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 Post subject: My newest project
PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:39 pm 
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I’ve been working on this a while. Thanks to those who have given advise on building such a thing.
I’m enjoying the unique challenges of no sound hole!... kinda

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 Post subject: Re: My newest project
PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:26 pm 
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Really shows off the bearclaw figure in that spruce!

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 Post subject: Re: My newest project
PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:41 pm 
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Very cool top. It really takes advantage of there being no sound hole.

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 Post subject: Re: My newest project
PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:19 pm 
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J De Rocher wrote:
Very cool top. It really takes advantage of there being no sound hole.


This top is cool looking, but it has a POTENTIAL issue. That’s why I used it on the guitar, but which is an experiment in a lot of ways for me.
If you look there is a fairly dark streak in the upper left bout... on the inside there is a slight ... pocket,,, in that line, it doesn’t go through and there is a brace DIRECTLY on top of it.

I’m enjoying trying something different. :)

I got this and 5 other similar sets from ALASKA tonewood (sponsor here)... the other sets don’t have flaws like that. Potential ... if it really gets dry I could see it cracking there...

I think after shipping the tops came to $35 a pop.
Not super tight grain, but still cool tops for a learning builder.


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 Post subject: Re: My newest project
PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:21 pm 
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Oh and.,,
There is a special “feature” in this one There is also a smaller sound port on the other side upper bout...
I call it a feature because some how it ended up on the wrong side haha

I guess that’s one of the perks for building instruments for me:)


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 Post subject: Re: My newest project
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SnowManSnow wrote:
Oh and.,,
There is a special “feature” in this one There is also a smaller sound port on the other side upper bout...
I call it a feature because some how it ended up on the wrong side haha


All the better to synch up your toe tapping with the music you're playing.

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Snow wrote:
This top is cool looking, but it has a POTENTIAL issue. That’s why I used it on the guitar, but which is an experiment in a lot of ways for me.
If you look there is a fairly dark streak in the upper left bout... on the inside there is a slight ... pocket,,, in that line, it doesn’t go through and there is a brace DIRECTLY on top of it.


Hey Snow,

I've had a few tops, and some backs with sap pockets, and small knots that aren't tight. It seems like some of the better spruce has it. Cherry is prone too. I like to leave the sap pockets for character. What I do is to make a chalk fit patch on the inside. A small round gouge works great for it. Make the patch so it goes within .015-.03" or so of the top surface, and glue it in place.

You'll never worry about it again. I even put it in my violin making blog. Horrible photos but you get the idea.

https://violinsbyken.blogspot.com/2014/06/sap-pocket.html

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 Post subject: Re: My newest project
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 Post subject: My newest project
PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:33 pm 
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Almost ready for finish!!!!!!
I get real excited at this stage...

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 Post subject: Re: My newest project
PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:48 pm 
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Time to wait to cure... :) then on to sanding and the big buff!


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 Post subject: Re: My newest project
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Wow cool. Love that top too. What finish are you using?


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 Post subject: Re: My newest project
PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:36 pm 
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That's looking really sharp!

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 Post subject: Re: My newest project
PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:07 pm 
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jfmckenna wrote:
Wow cool. Love that top too. What finish are you using?

this is EM6000


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 Post subject: Re: My newest project
PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:14 pm 
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Got some budding done today


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 Post subject: Re: My newest project
PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:55 pm 
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Unfortunately I had a sand through on the headstock:/ soooo another cute period for that


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 Post subject: Re: My newest project
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Hey Snow

What is the thickness of that guitar??

Also - who doesn't your dog have a reflection? Zombie? Vampire?

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Ruby50 wrote:
Hey Snow

What is the thickness of that guitar??

Also - who doesn't your dog have a reflection? Zombie? Vampire?

Ed

3” at top and 3.75 at the bottom


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 Post subject: Re: My newest project
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Weird... that dog has never had a reflection. I just never questioned it


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 Post subject: Re: My newest project
PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:19 pm 
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Oh no:(
I did this on the stupid corner of a bench. Should I live with it or ....?
Too big to try a drop fill?


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 Post subject: Re: My newest project
PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:54 pm 
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Booboos fixed action all set and DONE!!!
This is the first time I’ve played one of my guitars and thought “wow this plays and sounds GREAT”!
Maybe 16 is the magic number to really start making instruments and not just boxes in the shape of guitars.
I also installed a Baggs ibeam pickup (although I of course don’t have a 9v)
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