Monday, 5 December 2011

Improved thigh support

The Lectus Testus has gotten a more adjustable thigh support. The fine-adjustment screw might be over the top... there's a limit to _how_ precisely you need to adjust it, but it _is_ a testbed (and it all is a hobby and supposed to be fun), so on it went anyway. The thigh support was twisted slightly in relation to the body of the guitar. Now it better follows the curve of the player's hip when sitting.

Also added was a treble side horn, giving the player the option of resting the guitar at his thigh in a "traditional electric guitar" style. Unfortunately, the thigh support is now in the way of the flexible outer cables that went from the side of the body to the thigh support, so they had to go for the moment. I might relocate them to the other side of the body.

The whole instrument functions nicely as a playable testbed. It has begun to develop some rust on the steel body, so polishing and bluing might be some of the next steps. Tuning is acceptable, but not extremely smooth. Filing and lubrication should impove that. If not, I'll have to use finer thread (M4 X 0.35).


Anonymous said...

Steampunk-ish and inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

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Amazing and an additional tool for a serious musician.

Prometeus Guitars said...

I really like it! It's a sort of steampunk version of a Strat. Reminds me of Spalt basses.

Alexander Gorm Øst said...

Thanks! Spalt's Hybrid series of guitars was an important inspiration with their adjustable and replaceable pieces of wood.