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In 2001 I was taking an acoustic guitar class from Harry Fleishman in Sebastopol, CA. Taku paid us a visit and showed us some of his work.
I want to share a cool story. In Harry's shop, there was a piece of spruce that had an interesting f-hole in it. Since Harry did not build archtops I asked...
This was the second one. The first one was a Dragonfly with cocobolo back/sides and neck, redwood top, and Brazilian rosewood fretboard, bridge, and details. Click here for the gallery and specs.
The answer depends entirely on the tonal goals of the instrument, the other wood choices, and...
@jamess, thank you so much for the kind words. I read your initial post and was at a loss for words. Now that I am settled into the start of a vacation I thought I would say a few things about the guitar, the journey, and the technical details.
This project was unique for many reasons. The main...
Wow, thanks Brian and Jaya for making this happen! What a cool review. He really got what I'm trying to do.
@jbp, yes Terry and I have had some good conversations online before and we seem to have the same appreciation for the guitar. I have learned so much from his posts.
And it's great to...
I would think about this in terms of what you need it to do and design from there. In my work I add decent amount of material under the fret. This makes the fret more stable and also makes it easier to level the board and do any refret work in the future. The last thing you want to deal with is...
I've been working on a new design recently. It's a cross between a super strat and firebird, or something like that. We think it came out pretty cool.
The bench shot:
For more photos and the specs: http://www.mykaguitars.com/instruments/185/default.htm
Actually, a lot of acoustic builders route the saddle slot after the bridge is glued in place. It is a common procedure and there are a few jigs that you can purchase or make yourself.
Here is the StewMac jig...
Thanks for the props. I'd love to take full credit but the idea came from a collaboration with Carltone here on TGP and was first seen on his Dragonfly #045. It's a great idea and really serves to clean up the look of the guitar while still retaining full functionality. Cool looking guitar!~
I am very excited about Brian and Jaya's new venture, and also about the new changes in 2016 in the way I do business.
As some of you may know my business has been almost completely one-off custom or highly customized instruments. The depth of my experiments with instrument design has been very...
Great discussion. A lot of things have been done make the traditional one-piece neck design better but it hasn't necessarily fixed the problem of short grain in the thinnest and most vulnerable part of the neck. Splines are an obvious fix but to me that suggests a bigger problem needs to be...
Since this one was originally intended to be mine I like to take my time and test out some new ideas. The finish turned out just OK with the wax only on the rosewood so I decided to strip it off and go with shellac. So much nicer and the Kingwood just glows!~ Since these projects of mine get low...
In addition to Frank Ford's website check out this forum:
If you become a member you have access to an archived library of discussions that cover every aspect of guitar making.
I don't do a lot if repair but I'm not sure that sanding is the best way to go here. Before doing anything scour Frank Ford's website for any and all related articles about bridge replacement and repair:
Here are a couple burl tops I built over the years.
A solidbody 7-string for a local Seattle player:
This one has some carbon fiber reinforced bracing to make it stable enough for a carved top.
And lastly, a Dragonfly with a carved spruce top covered with a burl veneer:
So much flexibility in the switching. The classic LP settings are there (including all the Page modifications), a few Strat settings (4 single coil settings plus several 2 coil settings are all there in parallel, series, and out of phase), the PRS settings (outer and inner coils in series...
Not necessarily. It depends on how responsive and sensitive the instrument is. A less sensitive instrument can be controlled by palm muting but typically, with my Dragonfly guitars, it can take more than that: arm contact, holding the back close to your body, volume control, etc. This changes in...
Oh, that depends. I built it with all of my preferences but I can never hang on to them for any length of time once the photos get out there. If I really plan to keep one I need to keep it fully under the radar. Besides I am already planning the next one ;)