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mark bailey
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05/01/2019 2:01 pm  

OK Folks - hope the new year is treating you well!

This year I'll be concentrating on adding more courses and content to the the site...there is so much I don't really know where to start so I'm asking you guys...let's get  a list together:

What would you like to see next?

(edit) Thanks for the suggestions so far - I'll add them all to the list and at some point we can have a vote to see what is most popular?

 

Ideas:

  • Finishing Course
  • Drop Top
  • Tool maintainance, e.g. sharpening plane blades, chisels, saws, drill bits etc.
  • Fit Acoustic Pickup
  • a thru-neck "Strat"
  • a carved top thin-line ES33x type
  • a 000 acoustic (24.75 scale, 12th fret join)
  • Binding for bodies and necks
  • Inlays
  • neck profiles
  • CNC
  • Bolt on neck
  • Multi laminate thru neck
  • Archtop Guitar
  • binding an electric guitar body (or neck)
  • recovering from mistakes/ faults in the wood
  • strange requests that you have made for someone
  • problems with a double neck
  • faux binding
  • Voice Soundboard (the black art)
  • Bolt on neck with the access at the nut end of the fretboard
  • Decals
  • PRS STyle Body Carve
  • 1 piece bolt on neck - skunk stripe
  • Dovetail neck join
  • Arm Bevel - acoustic guitar
  • Mark's Build talk through with pictures
  • Wood storage and what to do if caps or other blanks get twisted or bowed (can they be recovered) - Deej
  • How to fit different bridges- Deej
  • remove old worn out frets and preparing the fretboard for new frets - Russ
  • Wood storage and what to do if caps or other blanks get twisted or bowed (can they be recovered) Deej
  • Removing/replacing bridges on acoustics - Bill

Measure twice, cut once...


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06/01/2019 10:12 pm  

Right, I want to know everything! ?

I would like to see a finishing course that explains and demonstrates different products. Measuring and cutting wood is a skill in itself and there is so much more I want to learn but being able to finish properly is the icing on the cake. 

I realise this may not be the easiest of topics to cover but I just thought I would suggest it. 

What do you think? 

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07/01/2019 1:13 pm  

I would very much like that! Also a topic on tool maintainance, e.g. sharpening plane blades, chisels, saws, drill bits etc. 

Measure once, cut straight away and maybe you're lucky......


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07/01/2019 3:10 pm  
Posted by: Edwin

I would very much like that! Also a topic on tool maintainance, e.g. sharpening plane blades, chisels, saws, drill bits etc. 

And I would like that as well Edwin. Great idea. I’ve never really got my head around using grinding wheels and water/oil stones and the techniques for getting ultra sharp tools. Yes! This ☝️

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07/01/2019 3:29 pm  

Oh, there is something I wouldn’t mind learning. On any standard guitar such as an S type or T type with a laminated top, how do you do an elbow carve without going through the top? Is there a way of bending the top at the carve (the carve will be done first before laminating). 

Here is an example. 

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10/01/2019 1:52 pm  
Posted by: John L

Oh, there is something I wouldn’t mind learning. On any standard guitar such as an S type or T type with a laminated top, how do you do an elbow carve without going through the top? Is there a way of bending the top at the carve (the carve will be done first before laminating). 

Here is an example. 

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Yeah John - That is called a Drop Top...Good suggestion!

Measure twice, cut once...


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10/01/2019 1:52 pm  
Posted by: Edwin

I would very much like that! Also a topic on tool maintainance, e.g. sharpening plane blades, chisels, saws, drill bits etc. 

Cheers Edwin!

Measure twice, cut once...


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10/01/2019 1:55 pm  
Posted by: John L

Right, I want to know everything! ?

I would like to see a finishing course that explains and demonstrates different products. Measuring and cutting wood is a skill in itself and there is so much more I want to learn but being able to finish properly is the icing on the cake. 

I realise this may not be the easiest of topics to cover but I just thought I would suggest it. 

What do you think? 

A Finishing course is probably top on the list...thanks John

Measure twice, cut once...


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10/01/2019 2:01 pm  

Are you planning an un-saddle pickup fitting video for an acoustic guitar Mark?

That would be nice...

Herb


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10/01/2019 2:06 pm  
Posted by: Carnivorous HERBivore

Are you planning an un-saddle pickup fitting video for an acoustic guitar Mark?

That would be nice...

Herb

Yes Herb - that is for certain

Measure twice, cut once...


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10/01/2019 2:15 pm  

Well, selfishly I'm considering the following...

  • a thru-neck "Strat"
  • a carved top thin-line ES33x type
  • a 000 acoustic (24.75 scale, 12th fret join)

guidance would always be appreciated.


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10/01/2019 2:39 pm  
Posted by: Carnivorous HERBivore

Well, selfishly I'm considering the following...

  • a thru-neck "Strat"
  • a carved top thin-line ES33x type
  • a 000 acoustic (24.75 scale, 12th fret join)

guidance would always be appreciated.

Nice list Herb! 

I am interested in a thinline (Tele for me though) and the through neck method in general for other builds. 

One more thing I’ve just thought of, binding for bodies and necks. 

Oh my! There is a lot to learn. 

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10/01/2019 2:41 pm  

Inlays - is something I haven't really attempted too...


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10/01/2019 4:17 pm  
Posted by: Carnivorous HERBivore

Inlays - is something I haven't really attempted too...

You took the words right out of my mouth Herb. To combine bindings with inlays looks stunning. I realise some of it would be very tricky and need skill and experience to complete but we have to start somewhere. It looks like there could be an appetite for learning it here with Mark (certainly with the two of us so far). 

I found a couple of examples online. 

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13/01/2019 12:43 pm  

Another suggestion I would like to see sometime would be how to do different neck profiles such as D, C etc. I can really see that this will be a skill in itself and may take some time to develop it as a skill. 

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04/02/2019 9:33 am  

Hi Guys

As I'm still really a newbie to the guitar building with Mark. I just need to be a sponge and soak up anything and everything so this forum is really helpful.

The workshop tools etc just take time and money to put together. Maybe a run down of the basic tools required or will that be in the courses section ? I have ideas about the basics I need but finding where to get the plans and templates from would be a big help.

Mark you said you were contemplating CNC to sell through the website, any further thoughts on that?


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04/02/2019 11:47 am  

Hey Mike, I can only talk about the courses I’ve done so here goes. 

Since meeting Mark (online), I have completed the Design your own Guitar and Build your own Guitar (electric). I have not got to the Acoustic build yet, I’m having too much fun building electric guitars at the moment. 

Within the course there is a full list of essential tools and materials needed to complete a guitar build. This is all for electric guitar and to build it at home in a garage or workshop. I can’t put the full list up here as it is part of the paid course (or sold separately in the shop on the website). However I will talk about some of the main tools as part of a review. The tools that will help the most are a bandsaw and a router with the correct blades and bits. Some specialist tools are required such as a levelling beam, straight edge, fret rocker, radius gauges etc. Mark’s checklist gives you everything you need to get started and as you progress you get to know about addition and optional tools for the future. The course also suggests various suppliers of where to purchase tools and materials. Don’t forget the Mark has some materials, products and tools for sale and will help you find what you are looking for. 

So my advice is, whichever course you want to do first, buy it! Once you have bought it, spend time with the checklist (included) and get everything on it before starting work on a guitar. Make sure you have in your possession all of the guitar parts you want to use - bridge, tuners, nut etc. - these need to be part of the design stage and will affect the actual building of the guitar. There are lot of different guitar parts out there, so if you design for a particular bridge, for example, and then change your mind for another one half way through the build, it could seriously affect the tuning and/or playability of the guitar.

Everything will be fine though, Mark is the master and he will help you every step of the way. I was really nervous at first as I was doing it online instead of in Mark’s workshop (which I still haven’t been to) but I am now going to be starting my 3rd build. I made a few mistakes along the way but Master Yoda (I mean Mark) is there to help. 

Good luck with everything and welcome to the forum.

John. 

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17/02/2019 9:10 pm  

I'd love to see how to make a bolt on neck, a multi laminate thru neck and maybe a paint spraying course. 


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18/02/2019 12:34 pm  

Cheers Adam - added!

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22/03/2019 6:35 pm  

Mark

I would like to see you do an archtop guitar. I am looking at the Benedetto book and collecting tools and jigs in anticipation.

Regards

Mike Walker


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