Working on my second build and first time fretting. Had trouble getting the fret slot depth consistent. Frets went in ok but now I’m having trouble getting the ends to feel comfortable. I’ve been…Continue
My sister in law used to make purses out of cigar boxes. She gave me a box(s) where she had glued identical boxes back to back. They are nice boxes and I was thinking about opening up part of the…Continue
"Print a picture(flag, dog, wife) a little bigger then the head, cut it to shape. Lightly spray with clear coat, after it dry. Spread "Elmer's glue" thinly on the head place print-out in position, work out bubbles. After it drugs, coat…"
"Thanks Taff. Interesting stuff. I did some research and it seems there are so many variables (and opinions) that it is more of an art than a science. This discussion has aroused my curiosity and I bought The Luthiers Handbook so I can learn more…"
"Hi Michael, thanks Tim.
Rule of thumb? There proberebly is a math that would help get it right every time. But I cant count too well so that's no good to me.
In acoustic guitars this ratio was worked out back in the day of the first guitars and…"
"Since it is a double box, the back is a lid. I could put in two more sound holes and open up the back to get the debris out. Half of me wants to try it to see what happens. The other half wants me to leave well enough alone since it sounds fine to…"
"Taff would have a better answer but sound holes also let the sound out. you can go too big but also too small. if the sound is good to you and the volume is fine then dont mess with it. enjoy and maybe experiment with the next one...and the one…"
"Thanks Tim and Taff. Taff, is there a rule of thumb regarding sound hole size? Would adding more sound holes of the same size help? I was thinking that more or bigger sound holes would affect the sound negatively as the area of the sound board would…"
"That looks great Michael, if you are in to improving the next one #3, may I suggest if the box is of similar dimensions, try a larger soundhole area, I think you will experience even more improvement. But what you have done here looks great.
"Finished the build. Here it is warts and all. First fret job too. It sounds louder and deeper than my first build. Not sure how much the double box contributes to that. It sounds pretty good and that’s what matters. Learned a lot from this…"
"Hey that's good Michael, all sorted.
Putting the frets in from the fingerboard edge is fine. I have to do it when refretting some necks with a bound fingerboard, but it is time consuming and getting all the fret ends to look perfectly in line…"
"The title says it all, “First time fretter” so don’t expect to get it perfect on the first try, I didn’t? I’m not sure what kind of files you’re using, but it does make a difference, so if you’re planning on…"
"I sort of cheat a bit... My necks are 42 mm wide, so I pre-cut my frets to 41mm, clean up the ends & tap them in. It means my frets finish .5mm from the edge of the fret board, which is no drama because the strings are about 10mm from the edge…"
Well after talking about it for a year, I finally jumped in and completed my first build based on Shane Speal’s Poor Man’s Guitar instructions. Made a few mistakes but I guess they give it character. I’m surprised at how loud and good it sounds! Build 2 in planning!