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by Ben Loutrelle
Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:04 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New bridge made a huge difference
Replies: 25
Views: 13292

Re: New bridge made a huge difference

Dennis, I have a similar solution for the bridge of my archtop; bone saddle over hardwood bridge. It is only a hypothesis, but after observation of both the saddle and nut in refining the action setup, I noticed indentations at both the bridge and saddle that seem to indicate the windings of the str...
by Ben Loutrelle
Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:36 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Modding an existinr guitar?
Replies: 7
Views: 3205

Re: Modding an existinr guitar?

Kevin, I am a proponent of messing with things figure out why they work. I started out modding cheap guitars. The first one was an old Kay archtop that cost $79. I figured, I can't wreck this, cause it isn't worth anything, even in perfect shape. I started the whole project on a camping trip! I was ...
by Ben Loutrelle
Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:36 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Jim Bonnell's electric tenor guitar
Replies: 13
Views: 7993

Re: Jim Bonnell's electric tenor guitar

That is bad ass. And here's why; it looks like something old, something that you only dream of finding in the corner of a antique shop in some tiny town in the middle of nowhere.
by Ben Loutrelle
Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:45 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ron Daves' # 2 classical
Replies: 15
Views: 8917

Re: Ron Daves' # 2 classical

Nice shop! I built my second in a trailer about that size outside Joshua Tree.
by Ben Loutrelle
Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:16 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Mistakes made while building early guitars
Replies: 59
Views: 36593

Re: Mistakes made while building early guitars

Not fixing leaky valve above my bench until after it's dripped on a completed body and caused the sides and top to detach at the upper bout. Not reading about what the correct neck angle is meant to be on a solidbody and having to recess the pickguard to accomodate the setup. Not checking of the nec...
by Ben Loutrelle
Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:45 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ben Loutrelle's Bluebird ES-295 Ripoff
Replies: 10
Views: 5810

Re: Ben Loutrelle's Bluebird ES-295 Ripoff

Greg Robinson wrote:Also, surely you mean 750R(ohms), not 750K! 750K would be extremely high impedance, approaching that of piezo elements!
Oh! Greg you're right about that it's not 750 k. It's just 750!

And thanks everyone for your responses!
by Ben Loutrelle
Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:39 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ben Loutrelle's Bluebird ES-295 Ripoff
Replies: 10
Views: 5810

Re: Ben Loutrelle's Bluebird ES-295 Ripoff

Progress.

Spool clamps? My ass! Free clamps. From Lowe's, for 30 days.
by Ben Loutrelle
Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:28 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ben Loutrelle's Bluebird ES-295 Ripoff
Replies: 10
Views: 5810

Re: Ben Loutrelle's Bluebird ES-295 Ripoff

Progress

The proper use of architecture textbooks, gluing weights.
by Ben Loutrelle
Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ben Loutrelle's Bluebird ES-295 Ripoff
Replies: 10
Views: 5810

Re: Ben Loutrelle's Bluebird ES-295 Ripoff

Oh is that so you say, well harumph! Aaaaaaand more pictures!
by Ben Loutrelle
Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:49 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ben Loutrelle's Bluebird ES-295 Ripoff
Replies: 10
Views: 5810

Ben Loutrelle's Bluebird ES-295 Ripoff

I finished this about 3 months ago, and I thought I definitely owe it to luthiers somewhere to show it, seeing as I've learned quite a lot in these forums. I've been working on this guitar infrequently for 2 years, it's already been re-built once, but it really needed to be this so I re-rebuilt it. ...