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by Valben
Wed Nov 21, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ukulele neck joint
Replies: 2
Views: 189

Ukulele neck joint

I am planning to build a ukulele for my niece but, being the first build of the genre, I was wondering which would be a proper neck joint for a so small stringed instrument. thanks for your advise :-)
by Valben
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 13.5 Frets Prima in Maple/Redwood
Replies: 6
Views: 577

Re: 13.5 Frets Prima in Maple/Redwood

See if I am able to share a couple of sound clips of the Custom Prima :

1) https://instaud.io/2RGp
2) https://instaud.io/2RGq

I have no experiences with recording, I have just used a small portable Tascam in a live venue situation.
by Valben
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 8 string baritone
Replies: 8
Views: 522

Re: 8 string baritone

whoa whoa whoa :cl :cl :cl :cl , I really like it and I am now inspired to start the design phase for a similar instrument.
Seems like you have a rosewood neck.. how difficult was the shaping process ?
Cheers Valter
by Valben
Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 13.5 Frets Prima in Maple/Redwood
Replies: 6
Views: 577

Re: 13.5 Frets Prima in Maple/Redwood

Cheers Wayne, it has been bit of a challenge to avoid that orangey Padauk bleeding into the whitey Maple but at the end I am happy with the overall aesthetical appearance (oh well, except the binding job :) )
Also, there is a typo in the post, the Gibson scale is 24.75" (not 14.75").
by Valben
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 13.5 Frets Prima in Maple/Redwood
Replies: 6
Views: 577

13.5 Frets Prima in Maple/Redwood

This is my last build: Valben Custom Prima Details: - Moderate size box with wide x-bracing, cut-away and arm bevel. - Scale length 650mm with 13.5 frets at the neck joint. - Width at nut 45.5mm with zero fret. - Brass strings counter plate - Full L.R Baggs Anthem system. - Platina Shellac finish - ...
by Valben
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Louro Faia for binding .. a complete failure
Replies: 25
Views: 1705

Re: Louro Faia for binding .. a complete failure

ehehe, now you make me wanting to try the Trevor cutaway, guess who's books will be on the top of my letter to santa this year. :)
by Valben
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Louro Faia for binding .. a complete failure
Replies: 25
Views: 1705

Re: Louro Faia for binding .. a complete failure

Hi all, yes I am using a bending form with a heating blanket. I rarely use the bending iron, mainly for touch-ups or when I do not have a bending form. Yesterday I tried to use the iron on a scrap short pieces of Louro Faia using fabric conditioner and about an hour soak, the result is still not goo...
by Valben
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Louro Faia for binding .. a complete failure
Replies: 25
Views: 1705

Re: Louro Faia for binding .. a complete failure

good question :) I have followed my standard procedure for binding (with little variations according to the timber in use). Thickness 2.05mm, tape the binding strips and protect them with paper after wetting the wood (wet but not soaked) with a spray bottle containing tap water. I usually start bend...
by Valben
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Louro Faia for binding .. a complete failure
Replies: 25
Views: 1705

Re: Louro Faia for binding .. a complete failure

Yes, plan B is for blackwood binding which bends nicely and will properly pair with the Jarrah back & sides :wink:
by Valben
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Louro Faia for binding .. a complete failure
Replies: 25
Views: 1705

Louro Faia for binding .. a complete failure

I had some strips of Louro Faia (kind of lacewood) and got the idea to use this timber to bind my next project. The result can be seen below: I thought was funny enough to deserve sharing... :D Another funny thing is that in the past I have built a Dread shape guitar with Louro Faia back & sides and...
by Valben
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Router Table and Router
Replies: 18
Views: 1226

Re: Router Table and Router

I use a portable router table: https://www.rockler.com/trim-router-table with a Makita Rt701 laminate trimmer (1/4"). I do not have/do not feel the need of any other fixed router set-up. This was purchased online in Australia for something less than 100$ but I do not actually remember which website ...
by Valben
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bobbin sanders
Replies: 11
Views: 1252

Re: bobbin sanders

I also have that Scheppach sander and for my limited usage I am happy with it and never had any problem :)
by Valben
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Soprano with heaps of bling - picture set
Replies: 6
Views: 722

Re: Soprano with heaps of bling - picture set

really beautiful work :o
by Valben
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Baritone Uke with Arm Rest and Sound Port
Replies: 5
Views: 581

Re: Baritone Uke with Arm Rest and Sound Port

very very beautiful work, thanks for sharing :)
by Valben
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea
Replies: 25
Views: 3146

Re: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea

Here the result with 1 layer of veneer .... can't say I am really proud of the binding job :?
by Valben
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea
Replies: 25
Views: 3146

Re: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea

Here how it looks after shaping the bevel. It doesn't looks pretty so I will glue on some padauk veneer.
by Valben
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 12 strings dread/cutaway in Myrtle/Kauri
Replies: 3
Views: 989

Re: 12 strings dread/cutaway in Myrtle/Kauri

Hi Mark, was a compromise to keep the headstock style of my 6 strings. I had no problem with the inversions 1/2 and 11/12.. I got used quickly. Cheers Valter.
by Valben
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guitar Build 9 minute Video Slide Show with 3 Audio Samples
Replies: 5
Views: 814

Re: Guitar Build 9 minute Video Slide Show with 3 Audio Samples

Thanks for sharing Wayne :-)
this is a very nice looking and sounding guitar. She probably deserve a name :wink:
Valter
by Valben
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 12 strings dread/cutaway in Myrtle/Kauri
Replies: 3
Views: 989

12 strings dread/cutaway in Myrtle/Kauri

Hi All, this is my first 12 strings completed in 2018. Some general information below: Type : Dread like shape with deeper body and cutaway Top : QSL Kauri Back & Sides : Tasmanian Myrtle Neck : Mahogany Fretboard & Bridge : Ebony, width at nut 49mm Strings : M200 Martin silk & Steel, ½” step down t...
by Valben
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Maple side crack, any suggestion ?
Replies: 15
Views: 2151

Re: Maple side crack, any suggestion ?

sometimes I am stubborn but it didn't feel right to waste a so nice maple set, so here the solution I adopted which consists on a cross between Florentine & Venetian cut-away :-)
by Valben
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea
Replies: 25
Views: 3146

Re: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea

Rest bevel block glued in place and shaped.
by Valben
Thu May 31, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 14 frets OM in Amaranth/Abete val di Fiemme
Replies: 1
Views: 662

14 frets OM in Amaranth/Abete val di Fiemme

This an OM style completed in 2017. Some general information below: Type : OM like shape Top : Italian alpine spruce (Abete della val di Fiemme) Back & Sides : Amaranth (Purpleheart) Neck : Cedrela Fretboard & Bridge : Leopard Ebony (not much of a leopardy figure 😊), width at nut 47mm with 57mm e to...
by Valben
Mon May 28, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 14 frets dread in Louro Faia/Red Cedar
Replies: 1
Views: 711

14 frets dread in Louro Faia/Red Cedar

This a dread style completed in 2017. Some general information below: Type : Dread like shape Top : Red Cedar Back & Sides : Brazilian Louro Faia Neck : Mahogany Fretboard & Bridge : Hard Maple, width at nut 46mm with 56mm e to E at the bridge Strings : Ziko Silver plated phosphor/bronze - 11 gauge....
by Valben
Sat May 26, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea
Replies: 25
Views: 3146

Re: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea

Here the laminated block 😉 solid and very light.
by Valben
Fri May 25, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Room dehumidifiers
Replies: 11
Views: 1499

Re: Room dehumidifiers

A camera with motion detection and a jpg of wife would do the job :-)