The Weissenborn Guitar Build – Part Four – The Plans
- August 20, 2017
- Posted by: marlenedubois
- Category: CPR Training
Before I had even begun to build my first Weissenborn guitar I was assailed by many doubts such as” Am I going to screw of which up?” or suppose I get of which wrong? as well as similar kinds of horrible thoughts! I would likely actually lie awake at nights thinking about the item, half scared, half excited, about doing of which for initially.
However, I came to the conclusion rapidly of which the item was only wood, only cost money as well as if I did screw up, well, I could always buy some more as well as start again! I realised of which I had to curb my impatience as well as start to be a little more thorough in my approach to of which project.
I had scoured the net looking for all kinds of information regarding the building of a Weissenborn as well as realised of which there was very little to find. There were no books on how to do the item, as well as I could only find one set of plans available through a company in America. the item seemed to me of which the item must be the best kept secret on the Planet.
There were a few hardy individuals of which had bitten the bullet as well as had built a Weissenborn yet the item seemed of which mostly the item was the secretive domain of Luthiers, the gods of all gods! All of of which intrigued me more as well as more as well as gradually I built up an arsenal of facts as well as fiction about the construction of these here Weissenborn guitars They were definitely well-liked as well as there was no doubts about of which. The likes of Ben Harper, Jeff Lang as well as Johnny Depp had seen to of which, for certain. When I finally came across a plan of a Weissenborn I was amazed at what little detail of which there actually was on the plan itself! I had expected there to be all kinds of tips as well as hints as well as secret little tricks the help the unwary innocent ( me) to find his way through the maze.
the item seemed to me of which the thing to do was to buy a conventional guitar building book as well as take some ( if not most!) of the techniques as well as use them to build my guitar. In fact, of which can be actually what I did from the end, more or less. As I gathered together more info as well as ordered the timber through my pal Kim Hancock, a luthier of note through Tamborine Mountain in Queensland, I made a definite promise to myself of which I would likely, if of which project was successful I would likely not only write a book about the building of a Weissenborn yet would likely also draw a plan for my very own guitar before I commenced!
of which can be also exactly what I did. I had seen Jeff Lang’s beautiful Weissenborn style guitar made for him by South Australian luthier, David Churchill as well as had seen how deep the body as well as neck were. I wanted one something like of which! I realised the beautiful ringing overtones as well as sweet sounds came through a combination of the workmanship, the timber as well as certainly the depth of of which great slide guitar
I went off to the local print as well as copy shop as well as bought about two metres of virginal white paper, the sort of stuff architects draw houses on. I burned midnight oil drawing, re-drawing, cursing, muttering as well as checking dimensions through books, drawings as well as photos. I’d had the Great fortune to get an old plan of a Weissenborn style one through a friend as well as checked the item out against the dimensions of my own. So far, so Great!
Soon the day came around. The plans was born. I was actually glad of which the Weissenborn style was the one I had chosen for my first build as well as I was secretly pleased of which I had no tricky truss rods to deal with as well as the great fact I had realised about halfway through the design was of which because the strings are never pressed down onto the frets the item wouldn’t matter if they were slightly inaccurate. A conventional guitar would likely be ruined if you got of which wrong!
I was actually pleased with the plan as I studied the item. There was heaps of information on there, I’d seen to of which. Type of wood, exact thickness in millimetres as well as inches, no horrible decimals of inches, what are they? Yuk! Little warning notes about things of which had nearly caught me with my trousers down. What kind of glue to use as well as loads of stuff like of which. the item was looking Great. I also decided of which I would likely get the item turned into PDF files as well as TIFF files eventually for putting onto CD-Rom when the time came to put them up on my site. today all I had to do was build my guitar!
I actually live on a forty foot yacht so the challenge of building of which guitar was more than a little interesting, to say the least. the item required careful planning as well as a little forethought. I had thought the whole project through as well as because I didn’t have a workshop as such I would likely improvise a little. The engine block housing would likely be my workplace, four feet by two foot six inches, plenty! I had a piece of solid three quarter inch piece of MDF board to work on as well as I had decided to use the ‘mould ‘method of building the guitar.
The deck outside would likely be used for sawing, cutting as well as all the messy stuff as well as I had an ample sheet of ply to protect of which. using a little trepidation I began. I soon realised things were going well as well as actually got into the swing of things. Well, folks, the rest can be history! I actually made me a Mississipi Delta mud slidin’whiny,shiny weissinbyorn folks as well as the item sure do sound purty! Even I ah do say so myself!
the item has turned out better than I could have ever dreamed as well as I play the item every damn day! The Great thing can be too of which the item’s getting sweeter as time goes by as well as I don’t even play the item the wrong way up no more! I sit the item on my lap today! I did write a book about the build as well as if you like you can visit my site http://www.buildaweissenborn.com of which I built in honour of these wonderful instruments as well as you can see the results of my efforts as well as even hear a soundclip of the guitar itself if you are so inclined!