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by kiwigeo
Thu Aug 13, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Still not getting the sound I want...help!!
Replies: 40
Views: 2186

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

I am thinking that If I manage these 3 tests on an existing guitar it might lead me on to doing it on my next build as I will have become a bit familiar with the whole thing...it’s such a prohibitive first book and a shame a spreadsheet isn’t provided with it for those not so tech minded) One thing...
by kiwigeo
Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Still not getting the sound I want...help!!
Replies: 40
Views: 2186

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

"Trevor recommends King Billy Pine for the main braces but thats really only available in Straya," King Billy pine bends like butter but make sure the KBP youre using is stiff enough.....Ive found this wood varies quite a bit in stiffness and on my first falcate build I ended up ripping off the KBP ...
by kiwigeo
Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Long time no build
Replies: 52
Views: 3991

Re: Long time no build

Steve, do you run a triangular file across your fret slots to create a bevel on the side of the slot before knocking the fret in? This can help reduce tear out when you have to pull a fret. Something else that helps during a fret pull is placing a Stewmac fretboard protector over the fret before goi...
by kiwigeo
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Long time no build
Replies: 52
Views: 3991

Re: Long time no build

Fretted up today and might have a bit of a problem. The frets felt sort of loose when I was filing off the ends in that I could feel them vibrating when the file ran over them, I don't remember that from last time. I also noticed that a couple of the ends were not holding down in the slots and migh...
by kiwigeo
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Nicco's Lying-Around-Timber-o-Caster
Replies: 14
Views: 936

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

Here are pictures of the mitre box. It worked a treat. Much better than I'd managed to do with any other method I could think of! The orange rings were spacers to put under the far ends of the board while it was being cut to stop the whole lot over balancing I use a couple of clamps either side of ...
by kiwigeo
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side waves
Replies: 15
Views: 1500

Re: Side waves

I generally wouldn't take my sides thinner than 2mm. The only exception would be where I need to work the side around a sharp radius bend such as on horn of a cutaway. In this case I would put in a reinforcement patch on inside of curve once bent. Haha I feel like the bridge is along way down the tr...
by kiwigeo
Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side waves
Replies: 15
Views: 1500

Re: Side waves

The hardest part will be agonizing over whether to do a conventional or pyramid bridge :mrgreen: Hey everyone there may be signs of life hahah I didn't want to waste the timber so Iv successfully disassembled the whole body and as I was making a drednaught there is still a bit of timber in it enough...
by kiwigeo
Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side waves
Replies: 15
Views: 1500

Re: Side waves

How thick are your sides?
by kiwigeo
Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!
Replies: 94
Views: 24491

Re: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!

The top is Lutz spruce. I bought a lot of this wood off Shane Neiffer back around 2000 and a lot of the sets had these nice red streaks through them.
kpcart wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 3:59 pm
nice red soundboard.
by kiwigeo
Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Declined commission
Replies: 4
Views: 831

Re: Declined commission

I wouldn't have accepted the commission either. I have to at least tolerate a commission I'm working on.
by kiwigeo
Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Fingernail issues
Replies: 4
Views: 769

Re: Fingernail issues

I'm a long time classical player and have always played with the callouses rather than nails.
by kiwigeo
Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Long time no build
Replies: 52
Views: 3991

Re: Long time no build

Welcome back Steve and thanks for the update. Into year 2 of a no build period here as I finish off a new house build. The workshop is currently a bedroom and the garage is an open plan living space during the house build. Should be back building early in the new year.
by kiwigeo
Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Paint Booth
Replies: 4
Views: 729

Re: Paint Booth

I French Polish....and I'm not even French :mrgreen:
by kiwigeo
Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Spectrum Analyser
Replies: 4
Views: 4249

Re: Spectrum Analyser

Thanks Alain!
by kiwigeo
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Double V Neck Acoustic
Replies: 18
Views: 5184

Re: Double V Neck Acoustic

A thought.......the two necks I assume will be in the same tuning? If so I would expect the strings on the unplayed neck to resonate with the strings on the played neck.....that should be interesting :)
by kiwigeo
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Double V Neck Acoustic
Replies: 18
Views: 5184

Re: Double V Neck Acoustic

Thanks for the update pics of the build. How the guitar will sound will be interesting but looking at that massive bridge plate and the low area of unbraced or lightly braced lower bout I wouldn't expect a lot of volume. Main top frequency may also be off optimal value(s). Lets see how she sounds on...
by kiwigeo
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hello there
Replies: 1
Views: 767

Re: Hello there

Welcome to the forum Jason and thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself. Pics of your builds as they progress are always welcome.
by kiwigeo
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Curly Pete
Replies: 8
Views: 1641

Re: Curly Pete

Jeremy might know.
by kiwigeo
Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: FREE MONEY!!!
Replies: 17
Views: 26081

Re: FREE MONEY!!!

Thanks Terence....hope youll post up some of your work at some stage :)
by kiwigeo
Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Greetings, eh!
Replies: 5
Views: 1329

Re: Greetings, eh!

Is that the place down Cuba Street? I popped in there a few years ago when I was doing a building course run by Paddy Burgin and Dave Freeman.
CNCWorksNZ wrote:
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:11 pm
Have you found Alistair's Music Shop yet?
by kiwigeo
Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Test post
Replies: 9
Views: 1893

Re: Test post

I saw Benson live in Christchurch New Zealand back in the late 70's...was a great show.

Promoters keeping your money when the event has been cancelled...that's called The QANTAS model.
by kiwigeo
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First attempt at video editing
Replies: 8
Views: 1649

Re: First attempt at video editing

Nice work Trent. That guitar sounds fantastic...
by kiwigeo
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Violin Luthery
Replies: 4
Views: 1544

Re: Violin Luthery

Sharp tools are better than sex!
seeaxe wrote:
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:08 am
Lovely. What a great way to start a day. I admire the sharpness of his tools. He knows what he is doing.
Thanks for posting that.
by kiwigeo
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Samick Baby Bass
Replies: 6
Views: 1589

Re: Samick Baby Bass

Truss rod adjustment sets neck relief, more or less tension on neck, for different string thickness and tension. It also helps with fine tuning at 12th fret, along with setting the nut, saddle and fret leveling. Neck relief will affect action etc but it's important that neck relief is set up correc...
by kiwigeo
Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Samick Baby Bass
Replies: 6
Views: 1589

Re: Samick Baby Bass

2. I have adjusted the neck to remove the bow What's the current neck relief? If you adjust truss rod so fretboard is perfectly flat then there's a high chance you'll get fret buzz mid neck. A bit of relief mid neck allows for string excursion without slapping the frets. Without sounding like a sma...