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Author:  Tim Mullin [ Mon Sep 12, 2016 4:41 pm ]
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Some of us have been waiting for this documentary with great anticipation. It's finally online. Enjoy!
http://youtu.be/sAeXskZHC2o


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Author:  James Orr [ Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:03 pm ]
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Well, I think I've studied enough for the day. :shock: Time to pack up, go home, and watch this the right way! :D

Author:  johnparchem [ Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:59 pm ]
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wow, a very nice video. It was well worth watching. I also notice that I use most of the same tools , so there is no excuse for me not to have guitars as finely crafted as his. Now if I can just get live musicians to play while I am working I will be set.

Author:  SteveSmith [ Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:04 pm ]
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Hey Tim, thanks for posting that one. I was just going to watch the first part but ended up watching the whole thing. Nice job on the video. Like John said, lots of the same tools. Picked up several good ideas too. I might watch it again to see if I can pick up on anything else.

Author:  James Orr [ Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:47 pm ]
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johnparchem wrote:
wow, a very nice video. It was well worth watching. I also notice that I use most of the same tools , so there is no excuse for me not to have guitars as finely crafted as his. Now if I can just get live musicians to play while I am working I will be set.


I had the same thought! Well, similar. I was just thinking how surreal it was to see him using some of the same tools in my garage. To give you an idea, when he was filing his nut slot, I looked at my wife and went, "Babe! I have that file!" :D

The whole thing's absolutely beautifully shot.

Author:  gregorio [ Tue Sep 13, 2016 9:29 am ]
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Fantastic video. Thanks for the link.
gregor

Author:  George L [ Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:05 am ]
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It was fascinating to follow the basics of his process. I, too, see a few ideas I intend to explore. Interesting that he doesn't appear to embrace the philosophy that leveling the frets with the instrument strung to pitch is necessary. I'm not sure what to make of that.

Don't know about the rest of you, but I would love to know where to buy those whisper-quiet power tools. :D

Thanks for posting the link, Tim. It's a refreshingly well-made and compelling video that stands in stark contrast to a majority of the content we typically find online.

Author:  jfmckenna [ Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:15 pm ]
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Very cool and beautiful work. I really like that jig he has for gluing on the top and back elegantly simple it it's design.

Author:  Colin North [ Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:12 pm ]
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Thanks for the heads up Tim! [:Y:]

Author:  meddlingfool [ Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:46 pm ]
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Quiet tools indeed. At least the router was loud.

I thought it was interesting that he uses a one way truss rod. Why not use a two way rod and simply counteract the backbow with a turn on the rod, rather than relevelling the entire fingerboard? But I'm lazy that way.

Overall, though, what a nice shop, a good clean work in general. Good sounding guitars too.

Author:  Rod True [ Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:54 pm ]
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Those looked like the Allied 2 way rods that I use.....

Great video! I found several technics that I currently use, didn't know we had them in common.... I'm in great company :D

Author:  ernie [ Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:34 am ]
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Interesting video , especially since it was shot in the city I grew up in MTL. PQ.

Author:  Terence Kennedy [ Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:19 am ]
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Rod True wrote:
Those looked like the Allied 2 way rods that I use.....

Great video! I found several technics that I currently use, didn't know we had them in common.... I'm in great company :D



Me too, the fretboard locating pins were one thing,the holes were exactly in the same place as I do them. Yeah that looked like the older LMI two way TRSD rod.

Great video. Thanks.

Author:  charlton [ Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:03 pm ]
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I just saw this today, too. Awesome work both from Michael and the videographer!

Author:  Casey Cochran [ Sun Sep 18, 2016 7:07 am ]
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Can anyone provide a name and source for the masking material he uses for bridge and fb extension?

Author:  Tim Mullin [ Sun Sep 18, 2016 7:39 am ]
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Casey Cochran wrote:
Can anyone provide a name and source for the masking material he uses for bridge and fb extension?

Pretty sure that is a "frisket film", often used by airbrush artists. It's available at art supply and drafting stores in a variety of finishes and tack. It's what I use for bridge masking, as I can level the finish perfectly over the bridge area. I bought my roll when I lived in New Zealand, but can't remember the specs -- it will last the rest of my guitar-making days.


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Author:  pat macaluso [ Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:02 pm ]
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https://youtu.be/sAeXskZHC2o?t=56m27s

Nice! 56:27

And intriguing how the top is glued on with 2 clamps. 2! Anyone else try this? I guess if that caul was rigid enough...

Author:  Ruby50 [ Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:46 am ]
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Clean shop, clean work, clean guitars - great to watch

Ed

Author:  fingerstyle1978 [ Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:05 pm ]
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pat macaluso wrote:
https://youtu.be/sAeXskZHC2o?t=56m27s

Nice! 56:27

And intriguing how the top is glued on with 2 clamps. 2! Anyone else try this? I guess if that caul was rigid enough...


I've watched this several times over the past year. I'm wanting to build that jig right now. How think do you think that clear plastic tubing is? I'm going to check Lowe's tomorrow but I don't recall seeing anything that thick and rigid there.

This is the listing for what they have at my Lowe's-
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Samar-1-in-x-1 ... g/50315873

Author:  pat macaluso [ Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:44 am ]
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fingerstyle1978 wrote:
How think do you think that clear plastic tubing is? I'm going to check Lowe's tomorrow but I don't recall seeing anything that thick and rigid there.

I was guessing one inch. Seem like some of that stuff that is quite Ridgid. Loving the number of clamps! :-)

Author:  fingerstyle1978 [ Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:57 am ]
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pat macaluso wrote:
fingerstyle1978 wrote:
How thick do you think that clear plastic tubing is? I'm going to check Lowe's tomorrow but I don't recall seeing anything that thick and rigid there.

I was guessing one inch. Seem like some of that stuff that is quite Ridgid. Loving the number of clamps! :-)


My thoughts exactly. Unfortunately they don't carry the 1" hose at my local home depot. I may drive about an hour to a store that has it to see if it works. I had a last straw kind of day yesterday with the go bar method. Thought about spool clamps but then looked at my notes from the Greenfield video and realized that I never got around to building that jig. How easy would that make life? I've got to have one!!!

Author:  fingerstyle1978 [ Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:54 pm ]
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Image

All the local Lowes had was this reinforced stuff. I don’t think it’s too stiff but If they had the regular 1” stuff it would have been easier to work with. This stuff doesn’t like to bend, hence the relief cuts to fit it to the rim. Not pretty but it seems to work great- a big upgrade in the form of a time saver and less likely to screw up a top or back to my previous method (go bars).


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Author:  pat macaluso [ Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:32 pm ]
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Looks good! Let us know how it goes. Originally I was thinking it would be good to make the coul tapered on the ends as to put more pressure in the middle, similar to a plate joining rig. But then I realized with the radius on the top and back it will already have the same effect.

Author:  rlrhett [ Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:42 pm ]
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I did the same and bought big diameter hose. It doesn't bend. I made it work, but as with every jig I make I seem destined to re-make it several times before it is refined enough for regular service.


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Author:  fingerstyle1978 [ Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:17 pm ]
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rlrhett wrote:
I did the same and bought big diameter hose. It doesn't bend. I made it work, but as with every jig I make I seem destined to re-make it several times before it is refined enough for regular service.


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Yeah I think I’ll end up re-doing the hose with the regular 1” piping. We’ll see how the glue up goes later this week. I’m thinking I’ll put a light inside the box and check the joint for fit at night with most of the lights out. Hopefully it works out, I’ve got more than enough to do at the moment!


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