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by Steve.Toscano
Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Fresh off the bench Blackwood/spruce classical (PIC HEAVY)
Replies: 6
Views: 221

Re: Fresh off the bench Blackwood/spruce classical (PIC HEAVY)

I do 3 transverse back braces and 4 star braces as per Trevor Gore. All my classicals are done this way. For flamencos i leave the star braces out and space the trans braces equally. I did do one non live back classical with 4 trans braces which turned out great. It was indian rosewood and was done ...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Fresh off the bench Blackwood/spruce classical (PIC HEAVY)
Replies: 6
Views: 221

Re: Fresh off the bench Blackwood/spruce classical (PIC HEAVY)

Nice crisp work Steve. The blackwood is indeed lovely. I particularly like your heel shape. That is the style that I used to aim for but unfortunately since I now always do cutaways I'm stuck with a rather formless round shape. But I love the access to the upper frets. What bracing are you using? A...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Fresh off the bench Blackwood/spruce classical (PIC HEAVY)
Replies: 6
Views: 221

Fresh off the bench Blackwood/spruce classical (PIC HEAVY)

Recently completed Zenith model Classical for 'stock'. Soundboard: Spruce B&S: Tasmanian Blackwood Neck: Australian Cedar FB: Ebony Bridge: Brazilian Rosewood Rosette: Tassie blackwood Tuners: Schaller Grandtune Finish: Thin Semi gloss nitro Has my typical sound - huge and very responsive. ....... i...
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Wood for Falcate Braces in UK
Replies: 12
Views: 502

Re: Wood for Falcate Braces in UK

I use engelmann (and at times also use King Billy Pine). 3x 1.9mm laminates. I've had pretty good success with finding engelmann that bends well, the trick is to dunk it in water that is straight off the boil - very hot, then straight onto the iron. Below is my 'bondage' :lol: clamp for the primarie...
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side bend question...
Replies: 18
Views: 803

Re: Side bend question...

I try to do most of my sides at 2.2 / 2.3 - depending on the timber, down to 2 for difficult stuff.
2mm should be fine for mahogany and with a first timers hands.
If doing a cutaway you might want to go down to 1.8mm in the cutaway area.
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: shipping overseas
Replies: 5
Views: 356

Re: shipping overseas

As per Allan, i use Pack and Send. Make sure you use a good quality flight case with the guitar packed tightly within. I use hiscox cases.
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Luthier Sessions #1 - sharpening for Luthiers, by Trevor Gore
Replies: 0
Views: 394

Luthier Sessions #1 - sharpening for Luthiers, by Trevor Gore

Introducing something that's kicking off in my workshop (Sydney).... : LUTHIER SESSIONS. To be run every month (or 2, depending how organised all involved are :) ), Luthier Sessions will be a regular 4 hour hands on and class room discussion/demonstration/training on all things guitar making. The fi...
by Steve.Toscano
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Which is the best Guitar?
Replies: 3
Views: 697

Re: Which is the best Guitar?

That main top peak on the green (153hz) is very low. I notice that there is also a peak on the purple at same spot, could this be something in the environment ??? Because of the very low freq of the green I'm going to say the blue is the better guitar. Unless the main top frequency of the green is t...
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.
Replies: 17
Views: 1444

Re: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.

Why complicate things on your first build by using flatsawn and/or difficult to bend timbers.
Just buy a set ready to go from stewmac or lmi, or even better one of the local tonewood suppliers.
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.
Replies: 17
Views: 1444

Re: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.

Nothing wrong with those measurements.
The dimensions for the upper & lower bouts, and the depth are rather close to my OM size which i get great results with.
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Golpeador material/options
Replies: 3
Views: 638

Re: Golpeador material/options

I was using an unknown thick clear material that i was given by a player from Spain many moons ago, but ran out recently. So started useing this stuff: https://luthiersupplies.com.au/acoustic-guitar-pickguard-blank-with-adhesive-clear-mylar Have this on a few recent builds which are in the hands of ...
by Steve.Toscano
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Year
Replies: 9
Views: 2542

Re: New Year

kiwigeo wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:00 pm
You keep a record of the number of frets you hammer in??? You need to get that OCD treated :mrgreen:
Nope, but I do keep a record of every instrument including the number of frets it has :)
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Year
Replies: 9
Views: 2542

Re: New Year

Happy new year everyone. As someone said last night - "Do what you did in 2018, but do it better in 2019" Hope you all have a great time making more beautiful instruments throughout 2019. Also, huge thank you to the admins who kindly donate their time and expertise to keep the forum running - your w...
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: AAAH! The internet....luthierie on a budget
Replies: 14
Views: 2068

Re: AAAH! The internet....luthierie on a budget

nkforster wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:04 pm
It only costs Stewmac if you click on the ad. Otherwise, it costs nothing.
Depends if they are doing "pay per click" or "pay per impression".
Crafty Fox wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:31 pm
I use AdBlock, it seems to work ok.
I second AdBlock.
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: AAAH! The internet....luthierie on a budget
Replies: 14
Views: 2068

Re: AAAH! The internet....luthierie on a budget

Keep in mind this (ads) was Google's only source of income for many years, and nowadays is about 99% of its income. So without ads google wouldn't exist, without google the internet would be very different to what it is today (in my opinion for the worse). By the way - google nor stewmac dont care t...
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber identification
Replies: 14
Views: 2025

Re: Timber identification

everything about it looks like typical QLD Maple to me.
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood Spruce Classical
Replies: 3
Views: 964

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: 16
Views: 2761

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: 5192

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: 5192

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: 1224

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: 130
Views: 16606

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: 1224

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: 5192

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: 2705

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/