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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by guitarbuilder, Nov 26, 2011.
Good to here from you Dave, hope all goes well and things work out.
Ohh man, I'm NO expert in this field and know just enough to be dangerous. I can't say anything except that the Stradivarius design is the most well known and copied of all the historical violin makers. There are several others that are absolutely exceptional instruments that are thought of as equals. I can't even begin to tell you anything about the nuances between them all with any kind of authority. Sorry for not being much help!
There was a great story on 60 Minutes a few years back on the history of Stradivarius and the town/village of Cremona in Italy. There are a bunch of builders there now that pretty much build the same style and use the methods he created. Itzhak Perlman was on and he said at that time that an original (like his) would go for around 15 million and even he couldn't ever afford another one. A proven build formula something like what Leo did.
$50 on eBay.
Even tho they are sold as 6 in line or 3x3, each tuner head is easily reversible, so you can make any configuration you want.
Well, I guess I’ll have to keep my word, and, uh, like you a lot.
Taking a 2" thick glue-up slab of Sassafras down to 1-3/4" today. This pic measures about 0.07" (1.5mm) short of goal.
wired it up and it works.. no hums...sweet...
had to make up a control plate and a neck pickup ring to hold everything...
I'm out of knobs though.... had to order some in.... weighs in @ 7.7 Lbs.... not too bad..
I used good old standby regular Titebond I (red)
Koa, at least the few pieces I have, vary in hardness or at least my perception of it. That top, wholly cow I'd say it's harder than any maple drop top I have ever used. The neck wood I am using for that guitar is also Koa and it kind of resembles more of a Mahogany feel.
Koa chips easily, I'm not saying it's brittle but I've had some issues with tear outs even on multiple super shallow passes with a router, hell I had a tear out with a sander and 80 grit and even while scraping the radius on the edge. I'm finding it difficult to finish sand as well. I made a head plate veneer and a cavity cover from the top scraps and sanding all these pieces has be nightmarish.
Mainly because the stock I have is very porous and I keep finding/uncovering tiny voids as I sand the top. I love the look of the wood, it's still a favorite but only in the looks department. I'll rule it out as a favorite wood to work with.
I wasn't crazy about how light colored the Sapele mahogany is so I stained it.
Had a good morning. I have a neck blank rough cut and a good working template. Now to study.
I like that headstock... sort of 'modern-traditional'.
Ahh, Tone you can taste. Looks good.
Thanks, If you are talking to me, that's what I was going for.
Thanks for the "heads up" on the Koa! I am glad I haven't already purchased it here in Atlanta. I definitely don't want to get into a 30 hour carve and have it chunk pieces out while sanding and shaping. Visually, once you stained that Sapele mahogany it went from a 2 to a 10. Thanks, again.
been wanting a 2x12 upright cabinet...today was a good day to get started...i have pair of Eminence Texas Heat speakers to throw in it. cab dimensions are: 20"w x 28.5"h bottom is 14" and the top is 10".
I like this plan!
Jeez Jup!!!!!! Whatever you do don't start a speaker cabinet just yet!!!! Finish the "you know what" first!
Likin don't cost nothin
Quilted Maple & Koa A2 rod mag P90’s. Wide spaced, 2 3/8” at the bridge upon request for Eric Schoenberg. Finished with hemp twine and schellac.
those are just stunning. bet they sound amazing. very cool!
For those who don’t know Eric, he is THE man for all things vintage Martin in these parts. His tiny but amazing shop in Tiburon, CA is not to be missed if you are in the area.