Over the years, I’ve built up quite a collection of exotic tonewood, and I feel a responsibility to use it in the best way that I can. As the pieces aren’t particularly large, I need to be imaginative. So, for my next archtop mandolin, I’m going to incorporate into its construction, as much Brazilian rosewood, from my collection, as I can.
One aspect that will be a bit unusual is that although I’m using the Rio for the sides, its carved back will be made from figured maple.
I’m going to do another series of videos, but try to cover different aspects of the build, not covered in the previous two build video series.
So here’s the first dealing with bending the sides and making the rim.
I’ve been having a bit of difficulty taking some good photos lately; don’t know why but I can’t seem to do the wood justice. So just to keep up-to-date, here's the best I can do at the moment. The completed rim-
I’ve made up the neck blank and you can see that I’ve used more Brazilian rosewood for the head overlay. The inlay is from black pearl; I like its subtlety; in some lights, it disappears into the wood! The neck itself is maple with a Brazilian rosewood core, you can see that I’ve started to carve the volute.
I cut up a billet to use for the fretboard and was really surprised by the bright rose-pink colours that I found inside. Made me think is that why, along with its sweet, sickly smell, someone named it “rosewood”? It was one the dark brown pieces in the previous video.
Quite a spectacular pieces of wood, although the colours will tone down over time, I’ll have to decide whether it’s a step too far! Cheers Gary
I imagine for younger folk, it’s inconceivable to imagine a world without the WWW. When I first started out, I devoured as many guitar making books as I could find. Amanda, then girl-friend, worked for a publishing house, so when in 1976, I wanted a copy of David Russell Young’s book she wrote to the American publisher, waited for a letter to come back with the cost etc, bought an international money order, posted it to the States and waited……………. Like many, I still like a physical book and have quite a lutherie library but sometimes descriptions of making techniques can be a bit lacking. Try, for example, looking up, in one of the definitive books, “how to join an archtop back plate together.” Wouldn’t be easier to look at a video on YouTube?
And here’s the aforementioned back fully carved……….
jangarrack: I finally traced the annoying intermittent buzz or rattle that suddenly developed on my Camps guitar....it was a button on my partly rolled up shirt sleeve. Fortunately, my feeling of relief trumps my feeling of foolishness.
Mar 4, 2019 21:02:39 GMT
ocarolan: That mirrors almost exactly my experience of the most annoying buzz I ever had to track down! Mine was a button on the shirt front. T-shirts rule....
Mar 4, 2019 21:55:52 GMT
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Mar 7, 2019 9:51:24 GMT
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Mar 24, 2019 2:28:15 GMT
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Mar 25, 2019 9:06:38 GMT
walkingdecay: Beatles: Made On Merseyside doc on iPlayer at the moment is rather good, if you ignore the strange Pete Best eulogy. (He had trouble playing anything other than fours, the "atom beat" was a London thing, not Best's creation, and so on).
Apr 1, 2019 7:14:52 GMT
ocarolan: I enjoyed that too!
Apr 1, 2019 20:22:11 GMT
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