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by Jim McConkey
Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Patents
Replies: 1
Views: 26

Re: Patents

It partly depends on where you live. In the United States patents are basically for processes, although there is a specialized design patent. Most shapes, etc., are trademarked, not patented, but every country has different rules. Although I have never attempted to file a patent application for a sh...
by Jim McConkey
Sun Mar 28, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Electric Viola - Done! (Almost)
Replies: 16
Views: 1234

Re: Electric Viola - Done! (Almost)

I hope your recovery is fast and complete! That is a scary ordeal and I'm glad you survived intact!
by Jim McConkey
Fri Mar 26, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Electric Viola - Done! (Almost)
Replies: 16
Views: 1234

Re: Electric Viola - Done! (Almost)

Congratulations, Eric! I hate to say I even remember when you started on this "a while back." Glad you brought it to fruition and it meets with your daughter's approval!
by Jim McConkey
Tue Mar 16, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: The Pixelele
Replies: 9
Views: 980

Re: The Pixelele

Love it! This is the kind of out-of-the-box thinking we used to see in our contests a lot. I miss it!
by Jim McConkey
Wed Mar 03, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: A 'Harlequin' fiddle
Replies: 16
Views: 1342

Re: A 'Harlequin' fiddle

Wow!
by Jim McConkey
Sun Feb 21, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A new interview with Melvyn Hiscock, author of "Make Your Own Electric Guitar"
Replies: 8
Views: 4526

Re: A new interview with Melvyn Hiscock, author of "Make Your Own Electric Guitar"

And, quite sadly, with the third edition imminent, Melvyn just passed away. He was apparently as much of a force in the aircraft world as he was in lutherie, and equally loved in all his circles. RIP!
by Jim McConkey
Wed Feb 17, 2021 11:48 pm
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: New board heading?
Replies: 4
Views: 1731

Re: New board heading?

Good idea. We recently added a forum for Ukeleles in response to a member request, so it is certainly a possibility. We'll discuss it. Thanks for the idea! In the meantime, also check out CNC Zone. I haven't been on it in a while, but it was pretty well run back in the day. Seems to be shifting a li...
by Jim McConkey
Wed Feb 17, 2021 11:41 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Taller Humbucker Bobbins
Replies: 4
Views: 1881

Re: Taller Humbucker Bobbins

Most public libraries around where I live have 3D printers (though not all of them are open right now due to the pandemic). Just upload your file and pick up your creation. Check your local library if you need a one-off.
by Jim McConkey
Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?
Replies: 22
Views: 3512

Re: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?

@Paul, when doing things like laying out a non-standard fretboard, a long rule is invaluable. Guitars are more or less standardized, but other instruments are not. The cumulative errors trying to use a short rule would be unacceptable. I build folk and world instruments, and a good yard/meter rule h...
by Jim McConkey
Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?
Replies: 22
Views: 3512

Re: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?

First, be very aware that rulers and straight edges are two entirely different things, and are not necessarily found together on the same instrument! If you need a straight edge, buy a straight edge. Our sponsor LMI sells some inexpensive acrylic straight edges designed for guitar making. I think th...
by Jim McConkey
Tue Dec 22, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Tenor uke plans?
Replies: 2
Views: 951

Re: Tenor uke plans?

You missed one! The MIMF has uke plans here, and sales help support the Forum.
by Jim McConkey
Mon Dec 07, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Planning The Rosette Mosaic.
Replies: 3
Views: 4095

Re: Planning The Rosette Mosaic.

The mosaic planner didn't disappear, it just moved. Try here: https://www.theedkins.co.uk/jo/mosaic/easy.htm or here: http://macropolis.org/banderillas/famosaic/easy.htm
by Jim McConkey
Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: 50mm Spacing Saddles Needed for Hardtail Harmony Marquis
Replies: 1
Views: 993

Re: 50mm Spacing Saddles Needed for Hardtail Harmony Marquis

Welcome to the Forum, Kenny! This should probably be in Repairs, but I will wait to move the discussion until after you have seen it.
by Jim McConkey
Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Five Years In The Making...
Replies: 6
Views: 2878

Re: Five Years In The Making...

Mark is still building and pops in occasionally, but not very often right now.
by Jim McConkey
Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Historical approach to the tone hole position on a reed instruments
Replies: 4
Views: 6070

Re: Historical approach to the tone hole position on a reed instruments

Sorry, no pictures or old experiments laying around. Most got discarded in our last move. I think I mostly used the small reamer off a Swiss army knife to enlarge the holes, which works well on PVC. Very controllable, and you can easily hold it so it cuts the walls perpendicular to the flute. A norm...
by Jim McConkey
Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: 3D Printed Rackett
Replies: 4
Views: 1692

Re: 3D Printed Rackett

Very cool! I've always wanted one. Maybe I can print one at the library now. Here's another guy trying to 3D print racketts , with links to modeling software and historical info. That paper mentions that the Toronto Consort put out a A step-by-step guide to the construction of a Renaissance rackett ...
by Jim McConkey
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 23
Views: 5956

Re: slim hollow body with P90

New Library, searched "Daniels slimline"
by Jim McConkey
Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A different look for maple fingerboards?
Replies: 4
Views: 2101

Re: A different look for maple fingerboards?

Lots of cheaper violins have white fretboards that have been ebonized. Check your favorite supplier for fingerboard stain. Relatively cheap!
by Jim McConkey
Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Maple log
Replies: 12
Views: 4163

Re: Maple log

That piece would make a couple great djembes!