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by mooshalah
Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Help to build a 4-string electric bass
Replies: 4
Views: 554

Re: Help to build a 4-string electric bass

Hi, and thanks to everyone who has responded, and for your suggestions and comments. We went and bought a piece of Zebrano for the body, and a longer piece of American Maple, for the neck. As I suspected, the band-saw expectorated the pacifier, and kept stalling, as I tried to make long cuts through...
by mooshalah
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:41 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Help to build a 4-string electric bass
Replies: 4
Views: 554

Help to build a 4-string electric bass

Hi fellow travellers! I've been a strictly acoustic builder for many years, but I've just been asked to help a young acquaintance to build an electric bass, and I find myself lacking in both equipment and full knowledge to complete the task! So, I'm looking for a little assistance in both of the abo...
by mooshalah
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Knobs / buttons coming off tuners
Replies: 5
Views: 1379

Re: Knobs / buttons coming off tuners

Just to finish off this little thread;

I contacted Stew-Mac about this matter, and without any fuss or williwaw (use it or lose it!), they immediately agreed to send me a replacement set. They are covered by a "lifetime warranty".

Frank.
by mooshalah
Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Ukulele workshop manual
Replies: 23
Views: 3403

Re: The Ukulele workshop manual

Thanks Murray.

On this basis, I've just purchased a copy.

Frank.
by mooshalah
Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Ukulele workshop manual
Replies: 23
Views: 3403

Re: The Ukulele workshop manual

Hi Graham. Great to see that you've finally done it, by hook or by crook! I want to purchase an electronic copy, but I'm a bit unsure of whether I can! I hate to seem obtuse, but the MusicBooks Press website says the following; "The ePub version is available for iBooks and Kindle for US$9.99. It com...
by mooshalah
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Knobs / buttons coming off tuners
Replies: 5
Views: 1379

Re: Knobs / buttons coming off tuners

Hi Ken, Martin, Thanks for your replies. Martin; the tuners were bought as a set of six, for a steel-string guitar. ("#4067 Waverly Guitar Machines with Ebony Knob Nickel, 3L/3R ($168.58AUD)"). And I discover that this was 10 years ago! It feels like only 5. Ken; Yes, I bought these from Stew-Mac, a...
by mooshalah
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Knobs / buttons coming off tuners
Replies: 5
Views: 1379

Knobs / buttons coming off tuners

Hi fellow travellers! A few years ago I fitted a set of Waverley tuners onto a steel-string guitar that I had made. At the time, the mechanisms - all six of them - seemed a bit stiff, but I assumed that things would loosen up a little with use. The instrument has now been returned to me because the ...
by mooshalah
Sat May 11, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fine Tools Australia
Replies: 3
Views: 1217

Re: Fine Tools Australia

Hi Trevor. I'm not 100% sure about this, but I did a bit of sleuthing on the internet, because for no reason, I got interested! It seems that Fine Tools Australia is associated with the company Artesan Pty Ltd (which has a web presence as http://www.artesan.com.au); a so-called "family business". Na...
by mooshalah
Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go-bar rods
Replies: 13
Views: 3472

Re: Go-bar rods

"I'm wondering where the 7 kg figure originated here? With additive force on the braces, given that for each brace there are multiple rods, is 7 kg overkill?" The 7 kg figure was just sucked out of my head! I'd never used a go-bar deck before attempting to build one. At the time, it just seemed like...
by mooshalah
Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go-bar rods
Replies: 13
Views: 3472

Re: Go-bar rods

Hi Nigel. About 10 years ago, I decided to make a kick-arse go-bar deck, and naturally the issue about what might be the most appropriate rods needed to be addressed. I began with the following criteria in mind (and I've had pause to reconsider these over the years) but overall, I've been very happy...
by mooshalah
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cutting 1mm slots / rings for rosettes
Replies: 15
Views: 5298

Re: Cutting 1mm slots / rings for rosettes

This is really excellent; so many good ideas, and from a group of people who have proven in-depth knowledge and are known to be creators of really amazing work. Thanks for all your suggestions, from sublime professional tools and jigs shown, to the ridiculously cheap but no doubt very effective sugg...
by mooshalah
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cutting 1mm slots / rings for rosettes
Replies: 15
Views: 5298

Cutting 1mm slots / rings for rosettes

Hi Folks. A quickie: I've always found it tricky - in fact, downright frustrating and aggravating - trying to inlay the typical 1mm rings that are commonly used as part of the rosette in a steel-stringed guitar. Y'know; you carefully cut a 1.5mm deep ring around the sound-hole to inlay mother-of-pea...
by mooshalah
Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 20896

Re: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

Hi Jeremy. Thanks for the response. I'm sure I'll be happy with the unit, when it arrives. Yeah, Wayne; I too had wondered at the extra height of this vice, when compared to my existing, more regular vice. My workbench is a little higher than normal, so this could become an issue. There does seem to...
by mooshalah
Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 20896

Re: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

Hi all. I had a careful look at the specs of the Stewmac vice, and at the photograph of the vice at Carbatec, and came to the following conclusions: The Stewmac vice has a wheel, to which can be added (i.e. that comes with) a plastic handle that can be attached to the wheel, and (supposedly) allows ...
by mooshalah
Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Silky Oak Classical Parlour
Replies: 10
Views: 5765

Re: Silky Oak Classical Parlour

Wow Trent! This is really lovely. So many things to look at and admire; and so many ideas to think about when I next make a pretty parlour guitar. Just looking at the rosette sets my mind on a number of trains of thought, all of which are novel. And the thought of making a feature of the stacking of...
by mooshalah
Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Plane manufacturers
Replies: 30
Views: 12872

Re: Plane manufacturers

Hi again Ben (and Rodney).

Just for the record, I had a look at the Cremona Tools website in Italy, and can confirm that the Alex plane that you bought, Rodney, is in fact made by Qiangsheng.

Regards,

Frank.
by mooshalah
Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Plane manufacturers
Replies: 30
Views: 12872

Re: Plane manufacturers

Hi Ben. I've used Luban / Qangsheng / Woodriver (American distributor) planes, chisels and other products for perhaps the last 10 years, and I find them to be of excellent quality. They are all made by the same manufacturer in China but distributed under different names in different locations. I too...
by mooshalah
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Monterey Cypress
Replies: 18
Views: 9632

Re: Monterey Cypress

Hoi Martin (and Dave; I'm concerned that we seem to be hijacking your original simple post. Sorry!) Yes, you're right and I'm wrong - although it's more a case of me knowing what I meant, rather than what I said! My apologies. Trying to put things another way, I'm saying that for a flamenco guitar, ...
by mooshalah
Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Monterey Cypress
Replies: 18
Views: 9632

Re: Monterey Cypress

Hi Martin. Thanks for your response. Perhaps I was not sufficiently clear. I most specifically DON'T want any vibration to be transmitted down the sides and to the back. I want it to die at the edges of the soundboard. This certainly isn't energy efficient, in terms of ensuring that all the vibratio...
by mooshalah
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Monterey Cypress
Replies: 18
Views: 9632

Re: Monterey Cypress

Hi Dave. I'm about to make a flamenco guitar using Monterey Cypress. A few years ago, these trees were chopped down from where they'd been shading a football field for half a century, and I managed to score a few lengths. I've noted over the years that people do use this for flamenco guitars, but I'...
by mooshalah
Fri Feb 03, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 8 String tenor uke bracing advice
Replies: 11
Views: 5152

Re: 8 String tenor uke bracing advice

Hi Jim. If you look at the recent "Gallery" postings, you will see that I've recently posted some photographs of an 8-stringed tenor ukulele that I made last year. This started out as a 4-stringed instrument, but I decided, once I'd already braced it and glued the body together, and added the neck, ...
by mooshalah
Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:17 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A bunch of tenor ukuleles
Replies: 2
Views: 2613

Re: A bunch of tenor ukuleles

Hi Trent. Thanks for your comment. Above everything else, I'm retired, have no kids left at home, and no daily commitments. That helps greatly. I find the ukuleles to be relatively straightforward to make. I've heard people say that the work is almost the same as making a guitar - just smaller - but...
by mooshalah
Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:03 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A Mountain Ash tenor ukulele
Replies: 2
Views: 2765

Re: A Mountain Ash tenor ukulele

Hi Pete. Thanks very much for your reply. I appreciate your taking the time to comment. Nope; I'm sorry. It was a spontaneous thing. Someone (a building contractor, I guess) had just chopped a tree down on an "empty" block, in preparation to building a new house, and into circa 500 mm slabs (ready f...
by mooshalah
Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A Bird's-eye Maple tenor ukulele
Replies: 0
Views: 2021

A Bird's-eye Maple tenor ukulele

These are photographs of the last of six ukuleles that I've recently built. This ukulele is made of two separate forms of Maple - Bird's-eye for the back and sides, and and figured Maple for the neck. I know that Bird's-eye Maple used to be popular in the 1970's for things like head-boards on beds, ...
by mooshalah
Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A Mountain Ash tenor ukulele
Replies: 2
Views: 2765

A Mountain Ash tenor ukulele

Here are photographs of the fifth of six ukuleles that I've recently made. I made the soundboard from the wood of a tree that had just been cut down in front of my son's house in Upwey, here in Victoria. The freshly cut wood looked absolutely gorgeous - a bright orangey-peach - and I decided that I ...