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by Chris Lounsbury
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Old shellac flakes a problem?
Replies: 9
Views: 4663

Re: Old shellac flakes a problem?

Methyl Hydrate is methanol and I use it not by preference but due to availability issues for ethanol. I live in Ontario, Canada under different alcohol regulations than my American friends.
by Chris Lounsbury
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Brite Tone Instrument Finish - quantity?
Replies: 9
Views: 4886

Brite Tone Instrument Finish - quantity?

To anyone out there who has used Brite Tone Instrument Finish - how much does it take you to finish a flat-top guitar? How many guitars could you finish with a gallon?

Thanks, Chris.
by Chris Lounsbury
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Old shellac flakes a problem?
Replies: 9
Views: 4663

Old shellac flakes a problem?

Yesterday morning I mixed up some shellac using the same method I've been using for years now but with less pleasing results. I am making a "2lb cut" using the proportions on the card that came with the Dewaxed Ultra Blonde flakes which I bought from WoodEssence maybe 4 or 5 years ago. I ground up 3...
by Chris Lounsbury
Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:35 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Bending Iron Question
Replies: 7
Views: 5263

Re: Bending Iron Question

Small clarification: I am only asking about the mesh or spiral filling I'm looking to put into the pipe. The pipe itself is iron as used in water filled radiator home heating systems. And, I've not yet found copper mesh locally, only stainless.
by Chris Lounsbury
Sun Oct 23, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Bending Iron Question
Replies: 7
Views: 5263

Bending Iron Question

I am about to make a 2nd bending iron (smaller diameter than my main iron) and I will be heating it with an electric charcoal ignitor. This has worked well enough for me but, I vaguely remember an old discussion about reducing the warm-up time and distributing the temp most evenly along the pipe by ...
by Chris Lounsbury
Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Torrefied Spruce Soundboards
Replies: 4
Views: 4484

Torrefied Spruce Soundboards

I have a client keen to have such a soundboard on his L-00 styled instrument so I am looking at availability. Normally I personally select all my soundboards from a couple of good local suppliers but to get torrefied wood I will have to turn to the InterWebs. So far I have found only two sources. St...
by Chris Lounsbury
Mon May 30, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Radius of domed back
Replies: 3
Views: 2977

Re: Radius of domed back

Part of my change in approach is to move away from the tall braces, particularly in the lower bout. Maybe I can rephrase my question more succintly: If I loosen up my bracing scheme and move from a 15' radius back to a 30' radius back, is there some combination of material choice & cut which might g...
by Chris Lounsbury
Sun May 29, 2016 10:03 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Radius of domed back
Replies: 3
Views: 2977

Radius of domed back

Let's set down a few givens, and then I'll pose my question. I build using outside molds and radius dishes. To date I have built with 30' radius imparted to the soundboard and 15' radius imparted to the back. My backs have been braced in the standard ladder manner, but with braces tall enough to mak...
by Chris Lounsbury
Thu Aug 20, 2015 5:31 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need help with binding ledges - strange angles
Replies: 7
Views: 4198

Need help with binding ledges - strange angles

I've started a prototype of a new body shape and decided to make my venetian cutaway flush to the (straight) tapered heel of the neck. Unfortunately I jumped right ahead to building before considering the tooling I've been using for cutting binding/purfling ledges. What I have been using is a Fleish...
by Chris Lounsbury
Thu Apr 16, 2015 8:59 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: LMI steel string slot head using bushings for gotoh 3 on a plate tuners
Replies: 28
Views: 10063

Re: LMI steel string slot head using bushings for gotoh 3 on a p

Just to clear up Bob's confusion, I believe the schematic is provided by Gotoh who do NOT include the bushings. LMI has created the bushings and their associated tool and tossed them in the mix. For what it's worth, I've not used the 3-on-a-plate tuners. I have used the individual tuners with their ...
by Chris Lounsbury
Thu Feb 12, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Advice for first acoustic please! - body size
Replies: 19
Views: 6465

Re: Advice for first acoustic please! - body size

Jordan, I am a builder in Hamilton and I would be happy to discuss this in person. If you look at my profile you will find my website, where you can find my contact info.
by Chris Lounsbury
Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:07 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fitting The Dovetail Neck Joint.
Replies: 10
Views: 4359

Re: Fitting The Dovetail Neck Joint.

I always make a flat on the body which is at least the width of the fingerboard at the neck/body junction. After the joint has been fitted you can ease the transition to the rounded shoulders, outside of where the heel meets the body. I assume that you are planning a shaped heel that tapers to a hee...
by Chris Lounsbury
Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:55 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck to body dovetail joint
Replies: 11
Views: 7807

Re: Neck to body dovetail joint

Matt, the protrusion on the end of the neck is actually the 'tail' of the joint but of course the terminology is not important to your question. Personally I establish the neck angle on the heel before cutting the tail, so though of course it tapers from wider (soundboard end) to narrower (end adjac...
by Chris Lounsbury
Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:59 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Single-rod dual-action trussrod?
Replies: 22
Views: 9464

Re: Single-rod dual-action trussrod?

Right after the LMI rod was mentioned, several people acknowledged their love of the Allied rod. They both appear to use the same type of construction. I have used the LMI rod with satisfaction but never tried the Allied rod. Can anyone who has used both provide a comparison?
by Chris Lounsbury
Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:20 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Epiphone Circuitry
Replies: 1
Views: 2564

Re: Epiphone Circuitry

Indeed the pickguard-mounted controls actually operate the relevant features on the compimentary amplifier. I refer you to a pair that went through 12th Fret in Toronto a short time ago...

http://www.12fret.com/content/2011/12/0 ... -amp-1963/
by Chris Lounsbury
Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:40 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: K&K Tri-Star
Replies: 4
Views: 3708

Re: K&K Tri-Star

Thank you Greg and David for your replies. I think my original question did not really get to the heart of what I want to know... K&K offer some different preamps and in particular I am considering either their pre-phase or tristar pro. The pre-phase offers master volume and phase switching. The tri...
by Chris Lounsbury
Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:10 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: K&K Tri-Star
Replies: 4
Views: 3708

Re: K&K Tri-Star

I'll try bumping this once - has nobody used this yet?
by Chris Lounsbury
Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: K&K Tri-Star
Replies: 4
Views: 3708

K&K Tri-Star

Has anyone tried one of these preamps with the pure pickup? It includes level controls for each of the three pickup elements and low frequency rolloff; some for the D-G element and more for the B-E element. Does this provide a significant improvement over their basic system?
by Chris Lounsbury
Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:54 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Shopvac with a Delta thickness sander?
Replies: 8
Views: 5222

Re: Shopvac with a Delta thickness sander?

I use a Ryobi 16-32 open ended drum sander. At the moment I use a 5-gallon shop vac to collect dust and it is working fine. I take only a small bite on each pass, and I am using disposable bags in the shop vac which do not seem prone to clogging at all. I have not tried it with the standard foam fil...