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by Matthew Lau
Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:25 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: MIMF preamp questions
Replies: 24
Views: 16794

Re: MIMF preamp questions

I'm not too worried about soldering small parts.

However, I have no idea how to think in circuits (switch out X for Y result).

It sounds like a very promising future project.
If Mauro and Mark use it, it should be great.
by Matthew Lau
Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:19 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Thinking of Spooncarving
Replies: 6
Views: 5729

Re: Thinking of Spooncarving

Nice carvings.

Re: lathe. I'll need my own place first.
However, I can take a woodworking class next quarter and use the facilities.
by Matthew Lau
Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:10 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: MIMF preamp questions
Replies: 24
Views: 16794

MIMF preamp questions

How do you compare the MIMF preamp to the commercial ones?

I'm considering whether it's worth building one vs buying one.

Also, has anyone considered making a kit, and selling it as a fundraiser for MIMF?
by Matthew Lau
Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:57 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Thinking of Spooncarving
Replies: 6
Views: 5729

Thinking of Spooncarving

My periodontist buddy has been talking to me about the joys of spoon carving. Anyone try this? Any tips? I'm thinking of getting into this since: 1. It takes less tooling than guitars. 2. A lot of friends have/will have babies. 3. It's more socially acceptable than knitting here. 4. I'd really like ...
by Matthew Lau
Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:49 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Gearing up
Replies: 16
Views: 15166

Re: Gearing up

Can you French polish over it?
Does it need a sealer?
by Matthew Lau
Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:33 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Kif Wood's Adjustable neck
Replies: 9
Views: 5307

Re: Kif Wood's Adjustable neck

No worries.

I'm kinda confused about what you mean by speaker design ideas though.
Btw, would it be bad for me to post a picture of Kif's joint up?
by Matthew Lau
Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:37 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Help create an FAQ for nut files
Replies: 50
Views: 96222

Re: Help create an FAQ for nut files

I use a very inexpensive setup: 1.) Mark depth with carbon/pencil. 2.) Grind nut to ~2-3 mm above depth 3.) Japanese Saw file. Cut slots to depth. 4.) Widen with needle files. Mine are cheap chinese files. I think that the principle is far more important than the tools used. That being said, a good ...
by Matthew Lau
Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:55 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Smallest body size that works well for standard tuned guitar (steel or nylon)?
Replies: 16
Views: 9529

Re: Smallest body size that works well for standard tuned guitar (steel or nylon)?

If the guitar were a bike, it'd be a bike friday or Xootr Swift. I'm aiming for a guitar with no compromises on functionality, but can break apart/fold in an airline carry on size. The Voyage-aire, Clay's joint, Kif's joint, and the new joint that I'm working on should all fulfill that criteria. The...
by Matthew Lau
Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:45 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Kif Wood's Adjustable neck
Replies: 9
Views: 5307

Re: Kif Wood's Adjustable neck

Just send me an email, and I'd be happy to forward the information.
by Matthew Lau
Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:58 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Erik Hokanson's Scrapwood Guitar (Pictures)
Replies: 16
Views: 8963

Re: Erik Hokanson's Scrapwood Guitar (Pictures)

Dude,

I like your esthetic style.
The bracing could provide more support behind the bridge, but nice attempt.

Where do you find your scrapwood?
by Matthew Lau
Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:56 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Smallest body size that works well for standard tuned guitar (steel or nylon)?
Replies: 16
Views: 9529

Smallest body size that works well for standard tuned guitar (steel or nylon)?

Dear new MIMF, I'm thinking of building a travel guitar that doesn't suck. I feel like a lot of the existing "travel" guitars are too small for standard tuning (Taylor big baby, Martin Backpacker, etc). However, we've had some rather well regarded smaller instruments (Stauffer, Lacote, the Martin O,...
by Matthew Lau
Sat Feb 25, 2012 2:38 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Finishing with a scraper as opposed to sandpaper...
Replies: 56
Views: 34881

Re: Finishing with a scraper as opposed to sandpaper...

Dermatome scraper!
I'm not surprised that it's so pricy.

Anyways, Al, ever considered an autographed, limited edition?
I know that I'd probably buy one.
by Matthew Lau
Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:54 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Mistakes made while building early guitars
Replies: 59
Views: 45702

Re: Mistakes made while building early guitars

Hmmm, too many to state. My biggest one is trying to compensate for a dumb mistake. I'd bought a "fully serviced" classical kit from LMII. The fretboard was 12 mm thick ebony, not the expected thickness. Rather than send it back, I tried to work with it. I tried to compensate by shaving the cedar ne...
by Matthew Lau
Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:49 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Scott French's "Eco Guitar" Project
Replies: 21
Views: 15900

Re: Scott French's "Eco Guitar" Project

Scott,

I didn't know you're in my neck of the woods!
I'm up in Davis.

In any case, nice work.
by Matthew Lau
Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:45 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Shortest reasonable scale length for travel guitar?
Replies: 17
Views: 10957

Re: Shortest reasonable scale length for travel guitar?

Dan, what type of guitar are you thinking of? I'm assuming a solid body electric. The nice thing with electrics is that you have much greater flexibility with neck joints than acoustics. Have you considered a folding guitar (like the Voyage-aire) or a simple bolt-on (just take it off)? Personally, I...