Opens April 1st!
Now to start the neck. I like a blocked up neck. I like the look, and it adds strength. I took a piece of the oak flooring that was flat sawn and planed off the finish. Then I cut it into two lengths 1" X 28". When I glue them up the grain will run vertical, making them the same as a quarter sawn blank. I also cut a center strip from some maple I had 1" X 3/8" X 28", and two strips from some walnut at 1/4" X 1" X 28". These will become the neck blank.
- Mark Swanson
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- Joined: Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:11 am
- Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan USA
What scale length did you use, and how come the bridges are so far down on the top? That will greatly impede the response and volume on a top that is already small.
- Mark Swanson, guitarist, MIMForum Staff
Thanks Hans. Mark I am using a 24.5" scale length, and the overall guitar length is 34". I based the travel guitars on a guitar made by a San Diego company called Go-Guitars. One of my co-workers brought a go-guitar to work, and we all played it and liked it overall. It sounded good for such a small guitar, and played very good. The one thing I didn't like was that it had no waist, and that made it lean forward in your lap. So when I designed the travel guitars I added a waist, and enlarged the lower bout slightly. I finished a travel guitar about two months ago and took it to work, and most everybody liked its playability, and sound. It does have a bright sound, not a lot of bass but very pleasant. I thought about moving the bridge more into the center of the soundboard, but I would have to shorten the scale or lengthen the guitar overall. That would take away from it's function as a travel guitar, small enough to take camping or backpacking etc.
Starting to come together, Patrick. I like the simple look of your cutouts and the rosettes look really nice. We're all anxious to hear how they sound. I'd seen an acoustic travel guitar with bridge placement something like yours and after looking on Google I think it might have been a Washburn Rover. I wouldn't expect a big booming dreadnaught sound from it but travel guitars are always a little compromise to get the size down. Really great work and I doubt anyone would know it's reclaimed flooring
Thanks Warren, when I first started thinking about making guitars a few years ago, I read that Oak was not used for guitars because it was a "dead" wood. Now I see a few wood suppliers selling guitar sets with oak. This challenge has given me an chance to see what I it sounds like. Last week I cut braces from the pine for the backs, pre-shaped them, and glued the up using the go-bar press.
I decided to add a JJB Electronics transducer pickup in the oak steel string travel guitar. I am not going to put a pickup in the nylon string guitar. I used their 2 transducer standard unit $19.95. I have used a few of their three transducer units and they worked fine. I am not going to install a pre amp in this guitar, (they say you don't need one for this system), we will see. I have a very small Fender battery operated amp that is so light and small you could put it in your backpack easy.
I like how these are turning out. Just an observation: I understand that they are travel instruments, and so need to withstand some knocks, not to mention climate swings, but these little guys look really heavily built. Maybe that's the point?
-Ruining perfectly good wood, one day at a time.