Thanks for all the kind comments!
Adam wrote:Are the side purfling lines on the 3rd one part of the binding?
Yes, Adam. I glue matching purfling lines to the bindings, bend them together and glue them in as one piece.
Adam wrote:Also, are they "falcate"?
Yes, all are various versions of falcate bracing to suit the particular size and shape of the guitar.
bacsidoan wrote:This darn thing, of course, put out ample power but the tone ain't half bad either, quite lyrical, in fact. My only complaints are:
1. Unpleasant odor from the sound hole. This a well known property of gidgee.
2. It is a very heavy bugger. There's no way one can hold the guitar without a support device.
That the smell is unpleasant to you, Doan, is unfortunate. The smell is variously described as boiled cabbage to violets! I can barely smell it (along with other acacias) so it doesn't affect me, fortunately. The fact that I can't smell wattle (acacia) has been deemed to disqualify me from being Australian! But I can smell things that other people struggle to believe, like being able to distinguish between different metals by smell alone. I shellacked the inside back and sides, too, which only goes to show that thin shellac is permeable!
johnparchem wrote: I also like the way the classical heel looks on the cutaway.
John, I think that's just a trick of the light in the photos I posted. Here's what the heel really looks like:
The cone thing is just a strap button. Nothing to do with the adjustable neck.
Dave M wrote:
Are you using 12 hole bridges?
Yes, Dave. All have 12 hole bridges, but tied as 6 hole.
Dave M wrote:
Did the idea of a supplement to edition 1 of the books covering the new material go anywhere? I for one would be happy to pay for such.
I think it's unlikely to happen. Too much other stuff to do, I'm afraid.
Jeremy Clark wrote:Despite it's reputable "funk factor" how was that gidgee to work with?
The highly figured stuff is impossible to plane (the only wood that I have come across that I haven't been able to plane) and it doesn't scrape well either. But it does sand well. It likes to facet on the figure when bending, so achieving smooth bends is very
difficult. The bindings, which are much more highly figured than the sides, with a lot of end grain showing, are even more difficult to bend and keep in one piece. So not for the faint of heart. The straight grain stuff (like the fretboard) works reasonably well.
mqbernardo wrote:Very nicely done!.....I wonder what palo dorado is.
Thanks, Miguel. "Palo" translates as "stick" or "staff". Dorado translates as "gold" or "golden". That makes it "golden staff" (not to be confused with "golden staph").
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