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Go-bar setup 

Hi all,

I am new around here, so maybe I should introduce myself. My name's William for starters, and I have been playing flamenco guitar for about 6 or 7 years now and find a lot of enjoyment in it. Basically I want a new guitar so I am going to try and make one with my father here in August/Sept/Oct. My dad built fine interior furniture for 35 years and now he is retired. And while I have picken up some things here and there from him, I would like to carry on his legacy of working by hand with wood.

Because I am somewhat limited on time and money I have decided to purchase a kit from LMII. I am having them bend my sides and binding, and also put my fret slots in, but the rest will be shaped from virgin blocks of wood (headplate, neck, bracing). We'll be working with the Roy Courtnall Santos Hernandez 1933 plan. I just wanted to introduce myself and explain a bit of my situation because I know I will be around here in the next few months asking questions... I'll try my best to do database searches first of course.

My first question:
Why the go-bar (I think that's what its called) setup for gluing braces onto the soundboard? Why not just glue all the braces at once with a single weight on top? I am assuming there are some good reasons not to take this simplified approach.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 30 2012 20:43:11

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RE: Go-bar setup (in reply to wfrancis86

You don't have to use go-bars, you could use a few cam clamps but it is slower and you have to watch not to compress too much or you will dent the thin soundboard. On Courtnall's Santos plan, the foot is rather small for the loads, I think.

I will leave the pros to answer you more fully, but welcome to the forum and have fun.


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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 30 2012 21:07:21

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RE: Go-bar setup (in reply to wfrancis86

I've gotten by without ever having a go-bar deck. I use HHG, I rub the joint and hold for maybe a min then put a light weight on it. You don't need much weight, just enough to push it down into the dish otherwise you get bad imprinting. I can understand the convenience of a deck though, I just never got around to making one.


  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 30 2012 21:18:08
Jeff Highland


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RE: Go-bar setup (in reply to wfrancis86

The most important tool you need is a Hygrometer
Dont brace with High humidity.
Then for traditional construction , a solera (workboard)
A go bar deck can be as simple as a sturdy shelf above the workbench or the underside of a heavy table and the floor.
Cut a couple of dozen strips of wood as bars and you are ready to go.
I have built without and with go bars. Using go bars is great IMHO
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jul. 1 2012 1:41:38

stephen hill


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RE: Go-bar setup (in reply to wfrancis86

Gobars are great, I use springloaded ones and the advantage is that you can clean up any glue squeezeout. If you use a block or clamps forget it.


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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 13 2012 20:30:54
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