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by martintaylor
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Turning weeds into guitars
Replies: 5
Views: 1350

Turning weeds into guitars

If only all councils would donate their noxious weed removal to guitar builders (well, only the big ones of course) we would have more guitars like this. I know it's the equivalent of denim on denim but I just love timber. Camphor Laurel body, Blackwood pickguard, rock maple one pice neck. I think I...
by martintaylor
Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New member new build
Replies: 26
Views: 7282

Re: New member new build

Looks really interesting build. Pete McCurly of Curly Timbers may be able to guide you with timber choices. Also, Cedarworks in Grafton often get large slabs of Australian Cedar that are quarter sawn. Another species that may be available is Mackay Cedar (I've used it on an acoustic bass) and Boutiq...
by martintaylor
Sat May 27, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Holy Teredo!
Replies: 1
Views: 1069

Holy Teredo!

Here's a new one! This guitar has a spruce soundboard that has been naturally sculpted by the teredo mollusc (shipworm). The Spruce log was floating around the islands of Alaska for many years, then retrieved by Brent from Alaska Specialty Woods. I decided to see if I could make a guitar from what w...
by martintaylor
Sat May 27, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Multiscale Gore OM - Finished!
Replies: 16
Views: 3965

Re: Multiscale Gore OM - Finished!

lamanoditrento wrote:
Sat May 27, 2017 7:40 am
you have really a great visual balance of the bridge which I often think look cockeyed on multiscales
+1 on that!

Lovely looking build. I bet she sounds as good.
by martintaylor
Sat May 27, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Pete McCurly Article
Replies: 6
Views: 2177

Re: Pete McCurly Article

Great article Pete. Your passion for the environment coupled with your enthusiasm for what it has to offer us as artisans is a perfect blend. We, your customers, are the beneficiaries. See you soon!
by martintaylor
Thu May 11, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Not a guitar...
Replies: 7
Views: 2352

Not a guitar...

OK, so I was challenged with building a violin. How hard can it be?? Turns out, a bit harder than imagined but I am happy with the outcome. Now, I know I may upset the traditionalists but I love timber and the thought of staining it was just not possible. Engelmann Spruce top, Euro Maple back and si...
by martintaylor
Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Some recent builds
Replies: 5
Views: 2663

Re: Some recent builds

Jim wrote:Beautiful Martin! What's the stunning wood on the front of the tele?
Thanks Jim. It's QLD Maple from a slab I picked up in a paddock in Northern NSW.
by martintaylor
Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Some recent builds
Replies: 5
Views: 2663

Re: Some recent builds

oops, pic got rotated? try this one
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by martintaylor
Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Some recent builds
Replies: 5
Views: 2663

Some recent builds

Been busy with the guitar making school. Almost 60 guitars built at the Central Coast school alone! I still love building my own though. Here's a group of recent builds. Archtop, Acoustic Bass, "Tele" and a Parlour. Oh, and a violin in its infancy. Hopefully will get into a cello this year. IMG_9685...
by martintaylor
Sat Jul 02, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Ancient Kauri Tenor
Replies: 6
Views: 1953

Re: Ancient Kauri Tenor

love it!
by martintaylor
Sat Jul 02, 2016 8:31 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: First Archtop
Replies: 7
Views: 2860

Re: First Archtop

Hi Greg, Is that Ebony bridge? Yes it is Ebony. This is really old African ebony that I was given by a retired Luthier. It is really nice to work. Is that Gidgee tailpiece? Yes the tailpiece is also Gidgee. This was sourced from Pete at Curly Timbers How did you handle the "wraparound" tailpiece ext...
by martintaylor
Sat Jul 02, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: First Archtop
Replies: 7
Views: 2860

First Archtop

So, this is my first archtop build. Soundboard: Englemann Spruce Back and sides: QLD Maple Neck: Australian Red Cedar Fretboard: Australian Gidgee Pickguard and headstock veneer: Gidgee Bindings: Curly Maple Pickup: Benedetto S6 I'm really pleased with the outcome, it is loud acoustically and sounds...
by martintaylor
Sat Jul 02, 2016 7:27 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Cocobolo classical
Replies: 6
Views: 1995

Re: Cocobolo classical

beautiful looking instrument!
by martintaylor
Tue Feb 09, 2016 12:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What's on your bench?
Replies: 56
Views: 19117

Re: What's on your bench?

seeaxe wrote:And a cold smoke generator for the son in law who is a butcher and wants to smoke his own bacon!
Now, you know that is an invitation for samples to be distributed for quality assessment :lol:
by martintaylor
Sun Feb 07, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What's on your bench?
Replies: 56
Views: 19117

What's on your bench?

Been busy, but good busy! These 3 are getting close. We've had 33 guitars come out of the school at Erina in about 18 months with the range from Tenor Ukes to Acoustic Basses and everything in between. Hard to find time for my own builds but this is why I got into this game in the first place. These...
by martintaylor
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:51 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Quilted Maple and Red Spruce Concert
Replies: 5
Views: 2192

Re: Quilted Maple and Red Spruce Concert

Wow, brilliant of course, but those position markers, hmm... might have to rethink some things now. wow they're nice
by martintaylor
Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Second BRW of the series of 3
Replies: 3
Views: 1674

Re: Second BRW of the series of 3

kiwigeo wrote:Nice work Martin. The side purfs....did you fit those separately to the bindings?
Yes, I did. They were very fragile. These were some of the strips I got with the BRW. They were hand made during WWII.
by martintaylor
Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:59 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Second BRW of the series of 3
Replies: 3
Views: 1674

Second BRW of the series of 3

This is the second BRW build of the timber that I was gifted. Back and sides: BRW Soundboard: Engelmann Spruce Bracing: 1864 Torres fan with floating lower transverse Body Shape: Torres Bridge: BRW Fretboard: African Ebony Neck: QLD Maple A little more "traditional" I suppose, but she does sound gre...
by martintaylor
Wed Nov 25, 2015 12:20 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: EIRW archtop
Replies: 19
Views: 6156

Re: EIRW archtop

Looks great Wayne! What was the hardest part (apart from the neck!)
by martintaylor
Fri Nov 06, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: BRW Classical
Replies: 21
Views: 7145

Re: BRW Classical

Wow, be a bit busy for the forum for a few days and come back to this! Thanks for all the comments, yes, even kpcart's comments. I am a believer that everyone is entitled to their opinion. As a few have already addressed some of kpcarts comments I don't feel the need to address all of them but as me...
by martintaylor
Sat Oct 10, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guitar makers festival
Replies: 46
Views: 12879

Re: Guitar makers festival

Flying down tonight to check it all out tomorrow. Can't wait!
by martintaylor
Sun Sep 20, 2015 10:24 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Curly Jarrah L-00
Replies: 8
Views: 3434

Re: Curly Jarrah L-00

Thanks Wayne and Mark, Mark - the Jarrah was ok to bend. Went up to 195C before it wanted to move but then was ok. I also find that bending almost dry is often better with wood this figured. The weight is fine too as I kept it on the thin side. It plays so smooth and the tone is nice and even across...
by martintaylor
Sat Sep 19, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Curly Jarrah L-00
Replies: 8
Views: 3434

Curly Jarrah L-00

This is another L-00 style guitar. Commission build, sad to see it go but at least I get to play it for a little while. I am loving these smaller sized guitars Back and Sides: Curly Jarrah Soundboard: Engelmann Spruce Bindings: Blackwood & BWB Neck: Australian Red Cedar Fretboard and bridge: Gidgee ...
by martintaylor
Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Finally back to building!
Replies: 6
Views: 2530

Re: Finally back to building!

And for those wishing to hear this little guitar, here's a couple of short samples on SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/martintaylor/sets/l-00-samples
by martintaylor
Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:23 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Gidgee Classical
Replies: 14
Views: 6125

Re: Gidgee Classical

Wow, Trevor, it looks amazing. Am I right in assuming the mass of the back and sides negates the need for any extra side mass? And, what was the gidgee like to bend?