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First Archtop

Post by martintaylor » Sat Jul 02, 2016 7:37 pm

So, this is my first archtop build.
Soundboard: Englemann Spruce
Back and sides: QLD Maple
Neck: Australian Red Cedar
Fretboard: Australian Gidgee
Pickguard and headstock veneer: Gidgee
Bindings: Curly Maple
Pickup: Benedetto S6

I'm really pleased with the outcome, it is loud acoustically and sounds awesome plugged in. I will definitely be making more. I loved the hand carving although my wife would probably point out at this moment that I did complain of shoulder pain at the time!

Also, the bridge is an experiment to try and get full contact and also have adjustability. It is a little heavier (35g) than what I want to get to (25g) but I will make a few options for it I think.
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Re: First Archtop

Post by GregL » Sat Jul 02, 2016 8:09 pm

Hi Martin,

Looks great!
Is that Ebony bridge?
Is that Gidgee tailpiece?
How did you handle the "wraparound" tailpiece extension to the endpin? Is it glued to the underside of the tailpiece?

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Re: First Archtop

Post by Jeremy D » Sat Jul 02, 2016 8:12 pm

That's a real beauty. I would love to get to the point where I can try an archtop.
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Re: First Archtop

Post by martintaylor » Sat Jul 02, 2016 8:31 pm

Hi Greg,
GregL wrote:Is that Ebony bridge?
Yes it is Ebony. This is really old African ebony that I was given by a retired Luthier. It is really nice to work.
GregL wrote:Is that Gidgee tailpiece?
Yes the tailpiece is also Gidgee. This was sourced from Pete at Curly Timbers
GregL wrote:How did you handle the "wraparound" tailpiece extension to the endpin? Is it glued to the underside of the tailpiece?
I made a custom endpin on my drill press (I don't yet have a lathe) out of Gidgee and it is friction fitted. The tailpiece stays because of the tension from the strings and doesn't need to be glued in place.

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Re: First Archtop

Post by Graham Long » Sat Jul 02, 2016 9:13 pm

That looks fantastic, and mostly Australian wood to boot.
Can't wait to see the next one
Great work!, not over stated, just quality.

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Re: First Archtop

Post by demonx » Sun Jul 03, 2016 4:57 pm

Looks very tasteful, nice butt pic too, binding contrasts very well.

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Re: First Archtop

Post by Dave M » Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:19 am

Lovely looking guitar Martin.

I am always struck by the big scratch plates put on archtops. Does the playing style really need them? This is a completely innocent question, I know nothing about the playing of (presumably jazz) guitarists. It just sometimes seems a pity to obscure one of those rather lovely f holes.
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Re: First Archtop

Post by Nick » Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:22 am

Beautiful job Martin :cl :cl :cl :cl :cl . I love carving archies, it's a very 'therapeutic', all be it, tiring job but to hear the sound evolve in the timber as more is removed. Nice match of timbers too, the more I see Gidgee the more I like it!
Interesting choice with the full contact bridge (as opposed to the 'traditional' feet), what was your thinking/reasoning for going with it? And great idea to use the wedge style, I use and offer both styles if I get a commission and a friend of mine uses the wedge style exclusively on his bass guitars.
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