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by RodC
Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What dimension for bridge
Replies: 5
Views: 341

Re: What dimension for bridge

I think that you want to identify what action height you want above your 12 fret. If you then double it you will get the ideal height of the saddle. Then you just have to work out the bridge and saddle combo.

RodC
by RodC
Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Motivation
Replies: 8
Views: 535

Re: Motivation

Hi Frank, I think you are right in that if you asked everyone here to give their motivation, you would get a very diverse set of responses. I still work M-F full time and build guitars for 4 hours a week at a guitar school. My motivation is around the process - I just like making stuff. Before I hav...
by RodC
Tue Jul 28, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Black Heart Sassafras and Spruce Classical
Replies: 8
Views: 859

Re: Black Heart Sassafras and Spruce Classical

Very nice.
by RodC
Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Archtop and matched amp
Replies: 8
Views: 1072

Re: Archtop and matched amp

Looking schmick all round! What scale lengths did you run with on the multi? Cheers Jim, It's 25' treble side and 25 1/2' bass side. I didn't want to go too extreme with it. To me it feels really natural and nice. I wouldn't call myself a player though, so I'm keen to get an actual guitarist or 2 t...
by RodC
Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosette Log
Replies: 10
Views: 2541

Re: Rosette Log

Nice work.
I hope mine turns out 1/2 as good.

:-)
by RodC
Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Archtop and matched amp
Replies: 8
Views: 1072

Re: Archtop and matched amp

Hi RodC, Great job! A few questions, if I may: 1) What pickup is in/on the archtop?; 2) Is the amp based on a Marshall 18 watt TMB; 3) Where/who is the amp kit from?; 4) Are they Jensen 10" speakers? Thanks, GregL. Hi Greg: The pickup is Kent Armstrong Suspended Jazz Humbucker from Stewmac. The amp...
by RodC
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Archtop and matched amp
Replies: 8
Views: 1072

Archtop and matched amp

Arch top based on the Benedetto book with a paired 18w tmb. I finished this a few months ago and have been trying to get some better photos. Failed at that, but thought I would share what I have. IMG_0629.JPG IMG_0631.JPG IMG_0632.JPG IMG_0630.JPG Archie is Qld white cedar top with monkey pod back a...
by RodC
Mon May 25, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The order of things ...
Replies: 14
Views: 2340

Re: The order of things ...

One of the reasons we (Brisbane Guitar Making School) put the frets in after is that we drill a 1 mm hole through the fret board in 2 places (in the 1st and 12th fret slots, or there about) and use small locator pins to accurately position the fret board during glue up. The holes are small enough th...
by RodC
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Tele Build
Replies: 9
Views: 2090

Re: New Tele Build

Is it possible to use the off cuts from the waist?
If you are only talking 40mm overall, then you should have at least 20mm from the top and bottom (if you cut it out with a band saw) that should be usable.

Just an idea.
by RodC
Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: A little luthiers finger plane.
Replies: 4
Views: 1958

Re: A little luthiers finger plane.

Very cool.
There's something really satisfying about making your own tool and having it work as well as that.
by RodC
Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gotoh SGi510 mini tuners
Replies: 8
Views: 1614

Re: Gotoh SGi510 mini tuners

13 to 16 sounds more like a Uke than a guitar.

I haven't used gotoh tuners, but they are one of the standard choices of people in our (guitar making) school.
by RodC
Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gotoh SGi510 mini tuners
Replies: 8
Views: 1614

Re: Gotoh SGi510 mini tuners

Doesn't this tell you? https://g-gotoh.com/product/sgi510/?lang=en

If I read that right it is 22.5mm from the base to the centre of the string hole for the standard. From there you just decide how much of the post you want sticking out?

RodC
by RodC
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Another 17 inch Archie
Replies: 2
Views: 2266

Re: Another 17 inch Archie

Wow.

That is beautiful. I would love to hear a recording if you have anything.

I'm nearing the completion of my own archie and your stuff both inspires and intimidates me.
I really admire details like the bound head stock and laminated pick guard. So nice.

Rod C
by RodC
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Case and Amp hardware
Replies: 4
Views: 3844

Re: Case and Amp hardware

Thanks Mark,

I've gone with these dominobrass.com.au in brass, but I will keep goods and chattels in mind for next time.
by RodC
Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Why a neck volute?
Replies: 7
Views: 4352

Re: Why a neck volute?

I like the feel of them over a flatter transition.
For me it is both an ascetic and tactile thing.
With modern glues and scarf joints, I don't think there is any structural reason though.
by RodC
Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Anyone on the Gold Coast QLD capable of resawing a 18mm board into bookmatched top?
Replies: 2
Views: 2671

Re: Anyone on the Gold Coast QLD capable of resawing a 18mm board into bookmatched top?

There used to be a guy in BillyNudgel.
https://www.billinudgelwoodworks.com.au.
He offered to resaw and assist with side bending one of my projects.
I didn't take him up as I found assistance closer to home, but you could try there.
by RodC
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Case and Amp hardware
Replies: 4
Views: 3844

Re: Case and Amp hardware

Thanks Greg,
Evatco is one of the places I have tried (i got my amp part through them).

They don't stock hinges and latches though.

If I can't find something I like in the way of a latch, I may have to see what I can make.

Cheers,

Rod
by RodC
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Case and Amp hardware
Replies: 4
Views: 3844

Case and Amp hardware

Hi, I'm nearing the completion of an arch-top build and I plan to make a (timber) case for it. This is not going to be a travel case. It will live at home and be visible in my lounge room, so I want it to look nice. I have also made a 18W TMB amp to go with it. I am finishing off the cabinetry and a...
by RodC
Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: DIY plane blade query
Replies: 4
Views: 3392

Re: DIY plane blade query

You can try, but I wouldn't recommend it. There is a reason that aftermarket blades are available. I suggest looking into those before starting and designing your plane based on a standard size. That way, even if you do try making your own blade, you can replace it with a purpose built one. I have m...
by RodC
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Study comparing FRC to subjective experience
Replies: 4
Views: 2293

Re: Study comparing FRC to subjective experience

That's interesting Trent. Like all studies, more data is needed. A sample size of 7 opinions is quite small and there seems to be other factors (such as age) that make this a complex area to research. My personal opinion is that targeting specific FRC's is more an exercise in consistency than excell...
by RodC
Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Last instrument for 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 3335

Re: Last instrument for 2019

Beautiful as always.
by RodC
Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: fretboard radiusing router bits
Replies: 18
Views: 5552

Re: fretboard radiusing router bits

I would love to see that Steve.
by RodC
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: fretboard radiusing router bits
Replies: 18
Views: 5552

Re: fretboard radiusing router bits

For us it's mostly a time thing.
It is quicker and simpler than the other methods we have tried.
by RodC
Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: fretboard radiusing router bits
Replies: 18
Views: 5552

Re: fretboard radiusing router bits

I've recently used just that sort of bit to radius my fret board. No problems with chipping or chattering, but I went quite small on the increments - so wasn't taking much off per pass. I still used a radius sanding block to finish though. My fret board is cook town iron wood with maple inlay. IMG_0...
by RodC
Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic Bridge Types ...
Replies: 9
Views: 2994

Re: Acoustic Bridge Types ...

This is a quite useful and interesting discussion as I'm thinking of making an arch-top Uke to match my [not quite yet finished] arch-top. I still need to do some more research and haven't decided on string type or size yet. From reading the comments above, it sounds like the break angle will be a l...