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by Brian Evans
Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Looking for ultra low tension plunger dial indicator
Replies: 6
Views: 224

Re: Looking for ultra low tension plunger dial indicator

The spring tension on long stroke (1" stroke) dial indicators is probably higher than the tension on 1/4" stroke versions. Have the other DI's all been 1/4" stroke? They aren't very common.
by Brian Evans
Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Rookie Bending Questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1997

Re: Rookie Bending Questions

For me, I can leave the sides out of the mold as soon as they are cool, and if you use water, dry. I found that understanding the plastic transformation of the wood solid with heat was critical to getting smoother bends, I try to get around a 4" section up to bending temp, work the bend in slowly ac...
by Brian Evans
Tue Feb 16, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Taller Humbucker Bobbins
Replies: 4
Views: 1889

Re: Taller Humbucker Bobbins

Find a young child with a 3D printer. Would be "childs play" (pun intended) to make some for you... :)
by Brian Evans
Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Nuts redux...
Replies: 0
Views: 1072

Nuts redux...

So I got my third and final nut blank out, started to fit it, and decided to mix it up from my normal. I usually rough shape the nut way too high, hence with a quite deep slot the file chipped off the shoulder of my first try. This time I got out a pencil that I had sanded flat to a fine point, so I...
by Brian Evans
Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Nuts.
Replies: 2
Views: 896

Nuts.

I have three nut blanks, or I did this morning. Making a nut for a new neck. File grabbed and chipped off the shoulder when I was cutting the first slot. Cut the first slot on the next blank too low. Stupid mistake, did the "fret at third, measure string height over one" with no tension on the strin...
by Brian Evans
Mon Feb 01, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Anybody know about Custom Inlay, Inc?
Replies: 2
Views: 1105

Re: Anybody know about Custom Inlay, Inc?

I've dealt with them in the past, but not in Covid times. They do everything custom order, so delays can be expected I would think. I remember the fretboard I got was not planed square (the top was angled compared to the bottom) so when I didn't notice before I glued it on I had to sand almost throu...
by Brian Evans
Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bolt On Neck Inserts - Isn't 8/32 is small ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1725

Re: Bolt On Neck Inserts - Isn't 8/32 is small ?

Fun with bolt numbers. If a 1/4" bolt is Grade 2 it has ultimate tensile strength between 60,000 and 80,000 psi, which translates to around 3500 lbs. A 8-32 bolt, at .164" diameter, has a UTS of around 1500 lbs. Two of them can pick up a car (a little car, anyway). They both can create over 500 lbs ...
by Brian Evans
Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?
Replies: 22
Views: 3514

Re: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?

I have a 24" flexible ruler that I use a lot. I use it to see what the scale length of a guitar is - that's about the measuring I do with it. I recently used it to center a neck I was installing - flexible is good when you need to bend the thing. When I carve archtops I use it all the time to judge ...
by Brian Evans
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hemlock tops
Replies: 6
Views: 1406

Re: Hemlock tops

I've used eastern, or Canadian, hemlock for construction. Makes very rot resistant siding, decking, piers, blocking for rigging in factories. Otherwise it's kind of a junky, fast-ish growing softwood that splits and splinters about as fast as you can look at it. Can't reasonably be shaped, sanded sm...
by Brian Evans
Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Stupid question of the day. Finish then set neck, or set neck then finish?
Replies: 3
Views: 902

Stupid question of the day. Finish then set neck, or set neck then finish?

I'm doing a kind of Les Paul ish tenon neck joint, glued. Straight tenon so fit is critical. I've never done one before, so I can't make up my mind if I set and glue the neck first, then finish, or vice versa. I normally do bolt on necks, so I finish everything first right through final polish then ...
by Brian Evans
Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic/electric dreadnaught, adjustable neck
Replies: 24
Views: 9328

Re: Acoustic/electric dreadnaught, adjustable neck

I'm at the "finalize the neck fit and start finishing" stage of a build, and I may very well modify the joint based on your ideas. I love the idea of an adjustable neck, and using string tension to keep it together. My favorite neck joint is the Howe-Ormes arrangement, and while yours is completely ...
by Brian Evans
Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Titebond liquid hide glue
Replies: 13
Views: 2149

Re: Titebond liquid hide glue

Thank you all very much. I was under a mistaken impression that it was a brand new product - the ad for it I saw kind of implied that. But 46 years ago is a long time!
by Brian Evans
Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Titebond liquid hide glue
Replies: 13
Views: 2149

Titebond liquid hide glue

http://www.titebond.com/product/glues/9 ... 7daa20f8ed

Have we tried it? What do we think? :)
by Brian Evans
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Sound hole placement...
Replies: 16
Views: 2463

Re: Sound hole placement...

I build archtops, and I find that when I build a traditional F-hole top I end up with a strong air resonance around Bb or C. If it's too strong I end up with a dead sounding note. I built an archtop with F-holes and a sound port on the upper shoulder, it had a stronger resonance around D (open 4th s...
by Brian Evans
Sun Dec 20, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: grounding individual bass bridge units
Replies: 3
Views: 1113

grounding individual bass bridge units

I'm getting ready to "dress" the J-bass I've been making for what seems like decades, but is only years. The guy I'm building it for gave me a bunch of random hardware that he had collected, including some individual bridge/saddle units. You mount them beside each other but they don't touch. I'm hav...
by Brian Evans
Mon Dec 14, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: neck tenon - how tight?
Replies: 2
Views: 1082

neck tenon - how tight?

I'm doing a kind of Les Paul style neck tenon for my current build, I normally do dovetail or bolt on joints. The tenon is straight, around 3" long, flat bottom, and straight flat sides. It will rest firmly on the bottom, and get clamped while gluing, but I can't clamp the sides. How tight a fit do ...
by Brian Evans
Sun Dec 13, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Lacquer available in canada
Replies: 16
Views: 7048

Re: Lacquer available in canada

Thanks for your reply. Not what I was told by the other guys, but if you're doing it, that's it! I can follow up on my 2019 comment on Beautitone Acrylic Lacquer, from Home Hardware. Finally got around to refinishing one of the instruments I used it on, first of three to do. Good news - it's about i...
by Brian Evans
Sat Dec 12, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Lacquer available in canada
Replies: 16
Views: 7048

Re: Lacquer available in canada

How do you get around the supposed ban on shipping? I was told directly by lacquer manufacturers that they would not ship it to me. I'm in Nova Scotia.
by Brian Evans
Wed Dec 09, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Carve neck before or after fretting?
Replies: 5
Views: 3671

Re: Carve neck before or after fretting?

Thanks for the feedback, I believe I will fret first and carve after. As it happens I decided to bind the fretboard first, but I still think New York Epi's had the binding installed after the frets, I've seen a picture of that from their factory, and other Epi experts agree. It's quite unusual now t...
by Brian Evans
Sun Dec 06, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Carve neck before or after fretting?
Replies: 5
Views: 3671

Carve neck before or after fretting?

Do you carve the neck before or after you install the frets? It's an archtop with a neck extension under the fretboard, so it's fully supported and the fretboard is glued to the neck and fully prepped for fretting. I can't remember how I did it before, and I can't think of why it would matter one wa...