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by David King
Sun May 24, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Neck Laminations and Glue choice
Replies: 13
Views: 1048

Re: Neck Laminations and Glue choice

I have several hundred bass necks out there laminated with both titebond I and II and never had an issue with any of them. I can't say as much for the few that I used epoxy on. I do like polyurethane glue but it's not as strong as titebond which makes it handy for fingerboards which you might want t...
by David King
Tue May 19, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Double bass neck - restoration and refinish.
Replies: 5
Views: 530

Re: Double bass neck - restoration and refinish.

At David Gage's bass shop in NYC back in the 1980s I noticed that they used a regular sheet of 1/8" glass and broke off little pieces to make scrapers.
by David King
Tue May 19, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass string length
Replies: 6
Views: 412

Re: Bass string length

My rule is to try my best to build an instrument that can handle vanilla flavored string sets from the mom and pop music store. As a result I always try to use the larger, 1/2" diameter string post tuners in case some of the winding arrives past the post so to speak. On a short scale instrument I ei...
by David King
Fri May 15, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass string length
Replies: 6
Views: 412

Re: Bass string length

As you say either will work but you might want to consider the longer length if you want to be able to string the bass through the back of the body which can change the sound a bit according to some.
by David King
Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: poor man's saddle mill
Replies: 20
Views: 2386

Re: poor man's saddle mill

It's a thing of beauty!
by David King
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Brass binding on Garcia tiger/rosebud
Replies: 11
Views: 4649

Re: Brass binding on Garcia tiger/rosebud

I missed this thread before, I use 14kt gold-filled square wire in 1/2 soft for doing inlays. It's relatively inexpensive and it never tarnishes. CA holds it really well and you can buff it lightly but no heavy sanding or you'll sand through the gold layer. The base metal is bronze I think so it may...
by David King
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: New shop lights?
Replies: 15
Views: 2163

Re: New shop lights?

LED's come in several flavors and you may want to mix and match color temperatures to get something approaching what you are used to. The typical 6500K is very blueish and will mess with your melatonin levels if you like to work late. I'd mix some 3500K with 5000Ks even though they are slightly less...
by David King
Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Truss rod channel
Replies: 5
Views: 2924

Re: Truss rod channel

Andy you are aligning the jig with index holes and pins? When i used this type of rod I would use and under table router and my table saw fence. What really worked well was a 3HP shaper I had access to but those days are long gone. Now I cut the curved 3/16" channel with a customized table saw slott...
by David King
Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Low-hum single-coil?
Replies: 5
Views: 5657

Re: Low-hum single-coil?

Not to mention the power transformer in your amp. I'm not seeing any evidence that the Lace sets are RPRW but the middle PU can be modified as i have done with the Jazz bass sets. It's a very tricky epoxy picking job, not for the faint of heart. Lots of options out there for hum free strat pickups (...
by David King
Sun Mar 01, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Low-hum single-coil?
Replies: 5
Views: 5657

Re: Low-hum single-coil?

I've taken a couple of them apart over the decades and they are somewhat unique on the inside with some attempt at shielding but they are not hum cancelling by any stretch of the imagination. They are wound with extremely fine wire, like awg 46 which is wrapped around a pair of low carbon steel comb...
by David King
Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Glue spreader applicator
Replies: 19
Views: 9933

Re: Glue spreader applicator

I also use a notched spreader but formally used a small rubber drive roller from some desktop printer of yore. The notched spreader is way more reliable in terms of leaving an even thickness. I do see a use for the type of motorized roller that spreads hot wax on skiis. In that case the operator sli...
by David King
Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: We're back!
Replies: 11
Views: 3716

Re: We're back!

took me a few weeks to figure out that my old bookmark wasn't going to give me satisfaction.
by David King
Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Fixing separated neck laminations, any tricks out there?
Replies: 3
Views: 1751

Fixing separated neck laminations, any tricks out there?

I have one of the first instruments I ever built that came in after 30 years and the epoxy I used between the center neck laminations (Macassar ebony and padauk) has opened up right at the heel of this neck-through bass. Normally I would just wick medium CA into the crack and let it dry for a few da...
by David King
Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Peg shaver idea
Replies: 6
Views: 2387

Re: Peg shaver idea

It should work but it would require making new end bearing brackets for the spiral planer heads to hold them at the correct angles. I worry that the planers are only long enough to cover the length of a pencil point, about an inch. The planetary gear drive mechanism at the narrow end might also have...
by David King
Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: "Kelobre"?
Replies: 11
Views: 3255

Re: "Kelobre"?

Guancaste and monkey pod are definitely different species. Guancaste is brown and has very tight interlocking grain with matching chatoyance on the quarter, not unlike sapele.
by David King
Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: REPAIR
Replies: 8
Views: 2637

Re: REPAIR

Dental composite is what you want along with the blue light source to cure it. Try your dentist first then Ebay. It has a short shelf life so dentists are often having to dump out old stock especially of the lesser used shades. That said I've never tried it and I probably wouldn't bother either. I g...
by David King
Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:06 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Build your own preamp
Replies: 5
Views: 2245

Re: Build your own preamp

I'm pretty sure that the EMG saddles are compatible with their eq systems designed for bass guitar and those use regular minipots you could mount through the top. The low frequency control is probably shelving at a lower frequency than you would want but the treble control shelving frequency can be ...
by David King
Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Replace or re-configure rattling truss rod?
Replies: 27
Views: 5004

Re: Replace or re-configure rattling truss rod?

Love the photos, thanks for taking the time.
by David King
Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Shop air filtration build - Advise welcome
Replies: 23
Views: 6066

Re: Shop air filtration build - Advise welcome

I've been getting furnace filters from nordicpure.com and they make some 3" and 4" deep pleated filters that will way outperform the 1" type in longevity and available in any MIRV rating you desire. True HEPA is around MIRV 16-17. You can get activated charcoal if you want to deal with schmelly wood...
by David King
Fri Dec 27, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Replace or re-configure rattling truss rod?
Replies: 27
Views: 5004

Re: Replace or re-configure rattling truss rod?

It's says it's supposed to stick to everything. I'd run a test but stickiness may be just fine in your application as long as the rods don't ever get bound up to the point where they can't slid past each other the mm or two it takes to adjust the neck from one season to the next.