Ry Charters
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  • Kalamazoo, MI
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Soft lacquer?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Ned Knepp Mar 25, 2010.

my finish is too nice, help
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Ry Charters Jan 22, 2010.

old celluloid PG heat bend
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Mercure Jan 17, 2010.


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At 5:44am on August 21, 2009, Dave Yelverton said…
Ry, it's been 5 days since I emailed heritage and no reply has materialised. Might I take advantage of your kind offer to personally contact their repairman and use your 'fluence to extract the info. I would be extremely grateful, especially so since another local repairman, who has no finishing facilities, is prepared to pass all his finishing work on to me depending on the outcome!


Dave Yelverton
At 6:20pm on September 22, 2009, Donald A. Fortune said…
Hi Ry- the instrument that you are working on in your pic looks to be a lap top steel, correct me if I am wrong, however it looks like a very unique shape and I must say, I'm very interested in the out come.
I have made a few lap top steels and they were all made of solid maple.
At 7:03pm on September 22, 2009, Donald A. Fortune said…
Hi Ry - I took a look at your web site and I must say that I liked what I saw :)
I have a mandolin in process and its on my page in blog form if you are interested in looking.
At 3:50am on September 23, 2009, Dave Yelverton said…
Hi Ry.. many thanks for all your efforts. Please don't trouble any more on my account. I've been experimenting and manged to get the correct effect by using a matt lacquer to soften the colour coats before I shot the clear gloss. I doubt if that's how they do it and probably age has been a factor in modifying the appearance of the finish, but at least I think I'm going to make the customer happy! By the way I enjoyed having a lokk round your website.
Best wishes
Dave Y
At 8:55am on September 23, 2009, Donald A. Fortune said…
Hi Ry- I will be posting the whole process so you can keep track and I'm glad to share with you any info that I have on any building too -- ok??
At 7:08am on November 17, 2009, Donald A. Fortune said…
Hey Ray- I finally got the chance to finish up that bass mando that I was making.
Pic. posted on the blog.. hope you like it..
Peace, Donald
At 9:09am on December 29, 2009, Donald A. Fortune said…
Hi Ray- Thank you for the comment on that bass mando that I made--
I need to take the neck and the bridge off and narrow them up a bit--
they are now @ 1-5/8 and 2-1/4 inch respectively
I think a 1-/38 nut and a 2 inch spread at the saddle will be better since the thing seems to be a lil too spread out now.
here's the specs if you want to build one-----
body is classical profile with the body depth being 4 inches and tapered 1/4 inch in ether direction from the waist to the heel block and the tail block
the "X" racing is set @ 100 degrees and the tone bar is set @ 110 degrees to the "X" brace.
neck follows a martin scale length or 25-1/2 inch will work too..
If this info helps then I am glad to share ----
At 3:47am on December 30, 2009, Donald A. Fortune said…
Hey Ray- Me and my slippery mind forgot to tell you that the taper that I put in the sides are done on the back side and one other thing-- the top and back bracing are at a 30 foot radius
At 10:55am on June 1, 2010, Rory said…
Hi Donald, yes that pic in my avatar is a double neck acoustic lap slide. Customer is a touring musician & wanted something really compact to carry on flights, so lower bout is just 12" wide. She tunes the necks in 'D' and 'E' which didnt make sense to me (why not juts capo?) but guess thats what she uses. Its all hollow-like a big wide weissenborn or dulcimer. Theres a separate pickup under each bridge and a pan between them. Attached a pic for ya of the whole thing, hopefully it goes through.
Cheers, Rory

At 10:57am on June 1, 2010, Rory said…
Ok, that didnt work right- ended up linking me into Ry's comments- woops sorry!

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