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by Freeman Keller
Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Epoxy as a pore filler
Replies: 18
Views: 829

Re: Epoxy as a pore filler

Have you tried wiping the neck with either DNA or naphtha right now? That pretty much shows the colors that you will have under finish. You might be surprised that it evens out, which is kind of why I do the highly diluted last applications. What I am looking for is to hold that same color that I ge...
by Freeman Keller
Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Epoxy as a pore filler
Replies: 18
Views: 829

Re: Epoxy as a pore filler

Philip Secrist wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:05 pm
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
Did you read thru the link I gave you? Lots of pictures of mahogany with Zpoxy.
by Freeman Keller
Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Epoxy as a pore filler
Replies: 18
Views: 829

Re: Epoxy as a pore filler

I have been using finishing resin (Zpoxy) as both a pore filler and grain enhancer on almost all of my guitars, particularly ones with wood with character. I apply two thick coats in the usual manner with a plastic card, sand back to the wood surface after each with probably 320, then one more coat ...
by Freeman Keller
Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 22
Views: 801

Re: slim hollow body with P90

Sounds good. I'll just make three brief comments, you probably are very aware of all of these. First, work out you geometry very carefully. Have the bridge that you are going to use in your hands, lay out the amount that the top will be arched (it will not be totally flat), the neck angle, the overs...
by Freeman Keller
Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 22
Views: 801

Re: slim hollow body with P90

Graydon, I hope I didn't get too carried away with my previous posts. What I was trying to do is show several guitars built in entirely different fashions with entirely different goas in mind. That way I hoped I could talk better about what it is I think you want to do. Lets just briefly go over tho...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 22
Views: 801

Re: slim hollow body with P90

One more idea before I move on, if you want to carve the top a whole world of possibilities open up. I have done several instruments with carved tops and hollowed out bodies - chambering removes a lot of excess wood and weight, yet you can make any kind of support for pickups and bridges that your d...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 22
Views: 801

Re: slim hollow body with P90

The other thing I mentioned was laminated top (and sides and back) in the style of Gibson's ES guitars. These are not intended to be played acoustically, the pickups are mounted directly to the top. A true ES-175 is an example. I was able to get ahold of some pressed laminated plates and build two E...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 22
Views: 801

Re: slim hollow body with P90

OK, I guess I didn't realize that you were the original poster so its not like I was high jacking the thread. Before I go into the details of my guitar a bit of irony. I was reading the Big Red Book of American Lutherie vol 5 last night (yes, I'm bore silly and reading a stack of old lutherie books)...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 22
Views: 801

Re: slim hollow body with P90

I have a question that may offend archtop purists. Could a suitable arch be achieved by the arched bracing of the soundboard? Yes, I am trying to avoid hand carving the top. I built an OM acoustic per the plans in Jonathan Kinkead's book. The arch of the top - created by the bracing - is only 5/64 ...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Aug 12, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fender neck pockets - rectangular or tapered?
Replies: 7
Views: 738

Re: Fender neck pockets - rectangular or tapered?

Oops, my bad. Your numbers are probably just right for a bass.....
by Freeman Keller
Wed Aug 12, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fender neck pockets - rectangular or tapered?
Replies: 7
Views: 738

Re: Fender neck pockets - rectangular or tapered?

I have one set of strat plans that calls it out as 2.2000/2.1875 on the inside and 0.84 degree angle and a set of tele plans that call it as 2.224 on the inside and 2.135 on the outside. Warmoth shows it as 2-3/16 and at the outside and does not mention the taper. Your numbers seem excessively high.
by Freeman Keller
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pecan for acoustic guitar
Replies: 7
Views: 942

Re: Pecan for acoustic guitar

I was told that the hardwood floors in our hundred year old farm house were pecan. I've never tried to verify that. They are beautiful.
by Freeman Keller
Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 39
Views: 4804

Re: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught

Peter, I use wood binding on almost all of my guitars. Sometimes the same wood as the body, sometimes a contrasting wood that ties in with the wood(s) used in other places. I think about this for a long time before I start building - often I will lay strips of bindings on top of the plates (dampened...
by Freeman Keller
Sun May 31, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 39
Views: 4804

Re: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught

I hope I didn't sound really critical, it just looked like a lot of competing colors and textures. I always match the head plate to either the back and sides or occasionally to the fretboard and bridge. I've used the back and side wood in a rosette and I've also made rosettes out of the same wood as...
by Freeman Keller
Sun May 31, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 39
Views: 4804

Re: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught

Peter, I have to chime in on this. First, and this is really important, include your customer in these decisions. Don't make any assumptions - just simply ask to make sure. I ripped a very nice fretboard off of a very nice neck because my customer said "that isn't what I wanted for markers...." What...
by Freeman Keller
Mon May 11, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 24"x4"×3" Neck Blanks
Replies: 4
Views: 2306

Re: 24"x4"×3" Neck Blanks

I'm guessing you want to do sawn necks for vintage correctness. Personally I would make three scarf joined stacked heel necks out of that, know that I had stronger heads and less waste.
by Freeman Keller
Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bridge installation
Replies: 5
Views: 5124

Re: Bridge installation

If you run the StewMac fret calculator for your neck configuration it will give you a mounting measurement for any bridge they sell that can be used with that configuration https://www.stewmac.com/SiteSearch/?search=fret%20calculator The measurement is frequently to a convenient mounting hole. I use...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: open discussion about binding/purfling fitting
Replies: 23
Views: 11533

Re: open discussion about binding/purfling fitting

FWIW I have been using the wicked CA method with both plastic and wood binding and wouldn't consider an other. Take all the time in the world to pre bend and fit each miter perfectly, tape or clamp it so there are not gaps (or hassles), wick a few drops of thin CA in between pieces of tape to "tack ...
by Freeman Keller
Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bolt on issues
Replies: 14
Views: 4650

Re: Bolt on issues

Thanks Bob, I sorta follow what you are describing. What I have done it pretty simplistic - I roughly fit the neck while the back is still off, mark and drill the holes in the tenon using the holes in the neck block. I can only get my drill into the bottom hole, the top one I have to mark, take the ...
by Freeman Keller
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bolt on issues
Replies: 14
Views: 4650

Re: Bolt on issues

I predrill my neck block before installing it and try to rough fit the neck as well as I can while the back is still off the guitar. That lets me use the holes in the block to locate the inserts. But is it still very difficult to install them perfectly centered on the holes and at exactly the correc...