Best glue for wood, a luthier choice

The world of chemistry has revolutionized the concept of adhesive and glue in all trades, including the sector of violin making. Until the early 1900s, animal bone glue by bone (strong) or by tissue (weak) was used, so the classical lutherie of the 1600s could only adopt this type of solution.

The animal glue has no excellent properties, since it is an organic glue its use is to be limited to some works. In violin making, it is recommended to use in certain types of restorations, especially when you do not want to mix two different compounds (an organic glue may not react well with another synthetic one). It is a reversible glue, it is cleaned with water and it melts with little heat. It is therefore necessary to be very careful with instruments glued with this type of glue, summer heat can cause the adhesion to come off. The animal bone glue or bag tissue, prepared at home, can mold up after 2 days, should be kept in the fridge, but its strong odor does not allow it. One of the best products on the market, ready to use and that does not spoil off the fridge is the Titebond hide glue.

The glues that are subsequent to the animal glue are the vinyl glues (polyvinyl acetate, Vinavil), rubbery glues of little use in our work. They are mainly used to glue chipboard or veneer. They have a good resistance to water and heat, but being rubbery they are not easy to work with. Not to be used in classical violin making, while in the electric one they can find some applications. If you need to use it other than violin making, buy it, because it is a glue that resists moisture (from outside).

 

Aliphatic glues (Titebond original and similar) are the American solution to the problem. They solve the weaknesses of animal glue, having a strength and elasticity equal to a vinyl, but retain the characteristics of reversibility. They are cleaned in water and melt (slowly) with water and heat, but a greater heat, which we will not find easily in the environment. So you can rest easy, without exaggerating. I remember using aliphatics on guitar bridges, which were then unstuck for leaving the instrument in the car in the sun. Available in three dispenser.

The polyurethane glue, is in the Titebond version (which I know) an exceptional glue, but with targeted and considered uses. It is not easily found and since it comes from America it is often found a glue already hardened and with a very short expiry date. It is a glue that inflates and attaches to everything it finds, adhering to almost all types of materials (not just porous, wood type). I recommend the use in operations made in economics and unlikely, for example pasting a broken pallet into a thousand parts (of which 50% are absent) of a tool of little value. Swelling can fill like a stucco. Be careful to close the cap well!

I advise you not to exaggerate in ordering large quantities, the glues dry up with time, even when they are closed they harden. Especially polyurethane.

Bonus Stradivari – 2018

We can guarantee the BONUS STRADIVARI 2018, until funds run out (10 million euros). The plafond is little compared to possible questions, so we advise you to immediately request a quote from Atelier Cesarini, starting already from January to look for your instrument.

Bonus 2018:

  • Extension of the Bonus to students of all the courses of the Conservatories, ISSMs and organizations authorized to issue recognized Afam qualifications: preaccademici, triennio, biennium and previous regulations. In addition, complementary instrument courses (excluded in 2016) are also included; Extension to the students of the Music High Schools;
  • The terms of the Bonus change: no more than 1,000 euros, but a 65% contribution on the purchase price, up to a maximum contribution of 2,500 euros;
  • The law will come into force from 2018 (still needs to be confirmed in which month), you can already book your instrument in January.

To know the sound of our instruments we recommend our Youtube channel, where there are many visual audio tests.

Cesarini Jam Session 4.2 – Cesarini Guitars


Valter Vincenti, plays with Cesarini C-MOP guitar with C-Big Beat pickups while Lusi plays bass Cesarini C-Precision mod.2 with C-Close Strings (flat poles). Special Guest: Saverio Federici, drums

Jamming on “La notte del Guerre” (brano di Valter Vincenti)

Cesarini Jam Session 4.2

CesariniJamSession is a production of Liuteria Cesarini.

The Cesarini guitars and pickups on jam.

C-Big Beat
C-Big Beat, Cesarini pickups
chitarra Cesarini Vintage Series
C-MOP, chitarra Cesarini Vintage Series

Pickup Big Beat

The search for a “simple” sound, but with a certain frequency projection, has never been taken for granted. The C-Big Beat wink at the Gibsons ’59, but they twist the essence and design. A direct sound very effective in crunches, ghost notes, but also in clean pop. Even in jazz many have found them excellent travel companions (and recording). Already mounted in Valter’s guitars (in Eko Aqua, as we remember in the Valter Vincenti endorser blog).

Cesarini Guitars, LP C-MOP

Big Beat mounted on the Cesarini C-MOP guitar, which perfectly expresses their timbre. Les Paul type Gibson, Cesarini guitar of the Vintage Series, with very interesting characteristics. It has tonal chambers below the top, which increase the sustain of the highest frequency harmonics. This timbre is perfectly captured by the pickups, which being nasal at the right point, are not too harsh or bright, but open sound and with considerable projection. The ghost notes are not lost, they all play good. Even palm muting and all the techniques related to reggae, funky and rock rhythms stand out with this setup. Detailed on the page.

Cesarini Guitars, bass C-Precision m.2

verniciatura C-Precision m.2

Modification of the first C-Precision (Giacomo Rossetti used it on the Negrita 2015 tour). Electric bass with typical Fender shapes, with a narrow nut and a C-shaped rounded handle. The particularity is in the frequency cut of the body in ash, which seems to remember a Music Man. The ash resonates with harmonics with medium-high frequencies that they are handled by the C-Close Strings split coil of our creation, with a lot of definition. The sound generated is very different from a Fender Precision, less “big” but thinner, very useful in rock music, rock / punk, fusion and for all those who seek a sound of Precision sharpness. One volume potentiometer, as one day Giacomo advised me, to have a right fixed control of the tone.

Ebony pickup frame for a Fender guitar (Fender fail)

A simple realization of Cesarini Custom Shop, an ebony pickup frame for single coil mod. Telecaster, on Fender guitar (DOBRO style).The end of the intervention is to raise the maximum possible pickup height, given the constructive lack of Fender on this model we will remedy.

Fender Resonant
Fender Resonant, errore di produzione

This is a constructive fail on Fender’s building, that is quite serious

The use of resonant winding cords (bronze or phosphor bronze) actually requires a smaller distance between the rope and the magnet. In this guitar this distance is too much (over 20mm), preventing the output signal from having attack and volume.

Gibson comparing, guitar care is a must!

Even between two Gibson LP models of the same year (1992) the differences are well noted. The guitar care is important, let’s see why.

les paul Gibson
les paul guitars Gibson ’90 Studio

Setting up regularly is perhaps the most important variable, to have a performance guitar or bass that does not lose value over time

 

These two Gibsons have been changed the frets (the same dimensions for both) we reviewed the setups pretty much the same, but the playability of the instruments is still very different. The non-care of an instrument leads to make it less efficient at the fingerboard, neck and timbre.

Gibson truss rod,broken
Gibson truss rod,broken

A neck left untouched over time, can become very tenacious, but in the wrong position (upbow, backbow, or worst). Wood, by its nature, can bend in various points and can twist itself. The pickups can be demagnetized or broken. The metal parts (bridge and tuners) can oxidize to the point where they can no longer be used. And we could go on like this, listing other degenerative possibilities.

Cesarini Custom Shop, Expo – Pioracoustic 2017 – Guitars for sale!

Expo of Liuteria Cesarini – Guitars for sale, we are in the Center for Biblical Studies, Montefano (Marche). We thank Danilo Vecchi and the Center for Studies for the organization. In the video Exhibition of three-day “Pioracoustic 2017” (earthquake edition) at the Center for Biblical Studies, our stage.

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Alfredo Golino and Lusi, the bass recording equipment is minimal

A Jam Session to watch without taking a breath!

One More Dub recordingstudio in Orvieto and record label (the cave studio, look at that!) , organizes this musical jam between the two musicians, Alfredo Golino e Lusi.

Lusi is playing with the C-Gold Bronze, Cesarini Vintage Series ’70. That is a bass that can allow every bass technic, Lusi sometimes lay down the hand on the bridge and “pinch” the strings, the stopped sound could be really like a double bass.

He use a Proamp amplification that goes directly to mixer. The recording equipment is minimal, important on this jam is the dynamic, is not simple to follow a master, like Alfredo.

Lusi - Bassista
Lusi

We recall some prestigious collaborations by Alfredo Golino. “Mina, Laura Pausini, Gianni Morandi, Vasco Rossi, Raf, Pino Daniele, Renato Zero, Eros Ramazzotti, RAG, Battiato, Fiorella Mannoia, Riccardo Cocciante, Anna Oxa, Ornella Vanoni, Marco Masini, Michele Zarrillo, Alice, Anna Oxa, Zuccero Fornaciari, Bocelli, Joe Coker, Tina Turner, Enrico Ruggeri, Platters, Enrico Rava and many others

We thank Alfredo Golino and Lusi who give us about 10 minutes of linear jam session, the two musicians have practically known each other playing, that is fantastic.

SNAP Production has thought about shooting the event.

Cesarini Jam Session 4.1 – Valter Vincenti 4tet and cool handmade guitars

Cesarini Jam Session Season 4.1 in the company of:

  • Valter Vincenti, guitar (Cesarini “C-Reptilia” – C-Shapely Cesarini Pickups)
  • Lusi, bass (Cesarini “C-Gold Bronze“, Cesarini Vintage Series)
  • Saverio Federici, drum
  • Special Guest: Luca Ravagni, sax (Giorgio Gaber)

“Ussa and al bene così” extract from Valter Vincenti “Colors” , filming takes place at “One More Dub studio” the cave studio in Orvieto (Umbria).

The recording takes place through collective direct shooting, with metronome (given the use of a base composed of atmospheric sounds). Valter uses Orange amplifier and Costa Lab pedals, Lusi Proamp amplification and no effect. Great special guest is the fourth man, Luca Ravagni, saxophone by Giorgio Gaber.
Cesarini Jam Session is a project of Liuteria Cesarini, jam are done with our endorser and our musical instruments.

Footage by   SNAP production.

Cesarini Guitars
Cesarini Guitars

To know better C-Reptilia ( handmade guitars ) go here

Cesarini pickup test – with Stefano Cerisoli

A test with Stefano Cerisoli and Cesarini pickup

C-Shapely and C-Big Beat compared ( Cesarini pickup ) mounted on the Stratocaster of Stefano Cerisoli.

Ampli: Fender deluxe
Effect: Vemuram jan rayC

Stevie Ray Vaughan – Couldn’ t stand the weather


In the video S. uses the Cesarini pickup, the handle of the C-Shapely set, then in succession the Humbucker C-Big Beat bridge and again the single coil at the handle.

Stratocaster Stefano Cerisoli
Stratocaster Stefano Cerisoli 2016

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Wax potting pickups on a C-Big Beat, some notes

In the picture there is our C – Big Beat, Cesarini Vintage style humbucker pickups, winded with 0.050 mm thread. This pickup necessarily needs wax potting, since it would give, with the use of distortion, a series of particularly audible problems, even in a low-volume performance. With the comed era of Hi-fi and new Hi-end amp equipment solution, shielding PU it become a must on the production process. Gibson 59 or other famous pickups didn’t have that, but amplification and audio solutions were really different at the time.

(HERE C-BIG Beat – Stefano Mincone AUDIO TEST)

Schermatura pickup
C-Big Beat

There would be a lot to say about the waxing (shielding) of a pickup. We leave the most accurate description to another post.  We use to waxing pot pickups on every Cesarini model and on restorations, we use paraffin cause it’s liquid state point it’s less dangerous than beeswax.