Spring Session 2017
This old Framus guitar NEVER played in tune.
We calculated where the bridge slot SHOULD
be for PERFECT intonation.
We filled in the original ( adjustable ) saddle slot
with rosewood, then "did the math" on proper saddle location,
laid out the the new saddle locate,
and set up the bridge slotting jig.
Then, with the Bosch Colt router, we cut a
perfect, crisp, flawless bridge slot,
and fabricated a fresh, radiused, intonated, bridge saddle.
Now for the first time since the guitar was manufactured
back in the 60's .... it plays perfectly in tune.
When you look ( above ) at the original
saddle footprint .... you can see that the
original slot was 3/8" too short for the scale length !!!
Congratulations to Jeff, Adam,
Ryan, Alex and Herb on your
TechDeck purchases !
I'm certain that all of you will be
putting these Workstations to very good use !
Seasons Greetings and Best to all in the coming Year.
Peace .... MMcC
It's really fascinating to see all of the hand-tooling
on these early " production " guitars.
Imagine the guy with a 1 1/8" forstner bit,
standing at the drill press and hogging out
all of that lumber for the electronics cavity !
I sculpted the bridge (above) from a block of
bell brass .... the original aluminum bridge
had been replaced with a rosewood
archtop bridge, at some point in the past.
NOTE: This was sculpted for a plain third
"G" string. The original bridges were sculpted for a wound third
I've posted this play by play on this Taylor
Comp-Nut and partial refret for all of the
Fall 2014 students .... as a refresher ;^ )
The final intonation values were cut into the saddle
as I finished up the comp nut and comp saddle calibrations.