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by Eddie McRae
Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:05 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Mathematical Methods for Creating Radii
Replies: 24
Views: 14550

Re: Mathematical Methods for Creating Radii

Several years ago, Chris Paulick posted a video on Youtube showing an adjustable jig that he'd made to use for routing radius dishes of different sizes. In the video, he also explained the formulas he used to arrive at the desired radius. You may wanna check his channel on Youtube and watch that vid...
by Eddie McRae
Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:39 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: plans for resonator mandolin
Replies: 7
Views: 6362

Re: plans for resonator mandolin

I play in a 2-man acoustic duo with a mandolin player. He's asked me to build him one and after seeing the National model, I've been trying to persuade him to go with a reso-mando. National bases their design on a regular A-style mandolin and they use a guitar-sized cone and cover plate (9.5" cone)....
by Eddie McRae
Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:20 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Mario Labonte's Explorer guitar
Replies: 12
Views: 8113

Re: Mario Labonte's Explorer guitar

Nice job! I've never been a fan of that body-style but you certainly did it justice! BTW...regarding your pickup choices, I built a thinline T-type a while back and used a JB in the bridge and a 59 in the neck and I was very pleased with the results. So I'm sure, you'll be happy with your choices.
by Eddie McRae
Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:15 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Jim Bonnell's distressed electric
Replies: 20
Views: 14971

Re: Jim Bonnell's distressed electric

I can't decide if that's retro-cool or metal-cool or emo-cool, so to be safe, I'll just say all 3! Nice! And btw....no complaints here on distressing. I love an aged vintage look...and while I don't do alot of "relicing", I DO an awful lot of aged and vintage finishes including acid-etch aging hardw...
by Eddie McRae
Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:42 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: bending machines vs bending iron?
Replies: 23
Views: 18731

Re: bending machines vs bending iron?

This is the bender that I built. Took a couple of hours or so to build with a cost of around $35 (not including blanket or controller). It takes less than 5 minutes to set it up and I can have a side bent in 3 or 4 minutes. I honestly can't imagine trying to fight with a bending pipe now. I still us...
by Eddie McRae
Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:27 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fixed bridge advice needed...
Replies: 7
Views: 4795

Re: Fixed bridge advice needed...

I used the Wilkinson lightweight with adjustable intonation on this particular custom build. For the most part, I was pleased with it. The one drawback that I can note is the fact that the adjustment set screws are extremely small and the allen head sockets will strip very easily if you're not caref...
by Eddie McRae
Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:13 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fox Bender - Fixing a Crease in Bent Side
Replies: 5
Views: 3893

Re: Fox Bender - Fixing a Crease in Bent Side

Wood tends to want to return to it's original shape and form. This is why it's so easy to remove a dent in wood by steaming. The process softens and loosens the wood fibers so that they may return to original shape. In your case, my first course of action would be to try and steam the bend to straig...
by Eddie McRae
Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:08 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Catalpa Wood Tips for First-Time Tele
Replies: 8
Views: 5587

Re: Catalpa Wood Tips for First-Time Tele

I'll agree with Mark. In fact, I'll go a step further. I'm sure MANY will disagree with me, but in my opinion, regarding solidbody electrics, the wood itself doesn't lend much of an influence on tone. Yes, harder wood may be brighter or treblier while softer woods may be a little darker but in a sol...
by Eddie McRae
Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:36 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Mistakes made while building early guitars
Replies: 59
Views: 41589

Re: Mistakes made while building early guitars

I'd have to agree with John Kingma. After building almost 100 customs, I still make mistakes on almost every single one. Something always goes wrong. But I understand now that it's just part of the process and it's no big deal. I was building it to begin with...so I can certainly fix it. My most com...
by Eddie McRae
Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:53 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tri-Cone Resonator Plans
Replies: 7
Views: 5295

Re: Tri-Cone Resonator Plans

Thanks guys. Freeman, I searched a bit but was unable to find the drawing that you referred to. If you have a link to it, I'd greatly appreciate it. Also, I wouldn't mind having the dfx and pdf files that you mentioned if it's not too much trouble. I have a resonator and 2 acoustics in process now a...
by Eddie McRae
Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:24 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tri-Cone Resonator Plans
Replies: 7
Views: 5295

Re: Tri-Cone Resonator Plans

I was actually hoping to adapt the wood-body model that I currently make (pictured) to a tricone, but I think that may not be possible considering the lower bout measurement that you gave above. At any rate, thanks for the info! I'll just get all the hardware and make it workout although I'll most l...
by Eddie McRae
Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:27 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tri-Cone Resonator Plans
Replies: 7
Views: 5295

Tri-Cone Resonator Plans

Does anyone know where I can find a good blueprint for a tricone? I actually only need the pertinent details and specs regarding actual cone placement. I intend to use the design of the model that I currently build (biscuit) and alter it to tricone. But since I don't have a tricone to use for refere...
by Eddie McRae
Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:11 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Brazilian Cherry for fretboard?
Replies: 8
Views: 7955

Re: Brazilian Cherry for fretboard?

I use american premium black walnut for fretboards quite often. And I've been very pleased with it. I also use alot of premium cherry for bodies, sides, necks, etc. I've never tried it for use as a fretboard though, but I do have several pieces in the shop now already resawn and cut to fretboard bla...