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help with thunder cone

Started this discussion. Last reply by Blind Doughboy Oct 5. 5 Replies

 I am having trouble with a build and hope some one can give me some suggestions. I built a sweet guitar and went all out. Built my own box using figured maple sides and lace wood back, maple neck…Continue

Help with LPG build.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy Hunter Mar 20. 10 Replies

So for build number 3 I decided to make a LPG fretless slide git. OK no problem. I own a 59 chevy so I picked up a 1959 indiana plate from ebay.Still no problems. I wanted to make a simple metal back…Continue

Lefty reso build #2

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Dean Mar 15. 6 Replies

I was talking to the guitar player at our church a couple weeks ago about my fist dogbowl build. He showed a huge interest in it and seemed  really excited to see the finished product. While we were…Continue

New member here #1 done.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lonman Mar 19. 7 Replies

I posted over in the intro section but thought I'd share my first build here also. Thanks to all you old timers for  sharing all the information and knowledge that made my build possible.…Continue

 

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frank learman and Frank Scott are now friends
Oct 13
frank learman replied to Frank Scott's discussion Oak Fret Board Finish?
"While I don't disagree with any of the methods mentioned I think some of you would change your mind if you tried the super glue trick. It dries so fast and can knock 7 coats of anything down to 1 or none. I showed this method on a peace of…"
Oct 12
frank learman replied to Frank Scott's discussion Oak Fret Board Finish?
"I have had great success using super glue as a grain filler on open pore wood such as oak, walnut and mahogany. I use a old credit card / gift card type plastic to spread the super glue into the pores. Once the glue is dry I sand it back with 320…"
Oct 11
Blind Doughboy replied to frank learman's discussion help with thunder cone
"Maybe this will help (wasn't sure I had a photo). This is a steel top, backed with wood. The tone ring is attached to the bottom side of the guitar's top with 3M marine epoxy (can handle the string pressure, and never comes loose).…"
Oct 5
Blind Doughboy replied to frank learman's discussion help with thunder cone
"a 1/8-inch top isn't really thick - no matter the wood - so I suspect there are other issues going on. I build traditional resonator guitars - incorporating a tone ring or soundwell,  a 9 or 9.5-inch biscuit cone, etc. For such…"
Oct 5
frank learman replied to frank learman's discussion help with thunder cone
" The top is 1/8 th. in. thick and I thought it was just too stiff to properly vibrate as an acoustic that was the reason I cut in the thunder cone. I guess I was just expecting more punch out of the cone. I mean it's better than it was…"
Oct 5
Taffy Evans replied to frank learman's discussion help with thunder cone
"Hi again, I just reread your post. Depending on the thickness a maple top could be too stiff for an acoustic guitar. Flexibility is the key so thinning it and a brace may have rectified the problem. Providing the soundhole/s are good size. Taff"
Oct 5
Taffy Evans replied to frank learman's discussion help with thunder cone
"Hi, The tops of resonator guitars, "Dobro" or National styles, have stiff tops as some have a reinforcing rim sandwiched between the back and the top, looks like a tambourine. So the contribution of the vibrating effect of the top and back…"
Oct 4
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help with thunder cone

 I am having trouble with a build and hope some one can give me some suggestions. I built a sweet guitar and went all out. Built my own box using figured maple sides and lace wood back, maple neck with rosewood finger board and rosewood binding. where I think I messed up is I also used figured maple for the top. I was hoping for a bright sound but ended up being way too stiff and has very little volume.    To fix this I figured adding a resonator cone with a stiff top would raise the volume but…See More
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frank learman replied to Hip Bone Bellaire's discussion The Build I Hate
"How ironic I just tore apart one I hated last night. put all the salvageable parts in the parts box. I used the nut, tail and peizo on my current build. Sometimes you just have to cut your losses."
Jul 23
frank learman replied to Taffy Evans's discussion Neck rod slot with power tool
"I'm a fan of making bases myself and it looks like you have a good handle on it but I have to respectfully ask why you wouldn't just use a dato blade on the table saw?"
Apr 9
frank learman replied to Thomas McGuigan's discussion Electric Cigar Box Mandolin
"When I made this paired string dulcimer(to sound like a mando) I did not use a truss rod It has six strings and has not showed any signs of bowing in 3 years, not that it won't.It has a flat top and a murphy style bridge. What I did do was use…"
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1st LPG. '59 plate

"Brings back memories, We had a 59 impala, red w/white top & deck.  I never got to drive it, not quite old enough then.  And my brother wrecked it.  Arrggh.  I agree with uncle John, great way to show off the guitar."
Mar 23

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