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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:27 pm

So now there is nothing for it but to glue the top on. Now where did I put the guitar body?

As with the back I have to plane the lining and front and back blocks down to provide a nice gluing surface. Then cut notches in the sides for the brace ends, making sure that the centre line on the top aligns with the centre line of the body. A quick dry clamping to make sure everything fits and is aligned, then out with the Titebond and soft clamps.

With some help from my beautiful assistant I first clamp over the brace ends..

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And here are all the clamps in place..

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:29 pm

And finally, clamps off and everything looking good...

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Next month - binding.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Wonks » Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:41 pm

adrian_k wrote:Next month - binding.

Try syrup of figs. ;)

All very good work, Adrian.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby zenguitar » Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:54 pm

Yep, looking good :thumbup:

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Folderol » Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:15 pm

Mmm, that really is looking rather pretty :thumbup:
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:36 pm

My goodness - look at the glossy gleam on that body!! :o


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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:40 pm

Thanks for the encouragement one and all :)

As to the finish on the sides - not what I would choose, I’ll have to do something about that high gloss. :sick:
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Wonks » Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:03 pm

Martin Walker wrote:My goodness - look at the glossy gleam on that body!! :o
That's just sweat from all the clamping.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:30 pm

More likely from carving all those braces for the top ....

Which reminds me, Col gave me a nice little present this visit - my very own monogrammed thumb plane. :D
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby blinddrew » Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:34 pm

Worth it all just for that! :)
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:42 pm

Yes my evil plan is working. Next month a full set of chisels mwahahahahaha!
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:27 pm

adrian_k wrote:More likely from carving all those braces for the top ....

Which reminds me, Col gave me a nice little present this visit - my very own monogrammed thumb plane. :D
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But how often do you need to plane your thumb adrian? :beamup:


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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Wonks » Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:58 pm

He has very hairy hands. ;)
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:04 pm

Martin Walker wrote:But how often do you need to plane your thumb adrian? :beamup:


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I do it all the time.... not on purpose obviously :headbang:
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby garrettendi » Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:33 am

Looks stunning so far!
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby ReadySaltedChris » Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:17 pm

What tuning heads you going with Adrian?
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:03 am

ReadySaltedChris wrote:What tuning heads you going with Adrian?

Oops just seen this...

Not sure... I think I might just go with something plain and not too modern. It’s not going to be a slotted head so maybe some open gear ones with white buttons, I’ll have a look around.

Col used to like either Grovers or Sperzels but says the quality has gone down over the years and he now prefers Gotohs.

Any suggestions?
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby blinddrew » Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:56 pm

I've got Grovers on my Cole Clark and Schallers on my Hofner, both of which seem to be better than the defaults on my other guitars, but I've never tried the Gotohs or the Sperzels.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:59 pm

blinddrew wrote:I've got Grovers on my Cole Clark and Schallers on my Hofner, both of which seem to be better than the defaults on my other guitars, but I've never tried the Gotohs or the Sperzels.

Hmm.. tricky. And then do I go vintage or contemporary style? Decisions decisions...
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:19 pm

Right, on we go.

First job this month was to route off the surplus from the new top, and sand the sides to make sure sides and edge of top are absolutely in line.

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That tape is there because I although carefully took the router round 'with' the grain as instructed I still managed to split the top about 4mm from the edge. The broken bit is still glued to the lining so it's not flapping about, and the binding might take care of it, but I still ran some superglue in and taped it while it dried. Fingers crossed.

The right hand pic shows how the Tanglewood neck was attached - three dowels. The block I let in was where a couple of rods went from the neck into a plate underneath the fingerboard.
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