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by GregL
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: More mandolin thoughts - the end result
Replies: 11
Views: 301

Re: More mandolin thoughts - the end result

Hi Peter,
In terms of an "un-live" back, a 3 or 4-piece gidgee back would not be a problem? Maybe the "aesthetics" of a 4-piece back could be a "feature"? (A 4-piece ringed gidgee back would be nice!)
Thanks,
GregL.
by GregL
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:42 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: More mandolin thoughts - the end result
Replies: 11
Views: 301

Re: More mandolin thoughts - the end result

Hi Peter,
That looks fantastic!
If Ebony works, what about gidgee? (It is rare, but not (yet) unobtanium?)
Thanks,
GregL.
by GregL
Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Archtop and matched amp
Replies: 8
Views: 1755

Re: Archtop and matched amp

Hi RodC,

Great job!
A few questions, if I may:
1) What pickup is in/on the archtop?;
2) Is the amp based on a Marshall 18 watt TMB;
3) Where/who is the amp kit from?;
4) Are they Jensen 10" speakers?

Thanks,
GregL.
by GregL
Mon May 18, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A new classical mandolin
Replies: 9
Views: 2002

Re: A new classical mandolin

Hi Graham, There are quite a few pics on the 'net, and here ('Atlas of Living Australia' https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://id.biodiversity.org.au/node/apni/2894812) says "Common names include deep yellowwood, yellow cedar and tulip satinwood." My tree is not easily photographed, but I took a pi...
by GregL
Sun May 17, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A new classical mandolin
Replies: 9
Views: 2002

Re: A new classical mandolin

Hi Graham, Very nice! Is Satin Tulipwood Rhodosphaera rhodanthema? Also known as deep yellowwood? I planted a deep yellowwood tree near my house about 18 years ago, it's about 8-10 metres high now, maybe 300mm diameter at breast height, maybe 4 metres clear from ground to the first branch. In anothe...
by GregL
Thu May 14, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Flame Maple & Red Spruce Jumbo
Replies: 11
Views: 2782

Re: Flame Maple & Red Spruce Jumbo

Hi Trent, Looks great! Can you please indicate what timbers are used on the headstock (flame maple and ?, same as forearm and belly bevels? - same as body binding?) How was the supplejack to work? I have some figured supplejack for a fretboard - looks nice, probably almost as hard as gidgee! Thanks,...
by GregL
Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Figured Brigalow
Replies: 4
Views: 1523

Re: Figured Brigalow

Hi Graham,

Have you tried asking Graham at Loggerheads? Maybe an email specifically asking if he has any figured Brigalow fretboards, or knows where they may be got?
Graham Naughton info@loggerheads.com.au

Thanks,
GregL.
by GregL
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bolt-on neck and Upper Transverse Brace
Replies: 6
Views: 4658

Re: Bolt-on neck and Upper Transverse Brace

Hi, Just a sorta leading question, if I may. I have never seen a newer Taylor acousitc (nor will I probably ever see one!), so I'm asking the question of more "experienced" readers: - is that a full depth neck block at the top of the body on the patent, or only a "patch" (similar to a bridge patch)?...
by GregL
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Why a neck volute?
Replies: 7
Views: 4804

Why a neck volute?

Hi, I've been around here for ages, and watched many youtube build videos, and I don't recall any explanation as to why there needs to be a neck volute? I know a volute would strengthen the *historically* very vulnerable area under the nut, but with a scarf joint, surely that area is no longer extre...
by GregL
Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Case and Amp hardware
Replies: 4
Views: 4127

Re: Case and Amp hardware

Hi RodC,
Try having a good lookaround on https://www.evatco.com.au/
I have bought case and amp hardware from there before and found them rather good.
Thanks,
GregL.
by GregL
Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stain on soundboard
Replies: 11
Views: 5563

Re: Stain on soundboard

Hi Bruce, You said ".. The stain is on both halves but most prominent on the treble side ...", can you please post a pic showing the entire soundboard? I don't know what has caused the stains, but a pic of the entire soundboard will show if the stains are somewhat symmetrical or not, which might ass...
by GregL
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: new Flamenco
Replies: 7
Views: 5153

Re: new Flamenco

Hi Martin,

Very nice!
A couple of questions, if I may:
What is the heastock overlay?
Where did you get the Australian Red Cedar for the neck? How do you like Aust Red Cedar? (I love it!)

Thanks,
GregL.
by GregL
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Ebony and Red Cedar 000
Replies: 10
Views: 7313

Re: Ebony and Red Cedar 000

Hi Martin,

Another gorgeous instrument!
I love Aust Red Cedar!
Can I ask: is the headstock-front "veneer" quite thick? With a nice bwb line around the outside - fibre sheets? What glue did you use on the headstock veneer and lines?

Thanks,
GregL.
by GregL
Sun Oct 27, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Burl Tele
Replies: 7
Views: 6185

Re: Burl Tele

Hi Martin,

Thanks for answering all my questions!
Obviously the epoxy sands/shines up well!

Thanks,
GregL.
by GregL
Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Burl Tele
Replies: 7
Views: 6185

Re: Burl Tele

Hi Martin, Wow! Looks great! Very nice! Some questions if you don't mind: - you must have an entire body mold - was the molding process very difficult? - is the whole thing very heavy? I looks a bit heavy with all that epoxy (not that I mind a bit heavy!) - what's happening just north of the nut? Ju...
by GregL
Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: ringed gidgee - bass fingerboard
Replies: 4
Views: 2633

Re: ringed gidgee - bass fingerboard

Hi, Thanks Rod! I sent Pete an email, but I think he might be too busy to read emails! I think I have fixed the problem - in my usual ultra-cautious way, I started cutting fretslots with the fretboard still way too thick. I have planed the "mistake" away, and still have 6.5mm thickness - *just* thic...
by GregL
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: ringed gidgee - bass fingerboard
Replies: 4
Views: 2633

Re: ringed gidgee - bass fingerboard

Hi,

Thanks Bruce! Have just sent a reply PM!

GregL.
by GregL
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: ringed gidgee - bass fingerboard
Replies: 4
Views: 2633

ringed gidgee - bass fingerboard

Hi, Do any of you know where I might get any ringed gidgee 680mm x 70mm x 7mm? (I have already tried Graham Norton at Loggerheads, but he can't help me at this time.) I am building a bass guitar (electric) for my son and he settled on 35" scale and 24 frets, with Silver Ash (Flindersia bourjotiana I...
by GregL
Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hollowbody electric
Replies: 25
Views: 11443

Re: Hollowbody electric

Hi Rod,

Geez that looks nice, Rod!
Are the blackwood pickup "surrounds" to raise the pickups to the right level?
What sort of bracing (under the top) does it have?

Thanks,
GregL.
by GregL
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Honduran Rosewood Tenor
Replies: 5
Views: 5894

Re: Honduran Rosewood Tenor

Hi Allen,
My goodness! That's gorgeous... again!
Very nice, and nice wood combo too!
How did you do the scrimshaw? Awl? Any other tools?
Thanks,
GregL.
by GregL
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Concert Uke with Bevel Cutaway
Replies: 9
Views: 6304

Re: Concert Uke with Bevel Cutaway

Hi Allen,

Looks gorgeous - as usual!
That cutaway looks great!
Any comments about the stone? I have often wondered about using (recon) stone for dot markers, etc.

Thanks,
GregL.
by GregL
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Posting photos
Replies: 16
Views: 17928

Re: Posting photos

Hi Mark, The photo is upside-down on my PC (ie non-Mac) computer AND my Android (ie non-Mac) tablet. I seem to recall that this issue has been mentioned on this forum before (here at least: http://www.anzlf.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8121&p=87223&hilit=upside#p87223) - I can't remember if any resolutio...
by GregL
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood Concert Ukulele
Replies: 3
Views: 5224

Re: Blackwood Concert Ukulele

Hi Allen,

Another gorgeous uke!... again! That fiddleback Blackwood looks sensational (to me)!
One question, if I may:
How do you load the strings into the bridge? (Apologies if you have already explained this - maybe I've forgotten... not unusual for me!)

Thanks,
GregL.
by GregL
Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood and Sitka 000 Multiscale
Replies: 3
Views: 2892

Re: Blackwood and Sitka 000 Multiscale

Hi Jim,

That looks bueat!
A couple of questions, if you don't mind:
- what are the neck laminations? I can see a couple of Silky Oak (Casurina), but what else?
- what bracing style and timbers did you use?
- did you use a trussrod/carbon fibre rod/s in the neck?

Thanks,
GregL.
by GregL
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Current archtop build
Replies: 24
Views: 8711

Re: Current archtop build

Hi Rod,

Looks gorgeous, as usual! Well done... again!
What is the neck timber? Laminations of bloodwood(?) (same as heel cap) and (?). And how did you do the blending of the bloodwood(?) lamination and the veneer at the back of the headstock?

Thanks,
GregL.