Hey Cliff- A blog sounds like a good idea--I"m gonna make one and it sounds like it could be a fun thing to do.
After all Maby we will get a lot of feed back on it, who knows??
Bob sugests that I use a light coat of varnish and then the true oil finish.
What I'm trying to accomplish here is the most tone out of the guitar as I can possibly get, and of coarse no finish is the best, but it needs some sort of protection against use and ECT. and true oil seems to be the way to go.
My wife and I were at a blue grass festival and I heard the most fantastic mando that I ever heard and upon inspection of this thing I noticed that it didn't have a finish on it at all-- it was kind of dirty from being handled but it sounded fantastic... I asked the player why it didn't have a finish on it and he said that he liked the sound so well he didn't want to spoil it.
NOW-- here's my theory-- if there is no finish or as little finish as possable on the guitar it will have a better tone.. I might be all wet but I think I would rather start with a thin coat of finish and go from there.
Got to give you another bit of news-- I started to make my guitar today by making the braces and some of them don't look like they will brace a thing-- I asked Bob about it and he said to go by the print and do not deviate a bit from it... I said oooook...
thats all the news that is the news-- enjoy the 4th weekend and please be safe ........................
GM Cliff I was serfing arround the musical web and noticed a web site called Jamplay, and saw lessons to learn Hawaiian slack key type of music and found it quite interesting to learn, I'm also thinking of trying to learn that music because I like it..
How ya doin on that uke??
be safe my friend
Hey Cliff-- in answer to your question about a spreader to "push"
the sides out the answer is -- yes-- I baught the sides and other material to do this classic from LMI and they did the bending of the sides,
and when I recieved the order I made a call back to them and said that the sides didn't fit the mold, and the claim is that the sides are bent "generic"
so they may not fit the mold exactly... I'm not that well along in the bending of wood thing as yet so I didn't want to take the chance of spoiling it --- sooooo--- the way it is I guess I will have to live with... time will tell if it's ok...
Hey Cliff-- I have a wood bending pipe all set up and working --
I have a book called guitar making, tradition and technology
by William R. Cumpiano and Jonathan D. Natelson that has a complete section on wood bending and I'm going to get ahold of some maple from a local cabinet shop and do some serious bending to see what happens,
then move on to other woods after I have bent up about a mile of this maple --
MEANWHILE -- my project should be ready for viewing in complete form tomarrow or monday , I did a tap test on it on the back side opposite the bridge and it rang an almost perfict "B" note, so it aut to sound pritty good.
After I get re done maby I will learn how to play the thing(old rocker here)
Hows the foot coming along and are ya gettin that "uke" on its way to being done??
Hey Cliff- Im going to see if my son in law can make me a sound track so you will be able to hear what this beauty sounds like - it rings like the bells of St.Marys and I am pleased with it over all--
Hey Cliff- No new guitars at this time-- Im finishing up stuff that has been 1/2 done for a while.
Got an idea to make a 14 fret/8 string box that will be tuned like a mandolin only an octave lower, it will have a OOO size body.
That's all the news that is the news from red neck country,
you be well and safe, keep me posted to whats goin on ok??
Hi Cliff-- been a while since we chatted--
I've always been interested in the UN usual things in life and if someone can dream it up then someone somewhere can probably make it.
I have a couple more pics of the process, take a look see--