Bruno Piancatelli wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:38 pm
Hello Tom, looks very clean and tidy. Can I ask about the bridge patch, maybe the shadow but it looks thick.
Thanks for sharing!
Hi Bruno. The picture makes it look worse than it is, but it is pretty thick. Having no closing bars I was worried about it not being strong enough, but in reality it would have been fine if I had shaved it down a bit. Live and learn
Chris Sobel wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:45 pm
Wow Tom, your work has come a long way in the last year. Everything looks nice and clean. Regarding the rosette... in some Spanish and Mexican shops that was the standard to bring the rosette to the edges. Juan Pimentel comes to mind. Also Simplico did that, who probably took it from Enrique Garcia. Usually the innermost decorative ring was ebony or a similar brown/black hardwood. And hey, when you're not living off guitarmaking income you can do whatever you want! I've found that the African mahogany-esque woods do tend to have more ropey grain and are not as easy to work as the real stuff... Sapelle sounds really good though.
Did you redesign the headstock? I like the look.
Cheers Chris. To be honest I'm really bad at headstock carving. I just used a circle template a chisel and lots of patience. It's simple but I'm happy enough with the look. Will use it again. I haven't done a carved slope into the tuning machine slots before, so I'm happy with that bit.
The Sapele I had was certainly of the ropey variety. Mind you for 12 euros a set what do I expect. This has been a cheap build regarding materials. 12 euros for the back/sides. 10 euros for the top, 4 for the neck. If I do a good enough job with it, it'll look like it's got an AA grade top. I got some really fine spruce that wasn't high grade. This top had absolutely no runout - it was lovely to work with!
Geoff - it's basically (torres 7 fan - closing bars + bridge patch + soundhole patch - soundhole struts). So yes a bit different from the book. No logic or real thought behind it, I'm just experimenting really. Interested to see if losing the closing bars actually makes a difference. I'll probably build 2 of these patterns - one with and without a bridge patch.
Regarding the rest of the guitar, it's got a deeper body than all my others. The guitars I've actually finished sound a little thin. They were physically quite thin as well. This one is a good few mm deeper, and after seeing a Papallardo guitar with a massive arch in the back I decided to try a dumbed down version of that - so the guitar is thickest at the waist and slopes down a bit toward to end block. Maybe it'll sound rubbish and I'll regret it
looks quite nice though. I have applied 0 science to all this. I'm just enjoying experimenting a bit.