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by Keith Howell
Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Enlarging bass headstock
Replies: 5
Views: 1116

Re: Enlarging bass headstock

What style of head-stock is it? Flat like fender or angled back like Gibson?
by Keith Howell
Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Ibanez Concord 751
Replies: 3
Views: 3738

Re: Ibanez Concord 751

I did look at using the Bridge Doctor a few months ago on a Yamaha 12 string but the previous attempt at repairing and getting the action lowered involved lowering the saddle and cutting the ramps lower to the bridge pins in order to give enough break over the saddle. Needless to say this interfered...
by Keith Howell
Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Ibanez Concord 751
Replies: 3
Views: 3738

Ibanez Concord 751

I have an Ibanez Concord 751 on my work bench which is in need of a bridge removal, sound board flattening and bridge re-glue. On inspection I found the bridge has a bolt through it and through the soundboard and bridge plate through the centre perloid dot inlay. Does anyone know if the dots on the ...
by Keith Howell
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Truss rod nut 1974 Ibanez
Replies: 2
Views: 1161

Truss rod nut 1974 Ibanez

I have a 1974 Ibanez Country Classic copy in for repair which needs a new truss rod nut.

The Allen head has been stripped by using the wrong size key.

Does any one know if this is an Imperial or metric nut?

And where I can obtain a new one?
by Keith Howell
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck geometry question for semi?
Replies: 9
Views: 4087

Re: Neck geometry question for semi?

Thank you Freeman. 1/8” of arch is surprisingly little. On a couple of plans I found online, 1/2” seems more common. In any case, I have my answer. All the dimensions that make up the neck geometry are tweaked and not standard to Gibson arch top guitars despite some visual similarity. I’ve spent so...
by Keith Howell
Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Form for laminating guitar sides
Replies: 12
Views: 4828

Form for laminating guitar sides

I have been looking at this old thread in the library: http://www.mimf.com/library/Laminating_multi-ply_acoustic_guitar_backs_and_sides__Pictures_-12-21-2007.html What is best? Building an Inside or an outside form for laminating over? Cutting an outside form for the usual glue up of the sides head ...
by Keith Howell
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:03 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?
Replies: 33
Views: 11392

Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

What I have done when inadvertently cut a slot in the wrong place is filled it with veneer of the same species and as close a colour as you can find cut of the end grain of a strip. Gluing the veneer in with cyano and making sure it is proud of the fretboard face then sanding it down level and pushi...
by Keith Howell
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: Google Map of the MIMF
Replies: 23
Views: 24880

Re: Google Map of the MIMF

Looks like I'm the only one in Africa and the furthest south.
by Keith Howell
Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 15
Views: 10512

Re: Chapman stick?

If you have this one in the AutoCAD file will be great for me!!
PM me your email address and I will forward it.
by Keith Howell
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 15
Views: 10512

Re: Chapman stick?

Hi Oscar

In what format would you like the drawing?
by Keith Howell
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Giveaway- LMI Richlite and Rocklite fingerboards (bass)
Replies: 17
Views: 153078

Re: Giveaway- LMI Richlite and Rocklite fingerboards (bass)

Count me in for the 5-string Bass board
by Keith Howell
Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Repairing worn wood around soundhole
Replies: 12
Views: 10465

Re: Repairing worn wood around soundhole

When a customer asks me for a cosmetic repair This is not really a cosmetic repair. Nick, the owner plays, amongst other styles, a very percussive style we call "Boland Bop" and it is wearing the sound board out around the hole quite aggressively. The edge is about to wear through and then the hole...
by Keith Howell
Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:33 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Repairing worn wood around soundhole
Replies: 12
Views: 10465

Re: Repairing worn wood around soundhole

Thanks all.

The consensus is: Clean, seal with shellac and fill with CA and cover with an auxilary pickguard.

Now to get he guitar into my work shop. It is a hardworking pro's instrument which has very little downtime.
by Keith Howell
Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Repairing worn wood around soundhole
Replies: 12
Views: 10465

Repairing worn wood around soundhole

Any thoughts or recommendations on repairing this damage around a sound hole on a Taylor guitar? The owners playing style has worn the wood out from between the inlay. My idea is to route out the damage and replace the wood tinting it to match then cover the area with an auxiliary clear pick guard. ...
by Keith Howell
Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Book
Replies: 10
Views: 5890

Re: Book

by Keith Howell
Thu Dec 22, 2016 4:18 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Making keystone style rosette pieces
Replies: 14
Views: 10071

Re: Making keystone style rosette pieces

2. Cut inner circle of the rosette's border strip into your top, and without changing the circle cutter's settings, also cut this circle into your glued up circle of tiles. Make your border strips to be the same thickness as this bits radius.
Shouldn't that be the bits diameter?
by Keith Howell
Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:33 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: using acetone as a glue for binding
Replies: 17
Views: 8625

Re: using acetone as a glue for binding

I have found using Clear PVC Weld for the wood/plastic interface works very well. Then acetone to bond the subsequent layers.