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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:32 am

ReadySaltedChris wrote:Hi Adrian.

I think it's maple. No pickup, I mike it up with a pair of Royers.

Yes of course I realised soon after I posted it looked like figured maple. Definitely not £50 notes, although maybe could have been tenners in the days before plastic.

I’m going to try a McIntyre ‘feather’ pickup. I’ve got one in my mandolin and am really happy with it.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Guest » Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:21 pm

adrian_k wrote:
ReadySaltedChris wrote:Hi Adrian.

I think it's maple. No pickup, I mike it up with a pair of Royers.

Yes of course I realised soon after I posted it looked like figured maple. Definitely not £50 notes, although maybe could have been tenners in the days before plastic.

I’m going to try a McIntyre ‘feather’ pickup. I’ve got one in my mandolin and am really happy with it.

Did you make the mandolin yourself too?
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Wonks » Sat Nov 25, 2017 3:26 pm

No, Colin made that for him. It's very nice, I played it once some time ago.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Guest » Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:47 pm

Wonks wrote:No, Colin made that for him. It's very nice, I played it once some time ago.

I think I might ask Col to make me one. I am inspired!
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Wonks » Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:43 pm

You can always put your name down on the waiting list!
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:17 am

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Did you make the mandolin yourself too?

As Wonks said Colin made it. I got it cheap as it’s made from offcuts! This Frankenbro thing is the first thing I’ve attempted to make.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Rich Hanson » Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:45 am

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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.

Not any more

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:51 am

OK here's December's workshop visit report...

Last month I started reinforcing the top. This month more of the same. I completed the cone hole reinforcement and added a patch where the two grills will go. This pic shows the new patch in place and a brace being glued.

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Just for grins I dropped the cone in the hole for a pic:

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:02 am

Then on with the bracing:

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The top picture shows a brace being glued just before the neck block. You might notice that I forgot to put a ruler behind the joint to help spread the pressure - this is what happens when you are fitting in with other jobs and in a bit of a hurry. Looks OK though as I used plenty of clamps. The diagonal braces are just placed in position for the top photo, they are being glued in the bottom one. There will be another three braces - one lateral brace just in front of the cone reinforcement, and two more diagonals around the hole.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:18 am

When I started the project I thought it probably wouldn't be worth spending a lot of money on hardware, on the basis that if the guitar turned out OK but would benefit from better hardware I could always upgrade.

So I took a punt on some very inexpensive bits from China. Cone (not pictured), cover, spider, tailpiece, bridge and grills all for £45:

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The cone was a cast one so not very good, which is OK as I already have a spun cone from a Dobro, albeit slightly damaged. The spider, cover, tailpiece and grills seem OK. Might try the bridge but it would be easy enough to make one.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:30 am

A last pic from the workshop - a couple of guitars being worked on.

The one on the left is a Keefe guitar from 2011, in for a setup. It's quite plain looking but has an amazing sound. It's not subtle, but fantastic for fingerstyle blues - fast, clean, focused, balanced and punchy.

The one on the right, the body of the Taylor was smashed somehow and the owner asked Colin to make a new one.

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:00 pm

You certainly keep busy Adrian! :clap:


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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Wonks » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:59 pm

Nice stuff, Adrian.

Next time...

"And here's one we produced earlier". ;)
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Guest » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:17 am

Hey Adrian,

I found the pikkies Col sent me when building the dobro. I uploaded them to FB in case you're interested...

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.393847744404600.1073741842.100013381338296&type=1&l=71cc20cc2f
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby blinddrew » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:39 am

That is rather gorgeous.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:28 pm

Chris, lovely stuff, thanks for that :D

I’ll be seeing Col next week, I’ll say hi..
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Guest » Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:16 pm

adrian_k wrote:Chris, lovely stuff, thanks for that :D

I’ll be seeing Col next week, I’ll say hi..

Yeah, please do. Tell him it's sounding great! (I use it alot for strumming stuff too as it records better than my Martin).

Look forward to hearing yours.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:16 pm

ReadySaltedChris wrote:
Look forward to hearing yours.

Me too but it may be some time... a day a month means slow progress. Ah well.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:15 pm

January progress report....

Have now finished bracing the top. The basic scheme is lateral brace behind the hole, lateral brace in front of the hole, lateral brace in front of the grills, reinforcement around the hole, diagonal bracing around hole. The rear diagonals lie alongside the reinforcement and notch into the sides. The front diagonals lie on to of the reinforcement, lap over the rear diagonals and notch into the front lateral brace. Got it?

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It feels very stiff (the guitar top...)
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