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by Steve Sawyer
Tue Oct 27, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 28
Views: 11556

Re: Chapman stick?

Hah! I hear you about getting older and wondering what effect it has on learning! I'd just turned 70 when I started drum lessons. There have been many days when I wonder "can I really do this?" Hard to say whether I'm learning slower or if it's always slow, and now I have a reason to be concerned ab...
by Steve Sawyer
Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 28
Views: 11556

Re: Chapman stick?

Pretty darn cool but for me, I think I have enough trouble with the acoustic guitar! I'm finding that learning a musical instrument is "additive". I played (mostly electric) 6-string guitar for many, many years. Started noodling with a bass a few years ago, and picked it up fairly quickly, although...
by Steve Sawyer
Fri Oct 23, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 28
Views: 11556

Re: Chapman stick?

It's addictive for sure. Hard not to be always thinking about the next build!!
by Steve Sawyer
Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 28
Views: 11556

Re: Chapman stick?

Those are interesting - and surprisingly reasonably priced! I'd still like to build one though... :D
by Steve Sawyer
Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 28
Views: 11556

Re: Chapman stick?

After having now completed three builds...I would really love to tackle one of these!!
by Steve Sawyer
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Attach routing template to spruce top
Replies: 26
Views: 8366

Re: Attach routing template to spruce top

I'm increasingly thinking there is an acoustic guitar somewhere in my future...
by Steve Sawyer
Thu Aug 13, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fender neck pockets - rectangular or tapered?
Replies: 7
Views: 853

Re: Fender neck pockets - rectangular or tapered?

I can't answer your either/or question, but if you're making a neck, I just did a bass that had a taper at the heel (continuous straight lines from the nut to the heel) and used two templates to rout both the heel of the neck (actually the entire neck shaft) and the neck pocket. I got as close to a ...
by Steve Sawyer
Thu Aug 13, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Body carve
Replies: 2
Views: 648

Re: Body carve

Yeah - I'm looking for an opportunity to do more of this. It's really enjoyable.

Can't help you on the "memory" that I'm triggering though... :D
by Steve Sawyer
Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Body carve
Replies: 2
Views: 648

Body carve

I recently finished a build that involved carving the body by hand. Not having any experience in carving, here is how I did it. The carve amounted to a "fillet" that varied in width around the body. I used a piece of 1/2" MDF to define the shape of the inner edge of that fillet, and used a top-beari...
by Steve Sawyer
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass build is done
Replies: 4
Views: 949

Re: Bass build is done

Yes - overall, I'm very impressed with Tru-Oil. It has some limitations, but experience is rewarded. I did a test piece, but didn't really settle on a technique and schedule, so I was still learning when I started on the guitar. Big mistake! :lol:
by Steve Sawyer
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass build is done
Replies: 4
Views: 949

Bass build is done

This build went more smoothly than the previous two, until I got to the finishing. That turned slowly into a disaster, and I ended up doing a complete sand-back-to-wood-and-start-over. The finish is Tru-Oil, and I will be doing a post based on my experience with that. Plays and sounds really good ex...
by Steve Sawyer
Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Stereo jack?
Replies: 2
Views: 458

Re: Stereo jack?

Thanks, Peter - that’s what I suspected!
by Steve Sawyer
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Stereo jack?
Replies: 2
Views: 458

Stereo jack?

I’m building a bass with an active EMG P-J pickup set. Just noticed that the jack that comes with the pickup set is a stereo jack. Is a stereo plug required for this jack, or does this use a stereo jack simply to provide a way of taking the battery out of the circuit when the plug is removed (a conv...
by Steve Sawyer
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: First Cello Build
Replies: 52
Views: 27028

Re: First Cello Build

Sure - it isn’t particularly sophisticated carving, but achieved what I was shooting for design-wise. And yes, I have a “guitar gallery” folder in which I’ve saved a couple of really spectacular carved bodies - way beyond what I think I’d ever be capable of, but definitely good grist for the idea mi...
by Steve Sawyer
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: First Cello Build
Replies: 52
Views: 27028

Re: First Cello Build

Tom - this has been fascinating. Looking forward to the finishing. W/regard to the carving, my current build (an electric bass) has a hand-carved fillet around the edge of the body (the width of the fillet varies, so no way to machine it short of a CNC router.) While it is, as you say, a slow and pa...
by Steve Sawyer
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: June 2020- How/What is everyone doing?
Replies: 14
Views: 2373

Re: June 2020- How/What is everyone doing?

We’re retired so we voluntarily locked down the first week in March. Marcy is asthmatic and immune-suppressed from arthritis meds, so we were very hesitant to come out of the bunker for quite a while. I started taking drum lessons in January and have continued with that via FaceTime. Started back to...
by Steve Sawyer
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Brazilian Hickory
Replies: 9
Views: 2842

Re: Brazilian Hickory

Seeing wood like this reminds me that one of these days I really have to tackle an acoustic guitar. That stuff is really spectacular, Tom. I've got to come by your shop some day when we're free of this damned virus!! I've been enjoying your build log on that cello.
by Steve Sawyer
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: A neck shaping jig
Replies: 5
Views: 2913

Re: A neck shaping jig

So on the current build (a short scale electric bass) the neck was a little too long for that piece of 8020, so had to change things up. Digging into the rathole I had another square piece that was long enough, but needed a way to clamp it to the bench. A couple of pieces of 1/4” scrap and some T-bo...
by Steve Sawyer
Fri May 29, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Using the Yonico FB radius bits
Replies: 6
Views: 1475

Re: Using the Yonico FB radius bits

Clay - that seems to be the trick. Getting a good grip on the stock and controlling the cut. Part of the fun for me is making jigs, so I do sometimes go a little over the top. :D But I too do a lot of one-offs with MDF & hot glue, though I’d be inclined to put some kind of handles on it - I’m afraid...