My 10-string guitar in the making

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decacorde
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My 10-string guitar in the making

Post by decacorde » Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:31 am

I'd like to share some photos of my 10-string guitar the my local luthier Ngô Xuân Tuấn is making for me.

Scale: 650mm - Frets: 24
Cutaway body
Nut width: 85mm
Top: North American Spruce
Back & Side: Indian Rosewood
Fretboard: Indonesian Ebony
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Re: My 10-string guitar in the making

Post by RobMacKillop » Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:58 am

Excellent! Looks good, very nice in fact. My new 10-string is lattice braced. It arrived with a crack in the base of the instrument, and is currently back on the workbench. Hopefully I'll get it within a month. Seeing your beautiful images has reminded me of it. Are you opting for Yepes' tuning, or DCBA in the bass?
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Re: My 10-string guitar in the making

Post by decacorde » Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:26 pm

I feel sorry for your guitar. Hope everthing goes well for you this time. I have been a lurking reader of the forum before joining in, so I know the story of your guitar. For me, I will first try with Yepes tuning for a while, and after that I will experiment with the D C B A to see which tuning is more suitable for me. I already bought two La Bella 10-string sets with different tunings.
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Re: My 10-string guitar in the making

Post by RobMacKillop » Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:14 pm

When mine arrived it was with DCBA basses. I was able tune up to about C on the first string. - very low - but it gave me an impression of what it will be like to play. Although it was all fine, I was left with the impression that Yepes tuning would be more interesting for me right now, at other times in my life I might have thought otherwise. Either way, it's going to be a fun journey. The composer, Gilbert Isbin, has started writing me a group of pieces for Yepes tuning.

I love the natural rose on your guitar. It's going to look gorgeous!

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Re: My 10-string guitar in the making

Post by decacorde » Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:45 pm

Some of the photos my luthier Tuấn send me. The guitar is nearly completed.
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Re: My 10-string guitar in the making

Post by Conall » Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:51 pm

How many frets?!

In what music do you expect to use the highest frets?

decacorde
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Re: My 10-string guitar in the making

Post by decacorde » Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:01 pm

24 frets. The guitar is custom-built to my own specifications for experiementing and learning something new. For the guitar music, maybe you already know, the Caprie No.5 by Legnani right at the beginning use the note high D at 22th fret in orgininal score. And the Etude No.12 by Coste goes up there too. The top E at the 24th fret will be there whenever needed.

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Re: My 10-string guitar in the making

Post by Conall » Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:15 pm

I knew about the Coste but personally I could live without it (but I like Barrios' Sueño en la Floresta with high C).

I don't know the Legnani, must check it out though I won't have a guitar that could yield top D.

When you find music that uses these high frets - do record them - I'd be interested to hear them used!

decacorde
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Re: My 10-string guitar in the making

Post by decacorde » Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:03 am

Dear Conall,

I will need time to make myself accustomed to the new guitar and practising new piece. You can serach "Lucio Matarazzo play Legnani Caprice 5" on YouTube to hear the top D in use.

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Re: My 10-string guitar in the making

Post by Conall » Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:48 am

decacorde wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:03 am
Dear Conall,

I will need time to make myself accustomed to the new guitar and practising new piece. You can serach "Lucio Matarazzo play Legnani Caprice 5" on YouTube to hear the top D in use.
Will do, thanks.
Yes, it will take a good while to get used to the new guitar I'd say!

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Re: My 10-string guitar in the making

Post by decacorde » Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:53 pm

I visited my luthier Tuấn today to see him working on my guitar. The bridge was glued on and curve to the domed soundboard. The fretboard was fine-tuned to a litle radius. I'm happy and believe it will sound as good as its look. Tomorrow the frets and markers will be installed on the fretboard. I want five markers on the fretboard surface at the postions 5th, 7th, 12th and 19th right under the 7th string to help easy navigating. I took some photos of the guitar details to show you.
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Re: My 10-string guitar in the making

Post by decacorde » Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:26 am

I took my guitar home to test before final adjustnent and polishing. The guitar is light and balance, not neck heavy. The sound needs time to open up but the treble and bass are clear and separate, the symphathetic resonance gradually increases with my playing. As expected, I'm confused with the extra strings, especially my right hand :-) Need time to practice! Here is the photo of my guitar at this stage.
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Re: My 10-string guitar in the making

Post by Conall » Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:43 am

Looks good! Look forward to hearing you play it!

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Re: My 10-string guitar in the making

Post by bear » Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:03 pm

very nice
2013 Jeff Medlin '37 Hauser 640mm sp
2006 Michele Della Giustina Concert 10 string 650mm ce
2005 Jose Ramirez 4E 650mm ce
2005 Manuel Rodriguez Model C3F 650mm sp
2003 Manuel Rodriguez Model D 650mm ce

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Re: My 10-string guitar in the making

Post by RobMacKillop » Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:07 pm

Beautiful. Nice book collection too, and I also have that complete Bach CDbox set. I like the position markers - good idea. I only have them on the side of the fingerboard.

The secret to good bass-range accuracy is to make every note a rest stroke. It takes a while to get used to, but sounds good too, so is worth the effort.

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