Author Archives: LuthierMan
Cut out the neck socket, slimmed it down.
Design/build an electric bass – fast and good.
So my next project: A nice, good sounding electric bass.
The physical design is now roughed in
I got things more-or-less put together tonight. I need longer axles; 20 cm was about 8 cm too short. But anyways, I now know how everything fits, and how the top will have to interact with the furnishings. Designing that … Continue reading
Keybox, third try
I recieved some feedback about the layout and spacing of the keybox vis-a-vis the wheel, and realized one more iteration would have a positive effect. I built a third keybox, and incorporated the criticisms; I also lengthened the outboard extent … Continue reading
Layout coming along. I know how I’m going to support the wheel and keybox.
So I roughed in the keybox so it can be dry-fitted to the body; and also began installing bracework to support the wheel. Tomorrow (time permitting) I will create the vertical brace the wheel bearing will sit in, and perhaps … Continue reading
So the easy fun phase is ending, here’s where it gets tough.
Until now most of the stuff I’ve been doing has been very similar to building an acoustic guitar, which I have experience with. Now I’m getting to a new phase. Today I slapped the first keybox together and realized: the … Continue reading
More progress: key box started
Today I drilled the square keyway holes for the keys to fit in, roughed in a wheel or 2 some more, and I have a nice pair of cedar blanks gluing up for the top. Progress! With the loose parts … Continue reading
The Back goes on the Hurdy Gurdy Prototype.
Not much more to say… so far the process has been straightforward because I’ve followed the same method as when I build acoustic guitars. What comes next is going to require a lot of thought, because the placement of … Continue reading
Linings going in.
So in the end, I heated up the bows again and let them cook awhile, so unrelieved stresses would be resolved. Using bent linings, as is my wont. One side done: The other side is now set up and drying: … Continue reading
The ribs are in place. What next? I have to mull that over.
The beginnings of the body came out of clamps today and got trimmed down. I like the shape and size. It feels right. I decided to add some additional reinofrcing blocks in the corners. The head end is going to … Continue reading