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by Peter Wilcox
Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Comet
Replies: 4
Views: 1809

Comet

Just a heads up, if anyone is interested in comets. Comet Neowise is rising in the northeastern morning sky starting about 3:30AM for mid-latitude northern hemispherites. Nicest I've seen since Comet Bennett on perimeter guard in Viet Nam in 1970. I got out of bed this AM and took some pics.
by Peter Wilcox
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Searching for a good respirator
Replies: 34
Views: 13124

Re: Searching for a good respirator

I've loaded my beard up with vaseline, messy but it works to make a seal. Takes lots of shampoo to get it out. Yechh! I think I'd shave my beard before I did that. :o At my age I'll probably get sick or die from other causes before sawdust or nitro will do me in, though I suppose now without a seal...
by Peter Wilcox
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Stereo jack?
Replies: 2
Views: 1224

Re: Stereo jack?

Yes, the jack just connects the neg terminal of the battery to ground (turns on the circuit by shorting ring to sleeve) when a normal 1/4" guitar plug is inserted.
by Peter Wilcox
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Searching for a good respirator
Replies: 34
Views: 13124

Re: Searching for a good respirator

Barry, from your avatar it looks like you have a beard (or have you shaved it?) How can you get a good fit from a mask or respirator?
by Peter Wilcox
Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy
Replies: 24
Views: 6992

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Chuck Tweedy wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:01 pm
that's the hard part - i almost never check Jam, and i only check-in every few weeks or so. :-/
I check the forum pretty much daily - just go to the quick links button in the upper left and check new posts. Just takes a few seconds and I can see if there's anything I'm interested in.
by Peter Wilcox
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic/electric dreadnaught, adjustable neck
Replies: 24
Views: 7074

Re: Acoustic/electric dreadnaught, adjustable neck

Hi Matthew - it's not really my design, just sort of a modification of the Smallman neck, without the usual heel (which I decided was unnecessary structurally), so help yourself. Some people are probably offended by the lack of heel - I think it helps reach the upper frets if no cutaway. Good luck w...
by Peter Wilcox
Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy
Replies: 24
Views: 6992

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Peter, the black/white stripes you see are the interruption of the headstock veneers on the ramp. I have a sandwich of black, white, walnut as you go up in the headstock layers. The neck is Spanish cedar. That's what I thought, but I couldn't see them in the pic. Now that I look closely I can see t...
by Peter Wilcox
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy
Replies: 24
Views: 6992

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

That is a beautiful guitar. What is that black/white stripe at the nut end of the tuner slots?
by Peter Wilcox
Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 39
Views: 9770

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

Osage darkens up considerably if you fume it with household ammonia. It can get to about the value (but not the color) of mahogany with a day or so in a plastic bag with a container of the stuff. It darkens with age anyway, but this speeds it up a lot. Thought I would give it a try. #1 fresh sanded...
by Peter Wilcox
Wed Jun 10, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 39
Views: 9770

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

Carl - I'm guessing that this picture is more or less what you're suggesting, with the exception of the fancy purfling (which I might consider trying).
by Peter Wilcox
Wed Jun 10, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 39
Views: 9770

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

trim off a strip from the top and bottom edges of the sides that is wide enough to use as binding. Thanks Alan. That's something I could try, but with any errors I could screw up more than just a piece of binding, and I always have errors. :) How would you suggest I "trim off" the pieces? Can you c...
by Peter Wilcox
Mon Jun 08, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: June 2020- How/What is everyone doing?
Replies: 20
Views: 4657

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

I'm being a hermit (hard to do living with wife and mother-in-law), gardening, and trying to learn to play pedal steel - 10 minutes a day doesn't produce much progress. :)
by Peter Wilcox
Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 39
Views: 9770

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

I've done a couple of builds where I have used the same material for the sides as well as binding. The binding was set off by B/W/B purfling on bottom and top/back. I thought it looked pretty cool. It sounds interesting. do you have any pics of what it looks like? I have a board of a different patt...
by Peter Wilcox
Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 39
Views: 9770

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

Thanks for all your thoughts and advice - a lot for me to think about. Although I'd like every build to be a learning experience, in this case I'd rather do a good job using what I know how to do, rather than a poor job trying something too difficult. Any more suggestions welcome.
by Peter Wilcox
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic/electric dreadnaught, adjustable neck
Replies: 24
Views: 7074

Re: Acoustic/electric dreadnaught, adjustable neck

Finished another one of these: Mahogany neck, back and sides; spruce top; headstock, rosette, bridge, bindings spalted something (don't know what); Honduran rosewood fret board. I know bridges shouldn't be spalted, but this is a pretty solid piece of wood (time will tell.) Cheap UST and mic with pre...
by Peter Wilcox
Sun May 31, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 39
Views: 9770

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

Well, I guess there's no love for osage orange here :lol: - that's fine. Freeman, he definitely has to approve everything before construction starts. For continuity I'll be putting the lacewood on the headstock too. I thought the osage color was more consistent, at least the piece I have, though I l...
by Peter Wilcox
Sat May 30, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 39
Views: 9770

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

Here's the pic - Honduran rosewood on the left, osage on the right. That surface probably has 8 years or more air exposure, so not sure how long a freshly cut board will take to darken - maybe use ammonia as Alan notes above.
by Peter Wilcox
Sat May 30, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 39
Views: 9770

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

... but wants a "top of the line" handbuilt acoustic ... Money is no object. :D Well that's good news. I suppose he does realise that "top of the line" acoustics cost US$25K-US$35K and more for special requests. (Symogyi and similar) I told him that. The bad news is that if it's built by me it's no...
by Peter Wilcox
Fri May 29, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 39
Views: 9770

Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught

A friend and fellow jammer that I've built several electrics for wants me to build him a dreadnought. He's a fair player but knows nothing about how guitars are put together, but wants a "top of the line" handbuilt acoustic. I've told him I'm not the guy to build it, but he wants me to anyway - so b...