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by Mark McLean
Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Why a neck volute?
Replies: 7
Views: 4547

Re: Why a neck volute?

I believe that it originated with the use of a V-joint, aka Bridle Joint, or Bird's Beak joint. This is a complex form of angled mortise and tenon joint that originated with spanish guitar makers, but was also used by CF Martin in the 19th century. It looks like a huge PITA to execute, but very eleg...
by Mark McLean
Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Neck Carving
Replies: 6
Views: 4402

Re: Neck Carving

You are probably already doing this - but here is what helps me. Take a guitar whose neck you like and make multiple measurements along the neck - so you can replicate these on the new one. I always start to get nervous that I am taking too much off, and I need those hard target measurements to reas...
by Mark McLean
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Semihollow fifteen inch
Replies: 21
Views: 11958

Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Looks like the sort of home that it deserves.
by Mark McLean
Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Semihollow fifteen inch
Replies: 21
Views: 11958

Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Rod, that looks sensational. Many individual classy touches, like the timber covered pickups and the timber knobs (did you turn those yourself?). I also like the way that you incorporated the “heel” of the neck into the curved body. That is very clever and elegant. Does the laundry look as good as t...
by Mark McLean
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Spotted Gum fingerboard
Replies: 4
Views: 3217

Re: Spotted Gum fingerboard

Regarding hardness, spotted gum has a Janka hardness score of 11kN, which is not as hard as ebony (14), but it is harder than rosewood (8) and maple (6.4), so it could probably do the job. Among Australian natives, gidgee is harder (16) and so is ironbark (14). Of all of them gidgee is my favourite ...
by Mark McLean
Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: The News Tonight
Replies: 9
Views: 4884

Re: The News Tonight

Lillian Please send anything that you can. It is incredibly hot and dry here. The city of Sydney has such low water reserves that we just instituted severe water use restrictions to spare the dams. We haven’t seen significant rain in months, and everyones garden and lawn is getting crispy. You are o...
by Mark McLean
Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: The News Tonight
Replies: 9
Views: 4884

Re: The News Tonight

I am glad that your place is OK at present Martin. I would hate for all of that nice tonewood to be torrified! It is going to be a long and worrying summer. Smoke everywhere across Sydney for the last few weeks. I think the climate change truth bomb might have finally dropped - although our PM doesn...
by Mark McLean
Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Alternative use for stainless steel clothes pegs
Replies: 2
Views: 1917

Re: Alternative use for stainless steel clothes pegs

Hi Ross. Where do you buy those ones?
by Mark McLean
Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Double cutaway acoustic
Replies: 15
Views: 7022

Re: Double cutaway acoustic

I love the pale and stripy look of the camphor laurel. I bet it smells great too! What colour are you planning for bindings? The double cutaway shape is cool. Have you checked out Mike Doolin’s designs? I cant wait to see it finished.
by Mark McLean
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The 3 tenors - First ukuleles build
Replies: 4
Views: 3742

Re: The 3 tenors - First ukuleles build

A great looking set. Those two ladies are lucky recipients - and will the third be a keeper?
by Mark McLean
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Amateur mess up, do I start over or make raised fretboard...
Replies: 6
Views: 2708

Re: Amateur mess up, do I start over or make raised fretboard...

I think you are going to be OK with that. It might need some compensations built in later like a taller-than-usual bridge, or the fingerboard wedge that Steve suggested. It also looks like a fairly thick soundboard (or maybe I am deceived in the photo, what does it measure?), so you might be able to...
by Mark McLean
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic Bridge Types ...
Replies: 9
Views: 3173

Re: Acoustic Bridge Types ...

The physical forces are different to some degree (at least in my imagination). In the string through method the strings are pulling up on the soundboard, while pushing down on the bridge (which could improve their coupling). In the tie-down method the strings are putting a rotational force on the br...
by Mark McLean
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hacked
Replies: 6
Views: 3521

Re: Hacked

Peter,I am sorry for your pain and inconvenience. This seems to be a major scourge of the web economy. I don’t make my living this way but I can see what a huge PITA it must be to deal with this - from individuals who are basically just vandals or extortionists. They should be the first against the ...
by Mark McLean
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: closing the box, plates to rims, jointing back+top to sides ect
Replies: 3
Views: 2251

Re: closing the box, plates to rims, jointing back+top to sides ect

As Martin said - this one has been discussed before and a search will reveal some good methods. There are lots of ways to do this job. FWIW this is a post I did regarding my cheap and cheerful method. http://www.anzlf.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5758&p=66251&hilit=PVC#p66251 A thread also recently went ...
by Mark McLean
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Flamenco blanca - lutz & leyland cypress
Replies: 18
Views: 10423

Re: Flamenco blanca - lutz & leyland cypress

Trent, you really knocked it out of the park with that one. I love the classy austerity of the design. Very Shaker in the styling. Rosette, bindings, headstock - all really original and beautiful, but also simple. If it sounds good too, then it is the whole package!
by Mark McLean
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Ukulele workshop manual
Replies: 26
Views: 12952

Re: The Ukulele workshop manual

My copy arrived today. Looks great. Congratulations Graham on another fantastic effort. I can’t wait to have a go at one.
by Mark McLean
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 00 Acoustic build thread.
Replies: 39
Views: 19841

Re: 00 Acoustic build thread.

The hotrod truss rods seem well regarded. Lots of people use them. The ones from Allied have been very popular also. A few years ago a group of ANZLF folks did a group buy of Allied rods, and I am still using the ones I got then. With StewMac it is not really worth the shipping cost to get one or tw...
by Mark McLean
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 00 Acoustic build thread.
Replies: 39
Views: 19841

Re: 00 Acoustic build thread.

Tassie oak would probably be OK for the blocks. Lets see if anyone here has tried it before? Mortice and tenon is a tried and tested system. How you attach them to each other is the important question. Pinned mortice is not a common way of doing a guitar neck these days - but it was used by Michael ...
by Mark McLean
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - How to process bone
Replies: 5
Views: 2866

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - How to process bone

Hi Robbie
We love your work. It is staggering how much high quality material you put out for the education of rank amateurs such as myself. Thanks for giving us access to the archive. I would hate you to drop dead on the job with treasures still unreleased to the world!
Best wishes
Mark
by Mark McLean
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - How to process bone
Replies: 5
Views: 2866

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - How to process bone

Good one Robbie. But I am concerned that you are filmed with the 2016 GAL calendar hanging on the wall behind you. Are you sure we are getting the LATEST information here?
by Mark McLean
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 00 Acoustic build thread.
Replies: 39
Views: 19841

Re: 00 Acoustic build thread.

Work out what you are going to do regarding the neck joint before you glue in any neck block, and ideally before you glue the heel to the neck. The most common timber used for neck and tail blocks would be mahogany - same as your neck material. But it doesn’t need to be the same. There are a few opt...
by Mark McLean
Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:49 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 00 Acoustic build thread.
Replies: 39
Views: 19841

Re: 00 Acoustic build thread.

You are ready to glue in the neck and heel blocks. Next decision is what type of neck joint to use - bolt on or dovetail. You can get into a massive debate over this issue but pretty much everyone here at ANZLF seems to be in the bolt-on camp. I think it is definitely the right way to go. Even tradi...
by Mark McLean
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 00 Acoustic build thread.
Replies: 39
Views: 19841

Re: 00 Acoustic build thread.

I think the Grellier plan for a 00 is 14 frets clear of the body, and 633mm (24.9 inch) scale length. That would be fine, and no need to deviate from the plan unless you have a specific desire. For your first build it would be best to stick to the drawings - at least as far as dimensions go. You can...
by Mark McLean
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 00 Acoustic build thread.
Replies: 39
Views: 19841

Re: 00 Acoustic build thread.

Hi Joseph Looking very good so far. My only comment would be on the glue choice. Is the Gorilla PVA Glue the one you are planning to use for the whole build? I have no experience with it myself, but most people are wary of using PVA glues because of the issue of cold creep which can be an issue over...
by Mark McLean
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Musical Instrument Auction Melbourne.
Replies: 7
Views: 3426

Re: Musical Instrument Auction Melbourne.

My son went to the auction in Melbourne and put in some bids for me. The prices well exceeded the “bargain” estimates in the catalogue, so we ended up empty handed. He commented that it is interesting that unplayable old banjos are a lot cheaper than unplayable old mandolins. But on the other hand s...