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by Valben
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 12 strings dread/cutaway in Myrtle/Kauri
Replies: 3
Views: 581

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: 432

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: 581

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: 1209

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: 12
Views: 916

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: 376

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: 428

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: 12
Views: 916

Re: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea

Here the laminated block πŸ˜‰ solid and very light.
by Valben
Fri May 25, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Room dehumidifiers
Replies: 11
Views: 942

Re: Room dehumidifiers

A camera with motion detection and a jpg of wife would do the job :-)
by Valben
Wed May 23, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Room dehumidifiers
Replies: 11
Views: 942

Re: Room dehumidifiers

Hi All, I do not control humidity in the working area but I have a humidity controlled wood storage room (about 2x 3.5m). My shop (a garage actually) is nearby the ocean , generally quite humid but variable (from 45 to 85%) according to the wind direction, a couple of times I have seen the hygromete...
by Valben
Tue May 22, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Maple side crack, any suggestion ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1209

Re: Maple side crack, any suggestion ?

Hi guys, thanks for all the suggestions. It is difficult to give up to a nice (and costly) piece of timber like that but will follow your suggestions and use my time to something more productive. Cheers
by Valben
Mon May 21, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea
Replies: 12
Views: 916

Re: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea

Thanks Allen, the idea is to leave the laminate as is but with the plan B of covering it with a veneer in case it won’t look nice. This is just an idea (from someone who has limited experience) to use the scrap pieces laying around. Anyhow I agree with you, a better solution is probably to start wit...
by Valben
Mon May 21, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea
Replies: 12
Views: 916

Re: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea

I was planning to use titebond but I have considered the use of a 5 min epoxy. I do not have any experience with hide glue, except the bottled one which I do not think is a good idea anyhow. Thanks for the suggestion, I will use the epoxy, it dries faster and will allow gluing 2 or 3 strips at the t...
by Valben
Mon May 21, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Maple side crack, any suggestion ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1209

Re: Maple side crack, any suggestion ?

Sorry , I have just realised that I have missed some vital information: I use a blanket on a bending form and, when required, I retouch the side by means of a bending iron using a stainless support strap. This crack has shown-up out just out of the bending form. In the past (few) cases bending cutaw...
by Valben
Mon May 21, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea
Replies: 12
Views: 916

lamitated armrest bevel - an idea

Hi All, In the attached pic my idea of how to prepare a laminated stock for the armrest. This idea uses all the cuttings from back & top plates, bend them (you can bend 4 strips at the time) and glue them stacked until the desired depth is achieved. Using mostly the top material will reduce the over...
by Valben
Mon May 21, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Maple side crack, any suggestion ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1209

Maple side crack, any suggestion ?

Hi All, this is the first time I have tried to bend a maple cutaway side. Result in the pic below :-( Not sure what I have done wrong, I have used the same method I have used for other woods like Blackwood, Lacewood, Myrtle, Purpleheart and Rosewood. the only difference with Maple is that I have thi...
by Valben
Sat May 19, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Plate joint jig for go-bar deck
Replies: 0
Views: 476

Plate joint jig for go-bar deck

hi All, if you are using a go-bar deck, here a simple solution for joining top & back: I do not have much space so my deck is at floor level and I am using the top of the deck to join plates, then when done it becomes a usable work surface. 4 small notches to guide the clamps and some clear tape to ...
by Valben
Thu May 17, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 14 frets dread in Acacia/Abete della val di Fiemme
Replies: 2
Views: 515

14 frets dread in Acacia/Abete della val di Fiemme

Hi All, I am here again with a standard Dread shape completed in 2016. Some general information below: Type : Standard Dread dimensions but with a slight increase in depth. Top : Master grade Italian Alpine spruce (Abete Val di Fiemme) brought with me in the suitcase returning from a holiday trip in...
by Valben
Thu May 17, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 12 frets resonator with cutaway and floating back
Replies: 3
Views: 421

Re: 12 frets resonator with cutaway and floating back

Hi, thanks for your comments. I am a very mediocre player and I do not have proper equipment to record a decent sound clip 😞
Anyhow, I will try to get someone more capable to test the Custom Rezo and possibly record a clip. Cheers
by Valben
Thu May 17, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 12 frets cutaway in Blackwood/Redwood
Replies: 3
Views: 565

Re: 12 frets cutaway in Blackwood/Redwood

Thanks Mark, glad you liked my creations. I usually spend a good amount of time/energy during the design phase and when selecting the combinations of woods. The Custom Giulia actually uses Martin Silk & Steel strings with solid brass pins. I decided to install a zero glide nut in combination of bras...
by Valben
Wed May 16, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 12 frets resonator with cutaway and floating back
Replies: 3
Views: 421

12 frets resonator with cutaway and floating back

Hi All, here some pics of my first resophonic guitar completed at the beginning of 2017. It took some effort to design and build but I am very happy with the final result. Some general information below: All solid wood with the exception of the short soundwell which is made of laminated hardwood. Th...
by Valben
Sun May 13, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 12 frets cutaway in Blackwood/Redwood
Replies: 3
Views: 565

12 frets cutaway in Blackwood/Redwood

Hi All, this is my first post here, hopefully I will get it right :D This my last built : - 12 frets to body with cutaway - Blackwood B&S - Figured Redwood soundboard - Mahogany neck - Amazon Rosewood fretboard with Brazilian rosewood bridge - Maple bindings I built this girly guitar for my niece wi...