Week 7 Sermon

wshop2New jig week, along with finishing the move around, and a couple of repairs have taken far more time than they should have, but each has had it’s own rewards. :)

The move around, as mentioned last week, has provided something verging on a dance-floor’s worth of space, along with a sensible workflow route around the workshop. A vacuum extractor system has been installed, along with some new power-points to stop the trailing of both pipes and cables across the floor. Fortunately, e-bay provided the extra suction required at a very reasonable price.

Recent repairs have included a re-fret on a near 100 year old Salvador Ibanez Guitaricco that was brought in as a Ukulele! It is easy to make the mistake, asIbanez 2 the instrument is Soprano sized, and, with the exception of the  fretboard being flush with an overlaid scratchplate, Cuatro style, plays pretty much the same.

The label inside dates it to between 1915 and 1920 and, once re-strung with modern fluorocarbon strings, it sounded pretty sweet. I took a good set of measurements before it left the workshop, so it could be reproduced in the future. 😉

Long overdue has been a new method of creating the neck to body joint, and the jig for that has taken up a good deal of time, but the results seem worth it as it was tried out today on the joint in that Dulcitar that is being made for Chris. I’ve also tried it on a Soprano neck, so the adjustable part of it, which was the bit that made it tricky, is working well.

This weekend coming we have a family wedding, and guess who has been volunteered for the photography. Therefore PLEASE NOTE, we will be closed for the whole weekend, commencing Friday 22nd and will not be re-opening until Monday 25th. I’d like to think of it as a holiday, but there is an element of the Busman’s about it! 😉 Keep strumming… :)


7 thoughts on “Week 7 Sermon”

  1. Very interesting again! In fact, you inspired me to get Fred to take a photo of his shop as well. The Guitaricco was very cool! Have a great weekend – look forward to your next posting.

    1. Hi Ian! glad you are on the mend at last. Looking forward to seeing soprano prototype when I pick up the concert you are making for me. As you know I am thinking of getting a soprano made
      also I recently got a sopranino uke this i’m sure you know is a smaller model than a regular soprano,( scale length about two inches shorter & sounds better tuned up a tone)only problem I have is my fingers are still the size of a pack of Walls finest!(Cumberland at that)

      wish you well

      Bill (sausage digits) Bloomfield.

  2. Interesting to see the Salvador Ibanez Guitarricco, I have one just the same.
    I always thought it was a ukulele, the label inside my one is missing, it unfortunately disintegrated 20 years ago but I had a vague memory of what part
    of it looked like. Do you have a photo of the label, or know where I can get a label? Also do you know its value? For over 30 years I have wanted to know
    something about this ‘Uke’, I always thought the hardwood on the table was a repair not a design. Mine is quite battered, but incredibly sweet sounding – never goes out of tune, unlike my modern counterparts.

    Hope you can help

    All the best

    Walter Miller

    1. Hello Walter,

      I do have a few photos of the instrument with a better image of the label. I’ll try and dig them out for you over the next couple of days.
      As for value, I have no real clue and although I offered the owner a new uke for it, he never came back to take up the offer!! Salvador Ibanez was, at that time, working with his two sons, so it’s anybody’s guess how many were produced.
      The new soprano that I have made, based on the body shape is sweet and loud.

      1. I have a 1915 Salvador Ibanez Guitaricco too, unstrung, unplayed made by Ibanez for an Exhibition. The label is perfect. I could send you a copy to print out if you want..?

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