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by demonx
Sun May 19, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What difference lacquer makes to sound
Replies: 7
Views: 213

Re: What difference lacquer makes to sound

So given that different lacquers will have different effects on the sound how on earth do you engineer the soundboard to compensate. Experience tells us that a 1% difference in structure can separate a great guitar from a good guitar. Do you knowingly over thin the top or under build the braces in ...
by demonx
Thu May 16, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Slow neck carving
Replies: 21
Views: 957

Re: Slow neck carving

Reading some of the posts here it’s safe to say most people here are taking WAY too long. I wonder if many people would be interested if I offered a once off private neck carving workshop? I'm all for that...as long as the fee includes beer and a barbeque :mrgreen: If you’d seen what my BBQ looks l...
by demonx
Sun May 12, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Humidity issue!
Replies: 8
Views: 448

Re: The Humidity issue!

Easy fix: keep it all in your house while you’re not working on it.
by demonx
Sun May 12, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Slow neck carving
Replies: 21
Views: 957

Re: Slow neck carving

Reading some of the posts here it’s safe to say most people here are taking WAY too long.

I wonder if many people would be interested if I offered a once off private neck carving workshop?
by demonx
Thu May 09, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Engraving a pickguard
Replies: 3
Views: 376

Re: Engraving a pickguard

I was looking at this https://www.stewmac.com/Materials_and_Supplies/Pickguard_Materials/Acoustic_Pickguard_Blanks.html What material do you normally use Allan? I checked the link and you’re spot on, it really is that thin! I guess now I think about it an acoustic pickguard should be super thin to ...
by demonx
Sat May 04, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Engraving a pickguard
Replies: 3
Views: 376

Re: Engraving a pickguard

Can you link to the product you’re talking about? I can’t imagine any pickguard material only half a mm thick. Most hand engraving is done with a tool that is simply a metal spike, there are different shaped and angled spikes and you simply drag them across the surface. Me personally, I don’t have t...
by demonx
Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: maton square head truss rod adjuster
Replies: 10
Views: 3283

Re: maton square head truss rod adjuster

Just measured and checked the maton supplied tool, its actually a 7mm 12 point socket EDIT: Nevermind, I just found a 5/16” that works a treat Old thread bump: I just bought a long neck 7mm twelve point socket and it doesn’t fit! Seems to be too small. I can’t test any of my normal sockets as they’...
by demonx
Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: shipping overseas
Replies: 6
Views: 954

Re: shipping overseas

Every guitar I’ve freighted overseas in recent years has been via Pack and Send. They offer Insurance also.
by demonx
Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Alternative to a Stewmac buffer
Replies: 9
Views: 870

Re: Alternative to a Stewmac buffer

Even if I wanted to spend that amount I would not buy the stewmac buffer! I use a handheld 3” buffer and 3M pads. You can spend several hundred at an auto store or buy one on eBay for under $100. You will also want some sort of gauge to reduce the air pressure to slow the buffer right down. Alternat...
by demonx
Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bad Router Day
Replies: 5
Views: 870

Re: Bad Router Day

Pics?

P.S. We’ve all had bad router days. I myself have had many. Luckily it’s always only been timber damaged and not flesh.
by demonx
Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acacia dread build thread
Replies: 131
Views: 19172

Re: Acacia dread build thread

Thanks Martin
by demonx
Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acacia dread build thread
Replies: 131
Views: 19172

Re: Acacia dread build thread

Thanks Trent.

It might be my last build for a while as I’m going to be taking a break, so it’s been good to do a build thread for something different.

I hope at least one person got something from it.
by demonx
Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: problems spraying poly
Replies: 7
Views: 886

Re: problems spraying poly

Without seeing it in person or without even seeing photos it’s hard to imagine what you mean by crators, are you talking about solvent pops? It could be anything from contamination to bad mixing (stir minimum 100x alternating left and right every 20x) to poor spraying technique. In my acacia build t...
by demonx
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acacia dread build thread
Replies: 131
Views: 19172

Re: Acacia dread build thread

Looks great Allan, they're two of the nicest looking timbers we're lucky enough to be able to use and you've done them justice. Is it a keeper? Wayne Thanks Wayne I kept the last one I built so this one will go on the market. Hopefully to someone local. This guitar is more is a strummer due to the ...
by demonx
Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Twisted Ringed Gidgee
Replies: 2
Views: 532

Re: Twisted Ringed Gidgee

I’ve heard people say Gidgee boards create a dull guitar and I call bullshit on that. I’ve made two comparison builds with same specs inside the box and consecutive cut cedar tops, one had Rosewood back/sides with ebony board, the comparison guitar has Gidgee back/sides with Gidgee board and I like ...
by demonx
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acacia dread build thread
Replies: 131
Views: 19172

Re: Acacia dread build thread

kiwigeo wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:16 pm
Nice work Allan.....a real eye candy job.

Thank you!
by demonx
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acacia dread build thread
Replies: 131
Views: 19172

Re: Acacia dread build thread

The guitar looks amazing Allen! Beautiful timber combination styling and wonderful character. Now that the guitar is more settled in with the new strings do you have any more recent sound samples available. It be great to hear a sample of this guitar. Wayne https://wjguitars.wixsite.com/mysite-1 Th...
by demonx
Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acacia dread build thread
Replies: 131
Views: 19172

Re: Acacia dread build thread

I finally got around to taking finished photos: 9EE399BE-010D-4702-8F59-09AE3531A623.jpeg 09E1DA39-1080-4498-AF79-A0316F728988.jpeg BF0AB11A-7CBB-42BF-A804-AD01AEF8CCE2.jpeg B80550F8-0953-497C-8EB9-F2392FF96A44.jpeg 7F8F2590-FADB-47D6-9AB9-7BE5128E1D61.jpeg C73EA8D4-A529-4F17-A75D-AB06FF9A2753.jpeg
by demonx
Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Acacia themed dread build
Replies: 1
Views: 562

Acacia themed dread build

Build thread and specs in the main forum. I finally got around to taking finished photos: E2B2330B-5773-4289-B34E-FF4A089E7BF0.jpeg CCE7FE2D-A700-4E51-8E90-66B50BAB2151.jpeg E2CDB9D7-7126-452B-A458-93A37AC9A42F.jpeg 42675E5A-0DFF-4729-9536-1E6694CC13A2.jpeg 9B5BE484-D172-4B0B-94F2-54AE65DBC1F5.jpeg ...
by demonx
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acacia dread build thread
Replies: 131
Views: 19172

Re: Acacia dread build thread

Hi Allan, only just read this thread for 1st time. I have never tried a hardwood top and have never explored it. I was struck by the 3.5mm target top thickness given in your nov 7 post. Most spruce tops are around 3.0mm. Why would a presumably q/sawn hardwood top be more than that? Curious. Frank S...
by demonx
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acacia dread build thread
Replies: 131
Views: 19172

Re: Acacia dread build thread

Nice big dreadie sound!! Until it’s set up I won’t be able to give it a fair evaluation as the strings are miles above the board at the moment, but from what I can tell id say it has a great sound, as expected it needs to be attacked a bit harder to get the top moving but that goes for any hardwood...
by demonx
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acacia dread build thread
Replies: 131
Views: 19172

Re: Acacia dread build thread

First string up and a quick strum. I cut the nut to 0.5mm and pulled the relief back a bit so it was slightly playable.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bte1KBjnZAe ... 50rckt1q6j

Now to let it sit for a few days under tension, maybe a week before it gets a proper setup.
by demonx
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acacia dread build thread
Replies: 131
Views: 19172

Re: Acacia dread build thread

Polishing: This link shows the speed that I polish at. Any faster is too fast. The guy I learned to polish from goes even slower than this, but his paint jobs are also better than anyone else I know. The clear was cut first with 1000, then 2000, then 3000. I’m using 3M Perfect it polish on a 3M blue...
by demonx
Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acacia dread build thread
Replies: 131
Views: 19172

Re: Acacia dread build thread

D8EBAEF0-A921-4649-A252-9254315A0BF9.jpeg This morning I shot three coats of Mirotone 2k clear onto this one. Now that I’m spraying clear and not just sealer, I’m more particular on my spraying as I have the build already in the sealer, now I’m looking for nice smooth glossy coats, not so much thic...
by demonx
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acacia dread build thread
Replies: 131
Views: 19172

Re: Acacia dread build thread

Block sanding the sealer wit 320 grit followed by a buzz over using 600 grit on a random orbital to remove the scratches. Had a few killer hangs/runs in the sealer as I laid in on thick last time, good thing it stands out so easy! I’m not stressed about getting runs when a spray primer/sealer. If it...