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by Mark McLean
Mon May 21, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Tenor Uke in Master Grade Australian Blackwood
Replies: 7
Views: 182

Re: Tenor Uke in Master Grade Australian Blackwood

Yep - that is sensational stuff, and beautifully used.
by Mark McLean
Fri May 18, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: #013 "3 Planks" guitar build - "Lucky"
Replies: 5
Views: 227

Re: #013 "3 Planks" guitar build - "Lucky"

Yep - this is going to be pretty interesting. When you are going this far off the beaten path nobody will be able to say you have done it wrong (as long as the thing is playable). I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
by Mark McLean
Thu May 17, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 12 frets cutaway in Blackwood/Redwood
Replies: 2
Views: 166

Re: 12 frets cutaway in Blackwood/Redwood

Hello, and welcome to ANZLF. Those are a couple of nice instruments that you ahve shown us. Very well put together. The redwood and blackwood combo looks sweet. It is a timber pairing that I haven't seen before but I imagine that it would go well for an acoustic. I notice a couple of unusual feature...
by Mark McLean
Mon May 14, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: #012 - "3 Planks" 6 String fretless bass
Replies: 2
Views: 151

Re: #012 - "3 Planks" 6 String fretless bass

Hi Pete I love the attitude shown in this guitar - just get the job done. And it sounds great!. The bolt-on headstock, metal plates to hold the planks together (is there glue in there too, or can you really break the whole thing down with a phillips-head screwdriver?) - it is a triumph of practicali...
by Mark McLean
Fri May 11, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Acoustic Bass Guitar
Replies: 3
Views: 180

Re: Acoustic Bass Guitar

It is great to see one of your instruments here Craig. That is a monster. Looks great. Your own design, or off a plan? What things do you need to alter making a bass, compared to a six string? Obviously the scale length - but do you brace it differently, or anything else different in the constructio...
by Mark McLean
Wed May 09, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Huon pine in a laminated neck?
Replies: 10
Views: 408

Re: Huon pine in a laminated neck?

I haven’t replied so far because I have not used Huon pine in this way. But now you have me thinking. When looking at the specs it does indeed, seem to be a good contender for guitar neck building. It has very similar characteristics to mahogany, which most would consider to be the gold standard. On...
by Mark McLean
Fri May 04, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Cheap nut and saddle vise
Replies: 1
Views: 183

Re: Cheap nut and saddle vise

OK, that looks like it would get the job done! I love to see somethimg cheap-ass but also perfectly effective
by Mark McLean
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Pinless Acoustic Bridge
Replies: 7
Views: 432

Re: Pinless Acoustic Bridge

Alan I don't have a drawing to offer you, but I do really like the design that Jim provided. I have noticed that two of the most prominent makers who use pinless bridges (Takamine, Lowden) also use a split saddle for string compensation, and I am wondering why this is so? There doesn't seem to be an...
by Mark McLean
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to set up floating trems
Replies: 2
Views: 197

Re: How to set up floating trems

I never play or repair this type of instrument - but I still found this an entertaining and informative read with my morning coffee. Thanks Steve
by Mark McLean
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Laminating sides
Replies: 3
Views: 285

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Laminating sides

Thanks for introducing us to the hand-pump vacuum system. Do you think this could be used with something like the LMI vacuum bridge clamp? I have been keen to use vacuum clamping for bridges, but I don't have much need for vacuum clamping in other situations. For instance, I am very happy with go-ba...
by Mark McLean
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stewmac Rosette soundhole cutter jig
Replies: 16
Views: 962

Re: Stewmac Rosette soundhole cutter jig

This one too if you need one? One use that comes to mind would be for a back slanted saddle pocket. In fact on further inspection of the link that is exactly what they demonstrate on the "learn" tab on the page. http://www.stewmac.com/SiteSearch/?search=tilt%20router%20base Ross $75 for a thing tha...
by Mark McLean
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood article
Replies: 13
Views: 590

Re: Rosewood article

In the Ord River area of WA they are growing sandlewood as a plantation timber for the perfume industry. It is starting to be quite profitable but the lag time between planting and getting a paying crop must be very long. I imagine it would be even longer for plantation rosewood. I don’t think we co...
by Mark McLean
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Donations drive to help cover forum running costs
Replies: 19
Views: 1102

Re: Donations drive to help cover forum running costs

Thanks guys. The link is handy. I was having trouble before that too.
We are very grateful to you both for keeping the lights on at the ANZLF.
by Mark McLean
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New member 1st build research
Replies: 3
Views: 361

Re: New member 1st build research

Hi Martin. Welcome to the wacky world of DIY luthery. One of the great things about building your own instrument is being able to choose all of the elements for yourself - as you are doing. Your specs list sounds good to me. One issue to consider as a first time builder is whether you are going to f...
by Mark McLean
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Pear Shaped Tenor Ukes
Replies: 8
Views: 576

Re: Pear Shaped Tenor Ukes

Or falcate
by Mark McLean
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Pear Shaped Tenor Ukes
Replies: 8
Views: 576

Re: Pear Shaped Tenor Ukes

Hi Paul These look great, and It is really cool that building in a batch has allowed for some controlled experimentation with different designs. This is really useful information. It sounds like the main influence of the floating bridge and tailpiece on sound is more attack/less sustain? That makes ...
by Mark McLean
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: tone
Replies: 5
Views: 469

Re: tone

What Alain said is a good place to start. New string, check the nut. Then you can start to look at the saddle placement in the bridge. What sort of guitar style, what type of bridge? Are there individual adjustable saddles for each string? If so, it might be fixed with a saddle adjustment, rather th...
by Mark McLean
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cutting 1mm slots / rings for rosettes
Replies: 15
Views: 940

Re: Cutting 1mm slots / rings for rosettes

Gerard Gilet showed me a trick that really helps. It is mentioned in "The Books". Cut the channel a little bit thinner than the width of the purfling material that you are using. For the 0.9mm BWB that you mention in your example you might cut a channel of 0.75 or 0.8. Then scrape off the bottom ins...
by Mark McLean
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 8-string fan-fret bouzouki guitar
Replies: 6
Views: 564

Re: 8-string fan-fret bouzouki guitar

If you ever want to have a go at a bouzouki I really suggest that you get a copy of Graham's book. He has great instructions and plans for a number of different designs. I picked what seemed to be the easiest, but then added a couple of customized features.
by Mark McLean
Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood Concert with Cherry Blossome inlay
Replies: 8
Views: 1036

Re: Blackwood Concert with Cherry Blossome inlay

OK - now you are just showing off!
Mods - isn't it about time that we banned this man?
by Mark McLean
Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Soprano in Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce
Replies: 7
Views: 575

Re: Soprano in Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce

OK. Interesting, and clever. I have been doing it like the perimeter binding, or a soundhole binding - hand bending a straight strip of timber. But a smaller round or oval shape for a side port becomes a challenge. Your method for cutting a circle out of a solid piece is a good fix - for those that ...
by Mark McLean
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Soprano in Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce
Replies: 7
Views: 575

Re: Soprano in Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce

Allen
When you bind the soundport on such a small instrument you have to pull off a tricky tight bend on those bindings. Any tips on how to do that, especially with a snap-happy bit of figured wood like that jarrah?
by Mark McLean
Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 8-string fan-fret bouzouki guitar
Replies: 6
Views: 564

Re: 8-string fan-fret bouzouki guitar

Thanks Trent. I did a google image search on "f-holes" and looked at lots of pictures, found something a bit non-traditional that I liked and copied that picture into a graphics program to play with the size and proportions. Printed it, cut it out and pasted onto some stiff card to make a template. ...
by Mark McLean
Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 8-string fan-fret bouzouki guitar
Replies: 6
Views: 564

Re: 8-string fan-fret bouzouki guitar

Hi Allen Ebonizing is an interesting pocess. Results are highly variable depending on the timber species, and even the individual piece. It depends on how much tannin is in the wood. Blackwood tends to go very dark, but you still see a hint of golden colour shining through. It is very superficial, l...
by Mark McLean
Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 8-string fan-fret bouzouki guitar
Replies: 6
Views: 564

8-string fan-fret bouzouki guitar

Blackwood and lutz spruce Blackwood neck (ebonized) Macassar ebony fretboard Blackwood bindings Hand-rubbed hard-wax oil finish image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg This is a strange creature - made on a whim and for the want of trying some new techniques. I have made 5 acoustic guitars so far, so I am far...