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by Peter Wilcox
Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Patents
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: Patents

:D Reminds me of my patent experience. Twenty some odd years ago (no, I wasn't born in the southland) I filed a patent for an optical microphone. I did it all myself (and even built one that didn't work very well), so it was cheap, and thought I had done an adequate patent search under optical micro...
by Peter Wilcox
Wed Mar 24, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Tumbling block Tele body
Replies: 5
Views: 511

Re: Tumbling block Tele body

Paul Breen wrote:
Wed Mar 24, 2021 2:11 pm
Makes me want to see little people going up those stairs.
Yes, I think Escher used this in some of his works. :)
by Peter Wilcox
Wed Mar 24, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: High Resistance Low output
Replies: 2
Views: 550

Re: High Resistance Low output

When you say 500+k, is there an actual DC resistance value, or is that just as high as you can measure? I'd guess the wire is broken, and you're getting some AC signal through inductive coupling, or a high resistance leak through thin or worn insulation. I think you'll have to unwind it to find the ...
by Peter Wilcox
Tue Mar 23, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Tumbling block Tele body
Replies: 5
Views: 511

Re: Tumbling block Tele body

I cut it to a rough shape on the band saw, then routed with the template, sanded to thickness, and routed the neck pocket, pickup and control cavities and the round over. I've wiped with naphtha to increase the contrast for the pics. Now just needs a neck and some finish. glued-up trimmed.jpg back.j...
by Peter Wilcox
Tue Mar 23, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Tumbling block Tele body
Replies: 5
Views: 511

Re: Tumbling block Tele body

I saw some cutting board builders that glued them in groups of three, clamped with a rubber band, then glued the groups into the pattern. I didn't have enough rubber bands :D , so I glued them in strips across the width.
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by Peter Wilcox
Tue Mar 23, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Tumbling block Tele body
Replies: 5
Views: 511

Tumbling block Tele body

Thought I'd post this as an interesting (to me) take on a guitar body. It uses a quilting pattern called tumbling blocks (aka rhombille tiling in geometry). A woodworking friend in Oregon sent me a pic of a cutting board he made, and it turns out there's a fair amount of them doing this on the www. ...
by Peter Wilcox
Sat Mar 06, 2021 1:53 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer
Replies: 14
Views: 1290

Re: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer

This would probably be more involved than you want to be, but If you have the space and the materials, I would build two guitars, one by you and one by him. You do each operation on yours, with him watching/helping, then he does the same on his, with you helping. Monkey see, monkey do, without the t...
by Peter Wilcox
Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Rookie Bending Questions
Replies: 12
Views: 2096

Re: Rookie Bending Questions

Alan Carruth wrote:
Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:45 am
One other thing: I usually start with the hardest (tightest) bend first. That way, if it breaks, you have not spent a lot of time on it.
Me too! :D Although I have cracked bends at the lower bout after successfully bending the tight ones. :(
by Peter Wilcox
Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: MIMF News & a giveaway
Replies: 33
Views: 13617

Re: MIMF News & a giveaway

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by Peter Wilcox
Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic/electric dreadnaught, adjustable neck
Replies: 24
Views: 9491

Re: Acoustic/electric dreadnaught, adjustable neck

Hi Graydon. Yes, it was caution that prompted me to use those carbon fiber flying buttresses. It might do fine without them, but I figured that since the neck block wasn't supported by the normal neck heel on the outside (I don't know if that makes any sense from an engineering standpoint anyway), I...
by Peter Wilcox
Fri Feb 12, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 37
Views: 4193

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

That looks really well done, Mike - lots of ideas there if I ever decide to make another one. Keep 'em coming. It looks like you have your photo problem worked out, but if you need any more info for posting here, there is this link: How to add a photo (or sound clip) to your post https://www.mimf.co...
by Peter Wilcox
Thu Feb 11, 2021 1:49 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Offcut storage
Replies: 6
Views: 1658

Re: Offcut storage

When I first moved to northern CA about 16 years ago, before I started making guitars, I had a 100 mile round trip commute to work, that unfortunately went by a cabinet shop that threw their offcuts into a pile and burned them every so often. People were welcome to stop by and scrounge, and I bought...
by Peter Wilcox
Mon Feb 08, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Almost consistently bad glue joints...
Replies: 26
Views: 4740

Re: Almost consistently bad glue joints...

I've started using fish glue for some things this last year - wood bindings, cracks, gluing in rosettes, and I even flattened and reglued an old Martin pick guard (that was already impregnated with wood fibers.) It has a quick tack, a long set time, non-staining, and easy water clean up. I haven't u...
by Peter Wilcox
Mon Feb 08, 2021 5:01 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Offcut storage
Replies: 6
Views: 1658

Re: Offcut storage

Thanks for the encouragement, Steve. I know I have to get rid of a lot of it. I have a barn about 300 feet away - I already have a lot of larger pieces of wood there - I guess I'll take the larger offcuts up there and try to remember where they are, and force myself to go look for them when needed. ...
by Peter Wilcox
Mon Feb 08, 2021 2:18 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: June 2020- How/What is everyone doing?
Replies: 20
Views: 6549

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

Time flies even when you're not having too much fun. :( I made 4 acoustics in the last 16 months and did some simple repairs. Now it's time to take a break and make electrics - I have a bunch of hardware, wood and pickups I need to use up before I'm too old and demented to continue. I get my second ...
by Peter Wilcox
Fri Feb 05, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Martin 0-18 with multiple problems
Replies: 18
Views: 3250

Re: Martin 0-18 with multiple problems

To answer Barry's question, let me first say that this is not a valuable guitar in my probably ignorant opinion. The model is Martin's bottom of the line (as far as I can tell) in the first place. It has that huge very evident bilateral upper bout side crack, though seemingly well repaired. It has s...
by Peter Wilcox
Fri Feb 05, 2021 2:07 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Martin 0-18 with multiple problems
Replies: 18
Views: 3250

Re: Martin 0-18 with multiple problems

No, I mean a new bridge (and a new saddle of course.) Two reasons - one, the current bridge/top/bridge plate thickness (about 7/16") is not enough to keep the terminal wrappings on the strings from coming several mm above the pin hole exits, making for a difficult bend there, and two, the string hei...
by Peter Wilcox
Thu Feb 04, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Martin 0-18 with multiple problems
Replies: 18
Views: 3250

Re: Martin 0-18 with multiple problems

I just gave it back this morning, strung with light strings, flattened and reglued the pick guard, replaced a section of back binding, glued some top cracks, new end pin, added a strap button on the heel (sorry about that - in its condition more important that it's playable than vintage), glued the ...
by Peter Wilcox
Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:15 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Martin 0-18 with multiple problems
Replies: 18
Views: 3250

Re: Martin 0-18 with multiple problems

Thanks Joshua. The cracks are meeting as they should as I can see from the inside. I have no idea what lies between the heel and the neck block, and in the dovetail, especially as to type of glue, and how difficult it would be to pull the neck. I've decided not to do it anyway. The bridge plate is i...
by Peter Wilcox
Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:57 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Martin 0-18 with multiple problems
Replies: 18
Views: 3250

Re: Martin 0-18 with multiple problems

No, it's not open - it looks like there's some wood missing. Here's a pic of the inside there. Not HHG unfortunately.
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