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by kiwigeo
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Bolt on bolt off neck - order of operations
Replies: 26
Views: 2339

Re: Bolt on bolt off neck - order of operations

If the fret board is tapered it won't be an issue as on a router table you're registering the end of the fretboard against the fence. That said it's best to have a bit of meat either side of the final fretboard edge to allow for break out from the nut ledge routing operation. It can still be done th...
by kiwigeo
Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Bolt on bolt off neck - order of operations
Replies: 26
Views: 2339

Re: Bolt on bolt off neck - order of operations

Is this worth attempting for a beginner? My last and only guitar has a standard setup. The D chord is noticeably out of tune to me. Whether that is my construction or the type of setup, I'm not sure. Will a compensated nut fix this intonation issue? I had intended to produce the ledge for the nut u...
by kiwigeo
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ukelele build
Replies: 9
Views: 106

Re: Ukelele build

Thanks Bruce. I had a vague memory that falcate braced ukes had been discussed a while ago,
by kiwigeo
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ukelele build
Replies: 9
Views: 106

Re: Ukelele build

but with a soundboard the size it is on a uke what are the advantages of falcate bracing I was sort of joking and fishing for comments, Martin, not being a Falcater like you...but one of my ambitions of course is to try the design on a guitar at least. I'm too stuck on the Selmac experimenting...st...
by kiwigeo
Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ukelele build
Replies: 9
Views: 106

Re: Ukelele build

blackalex1952 wrote:
Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:46 pm
perhaps falcate bracing?!!!-
Trevor and Allen might have something to say on this one but with a soundboard the size it is on a uke what are the advantages of falcate bracing?
by kiwigeo
Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ukelele build
Replies: 9
Views: 106

Re: Ukelele build

Many people think if ukes as "small guitars" but my experience is this is not the case. The question is at what point does a small guitar start acting like a uke?

Allen?
by kiwigeo
Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Warning to be conscious!!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 76

Re: Warning to be conscious!!!!

Hot licks? :mrgreen:
by kiwigeo
Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Neck angle
Replies: 11
Views: 526

Re: Neck angle

Jim's book is an interesting work. Some would argue that it's a bit dated but it's what got me started...the book is basically what Paddy Burgin and Dave Freeman base their building course on in NZ. Ok Martin that's the advice I'm looking for. I have enough information to build a Torres inspired sma...
by kiwigeo
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Neck angle
Replies: 11
Views: 526

Re: Neck angle

Jim William's uses a workboard and basically builds a steel string the same way you'd do a classical using the Spanish method....
ozziebluesman wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:39 pm
Thanks Martin.
by kiwigeo
Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go-bar rods
Replies: 10
Views: 235

Re: Go-bar rods

Great idea with the plastic lattice Paul....consider that idea stolen :mrgreen:
by kiwigeo
Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go-bar rods
Replies: 10
Views: 235

Re: Go-bar rods

I'm a cheap arse...I just buy a bunch of hoop pine dowel from my local Mitre 10 and chop 'em up. A few of them break but you learn to move fast as you dodge the pieces of dowel flying past your ear.
nkforster wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:06 am
Where do you feller s get your fibre glass go-bar rods from?
by kiwigeo
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Compensated nut WIP
Replies: 8
Views: 210

Re: Compensated nut WIP

You can buy the books via Trevor's website and if you ask nicely Trevor will even sign them for you :) https://goreguitars.com.au/main/page_the_book_buy_the_book.html Trevor is also on this forum (see Trevor's subforum) so any questions on nut compensation can be directed to him and Im sure he'll re...
by kiwigeo
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Compensated nut WIP
Replies: 8
Views: 210

Re: Compensated nut WIP

Welcome to the forum, A lot of factors will influence how much compensation is required at the nut. String action, neck relief, string properties, compensation at the saddle...and the list goes on. Trevor Gore covers the subject in great detail in his two book set co-authored with Gerard Gilet. Trev...
by kiwigeo
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Neck angle
Replies: 11
Views: 526

Re: Neck angle

Hi Alan, My first build was an OM steel string built with a Spanish heel and truss rod. The build was basically as per Jim William's book "A Guitar Maker's Manual". https://www.amazon.com.au/Guitar-Makers-Manual-Jim-Williams/dp/0958907501 Hi Martin, Do you build with a Spanish Heel and also install ...
by kiwigeo
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acacia dread build thread
Replies: 101
Views: 4146

Re: Acacia dread build thread

Looking good.... :)
by kiwigeo
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Modal Tuning Course in Melbourne, Jan 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 649

Re: Modal Tuning Course in Melbourne, Jan 2019

I'm currently in the middle of a new house build so my workshop is packed up. Once the new house is finished (early 2020?) I intend getting together with Trevor and organizing a modal tuning course here in Adelaide for our Southern members. Ideally I'd like to time the course to coincide with the Ad...
by kiwigeo
Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 20 Years on
Replies: 5
Views: 450

Re: 20 Years on

Thanks for dropping by Jason. Some nice looking guitar porn there.
by kiwigeo
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: White purfling strip
Replies: 12
Views: 329

Re: White purfling strip

Veneer wont cause you any issues. AQIS usually only get interested if your wood has bark and/or bugs on it. I buy white and black fibre veneer sheets from RC tonewood it's pricey with post but lasts for years. Wayne Thanks for that tip. To date I've only used domestically sourced timbers. What, if a...
by kiwigeo
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bridge gluing
Replies: 19
Views: 1070

Re: Bridge gluing

Not quite sure what you mean by counter drilling the pin heads. Are there any string slots cut in the bridge holes? If not you could try cutting string slots and using a set of non slotted pins. I use non slotted pins and hole slots on all of my builds. This was actually a repair job: the owner of t...
by kiwigeo
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bridge gluing
Replies: 19
Views: 1070

Re: Bridge gluing

Don't do anything until you've strung up the guitar and fitted the string ends and pins. Are you using slotted or unslotted pins? If using unslotted pins have you cut bridge pin hole slots yet? If you cut the string slots on the shallow side you might still get a tight fit once the string and pin ar...
by kiwigeo
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 719

Re: Disaster?

For me it's the best way to ensure that saddle to nut measurement is as accurate as possible. Installing a bridge with slot already cut introduces possible inaccuracies if the bridge moves just a fraction during glue up. To be sure I never did see the point of cutting a slot after fitting to the top...
by kiwigeo
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 719

Re: Disaster?

Most of my small cutters I think came from Stewmac or LMI. I think a few I got from Carbitool here in Australia - their service is pretty good. 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 b...
by kiwigeo
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 719

Re: Disaster?

Cutting a saddle slot is probably a perfect job for Dremel...it's about the only job I use my Dremel for. The Stewmac jig is overpriced of course but it does allow you to set the slot angle and then "creep up" with the cutter position. Half my trouble is caused by my home made jig which is a bit tri...
by kiwigeo
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 719

Re: Disaster?

A plane landing is a "controlled stall"..........making a guitar is a "controlled disaster" :mrgreen:
by kiwigeo
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 719

Re: Disaster?

I always use a cutter of smaller diameter than the final slot width. I use the Stewmac slot cutting jig and adjust the width by fractions until I reach the correct width for the saddle. Plenty of 3 degree reamers on Ebay but quality probably varies. I got mine from a European supplier. Thanks, guys,...