• Same story, different day...........year ie more of the same fiat floods the world
  • There are no markets
  • "Spreading the ideas of freedom loving people on matters regarding high finance, politics, constructionist Constitution, and mental masturbation of all types"

Jazz Guitar

Goldhedge

Moderator
Site Mgr
Sr Site Supporter
Joined
Mar 28, 2010
Messages
30,540
Likes
37,244
Location
Planet Earth
#1
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

inside bracing.JPG



Back

back.jpg



Front

front no neck.JPG



Neck and body

neck body.JPG



F hole binding ~ indicative throughout

F hole binding.jpg




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.

bending binding.jpg



Folio rubberbands used to hold binding in place.

rubber banding.jpg



Trimming to fit using finger plane.

binding trim.jpg




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

2FEB01FE-1885-4978-BDAD-BC7DC46328B6.JPG



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

6218BBCE-6790-423C-9AF7-1CEF4BC75E54.JPG




03FBEA4F-2535-45AA-823D-1AC0C1A4210A.JPG




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

HowingWolf.jpg



Not a great pic, but it's done.

5D97E125-0EEF-4454-9CB6-BA12CAF91A9D.JPG
 

skychief

enthusiastic stacker
Silver Miner
Joined
Sep 25, 2014
Messages
678
Likes
794
Location
California Coast
#2
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.
 

Goldhedge

Moderator
Site Mgr
Sr Site Supporter
Joined
Mar 28, 2010
Messages
30,540
Likes
37,244
Location
Planet Earth
#3
Ebony, AFAIK not outlawed. I've had it for 20 years.
 

searcher

Mother Lode Found
Mother Lode
Sr Site Supporter
Joined
Mar 31, 2010
Messages
149,957
Likes
40,249
#4
Looks great.

Looks like you keep your shop well organized...........:beer:
 

michael59

heads up-butts down
Platinum Bling
Sr Site Supporter
Joined
Apr 1, 2014
Messages
7,543
Likes
3,990
Location
on the low side of corporate Oregon
#5
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.
 

Duckworth

Seeker
Seeker
Site Supporter ++
Joined
Jul 2, 2015
Messages
219
Likes
255
Location
Mid Atlantic Coast
#6
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.
 

Goldhedge

Moderator
Site Mgr
Sr Site Supporter
Joined
Mar 28, 2010
Messages
30,540
Likes
37,244
Location
Planet Earth
#7
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.
 

REO 54

Midas Member
Midas Member
Joined
Jul 4, 2010
Messages
6,546
Likes
4,634
#8
That's beautiful work GH!

See if you can do a post of what it sounds like. I would appreciate that.
 

Professur

Midas Member
Midas Member
Sr Site Supporter
Joined
Mar 31, 2010
Messages
5,206
Likes
5,289
#9
As someone pretty much tone deaf and artistically dead, I'm incredibly jealous.
 

Goldhedge

Moderator
Site Mgr
Sr Site Supporter
Joined
Mar 28, 2010
Messages
30,540
Likes
37,244
Location
Planet Earth
#10
That's beautiful work GH!

See if you can do a post of what it sounds like. I would appreciate that.
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.
 

Duckworth

Seeker
Seeker
Site Supporter ++
Joined
Jul 2, 2015
Messages
219
Likes
255
Location
Mid Atlantic Coast
#11
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.
 

Goldhedge

Moderator
Site Mgr
Sr Site Supporter
Joined
Mar 28, 2010
Messages
30,540
Likes
37,244
Location
Planet Earth
#12
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.
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.
 

Professur

Midas Member
Midas Member
Sr Site Supporter
Joined
Mar 31, 2010
Messages
5,206
Likes
5,289
#13
Any desire to try making a lute?
 

Goldhedge

Moderator
Site Mgr
Sr Site Supporter
Joined
Mar 28, 2010
Messages
30,540
Likes
37,244
Location
Planet Earth
#14

Alton

Gold Member
Gold Chaser
Joined
Apr 1, 2010
Messages
2,901
Likes
4,862
Location
Michiana
#15
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.
 

Goldhedge

Moderator
Site Mgr
Sr Site Supporter
Joined
Mar 28, 2010
Messages
30,540
Likes
37,244
Location
Planet Earth
#16
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!