12 Falcate braced Steel String

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johnparchem
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12 Falcate braced Steel String

Post by johnparchem » Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:13 am

I built this as a commission, although I told the client that it was an experimental build as it was my first 12 string. I did use a lot of information from the Gore\Gilet books including the bracing pattern and bolt on\off neck design. The body is the Gore medium size steel string. I followed a tutorial from Craig Lawrence on the Australian\New Zealand Luthiers Forum for the 2 string per pin bridge. Richard Woods (Woodsy23 on also on anzlf) modified and ran an existing Finite Element (FE) model he had, for 12 strings load, both light and medium (EJ38s and EJ39s). He determined I would need to increase the height of the falcate braces to 10 mm for the EJ38s and 11 mm for the EJ39s. I ended up with 10.5 mm as I wanted to limit the monopole frequency of the top to keep it in the typical SS range. I ended with 175 Hz top frequency (that I may work to lower to 170 Hz). I have a spectrum analysis with strings at the bottom of this post. I did not measure the bridge rotation under load, but it looks good to my eyes.

The top is Lutz Spruce, back and sides Ziricote.
Bridge BRW, Fretboard EIR, Ebony bindings
rosette, Headstock, backstrap, end wedge, heel cap and side purfling are all Koa.
Finish: EM6000 on zpoxy fill for the body and CA fill and Royal Lac for the neck and head stock.

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yakka
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Re: 12 Falcate braced Steel String

Post by yakka » Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:01 pm

first i have seen this post looks very good but, even more import sounds really good, your customer should be very pleased.

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kiwigeo
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Re: 12 Falcate braced Steel String

Post by kiwigeo » Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:20 pm

Nice work John and she sounds really great...not too overpowering in the bass.
Martin

Lex
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Re: 12 Falcate braced Steel String

Post by Lex » Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:14 pm

Yes, very nice work ,sounds nice also . Curious what your finished soundboard thickness was ?

Cheers Tod Gilding

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