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  1. I bought an ukulele some years back for my son. I took it off the wall, put it in it's gig bag and gave it to him when I got home. It was a present to take to the Beach (Florida) and play. My fingers will not comply with the board width. Nor will they fit on a mandolin. My index fingertip covers 4 strings on a mandolin and there's no way to body-english them to work. Neal Paisley plays the ukulele well and I thought I'd be able to catch up. But, no, man's got to know his limitations.

  2. Misha, let's back up a bit and talk about your stolen truss rod. I mean, I know truss rod theft is a popular thing these days and those bandits are pretty good at swiping them the second you look away. That's why I keep a padlock on my truss rod when I venture out with the guitar. You'll just have to be more careful!

    Seriously, though - truss rod stolen? That your way of saying it won't change your neck relief?

    Like has been suggested, shimming the saddle works. The way I do it is by laying on a bead of (medium cure) superglue along the bottom of the saddle and then holding it firmly onto a piece of copier paper. It cures pretty much instantly. I make sure the copier paper is on top of a piece of wax paper. Then I trim the edges off with a single edge razor blade evenly with the sides/ends of the saddle. I repeat the process as many times as needed to get the height I need. Then, when it's right I drag the bottom edge flatly over a piece of very fine sandpaper (1000 grit) that's lying on a flat surface (table or countertop) just to knock off any slight imperfections. Just a couple times over the sandpaper is all that's needed. Been doing that for years. Copier paper is typically around 2.5 mils thick (0.0025")

  3. Late to the party. This is a short ditty played on a Yamaha classical guitar that was modified to accept 0.010 gauge set steel strings. Howard (garthman) suggested I experiment with the concept to shortcut what might be a long search for a 12 fret guitar that meets my preferences. So, without much hesitation, I proceeded to sharpen the tools and effect what is now a very decent 12-fret guitar. Thanks again for the push, Howard. I'm late this VOM1T because I had to heal the tip of my left index finger after a bout with a sharp wood chisel, which also abbreviated the playing of this piece. Thanks.

    Edit: The ringtone you hear in the beginning is an incoming text on my new cell phone. I'm on the grid!



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  4. On 4/1/2020 at 8:46 PM, kwakatak said:

    Hi everyone. My intent was to pick this back up in the spring and I have. I traced my Larrivee OM again and cut out and routed two templates (out of bitch plywood this time) which will be used to make a bending form. 

    I also sharpened my blades and trued the soles on my planes and got to work planing the black walnut back and sides to a thickness of .1” for the sides and .11” for the back. I also inlaid a zig zag back strip in the back. 

    Finally, I traced the templates and cut out a rough outline on my little Ryobi bandsaw.  I did this so that I could better measure the thickness close to the center strip and have less material to have to plane away with my No. 5 bench plane. 



    I’m contemplating on what to do next. I’m set to brace the back but feel like I should focus on the sides. If I do the latter, I want to make another mold from birch plywood because the MDF didn’t come out as well as I’d hoped and the material is not as easy to work with as plywood is. I’d also like to make a steam box instead of using a hot pipe or nylon heating blanket. 

    What should I do?

    I'd probably focus on the equipment and obtain/fabricate it to my satisfaction, meaning it will do what it was designed/intended to do within an acceptable degree or error, before going into the construction of the guitar. But, that's me. I can fly but prefer to tinker with the mechanics of flying, meaning I'm much more interested in the mechanisms of flight than I am in the dynamics of it. This necessarily involves tools, fixtures, jigs and other equipment related to the scope of building and maintenance. I design and build stuff to that end and it's so much more interesting and rewarding than maintaining a compass heading at Angels 5.

  5. 1-11/16" is narrow but as a cross-over it should get some attention from people looking to expand into nylon without having to re-vamp muscle memory. Or, as mentioned, as an easier first step into playing guitar. I gave a Yamaha cross-over to one of my sons, that is similar to the Fender in neck geometry and dimensions, and it gave him the entry level ease he needed. And it certainly looks the part (uncharacteristic of Fender). I'm kind of surprised Fender would bow to a more traditional representation.

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  6. 21 hours ago, baldbloke said:

    Thank you all.


    I'd love to respond individually but you know that would be OTT.


    Mr Idunno,

    I have no technical or practical abilities pertaining to guitar construction, theory or whatever. In fact, I can barely form an F chord. There, I said it. After 40 years, I admitted it.

    On a different topic,

    How many folks here have played a Stonebridge or Furch guitar? I have two. They sound so beautiful when I play instrumentals. (limited ability. )




    I've never played either but they've been brought up for discussion here many times, as all other makes/models have over the years. So, you play instrumentals. Maybe that's what clicks in my memory about you. That's pretty much all I do, and all I would do if not for the audience's preference for songs. But, we can duck for cover here away from those audiences and get away with our druthers.

  7. 19 minutes ago, baldbloke said:

    Hi  back.

    Thank you all so much for replying. It means a lot. More than you know.

    Plus - thank you so much for welcoming me back. 

    Phil, thank you for responding to that question. I can not fault your logic. 

    I hope I can contribute enough to interest others. Be it on or off topic. 

    The forum here is so quiet though. Does anyone remember 10(ish) years ago? Can we loosen up a bit and get this party restarted?



    BB, I remember the name but vaguely so you'll have to sharpen my memory. Were you ever into building guitars? I seem to remember there was some connection with the technical aspects of the acoustic guitar and you. Or, maybe it was technically related to playing. Anyway, here we are - partying on.

  8. I've played them alongside other similarly priced brands. Nothing to write home about, nothing to slight them for, if I needed a new classical I'd revisit them.

  9. Reading music is certainly a musician's duty to learn. Both of my sons sight read (piano, guitar and violin) and my youngest has perfect pitch. I've yet to fail him tuning his guitar by ear alone. He tunes it, I check it with a tuner, and it's spot on. We keep the house musical. My own sight reading isn't too shabby but after >>>>>>>>> years with a guitar in my hands I don't need to read a melody to know how to play it. But, I'm on the back slide of my musical journey and you're beginning so get with the pros and let them accelerate your skills. You'll only be better for it. And, thanks for the compliment on my pipes.

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  10. Everything will go under lockdown until the hysteria has passed. Don't worry about it. You, being asthmatic, need to heed the warnings so don't get impatient.

    The so-called "belting out" simply means letting go of your inhibitions (fears) and learning where your limitations are. If you don't find them then you can't develop past them. If your asthma is a factor then you will need to work within its bounds, and testing beyond them. You have a nice voice so sing.

  11. Not bad at all, Misha. I think I hear all the right pitches where they need to be and the inflections are very listenable. I do hear some holding back. Don't do that. Get it out of your diaphragm. That's why we sing. We release what's down there needing to come out. Holding back is usually because we fear losing control if we just belt it out. I'm not speaking about volume. I speaking about power over the notes and for that to become second nature you have to stop constricting your capacity for vocalizing. Nice job and keep singing.

  12. The list is decidedly off-kilter to my eye and experience. Suggesting a Seagull S6 is a good beginner guitar tells me the rater is not a player with the experience necessary to take into account the physics of the guitar itself in the context of a new player, such as neck heft, and the S6 neck is rather hefty for a beginner. The numerical rating scores are, therefore, simple optics for simple minds but otherwise useless.

    A standard rule of thumb for suggesting a guitar to an entry-level person is to get out to the stores and get personal with them. Your hand has to place that F chord, not mine. You have to quickly and fluidly shift from a D-maj to a Bm to an A-maj in three strums (one per chord) and the guitar that best suits that is the one you need to consider buying.

    Sound is secondary to the mechanics of developing skills and the best guitar for developing skills is the one you need to buy.

  13. 12 hours ago, Phil O'Keefe said:

    What about them bothers you?


    See garthman's post. My hands are on the large size of huge and I have zero gap-factor with the narrower nuts, meaning I'm going to mute adjacent strings and no technique is going to change that set of physics. I can effectively play two adjacent strings on a nut of 1-5/8 inch with one fingertip. That works until the notes on those two strings don't share the same fret. I wish I could play smaller necks. Even on a 1-3/4 width I have to capo 2 frets for the extra real estate if I'm going to be working up-tempo. I tune a full step down for that. So, classical guitar is my go-to until someone comes along and makes an affordable 1-7/8" -  2.00" width player. That said, I don't think I'm going to be presented with one any time soon unless I scare up my own magic.

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  14. One of the characteristics of the cedar and mahogany soundboards are their susceptibility to even the slightest increases in relative humidity. If you can manage 45% they sound very nice (build-dependent) but when they start to see a rise towards 50% they begin to dampen the sound significantly. It's the primary reason I divested myself of the cedar topped Breedlove concert I had. It was fussy, I'm fussier and I didn't need the competition.

  15. If I thought of playing guitar as an exercise in copying other players I'd probably not enjoy it as much. I was playing Classical Gas on a Yamaha FG230 in late 74, having woodshed it for a year, and 6 months later put the guitar down for almost 30 years. Tommy is a couple months older than me. I sometimes wondered if I'd be anywhere near his level had I stayed as disciplined over the years as I was that first year. Then I realized probably not because I'd lost interest in listening to published music just before I quit playing to focus on writing. Tommy did the opposite. He doubled-down on his study of other players as icons to emulate where I drifted off to study just the guitar in a direction of my own. Then, life occurred and it was not defined by the acoustic guitar as Tommy's was.

  16. Anyone here peruse their site just for grins? I went on it the other day to get something and have to say the place does inspire the building bug. If I didn't know better I might be tempted to assemble the stuff for it, or make my own just based on the optics.

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