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  1. John, Here's an interesting link I found. Seems like a respectable maker with lots of luthier info. Some interesting electon microscope pics of varnish. http://www.gussetviolins.com/varnish.htm Good Luck, d ward
  2. John, I really think you need to find actual spirit varnish made for violin work, that is if you want any chance of the instrument sounding good. I believe either Poly or Tru-oil would kill the tone. Stew-Mac sells some - $27 for 16 oz. Good Luck, d ward
  3. John, Just to qualify this, in the 70's I worked in a violin shop and was interested in building so I did a lot of research on the subject. The finish on a violin is one of the critical elements. You need to use an oil based varnish made for violins. The other important element is to try to start with very thin coats and then build it up. i.e. To "float" the varnish on so it doesn't soak into the wood. Not sure on where to get it though. Good Luck, d ward
  4. Humbucker, I followed this tutorial on my first guitar project. http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/3d.htm It uses a two coat staining method where you apply a dark color, sand then add color over it. Imortant: I first used some of the cutoff material to test different strength and methods of applying the stain. Here's what mine looks like. It works great with the quilted grain, my theory is that the twisting in the grain of the quilt causes the first color stain to soak in more in some areas so when you sand and leave only a slight bit of stain left it accentuates the patterns. Not sure how it would work on less figured wood. As I said before experiment first. Good Luck, d ward
  5. Folks, Since my last post in the March GOTM contest, several very nice members have PM'd me and given me a better idea of the spirit of the GOTM. So, to show there's no hard fellin's on my part, here is a more light hearted entry for this month. This is a Lap Steel I built a couple years ago as a gift and then wasn't able to give it. You may see it again in the "For Sale" section sometime. The guitar is built around a solid rock maple block. I'm not sure, but this thing may even qualify as a 2x4 project, I did get the maple from a local lumber dealer who I have seen cleaning deer in his place. Ya gotta remember, I'm from Iowa, The body wings are mahogany and the top and headstock are bookmatched figured walnut. The machines set on rosewood blocks that are morticed into the head. The machines look a little different, but allow for really easy access in a seated position. The nut and bridge are machined (ok, filed) from solid brass stock. The bridge sets into a morticed cavity. The "fretboard" is flamed maple with inlaid walnut strips and maple and walnut binding. The pickup is a solid mounted single coil Schaller and has a maple burl ring. The tailpiece and "truss rod" cover are maple burl with walnut and white ash accents. (i.e. There is of course no truss rod, you couldn't move this neck with a floor jack.) I'm not really much of a guitar player, but my player guru says it sounds "Really Thick". I don't really know what that means for sure, but I do know for sure that any guitar I play sounds the same "Really Bad". I of course compensate by playing "Really loud", but I'm sure none of you do the same. Be Cool, d ward
  6. Folks, First, thanks to all who have voted for my guitar. I was hoping for a vote count greater than 1, but I screwed up and clicked the View Results button before voting so now I just glad to see my total over 0. Second, thanks to all of you who’s information I have used to get this project done. I have been visiting this site for a couple years now and have learned a lot. Now that I’m trying to take a more active role, I am also beginning to learn a little more about the culture of the board. Up until now it seemed like a ... well let’s look at the guidelines... “a family friendly forum”, yeah it seems to be, if you avoid some of these GOTM posts. And what about Rule #3. 3. There is be no flaming, derogatory remarks, use of continuous fowl or explicit language (The Old Golden rule applies, if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all) It seems to me that if you don’t like someone's entry in the GOTM that’s fine, no one will ever build a guitar that everyone likes. But, why not spare us the negative comments and simply explain what you liked in the one you voted or almost voted for. So from my point of view: ORMSBY Vortex: Great guitar as always, your work has been an inspiration to me ever since I first visited the site. Welt Custom - Simple (in a good way), elegant and I’m an even worse player than builder so a guitar with only one knob is right up my alley. HiTone - Love the look of the old soap bar pickups in contrast with the sunburst. I teach geometry so I had to like the fret marker inlays. Gigantor - Love the “hardware”. (Some of us think inside the box and some of us think outside the box, but there are so few of us that can do both at the same time!) Strato-Master rebuild - Great accomplishment, of all the GOTM candidates you should be proud of your work. I built my first guitar around your age and as I recall it had a Plexiglas back, so yours brought back some fond memories. Plus, you got to like a member who’s signature is “My dad’s old guitar will live again.” Brendon’s Lefty - Beautiful instrument, great choice of colors. It reminds me of a custom hot-rod, sleek and low to the ground. Be Cool, d ward
  7. Here is my GOTM entry. Thanks for considering it. Be Cool, d ward Note: Didn't seem to be able to add the pics so here are links to them. MOD EDIT I got the pics fixed for you.......BP Body: Top: 3/8 in. carved, quilted maple, red over brown stain. Center: Mahogany center with hard maple block from neck to bridge position. Back: 1/4 in. crotch walnut wings, birdseye maple center, walnut & white ash accents. Pickup rings, Tailpiece cover: crotch walnut with flame maple center, walnut & white ash accents. Knobs: Crotch walnut with maple burl caps, flame maple with crotch walnut caps, walnut & white ash accents. Neck: 3 piece mahogany with 1/16 in. hard maple strips. Neck and headstock cut from single block. Stained tung oil finish. Headstock: Face: 1/16 in. flamed maple with crotch walnut center, walnut & white ash accents. Back: 1/16 in. flamed walnut. Truss Rod Cover: Maple burl. Machines: Schallers. Fretboard: Figured katalox with maple burl markers. 12 in. radius. Jumbo fret wire. Brass nut. Electronics: Pickups: Stew-Mac Golden Age Humbuckers. Wiring: Blended pots with coil-tap switches.
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