About This Club

All sorts of musical instrument making discussion whether stringed, blown, or percussion.
  1. What's new in this club
  2. If it's the same one that's on YouTube it's a very good video. I'll check it out on Prime 'cause it would be good to watch it again. David
  3. There is a fantastic 60 minute movie on Amazon Prime that makes my attempts at making string instruments look very basic IMHO. Michael Greenfield is a musician turned luthier who began tuning, repairing, restoring and making guitars in the 1970s. He has since become a seasoned luthier and makes bespoke guitars. As Michael says a guitar still thinks that it is a tree until it receives its first set of strings at which point it becomes an instrument. The documentary shows how a string string guitar is made from start to finish. I have watched this movie and it is fantastic. Michael sh
  4. If you have Amazon Prime there is a season of 24 minute long shows under the title "A Craftsman's Legacy" The host of the show is Eric Gorges and there are a couple of shows in Season 1 related to woodworking. There is one in particular of interest to you budding luthiers. Brian Galloup builds guitars and runs a school to teach others the craft of guitar making. Host Eric Gorges visits the school and learns what it takes to build a guitar from scratch. They discuss topics such as the tonal properties of wood, steam bending and key steps of guitar building. I've watched this and Brian
  5. I'm not a musician so I'm way out in the deep end here. I was mainly interested in playing with the form of it, as they are usually just boring boxes. The time has come to tune it and I went through a lot of experimentation on how to size the bars to actually get a decent note out of it. I have somewhat of a handle on that now but I know next to nothing about music theory. I have 16 bars to work with. I tuned one side to D3 (D E F# G A B C#), skipping the short bar between D and E. It would have been better to have the higher notes at this end but the shape of the bars only allowed for t
  6. There are some specialist tools required but of course general conventional woodworking tools are required. Here are a few but it is by no means an extensive list. Conventional tools A decent bench - it doesn't have to be massive but a quite modest one will suffice Clamps - you cannot survive without clamps Vise - there are some specialist pattern makers vices that are ideal for guitar making but a normal woodworking vise will suffice Bench planes - a #4, #5 and #7 are useful Block plane - if you have a low angle block plane is will get a lot of use Sho