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  1. Depends on the density of the string. I'd say as far as synthetics go, that's a quirk fairly unique to FM. But with gut strings for example, the plain gut D string is usually around 1.00 to 1.18mm, while the G string might be around 0.90mm. A jarring difference! Same goes for nylons on a classical guitar.
  2. My uneducated guess is that it's a result of later scraping and not the original intention. My intuition as an amateur maker is the the plates should be thinner all around the edges and heavier towards the middle, just like a speaker. I feel that makes more sense. Then again, I'm a nobody. I'm also interested to hear other opinions.
  3. Honestly I think handedness has little impact on playing any instrument. Violin is hard no matter which way you turn the darn thing! Interesting to see though.
  4. I believe he means when the wood alternatingly swells with the flames; so the light parts are higher than the dark parts and the wood has a bumpy texture. This does happen when I soak but it's so minor that it disappears when you do the final sanding.
  5. I just bent some highly figured maple ribs for a guitar. After soaking 1 hour totally submerged in water they bent problem-free. I don't see anything wrong with soaking...
  6. I'd just flatten the existing surface so I could glue on a new piece of wood, and carefully shape it post-gluing.
  7. Are you asking how to apply a shellac ground? Because all you need to do is make a thick cut with shellac and alcohol and rub in a thin layer. Pretty much nothing will mix with shellac in my experience, unless it's alcohol-soluble.
  8. Yeah, but there are all sorts of people on here too. I imagine it would make the sound brighter, more powerful, and a little thumpy. Less sustain? Perhaps such a guitar would be better suited to playing unamplified in a large space. I'm tempted to try, but if I don't like the result then getting the top off to install treble bracing would be a nightmare...
  9. I am not close to finishing my archtop so it will be a while before I can test this for myself. But is there a precedent for guitars with a soundpost (and I suppose bracing only on the bass side)? Since the design is inspired by the violin family it would make sense to borrow the soundpost as well, yet there's no mention of it anywhere.
  10. Bahaha, I seem to be getting pretty nice colours in my tests. Is "wrong" whatever doesn't make your eyes water with its intensity?
  11. I have an assortment of lakes, I just wanted something to add more "pop" to my red-browns. Red carmine is quite a colour... and though it's not what I intended I'm quite fond of my violet too.
  12. You miss the fact that some of us don't care what is efficient and modern. I do this for the novelty and fun of using historical methods (and the necessity of whatever instrument I don't feel like buying) Anyhow, diy is still cheaper than kremer...
  13. I especially love the "Eye of Sauron" scroll.
  14. I considered using powdered aniline dyes for a shellac finish but found them expensive. I also have an instrument on which the rear plate is colored by hardware store wood stain sandwiched between layers of shellac (not my doing!!!). It looks surprisingly good but doesn't have the deep, raw texture of traditional varnish—rather flat. Does that count?
  15. At least the god pillar was easy to conceptualize...
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