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Simple adjustable bridge

Made this bridge for the DeVito half of the Twins, I didn't think my normal design would look right.

Components: 2 knurled 4mm screws, 2 knurled 4mm nuts, 2 domed 4mm nuts, 1 piece of 10 x 50 stainless sheet drilled both ends and folded on the centre line.…

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Added by Michael Fred Johnson on January 16, 2021 at 2:00am — 4 Comments

Spencer Davis R.I.P

Sad to hear of the death of Spencer Davis, great memories of seeing his band performing at Newcastle's Club A'gogo in the sixties (that's where I met the better half). Great music," Gimme some lovin' ", "I'm a man", "Keep on running "

Still got my 1965 'gogo membership car with the autographs of Spencer and Steve Winwood…

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Added by Michael Fred Johnson on October 21, 2020 at 12:22am — 3 Comments

Hub Cap Build

Here's a drawing and photo's of the construction of a guitar using a Wolseley hub cap.

The neck is made from three pieces of 1 1/2" x 1" mahogany,the body from 1/8" birch ply with a hardwood tail block and lime wood linings.

The guitar is finished off with a walnut fingerboard and laminated walnut/ply bridge,stainless/cycle brake cable  tail piece anchored on the strap button.…

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Added by Michael Fred Johnson on April 2, 2018 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

The barter system is alive and well

A while ago my sister bought me four guitar lessons with Chris Meredith a talented musician and teacher.When the paid lessons finished Chris and I came to an agreement,he would carry on giving me the lessons and in exchange I would show him how to make a guitar.The photographs here show the finished result,his first ever build.

Four string tenor with uke reso cone,3.6mm ply box,"mahogany" neck with walnut fingerboard,headstock faced with walnut and obeche.…

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Added by Michael Fred Johnson on March 24, 2018 at 5:53am — 6 Comments

Violin resurrection and what to do with the leftovers

This series of photos shows the resurrection of a violin belonging to Chris Meredith, a very talented musician and teacher, who is trying his best to improve my guitar playing.The violin belonged to his father.

As you can see the instrument had gotten wet so was coming apart,the back and front joints starting to open,the ribs coming away from the tail block the linings parting from the ribs.The fingerboard was badly worn,the pegs did not match,there was no bridge and the poor thing…

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Added by Michael Fred Johnson on January 6, 2018 at 6:09am — 7 Comments

Quick bridges

Spend an afternoon making these bridges,better than using a bolt

1.The day before glue up a sandwich.These are 1/8" thick and 40mm. wide for 20mm. high bridges.The filling is 6mm. narrower

2.Mark out as shown

3.Using a 16mm. brad…

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Added by Michael Fred Johnson on October 22, 2016 at 1:04am — 5 Comments

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