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by gene downs
Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Resizing pattern/templates.
Replies: 8
Views: 3400

Re: Resizing pattern/templates.

Thanks, guys. I'll cogitate on all this and see where I can take it. Yeah, I'm a big fan of the original Swedes. I love that mahogany top look. If I'm making something based on an existing guitar, as opposed to doing something original, I never do an exact copy. There's always something I want to ch...
by gene downs
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Resizing pattern/templates.
Replies: 8
Views: 3400

Re: Resizing pattern/templates.

Well, you learn something new everyday! Thanks. I hadn't thought of the grid thing. That might just work. I did experiment with printing ... what, 25-30 years ago (!)? I don't remember much about the experience except that they (Kinkos) didn't have printers big enough to make copies of my pattern .....
by gene downs
Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Resizing pattern/templates.
Replies: 8
Views: 3400

Resizing pattern/templates.

I never make the same thing twice (or even once, lately). The way I make bodies is to draw a design on poster board, cut it out with scissors, trace it on to a slab of wood and then go at it with bandsaw and lots of sanding. From time to time my drawings will come out too big or small. I will someti...
by gene downs
Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Kahler Bridge
Replies: 22
Views: 8023

Re: Kahler Bridge

Nobody uses them these days. Take that as a warning.

I had one. I installed it in one guitar and then the same unit in another guitar. Same thing happened with both: No sustain and bad tone. It's a high quality product, but my experience with them was not a good one.
by gene downs
Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:19 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: How dry doe a 3-4mm 'veneer' top need to be?
Replies: 8
Views: 2376

Re: How dry doe a 3-4mm 'veneer' top need to be?

I can't remember his name at the moment, but some famous builder said in his book that he uses contact cement to glue veneers of this sort. Has anybody actually tried that? I seems like you would get a rubbery glue line that wouldn't take finish well.
by gene downs
Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:46 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: DIY Headless Guitar Tuner?
Replies: 7
Views: 3293

Re: DIY Headless Guitar Tuner?

I have the ball end at the head. I tie the strings on classical style at the other end. Works fine. The scale is 24.75". The turnbuckles are the smallest I could find. I don't have the guitar with me right now, but I think the body of the turnbuckle would be right at about 1.75 inches long. They're ...
by gene downs
Sat Sep 07, 2013 1:00 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: DIY Headless Guitar Tuner?
Replies: 7
Views: 3293

Re: DIY Headless Guitar Tuner?

Here's what I came up with for my backpacking guitar I built back in '96.
by gene downs
Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:08 pm
Forum: The "Reclaimed Materials" Challenge (closed)
Topic: Greg Robinson's mini tube amp
Replies: 40
Views: 53701

Re: Greg Robinson's mini tube amp

Hey Greg. Been away from the mimf too long. I didn't even know this contest was going on! Great project. I just discovered this thread and haven't read it yet, but I wonder why you went with such large cathode bypass caps. I haven't built an amp with a 12au7 as a power amp, but it seems that the usu...
by gene downs
Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:41 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Single-rod dual-action trussrod?
Replies: 22
Views: 8795

Re: Single-rod dual-action trussrod?

Yes, of course. But a question: Do you guys do any roughening of the bottom of the fingerboard so the epoxy has something to grab? I made a knife out of a saw blade once that I just epoxied the scales on and one of them fell off after a few months. I didn't really know anything about epoxy at the ti...
by gene downs
Sat Oct 13, 2012 2:28 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Denser neck wood than body wood
Replies: 6
Views: 2606

Re: Denser neck wood than body wood

I've built necks with hardwoods (maple, etc.) and softer woods (mahogany, poplar, etc.). I used to defend the softer woods. But now I'm not so sure. Strength, stiffness of the wood has not been an issue for me. But recently, I had a chance to play a couple of guitars I build 15 or so years ago, one ...
by gene downs
Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:35 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Single-rod dual-action trussrod?
Replies: 22
Views: 8795

Re: Single-rod dual-action trussrod?

Yeah, I know. But I've had too many bad experiences with (admittedly cheap) epoxy: not hardening properly, failed bonds, etc. I'm kind of scared of it at this point. I have in mind to come up with a neck gluing jig that introduces a tiny bit of forward bow. I just never seem to get around to actuall...
by gene downs
Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:34 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Single-rod dual-action trussrod?
Replies: 22
Views: 8795

Re: Single-rod dual-action trussrod?

Not sure I want to answer that.... Okay, as often as not my necks come out slightly backbowed after gluing the fingerboard on. You'd think I would have solved that problem by now, after having done this off and on since ... 1976? Damn! So maybe I need to start a new thread on glue ups and backbow? l...
by gene downs
Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:27 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Single-rod dual-action trussrod?
Replies: 22
Views: 8795

Oh, by the way....

Anybody know anything about Bruce Johnson's trussrod? Apparently, there's something new/different/better about it. The pics on his website don't reveal much though. I imagine he would sell them. Maybe I'll email him.
by gene downs
Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:24 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Single-rod dual-action trussrod?
Replies: 22
Views: 8795

Re: Single-rod dual-action trussrod?

I like my guitars to be as light as is practical. And on my personal guitars, I always put the strap button on the back of the neck around the 18th fret, SG style (they just play a lot better when put there). Needless to say, that makes the thing tend to be neck heavy. Kinda looks like I might have ...
by gene downs
Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:20 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Single-rod dual-action trussrod?
Replies: 22
Views: 8795

Single-rod dual-action trussrod?

Stewmac used to sell one, but no more. Anybody know where I can buy this type of rod? It uses one rod that can correct for both bow and backbow. The rod has both ends threaded: one forward and one reverse - and it turns in two blocks, one at each end. I used to make my own but am not setup to now. T...