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My first build....4 string guitar or ukulele?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by JayneV, Nov 8, 2020.

  1. Wulf

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    i like it jayne...it really does look good...eye catching unique and interesting...the flash highlights the shape and contours in a tasteful way...graceful and flowing...do we get a twirl?....i AM impressed nice to see she is wearing a matching bonnet too
    maybe more ladies should design guitars
     
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    100% of the credit for the shape goes to @John Backlund, I will accept credit for the colour, purple is my favourite colour, the dark, deep purple variety. The highlights in the drawing are intended to represent light reflections from a high gloss finish. Hope I can replicate the effect on the real thing. Painting isn’t one of my strengths and the paint job could make or break the look. But this is my first build and very much a learning exercise so any mistakes are things I know not to do next time.
     
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    You on your own however chose the much more flexible tenor guitar. Learning how to build and play a tenor was a great joy to me, there's only so many weird guitars you can make and I can't stand most of them :lol: Take care

    Dave
     
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    I've been saying THAT for years ;)
     
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    Hey everyone! Just wanted to make a quick post to say that there won’t be much build action happening this week. I will busy with other things. Hopefully I will also get a chance to squeeze in a a few minutes work on the guitar now and then. Hope you all have a wonderful week!
     
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    It’s my last nightshift at work tonight before going onto my rostered 4 days off. Can’t wait to get back to making some sawdust. The weather is not going to be very friendly this weekend, so I may have to limit myself to mornings only. Temps are expected to hit 39C (102F) - YUCK!

    With the truss rod, I’m thinking of mounting it so that the adjuster nut is at the heel end of the neck, something similar to this...
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    What are your thoughts? The truss rod I have has a hex key adjuster nut.
     
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    A truss rod nut at the rear is easier to build, but a little more difficult to adjust, as you need some access cavity for it. If you have a pickguard, that may need to be removed too to get to it.
     
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    Yeah, it's getting warm through the day.... right now at 9pm it's 25C and I've got a flanno on.... feeling a tad cool...
     
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    That’s what I thought. Once the guitar is set up, how often would you you expect to adjust the truss rod? If it isn’t very often, then it wouldn’t matter if it is a bit harder to get access to it. I was thinking access through the neck pickup cavity.
     
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    Trev, don’t you Queenslanders always feel cool when the temp dips below 30? :p
     
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    mostly..:cool:.... when the air dries out and there's less humidity I start to feel cool...

    we like our warm steam blanket...:D
     
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    You can have the steam, I’m not compatible with too much heat and humidity.
     
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    :lol::lol: that heel adjust is my preference. Build a stiff, straight neck, adjust it maybe twice in 20 years? With the woods you guys have there? Geeeez maybe once :)

    Dave
     
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    Then again my necks with reinforcing bar you adjust by pulling the frets, reradius the board then new frets
    With my oldest, that's once in 31 years;)

    Dave
     
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    The temperature got up to 41C at my place yesterday so doing anything in the garage was out of the question. I sketched out the pattern on the neck blank and marked the position for the tuner holes. That was about the only thing I could do in the comfort of air conditioning inside the house. I don’t like the heat of the summer very much, give me a cold winters day anytime. Too much heat makes me grouchy and whiny (insert toddler like tantrum here :confused::eek::cry:o_O:lol:).

    Today’s is going to be a repeat of yesterday’s weather. Argh! Oh well, time to become familiar with Fusion 360 and work on designing my next project, an electric Greek bouzouki! I seem to have caught some kind of bug, the kind of bug that makes me want to built a string instrument. :D

    Hope you all have a great day!!
     
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    I could be wrong, but I don’t think we have ever had a Greek bouzouki build thread before...
     
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    No, but I've always wanted one :D
     
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    I might get to start a new trend. :p When I have a design figured out, I'll start a thread. The bouzouki will have more thought put into the design phase than the tenor guitar did.
     
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    I think making a traditional Greek bowl backed bouzouki would be an incredibly difficult undertaking. I have worked on bowl backed (neapolitan) mandolins to repair cracks and I can't imagine trying to scratch built one. There are plans available at several locations for Irish bouzouki's which in my mind would not only be much easier to build (more or less like an acoustic guitar) but much easier to play. I have a friend who plays one as part of contemporary acoustic music.

    Like your current build, I'll be watching this.
     
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    It won't be a traditional Greek bouzouki. I don't think I would have the patience or skill required to glue all those strips of timber to form a bowl back. Eeek! The thought of doing that is hurting my brain! My version will have a solid(ish) body with a flat back and be purely electric, still bouncing ideas around in my head. I haven't been able to find a great deal of information on Greek bouzoukis yet. There seems to be much more for the Irish version. From what little information I have found so far, it seems that the Greek bouzouki usually has a longer scale (around 670mm) than the Irish version. I used to have a bouzouki that my mother bought for me during a trip to Greece when I was a child. It was a cheap one but would have been very useful to take measurements from. I don't know what ever happened to that bouzouki, haven't seen it in close to 35 years. Too bad. I want to built something based on the Greek bouzouki due to my Greek heritage.
     
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