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Offline Peter Parfitt

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Michael Greenfield - Guitar Maker
« on: October 02, 2016, 01:43 PM »
Hi Everyone

Forgive me if this has appeared on the FOG before...

I had been watching something on YouTube and at the end I was not really paying attention as a new video started. It was about Michael Greenfield and his guitars. The video is an hour long and this is the first time that I have ever watched a video of that length from start to finish - in fact I have now watched it a second time.

Here is the link:



Gosh, if I were a couple of years younger I would run away to Canada and beg to be an apprentice in his workshop.

Peter

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Offline RKA

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Re: Michael Greenfield - Guitar Maker
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2016, 02:51 PM »
Thanks Peter, that was fabulous!
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Offline NL-mikkla

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Re: Michael Greenfield - Guitar Maker
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2016, 04:12 PM »
Thanks Peter, amazing quality and attention to detail.


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Offline Dogberryjr

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Re: Michael Greenfield - Guitar Maker
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2016, 07:17 PM »
That was mesmerizing.

Offline JBag09

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Re: Michael Greenfield - Guitar Maker
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2016, 10:03 PM »
It's great to watch the craftsmanship these guys have on one guitar. Working on guitars in mass production doesn't even compare to the details of these.


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Offline Purdog

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Re: Michael Greenfield - Guitar Maker
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2016, 11:09 PM »
When I first read the OP message, I said "an hour, I can't watch an hour long video"!!  Of course after the first 5 minutes I was hooked. What a master. I learned many many things while watching, I'll just mention a few I observed.
1. Master guitar makers have AWSOME tools & jigs. Even though one is a Ryobi bandsaw.
2. They create works of art, even without one Festool tool seen in the process (he did have a Mirka sander but that's beside the point)
3. I will never attempt to build an instrument like I had hoped to one day because I would compare it to Michael Greenfields.

Offline Cheese

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Re: Michael Greenfield - Guitar Maker
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2016, 01:31 AM »
When I first read the OP message, I said "an hour, I can't watch an hour long video"!!  Of course after the first 5 minutes I was hooked.

Even though one is a Ryobi bandsaw.

I agree...59 minutes...come on, really? and then I hit the play button. [eek] Really, really interesting. [thumbs up]  [thumbs up]

It's a tweaked Ryobi...looks like a set of Carter ball bearing guides along with a different fence.

Also noticed that a lot of cyanoacrylate is used in the construction along with a lot of hide glue.

For being so precise with everything else, I'm surprised he didn't put a vac hose on the Mirka? That certainly made a mess.
« Last Edit: October 03, 2016, 02:31 AM by Cheese »

Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: Michael Greenfield - Guitar Maker
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2016, 07:10 AM »
I watched this last week and being a fan of Jason Beam’s YT-vids (he is building a guitar - episode 16 was the latest), I could not but compare Jason’s process with that of Mr Greenfield. The latter of course has build hundreds of guitars, but both of them rely on jigs to the same measure. It was amazing to see the quality of those jigs, I guess not a lot of woodworkers could achive that level of perfection.
« Last Edit: October 03, 2016, 09:05 AM by Bert Vanderveen »
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Offline Lbob131

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Re: Michael Greenfield - Guitar Maker
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2016, 01:50 PM »
Luthiers take woodworking to a whole  different level. Makes me feel like a bodger.

I have a nice set of Veritas  spoke shaves also  though. [big grin]

Offline Peter Parfitt

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Re: Michael Greenfield - Guitar Maker
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2016, 02:05 PM »
Luthiers take woodworking to a whole  different level. Makes me feel like a bodger.

I have a nice set of Veritas  spoke shaves also  though. [big grin]

Yes, I agree - the whole process and workflow is inspiring. Mind you, there must be a lot of fiddly stuff going on behind the scenes - like producing those spalted inlays. I just love jig work and often take more pleasure making a jig than using the darn thing. His jig work is superb.

I think I might watch the video again (you can tell my wife is away for a couple of days looking after grandchildren).

Peter

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Michael Greenfield - Guitar Maker
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2016, 02:54 PM »
Have not seen this yet but based on everyone's response I'm looking forward to it.

Offline Euclid

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Re: Michael Greenfield - Guitar Maker
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2016, 05:36 AM »
Oh dear… work will be starting an hour late here; thanks Peter!  :-)

Offline magellan

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Re: Michael Greenfield - Guitar Maker
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2017, 08:21 PM »
Thank you for the video.  Really a great hour of a great craftsmen