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Greg Nelson
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  • Novato, CA
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Greg Nelson commented on Rob Bourassa's group UKULELE PLAYERS
"One more thought.  Perhaps the nut is too far from the first fret.  You can use a fret calculator to discover the distance that the first fret should be from the nut. If the first fret is too far from the nut then all notes would…"
Jan 19
Greg Nelson commented on Rob Bourassa's group UKULELE PLAYERS
"Well then, the action seems within reasonable tolerance so you may need to lengthen the compensation by moving the saddle.  Without some confidence and competence in wood working you should seek out a luthier in your area that can deal with…"
Jan 19
Greg Nelson commented on Rob Bourassa's group UKULELE PLAYERS
"Paul, The height above the bridge doesn't tell us much.  What is the action height at the first fret? Do you have to press a significant distance to fret the note? Same question at the 12th. Measure from top of fret to bottom of string if…"
Jan 18
Greg Nelson commented on Rob Bourassa's group UKULELE PLAYERS
"Agreed, but I think you will also agree that removing and moving the bridge is even more complicated! We will also need to know Paul's comfort level, experience and tooling before letting him loose on this.  Luthiers who do repair work…"
Jan 18
Greg Nelson commented on Rob Bourassa's group UKULELE PLAYERS
"Some languages (like English) are more specific and able to define things on a level an engineer would appreciate, but give me any of the romance languages (like Portuguese) for the pure beauty of the sounds and their ability to communicate emotion.…"
Jan 18
Greg Nelson commented on Rob Bourassa's group UKULELE PLAYERS
"Luis, I see you are in Lisbon so perhaps the bone piece in the bridge is called a nu5 there but a better term for me is "saddle" as it defines the two pieces better.  Paul, Luis' advice is spot on if the saddle is not located…"
Jan 17
Greg Nelson replied to Michael S. Jackson's discussion Finish Polishing in the group Guitar Makers
"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…"
Oct 15, 2013
Greg Nelson replied to Rob Tynan's discussion Help Needed...Diagnosing a problem with new to me guitar in the group Frets Repair
"Give us your town and perhaps we can help? Guitar Center repair and set up is a roll of the dice but you can check back with them as well. "
Sep 8, 2013
Greg Nelson replied to Rob Tynan's discussion Help Needed...Diagnosing a problem with new to me guitar in the group Frets Repair
"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…"
Sep 7, 2013
Greg Nelson commented on Jason Gatewood's group Frets Repair
"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…"
Aug 18, 2013
Greg Nelson replied to Iain Brennan's discussion Any Advantage in Using Bone for Bridge Pins? in the group Guitar Makers
"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…"
Jun 22, 2013
Greg Nelson replied to Iain Brennan's discussion Any Advantage in Using Bone for Bridge Pins? in the group Guitar Makers
"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…"
Jun 22, 2013
Greg Nelson commented on Brent McElroy's group Guitar Makers
"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.…"
Jun 16, 2013
Greg Nelson replied to Luis Motta da Silva's discussion Inlays. How to? in the group Guitar Makers
"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…"
May 28, 2013
Greg Nelson commented on Jason Gatewood's group Frets Repair
"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…"
Jan 24, 2013
Greg Nelson commented on Jason Gatewood's group Frets Repair
"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…"
Jan 22, 2013

Profile Information

Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Guitar maker, Guitar manufacturer
How many years have you been playing guitar?
7-10 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Nylon-string guitar, Electric guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Bass guitar, Ukulele
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.
What is your website address?
http://nelsonsguitars.com
What type of music do you like to play?
I say that I play songs but music eludes me.
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I purchase copies at newsstands/bookstores

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At 12:00pm on December 16, 2011, John said…

I still cannot seem to spell my name correctly it is Murphy, not Muprhy

At 11:59am on December 16, 2011, John said…

Hi Greg Nelson ~ The same as on Mario’s site??  I’ve been MIA since I moved and haven’t gotten my shop back together and up.  Hopefully early in the new year - I have 3 guitars i”in progress”.

John Muprhy

 
 
 

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