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by Mike Conner
Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:35 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Surface Mounted Full Humbucker on Carved Archtop
Replies: 11
Views: 8554

Re: Surface Mounted Full Humbucker on Carved Archtop

A Dremel with a metal cutting blade trimmed off the standard mounting tabs and reduced the extra length of the pole piece screws: N7-006 Modified Humbucker.jpg After the build was finished we can feed the shielded cable through a hole in the front plate. Double sided tape adhesive attached the humbu...
by Mike Conner
Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:18 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Surface Mounted Full Humbucker on Carved Archtop
Replies: 11
Views: 8554

Surface Mounted Full Humbucker on Carved Archtop

]A thread by Greg Martin some time ago discussed using a full size humbucker with a carved archtop: http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=4245 I have finally completed a build using a surface mounted full size neck position humbucker on a 16" carved archtop guitar: N7-220 Front right sun HD....
by Mike Conner
Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:21 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A "parasite" tone
Replies: 71
Views: 53927

Re: A "parasite" tone

Perhaps you have already checked ths, but maybe the nut slots are a little higher than necessary? If so, that can leave a length of string free to vibrate behind the fretted position (between the nut and the fingered position). I encountered an issue like this with a steel string some years ago, and...
by Mike Conner
Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:10 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: How does CA glue go "bad"?
Replies: 12
Views: 7609

Re: How does CA glue go "bad"?

I've read somewhere that CA glue starts to age once the container is opened and exposed to air and moisture. I have seen some tubes that have been opened for some time fail to cure correctly and/or very slowly. In recent years I have been buying the smaller tubes like they sell at Walmart in an atte...
by Mike Conner
Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:18 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Got a log yesterday...
Replies: 9
Views: 7300

Re: Got a log yesterday...

Barry, You can definately split it. Red maple makes great firewood ;-) It may be a bit wasteful to try and create wedges when sawing would give a better yield. I have had really good results with flat and rift sawn maple boards. I don't think that having purely quartered maple is a structural concer...
by Mike Conner
Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Got a log yesterday...
Replies: 9
Views: 7300

Re: Got a log yesterday...

We had a 20" diameter red maple cut down some years ago. Not curly but nice and clear, with the some darker or grayer areas since the tree was storm damaged some years before. Local sawyer (and co-worker) picked up the 6' to 7' long logs for me and sawed to 2.5" thick slabs. Peeled off bark and stic...
by Mike Conner
Sat Aug 20, 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Questions about build logs
Replies: 10
Views: 7904

Re: Questions about build logs

Eric, The Detailed Build section is relatively new. Charlie created it when I contacted him about how to upload and share my Archtop Build Journal. Putting all of the detail from the Journal into a thread would be interesting in terms of the forum dialog it can generate, but not really convenient as...
by Mike Conner
Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:00 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Plagiarism - What do you think
Replies: 10
Views: 9114

Re: Plagiarism - What do you think

The discussion rightly focuses on design. But one positive aspect of luthierie is the wonderfully open sharing of ideas, methods and knowledge by established "masters" and all the way down to newbies like me. There is very little of the trade secret protectionist behavior. This whole forum is a witn...
by Mike Conner
Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:07 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: hot air gun for bending binding?
Replies: 18
Views: 14867

Re: hot air gun for bending binding?

Thanks Brian and Bryan, I my case I am quite happy with my homemade hot pipe for bending sides, etc. My goal is to warm and bend small pieces of binding for inlays, for which I am presently using a cup of boiling water. I am also specing out an F style mandolin build, and there are some pretty tight...
by Mike Conner
Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:13 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: hot air gun for bending binding?
Replies: 18
Views: 14867

Re: hot air gun for bending binding?

Any make-models to recommend? I'm thinking about getting one also for the same purpose!
by Mike Conner
Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:32 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Actual Real Progress on Build
Replies: 5
Views: 4691

Re: Actual Real Progress on Build

Double post!!
by Mike Conner
Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:31 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Actual Real Progress on Build
Replies: 5
Views: 4691

Re: Actual Real Progress on Build

Looks really good Eric. It is important to have the neck block on centerline and perpendicular to the centerline when you reglue the top and back plates. Ideally, you can also achieve this with the tail block too. That will help you keep the neck alignment on centerline, and the bridge will land on ...
by Mike Conner
Thu Jul 14, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Archtop Rebuild Measuring the Top and Back?
Replies: 9
Views: 6275

Re: Archtop Rebuild Measuring the Top and Back?

Eric, The thinkess data will really be interesting! No problem with metric for me - I convert every day in my day job as an engineer, though I "think" in inches. Most of my measuring building archtops is in decimal inches (rather than fractional). Plus, decimal dimensions are easier to type ;-) 6 - ...
by Mike Conner
Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Treat inside of mandolin
Replies: 2
Views: 3099

Re: Treat inside of mandolin

I just use waterborne poly on the inside of my archtop guitars and octave mandolins, a couple of coats: - I'm guessing that it might help with longer term stability - I only finish the sides and back, and not the inside of the front plate. Finish on the inside of the spruce would make for a big head...
by Mike Conner
Sun Jul 10, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: New neck for an SG
Replies: 6
Views: 5522

Re: New neck for an SG

How about making a dummy neck out of pine? You can mess around the fit, angles and other features before committing to your maple.
by Mike Conner
Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:14 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Some maple tops
Replies: 27
Views: 26147

Re: Some maple tops

These are really unique. I like the headstock and truss rod cover designs, really artsy!
by Mike Conner
Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:29 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Archtop Build Journal
Replies: 10
Views: 17315

Re: Archtop Build Journal

Wow! Over 2000 views of the Journal thread so far. I am humbled and amazed that folks are willing to take the time. Definitely feels worth it to spend all that time creating and maintaining the Journal. (I realize not everyone who views the thread will bother to download or even view the Journal. Bu...
by Mike Conner
Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:25 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: General Finishes Waterbase Topcoat - SM is pushing this - anyone tried it?
Replies: 230
Views: 187252

Re: General Finishes Waterbase Topcoat - SM is pushing this - anyone tried it?

Randolph, I have all the details from my experience and notes and links from others in the Finishing section of my Archtop Build Journal, in the Build Tutorials section of MIMF: http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=3905 There is a lot of this same information, and much more detail from Chu...
by Mike Conner
Sat Jul 09, 2016 7:35 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: General Finishes Waterbase Topcoat - SM is pushing this - anyone tried it?
Replies: 230
Views: 187252

Re: General Finishes Waterbase Topcoat - SM is pushing this - anyone tried it?

Randolph, So far I have finished 5 instruments with Enduro-Var using a foam brush. My results have definitely improved with each attempt. The key for me is to keep each coat very thin, just enough finish to wet the surface. As Todd says - keep a wet edge and don't overbrush or rework. I am happy wit...
by Mike Conner
Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:10 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: General Finishes Waterbase Topcoat - SM is pushing this - anyone tried it?
Replies: 230
Views: 187252

Re: General Finishes Waterbase Topcoat - SM is pushing this - anyone tried it?

Thanks Todd, As you say Woodcraft is a better deal if the store is convenient. For me it's a 1 hour drive there and probably not worth it just to get a quart. Amazon Prime free shipping is a good deal for us, and I almost always have other things I am ordering via Amazon (luthier and household stuff...