Thanks for the nice words Charley :-) Don't worry about being a dilettante, I've been one all my life :-) I'm 57, and I still make new mistakes every day! The trick is to give the customers the impression that you have it all nailed down, although inside your head you're thinking "Shit! How do I get out of this one :-) " Like they used to say about magicians: It's all smoke and mirrors...Take care
Hey Charley, I had the opportunity to buy one of this mans guitars in 1985-86 when I lived near his shop in Clearwater Florida for 1500 bucks! I seem to recall seven ply binding on the body, five ply on the fretboard and headstock. Back of headstock was carved as was the heel. The craftsmanship was sky high. The sound was.......yeah! Could not get the money. Sad but true.
>Roger, I hope you'll not be bothered by receiving a >personal message and questions from me!
Not at all :-)
>My curiosity might be pushing the parameters of what >the readership might have patience for on frets.net. >I always enjoy your contributions.
Well, I try to share my findings and don't hold anything secret. Sometimes I'm corrected by reality and further work on a subject or someone who actually knows better...
>I just, for the first time, visited your GammelGura page. >The work you do is so impressive.
Thanks. I'm pretty intensive in what I do and wont give up until I've tried all my ideas that keeps popping up. Working with old guitars means that I have plenty of opportunities to test ideas and get a lot of before-and-after experience tweaking details in the construction.
>I always marvel at your depth of knowledge about guitar >sound and intonation. So, in your proposal to explore volume >versus sustain, you mentioned, in relation to the 26.6 >inch "American" scale Carlstedt that you are working on. >In your assessments of sustain, are you using an electronic >measuring method of some kind, to be scientific, or is >your perception so acute that you feel able to sense >the subtle variation? I imagine, from your posts, that >you also have exceptional tonal perception.
Don't know about the exceptional tonal perception, but I have put many years and hours into listening to nuances of the sound of a guitar. Being pretty musical and blessed with good hearing. You can say that I have trained ears and lot of before-and-after experience. And no, I don't use electronic measuring. I probably should!
>Another subject is that I had a Google translation of the >gammel page and it occurred to me to wonder if you machine >translate for your posts here? I've been impressed with your >literate command of English, and assumed it was your own. >The web page translation is very sketchy on translating >esoteric terminology, like for instance, handleboard and >gripboard for, I assume, the fingerboard! So Im guessing >your English is yours!
You are correct. And yes, the fretboard is named "greppbräda" in Swedish and a straight translation is in fact "gripboard". Computer translation used to be totally hilarious to read! Nowadays they are better. You can always get the basic idea of what is written, but the machines are bad at translating special words used in some narrow profession like luthiery.
>I have no Swedish, for which I apologize.
Swedish is a bit quirky at times, but not far away from English. Pretty much everyone in Sweden can read and write English to some degree, talking it is a bit harder. I used to be a computer programmer and I'm very used to read and write in English.
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