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Weak Glue for Dry/Cold Weather

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Dr Rod, Feb 22, 2006.


  1. Dr Rod

    Dr Rod

    Aug 19, 2005
    Should one request a maker to use weak glue when building a new instrument that is going to a very cold and dry area?
     
  2. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    No, one shouldn't.
     
  3. Dr Rod

    Dr Rod

    Aug 19, 2005
    Thanks Nick, would you build an instrument any differently if it were to go to a severe weather region?
     
  4. Dr Rod

    Dr Rod

    Aug 19, 2005
    BTW, I was not being arrogant as to want to tell a professional what to do, I might have given that impression.
    The person that is going to make the instrument is a part-timer with talent, but not a huge amount of experience. We are taking taking some of the decisions together.
     
  5. Jazzman

    Jazzman

    Nov 26, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    I know some makers, as Nick has told me, do not produce instruments in the cold/dry winter months. I think this may pertain to your situation.

    Also, if the wood is properly aged, and the bass is well designed, you shouldn't have any major troubles assuming care is taken. On the other hand, I know first hand that a climate changes drastically between winter & summer is a nightmare with regards to basses.
     
  6. arnoldschnitzer

    arnoldschnitzer AES Fine Instruments

    Feb 16, 2002
    Brewster, NY, USA
    No. Request a roundback, no external rib linings, made of extremely dry wood and assembled in the winter. Swelling is much less of a problem than shrinkage with a new bass.
     
  7. Dr Rod

    Dr Rod

    Aug 19, 2005
    Thanks Arnold
     
  8. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I didn't tell you that. Building/restoring flatbacks is best kept to the drier months, not June, July, August.
     
  9. Jazzman

    Jazzman

    Nov 26, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    I must be mistaken as to what you told me. I believe we were discussing Shen production.