Thursday, April 26, 2012
To finish things off the ends of the braces are tapered off and feathered into the surrounding surface. The bars are trimmed to final height and rounded. You can see that the bars aren't symmetrically placed. The bass-side bar is slightly shorter. The treble bar is narrower, and is at a more acute angle to the centre-line of the plate.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
More scraping. It's easy to start chasing the lumps around. They disappear in one area only to pop up again in another.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
"What about fanned frets?"
Shawn had done his homework. The low C strings would be pretty floppy, otherwise. I was aware of the concept of fanned frets. The Orpharion was a wire-strung, lute-like instrument from the 16th and 17th centuries that employed the multi-scale idea. Essentially, each string has its own scale length, thus the basses can be made a little longer to offset intonation and tension problems. More recently Ralph Novak patented a fanned fret system coupled with some innovative bridge designs for use in his electric guitars.