Author Topic: Readers' Instruments  (Read 52673 times)

T42

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #250 on: November 16, 2018, 03:44:03 pm »
Just finished today, the Brazen Beast:






Tha can't 'ave too much brass.



The box comes from spare tongue & groove, the neck is from red pin des Landes left over from building our current bed in 1994, and the fretboard is mahogany from a knock-off G-Plan dining table MrsT's folks had built in Uganda in 1959.  It has a 3-pole CB guitar pickup at the neck and a disc piezo inside the dogbowl under the bridge.

Sounds pretty mellow in a twangy sort of way.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

PaulF

  • "World's Scariest Barman"
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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #251 on: November 16, 2018, 04:23:43 pm »
Amazing!

Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #252 on: November 16, 2018, 04:58:14 pm »
Just finished today, the Brazen Beast:



Ooooo.  A proper workshop.  Great bench, face vice, and a table saw on castors.  I did the same to mine, and my B&D Workmate with its extended top.  Makes working in a small space so much easier.

Top fettling, Mr T42.

Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #253 on: November 16, 2018, 09:55:39 pm »
Another supurb build!  :) Are you going to move up a notch? Maybe make a Tele or Strat?
Those wonderful norks are never far from my thoughts, oh yeah!

T42

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #254 on: November 17, 2018, 09:38:55 am »
Cheers, all. :thumbsup:

Yes, I am going to move up, early next year I think. One more CB guitar as a Christmas present, then I want to do a through-neck bass for my daughter - who, bless her, prefers fretless.  I don't think I'm going to try standard 6-strings thereafter, but I'd like to do something a bit more unusual - maybe a Chapman Stick, though the fretting on those looks like a nightmare.

CBGs are fun, though...
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

PaulF

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #255 on: November 17, 2018, 10:46:31 am »
I think doing the frets on a Chapman Stick will be a cinch compared with learning to play one.

T42

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #256 on: November 17, 2018, 11:13:31 am »
Aye, but I'll leave that bit to my son.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

PaulF

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #257 on: November 29, 2018, 09:36:11 am »
I'm selling a couple of mandolins to make place for n+1

First my Ashbury Octave



And my electric mandolin, now sold




More details here https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=110351.0

PaulF

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #258 on: December 03, 2018, 07:06:03 pm »
And here is my n+1


road-runner

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #259 on: December 04, 2018, 12:04:12 am »
My experience of Ashbury has been good; good quality instruments at competitive prices.

How does it feel and sound, PaulF?

PaulF

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #260 on: December 04, 2018, 04:50:20 am »
Yes I agree Ashbury offer great value for money, in fact the octave on the right is also an Ashbury.

Plays really nicely; set up well “out of the box” with the action the right height for me and intonation spot on. I was able to buy the model they had on display which I’d played rather than from the warehouse so I knew it was playable. Given that half the battle with mandolin family instruments is getting the setup right that was a plus for me.

Has a nice warm tone and volume is well balanced across the strings just needs a touch of reverb and chorus to properly fill the sound out but I haven’t played it enough yet to get the sound quite right.

T42

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #261 on: December 04, 2018, 09:19:41 am »
That is very pretty.  I had a Neapolitan for some years, but found that the meeting of two rotundities impeded virtuosity.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

PaulF

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #262 on: December 04, 2018, 09:24:24 am »
My virtuosity is impeded by more than mere rotundities :)

T42

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #263 on: December 30, 2018, 04:44:10 pm »
And then there were four:



Build n°4, made at breakneck speed with workshop often too cold for the glue to set.
Neck in Pin du Jura, fretboard in mahogany, 20x30 cm box in Obeche & ply,
double piezo at bridge, 4-pole pickup at neck. No pickup switch, it's all
done by pots. Home-made Gibson-style truss rod.

Great sound, best I've done so far.

Shop now looks like a bomb hit it.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

T42

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #264 on: December 31, 2018, 09:22:24 am »
Thanks!  Unfortunately I couldn't try it for more that five minutes.  It was a Christmas present for my daughter, and she was here yesterday to pick it up. I made the bridge and put on the middle string about an hour before lunch and found I had a short somewhere. Worked for two hours after lunch to find it and finish stringing & testing. I got done at half-past four and she had to leave to catch her train five minutes later.

I've been going flat out at this guitar for the last two weeks. Utterly knackered last night, still am today.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #265 on: December 31, 2018, 01:57:14 pm »
And then there were four:


Shop now looks like a bomb hit it.

I'll post a pic of my bench next time I'm doing an aeroplane build or refurb.  It really does look like a bomb hit it.....  At least you can see your bench top.

Mind you, my music teacher also services saxes, flutes and clarinets.  Her bench looks a bit like yours, come to think of it.  Must be a musical thing.

T42

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #266 on: December 31, 2018, 04:51:04 pm »
More like a blind panic thing.  There was meant to be a lizard transfer to the left of the strings but by the time I got that far my hands were shaking so much from the coffee I just gave it to the lass along with the guitar.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

menthel

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #267 on: March 29, 2019, 05:50:56 pm »
Accidentally bought a Mexican strat second hand for a decent price. Will post up piccies when it arrives.

PaulF

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #268 on: March 29, 2019, 06:03:24 pm »
A couple of weeks ago I picked this up on Gumtree:



Got it in DADGAD, just need to learn how to play the thing!


Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #269 on: March 29, 2019, 09:07:30 pm »
Glad to see that the title of this thread is now correct! :thumbsup:

The Movers

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #270 on: March 29, 2019, 11:49:46 pm »
Some mods are grammar pedants...  ;) ;D

PaulF

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #271 on: March 30, 2019, 05:39:43 am »
What is that Taylor? Mini, Baby, Junior, Parlour?

It’s the Baby so essentially a 3/4 size. Was finding my Dreadnaught uncomfortable to play so decided o try something smaller.

Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #272 on: March 30, 2019, 06:27:25 pm »
Got it in DADGAD, just need to learn how to play the thing!

I take it you've got Kashmir down then?  :P
Those wonderful norks are never far from my thoughts, oh yeah!

Steph

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #273 on: March 30, 2019, 07:12:22 pm »
Arsebollocks!
Picked my fiddle up for a play this morning, and it is borked. For those who don't know fiddles, the strings attach to a 'flooating' piece of wood called the 'tailpiece', which is secured to the fiddle by way of a loop of 'catgut' (tail gut) round a dowel (end pin) pushed into the instrument's base.

The tail gut has snapped, so I will need to find someone who can fettle it--it's not a huge job. The violin is one I have had since new, at the age of 11, and so is coming up to its half century. Not too shabby in the way of longevity, then.
Mae angen arnaf i byw, a fe fydda'i

PaulF

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #274 on: March 30, 2019, 07:26:25 pm »
Got it in DADGAD, just need to learn how to play the thing!

I take it you've got Kashmir down then?  :P

Well it sounds like Kashmir to me....