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by Steve.Toscano
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood Spruce Classical
Replies: 3
Views: 162

Blackwood Spruce Classical

Recently completed a Blackwood and spruce classical to go down to Matt Withers' school in Canberra. Some pretty short time restraints on this one too, 2months from start to finish, to arrive in time for his end of year student concert last weekend. Soundboard: Spruce Back and Sides: Tasmanian Blackw...
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Home/workshop recording studio setup help
Replies: 13
Views: 964

Re: Home/workshop recording studio setup help

Hi Trent, Further to my post above I've been wanting something more portable and easy to setup for on the go recordings and have recently purchased a USB mic to connect directly to my phone (samsung S9). This one: https://www.jbhifi.com.au/rode/rode-ntusb-microphone/990199/ I've been recording this ...
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Starting out on J45
Replies: 29
Views: 2924

Re: Starting out on J45

Trevor Gore wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:16 pm
Steve.Toscano wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:57 am
All in a 2m x 3m space.
2m x 3m!!??

You was lucky. When I were a lad...
Yep, it was a garden shed. Later i upgraded to a single car garage space which wasnt all that much bigger.
When you were a lad ..... were you making in a water tank or something? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Starting out on J45
Replies: 29
Views: 2924

Re: Starting out on J45

I speak as one who is badly afflicted by this issue. My excuse is that I am in a small village with no other woodworkers that I know of. (and I am an antisocial bugger!) No excuses!! :lol: :toi :toi I made my first lot of independent builds with nothing more then: a 600 * 1200 bench with vice, 4x c...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Flamenco Negra
Replies: 5
Views: 397

Re: Flamenco Negra

I didnt weigh this one, and often don't bother these days.
But my negra's typically are around the 1.4kg mark, and i don't see this one differing from that.
As a comparison, my blanca's are typically around 1.1kg.
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acacia dread build thread
Replies: 101
Views: 4146

Re: Acacia dread build thread

demonx wrote:
Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:04 pm


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Apologies if already been mentioned, but whats the thickness of that top? Looks quite thick in this photo..
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Flamenco Negra
Replies: 5
Views: 397

Flamenco Negra

Think i'm overdue for a build thread.... Finished this Flamenco Negra last week for Spanish guitarist Paco Lara. 6 week build from start to completion, strings on for the first time last Sunday, picked up by the customer on Wednesday, on stage on tour on Thursday. :D Soundboard: Spruce Back and Side...
by Steve.Toscano
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Starting out on J45
Replies: 29
Views: 2924

Re: Starting out on J45

Worse case - drill a 3/8 round hole and hand chisel in corners to make it square.
Not ideal, and takes some extra time, but will get the job done. I did this for years before getting a morticer.
by Steve.Toscano
Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Selling my Luthiery wood and tools - retired
Replies: 17
Views: 967

Re: Selling my Luthiery wood and tools - retired

Interested Zendo.
Feel free to give me a call, number is here: https://toscanoguitars.com.au/contact/
by Steve.Toscano
Wed Nov 21, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ukulele neck joint
Replies: 2
Views: 213

Re: Ukulele neck joint

I do Spanish heel joints on all the very few ukes I make.
As a first build I recommend to keep it simple, and it doesn't get much simpler then a Spanish heel. However if wanting to test your skills a dovetail or even a bolt on / off is ok.
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Trev’s Falcate Bracing to Taylor’s New V brace
Replies: 3
Views: 456

Re: Trev’s Falcate Bracing to Taylor’s New V brace

While I give credit to taylor for doing something different, at least different to the other big name factories. I've had 2 people drop in to my workshop with new v-class guitars, a 600 and an 800 series. One of these guys placed an order with me for a commission falcate SS after playing a demo one ...
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Starting a start up
Replies: 15
Views: 1531

Re: Starting a start up

I found this very inspiring Steve. I want your life! :D I was articular struck by the statistic of 30% of people not being guitarists. I am also very pleased for you that it only took 18 months to get your order books full, that is amazingly good work. As others have suggested I will spend some tim...
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GST rules
Replies: 25
Views: 3237

Re: New GST rules

Ive recently been able to secure pretty good pricing from stewmac/LMI.
However am yet to get charged GST from either, buying monthly from both.
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: ??? Glues and high pressure laminate
Replies: 14
Views: 982

Re: ??? Glues and high pressure laminate

So you are wanting to glue a bridge plate ontop of the fabric? What's your reasons for not wantng to use epoxy? My first guess would be one of the thicker epoxy's that also gap fill eg techniglue. As opposed to west systems which when applying enough to take into account the fabric soaking it up wou...
by Steve.Toscano
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Home/workshop recording studio setup help
Replies: 13
Views: 964

Re: Home/workshop recording studio setup help

Hey Trent. I have- Mic: https://www.musoscorner.com.au/akg-p170-project-studio-instrument-condenser-microphone Interface: https://www.storedj.com.au/native-instruments-komplete-audio-6-plus-komplete-elements Connected to my laptop. This setup is used to record all my audio, eg: https://www.youtube.c...
by Steve.Toscano
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Starting a start up
Replies: 15
Views: 1531

Re: Starting a start up

Hi Alan, I went full time into the guitar making and teaching realm 18months ago (from a 16yr corporate IT career). I own the Sydney workshop of the Australian Guitar Making School, i find teaching to be fun, enjoyable, most rewarding, and certainly helps pay the bills and put food on the table. The...
by Steve.Toscano
Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Routing bindings/purflings
Replies: 24
Views: 1902

Re: Routing bindings/purflings

I used to cut mine by hand..... :toi True story. Now i use the Stew Mac jig with a makite laminate trimmer. Works ok, go full depth in one pass and honestly have never had a tear out issue. Make sure to keep the cutter sharp. I dont bother sharpening mine, instead replace it every ~15 guitars or so....
by Steve.Toscano
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Classical neck reinforcement. Yes or no?
Replies: 7
Views: 671

Re: Classical neck reinforcement. Yes or no?

MY question is: what do other classical makers do. 1. No neck reinforcement or 2. A hardwood insert or 3. Carbon fibre. OR 4. Truss rod? I put a truss rod in most my nylon string instruments nowadays with spanish heel body joins. The exception to this is flamenco blancas where im trying to keep wei...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GST rules
Replies: 25
Views: 3237

Re: New GST rules

I did a $200 order with LMI on July 5th, arrived last week, I wasnt charged GST.

Have done some ebay orders and noticed ebay is charging the GST at the checkout like Simso mentioned.
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First commission
Replies: 36
Views: 2774

Re: First commission

Sorry for continuing off topic Trent.... I also find it hard to justify a cost of greater than 3500 when I know what a person can buy in this price range. Dont take this the wrong way Steve (and i understnd your situation is very different to most builders as your focus is on repairs), but I think t...
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First commission
Replies: 36
Views: 2774

Re: First commission

simso wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:21 pm

For other note, typically I build a custom acoustic for 3500, the same time spent doing repairs will net in around 6000 so I only build acoustics on the rare occasion.

Steve
Why charge 3500 for a build then? Doesn't seem like a wise business decision.
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First commission
Replies: 36
Views: 2774

Re: First commission

Well done Trent, and i hope you get many more!! Some advice (or moreso - things i wish someone told me when doing my first lot of commissions). - Don't cut yourself short when quoting, you are offering a premium product so charge a suitable price. - Provide realistic time frames so to not end up rus...
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Back burner jobs
Replies: 11
Views: 1077

Re: Back burner jobs

Wowsers... Following to see the finished repair.
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Advanced Hard Shellac Finish from Gore/Gilet
Replies: 4
Views: 737

Re: Advanced Hard Shellac Finish from Gore/Gilet

This one below was my first full body hard shellac finish.
Trick i found was to let the finish harden for a good ~6 weeks before hitting it with the micro mesh. I final buffed with the micro mesh liquid polish.
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by Steve.Toscano
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Trevor Gore Modal Tuning Course - Sydney
Replies: 3
Views: 746

Re: Trevor Gore Modal Tuning Course - Sydney

Thanks Martin.
2 spots available for anyone interested.