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by seeaxe
Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: This level of confidence is scary
Replies: 12
Views: 473

Re: This level of confidence is scary

I would have my heart in my mouth a few times if I did what he did, but then he's probably been doing it that way for many years. Using the tools he does is probably much quicker than faffing around setting up machines to avoid a pucker factor or two. I would have said that's just normal white glue ...
by seeaxe
Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:40 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Sitka & blackwood OM 14fret falcate
Replies: 8
Views: 361

Re: Sitka & blackwood OM 14fret falcate

The only thing I don't like about that is it isn't left handed....
That's is a beautiful piece of work. Would love to hear it.
Much respect.
by seeaxe
Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rejigged Workshop
Replies: 9
Views: 832

Re: Rejigged Workshop

I do not see a beer fridge. Obviously still a work in progress....
by seeaxe
Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:03 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Resawing in/near Auckland
Replies: 2
Views: 801

Re: Resawing in/near Auckland

You would need a proper sawmill for that if you want your pieces 500 wide. I think the one at Matakana still has the mill there but last time i passed, it looked like they have shut up shop. Worth a try maybe. Otherwise try Cypress sawmill at Waitoki. If you want the laminates for guitars then its m...
by seeaxe
Sat Dec 26, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: how to remove cigarett smell from and old instrument
Replies: 7
Views: 1227

Re: how to remove cigarett smell from and old instrument

Never heard of anyone trying to do that but good luck. My only experience is cars - lot of Japanese imports here in NZ and often they have been smokers cars. The dealers spray them with really strong perfume (which itself is a big giveaway) but the smell always comes back, and no matter how feint, i...
by seeaxe
Fri Nov 27, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: 12 strings 70s ibanez concord 684 with bridge issue and need some TLC
Replies: 9
Views: 1370

Re: 12 strings 70s ibanez concord 684 with bridge issue and need some TLC

I usually string them up the next day. I assume that if its going to come off it will come off straight away.
by seeaxe
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: 12 strings 70s ibanez concord 684 with bridge issue and need some TLC
Replies: 9
Views: 1370

Re: 12 strings 70s ibanez concord 684 with bridge issue and need some TLC

Hi again Good close tolerance mating surfaces AND pressure on the glue joint are both required. If you have some scrap ply lying around you can make a suitable C clamp. You can use wedges or a bolt to apply pressure. Or you can use a bolt through each of those two pearloid markers on the bridge. Rep...
by seeaxe
Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: 12 strings 70s ibanez concord 684 with bridge issue and need some TLC
Replies: 9
Views: 1370

Re: 12 strings 70s ibanez concord 684 with bridge issue and need some TLC

I had almost an identical guitar, a long time ago. Mine was a Suzuki, but same Hummingbird copy. my starting point would be ...what are the actual problems with this guitar? 1. Do the frets buzz anywhere? 2. Are they badly worn? If answers are no and no, learner, leave them frets alone. In my opinio...
by seeaxe
Mon Nov 09, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: 1. falcate braced classical
Replies: 17
Views: 7682

Re: 1. falcate braced classical

Thanks for the reply Jurgen. Yes, pretty quiet here these days. I think the various COVID lockdowns may have meant a few more guitars got built - at least it did for me. I'm going to go back to the Second Moment of Inertia calc when I do the next top and see what I can see. I think that I will need ...
by seeaxe
Tue Nov 03, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Yairi Gakki repair - your advice please.
Replies: 10
Views: 2705

Re: Yairi Gakki repair - your advice please.

imho, fwiw, etc etc I have always been impressed by Yairi guitars. I think there was a couple of them, maybe father and son?? n They do sound great. Anyhoo, I would agree that the top has had its day (leaving it in a hot car will do that) and no rescue attempt of the existing top is likely to be suc...
by seeaxe
Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:57 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)
Replies: 5
Views: 1981

Re: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)

Hi John and thanks for your comments. The rosette block is one piece and I will cut slices off that and build up the rosette in the routed groove. I'll mitre the edges as I go and reverse each adjacent slice to get a nice pattern. I'll post pictures when I get there. It's a time consuming but relati...
by seeaxe
Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: 1. falcate braced classical
Replies: 17
Views: 7682

Re: 1. falcate braced classical

Hi Jurgen, Hope all is well with you. Your guitar looks very nice. I'm building my next falcate classical now and am looking forward to the bracing design again. May I ask, did you do a bridge rotation test for this guitar and if so, what did you measure? On my guitar, I ended up getting the right f...
by seeaxe
Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)
Replies: 5
Views: 1981

Re: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)

Some progress made this weekend after a few nights faffing with the rosette mosaic block. Thats now done. Nearly 200 pieces of wood glued together. Decided to repeat the laminated sides, was very happy with that last time, keeps the sides nice and flat and helps get the shape a better fit to the mou...
by seeaxe
Sun Oct 11, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)
Replies: 5
Views: 1981

Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)

I have finally started on the second of two classical guitars using a falcate bracing system. This one will be a repeat of the last one save for any refinements I can think of on the way. I was pretty happy with the first try and its the best looking guitar I have built so far. The bracing was a suc...
by seeaxe
Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Moving Equipment
Replies: 5
Views: 1598

Re: Moving Equipment

I hope you aren't paying your trucker by the kilometer :) Possibly an extra zero there.

I would think its fine but as the feed rollers are sprung it should be ok to just wind it down onto a scrap of wood.

Good luck with the move!!
by seeaxe
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: First post telecaster pair
Replies: 7
Views: 2160

Re: First post telecaster pair

Nice wood and nice work,
(but putting the headstock round the wrong way does my head in :shock: :shock:)
by seeaxe
Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Mainly Tassie Classical
Replies: 5
Views: 1490

Re: Mainly Tassie Classical

Very nice, like the KBP top. How does it sound????
by seeaxe
Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Medium Body Falcate
Replies: 9
Views: 2160

Re: Medium Body Falcate

Very beautiful work of art. I bet it sounds as good as it looks.
by seeaxe
Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Black Heart Sassafras and Spruce Classical
Replies: 8
Views: 2398

Re: Black Heart Sassafras and Spruce Classical

Main reason I did it was to make setting the action easier, which it does.
Also makes it easier to reach the frets above the 12th, according to the new owner, he likes it.
by seeaxe
Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:12 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Swamp kauri + epoxy resin bass
Replies: 5
Views: 1651

Re: Swamp kauri + epoxy resin bass

I'm a french polish (shellac) convert. Its easy, cheap, quick, convenient and cheap. Supposedly not so good for gigging guitars because of durability issues but very simple to re-finish if you have to.
by seeaxe
Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Motivation
Replies: 8
Views: 1703

Re: Motivation

Its interesting how everyone's view differs. My view...If you're a hobby builder (like me) then don't beat yourself up if you don't feel like building some or even a lot of the time. You're a free man. Go and do something else. They'll all be there waiting for you when you get the urge to build agai...
by seeaxe
Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Shed Building
Replies: 8
Views: 1797

Re: Shed Building

Love the greenhouse! Great idea.
Couldn't help noticing the retaining wall in the new one is leaning in...not enough support there!
Would love to see some pictures of that when you get going.
by seeaxe
Mon Aug 24, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Shed Building
Replies: 8
Views: 1797

Re: Shed Building

I looked up caliche and its more likely to be too hard than too soft, so no you don't need a slab under the container. If the caliche is deep and cemented just put the container on some levelling pads. After removing the topsoil if any. I hope the site is relatively level as it sounds like it can be...
by seeaxe
Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Saddle position
Replies: 31
Views: 5391

Re: Saddle position

Well if that was my first guitar....i would cut the saddle slot as close to where you have drawn it as i dare then do the best job i can with the wide saddle. It may not be perfect but i suspect it will still sound amazing. I would just let it go and try not to make the same mistake on No2. Time to ...
by seeaxe
Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Shed Building
Replies: 8
Views: 1797

Re: Shed Building

Hi Lillian and congrats on the house. A full pad under the container is a waste of money unless the soil at your site is very, very weak. The total weight of the 40 foot container plus what you put in it is unlikely to exceed 12 metric tonnes or 25,000lbs. The middle supports will carry twice as muc...