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by Bill Raymond
Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: FP finish repair
Replies: 3
Views: 286

Re: FP finish repair

Damn! That kid really did a number on that top. Sorry I can't offer any advice about repairing, but it's a shame you couldn't get him to pay for that. That's totally irresponsible behavior.
by Bill Raymond
Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: it looked pretty rough
Replies: 3
Views: 468

Re: it looked pretty rough

Pretty clever use of noodles and glue to fill in that hole in the soundboard. Why put the tuners on upside down though?
by Bill Raymond
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Best way to remove "new construction" recessed light cans
Replies: 22
Views: 1506

Re: Best way to remove "new construction" recessed light cans

Since the switch controls other lights it might not be desirable to put ceiling outlets in the cans. Since the fixtures have to accommodate ceiling materials of various thicknesses, the cans are adjustable in height within the bracket. If you remove some screws, you should be able to drop the cans t...
by Bill Raymond
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Best way to remove "new construction" recessed light cans
Replies: 22
Views: 1506

Re: Best way to remove "new construction" recessed light cans

Is there some kind of remote control switch that could replace the switch controlling the cans? If so, then that would be the easy way to control the can lights from "your" side of the wall. I think I may have seen something like this on "This Old House".
by Bill Raymond
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Brace a laminated back?
Replies: 9
Views: 2101

Re: Brace a laminated back?

I don't have experience with your situation, but I would venture to say that if it seems stiff enough to you and has the tap tone you desire I'd think you could leave it unbraced regardless of its thickness.
by Bill Raymond
Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Shaping the sides of a Selmer/Maccaferri guitar
Replies: 6
Views: 993

Re: Shaping the sides of a Selmer/Maccaferri guitar

I pulled out the plans for the Selmer models and compared the longitudinal "arch" of the top in each. It is drawn as I thought: there is no real "arch", but instead, the side view of the top rises in a straight line from neck block to pliage, then falls from pliage to but in a straight line in both ...
by Bill Raymond
Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Saddle compenstion, Gibson LG-1
Replies: 13
Views: 2507

Re: Saddle compenstion, Gibson LG-1

How on earth did they maintain their reputation?
Did they??
by Bill Raymond
Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Shaping the sides of a Selmer/Maccaferri guitar
Replies: 6
Views: 993

Re: Shaping the sides of a Selmer/Maccaferri guitar

Darren, I believe you have understood what I attempted to communicate re: the shaping of the sides. As far as the longitudinal arch, I haven't studied the petite bouche plans of late, nor compared them to the grande bouche. I've only made grande bouche guitars. If you draw a side view that accuratel...
by Bill Raymond
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Shaping the sides of a Selmer/Maccaferri guitar
Replies: 6
Views: 993

Re: Shaping the sides of a Selmer/Maccaferri guitar

P.S. There is no contouring for the pliage. Although bent at the center of the top, the bend flattens at the edge to meet the straight sides. Francois Charle showed me a petite bouche when I was in Paris too long ago, and this feature was quite apparent. Apparently, Maccaferri wanted to make a true ...
by Bill Raymond
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Shaping the sides of a Selmer/Maccaferri guitar
Replies: 6
Views: 993

Re: Shaping the sides of a Selmer/Maccaferri guitar

Shaping the sides is really easier than is explained in Collins' book. Essentially, the soundboard surface of the sides lies in a plane, i.e. there is no shaping, they're just straight--except for the cutaway area. Tracing along the side from butt to neck, the edge of the side is straight until you ...
by Bill Raymond
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Growing my own osage orange forest
Replies: 6
Views: 2142

Re: Growing my own osage orange forest

Thanks David. I think the hot dry summers may be more of a challenge to growing plants than the mild winters, but there may be some suitable Dalbergias and pawlonia is a great suggestion.
by Bill Raymond
Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Growing my own osage orange forest
Replies: 6
Views: 2142

Growing my own osage orange forest

Unusual to find osage orange trees here in the upper Sacramento river valley, but there are a couple down by the river in town. I picked up a few, put them in water over winter to ferment then planted the seeds. My grandchildren should have a ready supply of fretboards.
osage orange.jpg
by Bill Raymond
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Form for laminating guitar sides
Replies: 12
Views: 3739

Re: Form for laminating guitar sides

Standard thickness--whatever that is. Veneers can be obtained from Constantine's or Certainlywood, among others. A Google search will turn up many, many sources of supply. I believe they're about 1/32 inch thick, but poplar crossbanding runs closer to 1/16 inch.
by Bill Raymond
Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Form for laminating guitar sides
Replies: 12
Views: 3739

Re: Form for laminating guitar sides

Usual layup for a Selmer-style guitar is from inside to outside: African mahogany, poplar, East Indian rosewood; though there are other woods that can be used for the outer layer, e.g. mahogany, walnut, pau ferro, et c. I used Titebond for my laminations without trouble, but Weldwood would work, too...
by Bill Raymond
Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Dust-mageddon!! Dust bag attachment help needed
Replies: 36
Views: 5109

Re: Dust-mageddon!! Dust bag attachment help needed

...and I believe in the UK it's called a "shiteton".
by Bill Raymond
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Neck Rebuild
Replies: 13
Views: 2357

Re: Neck Rebuild

I need to embrace the router more, but they scare the heck out of me.
And tablesaws don't?
by Bill Raymond
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Kahler Bridge
Replies: 22
Views: 6541

Re: Kahler Bridge

Roller bridges, IMO, are not ideal. The rocking bar bridge works just fine, and one can even get compensated bar bridges, if desired, as well as ones with various radii. Of course, sting spacing is fixed, but that isn't usually a problem. Bigsby vibratos with the added roller for more break over the...
by Bill Raymond
Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Kahler Bridge
Replies: 22
Views: 6541

Re: Kahler Bridge

Man! Those things sure do look complicated. I've always favored the Bigsby vibratos as they are simple, straightforward and do the job without a lot of fuss.
by Bill Raymond
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Twist in neck blank
Replies: 16
Views: 3645

Re: Twist in neck blank

Sorry I misunderstood, Steve. It being as you have described, I concur with others who advise finding another use for the wood and getting a new, straight piece for your neck.
by Bill Raymond
Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Twist in neck blank
Replies: 16
Views: 3645

Re: Twist in neck blank

"it appears that the twist begins just above the heel stack. It's flat up to that point. So I was thinking if I plane this flat, it would be flat....relative to what?" If you plane the heel area, then it would be flat relative to the rest of the neck and head. "now the plane of the headstock and the...