The top is ordered, need to save and order some bracing wood, I've got some mahogany for the bridge plate (would have liked to do maple but can't find a piece suitable for a ladder braced top, and I'm saving my only piece of brazilian rosewood for a mandolin fretboard) and the top lining is almost all in, it was a bit short so need to make some more.
it's getting close to decision time, that being, do I go with the original plan of a dovetail neck join, or do I go the easy was and make it a bolt on, not sure
A few bad photo's from my awful phone, I've just moved back into my shed after living in the sticks for a while and starting the build in my old flat, so things are still getting sorted, it's organised chaos though, I promise!
Been working on thinning the top down, which makes me really wish I had a thickness sander!
The back seams are cleated
The brace wood is ordered, I'm just waiting for it to arrive, the mahogany bridge plate is shaped ready to be glued, probably after the braces
Almost had a mishap with the neck, that being I forgot to calculate the width of the nut in, so almost ended up with a neck too short to accomodate a dovetail, I did a bit of head scratching and I'm able to get around it just fine
The fretboard and bridge are going to be Iroko, the main reason being I had a piece the perfect size to get a fretboard out of, and even better, it was free!
Finished the brace carving today, there's a nice low open thud when the top is tapped, so I've high hopes for this when it's complete!
I also learned the most important thing of all... I NEED MORE CLAMPS
While I'm on here, is anyone able to help me with a tailpiece?, I'm having a nightmare tracking down an appropriate 12 string tailpiece, I'm after a resonator type, not a trapeze, does anyone happen to have one in their parts box?
Only had a couple hours free today but managed to head to the workshop early to do a bit of work.
Got it all unclamped and the top trimmed to the body, also started setting the neck angle ready to cut the dovetail, because this is a tailpiece guitar I'm going to overset the neck to get a bit extra height at the saddle
need to go looking for a suitable truss rod, tuners and tailpiece, truss rod will be easy, I think I'll be leaning towards a soundhole adjustable truss rod, one adjustable at the headstock may leave not much material if I go with a slotted headstock, for tuners I just need to bite the bullet for some stewmac tuners, they look brilliant though are quite expensive, it seems to be either that or cheap ugly Chinese ones, theres more options with a solid headstock but a slotted one looks so much cooler For the Tailpiece I've been coming up blank, so if I can track down a suitable sheet of brass, I've got a design in mind for a tailpiece and a friend who can plate it for me which might become a fun side project.
There's no rosette yet, the plan is a simple rosette on the inside of the soundhole, I like the simple look
the neck is close, slight adjustment should bring it home, everything hardware related is ordered, I've gone with an adjustable truss rod, I've widened the headstock so there should be enough material to not cause a problem
Onechordtrick: Akquarius thanks, martinrowe hoping to find the the sweet spot between well enough to play and well enough to work
Aug 7, 2019 5:45:00 GMT
walkingdecay: When my wife's away I sometimes play mando in bed while watching box sets on the telly. Only downside is that the dogs take the opportunity to join me on the bed. Get well soon Onechordtrick.
Aug 7, 2019 7:47:49 GMT
Onechordtrick: I may just have taken my son out for his first date
Aug 14, 2019 12:42:20 GMT
ocarolan: Shouldn't he be dating someone nearer his own age...?
Aug 14, 2019 16:26:04 GMT