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by Mark McLean
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Another hollow electric
Replies: 11
Views: 926

Re: Another hollow electric

Ok. Thanks. You have given me enough info to give it a good try. Can't be worse than my last effort.
by Mark McLean
Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Another hollow electric
Replies: 11
Views: 926

Re: Another hollow electric

Thanks for the info Mark. That really explains it. But I have some follow-up questions (sorry). When you mention 8oz cloth, I presume that is referring to 8oz/sq yard, which seems to be a specification I see in that merchant’s website? Secondly, do you lay this up in a flat square shape and then cut...
by Mark McLean
Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Another hollow electric
Replies: 11
Views: 926

Re: Another hollow electric

OK - I reread your post and see that you did state that it is CF under the timber. Can you share how you fashion that CF frame?
Love your work.
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by Mark McLean
Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Another hollow electric
Replies: 11
Views: 926

Re: Another hollow electric

Hi Mark. That is absolutely lovely. I am particularly interested in the tailpiece. Is that all timber, or a timber veneer over a metal frame? I tried to do a similar thing once, using blackwood and CF in a sandwich. It swung off a bolt anchored in the tailblock - just like yours. Mine had a complete...
by Mark McLean
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: home made c-clamps for gluing plates to rims
Replies: 11
Views: 13190

Re: home made c-clamps for gluing plates to rims

That is cool. I knew I would not have been the first to think if it.
by Mark McLean
Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: home made c-clamps for gluing plates to rims
Replies: 11
Views: 13190

Re: home made c-clamps for gluing plates to rims

Hi Jules. I was not aware of the different grades. My clamps would be made from the cheap stuff. If the other one has thicker walls it would likely be stiffer. it would still do the job but you would want to cut it in thinner slices to get about the same clamping pressure. You don't need a vice-like...
by Mark McLean
Sun May 24, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Englemann and Blackwood O size
Replies: 2
Views: 570

Re: Englemann and Blackwood O size

That is one very lucky 9 year old. I hope he/she will be playing it for many years to come.
by Mark McLean
Sun May 24, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: King Billy Pine/Blackwood Tenor guitar
Replies: 3
Views: 425

Re: King Billy Pine/Blackwood Tenor guitar

That looks like a beauty Peter. Elegant simplicity in the timber and the appointments. It all works really well visually, and you are obviously happy with the sound. I really like the rounded shape and the sloped shoulders. Is that your own body shape or did you model it off an old design?
by Mark McLean
Sun May 17, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Tiger and Bunya O size
Replies: 3
Views: 465

Re: Tiger and Bunya O size

There is all of the classic stuff there - in lovely Aussie timbers. Nice.
by Mark McLean
Mon May 11, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Quality Machine heads
Replies: 16
Views: 1713

Re: Quality Machine heads

I do like the look of the Rubner tuners with roller ends. Might need to give them a try. And I wish I had seen them earlier as I am building a 7-string guitar at the moment and had a bit of hassle putting together a set of 7 tuners - but Rubner sell 7-string sets. If I ever build another one they wi...
by Mark McLean
Sat May 09, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Quality Machine heads
Replies: 16
Views: 1713

Re: Quality Machine heads

I, too, have been disappointed with Schallers and have replaced them. The two times that I have used Gotoh 510s they seemed very good - but I have been reading about extremely long delivery time on some of their models so check carefully before you order. Eventually, I have come to the conclusion th...
by Mark McLean
Tue Apr 21, 2020 5:48 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Concert Uke with Orchid Inlay
Replies: 3
Views: 947

Re: Concert Uke with Orchid Inlay

OK, so now we know you grow orchids as well as building ukes. A complete renaissance man.
by Mark McLean
Tue Apr 21, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Tele Build
Replies: 9
Views: 1567

Re: New Tele Build

Why does it have to be a tele shape? The great thing about building your own guitar is that you can make one that doesn’t look like all of the other one that come from a factory production line. How about you design a different shape that fits your nice piece of wood?
by Mark McLean
Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Re Coating Danish Oil too Quickly.....Problems??
Replies: 4
Views: 1372

Re: Re Coating Danish Oil too Quickly.....Problems??

Hi Sam That should be fine. Just give it a bit of curing time. There are lots of different formulations that call themselves "Danish". Not all the same. I have used that Organoil stuff for a few necks and it cured into a very durable and hard finish. I really like it. A very experienced luthier once...
by Mark McLean
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!
Replies: 80
Views: 15995

Re: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!

Richard, this is looking great. Lockdown has been a very productive time for you. This doesn’t get counted in GDP figures but I think many of us are doing important things right now!
by Mark McLean
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Honduran Rosewood Baritone
Replies: 5
Views: 1270

Re: Honduran Rosewood Baritone

Very nice Mr McFarlen. I am working on the fingerboard for my current guitar build and I am going to steal your idea for the nice curved and bound end of the fb at the soundhole. Just giving credit now, ‘ cause later I probably won’t remember where I got that idea.
by Mark McLean
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Installing kerfing without
Replies: 3
Views: 1615

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Installing kerfing without

Good one Robbie. I like the reverse kerfing, but It has broken on me a few times. Hopefully, no more.
by Mark McLean
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Fret Clamping Pliers
Replies: 2
Views: 1105

Re: Fret Clamping Pliers

Interesting idea - thanks for passing it on. My guess is that is is designed for fretting or refretting on the neck because the lower jaw has that curved block to fit the neck shape. But my neck profile changes along the length of the neck so maybe the wood block on the bottom jaw would need to be c...
by Mark McLean
Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bellied up top
Replies: 28
Views: 4231

Re: Bellied up top

My first build (a cedar top OM) did the same thing, and for the same reason that you have diagnosed. I definitely over-did the scalloping on the diagonal tone bars, and probably on the X-braces in the area between the X and the bridge plate. Like yours, it sounded great (an under-braced top is reall...
by Mark McLean
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:09 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: What happened to the post on the Gibson Super 400
Replies: 5
Views: 1421

Re: What happened to the post on the Gibson Super 400

It disappeared from the OLF too. Presumably Martin Taylor was asked to remove it, either by the film producers or by Gibson?
by Mark McLean
Tue Mar 10, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Somogyi bridge
Replies: 5
Views: 4136

Re: Somogyi bridge

Yes, I had noticed that too. And just for the sake of any potential customers - I am happy to offer a custom made guitar, with pointy bits if desired, at about a 90% discount against Mr Somogyi’s prices. But I will admit that my guitars are probably only 10% as good. Good luck to him.
by Mark McLean
Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 17 inch jazz commish
Replies: 11
Views: 5202

Re: 17 inch jazz commish

Beautiful work Rod. It reminds me of Scott Chinery’s Blue Guitars project, which I saw at the Smithsonian Institute a few years ago.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uadXz7Nsmqk
Your guitar would fit right into that company (D’Aquisto, Benedetto, Manzer, Monteleone)
by Mark McLean
Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Somogyi bridge
Replies: 5
Views: 4136

Re: Somogyi bridge

Hi Dave. I have noticed them too, and James Olson guitars have a similar bridge shape ( not quite as pointed). I had assumed it was just Ervin’s visual signature. He does pointy things on the headstock too. I can’t think of a physical reason why a wavy line on the back of the bridge wound give bette...
by Mark McLean
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bolt-on neck and Upper Transverse Brace
Replies: 6
Views: 3910

Re: Bolt-on neck and Upper Transverse Brace

The patent (US9520108) shows a number of variations on the invention. It looks like they went with the one labelled Figure 2, which has the full width transverse brace below the soundhole.
Yes, some field research at your local dealer is definitely in order.
by Mark McLean
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bolt-on neck and Upper Transverse Brace
Replies: 6
Views: 3910

Re: Bolt-on neck and Upper Transverse Brace

OK, it seems that the V-class Taylors do have a UTB, but they just left it out of the publicity photos. I am saying this without having actually seen one, so correct me if you have physical evidence that I am wrong. But here are some diagrams from the patent application. DB63887E-0304-480F-8EF0-C0AB...