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 Post subject: Planning my build
PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:38 am 
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I am in planning stages of my first resonator build. I have decided to got open box on this first one with a mixture of guidance from both my Beard plans and the Dusina article. It will be a solid mahogany box. I am working on my neck ideas and since I play only lap style slide, frets only serve a locational function. I have heard of other material for fret wires and would like some more input from a wider knowledge base. What do you think might look nice instead of fretwire?


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 Post subject: Re: Planning my build
PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:04 pm 
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I use contrasting veneers, usually Birch. They fit perfectly in a standard fret slot.


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 Post subject: Planning my build
PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:24 pm 
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Thanks Mike. I was thinking about maple so I am going in the right direction.


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 Post subject: Re: Planning my build
PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:46 pm 
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I finished my body mold for the resonator. It is a R body based on my Beard plans. It seems that this forum is not getting much attention. Well, we need to work on that.


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 Post subject: Re: Planning my build
PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:01 am 
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The 'R' sides are now bent and in the mold. I have the neck blank ready and will begin working on it next. I want to cut the mortise and tenon joint so I have a neck block ready for glue up on the sides.


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 Post subject: Planning my build
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Where can I read the Dusina article? I'm about to build my first resonator (a square neck). Why did you choose mahogany?

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 Post subject: Re: Planning my build
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:20 pm 
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I have gotten further along since my last post. I thought I would add some additional pictures of my progress
If you were at the St. Louis Gathering last month you will recognize the body. :)

Tomorrow I start on the fretboard and neck.


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 Post subject: Re: Planning my build
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 4:15 pm 
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On the final leg of the finish. I have grain filled, strayed 3 sets of 5 with shellac, level sanded twice, now, hopefully, this is my finish set and then final sanding with micro mesh. It really has been more enjoyable than I anticipated. Finishing should become an element in the standard treatment of ADD. It might be better than drugs... LOL just teasing.

Final pictures to follow soon...


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 Post subject: Re: Planning my build
PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:39 pm 
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Well it is finished. My first resonator in solid Mahogany. It was sweet to see the light reflect in the final finishing and then hear some nice clear tones when I played the first time. As I was warned but many of you, I am hooked. It is hard to describe the feeling you have when you play an instruments in which you have play such an intimate role in its creation. Thanks to all of you who were so supportive on here.

On to #2 ( in Maple )


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 Post subject: Re: Planning my build
PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:43 pm 
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Very nice!


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 Post subject: Re: Planning my build
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:28 am 
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Wow Ken that is really nice. If you are able to make it to the Old Time Music Festival, here in West plains next year, bring it along. I enjoyed our visit during this years event and look forward to doing it again next year.

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 Post subject: Re: Planning my build
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:40 pm 
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Thank you for the kind words. It as a good start and look forward to #2.

Cecil, I hope to have a couple more to bring. Talked with Jerry Hibdon and they are excited about hosting the 2nd annual Gathering of Luthiers in St. Louis next year. The date is not final but they would like a reciprocal date in April. I hope you are able to join us this year. Your work would a grand addition to the displays.


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 Post subject: Re: Planning my build
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Build looks very nice Ken . Hows # 2 coimming along . I hope to see that one played a little at the next gathering. [:Y:]

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 Post subject: Re: Planning my build
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Ken,

That's some nice work!

After a few more steel strings, I will be attempting an open sound well reso.

Could you tell me whose hardware (cone, spider, and tail piece) you went with?

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 Post subject: Re: Planning my build
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Looks great Ken, I keep forgetting this forum since I don't do resos, so I lost track of this project. It came out nice. If I am not mistaken, #2 will be maple with that nice set you got at Hibdon this spring.?.

BTW check up at the top of the screen, I sent you a PM today.

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Ken, sorry I'm just now seeing your first one is finished. It looks great! How does it sound?

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 Post subject: Re: Planning my build
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:01 am 
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sheet aluminum/flashing would work in the fret slots too, for "faux frets".
other metals would just rust/corrode...


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