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by Paul Breen
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Drop filling
Replies: 9
Views: 1862

Re: Drop filling

Good tip! I have been using micro pipettes for CA but sometimes even that is too much.
by Paul Breen
Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Banjo Dowel Stick Angle Adjust?
Replies: 3
Views: 960

Re: Banjo Dowel Stick Angle Adjust?

I would suggest that you begin this project just getting it cleaned up and installing a new head on it. Don't worry for now about the neck angle and string it up with a new bridge for the current geometry. You can change this later if you are unhappy with the result. Mandolin scale length banjos can...
by Paul Breen
Tue Nov 12, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Need bridge thickness for 76 Gibson J-45/50
Replies: 6
Views: 1249

Re: Need bridge thickness for 76 Gibson J-45/50

Hi Carl, thanks for responding. I have gotten a clueless response from Gibson and have this question posed on 3 different forums. No one has come forward so far that can measure an actual Gibson J-45/50 bridge. The J-45/50 was a transitional model that absorbed the J-50, came out in 76. Gibson has d...
by Paul Breen
Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Need bridge thickness for 76 Gibson J-45/50
Replies: 6
Views: 1249

Re: Need bridge thickness for 76 Gibson J-45/50

Thanks for the comments Bryan. This is one of my own projects, not client repair work and I am in no particular hurry to get it done. You are correct that the geometry, getting it back to where it should be, will drive my decision making. It absolutely will need the neck re-set and I'm sure the reas...
by Paul Breen
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Need bridge thickness for 76 Gibson J-45/50
Replies: 6
Views: 1249

Re: Need bridge thickness for 76 Gibson J-45/50

I sent an inquiry to Gibson and received their response this morning. "Unfortunately, we have no ’76 models available to take bridge measurements from and we have no archived data available for the dimensions of bridges used back in 1976" Well, no help there... Hoping someone has one of these instru...
by Paul Breen
Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Need bridge thickness for 76 Gibson J-45/50
Replies: 6
Views: 1249

Need bridge thickness for 76 Gibson J-45/50

I have acquired a 76 Gibson J-45/50 that I suspect has had the bridge thinned to get the action lower on a guitar that needs a neck re-set. I am hoping someone has access to one and can provide an unmolested bridge thickness.
by Paul Breen
Thu May 16, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Regluing tail block
Replies: 3
Views: 1136

Re: Regluing tail block

The work can be done through the sound hole. However, if the binding is already off or loose and there is damage to the adjacent lining, there may be an advantage to pulling the binding back to address those issues. I put strips off acrylic mirror cut to fit through the sound hole and a light, so I ...
by Paul Breen
Tue May 07, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17
Replies: 201
Views: 33621

Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

Yeah Chuck but I have to draw a line somewhere or I will end up replacing the whole guitar. The handle broke on my fathers hammer, so I replaced it. Later, I broke the claw end off of my fathers hammer, so I replaced it. Is it still my fathers hammer? Yep, if you go too far you will end up with a n...
by Paul Breen
Wed May 01, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Builders' Supplies and Services
Topic: FREE: Guitar making books
Replies: 3
Views: 1558

Re: FREE: Guitar making books

Hi there,

I would be interested in your offer if you have had no other takers yet. Just send me an email to iron out details. Paul
by Paul Breen
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Ukulele Intonation Mystery
Replies: 9
Views: 2728

Re: Ukulele Intonation Mystery

Thought that might be the case. Sometimes we overlook or discount the simple things, glad you got off easy on this one!
by Paul Breen
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Ukulele Intonation Mystery
Replies: 9
Views: 2728

Re: Ukulele Intonation Mystery

What kind of strings are you using? Before you run yourself in circles chasing measurements, try replacing the offending string. I recently installed a new set of Aquila brand Nylgut strings on a 5 string banjo. One of the brand new strings just would not play in tune. Checking the intonation, I fou...
by Paul Breen
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Neck Reset
Replies: 7
Views: 3863

Re: Neck Reset

Yes, the dovetail will need shims to achieve a proper fit with the new neck angle, I would attach them with hide glue. I was referring to the splintered off wood bits, visible in the image you provided of the dovetail. I would take that all down flat, epoxy on a new bit of Mahogany and level that ba...
by Paul Breen
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Neck Reset
Replies: 7
Views: 3863

Re: Neck Reset

I like doing plywood repairs like this using West System epoxy. Glue the obvious loose stuff first, sand and add a veneer to bring you to the level of the surrounding top surface. Doesn't have to be pretty because you will cover it with the finger board extension. You don't need 100% non-glue, clean...
by Paul Breen
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Case build for wood key xylophone
Replies: 5
Views: 7037

Re: Case build for wood key xylophone

Thanks for the remarks. I did actually do a lot of thinking about how I would approach this case build. The owner left the xylophone with me during the design phase and I experimented with different groupings of the parts to see what would be the most compact design. The stacked tray design that pre...
by Paul Breen
Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Case build for wood key xylophone
Replies: 5
Views: 7037

Re: Case build for wood key xylophone

OK, last two images. Another view of the closed case from the other end. xylo case 2.jpg Here is a shot of the felt work in progress on the most difficult tray to felt. Btm tray felt work.jpg Turned out very well and the owner was quite pleased. It was a lot more work than what I imagined at the ons...
by Paul Breen
Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Case build for wood key xylophone
Replies: 5
Views: 7037

Case build for wood key xylophone

I had a guy I do a fair amount of repair work for, ask me to build a custom case for his wood key xylophone. I put him off several times but finally relented from his persistence and said I would take it on. I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into at the onset, I had never built a case before, ...
by Paul Breen
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: de gluing question
Replies: 3
Views: 3154

Re: de gluing question

A word of warning, make sure your putty/ palette knives are stainless steel or you will create Black mineral stains in the wood from the acidic vinegar oxidizing plain steel.
by Paul Breen
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Dying epoxy
Replies: 19
Views: 6148

Re: Dying epoxy

I use West System epoxy, so that is the only epoxy I have any experience with adding tints. That said, liquid trans tints work quite well and do not seem to affect the hardness when cured. This will not create an opaque finish though but would contribute toward toward an Ebonized effect.
by Paul Breen
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: MIMF 21st birthday giveaway
Replies: 21
Views: 8619

Re: MIMF 21st birthday giveaway

Think I have been lurking here off and on since 2005, my the time flies! Throw my name in the hat too please.
by Paul Breen
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Reglue plastic bindings. What glue?
Replies: 9
Views: 6547

Re: Reglue plastic bindings. What glue?

Titebond holds...for a while. It gets the guitar out the door. I don't view it as a permanent fix, as any further shrinkage will break what is a low strength bond with plastics that it is not designed to glue. Titebond's great virtue is that it can be cleaned up with water, and that it does develop...