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by TallDad71
Sun May 17, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Double V Neck Acoustic
Replies: 18
Views: 3706

Re: Double V Neck Acoustic

Great work, truly good stuff.

I can’t wait to hear a review of how it sounds. I’m a little puzzled by the joining of the two soundboards along that straight line and how they might vibrate as a single plate.
by TallDad71
Thu May 14, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Nozzle Size HVLP
Replies: 9
Views: 2195

Re: Nozzle Size HVLP

The Fuji 1mm nozzle is much more suited to acoustic guitars. Saying that I use waterborne lacquer.
by TallDad71
Tue May 12, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Help reading flamenco tap tone data
Replies: 12
Views: 2091

Re: Help reading flamenco tap tone data

Excellent. The other ancillary benefit is that it is also a tone generator. You can plug it into your guitar amp and set it to your desired Hz level and blast away, perfect for Chladni patterns.
by TallDad71
Tue May 12, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Help reading flamenco tap tone data
Replies: 12
Views: 2091

Re: Help reading flamenco tap tone data

Cant help with frequencies I'm afraid but recording buzz free is easy.

FFT from the app store.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fft/id298840058

There's a google Play version too.

It generates lovely graphs, allows you to store them and crucially allows you to take average reading over multiple taps.
by TallDad71
Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:15 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: packaging tape for binding
Replies: 12
Views: 3549

Re: packaging tape for binding

3M 8981 Filament tape works a treat, tacky enough and strong to pull binding into the work on both faces.
by TallDad71
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: fretboard radiusing router bits
Replies: 18
Views: 4978

Re: fretboard radiusing router bits

I’ve built all manner of radius sanding blocks with depth stops. I HATE IT. It’s the only part of luthierie I don’t look forward to. Just dropped £90 on a custom set Spindle Mould cutters to get a run of 10 fretboards radiused and built a jig on a table saw to cut frets slots. I’m very much hoping t...
by TallDad71
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bending Sides issue
Replies: 17
Views: 5074

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: 6
Views: 3196

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: 3163

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: 21
Views: 10507

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: 2379

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: 10003

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: 10003

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: 3826

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: 3256

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: 1528

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: 1528

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: 2426

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: 2426

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: 2386

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: 1882

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: 4015

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: 1882

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: 4957

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: 5852

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?