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by Eric Schmitt
Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Enlarging bass headstock
Replies: 5
Views: 1773

Re: Enlarging bass headstock

Yes, I thought that after I posted to add a faceplate and backplate to increase the strength. I'm thinking that as long as everything is glued up securely all should be fine. Would you all agree?
by Eric Schmitt
Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Enlarging bass headstock
Replies: 5
Views: 1773

Enlarging bass headstock

In a previous post I mentioned that I was moving from finishing all my repair jobs to starting new build projects. What I'm going to be working on is a 8 string (as in 4 root & 4 octave strings) 28.5" short scale bass. The neck I'm planning on using was starting life as a 5 string but has had the tu...
by Eric Schmitt
Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: It's been a while, new-ish build
Replies: 2
Views: 1316

It's been a while, new-ish build

Hello all. It's been a while since I've posted here. For the last 3 years I've been repairing all of my guitars that were damaged in the 2016 floods in Louisiana. Except for a few small things here & there I'm finally done with the major repair jobs. Now I'm moving back to some new projects. I compl...
by Eric Schmitt
Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Salvaging guitars from a flood
Replies: 5
Views: 3784

Salvaging guitars from a flood

Hi all, I live in south Louisiana right where all the flood is. I got caught right in the middle of it and my house went under water. Don't worry, the wife and I are fine. We haven't made it back to the area yet but should be in the next day or two to assess the damage and start th clean up process....
by Eric Schmitt
Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:00 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 28.6" short scale bass neck question
Replies: 5
Views: 3158

Re: 28.6" short scale bass neck question

Thanks guys, that's just what I needed to know.
by Eric Schmitt
Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:08 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 28.6" short scale bass neck question
Replies: 5
Views: 3158

28.6" short scale bass neck question

I'm planning out a new project, I'm wanting to do a 28.6" short scale fretless bass. On my plans the fretboard area will be about 21" long. I'd like to use a double action truss rod from stew-mac. My question is what length truss rod will be best? Will the 18" one they sell be long enough since the ...
by Eric Schmitt
Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:38 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Custom artwork ibanez iceman project
Replies: 7
Views: 3948

Re: Custom artwork ibanez iceman project

really nicely done! Are you going to clear coat it now? Ho durable are the paint pens? And are they water-based or solvent based? I did a spray on polyurethane finish. The pens I used were OneTree Hill brand that are water based, I picked up a set at the local craft store. The guitar has been fully...
by Eric Schmitt
Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:28 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Custom artwork ibanez iceman project
Replies: 7
Views: 3948

Re: Custom artwork ibanez iceman project

Thanks for the compliments! Honestly it wasn't overly hard to do. Using the paint pens if you can color within the lines anyone can do this. Like anything if you go in with a good plan it makes things go alot smoother. I started out by drawing out the design on a sheet of paper and coloring it in wi...
by Eric Schmitt
Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:24 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Custom artwork ibanez iceman project
Replies: 7
Views: 3948

Re: Custom artwork ibanez iceman project

And finally a few close ups of the front. http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l259/electricwombat00/Iceman%20Restoration/PB280080_zpsce3b915a.jpg http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l259/electricwombat00/Iceman%20Restoration/PB280082_zps5d3ce638.jpg http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l259/electricwombat0...
by Eric Schmitt
Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Custom artwork ibanez iceman project
Replies: 7
Views: 3948

Re: Custom artwork ibanez iceman project

Here are some in progress pictures of the artwork http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l259/electricwombat00/Iceman%20Restoration/PB260069_zps6166e2f4.jpg http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l259/electricwombat00/Iceman%20Restoration/PB260070_zps646bfe6c.jpg http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l259/electri...
by Eric Schmitt
Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:19 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Custom artwork ibanez iceman project
Replies: 7
Views: 3948

Custom artwork ibanez iceman project

Hi all, It has been a while since I've been on here as I've havent been working on much stuff lately. I did however finally finish the '97 Ibanez Iceman project I've been working on. Whe I got it, the neck was in good shape it just needed a little cleaning. The body however was pretty roughed up; lo...
by Eric Schmitt
Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:28 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 8 string (octave's) bass nut width question - need help
Replies: 3
Views: 2660

8 string (octave's) bass nut width question - need help

I'm in the planning stages of an 8 string short scale bass build; 8 string as in having octave string like a 12 string guitar. I'm wanting to model it after the dimensions of a Hagstrom HB-8. Looking up the specs on that bass it says on their web site that the nut width is 40mm. I have a 4 string ba...
by Eric Schmitt
Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:30 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Magnet swap and other pickup mods
Replies: 7
Views: 4795

Re: Magnet swap and other pickup mods

My experiments are coming along nicely, I've learned a good bit so far and have been having fun with it. I decided to do my tests on a spare Ibanez INF2 pickup I had laying around. So far, along with the stock A5 magnet, I've tried out A2, A8 & ceramic magnets. I'm still waiting for a few magnets to...
by Eric Schmitt
Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Magnet swap and other pickup mods
Replies: 7
Views: 4795

Re: Magnet swap and other pickup mods

So I did a magnet swap on an old ibanez INF2 stock pickup from A5 to ceramic magnet. I did notice a change in tone right away but in general how long does it take for everything to fully adjust to the new magnet, few hours, a day, a week?
by Eric Schmitt
Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:30 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Magnet swap and other pickup mods
Replies: 7
Views: 4795

Re: Magnet swap and other pickup mods

Thnaks for the info david, I look foward to reading that article when it comes out. I don't have any meters or anything to analyze the current components so I guess my best course will be to swp components out to things of known values & materials and go from there. I minored in physics in college s...
by Eric Schmitt
Fri Aug 08, 2014 2:43 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Magnet swap and other pickup mods
Replies: 7
Views: 4795

Magnet swap and other pickup mods

I have a box of cheapie humbucker pickups that are just sitting in a box collecting dust. I want to get into winding & modding pickups and figured these things might be a good place to start learning. My thought are to take these spare pickups and instead of pulling them apart and rewinding and what...
by Eric Schmitt
Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:53 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: polishing polyurethane to a satin finish
Replies: 7
Views: 4459

Re: polishing polyurethane to a satin finish

Thanks for the help. Re-reading my question, I think polishing was the wrong word for me to use. What I was trying to ask was how to level the finish without leaving all kind of scratch marks in it and not buff it to a shine. I sprayed up some test pieces and have been playing with that to see what ...
by Eric Schmitt
Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:18 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: WENGE FRETBOARD??
Replies: 13
Views: 7968

Re: WENGE FRETBOARD??

I may be mistaken as I haven't worked with it yet, just have a few pieces laying around in my collection. All the literature I've read on wenge says its slightly oily, not oily like cocobolo or anything but not completely lacking in natural oil... somewhere more in the middle. Either way if you go l...
by Eric Schmitt
Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: WENGE FRETBOARD??
Replies: 13
Views: 7968

Re: WENGE FRETBOARD??

Wenge should be fine as a fingerboard and I believe it is naturally oily and wouldn't require a finish.
by Eric Schmitt
Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:22 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: polishing polyurethane to a satin finish
Replies: 7
Views: 4459

polishing polyurethane to a satin finish

I need some advice on polishing out a polyurethane finish to a semi-gloss/satin finish. I'm not going for a high gloss mirrored finish, I want more of a low gloss satin finish but not sure how to go about it. I usually do oil finishes, this will be my first go with poly. For my oil finishes to achie...