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by Satnam Singh
Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: StratoJag
Replies: 9
Views: 3353

Re: StratoJag

I seem to recall a discussion some years back that Steinberger recommended bullet end strings, like Fender sold, to avoid the unraveling at the string ball ends.
by Satnam Singh
Sat Jun 18, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: How much pressure needed to glue up drop top on solid body?
Replies: 15
Views: 11898

Re: How much pressure needed to glue up drop top on solid body?

Lots of things I had considered. Much appreciated! I had planned to use Titebond; I'll have to give epoxy some consideration. Caul to spread out/even out the pressure-not a difficult adjustment. Maybe a sandbag layer under the weight to even out the pressure. The first project is gluing up 2 layers ...
by Satnam Singh
Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: How much pressure needed to glue up drop top on solid body?
Replies: 15
Views: 11898

How much pressure needed to glue up drop top on solid body?

I'm trying to decide if I can use weights instead of clamps to glue up a 1/4" drop top on a solid body blank. If I know the needed pressure, couldn't I multiply that times the gluing surface area to get the needed weight? If I chamber the body blank, that would reduce the gluing surface area for thi...
by Satnam Singh
Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:35 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Simple amp repair
Replies: 3
Views: 3438

Re: Simple amp repair

Thanks for providing some piece of mind.
by Satnam Singh
Sat Sep 26, 2015 4:45 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Simple amp repair
Replies: 3
Views: 3438

Simple amp repair

I have a late 70s Traynor TS-15 solid state practice amp that I bought new and passed on to my son for his college dorm. Fifteen watts, 2 - 8 inch speakers. He tells me the on/off switch is stuck. No evidence of abuse or liquid spillage, but hey, its nearly 40 years old. I've opened it up; switch ha...
by Satnam Singh
Sun Jun 28, 2015 10:22 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Shellac not sticking to one spot
Replies: 14
Views: 13392

Re: Shellac not sticking to one spot

A belated update: "If your shellac is crawling away from the area it could be one of two causes: grease or oil contamination, or too much alcohol. Alcohol tends to crawl away from a pool, and leaves a border around the wet area. You can see this happen if you apply alcohol solvent finish too heavily...
by Satnam Singh
Mon Dec 29, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Shellac not sticking to one spot
Replies: 14
Views: 13392

Re: Shellac not sticking to one spot

Regarding Waterlox as sealer, certainly a possibility. This project was sort of a test case in that regard. The body is a USA Custom Guitars "web special." It appears that there is some worm hole filling on the back. It may be the filler used affected the Waterlox/shellac from adhearing, but it does...
by Satnam Singh
Thu Dec 25, 2014 11:42 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Shellac not sticking to one spot
Replies: 14
Views: 13392

Re: Shellac not sticking to one spot

Yeah, I've been coming to the same conclusion. Probably a contaminant, may never figure just what is was, but I have to get rid of it. I've been searching the web, and seen Jeff Jewitt quoted as suggesting wiping it down with a 50/50 alcohol/water mix. Other suggest a solvent compatible with the fin...
by Satnam Singh
Thu Dec 25, 2014 6:56 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Shellac not sticking to one spot
Replies: 14
Views: 13392

Re: Shellac not sticking to one spot

Hmmm. You've given me some ideas. While I don't think I introduced something in the prep stage, a couple of possibilities: After the preval sputtered on me, I did some sanding to even out the splatter before continuing with the wiping. I used a rather fine grit, 400 or 600. Could I have burnished th...
by Satnam Singh
Thu Dec 25, 2014 12:05 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Shellac not sticking to one spot
Replies: 14
Views: 13392

Re: Shellac not sticking to one spot

Thanks for the ideas, Dennis. I'm no expert either, but my thought here is that the color coat is a surface thing, rather than a dye which would soak into the wood fibers. I realize some shellac/alcohol would migrate into the wood, but between the color coat being on the surface, and the sealer coat...
by Satnam Singh
Thu Dec 25, 2014 9:28 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Shellac not sticking to one spot
Replies: 14
Views: 13392

Re: Shellac not sticking to one spot

Thanks, David. I wouldn't think it was a drying issue. It's been about a month since the Waterlox was applied. In the meantime, I had been Waterloxing a couple of necks, applied Tru-oil style (multiple, thin coats), in the garage. The body seemed sufficiently dry and odor free that I had been able t...
by Satnam Singh
Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:58 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Shellac not sticking to one spot
Replies: 14
Views: 13392

Shellac not sticking to one spot

I'm trying to finish an ash telecaster body. I decided to go simple, no pore fill, maybe 3 coats of Waterlox, but first I wanted to experiment with getting a butterscotch blonde color by mixing up some Mixol (yellow, white and dark red, with a touch of amber/brown). I don't like the way oil stains l...
by Satnam Singh
Sat Mar 08, 2014 4:54 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Veneer for solidbody laminating
Replies: 1
Views: 1904

Veneer for solidbody laminating

I’m thinking to laminate a solid body guitar with the middle layer chambered to save wait (2 layers at ¾ inch, and a droptop at ¼ inch). Since each layer is a darker color, I’d like to add a maple veneer between the layers for that pinstripe look. I was looking at these wide and/or flexible and/or p...
by Satnam Singh
Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:28 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Amber tint for oil based varnish
Replies: 15
Views: 7944

Re: Amber tint for oil based varnish

Thanks Jeff, for the update/details. Nice to get the real lowdown, rather than assembling clues from assorted folks with limited experience.
by Satnam Singh
Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:54 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Wipe-on Poly. Is it usable?
Replies: 18
Views: 7151

Re: Wipe-on Poly. Is it usable?

Can't recall if links to other forums are cool, so google "i finished lp poly also tom paul kit review" and you'll find a link to a thread on another forum where someone used wipe on poly with astounding results. I believe he used a spray can for the headstock.
by Satnam Singh
Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:57 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Amber tint for oil based varnish
Replies: 15
Views: 7944

Re: Amber tint for oil based varnish

Jeff Jewitt, maker of Transtint, at his Homestfinishing forum warns that he does not recommend mixing it with mineral spirit based oil finishes (e.g, Tru-oil, Waterlox, etc.). While he suggests he has an expensive additive that will make it work, he recommends dying the wood, then finish with the oi...
by Satnam Singh
Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:25 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Gotoh sitar bridge setup info needed
Replies: 6
Views: 3535

Re: Gotoh sitar bridge setup info needed

Nice guitar. Kinda a Breadwinner thing going on. I agree that less break angle works better with this bridge. Once you have the sitar effect/intonation issue down and have concluded you have the break angle right, you might consider making the tailpiece thing out of a harder material, either metal o...
by Satnam Singh
Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:24 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Latest Build - A Jimmy Page Inspired Telecaster
Replies: 4
Views: 2866

Re: Latest Build - A Jimmy Page Inspired Telecaster

Nice!

Set neck, no truss rod access at the headstock. Where, then? In the neck pickup route?
by Satnam Singh
Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:20 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Gotoh sitar bridge setup info needed
Replies: 6
Views: 3535

Re: Gotoh sitar bridge setup info needed

Many Gotoh sitar bridge setups us a trapeze tailpiece, something you might consider.
by Satnam Singh
Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:56 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Gotoh sitar bridge setup info needed
Replies: 6
Views: 3535

Re: Gotoh sitar bridge setup info needed

Another comment on the bridge: while I figured the intonation point of the gently radiused "saddle" would be near the back of the bridge my experience is otherwise, that is closer to the front edge (maybe 3/8 to 1/2 inch back). Which raises another question: if the saddle is radiused rather than bei...