gjo wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:40 am
Lots of things to look at in your posts.
Did you already offer a sound clip in one of your many threads and posts?
It might be a question of quantity vs. quality in the end.
To be honest I'm just having fun. I'm building multiple guitars as a way to make up for a lack of experience and time. I'm over fifty and most real guitar builders have that much experience. As far as quality goes I am certain most are confused about what quality is. We are making an instrument to make sound. It needs to have two fixed points to hold strings, a precise way to fret them and a box to resonate the vibrations in a pleasing way. To put it another way ask a blind man which guitar sounds better? Problem is ask ten blind men and most likly they will offer a different answer. In my world I find so many can not grasp the idea of balancing the time available against the quality neeed to accomplish the task at hand. I'm a mostly retired aircraft mechanic. I have repaired and maintained all manor of aircraft in which people's lives depend upon it. But my clients need to make money with their airplanes, wether it was the Boeing triple sevens I fixed or the mom and pop single plane operators out in the Alaskan bush; they didn't have time for gold plating and couldn't afford it. This is were I am coming from.
Yesterday I made up the braces for the top and bottom plates and it took me no more time to make all twelve then it did to make the four for one guitar. It's just how I roll. Now I just spent the better part of three days doing those dang topwood inlays so perhaps I'm all wet
In my shop I always told my minions to crush the easy stuff so you had time to slow down when it mattered.
I want to build guitars people can play. Because I want them to sound really good they will not be robust beach party guitars. I won't dip them in plastic.
Years ago I found the perfect guitar, it was a solid top built in Mexico, I don't recall the maker, that cost $580. I shopped every guitar shop in Washington state and played a hundred or so and kept coming back to that one it sounded and played that good. It burned up in a fire. I've been searching for that guitar for fifteen years but no joy.
I knew I could out build anything fond in your standard guitar store outlet and I did. How does it sound? Ha I couldn't tell you but I can tell you it doesn't sound like one of those factory guitars. To be honest I haven't had anyone play mine but every once in a while I'll lean my head over as far as I can and I get a surprise at the tone I am hearing. Let me practice the few pieces I used to play years ago and then I'll record one.
Playing with sound bars this go around. I laid them out this evening with a mind to connect them to the bridge differently then I had before and I am extending the treble side sound bar farther forward. I'm trying to brighten her up some. I really have no idea what I am doing but that could be a plus, not being too constrained by tradition for triditions sake.
Ya, I keep quality in mind but while trying to focus on what really matters which righ now is really basic.
I hate sanding wood or anything else for that matter I just happen to be good at it...