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by Mark McLean
Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: home made c-clamps for gluing plates to rims
Replies: 11
Views: 15382

Re: home made c-clamps for gluing plates to rims

Hi Jules. I was not aware of the different grades. My clamps would be made from the cheap stuff. If the other one has thicker walls it would likely be stiffer. it would still do the job but you would want to cut it in thinner slices to get about the same clamping pressure. You don't need a vice-like...
by Mark McLean
Sun May 24, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Englemann and Blackwood O size
Replies: 2
Views: 1085

Re: Englemann and Blackwood O size

That is one very lucky 9 year old. I hope he/she will be playing it for many years to come.
by Mark McLean
Sun May 24, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: King Billy Pine/Blackwood Tenor guitar
Replies: 3
Views: 1038

Re: King Billy Pine/Blackwood Tenor guitar

That looks like a beauty Peter. Elegant simplicity in the timber and the appointments. It all works really well visually, and you are obviously happy with the sound. I really like the rounded shape and the sloped shoulders. Is that your own body shape or did you model it off an old design?
by Mark McLean
Sun May 17, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Tiger and Bunya O size
Replies: 3
Views: 1004

Re: Tiger and Bunya O size

There is all of the classic stuff there - in lovely Aussie timbers. Nice.
by Mark McLean
Mon May 11, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Quality Machine heads
Replies: 16
Views: 3075

Re: Quality Machine heads

I do like the look of the Rubner tuners with roller ends. Might need to give them a try. And I wish I had seen them earlier as I am building a 7-string guitar at the moment and had a bit of hassle putting together a set of 7 tuners - but Rubner sell 7-string sets. If I ever build another one they wi...
by Mark McLean
Sat May 09, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Quality Machine heads
Replies: 16
Views: 3075

Re: Quality Machine heads

I, too, have been disappointed with Schallers and have replaced them. The two times that I have used Gotoh 510s they seemed very good - but I have been reading about extremely long delivery time on some of their models so check carefully before you order. Eventually, I have come to the conclusion th...
by Mark McLean
Tue Apr 21, 2020 5:48 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Concert Uke with Orchid Inlay
Replies: 3
Views: 1553

Re: Concert Uke with Orchid Inlay

OK, so now we know you grow orchids as well as building ukes. A complete renaissance man.
by Mark McLean
Tue Apr 21, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Tele Build
Replies: 9
Views: 2341

Re: New Tele Build

Why does it have to be a tele shape? The great thing about building your own guitar is that you can make one that doesn’t look like all of the other one that come from a factory production line. How about you design a different shape that fits your nice piece of wood?
by Mark McLean
Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Re Coating Danish Oil too Quickly.....Problems??
Replies: 4
Views: 2232

Re: Re Coating Danish Oil too Quickly.....Problems??

Hi Sam That should be fine. Just give it a bit of curing time. There are lots of different formulations that call themselves "Danish". Not all the same. I have used that Organoil stuff for a few necks and it cured into a very durable and hard finish. I really like it. A very experienced luthier once...
by Mark McLean
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!
Replies: 94
Views: 27490

Re: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!

Richard, this is looking great. Lockdown has been a very productive time for you. This doesn’t get counted in GDP figures but I think many of us are doing important things right now!
by Mark McLean
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Honduran Rosewood Baritone
Replies: 5
Views: 1977

Re: Honduran Rosewood Baritone

Very nice Mr McFarlen. I am working on the fingerboard for my current guitar build and I am going to steal your idea for the nice curved and bound end of the fb at the soundhole. Just giving credit now, ‘ cause later I probably won’t remember where I got that idea.
by Mark McLean
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Installing kerfing without
Replies: 3
Views: 2376

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Installing kerfing without

Good one Robbie. I like the reverse kerfing, but It has broken on me a few times. Hopefully, no more.
by Mark McLean
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Fret Clamping Pliers
Replies: 2
Views: 1668

Re: Fret Clamping Pliers

Interesting idea - thanks for passing it on. My guess is that is is designed for fretting or refretting on the neck because the lower jaw has that curved block to fit the neck shape. But my neck profile changes along the length of the neck so maybe the wood block on the bottom jaw would need to be c...
by Mark McLean
Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bellied up top
Replies: 28
Views: 7760

Re: Bellied up top

My first build (a cedar top OM) did the same thing, and for the same reason that you have diagnosed. I definitely over-did the scalloping on the diagonal tone bars, and probably on the X-braces in the area between the X and the bridge plate. Like yours, it sounded great (an under-braced top is reall...
by Mark McLean
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:09 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: What happened to the post on the Gibson Super 400
Replies: 5
Views: 2122

Re: What happened to the post on the Gibson Super 400

It disappeared from the OLF too. Presumably Martin Taylor was asked to remove it, either by the film producers or by Gibson?
by Mark McLean
Tue Mar 10, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Somogyi bridge
Replies: 5
Views: 4724

Re: Somogyi bridge

Yes, I had noticed that too. And just for the sake of any potential customers - I am happy to offer a custom made guitar, with pointy bits if desired, at about a 90% discount against Mr Somogyi’s prices. But I will admit that my guitars are probably only 10% as good. Good luck to him.
by Mark McLean
Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 17 inch jazz commish
Replies: 11
Views: 7003

Re: 17 inch jazz commish

Beautiful work Rod. It reminds me of Scott Chinery’s Blue Guitars project, which I saw at the Smithsonian Institute a few years ago.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uadXz7Nsmqk
Your guitar would fit right into that company (D’Aquisto, Benedetto, Manzer, Monteleone)
by Mark McLean
Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Somogyi bridge
Replies: 5
Views: 4724

Re: Somogyi bridge

Hi Dave. I have noticed them too, and James Olson guitars have a similar bridge shape ( not quite as pointed). I had assumed it was just Ervin’s visual signature. He does pointy things on the headstock too. I can’t think of a physical reason why a wavy line on the back of the bridge wound give bette...
by Mark McLean
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bolt-on neck and Upper Transverse Brace
Replies: 6
Views: 4437

Re: Bolt-on neck and Upper Transverse Brace

The patent (US9520108) shows a number of variations on the invention. It looks like they went with the one labelled Figure 2, which has the full width transverse brace below the soundhole.
Yes, some field research at your local dealer is definitely in order.
by Mark McLean
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bolt-on neck and Upper Transverse Brace
Replies: 6
Views: 4437

Re: Bolt-on neck and Upper Transverse Brace

OK, it seems that the V-class Taylors do have a UTB, but they just left it out of the publicity photos. I am saying this without having actually seen one, so correct me if you have physical evidence that I am wrong. But here are some diagrams from the patent application. DB63887E-0304-480F-8EF0-C0AB...
by Mark McLean
Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Case and Amp hardware
Replies: 4
Views: 3967

Re: Case and Amp hardware

Rod
They might have what you want at Goods and Chattels.
https://www.goodsandchattels.com/
by Mark McLean
Sun Mar 01, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bolt-on neck and Upper Transverse Brace
Replies: 6
Views: 4437

Re: Bolt-on neck and Upper Transverse Brace

It has often been said that the upper bout area is structurally vulnerable in a steel string guitar. The string tension is trying to fold the instrument in half. The neck is thick, and has the truss rod rod to help resist the pressure. But the upper part of the box is weaker, and made more so by the...
by Mark McLean
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Heel grain orientation
Replies: 2
Views: 3725

Re: Heel grain orientation

Ross - I presume you are talking about a stacked heel? So, if you have a couple of offcuts from the neck blank and you are stacking them up to make a heel which will then be carved - you are asking which way to orientate them? Interesting question! (And apologies if I have completely misinterpreted)...
by Mark McLean
Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Why a neck volute?
Replies: 7
Views: 4577

Re: Why a neck volute?

But getting back to Greg’s original question - why? It has sometimes been suggested that it strengthens the neck at a point of weakness. I have been sceptical of this, especially with regard to the Martin dart. Is it in the right place, or substantial enough to make much of a difference? But if you ...
by Mark McLean
Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Why a neck volute?
Replies: 7
Views: 4577

Re: Why a neck volute?

Rod, you made me look it up and I discovered that I have been following an incorrect usage of the word volute. Martin refer to their diamond (or dart) shaped prominence on the back of the neck transition as a volute. 0E891BD9-EAB4-446C-9FE1-F2593C6AD083.jpeg I have always accepted that as the correc...