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by Ormsby Guitars
Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: To set or not to set? That is the question (neck joint qu)
Replies: 14
Views: 6273

Re: To set or not to set? That is the question (neck joint q

That will be more than enough to glue it in just fine. By making it deeper, and gluing a bit on the bottom on the heel, wont add anything... just more glue joints. Think about it like this.... if the headstock was scarf jointed, you'd have EXACTLY the same string tension on that joint, but MUCH LESS...
by Ormsby Guitars
Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:20 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: GuitarMaker.com - new website
Replies: 10
Views: 5551

Re: GuitarMaker.com - new website

Good feedback Perry -- you were certainly someone I hoped would offer some thoughts. A lot of what you've said is what I was thinking about initially when developing the site. I'd say it's certainly not intended to be a magic solution but rather part of the mix for luthiers who are already doing th...
by Ormsby Guitars
Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: GuitarMaker.com - new website
Replies: 10
Views: 5551

Re: GuitarMaker.com - new website

Luthiers do a TERRIBLE job of marketing themselves. Not a week goes by when I don't speak to at least one guy looking for help in that department. Whilst I do believe websites like you've created are useful, you'll find that luthiers are generally pretty lazy when it comes to presenting themselves, ...
by Ormsby Guitars
Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:29 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What to charge?
Replies: 16
Views: 6527

Re: What to charge?

I stopped doing refinishes for people last year because I can't be bothered. I had no trouble charging $1250 for a bolt on design. Sounds expensive? Go get a quote on getting a door resprayed on your car. They wont buff it. It will be two coats of paint. It will have orange peel. Zero skill needed t...
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Scalloping
Replies: 15
Views: 5613

Re: Scalloping

Wondering aloud again......is the end result that much different from the player's perspective for a hand scalloped fretboard versus a CNC scalloped one? There should be zero difference. CNC is simply a tool. Is a cnc carved neck back a different feel to a hand carved neck back, when the goal is a ...
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Scalloping
Replies: 15
Views: 5613

Re: Scalloping

What trouble are you having using the cnc? Im about to do a bunch of scallops on multiscale fretboards. Not only are they curved and decreasing in width, but angled AND different lengths (the scallops do not cover the full width of the fretboard). Im not expecting any issues. If you can draw it, its...
by Ormsby Guitars
Sat May 24, 2014 4:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic body
Replies: 56
Views: 20905

Re: Acoustic body

I disagree regarding endorsements. I understand acoustic builders are different to electric builders, but that is mindset more than anything. (Regarding pricing and marketing). I don't use endorsees to sell guitars. I think it's a waste of time, dollar for dollar. I do offer a discount to people who...
by Ormsby Guitars
Sat May 24, 2014 11:03 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic body
Replies: 56
Views: 20905

Re: Acoustic body

IMO, low production would be 1 a week, high production is really a commercial enterprise which has the capacity to churn out hundreds to thousands per week Most of the guys making a living, that i talk to, are around 15-25 a year. That living is pretty 'average' though (although its better in the U...
by Ormsby Guitars
Fri May 23, 2014 3:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic body
Replies: 56
Views: 20905

Re: Acoustic body

So you admit it Perry,, you are a bit of a romantic when it comes to guitars Just because something is your full time career, does not mean the passion is lost you didn't use the word ROMANTIC but for one with the PASSION you have for playing with wood you can't deny that the romance is still there...
by Ormsby Guitars
Fri May 23, 2014 11:10 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic body
Replies: 56
Views: 20905

Re: Acoustic body

Which is unfortunate. I was under the impression there were quite a few guys here doing this as a business, or at least a paid hobby. I guess us paid hobbyists attack it from a different angle (well I do at least). I quote the customer an all up price and an approximate delivery time which I always...
by Ormsby Guitars
Thu May 22, 2014 2:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic body
Replies: 56
Views: 20905

Re: Acoustic body

Perry's question is quite valid, and his approach to manufacturing is also valid, I work in manufacturing and ask the very same questions all day. Problem is it was asked on forum full of people doing it for every reason other than mass manufacturing, speed and volume. So Perry I don't think you wi...
by Ormsby Guitars
Thu May 22, 2014 9:53 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic body
Replies: 56
Views: 20905

Re: Acoustic body

I can understand your perplexity at why somebody would spend hours carving a top when there is a much quicker method Perry but you build electric guitars which only have to have a representation of a shape carved into them to look right. An archtop's top is THE main sound generator (as with any aco...
by Ormsby Guitars
Thu May 22, 2014 9:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic body
Replies: 56
Views: 20905

Re: Acoustic body

ahh, thanks for the sarcasm. Forgive me for sharing an idea that cuts 8 hours of hard labour from a build. There is ZERO 'romance' in spending 8 hours doing something which is achieved in 40 minutes. Want to finish it off with one inch long 'luthier' planes? Go for it. If some of you guys took advi...
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed May 21, 2014 10:12 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic body
Replies: 56
Views: 20905

Re: Acoustic body

simso wrote:
I'm curious in your above examples perry, whether both are sole builders, or sole repairers or they do both

Steve
Both are full time builders, with very limited repairs/setups. Ie: under a couple hours a week
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed May 21, 2014 10:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic body
Replies: 56
Views: 20905

Re: Acoustic body

Wow!! Go buy yourself a grinder with a 40 grit sanding disc. Rough carve takes 15 minutes max. 5-10 minutes to clean up that carve with a 120 disc, then go to the orbital for ten minutes to get it up to 240 grit. Wow....I wonder why Jimmy Daquisto and other famous archtop builders never worked thei...
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed May 21, 2014 7:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic body
Replies: 56
Views: 20905

Re: Acoustic body

Wow!!

Go buy yourself a grinder with a 40 grit sanding disc. Rough carve takes 15 minutes max. 5-10 minutes to clean up that carve with a 120 disc, then go to the orbital for ten minutes to get it up to 240 grit.
by Ormsby Guitars
Tue May 20, 2014 8:51 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic body
Replies: 56
Views: 20905

Re: Acoustic body

rocket wrote:Bout 175 hours to complete an archtop box inc.binding and recurve, this is a conservative estimate.
Cheers,,

Rod.
Ok, now I'm curious... if you ONLY had to carve a top, how long does it take, and what tools do YOU use? Just the top... not the back of the top... assume its a solid body.
by Ormsby Guitars
Tue May 20, 2014 12:27 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic body
Replies: 56
Views: 20905

Re: Acoustic body

Ive seen both their work, ultra clean. And like I said, both are within an hour of each other for ALL other aspects, combined: neck, fretting, neck joint, assembly, setup, etc etc etc.

So, back to the original question, how long does it take YOU?
by Ormsby Guitars
Sat May 17, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic body
Replies: 56
Views: 20905

Re: Acoustic body

The funny thing is, both these guys have the same setup in regards to machinery and tools. They were within an hour of each other for building necks, lacquering, sanding, setup, etc. but building the box was a massive difference. Both are putting out a similar number of instruments a year at the sam...
by Ormsby Guitars
Sat May 17, 2014 10:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic body
Replies: 56
Views: 20905

Acoustic body

Been chatting with a couple acoustic makers lately about some projects they were working on, and we got talking about efficiency. You know, jigs, scheduling, etc etc, to make their products faster and more accurate. Im working with them on their marketing, but you know how it is... you get sidetrack...
by Ormsby Guitars
Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ormsby Guitars - exciting new stuff
Replies: 5
Views: 2820

Re: Ormsby Guitars - exciting new stuff

All you loothiers best watch out, Im going to wipe the floor with you all. I cant wait to see the impact of this new model sweep across the world. Im in talks with both Coles, and Bunnings, to offer these in kit form (pickup, string, bridge, nut, battery, strap, and elastic bands not included. Some...
by Ormsby Guitars
Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:44 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ormsby Guitars - exciting new stuff
Replies: 5
Views: 2820

Ormsby Guitars - exciting new stuff

Kind of got sick of spending all day making guitars that are fancy. So, I decided to make a new model that is really easy to build, low material cost, and high impact. All you loothiers best watch out, Im going to wipe the floor with you all. I cant wait to see the impact of this new model sweep acr...
by Ormsby Guitars
Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:41 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: HeartBleed Bug - SSL Vulnerability
Replies: 8
Views: 3897

Re: HeartBleed Bug - SSL Vulnerability

This has been a known issue for two years, and there are zero cases of any compromises, so I wouldnt stress too much.
by Ormsby Guitars
Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guitar builder vises bought straight in from Taiwan.
Replies: 89
Views: 41604

Re: Guitar builder vises bought straight in from Taiwan.

And if you order enough, they send you xmas cards! :)
by Ormsby Guitars
Sun Mar 30, 2014 1:10 pm
Forum: Health and Safety
Topic: Nitro versus skin....
Replies: 14
Views: 15301

Re: Nitro versus skin....

Ok, so an update because this is three years old...

I havent had an issue for over six months now, which coincides with me stopping all repair work. So, Im thinking it was lemon oil. That was something I used daily, now, only once a week.