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by Mark McLean
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side waves
Replies: 15
Views: 2662

Re: Side waves

Hi Ethan (I am assuming Ethan? - apologies if incorrect, but we like to use a name around here). There was a thread about this topic not long ago. Take a look here first: http://www.anzlf.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8653 Two questions arise. 1. Why does this happen? 2. What can you do about it? Answers:...
by Mark McLean
Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Long time no build
Replies: 52
Views: 8833

Re: Long time no build

Nothing wrong with a scalloped X-bracing system! Yes, there are some new ideas around and you might want to try some of them at a later date but what you are doing now looks great. I expect it will produce a really good instrument.
by Mark McLean
Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Long time no build
Replies: 52
Views: 8833

Re: Long time no build

Steve - I will not try to change your plan, if that is what has been successful for you in the past. I confess I have never done a dovetail, only 8 bolt on necks so I can’t say one is better than the other. Your box looks really well made so far. I look forward to seeing the next stages.
m
by Mark McLean
Sun Jul 19, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Long time no build
Replies: 52
Views: 8833

Re: Long time no build

After 10 years you are lucky not to have rats living in that nice little she-oak nest you built. But it is looking pretty good. Better just get on with it. None of us know how many years we have left. So I am going to get down to some serious discussion here. Are you going to dovetail that neck or j...
by Mark McLean
Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Long time no build
Replies: 52
Views: 8833

Re: Long time no build

Hi Steve. Welcome to the forum, and good on you for getting back to the workbench. That guitar certainly looks like it is worth finishing off. Tell us some more about the materials and methods that you are using for it. One of the great things about this hobby is that you can put a job down and it j...
by Mark McLean
Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Old mandolin unknown fret size
Replies: 5
Views: 1475

Re: Old mandolin unknown fret size

What a lovely find. The seller was probably talking to you about it being made by Larson Brothers, which would make it a very high quality and desirable instrument. Stahl was a retailer, not a manufacturer (despite the claim that they put on their label) and they sourced their instruments from vario...
by Mark McLean
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Another hollow electric
Replies: 11
Views: 3180

Re: Another hollow electric

Ok. Thanks. You have given me enough info to give it a good try. Can't be worse than my last effort.
by Mark McLean
Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Another hollow electric
Replies: 11
Views: 3180

Re: Another hollow electric

Thanks for the info Mark. That really explains it. But I have some follow-up questions (sorry). When you mention 8oz cloth, I presume that is referring to 8oz/sq yard, which seems to be a specification I see in that merchant’s website? Secondly, do you lay this up in a flat square shape and then cut...
by Mark McLean
Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Another hollow electric
Replies: 11
Views: 3180

Re: Another hollow electric

OK - I reread your post and see that you did state that it is CF under the timber. Can you share how you fashion that CF frame?
Love your work.
m
by Mark McLean
Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Another hollow electric
Replies: 11
Views: 3180

Re: Another hollow electric

Hi Mark. That is absolutely lovely. I am particularly interested in the tailpiece. Is that all timber, or a timber veneer over a metal frame? I tried to do a similar thing once, using blackwood and CF in a sandwich. It swung off a bolt anchored in the tailblock - just like yours. Mine had a complete...
by Mark McLean
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: home made c-clamps for gluing plates to rims
Replies: 11
Views: 16688

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

That is cool. I knew I would not have been the first to think if it.
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: 16688

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: 1512

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: 1570

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: 1511

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: 3972

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: 3972

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: 2058

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: 2940

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: 2593

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: 33850

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: 2651

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: 2748

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: 2090

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: 9448

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...