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Bruce Sexauer 10-13-2020 04:35 PM

Sexauer/2020 (chapter3)
 
Seems like the 300 limit snuck up on me on Chapter 2. It's as though I checked last week and was mid-200's. Here's the link to the previous thread, chock full of useful information: Sexauer/2020 (chapter2)

Bruce Sexauer 10-13-2020 04:38 PM

Last post from previous thread
 
I completed V8, the fiddle I made a month ago, and have been playing it daily. Despite my trepidations, it is the best I've done so far. If the next one, V9 currently under construction, is better I won't have to deliver V8 to the customer, and I will avoid a broken heart.

I made a page for V8 linked to this photo:

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/V8/doneCbout.jpg

jaan 10-14-2020 09:07 AM

Thatís just beautiful!

Dave Higham 10-16-2020 09:07 AM

How do you differentiate between a violin and a fiddle. As far as I know it's the same instrument. Classical players call it a violin; those who play traditional music, folk, bluegrass, old-time, etc call it a fiddle. Trad musicians also sometimes use different tunings and have different styles of playing but it's the same instrument. I have a friend who plays both, so when he changes from classical to trad does his violin become a fiddle?

Bebo 10-16-2020 09:17 AM

Back to guitars for a moment:

Early Report: I now have in hand my newly built Sexauer FT-0-C Adi/Mahogany (see Sexauer/2020 (Chapter 2) thread). This guitar makes me happy. It is what I had hoped it would be. It feels right in my hands.

Iím not capable of the describing sound as well as many here on the Forum. But Iíll just say that this guitar, in itís infancy, sounds open, full, and alive. And although I know that it will only get better as it plays in, for me it doesnít need to.

I played only Dreadnaughts for the majority of my playing years because (without really thinking much about it) I guess I thought anything smaller was just less of a guitar. But there is nothing small about the sound from this guitar. This one plays big.

Bruce, thank you for your work.

Bruce Sexauer 10-16-2020 09:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bebo (Post 6525164)
Back to guitars for a moment:

Early Report: I now have in hand my newly built Sexauer FT-0-C Adi/Mahogany (see Sexauer/2020 (Chapter 2) thread). This guitar makes me happy. It is what I had hoped it would be. It feels right in my hands.

Iím not capable of the describing sound as well as many here on the Forum. But Iíll just say that this guitar, in itís infancy, sounds open, full, and alive. And although I know that it will only get better as it plays in, for me it doesnít need to.

I played only Dreadnaughts for the majority of my playing years because (without really thinking much about it) I guess I thought anything smaller was just less of a guitar. But there is nothing small about the sound from this guitar. This one plays big.

Bruce, thank you for your work.

Thank you for the quick review. Youíve only had the guitar a day or two, and it is less than two weeks old. I agree that is is a lovely instrument right out of the chute, and it will only get better. Thank you for the opportunity to make it for you.

Bruce Sexauer 10-16-2020 10:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dave Higham (Post 6525157)
How do you differentiate between a violin and a fiddle. As far as I know it's the same instrument. Classical players call it a violin; those who play traditional music, folk, bluegrass, old-time, etc call it a fiddle. Trad musicians also sometimes use different tunings and have different styles of playing but it's the same instrument. I have a friend who plays both, so when he changes from classical to trad does his violin become a fiddle?

They are all fiddles, but the violin is a conservative and specific subset. Any violin can be set up to work as a fiddle, but not all fiddles can be set up to be successful as a violin.

In the case at hand, V8ís top got a bit too thin at some points, which should result in a slightly inadequate focus in the tone, but it is a warm and very pleasing sound none the less. I will likely string V9 In the next few days, and it will be very interesting to see how they compare. I will give the customer his choice.

Between these instruments, I bought a Deep throat dial gauge for accurately measuring plate thickness everywhere, and have a unprecedented and precise knowledge of V9ís plates. IMO, it is not so much their absolute dimension as the consistency of the thickness, particularly in the top plate. Weíll see.

redir 10-16-2020 10:56 AM

Down here in the mountains of Virginia they are fiddles unless you are playin in one of them fancy halls and they are called violins ;)

iim7V7IM7 10-16-2020 12:40 PM

Congrats on your new FT-0...:up:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bebo (Post 6525164)
Back to guitars for a moment:

Early Report: I now have in hand my newly built Sexauer FT-0-C Adi/Mahogany (see Sexauer/2020 (Chapter 2) thread). This guitar makes me happy. It is what I had hoped it would be. It feels right in my hands.

Iím not capable of the describing sound as well as many here on the Forum. But Iíll just say that this guitar, in itís infancy, sounds open, full, and alive. And although I know that it will only get better as it plays in, for me it doesnít need to.

I played only Dreadnaughts for the majority of my playing years because (without really thinking much about it) I guess I thought anything smaller was just less of a guitar. But there is nothing small about the sound from this guitar. This one plays big.

Bruce, thank you for your work.


Bruce Sexauer 10-16-2020 05:34 PM

I have string V9 and put a couple of hours into playing and finessing. This instrument is particularly responsive to sound post adjustment. Theoretically, they all are, but I have not found that to be true. Or possibly I am getting better at hearing the differences.

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/V9/strungfront.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/V9/strungback.jpg

Bruce Sexauer 10-16-2020 05:40 PM

CN3, the Myrtle Noodler, is closed, and here are a few pics leading up to the:

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/305/sideone.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/305/peone.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/305/clips.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/305/linings.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/305/label.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/305/neckblock.jpg

Bruce Sexauer 10-16-2020 07:00 PM

Closed the Myrtle CN.

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/305/closedfront.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/305/closedback.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/305/closedtyail.jpg

Lewis 10-16-2020 08:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dave Higham (Post 6525157)
How do you differentiate between a violin and a fiddle. As far as I know it's the same instrument. Classical players call it a violin; those who play traditional music, folk, bluegrass, old-time, etc call it a fiddle. Trad musicians also sometimes use different tunings and have different styles of playing but it's the same instrument. I have a friend who plays both, so when he changes from classical to trad does his violin become a fiddle?

A violin has ďstringsĒ and a fiddle has ďstrangsĒ.

Old joke - be kind😀.

Treenewt 10-16-2020 08:37 PM

That myrtle is so nice! Looking good Bruce!

Jamiejoon 10-16-2020 10:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bebo (Post 6525164)
Back to guitars for a moment:

Early Report: I now have in hand my newly built Sexauer FT-0-C Adi/Mahogany (see Sexauer/2020 (Chapter 2) thread). This guitar makes me happy. It is what I had hoped it would be. It feels right in my hands.

Iím not capable of the describing sound as well as many here on the Forum. But Iíll just say that this guitar, in itís infancy, sounds open, full, and alive. And although I know that it will only get better as it plays in, for me it doesnít need to.

I played only Dreadnaughts for the majority of my playing years because (without really thinking much about it) I guess I thought anything smaller was just less of a guitar. But there is nothing small about the sound from this guitar. This one plays big.

Bruce, thank you for your work.

Bebo, congrats. You are going to be so happy over the coming weeks. :)

Nahil.R 10-17-2020 01:57 AM



That is some pretty myrtle. I have been meaning to ask you Bruce, what is it like to work with? I have been thinking for my next build (parlor or '0') to use myrtle for the back and sides.

Since I am very much a beginner I was wondering if it is a generally easy to work with wood?

Thanks,

Nahil.

Bruce Sexauer 10-17-2020 10:41 AM

It is locally called ďpepper woodĒ, and it does bother my nasal area. It is as easy bending a material as I have encountered.

Bruce Sexauer 10-17-2020 06:11 PM

First tier of the Amazon binding going on. My method creates vastly more clamping pressure than masking tape can, coming much closer to optimizing the join. Aliphatic glue requires something close to 50# a square inch clamping press to achieve that elusive "stronger than the wood itself" quality.

I believe that tone is the product of integrity, beginning with the quality of the materials, and ending with the intention of the player. In between, I make sure that every aspect of the joinery is as good as possible.

http://www.sexauerluthier.com/LP20/305/1sttier.jpg

Guitars44me 10-18-2020 10:12 AM

Yep!
 
"I believe that tone is the product of integrity, beginning with the quality of the materials, and ending with the intention of the player. In between, I make sure that every aspect of the joinery is as good as possible."

Well put Sir!

Salud

Paul

Bruce Sexauer 10-19-2020 04:31 PM

The binding, graft, and dovetail cavity are all successfully completed on this, my third "Couch Noodler", essentially a bespoke 00 optimized for personal enjoyment. This one is Myrtle and topped with Hampton Bros. red spruce:

http://www.sexauerluthier.com/LP20/305/boxfront.jpg

http://www.sexauerluthier.com/LP20/305/boxback.jpg

http://www.sexauerluthier.com/LP20/305/boxside.jpg

http://www.sexauerluthier.com/LP20/305/boxgraft.jpg

iim7V7IM7 10-19-2020 04:59 PM

Beautiful Bruce...:up:

Nahil.R 10-20-2020 02:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bruce Sexauer (Post 6527954)
The binding, graft, and dovetail cavity are all successfully completed on this, my third "Couch Noodler", essentially a bespoke 00 optimized for personal enjoyment. This one is Myrtle and topped with Hampton Bros. red spruce:

http://www.sexauerluthier.com/LP20/305/boxfront.jpg

http://www.sexauerluthier.com/LP20/305/boxback.jpg

http://www.sexauerluthier.com/LP20/305/boxside.jpg

http://www.sexauerluthier.com/LP20/305/boxgraft.jpg

I love the simplicity and clean aesthetics! Another gorgeous one as per usual!

Bruce Sexauer 10-27-2020 07:17 PM

I have been a bit distracted this last week as I rode my bicycle into a pothole while site seeing, and did a high speed face plant in the middle of the road. After regaining consciousness, I spent a couple of days in the hospital. Nothing broken except my nose (again) and the lost pint blood is probably replenished already. My mother used to tell me to "grow up", and there is increasing evidence that she had a point. At least I could do a better job of "looking where I'm going".

All I did in the shop since last Thursday is add the heel cap to CN#3, the last bit of wood work before finish sanding and then finish.

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/305/wnec...assquarter.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/305/wnec...lequaerter.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/305/wnec...assquarter.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/305/wneckheadfront.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/305/wneckheadback.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/305/wneckbutton.jpg

vpolineni 10-27-2020 08:32 PM

I'm sorry to hear that Bruce but am very glad to see that you are back in the workshop. Hope your recovery is speedy and full!

Ergoetal 10-27-2020 08:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bruce Sexauer (Post 6527954)
The binding, graft, and dovetail cavity are all successfully completed on this, my third "Couch Noodler", essentially a bespoke 00 optimized for personal enjoyment. This one is Myrtle and topped with Hampton Bros. red spruce:

http://www.sexauerluthier.com/LP20/305/boxfront.jpg

http://www.sexauerluthier.com/LP20/305/boxback.jpg

http://www.sexauerluthier.com/LP20/305/boxside.jpg

http://www.sexauerluthier.com/LP20/305/boxgraft.jpg

You must spend a lot of time on the couch, Bruce.

Nahil.R 10-28-2020 03:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bruce Sexauer (Post 6535285)
I have been a bit distracted this last week as I rode my bicycle into a pothole while site seeing, and did a high speed face plant in the middle of the road. After regaining consciousness, I spent a couple of days in the hospital. Nothing broken except my nose (again) and the lost pint blood is probably replenished already. My mother used to tell me to "grow up", and there is increasing evidence that she had a point. At least I could do a better job of "looking where I'm going".

All I did in the shop since last Thursday is add the heel cap to CN#3, the last bit of wood work before finish sanding and then finish.

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/305/wnec...assquarter.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/305/wnec...lequaerter.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/305/wnec...assquarter.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/305/wneckheadfront.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/305/wneckheadback.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP20/305/wneckbutton.jpg


Sorry to hear about your mishap Bruce. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Nahil.

TomB'sox 10-28-2020 08:28 AM

I really like the cutout in the headstock, is that a new design? I know you have done others, but I don't recall that shape.

jmat 10-28-2020 08:57 AM

Take care on that bike Bruce. I have seen your road bike, it looks fast and fun. Perhaps augment with a super stable cargo type, less face plant-able bike ?

Lots of examples, for example: https://surlybikes.com/bikes/ogre

If bikes were Sexauer guitars this is the "Sexauer" version: https://sevencycles.com/bikes/bike-d...?model=expat-s

The new disc brakes are a revelation. Also there is a different physical relation with the bike leading to more control. You have half a chance with potholes and, with wider tires, many general road obstacles becomes no big deal. These bikes don't go that fast but you already got that covered. Plus they carry stuff and better that the bike is the workhorse than you.

But maybe you weren't looking for advice on how to spend your money...

Be well, keep rolling!

kliend 10-28-2020 09:30 AM

Oh no! Rest up good sir. :(

Slow it down, we can't get you a neck reset

Nemoman 10-28-2020 09:48 AM

The guitar looks wonderful, Bruce!

Like many for some reason now I can't see your pics--but fortunately the right click trick works and I can view your creations that way.

Sorry to hear about your mishap, and hope you're mending well!


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