Hi Waddy. That's good to hear that they're still hanging on there. It's a testament to the strength of hide glue and your attention to getting a good fit between bridge and soundboard.Waddy Thomson wrote:4 of my first five guitars had Cocobolo bridges. I never de-oiled any of them. All still holding fine. HHG gluing after a fresh scrape with a scraper, then glued within 5 minutes of the scraping. All still holding fine.
You may be right about this. I think if one is going to wipe the wood with acetone or alcohol it's best to go all the way until the surface is clearly de-oiled and nothing is getting on the rag anymore. But a couple of quick rubs with solvent might actually make it worse like you suggest.Waddy Thomson wrote:I know that de-oiling rosewoods is a popular method of joint prep, but I have read many other articles and posts by experienced builders that have emphasized the fresh joint vs the de-oiling. My theory and that of a few others I've read, is that de-oiling with acetone or other solvents actually thins the oil and encourages additional bleeding at the point of wiping after the fact.
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