"Leave it there, play the living hell out of it and smile. But if you really can't stand the look you should be able to work your way through a series of very fine sand papers wetted in water with just a drop of dish soap in it and then…"
"Lots and lots of data and detail here but your last paragraph is most revealing. You need to hook up with a local luthier and be prepared to take it back for further adjustment a couple of times after the initial set up before you are happy. You may…"
"Removing fret boards is very dependent on the materials used to install them in the first place. Older instruments will almost always have been glued together with hide glue. A little heat on the fret board and a hot putty knife will separate…"
"If plastic were rare and valuable we might all be talking about what a wonderful effect it has on instruments! Perception is reality most of the time.
The one really poor aspect of plastic is that it is soft and warps away from the ferule under…"
"Very subjective question. There is no doubt that bone will enhance an instrument where substandard nuts and saddles have been installed but pins are debatable. I notice a difference when replacing plastic with almost anything else but the…"
"Lots of questions and no absolute answers. I am beginning to use laminations for my backs on occasion. As tonewoods get more rare I believe you will see many more builders doing so. I did this most recently on an all Spruce 00 I am building.…"
"Your system is very much like most peoples approach and works well. It is limited only to your imagination and steadiness of hand. When I wanted to up-level my inlay (without going all the way to CNC) I built myself a pantograph…"
"The few times I tried "re-training" wood the results were temporary at best. Unless you can soften the lignin through heat as we do when bending the results will be less than stellar. It would be great to hear stories about long term…"
"A flat fret board is typically a dead give away for it being a classical when all you have to go by is a verbal description. I also
thought we were dealing with a nylon string instrument until I saw the photo.
It's always a battle…"
"Looks like this was intended to be a steel string all along based on the pinned bridge. Strange that the fret board would not have been radiused but to each their own. It's not required but does make barred chords easier to play…"
"I don't know the particulars of Ibanez but it would not be a surprise for an inexpensive guitar from that era to be built with ply. That might explain the lack of cracks on a severely dehydrated instrument.
Dead flat top and back is…"
"Bodies are bound and necks have been fitted. I used a bolt on neck detail so the necks have been fitted but are removed for the finishing phase. Tru-Oil for the necks and bodies but I will be doing a French polish on the tops.
"Spruce will have a different sound than any hard wood but the judgement of "better or worse" is in the ear or perhaps even the mind of the listener. Time and time again double blind tests show that even the most highly trained…"
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
I have many Nelson guitars (of course)
Two Cumpiano's including the steel string he built for "Guitar building. Tradition and technology."
Two Nelson fiddles (I refuse to call them violins)
Various vintage instruments.