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by Jim
Mon May 01, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Blackwood guitar
Replies: 15
Views: 7827

Re: Blackwood guitar

Thanks Pete, you're a wealth of information. Appreciate you and every else contributing expertise!
by Jim
Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Blackwood guitar
Replies: 15
Views: 7827

Re: Blackwood guitar

Thanks for the advice fellas. I'm still a novice on (every!) the choosing wood front so I'll try to find something 1/4 sawn and light if I can.
Cheers
Jim
by Jim
Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Blackwood guitar
Replies: 15
Views: 7827

Blackwood guitar

Just curious- has anyone made an all blackwood body guitar? Played a very old all koa Martin and it got me thinking.....
Particularly curious to hear people's thoughts on a blackwood soundboard.
by Jim
Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Current Build - Falcate Braced Multiscale OM cutaway
Replies: 217
Views: 112171

Re: Current Build - Falcate Braced Multiscale OM cutaway

How does it sound and play now it's finished Martin? Is it easy adjusting to the multiscale? Absolutely superb work- something to aspire to!

Jim
by Jim
Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Repair of smashed 51 Martin 0-15 (lots of pictures)
Replies: 7
Views: 5111

Re: Repair of smashed 51 Martin 0-15 (lots of pictures)

Amazing John, would not have thought it was possible to make it look so good!
by Jim
Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Pair of Sassafras/Bunya tenors
Replies: 0
Views: 2494

Pair of Sassafras/Bunya tenors

Just finished this pair of tenors, both of the same billets of wood so remarkably similar in sound. Bunya tops Blackheart sassafras back and sides Vic Ash and Silky oak necks Rivergum fretboard, bridge and bindings. As usual for me, the process was not without its challenges but got there in the end...
by Jim
Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Acoustic guitar, classical shape
Replies: 5
Views: 5037

Re: Acoustic guitar, classical shape

Beautiful work, love the design elements, really makes it stand out. How did you find the french polishing process?
by Jim
Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 8 String tenor uke bracing advice
Replies: 11
Views: 6496

Re: 8 String tenor uke bracing advice

Thanks Frank, That's a great starting point. I remember seeing yours in the gallery- I hope mine turns out that well! That's about what I'd decided for the braces- thought I'd start there and rely upon intuition (ha ha for a novice) once I had the top in my hands. I've been using a bunya bridge patc...
by Jim
Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 8 String tenor uke bracing advice
Replies: 11
Views: 6496

Re: 8 String tenor uke bracing advice

Wow Ross thanks. Lots to take into account! I'll look into those scaling discussions and deflection testing.

Cheers

Jim
by Jim
Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 8 String tenor uke bracing advice
Replies: 11
Views: 6496

Re: 8 String tenor uke bracing advice

Thanks Allen, your advice is much appreciated. I'll make it 2mm and play the bracing by ear.
by Jim
Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 8 String tenor uke bracing advice
Replies: 11
Views: 6496

Re: 8 String tenor uke bracing advice

Thanks Allen,
Is there a preferred method? I was thinking of doing both... ie top a little thicker and heavier bracing.
Jim
by Jim
Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 8 String tenor uke bracing advice
Replies: 11
Views: 6496

8 String tenor uke bracing advice

I'm planning an 8 String tenor ukulele build and thought I'd pick the brains of the forum for a starting point on bracing. I'm using some nice stiff bunya for the top (not thicknessed yet). Can anyone give me any thoughts on top thickness,brace dimensions and bridge plates for a starting point? It w...
by Jim
Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: F****k!!
Replies: 22
Views: 8749

Re: F****k!!

Yeah that's so tough. Bummer
by Jim
Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Some recent builds
Replies: 5
Views: 5712

Re: Some recent builds

Beautiful Martin! What's the stunning wood on the front of the tele?
by Jim
Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: wingless bridge, 7 strut interlocking hyperbolic bracing
Replies: 10
Views: 7860

Re: wingless bridge, 7 strut interlocking hyperbolic bracing

Wow stunning work! I too am very interested in your opinion of the sound. Which innovations did you think were most successful?
by Jim
Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:54 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Building a go bar deck and radius boards on the cheap
Replies: 21
Views: 13050

Re: Building a go bar deck and radius boards on the cheap

Thanks a lot Dave and Steve for the tips on the tips...
by Jim
Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Building a go bar deck and radius boards on the cheap
Replies: 21
Views: 13050

Re: Building a go bar deck and radius boards on the cheap

The one thing I haven't found an easy/quick solution for is caps for the 4.5mm rods? Anyone have any bright ideas on this front?
by Jim
Wed Nov 09, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Concert Ukulele
Replies: 5
Views: 4772

Re: Concert Ukulele

Looks amazing, well done Alan. How do you find the sassafras sounds as a soundboard?
by Jim
Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Building a go bar deck and radius boards on the cheap
Replies: 21
Views: 13050

Re: Building a go bar deck and radius boards on the cheap

I'm with you there John. Couldn't bring myself to pay $6 for the stewmac ones. These guys even had a graph showing how much pressure each diameter of rod had when bent.

Jim
by Jim
Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:37 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Building a go bar deck and radius boards on the cheap
Replies: 21
Views: 13050

Building a go bar deck and radius boards on the cheap

Hi All, Just finished building a go bar deck and some radius dishes. After looking at the prices for all this kind of stuff at stewmac and on ebay I managed to do it well on the cheap instead. I thought I'd post some links up for anyone thinking of doing the same sort of thing and looking at a start...
by Jim
Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:00 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding Glue
Replies: 11
Views: 7166

Re: Binding Glue

+1 on the Tarzan's grip
by Jim
Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:12 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood and bunya concert
Replies: 2
Views: 2674

Re: Blackwood and bunya concert

Thanks Richard
by Jim
Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Cedar and Silky Soprano
Replies: 2
Views: 2632

Re: Cedar and Silky Soprano

Thanks Seeaxe. I used 8 coats of tung oil rubbed in then 2 of wax over the top.
by Jim
Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:25 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Cedar and Silky Soprano
Replies: 2
Views: 2632

Cedar and Silky Soprano

Cedar top
Silky back and sides
Vic Ash and Silky Neck
She-Oak Trim, fretboard and bridge
by Jim
Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:25 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood and bunya concert
Replies: 2
Views: 2674

Blackwood and bunya concert

Got my second build finished. Lots of improvement from the first build but still plenty of room for improvement. Big thanks to the forum- I picked up lots of tips along the way. This one's braced really lightly and sounds nice. Top- Bunya Back and Sides- Blackwood Fretboard and bridge- She-oak Bindi...