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by Gordon Bellerose
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: It's Been a While
Replies: 11
Views: 592

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: 592

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: 592

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: 2341

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: 2341

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: 3136

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: 3136

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: 978

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: 954

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: 14
Views: 1298

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: 679

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: 3136

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: 3136

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: 22670

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: 17
Views: 3362

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...
by Gordon Bellerose
Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass guitar design advice
Replies: 45
Views: 5364

Re: Bass guitar design advice

Firstly, let me comment on the nut width question. I measured an Ibanez bass that came in for repair. I rather liked it and took measurements. The nut width was 1 1/2 inch. The width at the base of the neck was 2 7/16. Remember that this was a 34 inch scale. I built a 5 string a while back, and my r...
by Gordon Bellerose
Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: maple neck - use different finishing for neck and fretboard
Replies: 15
Views: 2651

Re: maple neck - use different finishing for neck and fretboard

I thought we covered this already, but perhaps it's my bad memory. I would use Poly X Oil, for the fretboard, and it can be used for the back of the neck also. It can be wiped, brushed, or sprayed. It dries waterproof, hard and clear, but does not have a build up that will chip, scratch, or flake. O...
by Gordon Bellerose
Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Lacquer available in canada
Replies: 10
Views: 1363

Re: Lacquer available in canada

I am Canadian also, as you can see from my signature. I have used some of the same products that Brian mentions, with good results. EM-6000 is a good water base lacquer. I dries really clear, with a tinge of blue after 10 or 12 coats. Britetone from Wood Essence is definitely the best, and MOST EXPE...
by Gordon Bellerose
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: fretboard neck finish
Replies: 7
Views: 936

Re: fretboard neck finish

I have successfully used a product called Osmo Poly-X Oil. It is a high solids oil that can be wiped, brushed, or sprayed. It comes in gloss or satin. It permeates the wood, and dries clear. It leaves a nice clean waterproof finish that does not flake, chip, or crack like a finish that lays on the s...