First foto is the three Ladies laying on their sides without their behinds as it were. I'll leave it at that.
Tapped them a whole bunch and all three have a different tone, doe ray me, we'll certainly not a whole step apart but noticeably different in pitch. Guessing the sound bar changes noted up thread have something to do with it?
Other foto is with my braces wounded to the ribs. I just find it makes more sense to mount them this way. It still a junction I'm trying to perfect. The vary last out of six I was finely able to fit snug, not so much like a kindagarden art project. Of course having to clearance for the sound bars makes it more fun. Thinking I've got one or two too close by the looks of things.mi am going to get a used D string and saw through to make certain there is proper clearance.
Need to make up the sound bars for the bottom plates, get them glued on, fit the bottom braces, then i will be ready to attach the bottoms although I will most likely wait to prefix the necks which I join with three dowels and epoxy together. Nothing fancy but I think stronger then the sourounding wood. I do have a hankering to test one to distruction, slo mo video and all, but so far I haven't made one that sounds that bad
. Could be any day.
Necks are on the agenda and I'm fighting with the technical nerd in the lab coat on one shoulder telling me, pulltrudded Carbon Rod, whilst the gronala head with beard on my other shoulder is whispering, thought we were going green dude. Most likly a compromise: a strip of birch for stiffness and the rest Aspin cause it's so light. Oak fretboard. And yes, I'm going back to pegs for all three but the nerd in the lab coat has budgeted for Peghead planetary tuners; a win win besides the lightening of the pocket book.
I am still on the fence about finishing. I used some Bullseye clear shallak on the tops and it looked nice but even the clear was a little more yellowing then I wanted. I'm still thinking nitrate aircraft dope which is a cellulose nitrate produce I am vary familure with. For the tops just a few coats to seal and for the sides and back it's going to take as many coats as I can stand. I'll save the FP for some time down the road as I think it will be problematic in every way in our northern clime.
I've been playing the Mk-I & II every day mostly just loving the processe of making sound and relearning where I had forgotten, which of course was mostly everything. I spend about 20-30 minutes doing scales and othe practice exercises with the metronome jammed in my ear. It's amazing how it helps. I've a couple pieces i am working on remembering although I don't recall their names. All my music burned up in a fire years ago so I'm going at them from memory. The most complicated one I can play most terribly by playing really fast with my eyes closed but if I watched my hands or slowed down my mind stopped cooperating. I've got that one almost beat now just need another week to iron out the little details. The other piece is more simple and there are a few bars I just can't pull out of the fog, I've decided to just make it sound good and be at piece with it and who knows, perhaps some one will recognize it and I'll be able to get the music; although I'll have to learn how to play it the right way. One of my greatest playing joys it to just pick a key and play on a Spanish theme. I play something riffing around the fretboard until my fingertips are raw or my thumb cries stop. I use a drop D tuning and just love to crush the wound strings a la Pulgar. It's something vary powerful when you can get the whole guitar resonating while all the notes are clear. I've been without a thumb nail for the last week: the luthiers Curse.
Had another guitar first! Someone else playing the guitars I built, not a classical player. Had some dinner guest, some wine, and while everyone was chattering one of my friends who is a professional musician sat down and gave both a try. The pegs kicks his ass :/ He kept commenting how strong the bass was, wish I could recall his exact comments. To be honest I was only paying attention to the sound. In the end I figured out he was afraid and was being too delicate with them, had I noticed I would have told him to get with it. Next time!
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I hate sanding wood or anything else for that matter I just happen to be good at it...