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by blackalex1952
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Home/workshop recording studio setup help
Replies: 13
Views: 944

Re: Home/workshop recording studio setup help

I have an older version of Pro tools, some 'waves' software and record in my upstairs loft studio room. I record in an acoustic controlled environment in stereo, dry no eq or effects. Less is more. On some recordings I use X - Y microphone format with a matched pair of condenser microphones and mor...
by blackalex1952
Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Home/workshop recording studio setup help
Replies: 13
Views: 944

Re: Home/workshop recording studio setup help

Steve, the problem will be with the app on the phone or the phone itself. Rhode mics are pretty good although I have never used their USB mic. They have a great reputation to uphold these days. Test the microphone by downloading Audacity then use the mic on your computer. It will also work with Visu...
by blackalex1952
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 679

Re: Disaster?

I have used both methods to route the slot, both on and off the guitar. The saddle blanks I have average around 2.8mm wide. So not quite 4mm! Easier to establish the correct intonation by routing the slot on the instrument. I wish I had 4mm to play with but at the moment I don't. Do you make your ow...
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: White purfling strip
Replies: 12
Views: 309

Re: White purfling strip

Veneer can be stabilised with a size coat of thin HHG, then it can be worked and sanded if there are problems with the material. Cheers! Ross
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 679

Re: Disaster?

I'm a little concerned re the power of the Dremel for the right size bits, which are also hard to find. At least where I live. I do have one Dremel router bit, but it's very easy with a bit that size to overheat. I mainly use the Dremel for inlay work. But DEFINITELY open to a source of the bits tha...
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 679

Re: Disaster?

Martin: A plane landing is a "controlled stall"..........making a guitar is a "controlled disaster" :mrgreen Yes. There is also a saying in aviation:"The outcome of any manoevre shall never be in doubt"!!!! Aslo: I use the Stewmac slot cutting jig and adjust the width by fractions until I reach the ...
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 679

Re: Disaster?

Thanks, guys, for the replies. Yes, I don't expect any problems now the repair has been successfully executed. It would be nice to be able to source router bits ie end mills which match the thickness of the bone bridge blanks. Also, does anyone know of a source of 3 degree taper bridge pin reamers o...
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: White purfling strip
Replies: 12
Views: 309

Re: White purfling strip

I go to a veneer supplier and donate to the "Christmas party" a small sum of cash and the storeman shows me lots of nice veneers that I can choose from. One simply needs to ask the right person in the right business. Cheers! Ross
by blackalex1952
Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 679

Disaster?

I was routing a slot for a saddle. I wasn't quite "in the zone" for this move...I had ignored the faded scribbling on my saddle router jig which said originally "USE PLUNGE ROUTER ONLY!!!" It had faded since the last build, and due to a bout in hospital, I had suffered an extended break from the wor...
by blackalex1952
Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: uke rope binding
Replies: 4
Views: 492

Re: uke rope binding

Graham, I would like a read of your draft as well if possible. In the meantime, DoMo have rope binding here: http://japarts.ca/DoMo/DoMo-Purfling-Wood.asp Scroll down to the 760B and see if the dimensions suit the purpose. Bear in mind that this is a Canadian website, prices in Canadian $$s are very...
by blackalex1952
Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gotoh SXG 510
Replies: 0
Views: 322

Gotoh SXG 510

Has anyone used the Gotoh SXG 510 open back series of tuners? They seem to be a direct competitor for the Waverleys but have what looks like a more solid build and are cheaper.
https://g-gotoh.com/international/product/sxn510.html
Cheers! Ross
by blackalex1952
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Case for a Gibson L-OO
Replies: 3
Views: 253

Case for a Gibson L-OO

Can someone recommend a case for a Gibson L-OO please? I have checked out the Hiscox, but as I have to order one, not being in a city, it has been getting a bit tricky to work out if the instrument will fit any of their cases. The guitar I wish to fit is 1000mm long, body length 500mm,upper bout 270...
by blackalex1952
Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Interesting intonation problems with two small high-performance guitars I just completed
Replies: 18
Views: 688

Re: Interesting intonation problems with two small high-performance guitars I just completed

Just thinking on my feet here- some instruments end up with quite a powerful 'marimba' mode caused by the neck and body resonating at a strong frequency below the T1,1. This can cause a dip in the response of T1,1 and T1,2 -I have recently read about this. I hold the instrument where the headstock j...
by blackalex1952
Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Interesting intonation problems with two small high-performance guitars I just completed
Replies: 18
Views: 688

Re: Interesting intonation problems with two small high-performance guitars I just completed

How high are your frets and what method did you use for marking out and slotting them. How consistent is your fretting technique? Are you getting consistent errors or are the results being affected by how hard you press and whether or not you are accurately fretting just behind the fret with the lig...
by blackalex1952
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Maple or Sycamore for purfling
Replies: 9
Views: 589

Re: Maple or Sycamore for purfling

Martin wrote or you can do what more than one major brand is doing at present and not bother with bindings. I had a Martin guitar for a while, which ended up with a friend who has digits missing, so needs a light action and small neck profile. Not my thing, really, those kind of lightweight guitars....
by blackalex1952
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: More on dust extraction
Replies: 16
Views: 1207

Re: More on dust extraction

I don't worry about the static myself, I might be a reasonable musician....but I'm a poor conductor!-Ross
by blackalex1952
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Removing old shellac?
Replies: 8
Views: 504

Re: Removing old shellac?

A couple more...pyramid bridge. The soundboard is lightly braced, but with the taller thinner Gibson L-OO brace profile. 25 ft soundboard arching 15 ft back arch- I closed the X a little then forward shifted that, as well as adding extra finger braces, slightly re arranging the tone bars to stabilis...
by blackalex1952
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Removing old shellac?
Replies: 8
Views: 504

Re: Removing old shellac?

I thought I might get that question re pics...so many amazing builders on this site and some fantastic builds, makes me feel a little shy, but here goes in the interests of the aforementioned Walnut binding colour scheme...this guitar will be strung up and the bracing fine tuned soon, so looking for...
by blackalex1952
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Removing old shellac?
Replies: 8
Views: 504

Re: Removing old shellac?

Thanks for the replies, gentlemen. Yes, that's exactly what I did...alcohol wash, elbow grease, scraper and patience. Was hoping for a trade secret here. Damn! Work! :twisted: :cry: The soundboard is Italian Alpine Spruce, nice white colour. What was I thinking ? Putting shellac on it in the first p...
by blackalex1952
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ukelele target resonances
Replies: 1
Views: 214

Ukelele target resonances

Would someone be so kind as to post some "ideal" target resonances for the Uke family? Cheers! Ross
by blackalex1952
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Removing old shellac?
Replies: 8
Views: 504

Removing old shellac?

In a recent post one of the members said that they had applied some tinted shellac to a soundboard, then decided that it looked bad and removed the shellac. I have been working on a guitar and have done exactly the same thing, deciding to remove the shellac. However, I have found that it clogs sandp...
by blackalex1952
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 8 String bocote falcate braced nylon string crossover guitar
Replies: 17
Views: 1923

Re: 8 String bocote falcate braced nylon string crossover guitar

Beautiful and highly skilled work! Cheers! Ross
by blackalex1952
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Maple or Sycamore for purfling
Replies: 9
Views: 589

Re: Maple or Sycamore for purfling

An interesting subject. I have used plane tree timber for bindings with walnut successfully. It has a similar figure to Aus Silky Oak, (in the US Silky Oak known as 'Lacewood"). But I have found that it doesn't scrape well, when compared to Plane , Blackwood or Maple, which I have also used. Persona...
by blackalex1952
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Louro Faia for binding .. a complete failure
Replies: 25
Views: 1732

Re: Louro Faia for binding .. a complete failure

Trevor wrote:
Well, that shot was posed for the book. I was operating the camera at the same time as posing for the shot.
There are two hands in the shot. How many hands do you actually have, Trevor? No wonder you make good guitars! :mrgreen: -Ross
by blackalex1952
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Louro Faia for binding .. a complete failure
Replies: 25
Views: 1732

Re: Louro Faia for binding .. a complete failure

I admit that I don't wear the gloves much, and don't pull any punches or throw any fights! :mrgreen: The gloves however, do sit near the bending iron and are deployed when I need them to get close to the heat. Mainly on sides actually. They are also good for the bindings, depending on the wood. I al...