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  1. Its not a M&T, its a bolted butt joint. You see them from time to time on ukuleles and its somewhat similar to Taylors NT joint except for the shims and bolt in the fretboard extension. If Bob is still around and has the neck off he can check the length by knowing that the insert is 1/2 inch long. If the neck is still on the guitar measure the length of the neck block, add 1/16 for the sides, 1/2 for the insert. He does not want the bolt to bottom out in the insert. Also, Bob, you should use Belleville washers under the bolt heads.
  2. I just worked on one. They should be SAE 1/4-20. The ones I use are 1-1/4 long but that might not be right for an A&L/Seagull.
  3. Thanks Neal I'll tell two little anedotes. Both concern a all mahogany 00 sized guitar that I built a few years ago. Shortly after I built it I took it to the Steel String Listening session at the Guild of American Lutherie conference. That kind of a cool concept - builders submit a guitar, they are tuned by the same helper, then the same player plays the same little ditty on each one. The builder stands up and talks about his/her guitar - materials, bracing, finish, building theory.... The guitar before mine was a beautiful modern fingerstyle guitar - it has about every buzz word in modern lutherie. It had a sound port and offset sound hole and double topped lattice braced with fan frets and a floating fretboard. Build from some mystery wood and carrying a price tag close to a new car. Mine was played next and I stood up, introduced myself and said "my guitar is the antithesis of the one you just heard. It is my tribute to the wonderful cheap guitars of the Depression era that I grew up listening to. It is simple mahogany, simple bracing and simple appointments. It would have sold for fifteen buck in 1930...." I sat down and the woman next to me whispered "I liked yours better" Second story. I took that same guitar to a jam following a house concert a couple of weeks ago. I got passed around, one guy was raving about how good it sounds (he normally plays a big blingy expensive Taylor dread). He asked if I would sell it, I said no. He asked if I would build one for him, I said maybe. This guy is an encyclopedia of knowledge about folk and root music - for years he has hosted a folk music show on our local public radio. Oh, and he is blind.
  4. Any of those are great guitars. But they are rather different guitars - three Martin dreads in very different woods, a couple of classic Gibbies and the little short scale Taylor. None of them would be my choice (I have an old D18 and an old D12-28 and never play them). However if you are going to play bluegrass those are the guitars to play. Preferably an old one.
  5. I got to fix a crap shooter's uke once a long time ago
  6. Thanks Dad, but if I wanted an SG (which I don't) I'd just make one.
  7. Yes, my first guitar, still have it and still play it. Did the sawn off neck reset a few years ago, took it on a road trip this summer. I've built two other 12 strings to try to resolve the things I don't like about the Martin. I play them a lot Probably off topic since they are all acoustics. As far as my electrics, I have the three that I need to cover all the bases and play all three of them.
  8. Two Martin dreadnaughts. A million years ago I thought I needed a Martin. Then I thought I needed a Martin 12 string. Then I discovered that I don't like dreadnaughts. They sit in the basement waiting for me to do something with them. Some day I will The cheap little plywood Yamie I play frequently. The bimmer I sold last year...
  9. Got a reply back from Neil Harpe (he was helpful when I built my long scale 12 string a few years back). He says it is a 1932 Oscar Schmidt model #5066-G, sold new for twenty bucks (notice that you can get a dozen of them for $90). When you think about a $20 guitar at the height of the Depression that would be a pretty high end instrument. Mine is in remarkably good condition for a 90 year old instrument. It needs a neck reset (which I can do but will put off for a while) and the bridge plate is pretty chewed up, action is a mile high but its a killer slide guitar.
  10. No idea about the poly spray or the acrylic - StewMac recommends 3 - 4 cans of lacquer to finish a guitar. I usually put 12 to 15 coats of clear on after doing whatever color I've applied. I doubt that my buddy did any "protective" finish after he dipped his. As far as masking the fretboard just tear off a piece of masking tape and stick it on one end. Then move down the f/b sticking it down at each fret - I use a little block of wood to press it against the fret. You want to keep the other end of the tape in the air so you can stretch it tight against the frets. With the one inch tape I use I have to put a piece in the center. I sometimes get a little bit of finish under the tape at a couple of frets - that scrapes back with a box cutter blade. I frankly don't know what to expect about soaking the guitar in water (but I also haven't watched your movie).
  11. I'm guessing 1920 to 30. It was not one of their cheaper models - the pearloid fretboard and gold rosette tell me it was somewhat up market. I've got some research to do. Sure fun to play
  12. Neal wil appreciate this. We were away from the house last weekend and when we returned there was a message on my machine. "Hi Freeman, you probably don't remember me but I met you 40 or so years ago when we were in a professional society. I'm retired, do a little wood working and built a couple of guitars. A mutual friend thought I should show them to you...." I actually remembered his name, gave a call and invited him to stop by. He arrived with three cases, a very nice classical guitar that he had built, a very nice baritone ukulele, and a funky old clapboard case with some stickers on it. I admired the classical and uke, then he said "have you ever heard of Stella guitars?" "oh my god yes, I said, I love the old Stellas and have built a copy of one of their 12 strings". I opened the case and inside was a sweet little parlor guitar with the faint "Stella" logo. He said "I'm cleaning out a bunch of stuff and would you like it?". I said "of course, what do you want for it?". He said "(our friend) suggested that you might set up my classical so it is a little easier to play, if you would do that the Stella is yours". So, I am in the process of doing a setup on his classical guitar. Here is MY new old guitar Ladder braced, of course, unknown wood but the top and back are each one piece. Mother of toilet seat fret board, some cool engraving. Interesting gold sparkle rosette and purfling. Remarkably good shape, it needs a reset eventually but a little setup right now and its very playable. Seemed appropriate that the first thing I played on it was the wonderful Jay Unger theme from the Civil War series, Ashokan Fairwell. Then a little Betty and Dupree, Freight Train, some MJH. My kind of guitar.
  13. I didn't do this, a friend brought me a guitar that he had "painted" and asked me to route for the bridge and do the wiring. As far as finishing a fretboard, I wouldn't personally do it (I don't like maple boards). It seems like a far better plan would be to buy a kit guitar (or body and neck) with a screw on neck, do whatever you want to the body and leave the f/b in peace. Ironic thing about that guitar - after we got it all put together it was stolen. The owner brought me two more Jagstang's to have fitted with bridges and I didn't think they were nearly as good as the original one
  14. Just another funky old guitar that wandered in to the shop when I wasn't looking. Buddy just bought an L5 (a real one) and asked me to get a couple of his other guitars ready to sell so he can finance he old Gibbie. Thread drift, sorry.
  15. I don't know. I was picking up another guitar that needed work at the music store and an old friend was standing there with a fender case. He asked if I would take a look at this guitar - he has been trying to hunt down a buzz that he thinks is coming from the nut. I commented on 5 springs on the trem - he says he never uses it but did say that he had to run the action pretty high. I haven't had time to do anything with it (and he is leaving for Scotland so he is in no hurry) but I thought about this thread and snapped a picture. However just to confirm what the saddles are made out of I'll put a magnet on them tomorrow - titanium is not magnetic. I just read back what I just wrote and I'm not sure it makes any sense. Sort of like that new fender guitar....
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