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James Perry
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15/08/2020 11:51 am  

I've got an acoustic body that I made 2 years ago. It has lovely rosewood back and sides and a spruce top. 

Trouble is I went and installed a shite rosette that I tried to craft using pieces of ebony, maple and rosewood. I thought that once it was planned down and sanded it would be ok.

How wrong I was! I'm too embarrassed to show you folk pics but trust me...... it's a shocker.

The way I see it is I have the following options;

1 Use it but keep the body in a paper bag to spare it's blushes.

2 Use it for firewood

3 Cover the soundboard with a really bad spray job to mask it.

4 Cut it out and have a sound hole the size of a cow.

5 Ask you good people if there's a way out .

 

So I'm taking option 5 for now before I go with option 2........

 


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15/08/2020 12:26 pm  

Sorry James - You'll have to let us see a pic first...don't worry I will have seen worse...if you can't face it then use the for something else...Uke...upper transvers grafts, centerseam  diamonds etc...

Measure twice, cut once...


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James Perry
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16/08/2020 7:40 pm  

I do like the recycling ideas, Mark, especially using the top for a bike.

Trouble is it's attached to a back and sides. Don't  suppose they can be saved and have a new soundboard grafted on? ?

Sod it..... have a look for your Sunday evening giggle..... but in my defence.... I was veh, veh drunk ???

 

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James Perry
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20/08/2020 8:05 pm  

So if you can recycle a top to make a uke or travel guitar....... can you recycle the back and sides too?

Is it possible to rebend guitar sides into smaller instruments? 


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22/08/2020 9:03 am  

I kind of like the way it looks...rustic...a bit cartoony...you could charge extra for that ?

Rosette Fix: Make a plug that fits tight into the soundhole so you can re-do the inside and outside circles (maybe with some BWB) - it will look perfect if you can pull it off...

Is it possible to rebend guitar sides into smaller instruments? 

Yes...sometimes..depends on the wood. Only one way to find out...

Measure twice, cut once...


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22/08/2020 12:37 pm  

Hi James

Cant you clamp a template over the soundboard with a circular hole in it and rout the old rosette out with a bearing guided cutter? You wouldn't even need to go the full depth, just enough to give you a recess for the replacement. If you let me know the diameter and width of the rosette I'll happily CNC machine a template or two for you if that would help.

Darren


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22/08/2020 1:02 pm  

I can't see what's wrong with it James.....but I guess I'm new to all of this.

Cheers,

Russ


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James Perry
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23/08/2020 9:31 am  

Thanks for the great advice folks and your comment Russ, you sweet talking thang!

I've still got the piece I cut out for the sound hole so I'll use that as a template to try Mark's idea first. If that doesn't work I'll take you up on your offer thanks Darren. And failing that, a plink a plinky uke it is!

I'll keep you posted


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