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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:53 am

You are right, I have a guitar builder friend (he's made his living building and repairing guitars for close on 50 years) and his workshop is still centred around an old kitchen table.......... He even lived and worked on a narrow boat for a few years.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Wonks » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:29 am

But there are times when having the right tools and jigs makes it so much easier and quicker, despite the working environment limitations.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:40 pm

Undoubtedly true :thumbup: my pal didn't take much heavy stuff on the boat with him but couldn't live without his flatbed belt sander which is long enough to sand a fingerboard flat....
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Wonks » Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:44 pm

And then you need your radiused sanding blocks to make it unflat again! :)
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:52 pm

Colin has me sanding those fingerboards with a long straight block, using a straightedge and a fret clamp caul of the right radius for checking as I go. I find it very theraputic. But I am sad like that...
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:10 pm

My pal sands the radius in the same way just using the belt sander instead of a long block. Many years of experience I guess and I assume he gets the final finished shape it by hand
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby ReadySaltedChris » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:35 pm

Very fascinating!

Adrian, may I ask - does Colin make guitars in the Midlands area? If it's who I think it is then he made me a quite exceptional and rather gorgeous resonator a few years ago. He is very talented.

Been great reading about what you're doing!
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:05 am

Hi Chris

Yes that will be him, he’s in Long Eaton. Would be nice to see a pic of yours?
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby ReadySaltedChris » Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:09 pm

adrian_k wrote:Hi Chris

Yes that will be him, he’s in Long Eaton. Would be nice to see a pic of yours?

Sure thing! Col is a genius. Some pics

EDIT: Pics didn't work unfortunately. Dunno what I did wrong there. Let's see if a link works -

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4npen5v7saljkgg/ck1.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/5kqr1o28kmwrwyo/ck2.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/kmyw68oqswvmgbt/ck3.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/unscz6v07idilwl/ck4.jpg?dl=0
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Folderol » Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:48 pm

Oh that's very pretty :thumbup:
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:02 pm

Love the leaves!
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:02 pm

Love the leaves!
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:03 pm

Sorry, didn't mean to love the leaves twice!
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby blinddrew » Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:14 pm

That is more than a little bit gorgeous.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby ReadySaltedChris » Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:35 pm

Yeah, the leaves are really, really nice. The fingerboard is snakewood as are the tuning pegs. Looks great but more importantly, sounds great! I use it for the odd dobro bit but also alot as I would a steel string guitar as it seems to cut through the mix really nicely on jazzier/strummier stuff.

Sorry to take over the thread Adrian! I will butt out now but as you may have gathered I am very enthusiastic about resonators :)

Please say hi to Col from me and best of luck with your project. You are doing great!
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:53 pm

Oh, that is SO beautiful Chris - another round of applause for Col! :clap:


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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:06 pm

That’s a beaut Chris. What is the wood used for the body?

Supplementary question - do you have a pickup fitted and if so which one?
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Wonks » Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:08 am

It's actually a papier-mâché body made from £50 notes Chris found under his mattress.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby ReadySaltedChris » Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:12 am

adrian_k wrote:That’s a beaut Chris. What is the wood used for the body?

Supplementary question - do you have a pickup fitted and if so which one?

Hi Adrian.

I think it's maple. No pickup, I mike it up with a pair of Royers.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby ReadySaltedChris » Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:13 am

Wonks wrote:It's actually a papier-mâché body made from £50 notes Chris found under his mattress.

:) The only thing under my mattress is my secret horde of After Eight's.
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