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by Bill Raymond
Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Ideas Wanted for Cross-Notching Aluminum Rod
Replies: 11
Views: 179

Re: Ideas Wanted for Cross-Notching Aluminum Rod

I would take another piece of rod of the same diameter--perhaps an off cut from the one you want to notch, if you had to cut it to length--clamp them in a drill press vice, or perhaps in a 1 1/2 inch slot it a piece of lumber and drill your hole dead center between them, et voila' a half hole notch ...
by Bill Raymond
Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: This got me mad!
Replies: 16
Views: 571

Re: This got me mad!

Yes, the end result is that he restored a mediocre guitar to playability. It's even possible that his addition of a couple layers of veneer to that neck may have made it better, if it was anything like the neck on my C-1. It may even sound better than it did out of the factory.
by Bill Raymond
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Help! Confusion over non-functioning electronics
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: Help! Confusion over non-functioning electronics

So it does not mean "Congenital Rubella Syndrome"...
by Bill Raymond
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: This got me mad!
Replies: 16
Views: 571

Re: This got me mad!

Well, I have to agree, Max that adding rosewood veneer to the neck because he neglected to consider the thickness of the top is a bad move, but once he got that far into it he didn't have much of a choice but to make up for that mistake somehow. It would have been better, perhaps, to adjust the unde...
by Bill Raymond
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy
Replies: 19
Views: 1994

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Hey Chuck, nice job on that classical!
by Bill Raymond
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Makeshift Alternative for Tone Woods?
Replies: 5
Views: 4843

Re: Makeshift Alternative for Tone Woods?

Another possibility is redwood siding which is usually quartersawn, or you may be able to choose a quartersawn piece from redwood at your local box store. I used redwood for a Savart viola, and found it performed well.
by Bill Raymond
Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: FP finish repair
Replies: 4
Views: 2401

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: 1959

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: 5237

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: 5237

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: 4623

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: 1861

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: 3619

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: 1861

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: 1861

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: 1861

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: 3784

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: 3784

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: 5014

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: 5014

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...