Search found 100 matches

by TallDad71
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bending Sides issue
Replies: 9
Views: 424

Re: Bending Sides issue

Wood is a sponge where moisture is concerned. Soaking it will change the all 3 dimensions, especially the thickness in ways that cannot be controlled. Like all luthiers i have tried many different ways of bending sides, the best has always been a heating iron and water sprayer when needed. This is a...
by TallDad71
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hacked
Replies: 5
Views: 636

Re: Hacked

There are literally thousands of websites that run on the same name servers as yours Peter, ns-1.ezyreg.com. https://securitytrails.com/list/ns/ns-1.ezyreg.com I guess they have locked yours down to protect the integrity of the other websites that sit on the same hard drives whilst they investigate ...
by TallDad71
Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Radius dishes
Replies: 6
Views: 1824

Re: Radius dishes

I have a file I created in vCarve Pro that has the drawings and cuts for radius dishes 3,5,7 and 9m.

If you can find someone with a CNC it might quicken their response!
by TallDad71
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Semihollow fifteen inch
Replies: 10
Views: 3140

Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Looks brilliant. What are you planning to do about the access hatch for installing the pots? On my last build I was desperate not to interfere with the beautiful grain on the back, despite my best efforts I still wasn't too pleased with the result. The panel was cut out but needed a lot of binding t...
by TallDad71
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New toy
Replies: 4
Views: 1439

Re: New toy

Agree.

You’re going to kick yourself that you didn’t get one earlier.

Shaping bodies, bridges, pegheads, braces, jigs, moulds and a whole host more will never have been so easy.

Enjoy
by TallDad71
Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hollowbody electric
Replies: 25
Views: 6372

Re: Hollowbody electric

Thanks for that. Of course you are right, the pup matches that stunning black blue finish perfectly. I built a Gibson 356 type guitar with flamed maple recently. As soon as I put a plastic pup on, the guitar screamed out in horror at the mismatch in both colour and material, so I had to make two fro...
by TallDad71
Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hollowbody electric
Replies: 25
Views: 6372

Re: Hollowbody electric

This is stunning work, very in keeping with what we expect to see on this forum. And it sounds absolutely lush. Well done. I have two questions if you don't mind about the design. Why did you use plastic pickup holders, why didn't you use the Blackwood for them instead? The necks on archtop guitars ...
by TallDad71
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Indian Rosewood Sanding issue
Replies: 11
Views: 2098

Re: Indian Rosewood Sanding issue

Are you using the sander to thickness or finish. If you’re taking of 1mm+ then course grain (80 or less), run at an angle 30° both ways, for all woods not just oily ones. Rosewood and cocobolo are particularly difficult to thickness come what may. Be careful with the drum sander that you don’t get r...
by TallDad71
Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: StewMax Membership and Free Shipping
Replies: 6
Views: 2082

Re: StewMax Membership and Free Shipping

For us in the UK the issue isn’t shipping costs it import taxes. Customs duty gets applied to the value of the goods 12%, then Value Added Tax 20% gets added to the value of everything including delivery and customs charges. Typically items cost 30-40% more than the price paid on the site. I go to m...
by TallDad71
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Banjo - resources needed
Replies: 1
Views: 973

Re: Banjo - resources needed

Please ignore thread, customer changed their mind.
by TallDad71
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Banjo - resources needed
Replies: 1
Views: 973

Banjo - resources needed

Does anyone have a good link about where to get started with building banjos? Have build loads of acoustics - electric guitars but a client just asked if I could build them a Banjo. My answer is “I don’t know, but I will find out” Does anyone have a go to source for plans, techniques, pitfalls etc etc
by TallDad71
Sat May 18, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What difference lacquer makes to sound
Replies: 7
Views: 1279

Re: What difference lacquer makes to sound

So given that different lacquers will have different effects on the sound how on earth do you engineer the soundboard to compensate. Experience tells us that a 1% difference in structure can separate a great guitar from a good guitar. Do you knowingly over thin the top or under build the braces in a...
by TallDad71
Sat May 18, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What difference lacquer makes to sound
Replies: 7
Views: 1279

What difference lacquer makes to sound

I’ve always French polished my guitars with shellac. Recently I decided to learn how to lacquer them and have just found the 999th factor that affects sound. I knew it would but never to this degree! It worth noting before I tell my tale that I always complete my guitars before I put a finish on, I ...
by TallDad71
Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bad Router Day
Replies: 5
Views: 1446

Bad Router Day

Everything was going so well until it wasn’t! I was cutting a binding channel 1.5mm around the lower bout of the top of the guitar with my router. The guide bush worked itself loose in the blink of an eye, I had two choices, quickly avert my gaze or risk a guide bush in the face. I averted and can n...
by TallDad71
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Which is the best Guitar?
Replies: 3
Views: 1228

Re: Which is the best Guitar?

Been away. Sorry for delay.

Steve you are bang on the money. Just need to stiffen the top I think to try and re-adjust those frequencies. With big hands like mine that’s going to be painful.
by TallDad71
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tapping boards!
Replies: 14
Views: 2346

Re: Tapping boards!

That the board has a musical quality at this stage is enough. Some boards you pick up will thunk, they will have a low level of musicality. Use an app like FFT to record the tones that your board makes during different processes, separate boards, glued, braced, boxed, bridged, finished. You will cre...
by TallDad71
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Which is the best Guitar?
Replies: 3
Views: 1228

Which is the best Guitar?

I have recorded the frequencies of two guitars, fully strung tapped with a hammer at the bridge and averages taken. One is made of Walnut and is a good guitar. The other is made of cocobolo and is the nicest sounding guitar I have ever heard/built. Cocobolo is more dense than walnut so one guitar we...
by TallDad71
Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.
Replies: 17
Views: 2917

Re: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.

You are going to spend considerably more time building templates and jigs than you will building your first guitar. Build them well and research different ways of cracking the nut thoroughly before you do. Since 70% of your first build with be spent on creating jigs, you will go on to build a 2nd an...
by TallDad71
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 4028

Re: Disaster?

To be sure I never did see the point of cutting a slot after fitting to the top, unless it is a repair, of course. Is there one?
by TallDad71
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The compact workshop challenge
Replies: 24
Views: 7209

Re: The compact workshop challenge

simso wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:57 am
TallDad71 wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:00 am

512DB4C5-4763-4154-A81D-F4935DCC26D0.jpeg
Your shop almost looks like a catalog advertisement in sears for hunting cabins.

That is smashingly good looking

Steve
Awww thanks Steve. Its a home from home when my wife has kicked me out. Love it.
by TallDad71
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The compact workshop challenge
Replies: 24
Views: 7209

Re: The compact workshop challenge

Love this game. I’ve only got 12 square metres to play with but can do everything I need. The shop 512DB4C5-4763-4154-A81D-F4935DCC26D0.jpeg Main bench Every minute tools in front, others below. 512DB4C5-4763-4154-A81D-F4935DCC26D0.jpeg Drill bench Daylight comes through those windows sometimes here...
by TallDad71
Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Question re strength of different mahoganys
Replies: 16
Views: 3675

Re: Question re strength of different mahoganys

The scariest and most alarming thing that I’ll add is that I’ve had some newer Indonesian made guitars come through for servicing recently and they are sold as Mahogany, however it is what is called “asian Mahogany” “Malaysian Mahogany” “Chinese Mahogany” in the furniture industry. It’s actually st...
by TallDad71
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Attention all Lurkers
Replies: 42
Views: 19357

Re: Attention all Lurkers

Just to clarify. If you delete a lurkers account will that delete any posts they may have made? If so that could be an awful loss to the forum as there is some high technical resources in the archives by people no longer active. We have the option of deleting the users posts or retaining them. Note...
by TallDad71
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Starting a start up
Replies: 15
Views: 5242

Re: Starting a start up

Hi Alan, I went full time into the guitar making and teaching realm 18months ago (from a 16yr corporate IT career). I own the Sydney workshop of the Australian Guitar Making School, i find teaching to be fun, enjoyable, most rewarding, and certainly helps pay the bills and put food on the table. Th...
by TallDad71
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Starting a start up
Replies: 15
Views: 5242

Re: Starting a start up

I know Andrew's school which he started 4 years ago was really boosted by a television interest story and a radio story on local public radio http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-22/music-lovers-taught-to-build-guitars-in-brisbane/7771654 when he was starting out. If you can give a reporter an angle ...