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2 color binding... is there a trick?

19 Nov 2014

Posted by Thaddeus in General Acoustic Talk



I've always just put single-layer binding on my guitars, but I ordered some half-thickness binding in 2 colors today, I want to do white/black on my next build. I'm pretty sure I can do this but I'm thinking it could get messy. Also I don't want any gaps or separation between layers... Anybody got some good tricks for this, or is it just a matter of going slow and careful and staying patient?





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Sanding neck block

19 Nov 2014

Posted by Edzard in Jigs & Shop Guides

My new two toys. Top radius is 20". Fits most guitars (Triple O, L-00, Dread etc.)


One is for my classical necks, the other for steel strings.


I have an other with a 12" radius for my Small Jumbo's.


Some (adhesieve) sand paper on the top of the block, a few stocks and you have a perfect neck fit.



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Vihuela de mano / Viola da mano

17 Nov 2014

Posted by Dusepo in Official Dusepo Instruments
Here's my attempt at building the soprano instrument from the families of early renaissance vihuela de mano (in Spanish) or viola da mano (Italian and Portuguese). It literally means vihuela/viola of the hands, as opposed to the viola da arco (...of the bow), which later evolved into the viola da gamba (...of the leg) and ultimately the violin. The instrument I am building later evolved into the later renaissance vihuelas with the more familiar figure of 8 shape, which in turn evolved into the charango, tiple, Portuguese and Brazilian violas, chitarra battente and many other instruments. It also played a role in the development of the guitar, although that is a less direct path via the renaissance guitar, baroque guitar, etc.

These instruments usually had 6 courses, but there were some with either 5 or 7 courses. I prefer 4 or 5 course instruments, so I'm going to build a 5 course one. They were tuned to lute tuning.

I may go with single strings instead of the doubled courses these would usually have, and if I do, I may also use machine heads instead of wooden pegs (as much as this would totally ruin any historical accuracy! - hey it's for me to play, not for a museum...) This would also make it more versatile for me to experiment with different tunings.

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