episode 8 for 25th of November 2013
Welcome, to Guitar Builders Basics podcast. Apologies for the rubbish quality of last weeks video.. never again!! Explanations in the podcast, but it boils down to a potential time-saving improvement that ended up actually causing no end of problems and resulting in a seriously sub-par final edit, isn’t that always the way?
In today’s show we talk about making an angled headstock from a single board, recovering from a staining mishap, gluing metal to wood and even more on no-load potentiometers we talked about last week and the great tone-wood debate continues. What router to buy on a budget.. or if money is no object? How about the ethics of building guitars based on other peoples designs..? We also have news and tips and a discount at Crimson Guitars luthiers supplies online shop. Enter the coupon ‘cupoftea’ in the first page of… Continue reading
20 11 2013
It feels like we have reached a watershed moment at Crimson Guitars, the new workshop is, finally almost completely functional and I have a rather useful pair of apprentices taking more and more small tasks out of my hands. Freed up I can now start to consider the long long list of guitars that have to be built in the coming months and, daunting though this is, I am very much looking forward to building them!
Let us start with a pretty picture or two.. the week begins with a visit from Good Woodworking magazine! We are being featured in next months issue and spent a great few hours talking guitars, guitar making tools and plans plans plans.. there were also more than a few photos taken!
It made a change watching someone else doing the photography.. Robert Fripps next guitar, the rosewood topped one… Continue reading
recorded for the 18th of November 2013
This week I answer your questions on straight string pull vs a splayed headstock, fretless fretboards, cling film, caulking and whether or not to have tone controls in your build. We also go off the deep end, thanks to a viewers comment, and talk a little bit about the scientific reasoning behind how a tone wood works.. more on drilling through body stringing holes and rounding over the sides of a fretboard for that played in vintage feel.
tips and tricks
with regards to the “wonder wipes” solution to poly glue stains – I’ve found that an orange oil based cleaner here called “de-solve it” works well, as does a product here called “WD40″ (which is about 98% diesel fuel) also .. . and works well for epoxy too.
This week we discuss multi multi laminate (ie plywood) guitar necks, drilling/routing the wiring channel through a guitar and protecting your truss rod from glue when gluing up the fretboard… how about dual truss rods? Through neck design, twisty wood, wonder wipes and string ferrules.. we have a few tips from listeners and another few videos to watch..
here is the 7th video in the new Clarity series.. mentioned in the show
and the 12th video of our original series following the guitrar build in 24, well, 25 hours..
your suggestions and links
Bob Taylor if Taylor guitars talks about ebony and just how endangered it is
64simon64 has a great tip
For info. If you do use PU glue “Wonder Wipes” or similar will get it off your skin if you don’t let it dry. Don’t try it on wood, let it cure and cut or scrape it off.