February 2000 Meeting

February 2000 Meeting Highlights

Well, the first LINT meeting of 2000 is in the books, and by all accounts seems to have been a rousing success. We had a total of 14 folks (including 5 first timers) at my place in Coppell on the 12th of February.

During the Show-and-Tell portion of the meeting, we had the opportunity to look at eight instruments built by our members. Chris Jenkins brought two of his parlor size guitars, as well as a body from a slightly larger guitar (That's it on the right, Yes that's all inlay on the side braces). Lee Vaughn brought in a beautiful nearly completed maple dreadnought guitar. Lee is going for a black and white guitar, with a maple neck, maple side and three piece back and all ebony appointments. Greg Jackson brought in a cutaway dreadnaught that is as he put it "an advertisement against Hydracote". George Shrivner brought in a couple of fiddles that he has done extensive restoration work on as well as a box shaped banjo that he built out of cut offs from the construction of his house. I also had three instruments, two steel strings and one classical.


The main part of the meeting took place out in my shop as I walked everyone through my current neck construction procedure. I hope that everyone got something out of the demonstration. Preparing to present this demonstration proved to somewhat of a double-edged sword. On one hand, reviewing the way you do something and really breaking it down into a sequence gives you a better understanding of your own building. The first time I tried to mentally break down building a neck I thought I had a simple 7 step process, but after I really went through it in the shop, it turned out to be a 24 step process.

On the other hand, doing this you realize some of your own inefficiencies and areas that could be approved. Now I am not sure I want to continue building necks in this way, and I've got FIVE necks that I've got to build bodies for.  I got to show off a couple of jigs I'm fairly pleased with as well as get some great suggestions and ideas from the group on pieces of my process that could still use some refinement.

The final part of the formal meeting was an open discussion of top bracing patterns and concepts. As we all know, top bracing is an area of guitar construction where everyone has an opinion or theory. Almost everyone had something to interject into the discussion and I'm sure everyone took home some good food for thought.