The Acoustic Guitar Forum

Go Back   The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > Custom Shop

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #46  
Old 02-26-2015, 07:39 AM
OddManOut's Avatar
OddManOut OddManOut is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Carson City, Nv (Want a jackrabbit? We've got extras!)
Posts: 3,071
Default Neck Set

I just received a load of pics from Larry. There will be several posts.

In this sequence Larry is setting the neck. The angles are dialed in via very fine sanding of the cheeks on the heel. These angles will be double checked at later stages of the build.






"Flossing" the cheeks with sandpaper







Lateral adjustment
__________________
Martin 00-18G (1949); Eastman 805 Archie; Waterloo WL-S; Furch Green OM (Sitka/EIR); Tahoe Guitar Co.: OM (Adi/Mahog); 000-12 (Carpathian/FG Mahog); 000-12 (Lutz/Flame Maple); 00-12 (Carpathian/Sinker Mahog); 00-14 (Adi/Ovangkol)


"I can tell you all I know, the where to go, the what to do
You can try to run but you can't hide from what's inside of you"
Reply With Quote
  #47  
Old 02-26-2015, 08:03 AM
OddManOut's Avatar
OddManOut OddManOut is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Carson City, Nv (Want a jackrabbit? We've got extras!)
Posts: 3,071
Default Installing the Truss Rod

Here Larry is installing the truss rod.

The fretboard position is set





Now the truss rod, with the mahogany glue shield attached, is glued into place. Larry is using a gasket maker along with white instrument glue. I've asked Larry for an explanation. Will post when I receive it.
Larry Replies: "The red is silicone rubber to bed the end blocks and pad the middle of the rod. Insurance against truss rod rattle. The white is to anchor the wood liner to the top of the slot."












__________________
Martin 00-18G (1949); Eastman 805 Archie; Waterloo WL-S; Furch Green OM (Sitka/EIR); Tahoe Guitar Co.: OM (Adi/Mahog); 000-12 (Carpathian/FG Mahog); 000-12 (Lutz/Flame Maple); 00-12 (Carpathian/Sinker Mahog); 00-14 (Adi/Ovangkol)


"I can tell you all I know, the where to go, the what to do
You can try to run but you can't hide from what's inside of you"

Last edited by OddManOut; 02-26-2015 at 09:10 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #48  
Old 02-26-2015, 08:19 AM
OddManOut's Avatar
OddManOut OddManOut is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Carson City, Nv (Want a jackrabbit? We've got extras!)
Posts: 3,071
Default Prepping for Gluing the Fretboard to the Neck

In this sequence Larry is squaring and leveling the fretboard binding and the neck surface prior to gluing the two together.


The top edges of the binding are taken down








The binding edge is checked for square and the FB marked





Now the neck surface is leveled









And voila! The fretboard and neck are flush
__________________
Martin 00-18G (1949); Eastman 805 Archie; Waterloo WL-S; Furch Green OM (Sitka/EIR); Tahoe Guitar Co.: OM (Adi/Mahog); 000-12 (Carpathian/FG Mahog); 000-12 (Lutz/Flame Maple); 00-12 (Carpathian/Sinker Mahog); 00-14 (Adi/Ovangkol)


"I can tell you all I know, the where to go, the what to do
You can try to run but you can't hide from what's inside of you"

Last edited by OddManOut; 02-26-2015 at 08:32 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #49  
Old 02-26-2015, 08:30 AM
OddManOut's Avatar
OddManOut OddManOut is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Carson City, Nv (Want a jackrabbit? We've got extras!)
Posts: 3,071
Default Fretboard and Headplate Glue Up

Now Larry attaches the fretboard to the neck. He also attaches the headplate.

The nails ensure correct positioning. Then a spot of glue and a few feet of rubberband.




The headplate is positioned and glued. A nut blank is used for proper positioning.








__________________
Martin 00-18G (1949); Eastman 805 Archie; Waterloo WL-S; Furch Green OM (Sitka/EIR); Tahoe Guitar Co.: OM (Adi/Mahog); 000-12 (Carpathian/FG Mahog); 000-12 (Lutz/Flame Maple); 00-12 (Carpathian/Sinker Mahog); 00-14 (Adi/Ovangkol)


"I can tell you all I know, the where to go, the what to do
You can try to run but you can't hide from what's inside of you"
Reply With Quote
  #50  
Old 03-02-2015, 10:59 PM
OddManOut's Avatar
OddManOut OddManOut is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Carson City, Nv (Want a jackrabbit? We've got extras!)
Posts: 3,071
Default Tail Graft and Binding Routing

Here Larry is installing the tail graft and finishing routing the binding channels.

The tail graft is a straight piece of binding offset with some BWB purfling.

The slot is routed.




The binding strip, some purfling and glue



Cleaning her up...





Here the fur from the top edge of purfle channel is being cleaned up



The dual-level channel for the top purfle and binding.



The back is routed for binding.


__________________
Martin 00-18G (1949); Eastman 805 Archie; Waterloo WL-S; Furch Green OM (Sitka/EIR); Tahoe Guitar Co.: OM (Adi/Mahog); 000-12 (Carpathian/FG Mahog); 000-12 (Lutz/Flame Maple); 00-12 (Carpathian/Sinker Mahog); 00-14 (Adi/Ovangkol)


"I can tell you all I know, the where to go, the what to do
You can try to run but you can't hide from what's inside of you"
Reply With Quote
  #51  
Old 03-02-2015, 11:12 PM
OddManOut's Avatar
OddManOut OddManOut is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Carson City, Nv (Want a jackrabbit? We've got extras!)
Posts: 3,071
Default Gluing Up The Binding 1

Now the binding and top purfling are glued into the slots.


First things first...protect the guitar from rabid luthiers with implements of destruction.

Yellow paper to protect the surface



Plus some blue tape



And a bit more blue tape



Oh, holy blue tape



Binding a herringbone purfling, with binding tape and glue (see it in the background?)



Here is a test fit with some dummy binding and purfling, with Larry demoing the real thing next to it. Note the difference in the herringbone patterns.



The ends are set in position with clamps


Binding tape is deployed
__________________
Martin 00-18G (1949); Eastman 805 Archie; Waterloo WL-S; Furch Green OM (Sitka/EIR); Tahoe Guitar Co.: OM (Adi/Mahog); 000-12 (Carpathian/FG Mahog); 000-12 (Lutz/Flame Maple); 00-12 (Carpathian/Sinker Mahog); 00-14 (Adi/Ovangkol)


"I can tell you all I know, the where to go, the what to do
You can try to run but you can't hide from what's inside of you"
Reply With Quote
  #52  
Old 03-02-2015, 11:28 PM
OddManOut's Avatar
OddManOut OddManOut is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Carson City, Nv (Want a jackrabbit? We've got extras!)
Posts: 3,071
Default Gluing Up The Binding 2

Now many feet of industrial grade rubberbands are put at the ready



A few s-hooks for good measure



A bead of glue is laid down in the channels



The binding and purfling are placed and fixed with tape



Then the guitar body takes on a gang of rubberbands and s-hooks...and loses





The body binding and purfling are glued up, ready for sanding...






__________________
Martin 00-18G (1949); Eastman 805 Archie; Waterloo WL-S; Furch Green OM (Sitka/EIR); Tahoe Guitar Co.: OM (Adi/Mahog); 000-12 (Carpathian/FG Mahog); 000-12 (Lutz/Flame Maple); 00-12 (Carpathian/Sinker Mahog); 00-14 (Adi/Ovangkol)


"I can tell you all I know, the where to go, the what to do
You can try to run but you can't hide from what's inside of you"
Reply With Quote
  #53  
Old 03-05-2015, 11:04 PM
OddManOut's Avatar
OddManOut OddManOut is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Carson City, Nv (Want a jackrabbit? We've got extras!)
Posts: 3,071
Default Neck and Head Carving

Larry is now carving the neck and head. There are several posts.

First, Larry brings the head near its final shape. The top edge will be trimmed down a bit more.













__________________
Martin 00-18G (1949); Eastman 805 Archie; Waterloo WL-S; Furch Green OM (Sitka/EIR); Tahoe Guitar Co.: OM (Adi/Mahog); 000-12 (Carpathian/FG Mahog); 000-12 (Lutz/Flame Maple); 00-12 (Carpathian/Sinker Mahog); 00-14 (Adi/Ovangkol)


"I can tell you all I know, the where to go, the what to do
You can try to run but you can't hide from what's inside of you"
Reply With Quote
  #54  
Old 03-05-2015, 11:10 PM
OddManOut's Avatar
OddManOut OddManOut is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Carson City, Nv (Want a jackrabbit? We've got extras!)
Posts: 3,071
Default Volute and Heel

Larry now shapes the volute and heel.

First the full width volute













Now for the heel...




__________________
Martin 00-18G (1949); Eastman 805 Archie; Waterloo WL-S; Furch Green OM (Sitka/EIR); Tahoe Guitar Co.: OM (Adi/Mahog); 000-12 (Carpathian/FG Mahog); 000-12 (Lutz/Flame Maple); 00-12 (Carpathian/Sinker Mahog); 00-14 (Adi/Ovangkol)


"I can tell you all I know, the where to go, the what to do
You can try to run but you can't hide from what's inside of you"

Last edited by OddManOut; 03-17-2015 at 10:29 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #55  
Old 03-06-2015, 06:38 AM
OddManOut's Avatar
OddManOut OddManOut is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Carson City, Nv (Want a jackrabbit? We've got extras!)
Posts: 3,071
Default Rough Neck Carve

Larry then brings the center of the neck into rough profile. The neck will be honed to the final profile in the near future.










The Dragon Rasp...that will remove some serious wood. For skilled hands only...










__________________
Martin 00-18G (1949); Eastman 805 Archie; Waterloo WL-S; Furch Green OM (Sitka/EIR); Tahoe Guitar Co.: OM (Adi/Mahog); 000-12 (Carpathian/FG Mahog); 000-12 (Lutz/Flame Maple); 00-12 (Carpathian/Sinker Mahog); 00-14 (Adi/Ovangkol)


"I can tell you all I know, the where to go, the what to do
You can try to run but you can't hide from what's inside of you"
Reply With Quote
  #56  
Old 03-06-2015, 06:43 AM
OddManOut's Avatar
OddManOut OddManOut is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Carson City, Nv (Want a jackrabbit? We've got extras!)
Posts: 3,071
Default The Guitar Thus Far

Just a couple of pics of the guitar thus far. She's comin' together!



__________________
Martin 00-18G (1949); Eastman 805 Archie; Waterloo WL-S; Furch Green OM (Sitka/EIR); Tahoe Guitar Co.: OM (Adi/Mahog); 000-12 (Carpathian/FG Mahog); 000-12 (Lutz/Flame Maple); 00-12 (Carpathian/Sinker Mahog); 00-14 (Adi/Ovangkol)


"I can tell you all I know, the where to go, the what to do
You can try to run but you can't hide from what's inside of you"
Reply With Quote
  #57  
Old 03-07-2015, 12:53 PM
OddManOut's Avatar
OddManOut OddManOut is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Carson City, Nv (Want a jackrabbit? We've got extras!)
Posts: 3,071
Default Fine Neck Shaping

Larry does the fine shaping on the neck profile and hones the bottom and top of the head. Larry interpolated the profile from the 12-fret neck on my guitar "Curly" (see my sig), a C profile based on a Larrivee neck. There's not a lot of visual change since this is pretty fine sanding.

I will be visiting Larry tomorrow morning to wrap my hands around the neck for a final check.
















Here Larry used a flat line to ensure the corners of the rounding top line are square, and the apex is at the midpoint.



__________________
Martin 00-18G (1949); Eastman 805 Archie; Waterloo WL-S; Furch Green OM (Sitka/EIR); Tahoe Guitar Co.: OM (Adi/Mahog); 000-12 (Carpathian/FG Mahog); 000-12 (Lutz/Flame Maple); 00-12 (Carpathian/Sinker Mahog); 00-14 (Adi/Ovangkol)


"I can tell you all I know, the where to go, the what to do
You can try to run but you can't hide from what's inside of you"
Reply With Quote
  #58  
Old 03-08-2015, 04:42 AM
Marcus Wong's Avatar
Marcus Wong Marcus Wong is offline
AGF Sponsor
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Singapore
Posts: 1,633
Default

It's amazing how luthiers can hand carve necks, bridges etc. so precisely! While I can't even cut a cake in equal slices...

Looking gorgeous by the way. You're one lucky fella as you get to be physically there during the process. Makes it that tad bit more personal and refined.
Reply With Quote
  #59  
Old 03-08-2015, 05:45 PM
OddManOut's Avatar
OddManOut OddManOut is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Carson City, Nv (Want a jackrabbit? We've got extras!)
Posts: 3,071
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Marcus Wong View Post
It's amazing how luthiers can hand carve necks, bridges etc. so precisely! While I can't even cut a cake in equal slices...
Agreed...both on luthier's skill and on the slicing of cake (and that's how the cookie crumbles).


Quote:
Looking gorgeous by the way. You're one lucky fella as you get to be physically there during the process. Makes it that tad bit more personal and refined.
Thanks much! Yes, I feel very fortunate to be given the opportunity to have these experiences. It does make the process much more personal. Many, many thanks to Larry for his kindness and generosity! He really has a heart of gold.

A few more pics and a video...

An interesting day today. I went to Larry's to give him some feedback on the neck profile. The neck was feeling a bit on the large side. The depth and width were very close to the specs on the model neck being used. The curvature above and below the center line were a bit larger than the model, so Larry concentrated his efforts there. He also worked on the hollowing the heel a bit more.

I also got to choose the pearl logo, the bridge pins and decide on a heel cap.




The neck after which the current neck profile is being modeled.





For the heel cap, we dug up the bookmatched offcut from the back. A great match if I do say so...



A brief video of Larry shaping the neck, plus assorted silliness. To clarify what I did not articulate well in the video, the material being removed from the neck is visually subtle, but significant to the feel of the neck in the hand. Also, this is the 2nd neck taken from the maple neck in the video, the first being my 12-fret dread.

__________________
Martin 00-18G (1949); Eastman 805 Archie; Waterloo WL-S; Furch Green OM (Sitka/EIR); Tahoe Guitar Co.: OM (Adi/Mahog); 000-12 (Carpathian/FG Mahog); 000-12 (Lutz/Flame Maple); 00-12 (Carpathian/Sinker Mahog); 00-14 (Adi/Ovangkol)


"I can tell you all I know, the where to go, the what to do
You can try to run but you can't hide from what's inside of you"
Reply With Quote
  #60  
Old 03-08-2015, 05:53 PM
OddManOut's Avatar
OddManOut OddManOut is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Carson City, Nv (Want a jackrabbit? We've got extras!)
Posts: 3,071
Default Choosing A Pearl Logo

A choosy guitarist choosing a pearl logo...








Two generations of the Tahoe logo. The one on top is the one I chose, and is the latest version. The lower logo is the older version. Both nice, the top one being a little finer. I chose it to have something a bit different.

__________________
Martin 00-18G (1949); Eastman 805 Archie; Waterloo WL-S; Furch Green OM (Sitka/EIR); Tahoe Guitar Co.: OM (Adi/Mahog); 000-12 (Carpathian/FG Mahog); 000-12 (Lutz/Flame Maple); 00-12 (Carpathian/Sinker Mahog); 00-14 (Adi/Ovangkol)


"I can tell you all I know, the where to go, the what to do
You can try to run but you can't hide from what's inside of you"
Reply With Quote
Reply

  The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > Custom Shop

Thread Tools





All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:47 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, The Acoustic Guitar Forum
vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=