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Jazz Guitar

Discussion in 'Projects, Builds, Woodworking, Metalworks' started by Goldhedge, Jan 16, 2016.



  1. Goldhedge

    Goldhedge Modal Operator/Moderator Site Mgr Site Supporter

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    Guess I'll be the first to christen this thread - other than Searcher's ongoing projects thread...


    Finally! It is done. Except for minor tweaking of the string action, it is finished.

    Took me two years (garage is cold in winter) to do it, between having a day job and a life.

    Maple back, neck, and sides. Spruce top. Ebony appointments. Binding is Mahogany/maple/mahogany. Armstrong floating pickup.


    I also made the varnish from fossilized amber and linseed oil. Very durable.


    Here are some pictures.



    Parallel bracing

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    Back

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    Front

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    Neck and body

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    F hole binding ~ indicative throughout

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    Using steam I bent and formed using these molds to keep the shape. Mahogany will 'split out' so care must be taken to keep it together.

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    Folio rubberbands used to hold binding in place.

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    Trimming to fit using finger plane.

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    Varnish applied and dried using a 6 bulb florescent drying cabinet. Time - about one week. If not for the drying cabinet, drying linseed oil takes several months or more.


    Solid bridge made out of Lyptus with a bone saddle, no pick guard

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    Here the bridge is carved in a more acoustically vibrant shape. Also, pickup and pick guard installed.

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    Howling Wolf Blood Moon inlay (blue tape to keep truss rod clean).

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    Not a great pic, but it's done.

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  2. skychief

    skychief enthusiastic stacker Silver Miner

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    Its beautiful. What wood did you use for the tailpiece, pick-guard and fretboard?

    Looks like ebony, but I thought that stuff was outlawed or something.
     
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    Goldhedge Modal Operator/Moderator Site Mgr Site Supporter

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    Ebony, AFAIK not outlawed. I've had it for 20 years.
     
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    Looks great.

    Looks like you keep your shop well organized...........:beer:
     
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    michael59 heads up-butts down Gold Chaser

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    fiddle back looks great. I have met a guy who made violins.... he sanded all his components to completion. There is a lot of work getting wood to resonate and then when you glue it some how this resignation changes. Sadly he is gone but what he showed me gives me great respect to Stradivarius and any one who would put together musical devises.

    anyone who has the fortitude to take tree parts and craft them in to something special that works like it should or as others do is way above me.
     
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    That is fantastic! I'm guessing you must have made others? A carved top hollow body would be pretty ballsy for a first effort! That is really nice work.
     
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    No, this was the first archtop guitar. I have made 5 violins. Smaller, but the same idea carving.

    Guitars are a lot harder to construct than violins. Not because they're bigger, but the way they assemble.


    That said, I'm putting together a buy list for the next archtop.
     
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    That's beautiful work GH!

    See if you can do a post of what it sounds like. I would appreciate that.
     
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    As someone pretty much tone deaf and artistically dead, I'm incredibly jealous.
     
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    Goldhedge Modal Operator/Moderator Site Mgr Site Supporter

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    Just sold it to a buddy of mine!

    It's not as loud as an acoustic flattop guitar, however, the next one I'm going to see if I can't make it thinner and lighter for more sound.
     
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    It will probably sound a lot better with a year or so of aging. I've never heard of using a linseed oil finish before, that's interesting. I know the finish can have an effect on response and volume.
     
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    Linseed oil finish is what Stradivarius used. That's the 'secret' to his varnish. Linseed oil is what artists used at the time.

    It dries very slowly vs spirit varnish which dries in hours. Can't sell product if it takes months to 'dry' thoroughly.
    I use a drying cabinet and it takes a week or two.
     
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    Any desire to try making a lute?
     
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    Beautiful work GH! I found the wood binding to be particularly intriguing. Thought the drying cabinet a great idea and useful for other finishes also.

    I haven't built a guitar yet. I just repair instruments from time to time. I have always used bone for nuts and bridge saddles. Over the past few years the bone material I've been getting is just too soft. Last month I had to replace the nut on one of my guitars and I opted to use the synthetic material sold under the name Tusq. I am quite happy with it. More similar in hardness to old bone material and provides a good brightness for the strings. Obviously won't know about durability for a while but I don't think I'll have any worries.
     
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    Thanks Alton...

    The continuing saga of the archtop...


    Buddy of mine I've known for 40 years who likes fast Porches, technical rope climbing, and Warren Miller type skiing bought the guitar from me.

    I used to work in his body shop. Took it down to show it off to the boys and for the next 4 days he calls me up saying he wants the guitar (it wasn't for sale, really!). Well, after 4 days of calling me at different hours of the day I said "Ok! It's yours!"

    Fast forward a month later he's prepping his swamp cooler on his roof - getting it ready for a hot summer. He comes down off the roof and falls off the ladder 10 feet.

    Cracks 3 ribs and knocks himself out. Neighbor gets the EMT's there in 3 minutes. Take him to the hospital where they pull his spleen. Because he was taking anticoagulants for back pain his blood wouldn't coagulate and he internally bled to death that night at the hospital!

    Talk about a bummer! The family entrusted me with the guitar to sell it for them. Criminey!
     
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    Jeeze man, that is incredible. I'm sorry for your loss. The irony is too thick to comprehend... Every day is a gift and needs to be treated as such... you never know.
     
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