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by Peter Wilcox
Fri May 29, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help w cracked to repair from drop
Replies: 17
Views: 3615

Re: Help w cracked to repair from drop

Someone has definitely tried to unsuccessfully glue it (glops of glue oozing out.) Try heating it with a heat gun or maybe a hair dryer and see if it softens/liquifies. Then go with Clay's suggestions above, depending on the results.
by Peter Wilcox
Thu May 28, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help w cracked to repair from drop
Replies: 17
Views: 3615

Re: Help w cracked to repair from drop

Unfortunately the interior pics are not in focus at the affected area. Has the top separated from the lining, or the lining separated from the side (if you can see in there)?

Can you clamp it flat?
by Peter Wilcox
Wed May 27, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Top Mounted Tailpiece
Replies: 7
Views: 2795

Re: Top Mounted Tailpiece

This is probably not very pertinent here in the achtop section, but here is a crude floating tailpiece I made years ago. Basically a screw into the tail block with a hole and a slot in the tailpiece that fits over it.

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by Peter Wilcox
Tue May 19, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bridge placement (electric bass)
Replies: 3
Views: 2754

Re: Bridge placement (electric bass)

I just do quick and dirty by placing the bridge with the forwardmost (toward the nut) adjustment of the saddles at the scale length. Since intonation compensation will always be away from the nut this gives the largest amount of possible travel for the saddles.
by Peter Wilcox
Sun May 17, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help request with my drum sander
Replies: 24
Views: 6015

Re: Help request with my drum sander

In your case, are you having constant thickness all over the places? Enrico, when I feed the board in, I press down on it near the drum as it goes under it. I also support under the ends of the board as it goes in and out so it doesn't tip down. I haven't noticed any thickness differences, even wit...
by Peter Wilcox
Sun May 17, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help request with my drum sander
Replies: 24
Views: 6015

Re: Help request with my drum sander

:? Sorry for misunde4rstanding, but that is even weirder. Is it an even difference in thickness from end to center and back to end, or is it just a few cm on each end? Do you keep it flat on the table when it goes in and comes out with even downward pressure, or does the weight of the unsupported en...
by Peter Wilcox
Sun May 17, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help request with my drum sander
Replies: 24
Views: 6015

Re: Help request with my drum sander

How much thinner? Weird, but my first guess would be that the feed table has become slightly concave across its width, so there is less pressure in the center and more on the edges, which get sanded thinner. Put a straightedge across the table near the drum and see if there's a gap toward the center...
by Peter Wilcox
Fri May 15, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass string length
Replies: 6
Views: 2447

Re: Bass string length

The strings will stretch a few mm when tuned up.
by Peter Wilcox
Wed May 06, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Thinking about a steel string ...
Replies: 11
Views: 4131

Re: Thinking about a steel string ...

I built schools in Gabon, Africa, (sure wish I'd grabbed some of that wood), and then worked as a framing carpenter for awhile in the US. Between that and wood shop and metal shop in school, I got used to using tools and thinking about how to build/repair things, which have been helpful in my amateu...
by Peter Wilcox
Mon May 04, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 5-bolt pattern on a bolt-on neck?
Replies: 6
Views: 3391

Re: 5-bolt pattern on a bolt-on neck?

I'm an engineering (and lutherie) ignoramus so take what I say with that in mind. I think the vertical stress (that would fold the neck) on that joint is minimal, and in a well fit neck pocket a single bolt/screw would be adequate (of course I use 3 or 4 anyway. :) ) I've recently taken to making st...
by Peter Wilcox
Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Attach routing template to spruce top
Replies: 26
Views: 11886

Re: Attach routing template to spruce top

My heel blocks are glued up anyway. Next one I glue up I'll leave out the heel pocket part. :)

But it will be awhile - I have to finish this one first, and I'm going real slow for some reason - low energy with everything that's going on I guess.
by Peter Wilcox
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Attach routing template to spruce top
Replies: 26
Views: 11886

Re: Attach routing template to spruce top

Marshall Dixon wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:34 pm
Could you incorporate the concept of routing the pocket before assembly?
I probably can, but I'll have to put my thinking cap on. It would be nice if I could actually build the pocket into the heel block.
by Peter Wilcox
Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Attach routing template to spruce top
Replies: 26
Views: 11886

Re: Attach routing template to spruce top

Thanks Marshall, I get it now. Here's the design of my neck attachment. It's held on by string tension (and a nice tight pocket), and it's so great to be able to adjust the action with just the turn of a small screw through the fretboard. Here's the thread if you haven't seen it, and a pic from that...
by Peter Wilcox
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:49 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Attach routing template to spruce top
Replies: 26
Views: 11886

Re: Attach routing template to spruce top

Sorry Marshall, I'm still having trouble visualizing it. What does the neck heel look like that fits into it, and how does it attach - glue? That's an interesting idea folding the acoustic space inside the guitar. Let us know how it sounds. I occasionally make speaker cabinets, and years ago wanted ...
by Peter Wilcox
Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: reattatch plastic bridge
Replies: 7
Views: 4568

Re: reattatch plastic bridge

Glad it worked out for now. She should be an expert in the next few weeks.
by Peter Wilcox
Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Attach routing template to spruce top
Replies: 26
Views: 11886

Re: Attach routing template to spruce top

Hi Marshall - I don't quite understand your process from the description - a picture would help if you have one. Yesterday most of the snow finally melted and it was 50 degrees outside, so I finally did the neck pocket.(I like to route outside so the wind blows the dust away. :D ) It went well excep...
by Peter Wilcox
Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: reattatch plastic bridge
Replies: 7
Views: 4568

Re: reattatch plastic bridge

For now I would just screw it back down again, either with the original screws and glued toothpicks in the holes if they're stripped, or larger screws, or machine screws if you can get your hand, pliers or a wrench in there to hold the nuts.
by Peter Wilcox
Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Attach routing template to spruce top
Replies: 26
Views: 11886

Re: Attach routing template to spruce top

I thought of that, but then realized the clamps would likely be in the way of the router base. The sound hole starts less than an inch below the end of the neck.
by Peter Wilcox
Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Attach routing template to spruce top
Replies: 26
Views: 11886

Re: Attach routing template to spruce top

Too late, I already modified the existing one with scraps, and I'm too cheap to waste another piece of MDF. :D Maybe a little overbuilt, but I don't want it to move.

Now I just need to ramp up my intestinal fortitude to use it on the guitar, but scrap first as usual.