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crazydave911

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She's dry. Gonna let her set a few days and route for the binding then see how I messed up lol 🤣
 

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The two braces in the X are notched where they cross. The little linen patch in theory strengthens the crossing point. Martin did it, Gibson I believe does not. I did it on my first couple of guitars using gun cleaning patches, on recent ones I have glued a little spruce piece across the crossing

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I glue a small piece of the brace material across X brace crossing. Never used the gauze. I have seen it on many guitars.
 

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Suffering from Old Timers here but wasn't it Jean Larivee that took a classical guitar shape and made a steel string out of it? 🤔
 

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A couple of jobs along the way, first I resurrected my old Conn Classical.
A little cleaning and oiling the fretboard. I find knotting plain end strings therapeutic but that's me lol 🤣
And yes, it had no bridge when I got it and the original was rather large and oddly shaped. Needless to say, replacement bridges didn't match and Conn was defunct (and probably didn't sell parts in any case) so I carefully inlaid thin binding along the bottom and it works for me lol

Next, what I call my OM. Well a little confession, you may notice the headstock is not my design. Well this came along about the time I was quitting building acoustics and my old mentor at the Martin 1833 Workshop sent me (free of charge mind you) a returned kit (returned due to shipping damage) of what he called an OM. Bless his heart he was trying to encourage me. Well the top was demolished (splinters) and the back and sides of walnut, a personal fave. Now I had quite a few top sets leftover and was a little confused. Dimensionally it was approximately the size of my Grand Auditorium (I called it) but Martin shaped though very close. The bridge was missing though I had an early Gibson bolt on. It also had the Martin one piece neck, I had no experience with those or pin bridges. With a wild hair I decided to rewind an old Teisco pickup I had and put it in here and made myself a top, a little thicker to prevent feedback and reprofiled the headstock because I didn't want it associated with Martin, I've never been happy with it and Martin the Martian seems to agree lol. When I put the box together not having any experience I didn't inlay the herringbone backstrip or bind it ala 17 style.
Also, now Marty prepare to laugh like a little girl, I had no experience with new pin bridges. I know now it wasn't reamed for the pins so I whittled some of maple, no heads obviously. Now NO, I didn't bolt it on, I plugged the holes and glued it on but left the adjustor and made a rosewood saddle to fit.
Now I was never happy with the acoustic tone but as usual loved the Teisco pickup. Now over the years that's where it sat in the closet.

Well I first removed the strings and pins, having to drill one out. I then reamed for my pins. I removed the saddle, the shim and bottom (threaded part) of the adjustor and fitted a bone compensated saddle. I went through my stash and found a set of nickel 12-52 strings and installed. Net result? MUCH better acoustic and electric tone and I'm enjoying it immensely 😁

Oh yeah, reamed for a boxwood tailspin too
 

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So this was your first acoustic build with bridge pins? For the record, I had to whittle/sand/scrape bone inlay into side dots on my first paduak guitar, so I get where you are coming from.
 

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So this was your first acoustic build with bridge pins? For the record, I had to whittle/sand/scrape bone inlay into side dots on my first paduak guitar, so I get where you are coming from.
Yeah, I came up with MY painless bridge rather early and never used pins. Even though on further reflection my bridge did look rather big on my parlours, leading to a redesign of a slightly smaller one. My third guitar with single soundhole I bought a pin bridge last year and will not use my last painless (which should go in a museum dedicated to showing Ovation I was two years ahead of them and their damn patent). I laid it on the top and it was MUCH to big (what was I thinking).
Hopefully at some point I'll be building my first new acoustic in over 30 years. A cedar top with hopefully birch or mahogany or sycamore back and sides. Classical shaped (like my Conn) only deeper. Deep boxes were kinda my trademark long ago. Hopefully I'll also get some white oak and finish my last parlour though I have decided not to use the original mahogany neck 😉
 

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Got the Yamaha routed for back binding though I will have to shim where the kink was, it's just too deep

Oh well lol 🤣
 

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Installing and dressing mahogany shims to match the body

And my Spanish steel string mold pattern 😁
 

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Done filling the mahogany, and waiting on my check. The binding I have wasn't the size I thought.

But I had a scrap of.060 and with the white I think I have a winner 😁
 

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