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by Jeff Mills
Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Lacquered Fretboard
Replies: 8
Views: 3281

Re: Lacquered Fretboard

Thanks for the tips - I just used what seems to be quickly becoming my favorite hand tool... a razor blade. I caught the lacquer before it dried and it came off the fret tops very easy.
by Jeff Mills
Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:39 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Lacquered Fretboard
Replies: 8
Views: 3281

Lacquered Fretboard

Sorry if this question has been asked already... tapping into the vast knowledge bank here again. I'm going to lacquer a fretboard that is bound and I have not installed the frets in yet. I think I should go ahead and install the frets, then lacquer the entire neck including the fretboard and frets....
by Jeff Mills
Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:52 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck-through / tilt question
Replies: 3
Views: 2203

Neck-through / tilt question

I hate to have to ask but I could not find this discussed anywhere in the forum, could have been but my searching came up dry. So please forgive me if it's been discussed before. I'm working on my first neck-trough or (neck-thru) bass. Is achieving desired neck tilt just a matter of attaching the bo...
by Jeff Mills
Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:08 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Black Walnut / Wild Black Cherry?
Replies: 4
Views: 3405

Re: Black Walnut / Wild Black Cherry?

Awesome thanks :D
by Jeff Mills
Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:01 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Black Walnut / Wild Black Cherry?
Replies: 4
Views: 3405

Black Walnut / Wild Black Cherry?

Please forgive me if this has already been answered in another thread.

Black Walnut - Good for archtop bodies?
Wild Black Cherry - Good for necks?
by Jeff Mills
Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:59 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hardware for pre 71 Gibson EB-2D clone build
Replies: 3
Views: 2982

Re: Hardware for pre 71 Gibson EB-2D clone build

Just got off the phone with Hipshot and the bridge will not work with the stock mute. Well no I'm back to square one... Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
by Jeff Mills
Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:32 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hardware for pre 71 Gibson EB-2D clone build
Replies: 3
Views: 2982

Hardware for pre 71 Gibson EB-2D clone build

I'm looking mainly for the bridge mute and bridge cover in chrome http://www.flyguitars.com/graphics/part40b.jpg http://www.flyguitars.com/graphics/part7a.jpg I think I'll go with hipshot's 2 pole Gibson replacement bridge if it will work this the bridge mute (need to call hipshot to be sure). http:...
by Jeff Mills
Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:55 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 4th one is done
Replies: 9
Views: 6049

Re: 4th one is done

For side dots I wanted something bigger for old eyes to see and dark red rather than the standard 1/16" diameter and black or white store bought side dots. So I was looking at a couple of heavy fender pics and came up with an idea. I drilled a 1/2" hole in a chunk of wood but not all the way through...
by Jeff Mills
Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 4th one is done
Replies: 9
Views: 6049

Re: 4th one is done

Four weeks, and worth every minute of it. That finish looks great! Seems like an awful lot of controls for a bass, though. One old trick to the patience problem is to have multiple projects going at once. You can apply a coat to one instrument, then go work on the fretboard of another. I used this ...
by Jeff Mills
Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:34 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bridge Placement Headaches
Replies: 7
Views: 4487

Re: Bridge Placement Headaches

I have an old trapeze tailpiece. with this attached i make sure the E1st & E 6th strings intonate. Basically I measure down the string on the E 1st with the saddle 2/3 - 3/4 forward to start with and move the bridge slightly until both E's intonate properly. For string throughs I have a metal plate...
by Jeff Mills
Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:22 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 4th one is done
Replies: 9
Views: 6049

Re: 4th one is done

Third times a charm?
by Jeff Mills
Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:14 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 4th one is done
Replies: 9
Views: 6049

Re: 4th one is done

Steve Senseney wrote:I would like to see your pics, but they don't show up for me!
Hi Steve - I adjusted the URL in the first post
by Jeff Mills
Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 4th one is done
Replies: 9
Views: 6049

4th one is done

You guys must have all the patience in the world besides building (which is the definition of patience) it took 4 weeks for the finish to cure... There is no way I could take the monthly challenge :lol: Thanks to EVERYONE on this site, I studied hard, read a lot and learned a ton. Arch Top and Back ...
by Jeff Mills
Mon May 21, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Binding without a router
Replies: 10
Views: 6878

Re: Binding without a router

Clay Schaeffer wrote:I think the $20 Harbor Freight trimmer is what makes some people consider "going there". <g>
I hear that, I've had one of those $20 routers for over a year that a friend gave me. I took it out of the box once and examined it, put it back in the box and it's been there every since.
by Jeff Mills
Mon May 21, 2012 12:58 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Binding without a router
Replies: 10
Views: 6878

Re: Binding without a router

I went "mid-evil" and used an adjustable razor knife. I don't recall the brand, I found it at auto zone in the 3, 5 and 10 dollar bin. It is all steel and has a thumb screw to hold the blade at the desired length. A few mins on my bench grinder to get the end square did the trick. it was a nice find...
by Jeff Mills
Mon May 21, 2012 12:29 am
Forum: Challenges
Topic: The "Local Materials" Challenge
Replies: 36
Views: 47017

Re: The "Local Materials" Challenge

Geeze I own a sawmill and have wood out the ying yang :roll: is wild black cherry and walnut good for a solid body bass?
by Jeff Mills
Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:10 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Carving Necks
Replies: 28
Views: 16608

Re: Carving Necks

Jeff are you a violin guy?? Glass is a violin-culture scraper thing. :lol: no but I'll do anything to minimize sanding - I've developed quite a glass collection over the years, lots of different profiles, shapes and sizes... Be careful glass not only cuts wood like butter, it'll also cut you in a h...
by Jeff Mills
Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:51 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Carving Necks
Replies: 28
Views: 16608

Re: Carving Necks

Spokeshaves, razor blade and glass for me. Spoke shave for roughing, razor blade for shaving, glass for the finer stuff - I really dislike sanding...
by Jeff Mills
Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:49 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Brian May wiring schematic
Replies: 9
Views: 4937

Re: Brian May wiring schematic

jamie unden wrote:
Jeff Mills wrote:Wouldn't this work the same with just 3 on/off/on switches instead of 6 switches?

Thanks
Except that the Brian May wiring has the pickups in series and yours has the in parallel.
Which is better series or parallel? I'm asking because I really don't know which is better.

Thanks
by Jeff Mills
Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:28 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help for a Binding Virgin
Replies: 2
Views: 2201

Re: Help for a Binding Virgin

Sounds like it's time for the magnifying head gear again - I wonder if I couldn't make up something with a slit in a dowel and just the the tip of like a stanley razor blade exposed. or... maybe I could make some scratch stock, god knows I got plenty of spent bandsaw blades from the sawmill to use f...