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    Always amuses me when I hear folk saying that...

    Always amuses me when I hear folk saying that their instrument has super low action and zero! buzz!
    Try plucking it so that people can actually hear it, you'll get plenty of buzz. . . . or as I...
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    It's more of a grain issue. I bend over a hot...

    It's more of a grain issue. I bend over a hot pipe and the odd piece of binding sometimes has an alarming twist to it. Of course bending on a hot pipe allows you to counter the twist but even that...
  3. Yes if you keep them in the pores rather than...

    Yes if you keep them in the pores rather than allowing them to become a surface finish. The fiddle makers call it fat over lean, so soft on top of hard. If you do it the other way (hard on soft)...
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    Cypress is commonly planted in the mediterranean...

    Cypress is commonly planted in the mediterranean graveyards. In the UK it's the Yew tree. Perhaps it has something to do with the longevity of the tree. I've used both Spanish cypress and Yew. Only...
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    This is the 'skeleton' type that I do. The wood...

    This is the 'skeleton' type that I do. The wood blocks at the bout and the end block positions are also 18 mm ply, so 3 x 18 mm. On a guitar (shown in the pic) this would represent half the side...
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    Well to be absolutely truthful a uke can be made...

    Well to be absolutely truthful a uke can be made without any mould at all. You certainly can use one single piece of 18 mm. Every external mould that I've made has been much more of a skeleton type....
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    You are referring to condensation on very cold...

    You are referring to condensation on very cold surfaces due to the moisture in the room. The problem is that if you lower the RH in the room you are also drying out the wood on your musical...
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    50% RH is not damp. It's not even close to being...

    50% RH is not damp. It's not even close to being damp. Fact. Virtually every single string instrument maker builds and expects their instruments to be kept at around 45% to 50% RH. There are some...
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    Actually 50% RH is pretty dry, not a hope of...

    Actually 50% RH is pretty dry, not a hope of being bad for any wood structure or mold.
    Buy a hygrometer, the one that has been recommended. It makes sense.
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    It's not just the scale length but the fretboard...

    It's not just the scale length but the fretboard width in relation to the body size (notably the upper bout width). When I was designing my version of a 'guitalele' it gave enormous problems in terms...
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    Kawai, Bechstein, Fazoli, Bosendorfer. I'm sure...

    Kawai, Bechstein, Fazoli, Bosendorfer. I'm sure there are others.
    The term keyboard can mean anything. Sometimes it refers to a specific type of electronic keyboard, of course it can also refer to...
  12. Thread: Level frets

    by Michael N.
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    I did something very similar. Not having to level...

    I did something very similar. Not having to level and re-crown is a great plus and it preserves the full height of the fret. It gets a little more difficult if you have cambered boards. Even on those...
  13. Thread: Finish?

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    Tru oil is more like an oil varnish rather than...

    Tru oil is more like an oil varnish rather than an oil (finish). By definition an oil varnish is a resin in a drying oil carrier. Traditionally these were natural resins such as pine, amber and...
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    I'll take the single malt.

    I'll take the single malt.
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    I think that was originally made for gut strings....

    I think that was originally made for gut strings. It may be 1920's but it could also be earlier although it's based on much earlier 19 th century romantic guitars. There were countless thousands of...
  16. He is perfectly correct on the egg white idea. It...

    He is perfectly correct on the egg white idea. It is or has been used as a sealer on spruce. I've even done it myself. Whether it's any better or worse than sealing with shellac I couldn't tell you....
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    True but only to a certain extent. Old...

    True but only to a certain extent. Old instruments also sound good because people have been told 'the older the fiddle the sweeter the tune'. We expect them to sound good, after all they are old.
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    I don't think a picture will show it or make it...

    I don't think a picture will show it or make it any clearer. You are simply producing a negative of what's happening on the soundboard (or the back) - the soundboard and back of the instrument being...
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    It's a guitar, no question about it. There's...

    It's a guitar, no question about it. There's precedence. They were made in the early/middle of the 19 th century, although infrequently. May have been as a child's instrument or even as a show piece....
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    First time I did the purfling/binding channel...

    First time I did the purfling/binding channel with a router was last month. I borrowed a Dremel and the stewmac base. I knew of the domed back/soundboard issue so I worked out a way of negating it....
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    There's not a lot you can do. Every plucked...

    There's not a lot you can do. Every plucked fretted instrument is out of tune. Add on the factor of equal temperament and things will sound off. Fortunately for the vast majority of people it doesn't...
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    Look like it's got some figure so yeah, very...

    Look like it's got some figure so yeah, very short grain. This is the bit that buyers don't see - the loss (time and material). We all experience it though.
  23. Thread: New Jig

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    Looks good. Better than mine, I don't have one! I...

    Looks good. Better than mine, I don't have one! I do have the same vice as yours, even the colour matches, parrot fashion.
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    Commonly on classical guitars relief is put under...

    Commonly on classical guitars relief is put under the wound bass strings - 0.2 to 0.3 mm with the 'peak' around the 7 th fret, the plain strings have either no relief or the tiniest fraction - 0.1...
  25. I don't think it has anything to do with...

    I don't think it has anything to do with plantation raised. The requirements are that it needs a CITES certificate, all rosewood does. There's a weight limit (or maximum) and it's non commercial (he...
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