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by seeaxe
Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Moving Equipment
Replies: 4
Views: 159

Re: Moving Equipment

I hope you aren't paying your trucker by the kilometer :) Possibly an extra zero there.

I would think its fine but as the feed rollers are sprung it should be ok to just wind it down onto a scrap of wood.

Good luck with the move!!
by seeaxe
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: First post telecaster pair
Replies: 6
Views: 613

Re: First post telecaster pair

Nice wood and nice work,
(but putting the headstock round the wrong way does my head in :shock: :shock:)
by seeaxe
Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Mainly Tassie Classical
Replies: 5
Views: 278

Re: Mainly Tassie Classical

Very nice, like the KBP top. How does it sound????
by seeaxe
Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Medium Body Falcate
Replies: 9
Views: 445

Re: Medium Body Falcate

Very beautiful work of art. I bet it sounds as good as it looks.
by seeaxe
Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Black Heart Sassafras and Spruce Classical
Replies: 8
Views: 891

Re: Black Heart Sassafras and Spruce Classical

Main reason I did it was to make setting the action easier, which it does.
Also makes it easier to reach the frets above the 12th, according to the new owner, he likes it.
by seeaxe
Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:12 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Swamp kauri + epoxy resin bass
Replies: 5
Views: 508

Re: Swamp kauri + epoxy resin bass

I'm a french polish (shellac) convert. Its easy, cheap, quick, convenient and cheap. Supposedly not so good for gigging guitars because of durability issues but very simple to re-finish if you have to.
by seeaxe
Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Motivation
Replies: 8
Views: 596

Re: Motivation

Its interesting how everyone's view differs. My view...If you're a hobby builder (like me) then don't beat yourself up if you don't feel like building some or even a lot of the time. You're a free man. Go and do something else. They'll all be there waiting for you when you get the urge to build agai...
by seeaxe
Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Shed Building
Replies: 8
Views: 611

Re: Shed Building

Love the greenhouse! Great idea.
Couldn't help noticing the retaining wall in the new one is leaning in...not enough support there!
Would love to see some pictures of that when you get going.
by seeaxe
Mon Aug 24, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Shed Building
Replies: 8
Views: 611

Re: Shed Building

I looked up caliche and its more likely to be too hard than too soft, so no you don't need a slab under the container. If the caliche is deep and cemented just put the container on some levelling pads. After removing the topsoil if any. I hope the site is relatively level as it sounds like it can be...
by seeaxe
Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Saddle position
Replies: 31
Views: 1579

Re: Saddle position

Well if that was my first guitar....i would cut the saddle slot as close to where you have drawn it as i dare then do the best job i can with the wide saddle. It may not be perfect but i suspect it will still sound amazing. I would just let it go and try not to make the same mistake on No2. Time to ...
by seeaxe
Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Shed Building
Replies: 8
Views: 611

Re: Shed Building

Hi Lillian and congrats on the house. A full pad under the container is a waste of money unless the soil at your site is very, very weak. The total weight of the 40 foot container plus what you put in it is unlikely to exceed 12 metric tonnes or 25,000lbs. The middle supports will carry twice as muc...
by seeaxe
Fri Aug 21, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Nicco's Lying-Around-Timber-o-Caster
Replies: 14
Views: 989

Re: Nicco's Lying-Around-Timber-o-Caster

Nope Strings are NOT parallel to the fret board. They start at a very small amount over the first fret (assuming you are not using a zero fret) and pass over the 12th fret at around 2.5 to 3mm depending on which string, preference etc. You have some height adjustment at the bridge/saddles. If a conv...
by seeaxe
Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Swamp kauri + epoxy resin bass
Replies: 5
Views: 508

Re: Swamp kauri + epoxy resin bass

Looks pretty cool to me!
If you have the guitar building bug, then the next one will be even better.
by seeaxe
Tue Aug 18, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - re-shaping strat pickguard
Replies: 2
Views: 344

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - re-shaping strat pickguard

Well produced and informative as always Robbie. Beautiful guitar. I was thinking though that I would have made a new pick guard using the original as the template for holes etc, and kept the original in case having modified it, I found I preferred the original (which I do :D :D . Purely subjective I...
by seeaxe
Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Still not getting the sound I want...help!!
Replies: 40
Views: 2276

Re: Still not getting the sound I want...help!!

Hi David. Im certainly no expert, but here's my advice for what its worth. The CF tow (or strand) is actually very small. I used the CF tape shown below and pulled out one strand at a time. This helps keep the rest of it tidy as each strand is made up of 3000 tiny filaments (hence 3K) and it come un...
by seeaxe
Mon Aug 10, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Still not getting the sound I want...help!!
Replies: 40
Views: 2276

Re: Still not getting the sound I want...help!!

Got to add my 2c here. The big investment is the cost of the books and you have already done that. Using the spectrum analysis and bridge rotation method to get data from your target guitars and previous builds is actually much easier than it sounds. Have a go. You have nothing to lose and everythin...
by seeaxe
Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Removing Lacquer
Replies: 8
Views: 719

Re: Removing Lacquer

I think that thicker light line looks great Dave. You've "nailed" it!!
by seeaxe
Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Number 2.- Tenor Uke
Replies: 4
Views: 529

Re: Number 2.- Tenor Uke

That looks great. I started on kits too. If you are on your own i think its a good way to begin. Building from scratch isn't that much more difficult but you generally end up buying a lot more tools. Gives you much more freedom to experiment and opportunities for your personal creativity..imho. Ther...
by seeaxe
Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:29 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Removing Lacquer
Replies: 8
Views: 719

Re: Removing Lacquer

I've taken the nitro off a few times on the last ones i tried to spray but was it new and soft so was fairly easy. So now I've swapped to FP i only have to brush it with a fingernail and i have a scratch while its freshly done. If you're in business I can understand why a nitro or similar finish is ...
by seeaxe
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Black Heart Sassafras and Spruce Classical
Replies: 8
Views: 891

Re: Black Heart Sassafras and Spruce Classical

Thanks. Yes bolts on but with the bolts/nuts accessed through the soundhole. The soundport makes it easier to see these and so tighten them but its still a bit of a faff. Thinking of going full Tele with next one and putting at least two of the bolts right through. The end grafts are make from the r...
by seeaxe
Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Black Heart Sassafras and Spruce Classical
Replies: 8
Views: 891

Black Heart Sassafras and Spruce Classical

Finished a week or so ago and handed over to its new owner. Described elsewhere in a build thread but decided I should put these here as this is the best looking and so far best sounding guitar I have built. Blackheart Sassafras Back and Sides Lutz spruce top Rosewood fretboard Blackwood bridge (for...
by seeaxe
Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!
Replies: 94
Views: 24677

Re: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!

To close out this thread, after a few hiccups I delivered it on the weekend and the new owner is delighted. I have got the lowest action I have ever managed on a classical and so when you climb into stuff there are a couple of buzzes, so we will lift that slightly after the guitar settles down a bit...
by seeaxe
Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side waves
Replies: 15
Views: 1521

Re: Side waves

That was the universe telling you that something else was going to go horribly wrong later anyway so better you start again now.

Hopefully you can start again.
Better luck next time.
by seeaxe
Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side waves
Replies: 15
Views: 1521

Re: Side waves

Been there made that mistake :D :D I would be worried that if you try to correct that with a side splint and a clamp you might actually break or split the side. At least you would want to get it pretty hot before you try. If i was happy with the top and back I would find it hard to sacrifice them to...
by seeaxe
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!
Replies: 94
Views: 24677

Re: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!

Thanks Dave M, and yes I restrung right handed last night and eased the strings over which helps. Was kinda going for straighter strung pull, 4 out of 6 isn't bad. I will try more bevel on the headstock next time. Of the sets I got from you Martin that one had the best stiffness by some margin. I'm ...