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Badcrumble

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To be honest Sean, I am not really sure how I'd build it without a mold. (hell I don't even know quite how I am going to do it with a mold (really, how? My instinct is to have the mold sides join in the centre at the tail, and in the centre of the hollow arm at the neck side).

My plan then is to glue up the back and sides all the way until midway up the hollow arm, and then glue in a block and dovetail on the headstock, once the guitar neck is already fitted.

 

I'd be worried about flat spots, or irregularities in the curves if I built without a mold?
Also, I am not sure how I would laminate my sides without using a mold? Any thoughts?
At this point I am pretty sold on the mold hahaha 

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My Swiss Spruce top and bracewood arrived yesterday. The top looks fantastic. Really tight, straight and consistent grain, and viewing from end grain, it is perfectly quartered. 

I am really excited to now!!!






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Hey everyone
We have come a fair way since my last post, and my harp guitar is starting to look a little bit like a harp guitar. 

I'm not going to the workshop for the month of October though, so I now have a few weeks to sit and think about it, and hopefully make some progress on thinking through my rosette, pufling schemes and the general motif. For some reason I seem to leaning towards pearl and reconstituted turquoise for purfling, which looks good to me now, but I am worried may be too bold, and I could become less fond of it in the future.  Also, I'd want thinner strips than most curved/straight pieces available from retailers, so it's likely to be a very very difficult scheme to implement. (I want my pufling to be a 0.5mm turquoise strip sandwiched between two 0.3mm strips of pearl/paua/abalone. 

Anyway, here are a few updated pictures of what I have been up to. 


Here my mold is. I think it is a very pleasing shape.



After joining the back, and sanding down to thickness the figure started to show nicely. 







The capping strip goes in:





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Beautiful Wood! Glad you are enjoying your build. My newest is almost done. I almost glued the bridge 2" out of place. Doing the repair on that and will try again in a week.
Michael

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hey again guys. 
I am trying to contact Betty Truitt to place an order for some sharpening levers. http://www.dragonwhispers.com/ But I am having little luck via email or Facebook. 
Does anyone know if she is still in business and making levers?

It's a bit hard being located in South Africa, and I have not yet tried calling. 

If no one has any ideas, then how about rival levers? Looking at Camac and Loveland, but neither seems as nice (looking, I suppose) as the Truitt ones. 
Badcrumble

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hey everyone.
I hope we have all had a happy holiday break.
It has been a few months since I posted an update, but that does not necessarily mean that I have made a whole lot of progress.

At this point, I have braced the back, bent one side,  and joined the top plates. Now it's time to take a look at sound holes and rosettes before bracing the top. 

anyway here are a few pics:
 



















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Thanks for sharing Andrew - take your time, we're not going anywhere!
Weird about Betty Truitt.  I'll try to remember to ask around at NAMM.
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Looking good!

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Hey everyone.
It has been quite a while since I updated this topic.
I am afraid my phone, which I used to document this build, has broken, and I have not replaced it with an equally capable one [frown]

 

I am struggling to source sharping levers. I have mailed Betty Truitt on several occasions, and even added and messaged her on facebook. She accepted my friend request, but has not responded to any messages.

I then attempted to contact Heritage music, who are currently not trading. 
I am now approaching the construction of the harp-arm headstock, and I would really like to source sharping levers before then, to be sure of the spacing and design.

Can anyone help me with a suggestion? I would prefer Truitt or Camac levers, but I'd settle for anything decent and available. 


Andrew

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