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Author:  glasalle1 [ Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:51 pm ]
Post subject:  20's inspired Stella Grand Concert strung up

Hi Folks,

I finally got around to stringing up and doing an initial set-up on my 1920's inspired Grand Concert Guitar. I'll let it sit for a week or so, then dial in the set-up (right now a bit high at the nut). Within the first minutes of "life", I can already tell this is one loud ladder braced guitar :-).

Typical Grand Concerts of this period had 26 1/8 - 26 1/2 scale. I made this one standard Martin scale, 25.4. I am planning on building a pair of these with some beautiful Curly Birch and going with 26.5" scale - doing my first 12 string, and a 6. I have 2 guitars in front of those however, so will have to wait a bit (I like to build in 2's)

Glenn
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Author:  Kevin Sjostrand [ Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 20's inspired Stella Grand Concert strung up

Umm, ummm, um! That is a fine looking instrument Glenn. Nicely done.

Author:  John J [ Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 20's inspired Stella Grand Concert strung up

Very nice. What are the body dimensions?

Author:  Danl8 [ Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:24 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 20's inspired Stella Grand Concert strung up

Really pretty, right down to the label. :-)

Author:  ruby@magpage.com [ Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 20's inspired Stella Grand Concert strung up

Glenn

Do you have more pictures. It really turned out well. Any chance you have a recording?

Ed

Author:  tippie53 [ Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:31 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 20's inspired Stella Grand Concert strung up

you did good Glenn

Author:  johnnparchem [ Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 20's inspired Stella Grand Concert strung up

looking good! We need more pictures.

Author:  glasalle1 [ Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 20's inspired Stella Grand Concert strung up

Thanks Guy! I am away traveling back to NJ for my Sons graduation. When I get back home in Tampa I'll post more pics. I have exact dimensions home too, but basically this is inspired from my 1925 Joseph Nettuno Grand Concert and '20's Stella Grand Concert guitars. ~14.75 lower bout. Back and sides are QS white oak, red spruce top. Ebony FB and bridge. FB inlays are like the fancy oscar Schmidt guitars in '20's

When I get back I want to dial in the setup. Has a very mid rangy tone, which is what you want from the ladder braced guitars.

Glenn

Author:  glasalle1 [ Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 20's inspired Stella Grand Concert strung up

A few more pics:

A shot of the label. I tried to capture the old Oscar Schmidt Stella label:
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Close-up of the back:
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The ladder bracing. I added the sound hole braces as these old guitars tended to collapse and have a sunken sound hole.:
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Glenn

Author:  johnnparchem [ Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 20's inspired Stella Grand Concert strung up

Nice rosette, also the curly birch looks great.

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