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Stephen Crandell commented on Edward Sparks's group Gibson Acoustic Owners
Oct 21, 2013
Stephen Crandell replied to Michael S. Jackson's discussion Finish Polishing in the group Guitar Makers
"Get a set of nine micro-grit pads from Stewart McDonald.  They work great when used in sequence to get a high gloss.  The set includes 1500, 1800, 2400, 3200, 3600, 4000, 6000, 8000, and 12000 grits.  I've tried these.  They…"
Oct 15, 2013
Stephen Crandell commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"Me too!  Small body, short scale, a little less stretching of the little finger on some chords.  Looks like this might be the perfect guitar for those cold snowy winter days when you sit by the fireplace with the hound at your feet and…"
Jul 18, 2013
Stephen Crandell commented on Brent McElroy's group Guitar Makers
"Have any of you built a guitar with laminated back and sides?  Also, does anyone know the thickness of the laminated wood used for back and sides on the cheaper guitar models?  Also, does anyone know the number of layers that are used to…"
Jun 16, 2013
Stephen Crandell commented on Edward Sparks's group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"Could it be this?  According to the book "The History and Development of the American Guitar", Gibson made the short lived J100 in 1972.  Here's a picture. "
Jun 12, 2013
Stephen Crandell commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"Stephen Stills, Martin Guitar, P51 Mustang...all great American icons.  I think this brings them together in an interesting way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=wfkR0U2VnSs"
Dec 20, 2012
Stephen Crandell commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"That buzz in the lower bout???  His luthier may have to re-glue one of the scalloped 2X'4's.  Can you imagine trying to barre chord that thing?  Well...you can't see his hands.  Maybe they're huge."
Dec 3, 2012
Stephen Crandell commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"Is that a tiny man or a huge guitar? "
Dec 3, 2012
Stephen Crandell commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"Jonathan, In my opinion, fretboard radius is a huge factor in playability.  I think Martin uses a 16" radius and Gibson users a 12" radius (please, someone correct me if I'm wrong). That means the Gibson fretboard is more curved…"
Dec 2, 2012
Stephen Crandell commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"Guitar bucket list...sorry Martin...I'd love to own a Collings, a Dread, or a Parlor, or maybe even an f-hole archtop.  Varnish?  Yeah, maybe.  We're talking big bucks though."
Oct 2, 2012
Stephen Crandell commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"end pin...bridge pin... just being oppositional... "
Oct 2, 2012
Stephen Crandell commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"66 now.  Turn 67 in January.  My wife says I'm too bald for a pony tail.  Bah, humbug, what the h... does she know anyway?  She also says I'm a grumpy old man.  I said I've always been grumpy, I just chose to…"
Oct 2, 2012
Stephen Crandell commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"No f'in purfling?  What do you mean there's no f'in purfling?  Sorry about that too.  My computer's auto correction feature put in the word purling instead of purfling.  Stupid computer. One thing I can say…"
Oct 1, 2012
Stephen Crandell commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"Sorry guys, but I can't think of one thing I want to say about guitar end pins.  Now, purling, that's another story.  Don't get me started."
Oct 1, 2012
Stephen Crandell commented on Edward Sparks's group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"Yeah, I want one too.  I'll bet the paperwork is a mortgage application."
Sep 19, 2012
David B. Sims left a comment for Stephen Crandell
"Hay Steve, I'm sorry I never responded to you I don't get on the community much, I do have information on constuction of guitarra lisboa and Coimbra. I have been dray up plan for both. When I'm done I will post on this site. My email…"
Sep 13, 2012

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician, Guitar maker
How many years have you been playing guitar?
More than 30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Mandolin
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Harptone L-12N guitar, Martin HD-28 guitar, Samick 6-string acoustic guitar, Schecter 6-string electric guitar, Kentucky A style mandolin, Hand crafted StewMac 6 string kit-guitar that I built in 2010 (plays and sounds better than the HD-28), Portugese guitar that I built in 2012 (made in USA).
What type of music do you like to play?
Folk, rock, bluegrass.
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
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At 9:43am on September 13, 2012, David B. Sims said…
Hay Steve, I'm sorry I never responded to you I don't get on the community much, I do have information on constuction of guitarra lisboa and Coimbra. I have been dray up plan for both. When I'm done I will post on this site. My email is dt2dsims1@bellsouth.net
At 3:52am on April 28, 2012, Luis Motta da Silva said…

Hi, Steve!

Great pictures, great guitar!

I suggest you have a look on Ron Fernandes videos in youtube; you can also search for Fado or Guitarra Portuguesa on youtube or simply google those words. That can help you with the P-Guitar basics. I must warn you, Portuguese guitar is hard to learn, but, as time goes on, you get a tremendous passion. The instrument is highly addictive!

Congratulations, I think you did a great job! Enjoy your instrument and, if there's something I can do for you, be my guest!

At 8:19pm on November 3, 2011, Eric Sutton said…
75 was the las year of production. Harptone dropped the zero fret that year. Thanks for the brace info. I'm trying to understand what changes were made to the manufacturing during the 70's and when.
At 11:49am on October 29, 2011, Eric Sutton said…

Your Lark is a late model. 73/ 74. Are the braces in yours unsanded too?

At 11:42am on October 29, 2011, Eric Sutton said…
Here's a pic of it as ZI recieved it. and one of the 6 string I'll be using the 6 as a template to restore the finish on the 12.
At 11:35am on October 29, 2011, Eric Sutton said…
A very rare 67 Standel Lark sunburst. It's finish was completely stripped and a poorly done natural finish was attemped. It does have a fixed saddle mod with a very nice under sadle pickup, passive. I recieved it with a set of Martin Marque Light guage strings and compared the sound with one of my Eagle 12's and the Eagle won. I'm cleaning up the frets and putting on a set of DAddario's to match the Eagle. I'll do another sound test then. I also found a Sunburst Lark 6 string in England. I'll get that one next spring.
At 8:58pm on October 28, 2011, Eric Sutton said…
Hi Stephen. I bought a 67 Lark 12 string with new strings on it. So it took awhile to wear them out and start work on it. Here's some photo's from inside the lower bout in reguards to your earlier quesrtion about the number of braces. Enjoy.
At 8:51pm on October 10, 2011, David B. Sims said…
Please email me at dt2dsims1@bellsouth.net
Would love to share where I got information at, drawing and other information
At 4:48pm on October 10, 2011, Luis Motta da Silva said…

Hi, Steve!

I don't have authorized Pg plans ( I simply measured some guitars made by good masters, and started making my own as a hobby). However, there's a guy in this community, by the name of David Sims. He's American, lives in the US, and made a Pg using some plans he had.  I suggest you leave a message in his page, I guess he can help you with that. And there's always Ron Fernandes (if you google his name, you'll find him). He imports Pg's to sell and maybe he has plans...

At 3:33pm on October 9, 2011, Luis Motta da Silva said…

Hi, Steve,

Lisbon guitars are usually smaller (44cm, or less, string lenght) than Coimbra guitars (46 cm). Lisbon guitars have higher tuning (b,a,e,B,A,D), Coimbra guitars tune one tone lower (a,g,d,A,G,C). Coimbra guitars use heavier gauge strings. Lisbon guitars feature rounder soundboxes, Coimbra guitars have "heart-shaped" soundboxes. Lisbon guitars join neck to body with a tenon & mortise joint, Coimbra guitars have a classic type joint. Because of this, the purflings at the "heel" are different, too. The measures I indicate are the most common, but not rigid, patterns. In recent years, however, some constructors are experiencing "hibrid" instruments. Some organologists identify a third kind, the Porto guitar, similar to Lisbon guitars in dimensions but featuring a different headstock (usually featuring a flower, a damsel or an animal head sculpted) and other different details. I make hibrid instruments with 44cm or a little more string lenght, tuned in Lisbon fashion and with Coimbra style neck-body joint...

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