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by Mike Sayre
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Loose tulip plastic buttons on Wilkinson tuners
Replies: 2
Views: 1217

Loose tulip plastic buttons on Wilkinson tuners

I've got some Wilkinson tuners I've had for a few years that are newly installed on my Heritage H170. 3 of the 6 the buttons are loose and rattle. Before I drill .040" holes in the plastic knobs and drop some thin super glue in there, anyone got any better/other ideas?
by Mike Sayre
Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Finish for goncalo
Replies: 5
Views: 4360

Re: Finish for goncalo

Considering an SG.
by Mike Sayre
Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Finish for goncalo
Replies: 5
Views: 4360

Finish for goncalo

Any tips for finishing goncalo alves?
I want it to retain it's color. Lacquer? Tru-oil? Other?
Thanks
by Mike Sayre
Thu Sep 22, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Compromised tone and volume on a D28
Replies: 5
Views: 3514

Re: Compromised tone and volume on a D28

Long story.....I helped a friend pick between several guitars at a few different shops, circa 1992 or so, I think. Decided on this D-28. He played it daily for some years and the tone was OK, but never was loud enough, in my opinion. It was kept in divergent environments, in spite of my cautionary s...
by Mike Sayre
Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:18 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Compromised tone and volume on a D28
Replies: 5
Views: 3514

Compromised tone and volume on a D28

I have a D-28 that sounded quite dramatically thin and quiet (compared to similar guitars); sounded kind of "papery". I noticed the bridge was pulling, asked my luthier to address that. I am fairly certain that he did not remove the bridge, but snuck some HHG in the crack, and it came back sounding ...
by Mike Sayre
Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:58 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: New tuners, plastic keystone buttons are loose
Replies: 1
Views: 2378

New tuners, plastic keystone buttons are loose

Guys and gals- I installed new (Wilkinson) keystone-button tuners, a have quite a rattle. Seems to be the button on the B string tuner. Since I have little hope that an application of ACC on the shaft will wick anywhere enough to address this, whattaya think about me drilling a .030-.040" hole in th...
by Mike Sayre
Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:07 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ugly Gaps
Replies: 14
Views: 7816

Re: Ugly Gaps

Martin D28, not done by me. My guitar, but I'd like to move it along, I have others I play more.
by Mike Sayre
Sun Feb 07, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ugly Gaps
Replies: 14
Views: 7816

Re: Ugly Gaps

Yeah, you guys are right......it returned from a reset like this. I've not done one before, but it look like I will have to in order to make it right. Not sure how to address the calamity between the fingerboard and the top just yet.
by Mike Sayre
Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ugly Gaps
Replies: 14
Views: 7816

Ugly Gaps

I have an unsightly gap I would like to remedy. I have some Gloss Behlen's lacquer. Of course, the neck is not gloss, but I though about trying to hide the gap(s) with the lacquer. The one between the fingerboard and the top are the ugliest. What about a piece of paper or .005 brass to guide the lac...
by Mike Sayre
Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:27 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Maple or Goncalo neck for OO/OOO
Replies: 2
Views: 1646

Maple or Goncalo neck for OO/OOO

Hey all. I'm considering a 12-fret small body build, most likely Goncalo/Spruce (what I have on hand), and wondering about something other than mahogany or spanish cedar for the neck. I'm afraid not using mahogany or spanish cedar may diminish the warmth. I have some maple, walnut, cherry, some ques...
by Mike Sayre
Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Army-Navy Mandolin based guitar
Replies: 3
Views: 2150

Army-Navy Mandolin based guitar

I was impressed with the volume of a Flatiron pancake-style mandolin, and am considering trying a guitar build using the same (flat top and removable bridge) design, but with a guitar style 16-17 inch body, 1 1/2" thick; probably maple neck, cherry B/S, spruce top. Any ideas about what to watch out ...
by Mike Sayre
Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:38 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Magic pinholes
Replies: 3
Views: 2545

Magic pinholes

I had a strat body blank stored in the basement for about 2 years, now notice 8 pinholes, all in the upper horn quadrant, not clustered together, about 1/2mm in diameter anywhere from 1/8" to 3/8" deep. I am sure these weren't there when I got the blank. Garage has two car doors, not airtight seals....
by Mike Sayre
Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Wire type/source and design, and "affixment" for piezo
Replies: 2
Views: 2532

Wire type/source and design, and "affixment" for piezo

I'm looking for tips about what kind of wire to use to wire up a two-element piezo affair. Perhaps it is not so critical, I probably can source some nice flexible stranded wire from a local hobby shop, if that would work. I am thinking the two discs need to be wired in parallel, not in series; am ta...
by Mike Sayre
Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:20 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: "Unstaining" a strat
Replies: 3
Views: 2269

"Unstaining" a strat

I bought an ash strat body, stained a dark color, and then naturally decided it was too dark. Any hope for removing stain in a way that I can a)go natural b) stain a lighter color? Or am I going to be applying a nice opaque color?
Thx