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by Robert Smallwood
Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: laminated necks
Replies: 9
Views: 6492

laminated necks

...In short .... are the advantages (if any) conferred worth the extra effort?
by Robert Smallwood
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: de gluing question
Replies: 3
Views: 3420

de gluing question

Hi. I have just been entertaining myself removing a fretboard from a neck with heat vinegar and a putty knife...with a view to re-using both. I've yet to completely clean up the gluing surfaces ready for the next iteration. Having got all the titebond residue off the surfaces and lightly sanding etc...
by Robert Smallwood
Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: fastening ES type harness...
Replies: 3
Views: 3244

fastening ES type harness...

Hi. I'm playing with a 'dry run' of an ES type semi hollow body guitar. (in pine) I've watched videos done a harness and am going to glue on a pine back to practise  mounting the pots jack and switch. While playing with them with no back on it's become clear to me that I'm not getting the nuts snugg...
by Robert Smallwood
Tue May 01, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: binding multiple ply
Replies: 2
Views: 2457

binding multiple ply

HI.

I'm going to do 5 ply binding - is it feasible to glue the 5 strips together first and then glue them on? Or is it better to apply (say) 2 strips then 2 strips then the thicker outer strip?

I did a three ply all in one but would like to know if 5 at once is a step too far.

Thanks,
Rob.
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: confounding buzz
Replies: 1
Views: 2327

confounding buzz

Hi. I have a strat with a wilkinson trem which I made some time ago. The E1st string has developed a rattle all the way up ie on each fret , from about fret 10 and it even buzzes loudly on the very last fret. The string is not touching the end of the neck or the pickups. I have put plumbers' tape ar...
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: direct series wire effects pedals
Replies: 3
Views: 3809

Re: direct series wire effects pedals

Thanks.
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:35 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: What electric guitars have you built because you couldn't buy it?
Replies: 18
Views: 16147

Re: What electric guitars have you built because you couldn't buy it?

What got me into this whole pursuit was a photo of the CS 356 - a scaled down ES335 - much more user friendly - well with kids mortgage etc etc I didn't contemplate buying one so decided to have a go at building it. Warts and all I was thrilled with the result and brought it in well under $800.00. (...
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:28 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Cafe wall guitar
Replies: 14
Views: 12194

Re: Cafe wall guitar

..ohhh...nice job...but if it moves I think it'll make me seasick.. :o)
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:25 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: direct series wire effects pedals
Replies: 3
Views: 3809

direct series wire effects pedals

Hi. I want to avoid patch cables in a couple of places. To substitute a direct connection from output #1 to input # 2 is it just a matter of running a wire connecting the hot tabs on the respective female jack plugs? Do the respective earths need to connected as well? In short - how do I do it? Than...
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: maddening string rattle
Replies: 4
Views: 3464

maddening string rattle

Hi. I have a strat with a wilkinson VS type trem the problem is the e 1st string rattles virtually all the way up including the very last fret with nothing between it and the bridge. I've spent ages with 600 grit looking for high spots and have tried the nail polish down the grub screw trick but not...
by Robert Smallwood
Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Nut width/string spacing vs bridge string spacing
Replies: 9
Views: 7428

Re: Nut width/string spacing vs bridge string spacing

what everyone said.... in this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QA71kQ_mh0 - the guy lays out the scale bridge and nut widths giving the taper and by inference the new shape of the neck pocket - he does it on a computer, (for a bass) but you can do the same thing on butchers' paper on a tabl...
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:38 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 'bilnd' fret slots.
Replies: 5
Views: 4619

Re: 'bilnd' fret slots.

I hope so. :o)

I'm learning a couple of modelling progs at the moment.

Using the fretboard trims is a good idea!!

Thanks.
by Robert Smallwood
Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:38 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: modify 5 way switch
Replies: 2
Views: 2986

modify 5 way switch

Hi. I have a 5 way 4 pole switch which I want to use elsewhere in a two pickup + dummy coil set up. eg I have the Blueshawk wiring....BUT that would leave 2 positions redundant or not used. So is there a backwards conversion to turn a 5 way switch to a 3 way switch as per the original strat? Or - ca...
by Robert Smallwood
Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 'bilnd' fret slots.
Replies: 5
Views: 4619

'bilnd' fret slots.

Hi.
I'm working towards doing blind fret slots.

What's a reasonable distance from the edge of the fretboard to the end of the blind slot?

I was thinking 1-2 mm (1/16)

Also what are the things to look out for?

Thanks,
Rob.
by Robert Smallwood
Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:32 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: top mounted pots
Replies: 26
Views: 19216

Re: top mounted pots

Gibson did this..I think that's what you've got in mind. The guitar is chambered..it's that strat jackplate idea gibsonised...
by Robert Smallwood
Mon Jun 27, 2016 6:28 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: undersaddle pickup would this work?
Replies: 7
Views: 6244

undersaddle pickup would this work?

Hi.Not exactly sure where to post... I have the idea of building a solid (or chambered) guitar with a classical neck and nylon strings since I'm trying more fingerstyle. Would an undersaddle 'classical' guitar pickup eg lr baggs or fishman work effectivley? I'm guessing if it's the saddle that's tra...
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Feb 26, 2016 2:00 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: about conical (Compound Rad ) fretboards
Replies: 8
Views: 5420

about conical (Compound Rad ) fretboards

Hi. I posted here because 'bending' seems to be a notion more commonly associated with solid bodied etc etc (not exclusively of course) and a main motivation for using them conical fretboards that is.. If we take a cone that is about 30" high from the centre of the bottom circle and drop a line vert...