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by Steve Sawyer
Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Stereo jack?
Replies: 2
Views: 39

Re: Stereo jack?

Thanks, Peter - that’s what I suspected!
by Steve Sawyer
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Stereo jack?
Replies: 2
Views: 39

Stereo jack?

I’m building a bass with an active EMG P-J pickup set. Just noticed that the jack that comes with the pickup set is a stereo jack. Is a stereo plug required for this jack, or does this use a stereo jack simply to provide a way of taking the battery out of the circuit when the plug is removed (a conv...
by Steve Sawyer
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: First Cello Build
Replies: 51
Views: 19902

Re: First Cello Build

Sure - it isn’t particularly sophisticated carving, but achieved what I was shooting for design-wise. And yes, I have a “guitar gallery” folder in which I’ve saved a couple of really spectacular carved bodies - way beyond what I think I’d ever be capable of, but definitely good grist for the idea mi...
by Steve Sawyer
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: First Cello Build
Replies: 51
Views: 19902

Re: First Cello Build

Tom - this has been fascinating. Looking forward to the finishing. W/regard to the carving, my current build (an electric bass) has a hand-carved fillet around the edge of the body (the width of the fillet varies, so no way to machine it short of a CNC router.) While it is, as you say, a slow and pa...
by Steve Sawyer
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: June 2020- How/What is everyone doing?
Replies: 12
Views: 763

Re: June 2020- How/What is everyone doing?

We’re retired so we voluntarily locked down the first week in March. Marcy is asthmatic and immune-suppressed from arthritis meds, so we were very hesitant to come out of the bunker for quite a while. I started taking drum lessons in January and have continued with that via FaceTime. Started back to...
by Steve Sawyer
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Brazilian Hickory
Replies: 9
Views: 1718

Re: Brazilian Hickory

Seeing wood like this reminds me that one of these days I really have to tackle an acoustic guitar. That stuff is really spectacular, Tom. I've got to come by your shop some day when we're free of this damned virus!! I've been enjoying your build log on that cello.
by Steve Sawyer
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: A neck shaping jig
Replies: 5
Views: 2147

Re: A neck shaping jig

So on the current build (a short scale electric bass) the neck was a little too long for that piece of 8020, so had to change things up. Digging into the rathole I had another square piece that was long enough, but needed a way to clamp it to the bench. A couple of pieces of 1/4” scrap and some T-bo...
by Steve Sawyer
Fri May 29, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Using the Yonico FB radius bits
Replies: 6
Views: 656

Re: Using the Yonico FB radius bits

Clay - that seems to be the trick. Getting a good grip on the stock and controlling the cut. Part of the fun for me is making jigs, so I do sometimes go a little over the top. :D But I too do a lot of one-offs with MDF & hot glue, though I’d be inclined to put some kind of handles on it - I’m afraid...
by Steve Sawyer
Tue May 26, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Using the Yonico FB radius bits
Replies: 6
Views: 656

Re: Using the Yonico FB radius bits

Sorry it wasn't clear, Bob. I'd be happy to explain anything further. One thing I didn't mention was that I made a total of three passes, so obviously I was taking extremely thin cuts. The cut you see above was on the solid plank of wenge I was using for the FB. After that pic, I thicknessed down to...
by Steve Sawyer
Mon May 25, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Infinity Mega Flush Trim Router Bits
Replies: 2
Views: 558

Re: Infinity Mega Flush Trim Router Bits

Barry Daniels wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 11:54 am
I would think you would want a hefty table mounted router to drive those bits.
I agree 100%, but it seems (from the videos on that page to which I linked) that there are people that use some of them hand-held!! :shock:
by Steve Sawyer
Mon May 25, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Using the Yonico FB radius bits
Replies: 6
Views: 656

Re: Using the Yonico FB radius bits

Remaining three pics:

Yonico Jig 7.jpg
Yonico Jig 6.jpg
Yonico Jig 8.jpg
by Steve Sawyer
Mon May 25, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Using the Yonico FB radius bits
Replies: 6
Views: 656

Using the Yonico FB radius bits

This could go in the tool reviews, but since the bulk of the discussion here is how I jigged things up to use this bit, I figure this is where it belongs. A while back, several of us were discussing the Yonico radiusing bits. They are available for all common radii. I purchased mine here: https://ww...
by Steve Sawyer
Mon May 25, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Tools
Topic: Infinity Mega Flush Trim Router Bits
Replies: 2
Views: 558

Infinity Mega Flush Trim Router Bits

Someone at a meeting of our woodworking club mentioned these sometime last year. They are perfect for luthiers in that a) they come in lengths sufficient to route a solid body in a single pass, b) they have both top and bottom guide bearings so you don't have to move your template from one side of t...
by Steve Sawyer
Mon May 25, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Tools
Topic: Stewmac Z-File
Replies: 0
Views: 405

Stewmac Z-File

On my first build, I tried several different files to crown the frets. A triangular file, a safe-edged "warding" file, and one of those special-purpose luthier's fret files with a cranked-neck and replaceable inserts. I had serious trouble with all three. Note that the failure here was NOT the tool,...
by Steve Sawyer
Fri May 22, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: A neck shaping jig
Replies: 5
Views: 2147

Re: A neck shaping jig

Nothing revolutionary here, but I do find assorted pieces of 8020 extrusion to be very handy. This is how I use one for carving necks. Note the pads of leather between the FB and the beam to protect the FB, and the leather pads under the clamps. I should make a mounting "L" like Pauls to fit onto th...
by Steve Sawyer
Thu May 21, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass string length
Replies: 6
Views: 787

Re: Bass string length

Am I wrong that I’ve seen somewhere that the silk windings can be unwound and the string “shortened”? Can’t seem to find anything on that via a web search. Maybe I hallucinated it. I tend to do that...
by Steve Sawyer
Tue May 19, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Build Pics
Replies: 6
Views: 1426

Re: New Build Pics

Yes - looking forward to seeing those progress.

I'm really interested in seeing the carve on that bass. I seriously thought of trying something like that on my current build, but decided to play it safe and just do a carve on the solid walnut edge.
by Steve Sawyer
Tue May 19, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Newbie build
Replies: 8
Views: 1561

Re: Newbie build

I'm really impressed, Jeff - I think most of us try something much less challenging for our first build (at least I did!!)

Very nice job!
by Steve Sawyer
Tue May 19, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bridge placement (electric bass)
Replies: 3
Views: 1225

Bridge placement (electric bass)

I’m installing a 4-string Kickass bridge on a new build. Where would you recommend the bridge be positioned? If the bridge should be positioned so that the scale length is halfway between the min and max intonation values (0.36” and 0.81” behind the front edge respectively) then the mounting holes s...