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by Jim
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fret bending?
Replies: 12
Views: 418

Re: Fret bending?

That Frank Ford clip is great.....
by Jim
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fret bending?
Replies: 12
Views: 418

Re: Fret bending?

Thanks for the advice gents. Since I got Steve's reply I've been looking at you tube for ideas but I'll check Trevor's out now too.
by Jim
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fret bending?
Replies: 12
Views: 418

Fret bending?

Hello all, About to fret my first radiused board and pondering how to go about bending fret wire. I've got the straight stuff from stewmac. I've seen the fancy fret radiusing jigs and people bending by hand on you tube. Just thought I'd mine the collective wisdom of the forum before setting about it...
by Jim
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 12 String design thoughts
Replies: 6
Views: 257

Re: 12 String design thoughts

I love the multiscale idea- would be so effective making sure string tension is good. Thanks so much for the thoughts and the links Mark.
Martin are you a fan of the multiscale design having made and played one? Does look like a challenge to execute.
by Jim
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 12 String design thoughts
Replies: 6
Views: 257

12 String design thoughts

Hi All, Was just listening to a Fretboard Journal podcast with Todd Albright. He was talking about 12 string guitars- specifically 12 strings with heavy gauge strings tuned way down. Got me thinking.... love to play one set up like this- would add a really nice dynamic to a two acoustic guitar sound...
by Jim
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Maple side crack, any suggestion ?
Replies: 14
Views: 626

Re: Maple side crack, any suggestion ?

+1 on the well played!
by Jim
Fri May 04, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: alternative fingerboard woods
Replies: 7
Views: 591

Re: alternative fingerboard woods

I'm only a newbie to the game so my opinion doesn't carry much weight I'm afraid, but I've used sheoak which I really like for fretboards, bridges and bindings. It's dense and pretty stable, can be prone to chipping and looks amazing when finished. Bends really well too. Takes a high sheen when sand...
by Jim
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Pear Shaped Tenor Ukes
Replies: 8
Views: 735

Re: Pear Shaped Tenor Ukes

Maybe try an x braced one next?
by Jim
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Pear Shaped Tenor Ukes
Replies: 8
Views: 735

Re: Pear Shaped Tenor Ukes

I love the way you can make some direct comparisons. Which one ended up being the favourite?
by Jim
Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: B/w small body guitar.
Replies: 13
Views: 1342

Re: B/w small body guitar.

Beautiful! Big fan of the fretboard design especially.
by Jim
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Western Red Cedar & Indian Rosewood dread
Replies: 8
Views: 997

Re: Western Red Cedar & Indian Rosewood dread

Looks amazing! That black limba neck looks especially stunning. How do you like the 20 radius on the neck?
Cheers

Jim
by Jim
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: CNC fretboard radius file?
Replies: 1
Views: 344

CNC fretboard radius file?

Hi Everybody, Having a crack at building my first pair of guitars at the moment, 000 size and I'm looking at doing the fretboard radius. The school I work at (I'm a teacher) has a cnc machine. They use v carve as software for it. Unfortunately I don't have the software on my computer for it, but the...
by Jim
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Is this spruce?
Replies: 4
Views: 637

Re: Is this spruce?

Thanks very much gents. I thought it might have been, just wanted some input of some more expert eyes.
The piano tuner said it just won't tune up to pitch any more and won't hold pitch.
by Jim
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Is this spruce?
Replies: 4
Views: 637

Is this spruce?

Hi Everyone, So the piano at home reached the cannot be tuned stage and has gone into retirement. Rather than just throw it out I decided to try and salvage some wood from it. Got some nice ebony and ivory from the keys and was hoping to get some spruce brace material from the soundboard ribs. I've ...
by Jim
Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hollow body with a difference
Replies: 39
Views: 13084

Re: Hollow body with a difference

What a stunner! Congratulations on the guitar and the sale. How did you find the silky oak as a neck wood?
by Jim
Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Myrtle OM
Replies: 12
Views: 3352

Re: Myrtle OM

Beautiful Frank,

How does it play and sound?

Cheers

Jim
by Jim
Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Mango Tenor
Replies: 4
Views: 1769

Re: Mango Tenor

Thanks Jonny,
No, I kept it to my usual thickness but changed the bracing as it wasn't as stiff as the bunya I usually use. Apparently it does make a really nice guitar too. I'm really happy with the sound- I'd definitely use it again for uke.

Cheers

Jim
by Jim
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: I'm retiring
Replies: 45
Views: 11089

Re: I'm retiring

All the best Bob- What a fantastic resource and forum you've helped create.
Cheers
Jim
by Jim
Wed May 31, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Mango Tenor
Replies: 4
Views: 1769

Mango Tenor

Just finished this tenor ukulele.
Mango body
5 piece Silky, Vic ash and mystery wood I had lying around neck
Casurina fretboard
Casurina and Macassar ebony bridge

Pretty happy with the sound, it's only been strung up a day though so we'll see how it settles in.
by Jim
Mon May 29, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Multiscale Gore OM - Finished!
Replies: 16
Views: 4051

Re: Multiscale Gore OM - Finished!

Congratulations- looks amazing!!!
by Jim
Fri May 12, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 8 String tenor uke bracing advice
Replies: 11
Views: 3028

Re: 8 String tenor uke bracing advice

Great Allen thanks!
by Jim
Thu May 11, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 8 String tenor uke bracing advice
Replies: 11
Views: 3028

Re: 8 String tenor uke bracing advice

Well a progress report- it's almost done. I went with a 2mm top and braces are 6mm wide by 8mm high, three fan braces. I've just got the bridge, saddle and nut to go, plus lots of sanding then finishing. Two last questions- Does the bridge need to be bigger than usual? The practical considerations o...
by Jim
Sun May 07, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Blackwood guitar
Replies: 15
Views: 3480

Re: Blackwood guitar

Thanks Alan,

Yeah the top's the key isn't it.....
by Jim
Sun May 07, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Blackwood guitar
Replies: 15
Views: 3480

Re: Blackwood guitar

Beautiful Alan, I'm inspired. Very sweet looking little number. Yeah, I think I'll give it a go.
by Jim
Mon May 01, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A strat with a twist?
Replies: 13
Views: 3272

Re: A strat with a twist?

Man that's certainly outside the box. So impressive! Well done!