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by Warren May
Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:48 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Crack in headstock veneer
Replies: 8
Views: 3158

Re: Crack in headstock veneer

Looks like most of it would be hidden by the truss rod cover. Filling with matching wood would work but if you are going to route a channel then I would think about using it to advantage and make it look like part of your design as a center stripe. Maybe use black/white/black strips with a piece of ...
by Warren May
Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:02 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: RIP Pete Seeger
Replies: 8
Views: 4733

Re: RIP Pete Seeger

We needed more like him. He really did inspire a generation of folk singers and banjo players.
by Warren May
Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:57 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: NEW WEBSITE URL
Replies: 5
Views: 2743

Re: NEW WEBSITE URL

Thanks, Kathy. Your site was always a great inspiration.
by Warren May
Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:46 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Intro before I get bitten by yet another craft-art
Replies: 15
Views: 10275

Re: Intro before I get bitten by yet another craft-art

Fender necks are one piece maple. The truss rod channel is routed from the back of the neck. One consideration for the type of wood is the ability to hold the fretwire which has small barbs that hold it in place. Also, softer woods are more easily worn. Martin and Gibson used mahogany for the neck a...
by Warren May
Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:06 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Neck Bolt Alignment Techniques
Replies: 12
Views: 5939

Re: Neck Bolt Alignment Techniques

I think John's idea of using a thin template with centerpunch at the hole locations is the most appropriate for this application so that you make sure the neck end and sides are in the correct orientation to the pocket. A thin piece of wood would also work by "inking" the neck with something that wi...
by Warren May
Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:19 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: I loves me some maple
Replies: 7
Views: 2262

Re: I loves me some maple

Great looking guitars. Maple and lacquer just go together perfectly I think.
by Warren May
Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:15 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Spitfire
Replies: 2
Views: 1237

Re: Spitfire

Sounds great. Is it strung left handed?
by Warren May
Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:14 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: La Dolce Vita
Replies: 15
Views: 4720

Re: La Dolce Vita

Awesome work!
by Warren May
Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:12 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: La Vita CLASSICAL
Replies: 4
Views: 1550

Re: La Vita CLASSICAL

Beautiful
by Warren May
Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:55 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Quick Bending Questions.
Replies: 15
Views: 4694

Re: Quick Bending Questions.

Great advice, thanks for sharing your experiences. Any advice on bending Wenge?
by Warren May
Mon Dec 30, 2013 12:13 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Installing these threaded neck inserts
Replies: 9
Views: 2929

Re: Installing these threaded neck inserts

I've not had any problems with brass 8-32 inserts although larger ones could be used. It does make it easy to take the neck on and off to adjust the truss rod, which I often put in the heel. Wood screws like the traditional Fenders aren't a bad thing, I just started doing it when those had stripped ...
by Warren May
Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:55 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Installing these threaded neck inserts
Replies: 9
Views: 2929

Re: Installing these threaded neck inserts

My other post didn't post. So, this is somewhat of a repeat. I use inserts like these from Woodcraft. Here's a pointer to their instructions. http://www2.woodcraft.com/PDF/77A27.pdf Don't be tempted to drive them in with a screwdriver. They will definitely break on you. I use the t-handle tool but B...
by Warren May
Sun Dec 22, 2013 4:33 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Brace repair question on Wilson and Sons classical
Replies: 2
Views: 1799

Re: Brace repair question on Wilson and Sons classical

I don't have any advice, Patrick, just to say what a great story. Wish I still had the first one I every bought, an old Kent.
by Warren May
Sun Dec 15, 2013 1:41 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chestnut electric guitar, first build! (need help ._.)
Replies: 40
Views: 18166

Re: Chestnut electric guitar, first build! (need help ._.)

Coming along nicely, Leonardo. Hope your exams went well. I have a small postal electronic postal scale that measures up to about 10 pounds or so. Not extremely accurate, I'm sure, but cheap and seems close enough. I use it to measure the weight as things progress and it's interesting to see how muc...
by Warren May
Sun Dec 15, 2013 1:31 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Dave Anderson - My 1st Tele finished
Replies: 13
Views: 4135

Re: Dave Anderson - My 1st Tele finished

Good looking guitar. Love the Bill Kirchen mod and your Tele looks like a real deal "Workin' Man Blues" machine.
by Warren May
Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:15 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Using wood from antiques?
Replies: 17
Views: 5885

Re: Using wood from antiques?

You mention that he left some wood in addition to the tools. Wonderful legacy. I have an old Stanley plane that was my fathers and it always makes me smile to watch it make the same curls it did for him when I was a boy. Treasure them but a lot of old tools were meant to be used. Go through the wood...
by Warren May
Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:52 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: 1 humbucker wiring possibility
Replies: 5
Views: 2907

Re: 1 humbucker wiring possibility

Some Jazz Bass wiring is similar to your diagram with a master tone thrown in. Google Jazz Bass wiring. You might also look at mods posted online. You can add a switch or push-pull pot to get series-parallel which would be a fairly easy mod. Another simple mod would be to do a reverse so you could g...
by Warren May
Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Diameters of commonly used drum sanders?
Replies: 25
Views: 18915

Re: Diameters of commonly used drum sanders?

Many of us have built very reliable drum sanders from locally available parts so it isn't clear what concerns you would have about going forward. I've built 3 iterations, improving each time, and used the same 22"x5" drum with 3/4" pillow blocks, 3/4" steel shaft and a 1 HP 1750 rpm motor. If you ge...
by Warren May
Sat Nov 30, 2013 12:27 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Between you, me, and everybody else who hangs around the lamppost on the streetcorner.
Replies: 3
Views: 2069

Re: Between you, me, and everybody else who hangs around the lamppost on the streetcorner.

MIMF (and frets.com) were some of the first internet sites I stumbled onto and it's been great to have so much knowledge literally at your fingertips. Like Jason, I bought Sloane's book way back in the 1970's and read it over and over but somehow didn't find the time to get started. I think watching...