45th Anniversary of guitar building!
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You are welcome Dan! What is the moisture content of the wood right now?
Oh I don't have the wood yet. I'm playing with a few ideas for future projects and have a tendency to make things as logistically difficult for myself as possible!
Ben, you raise some good points as well. I'm just wondering if there's an easy way I can test this without having to build a whole guitar and find out when it snaps!
Thanks for all the advice. I'll definitely be checking back here often, best thread ever!
I agree that this is a great thread. I am wondering about the "freeze dry" method and would be concerned about case hardening the wood.
I also think that wood will try to stabilize to the surrounding environment as far as moisture goes, so unless it is completely sealed it will absorb and release moisture as the humidity changes.
I am not stating this as fact, but as a question. I would like to know if any of these concerns are valid. After you get wood to a certain dryness, I would think going any farther would be a case of diminishing returns.
It also brings up another thought of baking the wood in an oxygen free environment as they are doing with some maple fretboards. As I understand it, the method changes the pores of the wood so it no longer absorbs moisture from the air. Is this true? and if it is, would it not be a better way to go than freeze drying?
I hope I am contributing to clarification and not muddying the waters.
If you are going to build, a moiture meter is a basic must-have. The Mini Lignomat is fine.
If I go down to my local butcher, what do I ask for, and how do I prepare bone to make nuts?
Terry, how does the neck contact in the pocket matter or affect tone or resonance?
Will changes with design or wood in that area make a noticeable change to the ear?
Hi Terry... I'm a big fan of your Carolina guitars... I was wondering if you'd ever considered doing a "studio" or simplified Carolina? IE.. same great woods and construction but no body or neck binding, plain maple top. Simple stain on top with clear satin sides and back
. Lower price....