Whoa, talk about the best thread coming back from slumber with a vengeance. Are we going to see more GY bursts come to life?
Hi Tom and thanks for posting. First time I scaned a top was on a laser scanner but the point cloud was so large that I couldn't load it into Rhino. I had to ask the scanning studio to thin the resolution down to be able to load and even then it was very hard to process. I'm sure some of the newer hand held laser scanners can do a good job and it is definitely safer for those expensive guitars.
I also find it faster and easier to capture most other measurements with the arm because except for tops and neck shapes everything else is 2D (body, covers and headatock outlines) or dots and simple distances (frets, holes, drills.. etc). Still wish I could afford a good laser scanner and be able to 3d scan a whole guitar in seconds.
Don't know whether there is a scanner that can do....
It's very cool being able to get those super dense clouds.
Personally, I will not go that path because I don't need billions of dots to get the geometry right.
After all, when creating the surfaces and outlines the meshes and lines are eventually based on a few hundred points at best so investing in a laser point cloud devise is not getting my job easier or better, if anything it will complicate things for an old school dog such as myself (-;
The great thing about the arm is that it is able to pick a singe dot at a time which is really what's needed usually, but on the other hand the manual collecting is sometimes tough especially with a curved top.
There are many ways to skin a cat but the essence of my post was mostly about that 1960 top being more "perfect" than previous ones and it was more about the source and the history behind it.
We are using a service...
I'm not sure I know what "arm" you are talking about. I assume it is a digitizing arm of some sort? Do you have a screen shot or brand name? Sounds really cool.
A good friend of mine, Joe Perry, asked me to babysit and protect his '59 Burst as Gibson scribed it at his house. I saw Edwin use the same type of scribe, but a much earlier version. I videotaped the whole process, which was several hours. Oddly enough, the Gibson rep also had the Tom Scholz prototype in his trunk.I'm using the MicroScribe 6MX arm:
It can also be combined with the laser attachment if I'll ever need it @ 28000 points per/sec.
a bit late to the party... gil what's your take on ABR 1 bridges?
They need to be old originals or identical replicas to sound as expected, otherwise they may do more harm than good being a crucial part of the tone chain.
Also a matter of taste… some like the thin/bright sounding SS but in the context of this thread I’d keep it true to the old ones.