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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: 116

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: 116

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: 400

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.
by Freeman Keller
Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 38
Views: 3202

Re: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught

Peter, I use wood binding on almost all of my guitars. Sometimes the same wood as the body, sometimes a contrasting wood that ties in with the wood(s) used in other places. I think about this for a long time before I start building - often I will lay strips of bindings on top of the plates (dampened...
by Freeman Keller
Sun May 31, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 38
Views: 3202

Re: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught

I hope I didn't sound really critical, it just looked like a lot of competing colors and textures. I always match the head plate to either the back and sides or occasionally to the fretboard and bridge. I've used the back and side wood in a rosette and I've also made rosettes out of the same wood as...
by Freeman Keller
Sun May 31, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 38
Views: 3202

Re: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught

Peter, I have to chime in on this. First, and this is really important, include your customer in these decisions. Don't make any assumptions - just simply ask to make sure. I ripped a very nice fretboard off of a very nice neck because my customer said "that isn't what I wanted for markers...." What...
by Freeman Keller
Mon May 11, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 24"x4"×3" Neck Blanks
Replies: 4
Views: 1948

Re: 24"x4"×3" Neck Blanks

I'm guessing you want to do sawn necks for vintage correctness. Personally I would make three scarf joined stacked heel necks out of that, know that I had stronger heads and less waste.
by Freeman Keller
Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bridge installation
Replies: 5
Views: 4682

Re: Bridge installation

If you run the StewMac fret calculator for your neck configuration it will give you a mounting measurement for any bridge they sell that can be used with that configuration https://www.stewmac.com/SiteSearch/?search=fret%20calculator The measurement is frequently to a convenient mounting hole. I use...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: open discussion about binding/purfling fitting
Replies: 23
Views: 10710

Re: open discussion about binding/purfling fitting

FWIW I have been using the wicked CA method with both plastic and wood binding and wouldn't consider an other. Take all the time in the world to pre bend and fit each miter perfectly, tape or clamp it so there are not gaps (or hassles), wick a few drops of thin CA in between pieces of tape to "tack ...
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: 3823

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: 3823

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: 6360

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: 1829

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: 6406

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: 3151

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: 4508

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: 3591

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: 6360

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: 3591

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: 6360

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...