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by kpcart
Tue Jul 14, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!
Replies: 94
Views: 24248

Re: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!

nice red soundboard.
by kpcart
Tue May 19, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: King Billy Pine/ Queensland walnut classical
Replies: 12
Views: 6124

Re: King Billy Pine/ Queensland walnut classical

on a Chinese ebay purchased heating bender, Hi - do you have a link to the seller? I have been looking at these - you're happy with it? no I bought it on ebay from china, there are heaps of bending irons on there, I think mine was sold as a violin one but works for guitar sides too, as the iron is ...
by kpcart
Thu May 07, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: King Billy Pine/ Queensland walnut classical
Replies: 12
Views: 6124

Re: King Billy Pine/ Queensland walnut classical

Hi. What method did you use to bend the sides. I have tried a couple of sets with no luck on a Chinese ebay purchased heating bender, no water, just wood straight on it, bent really easy on the 2 guitars I built with it. didn't have any problem with silica like others say, but mine were quite thin ...
by kpcart
Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Norfolk Island Pine/Gidgee Classical guitar
Replies: 9
Views: 6373

Re: Norfolk Island Pine/Gidgee Classical guitar

Guitar sounds good but you sound great. Nice pieces, worth saying what they were as I thought I recognised the first one, but not sure of the titles. Nice colour variation between bridge and neck positions and well done on building guitars and keeping your nails in good shape. I struggle with that....
by kpcart
Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Norfolk Island Pine/Gidgee Classical guitar
Replies: 9
Views: 6373

Re: Norfolk Island Pine/Gidgee Classical guitar

after playing the guitar in for a few weeks, sound samples of 3 varying pieces: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hxtpomg74jdvz0t/VID_20200216_201111.mp4?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/gwhq69u2z5i34dr/VID_20200216_200851.mp4?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/qp9a4gve1zcu4v2/VID_20200216_200625.mp4?dl=0 I reall...
by kpcart
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Qualities of Spruce
Replies: 17
Views: 7237

Re: Qualities of Spruce

A couple thing about spruces: The trees supply about 60% of the worlds oxygen. most European spruces (Swiss, Norway,German, Carpathian, Frech, Italian etc) are all the same tree (Picea Abies). Bosnian/Serbian Spruce common in violin making is a different European spruce (Picea omorika) The American ...
by kpcart
Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Qualities of Spruce
Replies: 17
Views: 7237

Re: Qualities of Spruce

all will work for classical, but you need to judge the wood on its tap tone and stiffness weight, not on its name or origin.
by kpcart
Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Flamenco blanca - lutz & leyland cypress
Replies: 18
Views: 9922

Re: Flamenco blanca - lutz & leyland cypress

this is probably my favourite looking guitar I have seen in this forum.
by kpcart
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Flamenco blanca - lutz & leyland cypress
Replies: 18
Views: 9922

Re: Flamenco blanca - lutz & leyland cypress

That is so nice to look at. Leyland cypress has an interesting story, it's a hybrid, its parents are 2 cypresses commonly used for guitar making, Monterey Cypress (macrocarpa) and alaskan yellow cedar. The mother plant was yellow cedar, and the father was macro, by wind pollination, the property own...
by kpcart
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Makore and Lutz Tenor with Scrimshaw Inlay
Replies: 9
Views: 6730

Re: Makore and Lutz Tenor with Scrimshaw Inlay

PS, awesome uke build. I want my building to one day match yours in art form.
by kpcart
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Makore and Lutz Tenor with Scrimshaw Inlay
Replies: 9
Views: 6730

Re: Makore and Lutz Tenor with Scrimshaw Inlay

Lutz like every wood needs to be judged on its own merits. In a recent trip to USA, I purchased heaps of American spruces, I found all varieties can vary, some match European spruce, others are harder or heavier, others lighter and weaker, or sometimes lighter and stiffer!!. At the end of the day, i...
by kpcart
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: King Billy Pine/ Queensland walnut classical
Replies: 12
Views: 6124

Re: King Billy Pine/ Queensland walnut classical

Queensland walnut is simple, and bends nice and easy, pretty decent taptone, but not as good as rosewood. Has a nice ribbon effect, grain changes colour when viewed from different angles.
by kpcart
Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: King Billy Pine/ Queensland walnut classical
Replies: 12
Views: 6124

King Billy Pine/ Queensland walnut classical

Built in 2017 for a family member.
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by kpcart
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Norfolk Island Pine/Gidgee Classical guitar
Replies: 9
Views: 6373

Re: Norfolk Island Pine/Gidgee Classical guitar

The Gidgee from curly timbers was sold as parlor size, so sides were a bit short, hence big endgraft with vic blackwood.
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by kpcart
Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Savings up to 63% and a free T
Replies: 5
Views: 3211

Re: Savings up to 63% and a free T

Got some great light weight sitka and western hemlock from these guys. Gr8 timber they have.
by kpcart
Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Norfolk Island Pine/Gidgee Classical guitar
Replies: 9
Views: 6373

Re: Norfolk Island Pine/Gidgee Classical guitar

IMG_20190724_180519.jpg IMG_20190724_180422.jpg Yeh I haven't seen any as even colour as spruce for instance, but I don't care, I judge the timber on its tap tone and feel (stiffness, weight). These trees grow more ornamental and in different weather conditions and not in forests like alpine conife...
by kpcart
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Spruce/Indian Rosewood traditional classical guitar
Replies: 1
Views: 3532

Spruce/Indian Rosewood traditional classical guitar

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by kpcart
Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Norfolk Island Pine/Gidgee Classical guitar
Replies: 9
Views: 6373

Norfolk Island Pine/Gidgee Classical guitar

Krzysztof Piotrowicz No. 11 Classical Guitar. Ive been getting great results from the Araucaria timbers (Bunya Pine is the most famous) and recommend these woods as a Spruce alternative, and a better instrument timber for classical guitars than the tasmanian soft conifers (Huon pine and King Billy p...
by kpcart
Thu May 16, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Build #2: Steel String
Replies: 16
Views: 8418

Re: Build #2: Steel String

Looks good, don't worry about mistakes. Build for sound first and foremost.
by kpcart
Thu May 16, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Introduction & 1st Build
Replies: 6
Views: 5000

Re: Introduction & 1st Build

Stuart that looks really neat. I keep facing this issue of the rosette. I would prefer to not use a commercial one but I also don't want to spend what would probably be weeks doing a traditional one. That one looks good. What are you using for the bridge and saddle? Other option is design a rosette...
by kpcart
Sat May 11, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: shipping overseas
Replies: 6
Views: 3157

Re: shipping overseas

Go to a different Australia Post post office that will accept it. I've sent guitar packages overseas oversize about 10 times, one of my local POs won't take them, but an LPO does. So maybe try an LPO. They are a bunch of annoying clowns are Australia Post, I never use them interstate, use smartsend....
by kpcart
Sat May 11, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Flamenco guitar
Replies: 14
Views: 8374

Re: Flamenco guitar

Kpcart - the depth is 90mm and 95mm... What is usual for flamencos? It varies, usually shallower for cypress than Rosewood. I've Seen as low as 82mm to 87mm, giving great bounce between back and top, pumping out heaps of air through sound hole. Your photo just looked wider than I thought. It all de...
by kpcart
Mon May 06, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Flamenco guitar
Replies: 14
Views: 8374

Re: Flamenco guitar

BTW, what is osmo?
by kpcart
Mon May 06, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Flamenco guitar
Replies: 14
Views: 8374

Re: Flamenco guitar

Looks cool low sheen as is. Good use of traditional Torres Rossette, I've used that a couple times too but not the purfling to match, it looks good though. Sides look quite deep for a flamenco, what's the depth? Ebony binding? Tricky to bend without cracks hey.
by kpcart
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Fresh off the bench Blackwood/spruce classical (PIC HEAVY)
Replies: 6
Views: 5725

Re: Fresh off the bench Blackwood/spruce classical (PIC HEAVY)

Nice guitar, what about back bracing? I find that just as important to the sound as the top, they have to speak with each other. I'd probably use 4 braces instead of 3 on blackwood from the sets I've got, but haven't used that timber yet.