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by Ryan Mazzocco
Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Heating up a bass neck
Replies: 18
Views: 17200

Re: Heating up a bass neck

I've ruined finish with a hair dryer before. I don't like to leave it on for a long time. But you could probably just as easily scorch it with light bulbs in a plywood box. Maybe go down to your local pizzeria and ask to use their oven after closing. It'll add a wonderful calzone scent to the neck t...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Heating up a bass neck
Replies: 18
Views: 17200

Re: Heating up a bass neck

maybe you could build a heating box out of plywood just big enough to contain the neck. then use a heat source like light bulbs or something to heat the inside
by Ryan Mazzocco
Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:33 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Hairline Cracks in Macassar Ebony Back
Replies: 25
Views: 21265

Re: Hairline Cracks in Macassar Ebony Back

Fill with CA from the finish side. I'd say don't put any unneeded stress on it with clamps; the superglue will wick it's way down in there without any help from you. Fill the cracks with the super glue just like you're doing a drop fill. Let it dry completely, maybe even letting it sit overnight, th...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Introduce yourself here!
Topic: Hello there!
Replies: 4
Views: 6519

Re: Hello there!

Bryan Bear wrote:Welcome!

I wonder if there is a furniture making forum somewhere out there where a member confesses to trying to make a chair out of a broken telecaster.
:lol:
by Ryan Mazzocco
Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: I like it!
Replies: 8
Views: 9811

I like it!

Please forgive me if this makes me sound like a spoiled, lazy millennial. I'm Just a tad too old to fit into that group. But the fact remains, aspects of modern day life such as social media has changed the way we communicate with each other. One feature that has become very prominent in these vario...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Post CITES bridge wood for classical guitars?
Replies: 21
Views: 14392

Re: Post CITES bridge wood for classical guitars?

For choosing a wood for a guitar you need to have a thorough knowledge as different types of guitars require different type of wood. For e.g. Electric Guitars and Acoustic Guitars both will require different types of woods. For Electric Guitars body you can use Alder, Ash, Maple, Rosewood and Korin...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Re-attaching self-adhering Fishman parts
Replies: 2
Views: 2772

Re-attaching self-adhering Fishman parts

I recently completed a custom commission guitar for a client. Long story short, I let him have it for a very large and important show on new years eve but told him I wanted it back to make some modifications. In the mean time he had the fishman infinity matrix system installed. The battery case had ...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Sat Dec 24, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: sticky Waverly tuners
Replies: 15
Views: 14126

Re: sticky Waverly tuners

It was really just one. They've already shipped out a replacement for no charge
by Ryan Mazzocco
Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:06 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: sticky Waverly tuners
Replies: 15
Views: 14126

Re: sticky Waverly tuners

Common issue...easy fix. Loosen the two screws on the offending tuner and recenter in bushing, then retighten. Wavs have far less tolerance than Grovers for misalignment with bushing, so sometimes it takes some effort on installation to get it right. The benefit is that over time, the tuners do not...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Making keystone style rosette pieces
Replies: 14
Views: 9909

Re: Making keystone style rosette pieces

I would go spindle sander and vertical belt sander.
If you don't want to invest in a spindle sander yet you could get a set of drums that go in your drill press from harbor freight.
by Ryan Mazzocco
Fri Dec 16, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: sticky Waverly tuners
Replies: 15
Views: 14126

Re: sticky Waverly tuners

I like the Wilkinson Waverly clones from Guitar Fetish. I just installed these Wilkinson on a new build. I find them to be sloppy. It feels like I have to go about 1/8 of a turn or more before the gear catches. I'm going to recommend to the customer we replace them with the grover sta-tites. It'll ...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:06 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: what I need to know about dealers...
Replies: 2
Views: 2384

Re: what I need to know about dealers...

Thank you Steve. That's quite helpful!
by Ryan Mazzocco
Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: what I need to know about dealers...
Replies: 2
Views: 2384

what I need to know about dealers...

As many of you know I've tired consignment. I'm sure it works for some people, but I just didn't have any good experiences with it in the two stores I tried. However, I am nearing completion of a commission build for a fantastic artist who happens to work days teaching lessons out of a family owned ...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Tue Nov 29, 2016 5:56 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: EM6000 acting weird... or I'm an idoit?
Replies: 19
Views: 15469

Re: EM6000 acting weird... or I'm an idoit?

That makes sense, since it's water... of course it would raise the grain. I'd rather not mess with that too.
by Ryan Mazzocco
Tue Nov 29, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: EM6000 acting weird... or I'm an idoit?
Replies: 19
Views: 15469

Re: EM6000 acting weird... or I'm an idoit?

I just got off the phone with Jeff from target coatings and he confirmed that the waxy shellac is the problem. I don't know why Joe has never had this problem but he won't be using it anymore either. In fact Jeff said the 6000 will go on the bare wood just fine with no sealer. Also, no need to start...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:05 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: EM6000 acting weird... or I'm an idoit?
Replies: 19
Views: 15469

Re: EM6000 acting weird... or I'm an idoit?

Thanks Bob. I just used the regular zinsser shellac. That's what Joe used so I figured it would be okay. I do know that there was an uneven build up of the shellac in the offending area due to a sag in the first coat. I sanded it down but there was still a little bit thicker in that spot. I didn't t...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:03 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: EM6000 acting weird... or I'm an idoit?
Replies: 19
Views: 15469

EM6000 acting weird... or I'm an idoit?

I've just tried using EM6000 water borne acrylic lacquer for the first time. I've seen other instruments with it and it is beautiful. But I seem to be having some issues with it. I spent a couple days with Joe Mendel and he gave me a step by step tutorial a couple months ago but my results are not n...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:37 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Can I make classical guitar neck thinner?
Replies: 16
Views: 6967

Re: Can I make classical guitar neck thinner?

Marco Giovanni wrote: ...you are professional guitar builder I guess?
I've been accused of worse. :lol: Let's just say I'm working on it.
by Ryan Mazzocco
Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Can I make classical guitar neck thinner?
Replies: 16
Views: 6967

Re: Can I make classical guitar neck thinner?

It is smarter to just sell it and buy something else that fits my needs. Still, just for my fun, I'll try to remove 2mm, I guess that won't make such a big difference. I really enjoy sanding guitars and then applying french polish :-) This seems a bit counterproductive if you ask me. (I know, you d...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:24 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Yamaha warranty
Replies: 6
Views: 5227

Re: Yamaha warranty

I am honestly not certain of anything. We're not actually that close. He's very good friends with my wife's family that we are staying with while on vacation. He's a 19 year old boy from South Africa, orphaned for all intents and purposes, has only lived in this country for about 6 years, is as nice...