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by Michael Jennings
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Modifying a Wittner perfection peg?
Replies: 5
Views: 4833

Re: Modifying a Wittner perfection peg?

Their violin pegs are meant to be trimmed off and polished after being fitted to the peg box....... OOPSSS... My experience is with Knilling Perfection Pegs, but I would imagine that Wittner are much the same as violin family instrument pegs, once fitted for taper always have the ends trimmed to be ...
by Michael Jennings
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Modifying a Wittner perfection peg?
Replies: 5
Views: 4833

Re: Modifying a Wittner perfection peg?

Their violin pegs are meant to be trimmed off and polished after being fitted to the peg box.......
by Michael Jennings
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Lee Valley now offering luthier tools
Replies: 11
Views: 7063

Re: Lee Valley now offering luthier tools

I have stuck with Lie-Nielsen for "specialty" planes, I have their Small Bronze Block plane, Violin Makers Plane, 212 scraper Plane, and Model Maker's Squirrel Tail Plane..... They will all outlive me several times over and are a pleasure to use.... My Bench Planes are all old Stanley/Record planes ...
by Michael Jennings
Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tele bridge recommendations?
Replies: 14
Views: 10408

Re: Tele bridge recommendations?

I've always gone with Callaham parts for "Fender" styled builds. Certainly more expensive than the usual suspects but the quality is definitely there.
by Michael Jennings
Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 1965/66 Gibson B25-12 trapeze tailpiece
Replies: 18
Views: 14093

Re: 1965/66 Gibson B25-12 trapeze tailpiece

The tailpiece [Frequensator"] for my 1946 Epiphone Broadway was "broken" at the 90* bend from side to top when I got it. Sent it off to "Archtops.com" in Seattle for braising repair…. not inexpensive but great quality work.
by Michael Jennings
Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:14 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: What Finish for Natural Feel?
Replies: 39
Views: 41043

Re: What Finish for Natural Feel?

I have always used DemBart Checkering and Gunstock Oil. Thinner than TruOil and does "soak in" more and dries hard. With mahogany or walnut a fair amount in an initial coat or two and let it dry. I then wet sand 400, 600 and even sometimes 800 using the oil to create a grain filling slurry, massage ...
by Michael Jennings
Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Gibson headstock wreck
Replies: 28
Views: 22491

Re: Gibson headstock wreck

Agreed Barry! I did that with a 19teens banjo with an "exploded headstock"… Worked out very well.
by Michael Jennings
Sun Apr 10, 2016 10:05 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Gibson headstock wreck
Replies: 28
Views: 22491

Re: Gibson headstock wreck

Good luck with it Greg. Maybe think about inlaying some "cross grain splines" in the back side. Or they may be completely unnecessary! Looks ain't everything, or for that matter, Anything…. when it comes to makin' music.
by Michael Jennings
Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:35 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Gibson headstock wreck
Replies: 28
Views: 22491

Re: Gibson headstock wreck

Can't say that is your "normal" headstock break!! Hard to tell from the photos…but how good a fit are the two pieces?? Gaps? Missing pieces? If it is a really good [close to perfect] fit I'd be inclined to carefully clean the old Elmer's off of the surfaces, hopefully without altering a "perfect fit...
by Michael Jennings
Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:22 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: manipulating the tonal balance of a built archtop
Replies: 7
Views: 4979

Re: manipulating the tonal balance of a built archtop

Allen…and All, I have a 1946 Epiphone Broadway. Was the Idea behind its "Frequensator" tailpiece speaking to what you were explaining? It does have a very even response in the bass comapared to some other archtops I've played. [By even I mean it isn't less powerful than the midrange]. Still the base...
by Michael Jennings
Fri Jun 26, 2015 8:49 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: " Small[er]" arch top plans/diagrams
Replies: 11
Views: 5031

Re: " Small[er]" arch top plans/diagrams

Wouldn't dream of trying to profit from your material….
This is not the first project in line so time is not too critical
still 20 months away from retirement so still…. got to do's first /get to do's second

Mike
by Michael Jennings
Fri Jun 26, 2015 1:11 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: " Small[er]" arch top plans/diagrams
Replies: 11
Views: 5031

Re: " Small[er]" arch top plans/diagrams

Guitar {shaped} Octave Mandolin
by Michael Jennings
Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:15 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: " Small[er]" arch top plans/diagrams
Replies: 11
Views: 5031

Re: " Small[er]" arch top plans/diagrams

Thanks Mike. I'd be delighted to get a copy when they are ready…. and pay for the privilege… You can PM me and I'll give you my contact info.

I would probably build w/o the cutaway, but that's a simple deal with the plans in hand.

Mike
by Michael Jennings
Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:17 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: " Small[er]" arch top plans/diagrams
Replies: 11
Views: 5031

" Small[er]" arch top plans/diagrams

I'd like to try my hand at building an arch top octave mandolin [a'la Fletcher Brock guitar shaped]. I have several flattops and even A mandolins under my belt. I could try to scale down a standard 16" Benetteto or other plan, but wonder if any one has a source for plans in the 14 1/2" LB range or a...
by Michael Jennings
Sun Mar 08, 2015 4:04 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: rod/bar/tube material that is good in compression
Replies: 25
Views: 20646

Re: rod/bar/tube material that is good in compression

I may have read too quickly, but I didn't a reference to "The Larson Bros" in the thread… Is the application here different than what they were trying to accomplish?
Mike
by Michael Jennings
Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:23 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Building for a dry climate
Replies: 9
Views: 4010

Re: Building for a dry climate

I do the same Phil up here in the pacific NW… Bracing is a winter project.

Mike
by Michael Jennings
Sat Nov 22, 2014 12:30 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: What Finish for Natural Feel?
Replies: 39
Views: 41043

Re: What Finish for Natural Feel?

I use "DemBart Checkering Oil" thinner than TruOil but still a "gunstock finish". I apply it the same way I do on gunstocks, wet-sanding with the oil [creating a slurry of oil and sanding dust for pore filling] and then hand RUBBING light finishing coats.

Mike
by Michael Jennings
Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Maple Electric Upright Bass
Replies: 12
Views: 9143

Re: Maple Electric Upright Bass

THAT is really nice! As another non-base player I have toyed with the idea of building one as well. FYI posting photos like this sometimes encourages "theft" [of ideas] for those of us who suffer from incidental ethics deficits.

Mike J,