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by Paul E Buerk
Sun Jul 24, 2016 5:52 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Black finishes
Replies: 17
Views: 11013

Re: Black finishes

I've had good results using water-based colors called "Faskolor", which I picked up from a local hobby shop. Apparently this stuff is used for painting RC cars. There's a good selection of colors available, including some that change in different lights. I've used it with water-based finishes, mostl...
by Paul E Buerk
Sun Jul 24, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Considering a thickness sander. What to get?
Replies: 42
Views: 34042

Re: Considering a thickness sander. What to get?

I have the Delta 18", and rate it a solid "OK". The height adjustment is done via a belt, which is OK, but I do have to go back and true up the table more than I'd like. I'm considering changing the drive from a belt to a chain, but that sounds like a lot more work than i want to take on right now. ...
by Paul E Buerk
Sun Jul 24, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: roses are red....
Replies: 15
Views: 15719

Re: roses are red....

I've used red Reconstituted Stone. Pretty easy to work with.
by Paul E Buerk
Mon Jan 04, 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Body end truss rod adjuster
Replies: 3
Views: 3526

Re: Body end truss rod adjuster

I did it once, but probably won't ever do it again. When the nut was tightened, the end of the rod dipped down so that the nut was rubbing the top of the guitar.
by Paul E Buerk
Mon Aug 24, 2015 12:35 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Correcting Intonation on Epiphone Casino
Replies: 14
Views: 8486

Re: Correcting Intonation on Epiphone Casino

If indeed the bridge is too far back to allow proper intonation, you can find replacement bridges that allow for more adjustment range. One example is the Wilkinson roller bridge which has oblong post mounting holes and grub screws. There are other bridges that simply have more saddle travel. The ot...
by Paul E Buerk
Thu Apr 16, 2015 8:04 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: #4,5,6 & 7
Replies: 13
Views: 5456

Re: #4,5,6 & 7

I thought I was going to see the start of a beautiful plane collection, but this will do just fine instead. Nice work!
by Paul E Buerk
Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:42 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fanned Fret Guitars
Replies: 15
Views: 6547

Re: Fanned Fret Guitars

I'd posted a thread on the slotting jig I made:

http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2669
by Paul E Buerk
Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Any successful method of jointing backs and tops without power jointer or planes?
Replies: 28
Views: 13130

Re: Any successful method of jointing backs and tops without power jointer or planes?

Any alternative that I can think of besides a sanding setup would be more expensive than a sharp plane. My favorite is a #6, although you could definitely get by with a #4 or #5, and some prefer a #7. These are available all the time on eBay and sometimes on Craigslist for between $20 and $50 for a ...
by Paul E Buerk
Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:45 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Local builders groups -- demo suggestions please
Replies: 19
Views: 13819

Re: Local builders groups -- demo suggestions please

Another possible topic is planning and drawing, see what others are doing to come up with theirs. Could be anything from design sketching, old-school drafting, to 2D and 3D.
by Paul E Buerk
Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:51 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: bowed instrument hard cases
Replies: 7
Views: 9312

Re: bowed instrument hard cases

I'd recommend building your own road cases. You can get all the extrusions and parts online, and there's not much to building them. After having built a few traditional guitar cases, I'm inclined to never do it again, and the cost to build a road case is comparable to what it takes to build a more t...
by Paul E Buerk
Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:03 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Doug Fir Stair Tread Les Caster.
Replies: 5
Views: 4419

Re: Doug Fir Stair Tread Les Caster.

I've built a couple basses using Doug Fir, with one just using it as the core wood for the wings on a neck through. The other was a two string with a Doug Fir Body. Both sound fine, and I like the light weight. It can ding pretty easily, and you'll find the occasional shake in an inopportune place, ...
by Paul E Buerk
Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:05 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Piezo Cable Source
Replies: 2
Views: 2922

Re: Piezo Cable Source

I did find pinpegpickups, and they have it in stock as of this morning, so ordered a bit. On the string spacing at the bridge, this is my first crack at an EUB, so I'm going by what I'm seeing out there on other instruments. Most notable example is the NS Design models, which are 3.66". I've seen ot...
by Paul E Buerk
Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:59 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Piezo Cable Source
Replies: 2
Views: 2922

Piezo Cable Source

I'm working on a project and need an undersaddle pickup for it, around 4" long. I'd planned on using a Fishman Presys+, cutting off the existing piezo cable, and attaching a longer piece. However, none of the places mentioned online sell it in reasonable amounts. One sells it by the inch but is out ...
by Paul E Buerk
Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Archtop as a concept for acoustic bass guitar?
Replies: 23
Views: 12324

Re: Archtop as a concept for acoustig bass guitar?

[quote] RM Mattola had an article in American Lutherie documenting his build of a bass mandolin. It was ginormous and looked absurd, but he reported it sounding like a pitz double bass. /quote] I was going to suggest taking a look at his "Canotto". IMO, it's probably the only way that you can get a ...
by Paul E Buerk
Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:18 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: sea glassing fret ends
Replies: 8
Views: 3552

Re: sea glassing fret ends

IIRC, Warmoth trimmed fret ends using a router. Could be old information, not sure what they do now, but I believe I read this in AL. I've never tried it since I don't build anywhere near that rate. Am I the only person here who looks at that video and cringes at the basic shop safety stuff? Or am I...
by Paul E Buerk
Fri Jul 11, 2014 11:57 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help me design a beater
Replies: 14
Views: 6057

Re: Help me design a beater

What sort of bracing do you have under the hood with that small bridge footprint?
They have a simple X Brace pattern, 90 degrees with two finger braces. I'm trying to remember if I've used "Musser Bars" on any of these.
by Paul E Buerk
Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:56 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help me design a beater
Replies: 14
Views: 6057

Re: Help me design a beater

You might want to consider using Douglas Fir for the top, as I've found it to be pretty durable. Not sure I'd push the durability envelope on any wood top, though. I've built a bunch of these guitars, designed to fit in a Strat gigbag and fit in overhead compartments easily. It's not really short sc...
by Paul E Buerk
Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:31 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: maybe nobody noticed: Peruvian walnut at Rockler
Replies: 2
Views: 2960

Re: maybe nobody noticed: Peruvian walnut at Rockler

I've used it for a few steel string bodies and necks. It's OK, but I don't think I'll ever use it again except for decorative lines. Just found it to be a little wooly/pulpy for my tastes. Seems to be OK for necks.
by Paul E Buerk
Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Understanding Neck Angle
Replies: 26
Views: 8793

Re: Understanding Neck Angle

There's not a pivot "point" Sure there is, but I didn't explain it well. If you take a side view of the body, neck, and fingerboard/frets, etc., then group everything on the neck/fingerboard/headstock/etc (everything except the body and bridge), then you can set a pivot point at the precise point w...
by Paul E Buerk
Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:25 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Understanding Neck Angle
Replies: 26
Views: 8793

Re: Understanding Neck Angle

The nice thing about working this through CAD is that you can group all of the layers/elements of the neck/fingerboard, assign a pivot point where you want it, rotate the group and measure the resulting angle. Since I've made neck angle miscalculations before, I've made it a habit to draw out a thor...