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by Gordon Bellerose
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Build Pics
Replies: 6
Views: 2239

Re: New Build Pics

Thanks Bob. It's good to be back in the shop.
by Gordon Bellerose
Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Build Pics
Replies: 6
Views: 2239

Re: New Build Pics

That bubinga is very heavy and dense. That body has been chambered to relieve the weight.
It will get some carving also.
Thanks for looking Bryan.
by Gordon Bellerose
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Build Pics
Replies: 6
Views: 2239

New Build Pics

Here are the new ones I have recently been working on. The first is a Bubinga / Maple / Bubinga Body It has a center stripe consisting of Flamed Maple, Cherry strips, and hard maple center. Front Angle 1.png Front 1.png Next is a Bass guitar. This one is a maple center, with a thin wenge top. It is ...
by Gordon Bellerose
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Build Pics
Replies: 0
Views: 2798

Build Pics

It has been a long while since I posted anything here. After a devastating turn of events, I am finally back in my shop. Here are a couple of builds that I started quite some time ago. In this series of pics, they are at the Grain Filling stage, and in fact you are seeing the first coat. They are st...
by Gordon Bellerose
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Low-hum single-coil?
Replies: 5
Views: 6739

Re: Low-hum single-coil?

You said it hums less depending on how you're standing.
That means you are picking up 60 cycle interference from somewhere.
Could be almost anything. Lights are the biggest culprit, but a bad ground in the house wiring can also contribute.
Even old wiring in the wall can add hum.
by Gordon Bellerose
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: It's Been a While
Replies: 11
Views: 5566

Re: It's Been a While

Thanks again for your warm welcome.
I will be taking pics of the current builds, as they proceed.
by Gordon Bellerose
Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: It's Been a While
Replies: 11
Views: 5566

Re: It's Been a While

Thanks for your considerations. My wife was my biggest supporter and best friend. I loved her with my whole heart. Yes, it is a rough patch for sure. The hardest thing is finding new direction. I am glad to be back in shop though, and I have 3 new guitars and a bass on the go. I have also started do...
by Gordon Bellerose
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: It's Been a While
Replies: 11
Views: 5566

It's Been a While

Hey guys. I was fairly active on the forum for quite a while but ran into some hard times. My beautiful wife of over 41 years, passed away in September from cancer. I can tell you that this is something I would not wish on my worst enemy. I have only got into my shop this last few weeks to do a bit ...
by Gordon Bellerose
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Neck Rebuild
Replies: 13
Views: 4808

Re: Neck Rebuild

I started this post quite some time ago, and I thought I should finish it off with a couple of pictures of the finished product.

Here is the new fretboard. Chechen.
New Fretboard OIled Small.jpg
Here is the finished guitar.
Finished Guitar Small.jpg
by Gordon Bellerose
Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Neck Rebuild
Replies: 13
Views: 4808

Re: Neck Rebuild

Yes John, the neck is clamped underneath with the required slot marked. I then simply center the bit on the mark, and set the end stops. In my jig the bottom base can be removed, so the jig could theoretically be used on an acoustic guitar with the neck still attached. I say theoretically because I ...
by Gordon Bellerose
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need to find a bridge...
Replies: 26
Views: 9406

Re: Need to find a bridge...

I have used their bridges on a half dozen or more guitars, and have been very satisfied with them. Players love them, as there are no sharp screws to bother the heel of your hand. I like them to work on too. The tone I get is an improvement also. I know I have talked about them a lot on this forum, ...
by Gordon Bellerose
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need to find a bridge...
Replies: 26
Views: 9406

Re: Need to find a bridge...

Did you get a response from Babizc Full Contact Hardware?
It has been a while since I used their T.O.M. style bridge, and the guitar it was on has been sold, other wise I would have given you the measurements.
by Gordon Bellerose
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: reasonably price variable height bench
Replies: 9
Views: 2984

Re: reasonably price variable height bench

That is a good idea. Allows the worker to adjust to a height that can prevent all kinds of posture related injuries.
200 is not too bad a deal.
How solid is it? Wobbly when extended?
by Gordon Bellerose
Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Recently completed
Replies: 7
Views: 2766

Re: Recently completed

Beautiful! Walnut is gorgeous.
What is the binding?
by Gordon Bellerose
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Thank You Alan!! (Ultimate Scrapers)
Replies: 15
Views: 5921

Re: Thank You Alan!! (Ultimate Scrapers)

Yes, I have both models, and use them all the time. When I need a scraper, I always go to these first.
Yeah, a sharpening method would be nice to come up with.
by Gordon Bellerose
Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Squeegee for epoxy
Replies: 3
Views: 1797

Re: Squeegee for epoxy

I use different squeegies for different parts of the guitar. I have 2 short (I cut down 2 - 8 inch to about 3 inch) for the sides and cutouts. One I trimmed to a convex shape, the other I trimmed to a concave shape. Then I have another longer 10 inch for the flat surfaces. As long as I use alcohol t...
by Gordon Bellerose
Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need to find a bridge...
Replies: 26
Views: 9406

Re: Need to find a bridge...

Another option which has not been mentioned is filing the saddles down to a height that would work. I looks as though you have about 1/8 inch from the bottom of your straight edge, to the top of the saddle. You can file the grooves down another 1/16th and be really close. You just have to watch the ...
by Gordon Bellerose
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need to find a bridge...
Replies: 26
Views: 9406

Re: Need to find a bridge...

I realize the price of these bridges is high, but have a look at the Babicz Full Contact Hardware bridge.
It may adjust a bit lower. You do not have to use the spacer plates shown. You also do not have to use their tail piece.


http://fullcontacthardware.com/fch-tune-o-matic-bridge
by Gordon Bellerose
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17
Replies: 201
Views: 52626

Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

Nice work.
I really appreciate all the pictures.
by Gordon Bellerose
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Is guitar building like crack or nicotine?
Replies: 18
Views: 10410

Re: Is guitar building like crack or nicotine?

I'm on my 15th build. I have sold 8 of them, and seeing them in the hands of someone who can really play is justification. I am 64 and headed into retirement at the end of November. I have a pretty serious stock of hand picked wood, and am looking forward to helping that wood find its purpose. Repai...