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About alde

  • Birthday 06/14/1961

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    Bremerton, WA USA
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    Maritime History and Ships

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  1. HI Julie, Nice inlay work. You really need to build an acoustic. I had a bit of an advantage when I started my guitar. I am very good friends with a professional guitar builder. His name is Dave Bertoncini. One day he asked me if I had ever thought about trying to build one. He said he would guide me through it and let me build it in his shop. He helped me select the wood and I worked with him like an apprentice. He moved away before I could get it finished then became I'll and quite building. You can still find some of his work on line. The inlay was done with one of the routing fixtures from StewMac. I shaped the neck to what felt good to me. It was cut from rough mahogany on a bandsaw then rough shaped with a spoke shave, rasp and sand paper. The sides were steam bent on a form. As far as choosing the wood for the top I told him I would eventually like to play fingerstyle so he suggested the Italian spruce. When we went to buy the wood he tap tested a whole stack and selected 3 and recommended I pick from them. He showed me the sound differences in many different top wood. Some sounded dull and some had sustain even in the raw state. It was pretty amazing really. I chose the back and side rosewood just because it was pretty. He built one with a California Laurel (Bay Leaf used in cooking) back and sides and Sitka Spruce top that had the most amazing sound.
  2. Julie, Thank you. Yes this was completely scratch built. I wish I still had the picture of the pile of material sitting on the workbench. It was all just rough cut and needed to be thickness sanded and all that. If I build another one it will be the StewMac 000 kit in mahogany. You should try one. It's very rewarding. I just did some more setup on mine today and it sounds amazing. It's loud with nice crisp highs and a boomy bass. It's almost too loud to play in the house without bothering everyone.
  3. Thnk you all. I just found out my across the street neighbor gives lessons. We are going to start getting together.
  4. Thanks for the kind words. It sounds pretty darn nice and is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.
  5. She's done. Here are some pictures of attaching the neck, bridge and finished guitar. It sounds pretty decent.
  6. Thank you all for the likes and kind comments. Got the neck installed today but I will wait to post pictures for when I get the bridge installed. That's going to be a bit of a challenge for sure.
  7. I was hoping to be further along but I did manage to get the body polished and made my clamping cauls for the fingerboard extension and the bridge. I used my Sherline mill and the Byrnes table saw to make them. I don't have a picture of the saw in action but it worked great of course. I should have the neck permanently attached tomorrow then the bridge before the end of the week. It should be ready to make the bone nut and saddle by the weekend. That will be some trial and error so I will learn as I go.
  8. Work has been slow lately due to family issues but I'm back to it. I was able to wet sand the back today with micro mesh. It still needs to be polished but that will wait until the whole body is wet sanded.
  9. Thank you, I just might to that.
  10. Thank you Phil, you want to hear something really funny? I can't even play yet. I'm at the very beginning stages of learning. I bought a Seagull S-6 Folk with a cedar top and have been playing that while I build this one. I'm enjoying learning and have just learned that my across the street neighbor gives lessons at his home.
  11. Welcome to MSW. It will be a fun project. With any luck it will spark an interest in the hobby. You might find it a relaxing and rewarding pursuit.
  12. I spent yesterday trying to get my neck angle right. There needs to be a clearance above the bridge with a straight edge laid across frets and over the bridge. The process to do this is called flossing where you slip sandpaper between the heel of the neck and the body and apply pressure while you pull the sandpaper out to remove material in the right place to angle the neck up or down. It's a slow process but works great. I started with a gap of around 5/16" and ended up at just under 1/16" which seems to be what most builders shoot for with this size guitar. When it's under string tension the top will rise 1/16" right away and over time it will increase. I'm still learning and trying to figure this stuff out. I did have a bit of a setback. I went through the lacquer while wet sanding. Now I have to spray a few more coats and let it cure 2 or 3 weeks. That's the way it goes.
  13. I'm close to the point of installing the neck and saddle then it's final setup. It's probably still a month or so away. I'm also thinking wether I want to build another guitar or get back to ships. This one is a dreadnought size and I really want a 000 size to go with it. I guess I could take a break from guitar building when this is done and get back to ships for a while and see how I feel in a few months.
  14. Greetings, from Seattle Washington

    Hey Mark, glad to have you aboard. I'm just across the Sound over in Bremerton.
  15. I made a little progress. I have the neck pretty much finished. I final shaped it to a nice feel. I almost can't belive how well it went. It's perfectly symmetrical and nice and straight. The fretting went well and the fingerboard stayed dead flat which is really nice. I also did the inlay in the headstock for my initial. The body is finished in nitro cellulose lacquer and has to cure for a couple of weeks before I wet sand and buff it. The neck will be finished in TruOil gunstock finish.