Brent Kasl
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Brent Kasl's Discussions

Bowing necks

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Mar 11. 14 Replies

So on earlier builds I am noticing some bowed necks, wood mainly maple with glued fretboard on top then secured inside the box with blocks.Lately I have been reinforcing the neck with material that…Continue

Securing strings to box end

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brent Kasl Feb 18. 4 Replies

Latest build finds the bridge to end of Box at 1 3-8", asking for ideas or pics on string mounting at tail end.Not a neck through, thought about hinge but too lengthy to bridge, almost need something…Continue

Short fretboard-long box

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Feb 8. 10 Replies

Looking for suggestions on how to improve the distance between the tail piece and bridge location.Right now due to length of Box and 24.75" scale, the bridge is positioned about 3" from edge of box…Continue

Suspicious scale length

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Jan 31. 27 Replies

I picked up a fretboard that was supposedly a 24.50 scale but after assembly discovered it to be 12.125 at 12th fret which doubled would create a 24.25 actual scale lengthAny other way to measure and…Continue

 

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Taffy Evans replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Bowing necks
"That 1/2" sounds good, that would be a minimum height over top for my instruments.  Taff"
Mar 11
Brent Kasl replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Bowing necks
"This build has no extension outside of the box for reinforcing, its all inside,my string height Is probably 1/2" at lid top, higher than anticipated, but the neck appears less stressed when strings relaxed"
Mar 11
Taffy Evans replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Bowing necks
"Hi Brent, I may have misunderstood your opening comments. You say you had bowing neck problems and fixed them. My earlier answer suggested looking for the problem to avoid it happening again, which it seams you had already done.  When you…"
Mar 11
Paul Craig replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Bowing necks
"Maple is usually hard enough to handle the string pressure for a 3 string guitar as is several other types of wood even without a trussrod. I'm wondering about the construction of the guitar(how it's braced). What scale are you using? What…"
Mar 11
Del Puckett replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Bowing necks
"I have built over two hundred CBG's using every type and style of neckwood imaginable...and....  I have yet to have a neck bow on me.  True that I only build three string CBG's and typically tune down to EBE.  "
Mar 10
Timothy Hunter replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Bowing necks
"i think the main clue is this "then secured inside the box with blocks" i think the side of the box was twisting under tension because he then goes on to say "Lately I have been reinforcing the neck with material that runs the inside…"
Mar 10
Taffy Evans replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Bowing necks
"Hi, all the above suggestions are a good way out of your problem. But I would be more proactive and look at the cause of the problem, why are my necks bowing with the light pull of only  3 strings. i would hate to build a guitar for somebody…"
Mar 9
Brent Kasl replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Bowing necks
"I'll try it"
Mar 8
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Bowing necks
"I've found that string tensions of between 16 and 20 lbs are very playable with either slide or fingering. For D3-A3-D4 tuning strings with diameters of 0.027, 0.017 and 0.012 will give approximately 20 lbs of tension on a 25 inch scale…"
Mar 7
Timothy Hunter replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Bowing necks
"is the neck actually bowed? or is the neck just tilting up under tension? how big a block did you use inside the CBG? as Tom T said thinner strings will definitely help with the tension."
Mar 7
François replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Bowing necks
"Had a similar problem with using guitar strings on a pie tin banjo that had a plywood neck. So I ended-up using some banjo strings. Since I caught the problem early, the neck returned to it's original shape and everything was fixed. The worst…"
Mar 6
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Bowing necks
"I think you could go a good bit smaller with your string selection and reduce tension. Check out the Gitty string sets for 3 stringers tuned to DAD or GDG. Strings in the range of 0.030, 0,022 and 0.012 are fairly common and that would significantly…"
Mar 6
Brent Kasl replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Bowing necks
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Mar 5
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Bowing necks
"Surprising to hear that a Maple neck with fret board is bowing. What kind of string tension are you running? If you are playing slide, a slight bow is acceptable as long as it doesn't cause tuning problems. If you are fingering notes, bowing…"
Mar 5
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Bowing necks

So on earlier builds I am noticing some bowed necks, wood mainly maple with glued fretboard on top then secured inside the box with blocks.Lately I have been reinforcing the neck with material that runs the inside length of the box then extending about 2.5-3" and haven't seen any bowing problemsBesides appearance and a higher string height across lid,does this slight bowing affect anything else?See More
Mar 5
Brent Kasl replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Securing strings to box end
"So I found a decent hinge, this box has a large lip all around but will be screwed down to box, knowing this is that enough strength if the hinge is secured to the side of the box lid itself? Box lid is about 1/2" overhang and 1/4" thick"
Feb 18

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At 12:05am on December 25, 2017, Korrigan said…

Those are some great looking guitars and amps Brent! Thanks for sharing some pics.

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Glad to be your friend.  Text me if I can do anything for you.  Sam

At 2:45am on September 30, 2015, Richey Kay said…

Thanks for the friend request Brent!

 
 
 

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