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Project by bilsborough posted 04-26-2008 10:24 PM 1277 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to try my hand at an acoustic. It turned out pretty well. California Laural, Alaskan Yellow Cedar top, mahogany bolt on neck, cocobolo fretboard, ebony bridge and headstock overlay, bone saddle and nut. Sounds good but volume could be better.

-- What do you learn from being right?





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rikkor

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#1 posted 04-27-2008 12:36 AM

Have you got a closer shot of the headstock? I really like the grain on the back.

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Texasgaloot

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#2 posted 04-27-2008 06:33 AM

Very cool looking guitar. Perhaps it’s volume is low due to the resonant properties of the laurel? If so, you may have a dandy instrument to add a pickup to! Impressive work!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#3 posted 04-27-2008 12:41 PM

Sweet!! Is there just some shadows on the bridge pics in the other post? Those had me thinking you made a 12-string, but this looks like 6 but it’s tough to tell without closeups here.
Either way – great work.

-- Use the fence Luke

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#4 posted 04-27-2008 02:47 PM

bridge pics just have shadows, it’s a six,

-- What do you learn from being right?

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#5 posted 04-27-2008 05:21 PM

Great Job. Did you use Martin 000 as a model?

-- Hersh from Port Angeles, WA - Gotta Complete That Project!

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#6 posted 04-29-2008 04:20 PM

Beautiful! A definate inspiration for me! I’m just starting out on my adventure of guitar building and I’m glad I found others here that can help me on my way.

-- "Creativity is...seeing something that doesn't exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God."

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bilsborough

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#7 posted 04-29-2008 05:04 PM

The design was based on looking at all the custom builders models. A lot of them have measurements posted on their websites. I decided to make an OM kind of averaging sizes. I don’t recall what the measurements are exactly and I’m not at home to measure it. I used the book guitarmaking tradition and technology by william cumpiano as my dominant reference. Once I started researching luthiere it amazed me how many people out there are building amazing instruments.. Check out erwin somoygin or hoffman guitars

-- What do you learn from being right?

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gidiko

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#8 posted 02-22-2009 03:46 PM

hi guys
i need to glue a broken guitar bridge, pls recomend the best glue.
its a classic spanish guitar

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rikkor

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#9 posted 02-22-2009 04:07 PM

Hide glue.

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gidiko

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#10 posted 02-23-2009 11:02 AM

hi
who manufctures hide glue ?
any opinion about “elmers” or “TITEBOND III ” ?

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rikkor

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#11 posted 02-23-2009 11:42 AM

You can get hide glue from Stewart McDonald.

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gidiko

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#12 posted 02-23-2009 03:51 PM

tx
Elmers Carpenters wood glue or Titebond III ??? any idea?

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rikkor

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#13 posted 02-23-2009 04:12 PM

You could use titebond or Elmer’s, but I wouldn’t. It will be very slightly flexible and have a (minor) impact on tone and sustain.

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#14 posted 02-23-2009 04:31 PM

Looks nice… impressive collection of materials for it too.

would be interesting to see the construction steps of something like this. Is there any good source online to see such a thing?

Thanx.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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HallTree

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#15 posted 02-23-2009 07:53 PM

Check out:
www.thistothat.com

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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