until the wood conforms with the shape of the form? You could make a small tester from scrap (making your "top" proportionat...
by Chris Reed
Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:53 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: "Free Form" Building Vs. The Mold.
Replies: 25
Views: 8396

Re: "Free Form" Building Vs. The Mold.

I build ukes free form, and simply draw the body shape on the underside of the top, screw the top down to my building board, and then glue blocks (CA usually) round the outline: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5591/14700945677_9b3e783836.jpg These blocks are cut from a length of moulding which has a ...
by Chris Reed
Tue May 20, 2014 9:36 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Very Old Ukelele Needs Work
Replies: 9
Views: 5526

Re: Very Old Ukelele Needs Work

That's a very nice save! And delighted to hear that it sounds and plays nicely as well. These things are silly loud for their size, as well as having some sweetness of tone until played hard (when they yell out nicely).

I hope the owner is happy - damn well should be!
by Chris Reed
Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:59 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Very Old Ukelele Needs Work
Replies: 9
Views: 5526

Re: Very Old Ukelele Needs Work

Looked up the styles to remind myself - this is Style b (they went from 0, then a to e, e being pretty blingy with loads of rope binding). This model has no binding - the dark line at the base of the sides is just the edge of the back plate. I'm a uke player and occasional builder, not an experience...