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by Steve.Toscano
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Year
Replies: 9
Views: 763

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: 763

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: 8
Views: 549

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: 8
Views: 549

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: 967

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: 411

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: 1629

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: 3576

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: 3576

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: 627

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: 109
Views: 7301

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: 627

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: 3576

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: 1577

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: 443

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: 622

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: 2031

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: 3875

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: 1324

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: 16
Views: 1629

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: 2031

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: 2401

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: 809

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: 3875

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: 3427

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...