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Posted by: @jamesbisset

Position 1

Position 2

Position 3

Position 4

Position 5

 

JimBee - welcome home Darling, how was your day?

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JimBee - I've been experimenting with some different positions

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Position 2 for me, I think.  Good balance of "bassy roominess" that I'd expect from a large hollowbody, without the piezo thinness of some of the other positions.  Are you going to use an onboard pre-amp too?

 

 

 

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Position 1

Position 2

Position 3

Position 4

Position 5

I'd go with position 1, I'm more of a traditionalist.


   
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@tv101 No preamp, no battery. Life is complicated enough.

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@robin I had thought that position 5 would be a good combination of 1 and 2, but now I don’t know...

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It’s a good idea / way of testing out the impact of the different positions on the sounds, but it’s only going to give a rough approximation, even relatively.

You really need a pre-amp in there too to do a bit of sound shaping

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You really need a pre-amp in there too to do a bit of sound shaping

Or... A pedalboard! Mwahaha!

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After an extended hiatus, I went back to the workshop to glue on the back.

IMG 0246

I made a couple of MDF clamping rings to help distribute the pressure and hold everything in place. Notice the wooden clamp in the centre holding down the belly against the internal block. 

The edges glued well, with no gaps, but of course the back moved when I wasn’t looking. It’s cosmetic, because without a centreline you wouldn’t know but grrrr...

Next time I’ll follow the Gibson lead and use one piece rotary cut veneers. Not as pretty, but far easier.

IMG 0273

The pressure on the internal block wasn’t enough, so there’s a small gap. I’m going to try injecting glue and then clamp up again.

IMG 0267

Cutting the binding slots went without a hitch though.

IMG 0272

I taped one of the clamping rings to one side and then ran the other side under a table-mounted router in the corner of Mark’s workshop. The clamping ring meant the body was perfectly level as I moved the body round.

 The headstock now has a veneer facing. That thing would not stay still while clamping up. It slid and wriggled and twisted. In retrospect, I could have just nailed the bugger on where the decorative hole at the top now is. 

IMG 0274

 Onwards and upwards.

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Posted by: @jamesbisset

I could have just nailed the bugger on where the decorative hole at the top now is. 

 

 

I'm trying to workout what mishap occurred that needed the "decorative hole" at the top as a fix???

 

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I'm trying to workout what mishap occurred that needed the "decorative hole" at the top as a fix???

I'm guessing that it might have been a nail hole.


   
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The edges glued well, with no gaps, but of course the back moved when I wasn’t looking. It’s cosmetic, because without a centreline you wouldn’t know but grrrr...

If the misaligned centerline is going to upset you, how about adding a misaligned end graft to disguise it.


   
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@robin You’re a bad man 😉

My darling wife told me not to be such a fussy bugger.

and I’ve decided this is a prototype - a proof of concept. But I really need to work on these slipping glue joints.

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Posted by: @tv101

I'm trying to workout what mishap occurred that needed the "decorative hole" at the top as a fix???

No mishap. It’s been on the drawings from the beginning.

https://guitarmaking.co.uk/community/showcase-electric/my-first-laminated-semi-hollowbody/

How could I, a simple brute peasant, reference the classic elegance and sophistication of D’Angelico and D’Aquisto?

https://dangelicoguitars.com/blog/the-history-of-the-dangelico-headstock/

Simples. A wee hole.

Almost the same as this:

https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/506807

 

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Posted by: @jamesbisset

and I’ve decided this is a prototype - a proof of concept. But I really need to work on these slipping glue joints.

 

Excellent.  To be fair, that was implied by your titling of this thread ("my first laminated semi-hollowbody" implies that you were planning a second and maybe a third, fourth, fifth and more), so really looking forward to seeing the second build

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Really, I'm just jealous of your evident patience and determination.  Nearly there now 👍 

 

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Posted by: @jamesbisset

Onwards and upwards.

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Great to see you back at it James. 

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 good to hear from you again @tv101

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And good to see you (and everyone else) still here @Russ!

 

I've been doing no building at all in the last year-ish, so it seemed a bit fraudulent to be posting on a guitar making forum! 

But JimBo mentioned that he'd made some progress on his build, so I thought I should drop by to catch up

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I've been doing no building at all in the last year-ish, so it seemed a bit fraudulent to be posting on a guitar making forum! 

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I don't think you need to always need to be building to post stuff. You've been there and done that so you're knowledge will always be welcome. I haven't been posting any build stuff for a while but I have been slowly plodding along trying to build a wee classical guitar. I'll maybe get around to posting about it soon. 

Any new music to recommend?

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I'm trying to workout what mishap occurred that needed the "decorative hole" at the top as a fix???

It’s not a decorative hole any more. It’s a feature!

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Nice save to add the "i" in above the bottom of the S! 

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@tv101 I know,  right? Otherwise it would have been like a broken light bulb - Bsst!

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