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by kpcart
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Qualities of Spruce
Replies: 17
Views: 1126

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: 1126

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: 2815

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: 2815

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: 2981

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: 2981

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: 4
Views: 1465

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: 4
Views: 1465

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: 5
Views: 1527

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: 2300

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: 5
Views: 1527

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: 1108

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: 5
Views: 1527

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: 3698

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: 2055

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: 2146

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: 3666

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: 3666

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: 3666

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: 2580

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.
by kpcart
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Honduran Rosewood Tenor
Replies: 5
Views: 2357

Re: Honduran Rosewood Tenor

I like it all, except the chose of savarez Allianz for strings, but hey strings can be replaced. Great work!
by kpcart
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Slim-line Tenor Ukulele
Replies: 8
Views: 2569

Re: Slim-line Tenor Ukulele

Are the tuners derjung? The buttons look like a set of acacia buttons. I bought from derjung
by kpcart
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: First Classical
Replies: 8
Views: 2757

Re: First Classical

sounds like a good result. :git
by kpcart
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: First Classical
Replies: 8
Views: 2757

Re: First Classical

China is a modern guitar builder's friend, search guitar Bridge tie on ebay! Scrape off the premade ones wood tie plate and glue on a bone one! Basically for $10-15 you have a professional quality bridge, and less work for the same result.
by kpcart
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: First Classical
Replies: 8
Views: 2757

Re: First Classical

I just take the underside down a fraction, and slightly round it to match the slightly domed soundboard. Then take the saddle lip down a bit as I only do 10 or 11mm saddle height for classical and 7mm for flamenco. Mine are 18 - 20gram for classical or 16g for flamenco, and I don't use a bridge plat...