I’ve been working on Roberts next guitar, a Rosewood Robert Fripp Hollowbody signature for several years now and he has come to our new workshops to have a look before we finally add hardware (read custom 3-point bearing tremolo) The project ran aground a little when initial plans for the tremolo proved less than perfect.. perfection of tone and return to pitch are exactly what is required and we are finally ready to provide that!
Robert also brought along a few of his other instruments for setting up and a bit of a re-vibration.. this Burny is a very nice instrument!
As is this one.. Roberts 1st (successful at least) Crimson Guitars signature model :)
This is his trusty old Tokai.. this beast has seen some action! (apprentice Howard doesn’t know what to do with himself when a luminary of Roberts status is in the building :)… Continue reading
This week I talk about the guitar business and little else, I’m often asked how to get going, what path to take and is it even worth it so I’m going to talk, and see where we end up.. there is also a cool video link, news from Crimson Guitars and a funny story culled from the Crimson Guitars forums at http://www.crimsonguitars.com/guild/forum
We are exhibiting at the Great British Guitar show in Birmingham .. be there or be.. bored :(
I’ve had another bit of post come through from a new UK pickup maker, Radioshop pickups, I think you should check them out!
Europes city of culture this year is Umeå in Sweden and there is a truly awesome museum there that all of you will want to visit.. fancy drooling over close to 300 vintage and rare guitars from, most, of the top makers in the world? Check out this video!
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This week we talk about warped wood.. leveling a fanned fretboard, a guitars hardware plating wearing away and more on the subject of routing binding on a drop top guitar.. I also start a new feature where I review (kind of) a book related to luthiery.. this week Robert Benedetto’s ‘Building an archtop guitar’ Finally more on the great tone-wood debate in viewers tips and tricks and we have a cool video for you to watch.. an hour of awesome violin making.
for 20th of January 2014
This week I monologue on about fault testing a guitars wiring, wood thickness and tone? Which goes off on the whole tonal palette schtick again… what finish is best for the back of your guitar neck, what about routing binding channels on a drop top guitar!? more on red frets.
Viewers tips and suggestions
In reply to a question last week where a viewer wanted red frets Mathew says this..
You could anodize your standard steel/stainless fret wire red then use it as normal, the only problem you would have to overcome would be that the ends of the frets where filed would be silver, possibly overcome by binding over the ends of the frets (think les paul custom). Another alternative would be using standard silver frets and using red binding and fret markers :)
Lancemod said pretty much the same but wasn’t sure if it was annealing or anodized..
and Krulty on the same question says
You can use various types of stone for frets. Many colours are available (I’ve seen red, black, green etc, etc) but only one company does them! However all it would take is a small amount of stonework practice and some easily available tools and you can do it yourself.
I am looking for the makers of these stone frets, I am intrigued!!