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by DarwinStrings
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Turning weeds into guitars
Replies: 5
Views: 1413

Re: Turning weeds into guitars

Nice theme. I have been working on a couple of electrics (telealike) lately with Australian made in mind so both are Aussie grown woods but one is Darwin garden weed variety of wood. The neck is a local Acacia Ariculaformis often described as a suburban weed cause it pops up everywhere. The body is ...
by DarwinStrings
Thu May 10, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: The slow, secret death of the six string electric..
Replies: 6
Views: 2289

Re: The slow, secret death of the six string electric..

With a custom build there is a guarantee if getting something worthwhile. Not so sure that is always the case nowadays with electrics. There seems to be a burgeoning amount of "builders" around now that advertise as "Custom Guitar makers" that buy pre-made parts from overseas, assemble them, paint ...
by DarwinStrings
Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Les Paul Style Electric Guitar
Replies: 13
Views: 1275

Re: Les Paul Style Electric Guitar

Nice Alan, adding a bit of metal work makes a nice change from woodwork.
by DarwinStrings
Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: FREE MONEY!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 2333

Re: FREE MONEY!!!

kiwigeo wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:40 pm
DarwinStrings wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:41 pm
Okay fair enough, but where is the free money?
That part of the announcement was a blatant lie designed to attract everybody's attention. Next time you're down in Adelaide hit me up for a beer :)
Cool! I'll just hop on the train.
by DarwinStrings
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: FREE MONEY!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 2333

Re: FREE MONEY!!!

Okay fair enough, but where is the free money?
by DarwinStrings
Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Materials pricing
Replies: 3
Views: 737

Re: Materials pricing

$50 per truss rod :D
by DarwinStrings
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Telealike.
Replies: 8
Views: 904

Re: Telealike.

Cheers fellas How did you do the tiny pin striping around the guard? That is a great looking guitar. It is purfling inlaid into the book matched cap. And how do you install that neck pickup? Great question Jeff because I know the answer. No back hatches and no pickguard to remove so all the electric...
by DarwinStrings
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Telealike.
Replies: 8
Views: 904

Re: Telealike.

Oh and a better detail of the faux pickguard.
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by DarwinStrings
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Telealike.
Replies: 8
Views: 904

Telealike.

I posted some photos of this in the build forum at some stage so here is the finished guitar. The fancy cap is sugar gum from Pete (Curly) body is Aussie cedar with tassie oak rear cap and the neck is Aussie silver ash. I had had the idea for the faux pickguard in my head for years and finally got i...
by DarwinStrings
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Is it worth the trouble?
Replies: 17
Views: 2356

Re: Is it worth the trouble?

I have repaired guitars that I didn't think were worth bothering with but someone else did.
by DarwinStrings
Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tobacco sunburst
Replies: 11
Views: 2599

Re: Tobacco sunburst

Greenburst, all the colour is Feast Watson Prooftint in dark shellac. Satin pre cat lacquer over the shellac. Unfortunately They don't make the full colour range they used to make and that was almost the end of my blue tint.
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by DarwinStrings
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: No more building
Replies: 7
Views: 2172

Re: No more building

Keep your eye on them Martin, if they run out of noggins make sure they can't see your neck blanks. I guess all that wood should insulate your bedroom well for winter.
by DarwinStrings
Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: I'm retiring
Replies: 45
Views: 11077

Re: I'm retiring

Good on ya Bob, bottoms up and thanks for the forum.
by DarwinStrings
Thu May 11, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New member new build
Replies: 26
Views: 7392

Re: New member new build

Hi Michael, quarter sawn Aussie red cedar can be a bit hard to find but not impossible. It is mostly back sawn as cabinet makers like that cathedral look and it is quite stable so works well cut that way. There is some small millers in northern NSW that sometimes just slab it up and so the middle cu...
by DarwinStrings
Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosettes using flat sawn wood
Replies: 8
Views: 1995

Re: Rosettes using flat sawn wood

I still have one from twenty years ago, no problem.
by DarwinStrings
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Getting sued and going to court
Replies: 25
Views: 4703

Re: Getting sued and going to court

It's been said before but I will say it again
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by DarwinStrings
Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: African Mahogany
Replies: 25
Views: 7685

Re: African Mahogany

This has me intrigued as I phoned the Douglas Daly plantation (about a year ago) and they reckon they are about ten years off harvest. Apparently they got all there stock from the trials that were done here at Fog Dam and I have been to the trial plot (Primary Industries funded) and ten years sounds...
by DarwinStrings
Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Miratone or Wattyl Stylewood
Replies: 17
Views: 6525

Re: Miratone or Wattyl Stylewood

Supply is a bit of a problem for me with Mirotone, I now buy a stocked item up here. Still a pre-cat lacquer and I buy the satin but if I need gloss I just decant the satin to a gloss. The brand is Pylon and I've never looked at the technical data but it works fine.
by DarwinStrings
Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hollow body with a difference
Replies: 39
Views: 13076

Re: Hollow body with a difference

Gorgeous blend of wood, white and metal.
by DarwinStrings
Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood and CITES
Replies: 71
Views: 26320

Re: Rosewood and CITES

I don't want to knock plantations seems like the smart thing to do really. Recently I read that when the Tiwi Islands newest plantation (Acacia mangium) was started the stock that was already on the plantation site was cleared and sold as "plantation wood" it would have been mainly some "blood wood"...
by DarwinStrings
Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Carbon fibre for fan braced flamenco
Replies: 3
Views: 1170

Re: Carbon fibre for fan braced flamenco

If you wan to come up at the same stiffness you did with the non CF one and just avoid creep you could make a few braces with and without then compare them. Maybe read through the section on composite bracing in the design book again that should help.
by DarwinStrings
Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Southern Cross banjo Uke Latest Build
Replies: 9
Views: 4423

Re: Southern Cross banjo Uke Latest Build

Nice job on that headstock shape Dennis.
by DarwinStrings
Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: "Rose Cliche"
Replies: 12
Views: 5467

Re: "Rose Cliche"

Cheers Jeff, agree on the voice.
by DarwinStrings
Sun Dec 04, 2016 12:22 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: "Rose Cliche"
Replies: 12
Views: 5467

Re: "Rose Cliche"

Cheers mate. I get the feeling that even a Cat 5 cyclone would slow his determination Alan.
by DarwinStrings
Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: "Rose Cliche"
Replies: 12
Views: 5467

Re: "Rose Cliche"

This just came up on Facebook, nice to have a guitar in the hands of such a determined young man. He has worked out that while he is still in high school he can use his passion for music to make more money than his mates do as McDonald workers. His ambition is music, music, music. http://www.youtube...