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Trussed up or not?

Started this discussion. Last reply by JL on Monday. 11 Replies

Hi folks,About to start on a new build. It's going to be a mod of a mandolin body into a 3-string, 25.5" scale, fretted electro-acoustic. My last build went well but I get a buzz mid…Continue

Upright bass build

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lane Martin Mar 7. 7 Replies

I'm in the planning stages for my next build...an (approximately)1/2-3/4 size upright acoustic bass. I want to stand up, pluck and slap out some blues and shuffle-Billy jams.Any suggestions re scale…Continue

Bass uke electronics advice needed!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wayfinder Dec 20, 2014. 12 Replies

Hi everyone.I'm building a bass ukelele (the kind with rubber strings). I have chosen a rod piezo under the saddle. I want to add a a Tillman preamp plus a tone and volume pot set up to get the most…Continue

Multi speaker cabinet?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Lauten Aug 13, 2013. 2 Replies

Hi all.I'd like to build a 4 x 6" or 4 x 8" cabinet to drive with a Noisy Cricket amp. I have both types of speakers all matched up and ready for wiring and boxing.I'm going to maintain the 8 Ohm…Continue

 

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JL replied to Tom Lauten's discussion Trussed up or not?
"Doublecheck while its strung up, lay a long straight edge along the frets between the strings that goes from the first to the last fret, there should be the tiniest bit of forward bow, an itty bit of sunshine between the straight edge and…"
Monday
Ron "Oily" Sprague replied to Tom Lauten's discussion Trussed up or not?
"Tom, Send pics: down the neck, side view strung up, showing nut and bridge height, as well as break angles at nut and bridge. We'll help you get it sorted."
Monday
Tom Lauten replied to Tom Lauten's discussion Trussed up or not?
"Don't have it in front of me at the moment, I'll have a look when I'm back home. To be honest I think the neck was VERY true...at least at first. I haven't checked the buzz specifically for a couple of days or so. I suspect it…"
Monday
Ron "Oily" Sprague replied to Tom Lauten's discussion Trussed up or not?
"Stable woods, normally. Hmmm. When you sight down the neck from the headstock (similar to Moritz' pic above), can you see the bow?"
Monday
Tom Lauten replied to Tom Lauten's discussion Trussed up or not?
"I was wondering if the natural string tension would help give the bow needed. I'm going to let it sit for another week or two and see what happens. Still hard to know what to do for my upcoming one though."
Monday
Fomhorach replied to Tom Lauten's discussion Trussed up or not?
"It sounds like the strings have bowed the neck after the strings have been attached. It sounds to me like the bow has happened too far up the neck. Think of it like this, you want a slight C shape bow in the neck running between the nut and the last…"
Monday
Tom Lauten replied to Tom Lauten's discussion Trussed up or not?
"The neck was Sapele and the fretboard was black walnut. Fretboard was about 6-8mm above the box. No back angle. Figured the back angle wouldn't make much of a difference because I can raise the bridge well above the height of the nut anyway."
Monday
Ron "Oily" Sprague replied to Tom Lauten's discussion Trussed up or not?
"You shouldn't need a truss rod on a 3-string hardwood neck. What wood did you use on your last build? Also, was your fretboard raised above the level of the box? Lotsa times, with a fretboard exactly level with the box, and no back angle 2-3…"
Monday
Tom Lauten replied to Tom Lauten's discussion Trussed up or not?
"Frets are level...thought of that first. It's all 'bout the angles. The action from the bridge has to be sooooo high to miss the fret buzz the 7th-9th frets. The amount of contact is parabolic. I'd rather not have to consider the…"
Monday
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Moritz Voegeli replied to Tom Lauten's discussion Trussed up or not?
"There's a simplier alternative for stiff and solidly built necks, I learned Taffy Evans uses the same construction:"
Monday
sparky37 replied to Tom Lauten's discussion Trussed up or not?
"Sounds like you need to level the frets with a file on your last build to get rid of the fret buzz, most guitars do. Please see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbShXHx6ejg and there is many more videos. I have been used this truss rod…"
Monday
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Trussed up or not?

Hi folks,About to start on a new build. It's going to be a mod of a mandolin body into a 3-string, 25.5" scale, fretted electro-acoustic. My last build went well but I get a buzz mid fretboard...unless I raise the action at the bridge...clear case of need for a "tetch" of bow in the middle.I am very VERY new to truss rods but I think that's the way I need to go. Single, double, aluminum, solid, carbon fiber, non-adjustable etc etc...which way to go? Are they easy to fit? Straight channel cut…See More
Sunday
Timothy Hunter replied to Tom Lauten's discussion Preamp possibility?
"which kit? do you have a catalogue number/kit number? doing a google search on "maplin pre amp kit" i get a kit code N47fL which looks to be a stereo version of the preamp linked in the OP.. yep the mono version is N46FL..... witch is the…"
Mar 13
DirtyLeeDee replied to Tom Lauten's discussion Preamp possibility?
"Sorry to reply to such an old post but I saw this and was wondering if you tried the maplin pre amp kit out? If so how did it go? And does it need to be powered by a battery?"
Mar 13
Kigar replied to Tom Lauten's discussion Upright bass build
"I did a 2 string fretless bass using a Fender Jazz Bass strings, it is 32" scale length.  Used a fairly big cigar box, built like a neck thru cbg except the "thru" part keeps going to the floor.  It has a nice bass sound but…"
Mar 5

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At 4:06am on June 22, 2013, darren brown said…

thanks tom .

At 9:38pm on May 23, 2013, Randy S. Bretz said…

Here you go Tom....matched pair of Mun Ebony slides.

At 7:57pm on April 29, 2013, Randy S. Bretz said…

Here you go Tom ...hope you like it.  Tambati rod biscuit w/ cow bone saddle

At 8:44am on March 22, 2013, Gene Jaimez said…

Thanks Tom

At 4:59pm on January 22, 2013, Keni Lee Burgess said…

Thank you Tom for joining my group. Feel free to add to the discussions or ask questions. Please check out my instructional video CDs: http://www.ebay.com/sch/njmikeb/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686

Enjoy your practice, Keni Lee 

At 5:30am on November 27, 2012, ANDOMANDO,,also known as ANDY said…

Hi Tom,look up Donald Jack,on this site,he,s another one of us.I see you are friends with Roosterman, nice guy Ben.soon we can start up the Inverness branch of cigarbox nation..?

At 6:23pm on August 22, 2012, BeetleJuice! said…

play a three string guitar!

 

thats where the fun is at...visit 3-string-guitar.com  and learn more about them

 
 
 

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