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by Mark McLean
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 00 Acoustic build thread.
Replies: 22
Views: 224

Re: 00 Acoustic build thread.

Work out what you are going to do regarding the neck joint before you glue in any neck block, and ideally before you glue the heel to the neck. The most common timber used for neck and tail blocks would be mahogany - same as your neck material. But it doesn’t need to be the same. There are a few opt...
by Mark McLean
Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:49 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 00 Acoustic build thread.
Replies: 22
Views: 224

Re: 00 Acoustic build thread.

You are ready to glue in the neck and heel blocks. Next decision is what type of neck joint to use - bolt on or dovetail. You can get into a massive debate over this issue but pretty much everyone here at ANZLF seems to be in the bolt-on camp. I think it is definitely the right way to go. Even tradi...
by Mark McLean
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 00 Acoustic build thread.
Replies: 22
Views: 224

Re: 00 Acoustic build thread.

I think the Grellier plan for a 00 is 14 frets clear of the body, and 633mm (24.9 inch) scale length. That would be fine, and no need to deviate from the plan unless you have a specific desire. For your first build it would be best to stick to the drawings - at least as far as dimensions go. You can...
by Mark McLean
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 00 Acoustic build thread.
Replies: 22
Views: 224

Re: 00 Acoustic build thread.

Hi Joseph Looking very good so far. My only comment would be on the glue choice. Is the Gorilla PVA Glue the one you are planning to use for the whole build? I have no experience with it myself, but most people are wary of using PVA glues because of the issue of cold creep which can be an issue over...
by Mark McLean
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Musical Instrument Auction Melbourne.
Replies: 6
Views: 514

Re: Musical Instrument Auction Melbourne.

My son went to the auction in Melbourne and put in some bids for me. The prices well exceeded the “bargain” estimates in the catalogue, so we ended up empty handed. He commented that it is interesting that unplayable old banjos are a lot cheaper than unplayable old mandolins. But on the other hand s...
by Mark McLean
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mouldy HHG
Replies: 2
Views: 540

Re: Mouldy HHG

If you have some left over after a glue up you can freeze it. I make it up in a small jam jar that sits in a baby bottle warmer during use. After the job is done just put the lid on and stick it in the freezer. Then straight back to the warmer when you want to reuse it. You can leave left-over glue ...
by Mark McLean
Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Tenor Air Uke
Replies: 3
Views: 668

Re: Tenor Air Uke

A fascinating project, and nice design. Shame it missed out on the scrimshaw treatment.
15 fret. Is that unusual?
by Mark McLean
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Student build -
Replies: 6
Views: 770

Re: Student build -

The grins there are priceless!
by Mark McLean
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: King Billy Pine/ Queensland walnut classical
Replies: 4
Views: 691

Re: King Billy Pine/ Queensland walnut classical

So now I understand why it is called Qld walnut - it looks just like walnut, which is one of my favourite guitar timbers. That instrument looks great! How is it to work with? It is nice to see indigenous timbers pairing up so well.
by Mark McLean
Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Norfolk Island Pine/Gidgee Classical guitar
Replies: 5
Views: 788

Re: Norfolk Island Pine/Gidgee Classical guitar

Very interesting to see Norfolk Island pine used in instrument building. I have been considering various options in local timbers and hadn’t considered this one. Thanks for sharing your experience with it.
by Mark McLean
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mitred Purflings
Replies: 3
Views: 1327

Re: Mitred Purflings

You are right Dave - they make absolutely no difference to sound or playability, but a big contribution to the “snazzy factor” of the look. I haven’t perfected it yet either, but I know a few elements that make a difference: 1. Wide purflings like yours are harder to get right. Even a slightly “off”...
by Mark McLean
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tele Thinline Build
Replies: 44
Views: 8421

Re: Tele Thinline Build

“To err is human - but to really fuck things up you need power tools!” Commiserations about the router mishap, but we have all been there at some stage. Regarding the dilemma of whether to use nice wood for your top, let me relate a tale. I built my first (acoustic) guitar from a kit, so it had pre-...
by Mark McLean
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Hollow electric
Replies: 6
Views: 1108

Re: Hollow electric

Lovely guitar, and great photos. I like it a lot.
by Mark McLean
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Replacing an acoustic back
Replies: 6
Views: 1334

Re: Replacing an acoustic back

Yeah - you have left us hanging out for a long time for another one of these tutes. Keep them coming Steve. All good stuff, and we are vicariously living the dream of being a big-time repair guy.
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by Mark McLean
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Head stock inlay - Photos
Replies: 7
Views: 1238

Re: Head stock inlay - Photos

Fantastic work. It is lovely art in its own right, but also marries perfectly to the aesthetic of the instrument. Inspiring.
by Mark McLean
Wed May 29, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Builder Just Joined The Forum
Replies: 11
Views: 1607

Re: Builder Just Joined The Forum

Hi Andy, and welcome. There are more acoustic than electric players/ builders in the forum these days? But we all appreciate the skill put into each instrument, of whatever type, Please keep showing us your stuff.
by Mark McLean
Tue May 28, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: First Uke
Replies: 5
Views: 1114

Re: First Uke

Lucky it is almost light as a feather, but not so light as to blow away over Bass Straight! Obviously indicates a finely crafted instrument.
by Mark McLean
Tue May 28, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: relic lecky
Replies: 3
Views: 1043

Re: relic lecky

Nigel I love the reliced look you achieve. Maybe I am interested in this because my ability to produce a clean conventional finish is very poor - and I realize I should work on that. However, the ability to produce something that looks plausible used and worn is also something that I am interested i...
by Mark McLean
Sun May 26, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: RIP Kym Bell (scripsit)
Replies: 6
Views: 3106

Re: RIP Kym Bell (scripsit)

Sad news, but thanks for passing it on Martin. The story around that guitar really represents what I love about this as a pass-time (with no disrespect to the few that are making their living from it).
by Mark McLean
Sun May 19, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: First Uke
Replies: 5
Views: 1114

Re: First Uke

That is stunning figure in the timber. I am glad you managed to pull that out of the vege patch and make something nice out of it. Are you going to scrounge for the guitar timber as well? Start checking out the dunny door and so forth :)
by Mark McLean
Thu May 16, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Build #2: Steel String
Replies: 16
Views: 2344

Re: Build #2: Steel String

I couldn’t agree more. Build for good sound, and FEEL. Aesthetic imperfections are pretty meaningless. The most beautiful instrument in the world is going to quickly lose its beauty with time and use - but it will not gain in sound quality if it does not have that attribute to begin with. That looks...
by Mark McLean
Fri May 10, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.
Replies: 96
Views: 11827

Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Pete, to my eye the one with the herringbone trim looks no less shapely than her sister. I like the classic look of the herringbone. If they are looking different it might be an illusion produced by the presence of the fingerboard and strings on one of them, rather than the purfling. But it is all i...
by Mark McLean
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Light Bridges
Replies: 20
Views: 2595

Re: Light Bridges

Yes, that is a really nice discussion of wood toning. Thanks for the link.
by Mark McLean
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Light Bridges
Replies: 20
Views: 2595

Re: Light Bridges

I have never tried ebonizing timber. How deep does the colour change go into the timber? Wayne Not very deep. It probably depends on the porosity and thickness of the piece, but when I ebonized an entire neck (blackwood) I found it only penetrated about 1-2mm. This is basically a finishing step. Yo...
by Mark McLean
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Student build - Spruce/Blackwood OM
Replies: 4
Views: 1348

Re: Student build - Spruce/Blackwood OM

Wow. For a first time build he really nailed it. He must be stoked, and I guess his teacher is too! The design and execution are excellent, and it looks like you could dive into the figuring of that blackwood.