The Year Off, Dreadnought Acoustic - #26

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Re: The Year Off, Dreadnought Acoustic - #26

Post by Phil » 23 Mar 2013, 12:59

KirBass wrote:Looking awesome Phil, what a magic sunburst! Going pretty trad with bracing etc - lots of R&D in bracing these days. Making me feel very guilty about my acoustic build still being on hold since the birth of my now 20 month old second daughter....it's the 80/20 rule...but beautiful work Phil.
Yeah there's probably way too much R&D that goes into it, every builder tries to outdo everyone else, whether that works who knows. The bracing pattern is a typical J-45 pattern and its real typical of the majority of acoustics out there if you look at bracing placement on most guitars. I spent a lot of time going through the Kent Everett voicing DVD and the Robbie O'Brien voicing videos on his online acoustic course and that was the best thing I could have done, there's a huge difference in sound between an over braced top and one done just right. There's no way I could have done it without those videos, I would have had nothing to compare it too, hearing the differences and seeing it in a video is a 100 times better than just reading it in a book or online

Check out the O'Brien videos when you get around to voicing yours. Just buy "The Top" chapter, it'll do wonders to the final result, at $30 for it its well worth it.
http://www.obrienguitars.com/courses/ac/


Thanks Andy :D

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The Year Off, Dreadnought Acoustic - #26

Post by PilbaraBass » 23 Mar 2013, 14:43

Looking good! How did you remove the lacquer under the bridge? Scrape?
Or solvent?
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Re: The Year Off, Dreadnought Acoustic - #26

Post by Classic5 » 23 Mar 2013, 17:34

Wow, excellent work Phil :cool:
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Re: The Year Off, Dreadnought Acoustic - #26

Post by Phil » 23 Mar 2013, 20:20

Thanks :)

Scrape and sandpaper, solvent probably have helped it a bit better, I might try that to clean up the edges

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The Year Off, Dreadnought Acoustic - #26

Post by PilbaraBass » 24 Mar 2013, 06:43

Phil wrote:Thanks :)

Scrape and sandpaper, solvent probably have helped it a bit better, I might try that to clean up the edges
Careful not to ruin finish there... I would think that if you have enough bare wood, that should hold the bridge just fine...
I'll need to take a look at my acoustic (poly on mahogany) and see if I can determine what they did there.
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Re: The Year Off, Dreadnought Acoustic - #26

Post by Bill Paulin » 31 Mar 2013, 08:02

I played ( as much as a righty can play a lefty ) the finished gat yesterday. It's deep, rich and wide!!
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Post by PilbaraBass » 31 Mar 2013, 08:17

I need to hear sound samples...

I love sweet-sounding acoustics... I'll take one, as well...
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Re: The Year Off, Dreadnought Acoustic - #26

Post by LimeB » 31 Mar 2013, 16:31

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Re: The Year Off, Dreadnought Acoustic - #26

Post by LimeB » 31 Mar 2013, 16:32

Phil wrote:
KirBass wrote:Looking awesome Phil, what a magic sunburst! Going pretty trad with bracing etc - lots of R&D in bracing these days. Making me feel very guilty about my acoustic build still being on hold since the birth of my now 20 month old second daughter....it's the 80/20 rule...but beautiful work Phil.
Yeah there's probably way too much R&D that goes into it, every builder tries to outdo everyone else, whether that works who knows. The bracing pattern is a typical J-45 pattern and its real typical of the majority of acoustics out there if you look at bracing placement on most guitars. I spent a lot of time going through the Kent Everett voicing DVD and the Robbie O'Brien voicing videos on his online acoustic course and that was the best thing I could have done, there's a huge difference in sound between an over braced top and one done just right. There's no way I could have done it without those videos, I would have had nothing to compare it too, hearing the differences and seeing it in a video is a 100 times better than just reading it in a book or online

Check out the O'Brien videos when you get around to voicing yours. Just buy "The Top" chapter, it'll do wonders to the final result, at $30 for it its well worth it.
http://www.obrienguitars.com/courses/ac/


Thanks Andy :D
I spent a lot of time going through Kenny Everett voicing such as Carla and Capt Kremmen. Still can't brace a bass though.

Phil, is there much diff between what you are doing and a baritone acoustic?

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Re: The Year Off, Dreadnought Acoustic - #26

Post by Phil » 01 Apr 2013, 13:09

As far I can understand baritones have a scale around 27", this one has a more regular scale of 25". I had to google the Kenny/Karla thing to understand what you meant :)

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Re: The Year Off, Dreadnought Acoustic - #26

Post by basshack » 01 Apr 2013, 14:34

She's a beauty Phil. Thanks for posting up the build process yet again. I do like going over the whole thing from start to finish when the final product is delivered. Now sound bites please.
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Re: The Year Off, Dreadnought Acoustic - #26

Post by Phil » 01 Apr 2013, 14:57

Its a leftie so you won't be getting soundbytes from me :D I might try to get a live video from the owner in Montreal and post it in a week or two, I'm flying out tomorrow.

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Re: The Year Off, Dreadnought Acoustic - #26

Post by LimeB » 01 Apr 2013, 15:02

So how long until you are back in business Phil? Enjoy the trip.

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The Year Off, Dreadnought Acoustic - #26

Post by PilbaraBass » 01 Apr 2013, 15:27

Enjoy Montreal, Phil... Good chance to get your French back into shape...

I love Quebec. Je me souviens :)

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Re: The Year Off, Dreadnought Acoustic - #26

Post by daves » 07 Apr 2013, 20:04

Eat all of the poutine!
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