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by Dave Weir
Thu May 17, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Non-modeling solid-state amps - is there such a thing?
Replies: 13
Views: 6113

Re: Non-modeling solid-state amps - is there such a thing?

I like the Quilter 101 reverb. The headphone jack doesn’t cut the speaker, but you can unplug it. I use it to record demos. Their micro pro is a nice combo. It does some modeling but it’s subtle and I normally don’t mess with it. Great reverb. I like to add a blues driver. There is an xlr out, but I...
by Dave Weir
Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Storage of in progress projects
Replies: 5
Views: 2724

Re: Storage of in progress projects

Hefty 40-Qt Hi-Rise Clear Latch Box, Teal Sachet Lid and Handles: "Store extra stuff" lid space fits taller items 2 Click Secure latches to keep lid in place Double rim for added strength Dimensions: 23.98"L x 16.81"W x 7.8"H Walmart has a bunch of different "underbed storage containers". https://ww...
by Dave Weir
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ebony neck? Wha?
Replies: 7
Views: 4621

Re: Ebony neck? Wha?

If it was big enough (I like blanks that are 1.25x3.5x28") i'd use it. Otherwise you'll never know...
by Dave Weir
Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: The party!
Topic: MIMF retrospective and future
Replies: 15
Views: 33961

Re: MIMF retrospective and future

I really only participate here and The Gear Page. Very different vibe over there. I find it entertaining but there is a lot "you must be deaf if you can't tell the difference in tone between Indian and Brazilian Rosewood." Seems like people here are more interested in sharing and learning. One thing...
by Dave Weir
Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Finish for goncalo
Replies: 5
Views: 3641

Re: Finish for goncalo

It's one of my favorite woods for one piece necks. I prefer oil varnish like minwax tung oil finish. Usually three coats, and sand in between with boiled linseed oil. It seems like one of the easier woods to finish, and I think most products would work well
by Dave Weir
Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: partially fretless bass, likely reinventing the wheel.
Replies: 14
Views: 9322

Re: partially fretless bass, likely reinventing the wheel.

"Make sure you're really on the octave and not rolling your finger in either direction for the stopped note." How do you know you are in the right place? The customer wants no lines, just side dots. I'm sure this would get you in the ball park, but if you tune to E and then fret where you think you ...
by Dave Weir
Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: partially fretless bass, likely reinventing the wheel.
Replies: 14
Views: 9322

Re: partially fretless bass, likely reinventing the wheel.

Hopefully this isn't too far off topic, but how do you set the bridge for intonation on a fretless bass? This is my first attempt at it, and I'm at the point of placing the stop tail piece. I need it to be close enough that the silk isn't in the nut, but not so close that I can't intonation the brid...
by Dave Weir
Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Wenge for Fret Board
Replies: 12
Views: 6495

Re: Wenge for Fret Board

I only make one piece neck/fretboards. But like I said the boards are wider then I need. So rather than plane it down to the 1.25" starting width I want, I saw off the extra half inch. With a new 1/2" blade, I din't have any problems with 30" long 4" tall boards. I cut is so I have a little more tha...
by Dave Weir
Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Wenge for Fret Board
Replies: 12
Views: 6495

Re: Wenge for Fret Board

I like the end product a lot. I've found ways to work it that are less problematic. Mainly always routing with the grain and taking very small passes. My main objection is the price, and that I can't find boards the size I need. I like boards that are 1.25" to 1.5" thick so I can slowly plane them d...
by Dave Weir
Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:45 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Wenge for Fret Board
Replies: 12
Views: 6495

Re: Wenge for Fret Board

I just finish wenge necks and fretboards with an oil varnish like Minwax Tung Oil Finish. I don't try to fill the pores. Sand it to 600 and it has a fast, natural feel. Sometimes on open pore bodies like mahogany I'll mix rottenstone in with the finish, and use that to fill the pores. I never found ...
by Dave Weir
Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:45 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Stewmac Style Neck Jigs
Replies: 16
Views: 9880

Re: Stewmac Style Neck Jigs

This doesn't sound right to me. First, I have no problem playing guitars with zero relief. The height of the string over the next fret is much more consistent with no relief. But regardless, I think the frets should be leveled with the board as straight as possible. My understanding of these jigs is...
by Dave Weir
Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:51 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: again please, solid vs adjustable bridge...
Replies: 5
Views: 3571

Re: again please, solid vs adjustable bridge...

I like the fewest separate parts in the bridge as possible, and wouldn't give up on the one piece design.
Make sure the truss rod is adjusted properly, and the neck joint isn't coming apart. If those are good, just cut it a little deeper or shim it until in's all settled in.
by Dave Weir
Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:09 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Experiments with different saddle materials?
Replies: 3
Views: 2659

Re: Experiments with different saddle materials?

Maybe two half saddles, and two half sets of strings?
I've only used Corian and Aluminum. The Aluminum is a little brighter, but I'm pretty sure I could not tell the difference blind folded.
by Dave Weir
Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:45 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: homemade knobs too loose
Replies: 10
Views: 7834

Re: homemade knobs too loose

A Number 1 drill is .228.
This worked the best of all the ones I tried. Very tight fit.
by Dave Weir
Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:32 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: homemade knobs too loose
Replies: 10
Views: 7834

Re: homemade knobs too loose

It may depend on the pot you are using. Bushings like this might work with a 1/4" drill and 6mm pots. Sku: BSH Split Shaft to Solid Shaft Adapter Bushings on these pots Bourns Pro Audio 500K Sealed Guitar Pot-Long Shaft MfgId: 95A1D-Z28-EA0503LGTR from http://www.guitarelectronics.com/ You probably ...
by Dave Weir
Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Torrefied
Replies: 1
Views: 2130

Re: Torrefied

You could try these guys. Jerry Pibbles American Specialty Hardwoods PO Box 186 Clinton, Mi 49236 Cell 517-403-3586 Website www.americanspecialtyhardwoods.com Facebook htts://www.facebook.com/americanspecialtyhardwoods email sales@americanspecialtyhardwoods.com I don't know if they will process your...
by Dave Weir
Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: The Merch table...
Replies: 25
Views: 15043

Re: The Merch table...

I make bud vases out of the body cut offs. The original plan was the guitar buyer would buy it and have it delivered with his guitar and "Look Honey, I got you something, too." Mostly I just wind up giving them away. But I could see at a show having something that is made out of the wood you use for...
by Dave Weir
Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Drying wood before making an electric guitar.
Replies: 2
Views: 2406

Re: Drying wood before making an electric guitar.

I think the general rule is 1 year per inch thickness of the boards. For something as precise as a guitar, way more time is way better. I prefer to personally add another 6 months to a year to wood that I buy which is supposedly already dry. For necks I start with 1 1/2" and plane the minimum to get...
by Dave Weir
Sat Sep 03, 2016 1:08 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: I don't speak legalese...
Replies: 9
Views: 5898

Re: I don't speak legalese...

I've been selling a couple guitars a month for a few years now. I never even thought about a contract. We agree on the price and the specs and I build it. I send them the pics and a sound clip if they want. If it meets their approval, they buy it. If not, someone else will. I've only had one cancel,...
by Dave Weir
Sun Aug 28, 2016 9:33 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pain in the Neck
Replies: 13
Views: 6980

Re: Pain in the Neck

I rarely do any traditional fret leveling any more. The boards come off the belt sander very straight. I arch cut the fret slots after it is radius-ed so they are the same depth as the fret wire tang. Set the frets with an arbor press and a torque wrench. 175 inch pounds. Then cut the fret ends and ...