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by Steven Smith
Mon May 04, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 24"x4"×3" Neck Blanks
Replies: 4
Views: 1274

Re: 24"x4"×3" Neck Blanks

I routinely get two necks out of the 24 x 4 x 3 blanks. Unlike the drawing above I plane the surface of the blank and then layout the neck from there although I expect the drawing was just to show that two necks would fit. If the wood does not have significant defects then it should be no problem.
by Steven Smith
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Aqua Coat grain filler
Replies: 7
Views: 976

Re: Aqua Coat grain filler

Yes, on Honduran rosewood. I just used the clear version and it did look good, but, since the Honduran is pretty light anyway, I think it would have looked better if it was tinted really dark as you are looking for.
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by Steven Smith
Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Aqua Coat grain filler
Replies: 7
Views: 976

Re: Aqua Coat grain filler

I've used it on several guitars under French polish. I like it. I have not tried to tint it. They have a number on their website for questions, you could contact them and ask.
by Steven Smith
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Crack repair
Replies: 8
Views: 3558

Re: Crack repair

I've been using the GluBoost since it came out and I do like it a lot for finish repairs. I prefer HHG for bridge/brace reglues and crack repairs unless it's a very low-cost guitar with a client on a low budget. One thing I do is that when I fix anything on the finish I tell the owner that I'll make...
by Steven Smith
Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Loss of bass lowering the saddle?
Replies: 40
Views: 13230

Re: Loss of bass lowering the saddle?

Square topped braces are not an issue. I know of one top luthier that leaves his braces square. If the top is voiced properly it just doesn't matter.
by Steven Smith
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: open discussion about binding/purfling fitting
Replies: 23
Views: 9221

Re: open discussion about binding/purfling fitting

Like Randy says it's important to seal with shellac before using the CA. I tried to go back and edit my post but looks like there's a time limit with the new softaware?
by Steven Smith
Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: open discussion about binding/purfling fitting
Replies: 23
Views: 9221

Re: open discussion about binding/purfling fitting

Another vote for CA. I almost always use wood bindings and I've found that making sure that the binding fits the channel makes a huge difference. I tape my bindings together and bend them on a pipe. I also use a razor blade to scrape the inside corner of the binding which helps the fit. I use 3/4" 3...
by Steven Smith
Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Number 3 Celtic themed 12 fret 000
Replies: 4
Views: 1946

Re: Number 3 Celtic themed 12 fret 000

That's nice Bob, I like oak guitars!
by Steven Smith
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Alvarez “bridge”
Replies: 11
Views: 2781

Re: Alvarez “bridge”

Michael Lewis wrote:Have fun with the StewMac Bridge Saver. It is a very good tool for this application.
It sure is a handy tool when things aren't too far gone, I hate pulling bridge plates.
by Steven Smith
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17
Replies: 201
Views: 42741

Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

Michael Lewis wrote:Yes, I read all that, and it made me think about some of the jobs I have done on really far gone instruments. Did you ever get one in a paper bag? ...
That's funny, I did get a 40's J45 in a trash bag once :?
by Steven Smith
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: REPAIR
Replies: 8
Views: 2631

Re: REPAIR

I’ve been doing the dental composite with eBay stuff for a couple of years. So far, it seems permanent. It sure is easier than remaking the nut. My experience with the CA plus anything fills in the nut slots is that they are very temporary (but useful when you only have a minute). I've also been us...
by Steven Smith
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17
Replies: 201
Views: 42741

Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

The reduction of solvent used to clean your gun with the PPS is worth the cost, alone. Steven, what sized tip do you have on the Evo, and does it work well for lacquer? Barry, sorry I missed the question the first time around but just saw it going back through the thread. The tip I'm using is a 1.2...
by Steven Smith
Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: How thin?
Replies: 2
Views: 1464

Re: How thin?

Interesting article. Would love to see areas where wood could replace plastics.
by Steven Smith
Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: bending binding
Replies: 15
Views: 5741

Re: bending binding

Well never say never. I made try wood again :) I found that where it turned towards the neck at the upper bout it needed hard pulling at the top edge to get tight to the body. I had to put clamps in various spots to get it tight and it frustrated me a bit. It DID get in there though and does look p...
by Steven Smith
Sun Oct 06, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Archtop side crack
Replies: 33
Views: 7032

Re: arctop side crack

Well done!
by Steven Smith
Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Pet Thread
Replies: 6
Views: 2911

Re: Pet Thread

The collars can be useful for training but should be used to target specific behaviors. Some breeds are compliant enough that they shouldn't need them at all, Irish Setters come to mind. I've used them on Australian Shepherds for long distance off-leash training because that breed has an ability to ...
by Steven Smith
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17
Replies: 201
Views: 42741

Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

Yep, I use and really like the 3M PPS cup system. I use it on my Walcom Evo HVLP gun.
by Steven Smith
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph
Replies: 43
Views: 20698

Re: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph

Often people sand the fretboard to remove the divots when they are doing a refret. Frank's method has the advantage of building up the divoted area rather than removing a lot of wood. To some they don't pose a problem, to others they are annoying. With today's penchant for relicked finishes it make...
by Steven Smith
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Bolt on guys - bolts loosen with dry humidity?
Replies: 12
Views: 4710

Re: Bolt on guys - bolts loosen with dry humidity?

I have to agree with Mark there, every guitar I repair gets every nut/bolt/screw checked to be sure it's snugged up the way it should be.