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by Bob Matthews
Thu Apr 23, 2015 4:10 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Optimum String Height Above Body??
Replies: 10
Views: 5159

Re: Optimum String Height Above Body??

1/2" string height at the bridge would seem to be about the norm and always gives me good results with just the right amount of bridge torque.
by Bob Matthews
Sun Apr 12, 2015 2:23 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: LMI steel string slot head using bushings for gotoh 3 on a plate tuners
Replies: 28
Views: 9009

Re: LMI steel string slot head using bushings for gotoh 3 on a plate tuners

The only slot head 3 on a plate ones I can find on the LMI site are these ones.
TUNERSGotohSlotheadI3onplateGGSR500.jpg
And if we look at the schematic, it shows no bushings used.
TUNERSSlothead3onaPlateGGSRschematics700.jpg
by Bob Matthews
Sun Apr 12, 2015 7:38 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Source for quartered curly cherry
Replies: 4
Views: 2688

Re: Source for quartered curly cherry

I would try RC Tonewoods http://rctonewoods.com/RCT_Store/cherry ... -7505.html as they sometimes have some very nice curly cherry and might just have an off cut to suit your needs.
by Bob Matthews
Sun Apr 12, 2015 7:32 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: LMI steel string slot head using bushings for gotoh 3 on a plate tuners
Replies: 28
Views: 9009

Re: LMI steel string slot head using bushings for gotoh 3 on a plate tuners

None of my slot head guitars have bushings, but some of the machines I have used require the outside hole to be a little larger than the inside one. All work perfectly, but I do use a tiny smear of silicone pipe lube in the inner hole. I've just done a quick search and to be honest I can't find any ...
by Bob Matthews
Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:36 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My Classical Guitar analysis
Replies: 5
Views: 2740

Re: My Classical Guitar analysis

Guitar Six- DEAD ON spot on in tune all over every fret Try as I might, I have found this impossible to achieve even with my best intonation and compensation efforts, it all seems a bit of a compromise to me, some notes are spot on, but there are as many that are sharp and as many flat, probably du...
by Bob Matthews
Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:38 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Strat Truss Rod Issue
Replies: 4
Views: 3544

Re: Strat Truss Rod Issue

Continued with the penetrating oil overnight and this morning used almost excessive force on the adjustment nut and it turned suddenly :)

I have now been able able to wind it both ways and to get it running free - it's a good save for the client.
by Bob Matthews
Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:28 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Strat Truss Rod Issue
Replies: 4
Views: 3544

Re: Strat Truss Rod Issue

My guess is that the rod will need to be replaced, because if it is spinning then it is not anchored at the other end and must have broken loose. It can't work when that has happened. Hi Mark No it's not spinning at all, it's just winding up a quarter of a turn and then returning to the original po...
by Bob Matthews
Sat Oct 04, 2014 5:52 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Strat Truss Rod Issue
Replies: 4
Views: 3544

Strat Truss Rod Issue

Hi Guys, I have in for repair an 80's American Strat and the neck has a back bow. This guitar has been stored in a basement for more than 20 years and although cosmetically, it is still perfect, there is a very slight raised area at the back of the neck on the skunk stripe probably where the truss r...
by Bob Matthews
Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:35 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: February giveaway
Replies: 17
Views: 8111

Re: February giveaway

What a great idea, if I don't win one, it's something I really ought to make!
by Bob Matthews
Fri Nov 29, 2013 6:54 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: knowledge compensates for lack of $$: a foot-powered bandsaw
Replies: 5
Views: 2537

Re: knowledge compensates for lack of $$: a foot-powered bandsaw

Cool use of manpower, but I wonder how long it will be before he's buying a motor!
by Bob Matthews
Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:44 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Where to buy quality solid-body blanks in UK?
Replies: 3
Views: 2215

Re: Where to buy quality solid-body blanks in UK?

Hi Toby and welcome to the forum. I would try David Dyke at http://www.luthierssupplies.co.uk/ and Bob Smith at http://www.exotichardwoods.co.uk/ both have a fantastic selection and are easy to deal with. Always best to see in person what you are buying though, but neither of these suppliers will le...
by Bob Matthews
Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:22 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Classical
Replies: 7
Views: 2372

Re: New Classical

It's a beauty Ernest, the quilted mahogany is so gorgeous I want to touch it! :oops: Also love the basket weave rosette, you should be very proud as it is not only striking, but it's subtle too as the colours blend beautifully with the rest of the instrument - a fine balance in my opinion and a thum...
by Bob Matthews
Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:19 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Red tele with maple neck
Replies: 11
Views: 3316

Re: Red tele with maple neck

Gorgeous, a simple and very effective guitar, I love it.
by Bob Matthews
Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:24 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Thermo Oak
Replies: 4
Views: 2892

Re: Thermo Oak

I have some 'bog' oak fretboard blanks that I bought here in the UK, it's the the most dense oak I have ever come across and is as black as night with silvery black medullary rays showing - absolutely beautiful. I got my blanks from http://www.exotichardwoods.co.uk/Woods_List/Bog_Oak.asp which actua...
by Bob Matthews
Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Shopmade router jack
Replies: 17
Views: 9417

Re: Shopmade router jack

That's an excellent idea Bob, thanks. I have been fighting with my router and table for too long now and shall be making one over the holidays.
by Bob Matthews
Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:35 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Using the dewpoint to precisely calculate Relative Humidity
Replies: 12
Views: 21901

Re: Using the dewpoint to precisely calculate Relative Humidity

Thank you Mario for doing all the legwork and sharing this very important info with us all, much appreciated.
by Bob Matthews
Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:13 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Materials for jig making.
Replies: 13
Views: 6785

Re: Materials for jig making.

The face of MDF is hard and wears well but the edges are soft. If you need the edge to be hard apply several coats of CA glue. Be careful when applying CA to MDF edges, it soaks up a vast amount very quickly and then proceeds to smoke as the CA cures. DAMHIKT :oops: Once applied tho, it does produc...
by Bob Matthews
Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:00 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Major glue and veneer blunders -- are they recoverable?
Replies: 8
Views: 4143

Re: Major glue and veneer blunders -- are they recoverable?

You should be able to remove the black veneer from the neck quite easily by using a clothes iron seeing as you used Titebond. Glue does penetrate through thin veneers as you have found out to your cost and I believe polyurethane glues are very resistant to heat, so the clothes iron may not work here...
by Bob Matthews
Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:14 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Binder and Purfling bending for classical guitars and ukes
Replies: 9
Views: 5897

Re: Binder and Purfling bending for classical guitars and ukes

Hi Bill, I have to agree with DT, it's most likely runout on the bindings that's causing the problems. You could try a metal backer to see if that helps, but ultimately it may be best to acquire some new bindings and have another go. 0.080" ought to be ok with rosewood, ebony though is a different b...