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Number of frets to use?

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Bowes Dec 8, 2018. 2 Replies

I am making a guitar for a friend form a 1930s tin they have supplied, and I do not want to cut into the top and spoil it, the tin is 12 inches long. My question is how my frets to use, 15 of 18? 18…Continue

Sensory Percussion

Started Jan 23, 2017 0 Replies

Sensory percussionMy son with a song he wrote for one snare drum using my sensory percussion, all the sounds you hear are triggered and…Continue

Double bass

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Dec 20, 2016. 8 Replies

I have been asked to make a double bass (portable) for a friends daughter, has anyone built one or got any tips?Continue

Ukelele Build

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lane Martin Dec 20, 2016. 5 Replies

I am building ukelele from aa old computer hard drive, the scale length is 17inches.  The question I have is would I be able to used standard light guitar strings?Continue

 

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I added one more mod

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New/old resonator to be.

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David Bowes replied to Mark's discussion Shaping Necks - what do you use.
"I have used various methods:- 1. shaping entirely with a spokeshave. 2. Using a palm router and a 45-degree router bit to remove the bulk and then finish with a spokeshave, rasp and sandpaper. 3. I have used a 3/4 inch round over bit, on my next…"
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David Bowes replied to Mark's discussion Shaping Necks - what do you use.
"I have used various methods:- 1. shaping ent=ilrly with a spokeshave. 2. Using a palm router and a 45-degree router bit to remove the bulk and then finish with a spokeshave, rasp and sandpaper. 3. I am using a 3/4  round over bit, on my next…"
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David Bowes replied to Dogleg Steve's discussion accurate fretting
"Get one of these, with the metal template from Chicken Bone John; you cannot go wrong. https://www.chickenbonejohn.com/products/fret-slotting-mitre-box?variant=28335948561"
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At 7:34pm on December 6, 2018, BrianQ. said…

Hello, we’re friends now :D

At 5:37pm on August 10, 2018, David L. said…

Hi David, Thank you for the friend request. Kind regards, David L.

At 3:15pm on August 10, 2018, Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear said…

Thanks for the friendship request, David. Glad to accept. All the best and keep building and playing!  :0)

At 4:07pm on March 27, 2018, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Hi David,

Try your local model shop or look up SLEC model supplies

At 11:30am on May 1, 2017, Crowdaddy said…

Thanks David,I used an alcohol leather dye for this build and put a lacquer finish over it.Really brought out the grain in the maple. 

At 11:19am on April 30, 2017, Rock-Schorsch said…

Hi David, sorry I forgot it because I was in hurry. Look at my side, I added two pics of the case. The inside was lined with genuine 100 dollar bills and a much more genuine map. No, unfortunately not quite right. The frame was made of 5mm and the two plates from 3mm strong birchplywood. After being covered with a coffee sack or jute bag, an inner frame of 2mm laminated wood was placed in the outer frame to cover the edges of the jute sack fixed at this point. Best regards Schorsch

At 11:15am on August 27, 2016, Hubert Knight said…

Thanks, I appreciate it!

At 10:08am on March 13, 2016, Terry Culkin said…

Hi David, Thanks for the encouraging words, useful as a new starter.

At 3:05pm on February 9, 2016, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Thanks David

At 7:17am on November 1, 2014, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Thanks David

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Number of frets to use?

Posted on December 6, 2018 at 3:21pm 3 Comments

I am making a guitar for a friend form a 1930s tin they have supplied, and I do not want to cut into the top and spoil it, the tin is 12 inches long. My question is how my frets to use, 15 of 18? 18 will make the neck quite long, any advice? I have marked the bridge position (wrong way round) for both options.IMG_20181206_200247%5B1096%5D.jpg…

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WW1 and the Blues

Posted on September 16, 2016 at 4:56pm 0 Comments

Check out this BBC radio for program Making History, WW1 and the Blues

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07pgvjv

Remembrance

Posted on July 2, 2016 at 5:29am 0 Comments

We quite often see photos of 1st world war troops with homemade instruments on this site , so I thought I would share the link below to the events which took place across the UK to commemorate the 20,000 thousand British soldiers who were killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, which began 100 years ago on on July 1, 1916. Ultimately 1 million troops were liked or injured in this battle alone, with big losses on both sides, at the end of the battle, there were 485,000 British and…

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Tuners / Machine Head

Posted on May 25, 2015 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

Does anyone in the UK know of, or can recommend a supplier of reasonably priced Tuners/ Machine Heads?

 
 
 

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