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by kpcart
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Figured Maple
Replies: 8
Views: 361

Re: Figured Maple

Englemann, Lutz, 50% of available Sitka, Apalachian Red Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce... all these 5 North American Spruce are as good as traditional Euro Spruce (overall), not enough makers rank it because they don't try them! Maple is in the ballmark of Rosewood type weight and stiffness, but so ar...
by kpcart
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Nice bit of Gidgee
Replies: 8
Views: 564

Re: Nice bit of Gidgee

The guitar looks beautiful, Would also like to hear a sound sample. I have a same cut bit of Gidgee from same log from Curly ebay. thinned down to 2mm, like traditional Rosewood, yet this wood it is sooo floppy across grain, unlike stiff rosewood, and also it is soooo heavy.. I think it has only 30-...
by kpcart
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Bunya/Sheaok - best AU woods Classical
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: Bunya/Sheaok - best AU woods Classical

kiwigeo wrote: ā†‘
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:33 pm
Really nice work...that sheaok looks like it's on fire.
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by kpcart
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Bunya/Sheaok - best AU woods Classical
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: Bunya/Sheaok - best AU woods Classical

Fisherman wrote: ā†‘
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:29 pm
If it sounds as good as euro spruce.... well... thats very interesting and iā€™d be keen to give it a go on an upcoming build...
they dont all but, if you know the feel of good spruce and the taptone it has, youll find a good piece of bunya. gotta judge each piece on their own.
by kpcart
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Bunya/Sheaok - best AU woods Classical
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Bunya/Sheaok - best AU woods Classical

Thought it would be good to post this one here, as its got aussie timbers. ive tried king billy and huon, not quite good enough for Spanish traditional guitars. I got this perfect quarter sawn piece of bunya, from guitarwoods.com.au which wasn't too dense and had a tap tone like master grade spruce ...
by kpcart
Thu Oct 29, 2015 12:18 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: BRW Classical
Replies: 21
Views: 8401

Re: BRW Classical

besides the brazillian rosewood (poor cut though) and mahogany, everything else about this guitar is untraditional from Spanish classical guitar building. ie choice of back strip, lack of purfling detail, bracing choice, soundboard wood choice, tuner button and roller colour choice, rosette style, o...
by kpcart
Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:44 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Gidgee Classical
Replies: 14
Views: 7461

Re: Gidgee Classical

nice work. great that you got the binding to match. what sort of bracing is it? fanned? and did you use traditional 3 braces on back? how did you decide the bridge shape? , looks very light weight, do you have a bridge plate? red cedar or Spanish cedar neck? it is interesting you got the weight down...
by kpcart
Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Wipe-on finish for acoustic guitar
Replies: 58
Views: 23661

Re: Wipe-on finish for acoustic guitar

I tried Tru-oil for the first time, on the back and sides of a flamenco guitar. it is an interesting finish... 56% mineral spirits, 33% modified oil (whatever that is). and 11% linseed oil. Is it a real oil finish?? NO, just look at the percentages above - some people say it works like a polymer fin...
by kpcart
Wed May 13, 2015 12:07 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Wipe-on finish for acoustic guitar
Replies: 58
Views: 23661

Re: Wipe-on finish for acoustic guitar

I've done a couple of electric guitars with the Aussie oil that arrived last week. I will continue to use it, however its a give and a take compared to danish oil. It takes a LOT longer to apply than Danish Oil, however it cures a lot smoother meaning less effort afterwards assuming you put the eff...
by kpcart
Tue May 05, 2015 1:12 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Wipe-on finish for acoustic guitar
Replies: 58
Views: 23661

Re: Wipe-on finish for acoustic guitar

Jeremy, Yes I gave them a coat of thinned (20% turps) Feast Watson Sander Sealer. I usually stop at eight coats of Tru Oil but I have a Uke that I'm now up to 11 coats and can confirm what others have said. It just gets better the more coats you apply. My method of applying Tru Oil is to apply it s...
by kpcart
Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:48 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Paulownia Soundboard
Replies: 64
Views: 21375

Re: Paulownia Soundboard

i am sure Paulownia can work fine as well. at 3mm thickness of paulownian probably works better and has more tap tone then a .9mm lattice braced cedar top as done by many lattice classical makers in AU. We all know your feelings about Smallman style guitars by now, no need to keep repeating them in...
by kpcart
Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:28 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Paulownia Soundboard
Replies: 64
Views: 21375

Re: Paulownia Soundboard

for many years european spruce was considered the perfect wood... even other spruces were not considered. Western Red cedar then became popular, ahead of other spruces that were closer in properties to Euro Spruce. for me it has always seemed weird why the norm is this 2 contrasting woods of europea...
by kpcart
Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Wipe-on finish for acoustic guitar
Replies: 58
Views: 23661

Re: Wipe-on finish for acoustic guitar

has anyone got any photos of guitars finished in gloss/high gloss with tru-oil? i understand it is easy to get a satin sheen, but harder and much more coats and polishing too for gloss. quite interested in this product, funny how it was made for gun stocks :P
by kpcart
Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:58 am
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Exporting music instruments to the USA
Replies: 12
Views: 7181

Re: Exporting music instruments to the USA

hi Peter.Coombe this is my experience with CITES wood guitars, selling only to private addresses as a private seller, and i think you can easily no declare as commercial when you negotiate with your buyer (they will get commersial receipts over the net from you anyway). even if declared as commercia...
by kpcart
Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:29 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Paulownia Soundboard
Replies: 64
Views: 21375

Re: Paulownia Soundboard

if the japanese use it for their native stringed instruments instead of their marvellous Yezo Spruce from Hokkaido, then it must have something going for it. it cant be worse then using 1mm thick spruce with carbon lined balsa bracing like aussie latticed braced classical builders use. thickness it ...
by kpcart
Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Paulownia Soundboard
Replies: 64
Views: 21375

Re: Paulownia Soundboard

this wood is used for soundboards in Japan for the Koto, and other asian string instruments. worth experimenting with, said to be very light, but also very stiff.
it is interesting this wood like balsa, is a hardwood, and not a softwood.
by kpcart
Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Epoxy fill top before shellac?
Replies: 5
Views: 1482

Re: Epoxy fill top before shellac?

no problem with usuing epoxy for spot damage - but not for filling all across the soundboard. if you are french polishing, maybe do the old pummice filling technique? there are a few videos on youtube, i know people who restore old instruments (ie 19th century guitars) - that have scratches, they wi...
by kpcart
Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Source for Tru Oil in the Canberra region?
Replies: 7
Views: 2984

Re: Source for Tru Oil in the Canberra region?

Thanks, everyone, for the feedback so far. is Tru Oil a type of oil varnish that does not seep into the wood? i am interested in something like this. i see it is on ebay if you cant find it. interesting how it is made for gunstocks on rifles. Hi kpcart. You can find some discussion of what it is an...
by kpcart
Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Source for Tru Oil in the Canberra region?
Replies: 7
Views: 2984

Re: Source for Tru Oil in the Canberra region?

is Tru Oil a type of oil varnish that does not seep into the wood? i am interested in something like this. i see it is on ebay if you cant find it. interesting how it is made for gunstocks on rifles.
by kpcart
Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:25 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Another Macrocarpa (floorboard) Build
Replies: 10
Views: 4526

Re: Another Macrocarpa (floorboard) Build

i have just read a similar thing about the aus red cedar at this site i have just found http://www.wood-database.com quote: "Formerly placed in the Cedrela genus, Australian Red Cedar bears many similarities with Spanish Cedar (Cedrela odorata). Both species are in the Mahogany family (Meliaceae), a...
by kpcart
Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:06 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: anyone know what this wood is?
Replies: 10
Views: 2954

Re: anyone know what this wood is?

there is no more info about foliage, fruit or even branching, after i enquired today, , just vague third person commentary that it may have been a weeping willow or some other willow. the tree was located on a property that has heaps of conifers, some very interesting like ahuge dawn redwood, ginko ...
by kpcart
Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:20 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Another Macrocarpa (floorboard) Build
Replies: 10
Views: 4526

Re: Another Macrocarpa (floorboard) Build

they are decent resonances and a good interval ratio top to back. i like the idea of carbon rods, it reduces the weight instead of using ebony strips or steel rods. how is the weight of the red cedar neck? what is it like compared to traditional mahogany, or the light weight spanish cedar? i am cons...
by kpcart
Tue Apr 14, 2015 10:36 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: anyone know what this wood is?
Replies: 10
Views: 2954

anyone know what this wood is?

anyone know this wood? I have access to some long dried logs which are far more then wide enough for 2 pieces backs and long enough for ribs(sides) and for neck blanks. i cut this smaller piece at the quarter and the grain is good, with seemingly no grain runount over this size. i have had 3 oppions...
by kpcart
Sun Apr 12, 2015 10:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Heads up BRW
Replies: 5
Views: 1990

Re: Heads up BRW

i have a friend that bought one of these sets from this ebay seller - but it was a couple weeks back when he had 2 piece sets. got it for $750 i think it was with an offer on the auction. im looking forward to seeing it before he sends it to a luthier for a build http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/BRAZILIAN...