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by blackalex1952
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some tutes
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Re: Some tutes

Repairing cracks in the butt area??? :lol:

Hope the ticker has settled, Steve. Hospitals aren't nice places, I'm stuck in one myself at present! Cheers! Ross
by blackalex1952
Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustical effect of back woods
Replies: 20
Views: 714

Re: Acoustical effect of back woods

I have been playing and assessing acoustic guitars for many years now. Has anyone noticed a "compressed" sound from blackwood B&S guitars? It seems to me to be a bit similar to using an audio compressor... Also as a Gypsy Jazzer, there seems to be a correlation between what is referred by players as...
by blackalex1952
Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First Double Bass Build Completed
Replies: 12
Views: 559

Re: First Double Bass Build Completed

Dropbox works and is free...you just upload your files then click on 'share' then up load a link for those interested to download. Here is a link to me playing a Jazz Manouche tune:https://www.dropbox.com/preview/Phoebe%20%26%20Dad/Mystic%20Minor.mp3?role=personal (I won't leave this link active for...
by blackalex1952
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First Double Bass Build Completed
Replies: 12
Views: 559

Re: First Double Bass Build Completed

Also.... Did you 'spring' the bass bar? Ross
by blackalex1952
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First Double Bass Build Completed
Replies: 12
Views: 559

Re: First Double Bass Build Completed

Excellent! Any chance of some soundbytes? What pickup system did you use and what kind of strings have you fitted? Cheers! Ross
by blackalex1952
Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Posting photos
Replies: 11
Views: 929

Re: Posting photos

Nice work Mark! The pic is the right way up on my iPhone. More pics of that build please! I like your f holes too!
Cheers Ross
by blackalex1952
Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What am I doing here?
Replies: 30
Views: 1815

Re: What am I doing here?

Although we have segueyed off the original topic here, in a way, the discussion is probably quite relevant to you Gassy. Jack Spira who is a very good luthier and great guy to boot makes a nice Irish Bouzouki. You could google his website and have a look at them. Anyone who tells me that they are in...
by blackalex1952
Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What am I doing here?
Replies: 30
Views: 1815

Re: What am I doing here?

My favorite Potuguese guitar is the Combirra. 20mm longer scale archtop with a curved fingerboard. Played with special finger picks using a "pinching" finger movement with the picking hand plectrums. Faster single notes played with picking finger upstrokes. The tuners have been adapted from the Engl...
by blackalex1952
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What am I doing here?
Replies: 30
Views: 1815

Re: What am I doing here?

I thought I'd chime in as I'm stuck in a hospital for a while! My opinion is that the techniques for playing a Bouzouki need to be accommodated ie the "feel" to the player along with the tuning and tonality. The shape is not as important. But definitely string tension, neck shape, action, responsive...
by blackalex1952
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Posting photos
Replies: 11
Views: 929

Re: Posting photos

blackalex1952 wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:29 am
iPhone and iPad users-go to app store and search for "photo size comprrssor". Some free apps there to download. Cheers Ross
Typo there, its "photo size compressor" that found some for me, but all the old iPhone 4's won't run anything past OS7 which excludes me from most new apps!!!!cheers Ross
by blackalex1952
Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Posting photos
Replies: 11
Views: 929

Re: Posting photos

iPhone and iPad users-go to app store and search for "photo size comprrssor". Some free apps there to download. Cheers Ross
by blackalex1952
Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Current archtop build
Replies: 24
Views: 2096

Re: Current archtop build

Thanks Rod. Love yr work! Yeah it's an electric world and I'm a good hand on a strat, an archtop or an acoustic Selmer, having learnt how to play using the traditional downpicking with a plectrum that evolved from India and was carried by the Gypsies to the West thousands of years ago....Hendrix, St...
by blackalex1952
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hello everyone I am Pete
Replies: 18
Views: 1037

Re: Hello everyone I am Pete

Hey Pete. My early career as a performer and guitarist in the 1970's saw me doing three month seasons in a huge theatre restaurant in Melbourne. The previous occupant of my personal dressing room on one of those three month engagements where I worked every night, was Mick Conway of Captain Matchbox ...
by blackalex1952
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cutting a Soprano Uke neck and body dovetail by hand.
Replies: 8
Views: 661

Re: Cutting a Soprano Uke neck and body dovetail by hand.

One more comment from me: I have found that with dovetail necks it works better and is more manageable to fit the neck prior to gluing the fingerboard on last. Just make sure that you have the right curvature in the first brace so as not to have to wedge or accurately taper the fingerboard where it ...
by blackalex1952
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GS Guitar Build Started
Replies: 9
Views: 839

Re: New GS Guitar Build Started

I totally relate to your wife's situation if her ailments are indeed that serious...I confront a similar thing personally and am on my own with it...too late for a caring commitment from a caring partner, in my case. My interest in luthierie is a good way to keep my mind off my worldly problems alon...
by blackalex1952
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What am I doing here?
Replies: 30
Views: 1815

Re: What am I doing here?

If you are ever in North East Victoria try pm'ing me and I will introduce you to a friend in the area who makes very good "banjo killers" as the Bluegrass scene call the old style Martin build. He is also a Scot and a fine piper!
Cheers! Ross
by blackalex1952
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cutting a Soprano Uke neck and body dovetail by hand.
Replies: 8
Views: 661

Re: Cutting a Soprano Uke neck and body dovetail by hand.

So I cut the female first? That's what most people, myself included, do. The issues with a dovetail are a tight fit of the dovetail, achievable may ways including by hand, along with both neck angles ie. alignment to the centreline of the instrument and the neck (skew) and bridge break angle for th...
by blackalex1952
Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cutting a Soprano Uke neck and body dovetail by hand.
Replies: 8
Views: 661

Re: Cutting a Soprano Uke neck and body dovetail by hand.

The hand cutting is all in the marking up and the accuracy with hand tools, coupled with understanding the main mating surfaces which need to be finessed accurately using chalk and a sharp chisel, in my case along with the usual method of a strip of sandpaper. But take faith in the kind of methods u...
by blackalex1952
Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Current archtop build
Replies: 24
Views: 2096

Re: Current archtop build

Beautiful work as usual Rod. However, my understanding having admittedly never got to the position and tooling of building an archtop myself but hope to begin soon, is that the bridge needs to be lightweight, and the soundboard and bracing needs to be such that a lightweight soundboard gives volume ...
by blackalex1952
Thu Feb 28, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hello everyone I am Pete
Replies: 18
Views: 1037

Re: Hello everyone I am Pete

My most indispensable hand tool is a pair of extra "chemist" shop reading/magnifying glasses perched on the end of my nose in front of my prescription glasses!!!!!! That and my sharpening stones, planes, knives and chisels. All of my silly learning curve mistakes have been made with vibrating teeth ...
by blackalex1952
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Twisted Ringed Gidgee
Replies: 2
Views: 440

Twisted Ringed Gidgee

I have just fished a ringed gidgee fingerboard out of my stash with great expectations, only to find that (yes, I should have stickered it!@!!) -it has developed a twist. I had assumed that it was pretty stable, but I guess the upside could possibly be that it has not twisted post neck assembly and ...
by blackalex1952
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Help needed to discover the maker
Replies: 5
Views: 988

Re: Help needed to discover the maker

HD camera on ebay $10 or so...works on a PC or Android. Works a treat inside the guitar, it even has it's own "headlight"!-Ross
by blackalex1952
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.
Replies: 17
Views: 1418

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

Try a Canadian supplier. The exchange rate is better and Canada is full of spruce! Cheers! Ross
by blackalex1952
Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Testing existing top and back
Replies: 9
Views: 987

Re: Testing existing top and back

My best approach may be to do a new top with known properties and use the back with the current thickness (2.4 mm.) This sounds like the most simple and direct response to the issue...keep it simple and BUILD!!! Jeff's point re testing the disassembled plates is valid. The soundboard does most of t...
by blackalex1952
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Testing existing top and back
Replies: 9
Views: 987

Re: Testing existing top and back

If you post some of your data, Jack,it may help with comments. I use Visual Analyser for my tests and have found that the mic level is important for clear results along with an external soundcard or box. It's also important to check that the external soundcard is selected each time as the version of...