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by Dave M
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bending Mulga Bindings
Replies: 5
Views: 88

Re: Bending Mulga Bindings

Have to say that when I've had grain runout like that I never could get it to bend using the hot iron.. This rosewood I was working with and I only got it to go in a bending machine where it was fully supported.
by Dave M
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Selmac Grand Bouche
Replies: 5
Views: 112

Re: Selmac Grand Bouche

Thanks Ross, interesting.

Do I take it that you make these? That bracing certainly looks weird when we are all used to the x or fan bracing

And Jeff at least getting into the box would be fairly easy!
by Dave M
Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Selmac Grand Bouche
Replies: 5
Views: 112

Selmac Grand Bouche

I was listening to this chap the other day: Joscho Stephan, who is very good - these guys must have the highest work rate than any guitarists other than Flamenco players - but I was struck by that huge soundhole. Presumably there must be a huge amount of support in the upper bout and around the hole...
by Dave M
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First Classical Build
Replies: 13
Views: 1220

Re: First Classical Build

Alan there is a pic of a gabled brace in section 7 of G&G first edition - probably the same in the second. Fig 7-8.

I liked their jigs for routing the curved base and the gables. Makes the process much quicker.
by Dave M
Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First Classical Build
Replies: 13
Views: 1220

Re: First Classical Build

I have been building roughly to the GAL SE 114 plan and going to have a look I see they taper the back bars: Head end 6.6 to 5.2 next 8.2 to 5.6 next 9.9 to 5.2 All at 18 high. I couldn't persuade myself that these shapes were important so went for 10 by 20 high, rounded over at the top, and scallop...
by Dave M
Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Veneer Softener
Replies: 5
Views: 902

Re: Veneer Softener

What was your regime Allen?
by Dave M
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Wallnut Density for SS Falcate Bridge
Replies: 4
Views: 353

Re: Wallnut Density for SS Falcate Bridge

Good stuff Mitch. I haven't been able to get my rosewoods below about 23 - 24 gm. I have stuck with it so far to keep the aesthetic right with the fretboard.
by Dave M
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Carbon Fibre or not
Replies: 2
Views: 324

Re: Carbon Fibre or not

Without commenting on the structural issues since I'm not qualified to, it did strike me when reading about repair issues on another forum that the layer of carbon fibre and resin should substantially reduce problems with string ball end damage to the bridge plate.
by Dave M
Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Luthier on Luthier - Michael Bashkin talks to Trevor Gore
Replies: 2
Views: 884

Re: Luthier on Luthier - Michael Bashkin talks to Trevor Gore

That was very interesting. A somewhat devious route to high class guitar building!

Some of Michael Bashkins other podcasts are also worth seeking out.
by Dave M
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Back joint prep
Replies: 15
Views: 1563

Re: Back joint prep

I would just add that you are not alone! Edge jointing of boards is a skill that many people struggle with. Most of us have gone through that litany of sanding, routing etc at the start. However the reasonably long plane (I use a number 5) and a shooting board is by far the best setup to use. Trevor...
by Dave M
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Size of Steel String guitars
Replies: 2
Views: 978

Re: Size of Steel String guitars

Thanks for the comprehensive reply Trevor. Jim's 320 really is narrow but as you say sounds fine. I've been building my classicals like this which has the overall dimensions of Torres SE114 but using your high waist which I like. With the lower bout at around 350 the outline doesn't differ very much...
by Dave M
Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Size of Steel String guitars
Replies: 2
Views: 978

Size of Steel String guitars

My last two builds have been Torres size classicals, using his very light bracing pattern which have worked very well. But this week I went back to my last Gore design medium steel string to finesse the setup and am very struck by the very much bigger body size. I seem to remember talk of a larger b...
by Dave M
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mitred Purflings
Replies: 3
Views: 1146

Re: Mitred Purflings

Thanks Mark and Allen. I feel really stupid but thought throwing the pics up might help other starters like myself to get it right. Your suggestions are all correct and I thought I had absorbed those lessons, but that quick rush to the head betrayed me. I think this is a general lesson for we amateu...
by Dave M
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mitred Purflings
Replies: 3
Views: 1146

Mitred Purflings

I was reasonably pleased with my latest classical. First time not using Maple for back and sides so I had to think about the purfling scheme. However I was reminded by what Robbie Obrien said in in a recent video - and Trevor has said - that if you are going to do mitered joints then they have to be...
by Dave M
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stew Mac shipping - warning
Replies: 26
Views: 3700

Re: Stew Mac shipping - warning

Just to add to this story from the UK. I had an order - as it happens - with Stew Mac which was delivered in good time to our local postal service which asked me for the import duty. I paid this then waited. And waited. Turns out they had lost the package. As in completely lost it! They managed a re...
by Dave M
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Gore method/Tap tune/Siminoff...help!
Replies: 13
Views: 1301

Re: Gore method/Tap tune/Siminoff...help!

There are much better qualified people who could answer - but here goes. I have no experience with that tuner so don't know, but see Martin's comment above. I was talking about testing the finished, strung up guitar so how you put it together doesn't matter. (Trevor does justify his method in the re...
by Dave M
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Gore method/Tap tune/Siminoff...help!
Replies: 13
Views: 1301

Re: Gore method/Tap tune/Siminoff...help!

For checking after the build is complete you need to be able to examine the spectrum so as to identify the first three resomances as Jeff says. Trevor describes how in detail. Many of us here use VA software for this. It is free and runs on Windows. It is not trivial to learn how to drive but there ...
by Dave M
Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Flamenco guitar
Replies: 12
Views: 1887

Re: Flamenco guitar

You guy are seriously luck to have that blackwood available. I keep seeing pics of it from Trevor to a half dozen other makers and I love it.

And that is one seriously nice looking giutar.
by Dave M
Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: dB levels question?
Replies: 8
Views: 1093

Re: dB levels question?

Great sounding guitar - and great playing. As you say hearing one of your instruments played properly by someone is a great feeling.
by Dave M
Wed May 22, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fly in Nitro Finish
Replies: 4
Views: 836

Re: Fly in Nitro Finish

Jim thanks but it is that removal that is a bit tricky. It is a small insect and has been pretty embedded in the finish. I ended up sanding it out but that leaves a fairly big area with finish removed. And OK that's alright I can respray. I felt that trying to use a sharp implememt would likely leav...
by Dave M
Tue May 21, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fly in Nitro Finish
Replies: 4
Views: 836

Fly in Nitro Finish

I spray just outside my workshop door since I don't have a booth. As it is warming up here the insect population is growing so I do tend to pick up the odd small insect as I did today.

Is there a good way of dealing with this?
by Dave M
Thu May 16, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Introduction & 1st Build
Replies: 6
Views: 1068

Re: Introduction & 1st Build

Stuart that looks really neat.

I keep facing this issue of the rosette. I would prefer to not use a commercial one but I also don't want to spend what would probably be weeks doing a traditional one. That one looks good.

What are you using for the bridge and saddle?
by Dave M
Sat May 11, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Slow neck carving
Replies: 21
Views: 2640

Re: Slow neck carving

Those David Fletcher videos are very good. He clearly knows his stuff and explains well. Much is only relevant to the electric neck but there are definitely a few ideas that are useful. What I'd never heard of is anyone making there own marker dots... never heard of polymer clay. It struck me that i...
by Dave M
Tue May 07, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Slow neck carving
Replies: 21
Views: 2640

Re: Slow neck carving

Thanks Richard, yes I do get there eventually. Also I have stopped using a router on the headstock after blowing one up really badly.

Martin it hasn't happened yet but I'm sure it will sooner or later.
by Dave M
Fri May 03, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Luthier Sessions #2 - Hand Planing for Luthiers, by Trevor Gore
Replies: 3
Views: 909

Re: Luthier Sessions #2 - Hand Planing for Luthiers, by Trevor Gore

I sometimes think I'll have to follow Nigel Forster's example and head south! However for those of us stuck in the old world I thought I would mention David Charlesworth. He has written books and done DVDs etc and is the expert on tuning up planes and their use in the UK. For anyone starting out wit...