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by Keith Howell
Sun Nov 08, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Fretting Templates
Replies: 4
Views: 2888

Re: Fretting Templates

Yes I discovered that a while back looking at Fender scale lengths and doing some mathematics using the 12 root of 2. They all relate. You can start with a 36 inch bass length and derive them all simply by choosing an appropriate nut position. The Gibsons dont they seem to have done their own thing....
by Keith Howell
Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 30
Views: 19342

Re: Chapman stick?

The Acoustic version looks very interesting.

Having watched and listened to Yoyo playing I am surprised there is enough string energy for the acoustic.

And yes the pricing is surprisingly good.
by Keith Howell
Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 30
Views: 19342

Re: Chapman stick?

It finally lives: https://youtu.be/UjpLtkUepho A short clip of the Cobra Tap played by a friend of mine: Yoyo Buys. He is a stringed instrument savant and is now playing bass for The Dire Straits Experience. However with all the Covid nonsense they are not playing anywhere much. Shows keep getting c...
by Keith Howell
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Fretting Templates
Replies: 4
Views: 2888

Fretting Templates

What are the most useful fretting templates to have?

I require a 36" and a 34.5" right now and the laser cutting service has a minimum charge and will cut me 6 templates for the same price. (Around $20 US)

What suggestions? 25.5", 24.75" what others?
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: 2851

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: 5657

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: 5657

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: 1936

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: 5999

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: 6971

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: 15514

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: 30426

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: 30
Views: 19342

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: 30
Views: 19342

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: 158123

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: 12279

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: 12279

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: 12279

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. ...