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by Freeman Keller
Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bolt on issues
Replies: 12
Views: 807

Re: Bolt on issues

Thanks Bob, I sorta follow what you are describing. What I have done it pretty simplistic - I roughly fit the neck while the back is still off, mark and drill the holes in the tenon using the holes in the neck block. I can only get my drill into the bottom hole, the top one I have to mark, take the ...
by Freeman Keller
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bolt on issues
Replies: 12
Views: 807

Re: Bolt on issues

I predrill my neck block before installing it and try to rough fit the neck as well as I can while the back is still off the guitar. That lets me use the holes in the block to locate the inserts. But is it still very difficult to install them perfectly centered on the holes and at exactly the correc...
by Freeman Keller
Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: bending binding
Replies: 15
Views: 2186

Re: bending binding

Thats too bad Matt, I think wood binding adds such an elegant touch and really makes the guitar look finished. The only times I use plastic any more is if the particular style of the instrument simply calls for it - an ES335 for example or an F5 mandolin. Or possibly if I just can't make the really ...
by Freeman Keller
Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Blues Guitar for Acoustic Players
Replies: 3
Views: 424

Re: Blues Guitar for Acoustic Players

Gabriel, I consider myself primarily a blues player, at least my background is the blues, and looking at the summary of that series of books I have some ideas of what it is intended for. I would also like a little more information about exactly what you mean by "the blues" since it does cover so man...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Force required to fret a guitar string?
Replies: 14
Views: 2041

Re: Force required to fret a guitar string?

Brian, that is incredibly bad luck and I'm really sorry to hear of your injury. But it got me thinking and no one has tried to answer your question, so I'll take a crack at it. Some assumptions and some high school geometry. Lets say your scale length is 25.5, you are strung with generic steel strin...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: dreadnought back braces
Replies: 3
Views: 1361

Re: dreadnought back braces

I take a little scrap piece of wood, usually a cutoff from the side which would make it about 60 or 70 thousands thick (1/16 or so, I just pick something laying on the bench) and lay it next to the end of the brace while I scallop the end. I just curve them down even with the scrap for a short dista...
by Freeman Keller
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: staircase or not?
Replies: 5
Views: 2365

Re: staircase or not?

I do both (or either) depending on the circumstances. Some purfling, like herringbone, rope or pearl requires a staircase - the material is typically 0.050 thick, while binding is typically 0.250 tall. You simply have to do it that way. When I'm just doing a few lines I still do staircase. However i...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Backstrip or not?
Replies: 6
Views: 1785

Re: Backstrip or not?

My humble opinion (you know what they say about opinions) is that if you use a back stripe it should be the same wood (plastic, whatever material) as the rest of the binding and purfling and should flow into the binding somehow. That is easier to do at an end graft, it might be quite difficult with ...
by Freeman Keller
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: bending binding
Replies: 15
Views: 2186

Re: bending binding

I think the difference is just in the way we approach this. I spend a lot of time, probably way too much time, thinking this through before I ever start. I pretty much know what woods I want to use all the way thru the build, what affect I'm looking for with binding and rosette and head plate and al...
by Freeman Keller
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Backstrip or not?
Replies: 6
Views: 1785

Re: Backstrip or not?

What are your plans for binding a purfling?
by Freeman Keller
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: bending binding
Replies: 15
Views: 2186

Re: bending binding

I'm exactly the opposite of Bryan (which shows that there are many ways to bind this cat). I bend all my bindings at the same time I do my sides, tape them to a form and put them away until I need them. I tape them into the channels dry and put small drops of thin CA between the tape to tack them in...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Doing a refret
Replies: 18
Views: 1836

Re: Doing a refret

Steve, any time you do a refret plan on a complete setup including, if required, a new nut. Frequently your frets will end up a little higher than they were before, particularly if they had been dressed a time or two (or you decided to move up a size in wire). I use a refret as the time to correct a...
by Freeman Keller
Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Doing a refret
Replies: 18
Views: 1836

Re: Doing a refret

The Fender refrets that I stay away from are (1) that series of vintage guitars where the frets were pushed in from the side and (2) any maple fretboard that is going to require refinishing. I figure I can do either but why bother, I don't want to be the guy that screws up a vintage guitar. I do do ...
by Freeman Keller
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Jay Turner JT-Res resonator replacement
Replies: 1
Views: 542

Re: Jay Turner JT-Res resonator replacement

I have no idea but I can't believe that Turner would spin his own cones AND make a special spider to fit. I have an old Dobro that has the original spider but upgraded to a Quarterman cone - I would be happy to take some measurement if you would like. A couple of things that might be significant - s...
by Freeman Keller
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need to find a bridge...
Replies: 26
Views: 3205

Re: Need to find a bridge...

I would be interested in seeing one picture, Steve. Put your bridge on top of the adjuster wheels (no need to install the studs) at the scale length and lay a straightedge on the frets. Take a good close up of the end of the straightedge relative to the bridge. Make sure the truss rod is adjusted t...
by Freeman Keller
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need to find a bridge...
Replies: 26
Views: 3205

Re: Need to find a bridge...

Steve, I went back and re-read your first post. It sounds like your fret plane (a straightedge laying on the frets) is right at 0.500 at the bridge location. That is a pretty common height for Fender type bridges (which is what your Schaller is). That would also work with any of the other Fender rep...
by Freeman Keller
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need to find a bridge...
Replies: 26
Views: 3205

Re: Need to find a bridge...

I would be interested in seeing one picture, Steve. Put your bridge on top of the adjuster wheels (no need to install the studs) at the scale length and lay a straightedge on the frets. Take a good close up of the end of the straightedge relative to the bridge. Make sure the truss rod is adjusted to...
by Freeman Keller
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need to find a bridge...
Replies: 26
Views: 3205

Re: Need to find a bridge...

Steve, I haven't worked thru all the dimensions, but a Nashville style bridge is about 0.327 tall, the bushig is 0.120 and the adjuster 0.050. The saddles stand above that but I don't have one in front of me to measure. However the total height to the top of the frame at the lowest setting would be ...
by Freeman Keller
Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: maple neck - use different finishing for neck and fretboard
Replies: 15
Views: 2667

Re: maple neck - use different finishing for neck and fretboard

As Brian says, Tru-Oil is a very popular finish for necks, even on guitars where the body or other parts are finished differently. Many people prefer the feel over lacquer or some of the "sticky" feeling finishes. You are correct that the maple f/b needs some sort of protection - that is usually lac...