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by Dave White
Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: I'm retiring
Replies: 45
Views: 14741

Re: I'm retiring

Bob,

Sounds like a sweet retirement plan to me with many barrels of laughs to come. I hope you mature with your new products and prosper. 8)
by Dave White
Wed May 17, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Lutz Spruce/ Native Olive 5 Course Guitar-bouzouki
Replies: 6
Views: 2939

Lutz Spruce/ Native Olive 5 Course Guitar-bouzouki

In 2010 John Buckham (woodrat) stayed with us in the UK for a few days and when he got back to Australia he kindly sent me a back and side set of Native Olive ( Notelaea ligustrina ) that he’d bought in Tasmania together with some curly Tasmanian Blackwood bindings and end-graft pieces: http://www.d...
by Dave White
Sat Jun 04, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Jet/Performax 10 - 20 drum sander again
Replies: 13
Views: 10401

Re: Jet/Performax 10 - 20 drum sander again

My 10-20 "died" on Tuesday. An e-mail to Ken on Tuesday night, a quick strip down of the machine on Wednesday to send the spindle to Ken, the arrival of the repair kit on Friday and this morning it's fitted and I'm back up and running with the new and improved 10-20. That's what I call service !! Ke...
by Dave White
Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: No more High Mountain Lutz?
Replies: 26
Views: 11087

Re: No more High Mountain Lutz?

Shane, I posted over on the OLF but I'll say again thanks for the wonderful wood over the years in all shapes and sizes but most importantly first class quality and service. Going solo can be scary but at least you are in control and usually things go better than you think especially if you have ski...
by Dave White
Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:15 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: "An Torman Mòr" - Baritone Acoustic Lap Slide Guitar
Replies: 6
Views: 3026

Re: "An Torman Mòr" - Baritone Acoustic Lap Slide Guitar

Steve and Bob - thanks.

Bob - the body depth is around 110mm as I wanted it to have lots of "air" 8)

Here's a picture of the top and back bracing:

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by Dave White
Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:45 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: "An Torman Mòr" - Baritone Acoustic Lap Slide Guitar
Replies: 6
Views: 3026

"An Torman Mòr" - Baritone Acoustic Lap Slide Guitar

Made as a 60th Birthday present for myself here's "An Torman Mòr" (Gaelic for "The Great Rumbling" :mrgreen: ). English walnut top back, sides and binding with Bog Oak ( or Sinker Red Oak as the Americans would call it 8) ) fretboard, headstock veneers, end graft and bridge, ebony bridge-pins, Gotoh...
by Dave White
Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:22 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Hawaiian Lap Slide with two sets of strings
Replies: 8
Views: 2452

Re: Hawaiian Lap Slide with two sets of strings

Bob,

That looks mighty fine - well done. I thought that the playing style might be "interesting" but just persivere. The bridge can roll but as long as the instrument holds together you'll be fine - that's the beauty of lap slides :mrgreen:

Looking forward to some soundclips.
by Dave White
Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Build log - Two sets of strings on a lap slide
Replies: 23
Views: 9023

Re: Build log - Two sets of strings on a lap slide

Your previous double-necker was the inspiration for this Dave so I've been looking back at your thread of how that one was braced to get some idea of how much bracing to put in this one. It's all an experiment really and I won't know until the strings go on. It's certainly a lot heftier bracing tha...
by Dave White
Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:05 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Build log - Two sets of strings on a lap slide
Replies: 23
Views: 9023

Re: Build log - Two sets of strings on a lap slide

Bob, Only just found this thread. That looks awesome :shock: Paddy Burgin was the first and I was just inspired by his and followed on (nagged by my daughter). I would have been tempted to glue the bridge on the top before you attached it to the sides. Colin Symonds uses a method on his classical gu...
by Dave White
Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:54 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: When is a flat top guitar not a flat top?
Replies: 16
Views: 5762

Re: When is a flat top guitar not a flat top?

I know Dave White builds using a cylindrical rather than dome shape, and every guitar of his I've heard recorded was "sumptuous"... maybe he can chime in. Dennis Dennis, I don't use "cylindrical" as there is some degree of curvature longitudinally on my instruments but I don't use radius dishes eit...
by Dave White
Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:33 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Is the Dreadnought dead?
Replies: 19
Views: 5928

Re: Is the Dreadnought dead?

Try one of these:

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by Dave White
Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:59 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Ziricote & Spruce Tenor Ukulele
Replies: 11
Views: 3080

Re: Ziricote & Spruce Tenor Ukulele

Liam,

That's really cute and elegant at the same time. Love the way you have done the pickguard, it just flows beautifully with the rest of the design.
by Dave White
Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 5 String Tenor Guitar
Replies: 30
Views: 11543

Re: 5 String Tenor Guitar

What tuning for the 5 string did you have in mind Bill? I thought perhaps it might be CGDAE - taking the bouzouki range and adding a lower fifth - which in range would be like a guitar in dropped C with the third string missing and the low C would have to be pretty heavy - 56 or 59 maybe or even big...
by Dave White
Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 5 String Tenor Guitar
Replies: 30
Views: 11543

Re: 5 String Tenor Guitar

Bill/Graham, The instrument I built for Bill Briscombe - "Doolish" is essentially a 5 string tenor guitar. We just made the third string an octave pair partly for the sound and partly so that there were six tuners on the headstock and it looks more balanced. Bill uses it in a number of different tun...
by Dave White
Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 3 piece tops
Replies: 16
Views: 4889

Re: 3 piece tops

kiwigeo wrote:Is the sound Georgian?
Absolutely - Quadrilles sound just right.
by Dave White
Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:20 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 3 piece tops
Replies: 16
Views: 4889

Re: 3 piece tops

This one I made for Colin Symonds had a six piece top and six piece back - made from the doors of an old Georgian corner cupboard. Sounds great. http://www.defaoiteguitars.com/userimages/crk174.jpg http://www.defaoiteguitars.com/userimages/crk175.jpg http://www.defaoiteguitars.com/userimages/crk176....
by Dave White
Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:25 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: UKULELE is a registered trademark
Replies: 4
Views: 1750

Re: UKULELE is a registered trademark

Allen's in trouble for a breach of copyright with his pineapple Ukelele's then :shock: :mrgreen: Only if you are going to eat them :mrgreen: Weissenborn is trade marked too by the late John Pearse for Gold Tone. I knew that you could buy car registration numbers but not family names - anyone want t...
by Dave White
Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Angle SIdes - 15" Back on Weissendborn
Replies: 8
Views: 2795

Re: Angle SIdes - 15" Back on Weissendborn

Kim,

Use the old chalk technique. Cut the inlets for the brace ends in the linings then mark around the edge of the back with chalk to see where it touches the linings. Keep removing where there are chalk marks on the linings and deepening the brace inlets if necessary. Repeat until it fits.
by Dave White
Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: FYI....White pencils
Replies: 34
Views: 9838

Re: FYI....White pencils

G'Day John!

Dave
by Dave White
Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:21 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: FYI....White pencils
Replies: 34
Views: 9838

Re: FYI....White pencils

In the UK get mine from an Artist supply shop that behave like ordinary pencils and can be sharpened using an ordinary pencil sharpener. There are some advertised specifically for wood here that look similar: http://www.rutlands.co.uk/cgi-bin/psProdDet.cgi/Natura%2025 http://www.rutlands.co.uk/image...
by Dave White
Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Carbon fibre Cello
Replies: 12
Views: 4000

Re: Carbon fibre Cello

Having seen guitars made with epoxied laminated sides, nomex core tops and using vacuum clamping techniques, this is not a million miles away and I use CF a lot in my instruments as does another maker you know and love here :roll: Of all of the "laminating" (sorry "doubling") techniques used in guit...
by Dave White
Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:00 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Carbon fibre Cello
Replies: 12
Views: 4000

Re: Carbon fibre Cello

According to Mark it's more about the stability of the instrument and tuning in a huge variety of changing humidity situations that make CF Cellos popular with professional touring musicians. They certainly aren't cheap.
by Dave White
Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:31 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Carbon fibre Cello
Replies: 12
Views: 4000

Re: Carbon fibre Cello

A friend of mine who goes to the annual music camp - Burwell - that I go to has one of these. They sound fabulous. We were in a "One Night Stand Band" there and as it was raining all dry rehearsal spaces were taken so we had to use a portable toilet complex. Mark sat on the loo in a cubicle with his...
by Dave White
Sun Dec 04, 2011 2:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Christmas Tune
Replies: 4
Views: 1370

Christmas Tune

Well we're in the right month :mrgreen: So here's my arrangement of "The Coventry Carol" in DADGAD played on my little Caucasian Spruce/African Blackwood ""Féileacán" guitar . This year I set myself the aim of getting better at artificial harmonics and my poor efforts finish off this piece. It's def...
by Dave White
Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:33 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: how to brace when the soundholes are in the upper bout?
Replies: 20
Views: 7643

Re: how to brace when the soundholes are in the upper bout?

Proponents of the flyng buttress believe that you can transfer the load from the top of the neckblock to the bottom of the sides at the waist. There is not often an explanation of how the force gets from there back to the bridge. Personally I am not convinced of the need. Well in my case the main a...