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by kiwigeo
Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go-bar rods
Replies: 6
Views: 45

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: 6
Views: 45

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: 4
Views: 68

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: 4
Views: 68

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: 6
Views: 400

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: 3906

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: 595

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: 4
Views: 363

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: 276

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: 990

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: 990

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: 641

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: 641

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: 641

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: 641

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: 641

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,...
by kiwigeo
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: White purfling strip
Replies: 12
Views: 276

Re: White purfling strip

I've used strips of maple wood veneer as well as fibre veneers..I usually get them from LMI: https://www.lmii.com/150-fiber-veneers

You could also get some W/B purfling and carefully scrape off the outside black layer leaving the white.
by kiwigeo
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bridge gluing
Replies: 19
Views: 990

Re: Bridge gluing

First photo showing the top and bridge. There's an extra hole through the soundboard aft of the bridge pin holes
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Joseph Jones wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:41 pm
Don’t quite follow you there Martin.

Joseph
by kiwigeo
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bridge gluing
Replies: 19
Views: 990

Re: Bridge gluing

What's the go with that extra hole aft of the six pin holes??
by kiwigeo
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Attention all Lurkers
Replies: 24
Views: 2305

Re: Attention all Lurkers

Thanks for the intro Lou and welcome to the forum. Looking forward to a few pics of your builds in the near future :) Hello everyone I signed up some time ago (Tim Spittle put me onto this forum), but haven't yet posted. I thought it was about time I introduce myself... I worked at Curtin University...
by kiwigeo
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber storage and humidity
Replies: 14
Views: 732

Re: Timber storage and humidity

Hi Joseph A little bit off topic but I notice that you make reference to the Albany climate so I assume that you live nearby. Were you aware that there is an active group of luthiers in Albany and they are members of this forum? Perhaps the Administrators could put you in touch with them. Peter You...
by kiwigeo
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Predicted Panel Thickness
Replies: 7
Views: 2182

Re: Predicted Panel Thickness

Excel can be a challenge. One year on and Im still trying to get a spreadsheet up and running to model nut and saddle compensation. I think Excel is like me when confronted with numbers to a large number of decimal places....it shits it'self :( Thank YOU! The threads really helped...still not sure w...
by kiwigeo
Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber storage and humidity
Replies: 14
Views: 732

Re: Timber storage and humidity

At least when they're sitting sandwiched between guitar tops you don't have to worry about cleaning the bldi things! :mrgreen: I have found the white plastic slats from venetian blinds excellent for stickers. About 50 x 3.3 mm. I cut them into 400,200 and 100 mm lengths. Mine came from blinds we jun...
by kiwigeo
Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber storage and humidity
Replies: 14
Views: 732

Re: Timber storage and humidity

...that works unless you have problem telling the difference between a pair of pants and a Sitka Spruce top in the dark :mrgreen:

56nortondomy wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:53 pm
LOl Joseph I didn't know. I keep my b/s and tops in the walk in robe.
Wayne
by kiwigeo
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Figured Maple
Replies: 8
Views: 391

Re: Figured Maple

Nice work Dave...are both guitars going to the same owner? Would be a shame to split them up.