Search found 447 matches

by Freeman Keller
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Stupid question of the day. Finish then set neck, or set neck then finish?
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Re: Stupid question of the day. Finish then set neck, or set neck then finish?

On the other hand, if you think you will ever be removing the neck then you probably should finish them separately. I know I'll be taking the necks off my acoustics some day, I hope I never have to on an electric.
by Freeman Keller
Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Stupid question of the day. Finish then set neck, or set neck then finish?
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Re: Stupid question of the day. Finish then set neck, or set neck then finish?

I have built seven or eight set neck guitars and have always glued the neck on before doing any finishing. There are several things that all come together right at the neck to body joint - the width of the fretboard and neck needs to flow into the body, any binding needs to be dealt with. I use this...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Dec 16, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Triple O - Dovetail neck doesn't seat - Photos
Replies: 7
Views: 821

Re: Triple O - Dovetail neck doesn't seat - Photos

First, check as Barry suggests - possibly with carbon paper or chalk. Alos make sure there is a gap at the end of the tenon so it is not hitting the mortise there either. Second, do you totally understand how the dovetail works (I didn't on my first couple). As the neck drops into the pocket it pull...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Dec 15, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: neck tenon - how tight?
Replies: 2
Views: 361

Re: neck tenon - how tight?

Snug without being too tight. I like to be able to pick up the weight of the body, but I don't like forcing the neck into the pocket.
IMG_1971.JPG
by Freeman Keller
Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Neck Joint Database
Replies: 5
Views: 1366

Re: Neck Joint Database

Ryan, such a database would be very helpful - I frequently get guitars that need resets and I don't know how difficult (or impossible) it might be. Even the infamous Yamahas from the 1970's which I avoid like the plague (maybe thats a bad thing to say right now). I happen to have one of the old Yami...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: high neck relief in an old Regal Parlor guitar
Replies: 7
Views: 1625

Re: high neck relief in an old Regal Parlor guitar

Other than the excessive relief, how is the neck angle? Are you going to need to take the neck off and reset it? If so I would be inclined to remove the neck, then remove the fretboard and level the top of the neck (and add reinforcement if you feel necessary), then put the f/b back on, refret and s...
by Freeman Keller
Thu Nov 05, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: I’m Stuck. Wash Coat Before Binding...
Replies: 9
Views: 1848

Re: I’m Stuck. Wash Coat Before Binding...

Might a shellac wash coat effect using pore fillers later on?? Example: spruce top, but rosewood rosette and rosewood sides. I only put shellac (or vinyl sealer) on spruce or cedar, I don't worry about the hardwood backs and sides when I route the channel. I really don't call it a "wash coat", I ju...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: I’m Stuck. Wash Coat Before Binding...
Replies: 9
Views: 1848

Re: I’m Stuck. Wash Coat Before Binding...

I have used both shellac and vinyl sealer before routing binding and purfling channels to prevent chips and fuzzies. Both have sanded back adequately when I was ready to apply finish. When I get ready to finish I apply a full coat of shellac or vinyl sealer to the entire guitar before the finish its...
by Freeman Keller
Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Epoxy as a pore filler
Replies: 18
Views: 3308

Re: Epoxy as a pore filler

Have you tried wiping the neck with either DNA or naphtha right now? That pretty much shows the colors that you will have under finish. You might be surprised that it evens out, which is kind of why I do the highly diluted last applications. What I am looking for is to hold that same color that I ge...
by Freeman Keller
Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Epoxy as a pore filler
Replies: 18
Views: 3308

Re: Epoxy as a pore filler

Philip Secrist wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:05 pm
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
Did you read thru the link I gave you? Lots of pictures of mahogany with Zpoxy.
by Freeman Keller
Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Epoxy as a pore filler
Replies: 18
Views: 3308

Re: Epoxy as a pore filler

I have been using finishing resin (Zpoxy) as both a pore filler and grain enhancer on almost all of my guitars, particularly ones with wood with character. I apply two thick coats in the usual manner with a plastic card, sand back to the wood surface after each with probably 320, then one more coat ...
by Freeman Keller
Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 23
Views: 3746

Re: slim hollow body with P90

Sounds good. I'll just make three brief comments, you probably are very aware of all of these. First, work out you geometry very carefully. Have the bridge that you are going to use in your hands, lay out the amount that the top will be arched (it will not be totally flat), the neck angle, the overs...
by Freeman Keller
Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 23
Views: 3746

Re: slim hollow body with P90

Graydon, I hope I didn't get too carried away with my previous posts. What I was trying to do is show several guitars built in entirely different fashions with entirely different goas in mind. That way I hoped I could talk better about what it is I think you want to do. Lets just briefly go over tho...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 23
Views: 3746

Re: slim hollow body with P90

One more idea before I move on, if you want to carve the top a whole world of possibilities open up. I have done several instruments with carved tops and hollowed out bodies - chambering removes a lot of excess wood and weight, yet you can make any kind of support for pickups and bridges that your d...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 23
Views: 3746

Re: slim hollow body with P90

The other thing I mentioned was laminated top (and sides and back) in the style of Gibson's ES guitars. These are not intended to be played acoustically, the pickups are mounted directly to the top. A true ES-175 is an example. I was able to get ahold of some pressed laminated plates and build two E...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 23
Views: 3746

Re: slim hollow body with P90

OK, I guess I didn't realize that you were the original poster so its not like I was high jacking the thread. Before I go into the details of my guitar a bit of irony. I was reading the Big Red Book of American Lutherie vol 5 last night (yes, I'm bore silly and reading a stack of old lutherie books)...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 23
Views: 3746

Re: slim hollow body with P90

I have a question that may offend archtop purists. Could a suitable arch be achieved by the arched bracing of the soundboard? Yes, I am trying to avoid hand carving the top. I built an OM acoustic per the plans in Jonathan Kinkead's book. The arch of the top - created by the bracing - is only 5/64 ...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Aug 12, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fender neck pockets - rectangular or tapered?
Replies: 7
Views: 2001

Re: Fender neck pockets - rectangular or tapered?

Oops, my bad. Your numbers are probably just right for a bass.....
by Freeman Keller
Wed Aug 12, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fender neck pockets - rectangular or tapered?
Replies: 7
Views: 2001

Re: Fender neck pockets - rectangular or tapered?

I have one set of strat plans that calls it out as 2.2000/2.1875 on the inside and 0.84 degree angle and a set of tele plans that call it as 2.224 on the inside and 2.135 on the outside. Warmoth shows it as 2-3/16 and at the outside and does not mention the taper. Your numbers seem excessively high.
by Freeman Keller
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pecan for acoustic guitar
Replies: 7
Views: 1948

Re: Pecan for acoustic guitar

I was told that the hardwood floors in our hundred year old farm house were pecan. I've never tried to verify that. They are beautiful.