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Posts made in February, 2009

A Coarse Tuner

Posted by on Feb 27, 2009 in Articles & Tutorials

A client wants to use my tuners for a nylon string project. This is very exciting, and I think it will work extremely well considering the low weight and the resonance of the material. The problem: the action of the tuner is not enough to pull the string to the required tension. Finger tightening the nylon string and then locking it with the standard string lock leaves the string almost an octave low when the full action of the tuner has been used. The solution: a “coarse tuner”. All we need is a quick way of bringing the string up to a reasonable pitch and then fine tune it the normal way. I went through a lot of deliberations before coming up with a design that fits into the elegant, pared down approach of the EGS system. One challenge was coming up with a way to fasten the tuner in the instrument in a non-obtrusive way. Another was achieving a one-hand action (which I only partially arrived at a solution for…). The final challenge was coming up with a good, easy to manufacture, way to allow turning the tuner to sufficient tension – with an allen key, a screw drive, a coin or fingers. The chosen solution uses an...

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Go Site Seeing

Posted by on Feb 24, 2009 in Articles & Tutorials

Today, Rick Toone and Robert Irizarry (of buildingtheergonomicguitar.com) launched a new site called eLUTHERIE.org, which is a community for exchanging designs and ideas related to improving string instruments. I am thrilled to be one of their featured guests and part of the Marketplace. I am very excited about this new development. I myself decided early to make my works public and try to engage my visitors in my design process, and also place trust in the global community that my thoughts will not be misused. eLUTHERIE.org is a step in the same direction, fostering collaboration and sharing, and ultimately better stringed instruments. I look forward to being part of...

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Package Deal

Posted by on Feb 16, 2009 in Articles & Tutorials, Product Images

I have shipped a couple of orders of fixed bridges lately, causing me to think a little more about packaging. I want to be able to easily cater to orders of varying sizes in line with my individual tuner concept. So, here is what I came up with. This is a package for a single tuner. The tuner and string lock are mounted in line with each other and the nylon string illustrates how it is used. The outer shell is held together with rubber bands. Above is a 6-pack of tuners. Here, the outer shell is “sewn” together with a piece of string. I will try to come up with a way to print on the paper before folding it. If I succeed, it will open up some nice possibilities. The paper is quite heavy though, but my printer has a slider for putting CDs on and maybe that can be...

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Keeping a Low Profile

Posted by on Feb 14, 2009 in Articles & Tutorials, Product Images

Those of you that have been with this blog for a while might recall one of the design issues I originally identified, namely that the height of the individual saddles were higher than an original Floyd-Rose. A while back, I made some prototypes to take care of this. This first version has a “V” shaped groove in which the string runs. The second version has been “flattened”: Both versions work well and have their own distinct aesthetics. Let me know what you...

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Posted by on Feb 3, 2009 in Articles & Tutorials

The winner of the black fixed 6-string bridge is José Paulo Brito, who correctly matched the tremolo spring blocks to the sound samples! Here is José’s plan for using it: At this moment, the only headless project I’m considering for using a fixed bridge, is a 30″ baritone guitar. Due to the heavy gauge of the strings this guitar gonna have, using a tremolo is not much wise, also because such tremolo action would result too stiff anyway. I already have two Bartolini soapbars (P90 dims) for it, also a Headless Research combo headpiece. No body or neck until now but it will be something ergo-shaped somewhere between a Steinberger/Klein although having my own contour of course. I hope to be able to post a picture of the winning contribution in action soon. Thanks again to those who entered, and especially the runner-up...

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And the Winner Is…

Posted by on Feb 1, 2009 in Articles & Tutorials

Thanks once more to those who voted in the spring block contest. Two people provided a correct answer and are competing for the complimentary fixed 6-string bridge. I had announced previously that the “coolest” application of the bridge would win in the case of a tie and I am still waiting for a description of the build from one of the potential builders. The block materials are, in the order they placed in the vote: Brass (sample 12) Steel (sample 13) Aluminium (sample 11) Obviously, there is something about density and sound. See José Paolo Brito’s response to the previous post for a partial explanation. Taking this into consideration, I will be offering the EGS tremolo with aluminium and brass blocks. Many people preferred the aluminium block sound and the weight difference is remarkable, so there is definitely an application for...

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