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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by brianr, Dec 21, 2017.

  1. brianr

    brianr Synchromatic

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    As you know I’m always messing around with new ideas, well here is what I’m trying, it’s a hollowbody this is just my first few hours of trying this basket weave idea out using maple
     

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  2. Bertotti

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    I wonder about stability, will you have a laminated single piece behind it or will you somehow press it so it is as solid as a single piece?
     
  3. brianr

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    Still thinking on that
     
  4. Bertotti

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    I have seen old bowl back mandolins that used the thin shavings from the hand plane to line the bowl. I have seen some lined with silk. I don’t think either provided any stiffness is consideration but think in some cases it helped stabilize the bowl laterally across the multiple joints and I read somewhere sill tended to help stabilize humidity changes, really don’t see how that would work but it was done and those instruments sounded great. The basket weave may look unconventional but pushing the bounds is always fun as long as you learn from it. I have a Vega with some weird upholstery strips glued on it and although a plain Jane model it sounds great. I say go for it you might have a winning idea! And I assume it’s an electric so any side stability you could habdle in other ways without sacrificing the electric tone. It looks good!
     
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  5. Bertotti

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    You know if you scrap it as a side you could use itnonbthensodenthe the round up did with leather and or snakeskin.
     
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  6. wabash slim

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    If anyone could pull it of, it'd be you.
     
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  7. loudnlousy

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    That sounds like a challenging idea. Good luck, Brian.
     
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  8. brianr

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    I am going to wing it from here
     

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  9. stevo

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    What about two layers of it?
     
  10. brianr

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    I’ll secure it with kerfing inside, the weave is glued so far with tight bond it’s pretty secure but definitely needs more support
     
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  11. Bertotti

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    Just kerfing around the top and bottom or will you add an occasional verticle support. I ask because I could see the sides giving in to the tension of the strings on the top and end block. I could be wrong having never tried that but just pointing out an observation just in case.
     
  12. brianr

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    Oh it will have vertical support as well
     
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  13. Just-Joshin-Ya

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    Wonder what fiberglass around the inside would do to the sound, that would stiffen it up?
     
  14. Bertotti

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    If someone was going to go a composite route CF would be the way to go. There are some successful CF builds out there but expensive.
     
  15. Just-Joshin-Ya

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    I have a Composite Acoustics X model it's amazing, but just adding a bit for reinforcement shouldn't cost too much be it fiberglass or CF!
     
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  17. Just-Joshin-Ya

    Just-Joshin-Ya Electromatic

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    That's really what I was thinking of too but i couldn't think of a good way to apply it!
     
  18. thunder58

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    You have a great imagination Brian and I mean that in a good way . Hope this build works out for you
     
  19. brianr

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    The other day I was going to scrap this project, and then I went to the broad museum here in Los Angeles and realized that even though it’s a bigger task to do this, that anything is almost possible. Now that I’m into it this far is turning out really special but I am not a patient person usually so I need to slow down a bit on this build. I’ve got the bracing on it’s pretty strong. I guess just by the weave process it strong by itself but the extra bracing can’t hurt. I’m undecided yet on to stain it clear or paint it cream with sparkle gold binding like a falcon which I love the color combo
     

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  20. brianr

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    Updated, so as of now I put the top on and cut the holes needed. I am leaning towards cream top and back, black sides and red sparkle binding
     

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