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by Freeman Keller
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need to find a bridge...
Replies: 26
Views: 10217

Re: Need to find a bridge...

Steve, I haven't worked thru all the dimensions, but a Nashville style bridge is about 0.327 tall, the bushig is 0.120 and the adjuster 0.050. The saddles stand above that but I don't have one in front of me to measure. However the total height to the top of the frame at the lowest setting would be ...
by Freeman Keller
Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: maple neck - use different finishing for neck and fretboard
Replies: 15
Views: 6421

Re: maple neck - use different finishing for neck and fretboard

As Brian says, Tru-Oil is a very popular finish for necks, even on guitars where the body or other parts are finished differently. Many people prefer the feel over lacquer or some of the "sticky" feeling finishes. You are correct that the maple f/b needs some sort of protection - that is usually lac...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Lacquer available in canada
Replies: 10
Views: 4021

Re: Lacquer available in canada

My friend sent me this. I'm passing it along verbatum - if you want to contact him PM me and I'll set it up Hey Freeman, so there's a company called Richelieu Hardware, (https://www.richelieu.com/ca/en/.) They sell Mohawk instrument lacquer. But they only sell to contractors, you can't buy over the ...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Lacquer available in hardware store
Replies: 1
Views: 1440

Re: Lacquer available in hardware store

Jean-Philippe, I don't know anything about that product but I have used Varathane as a brush on finish in a can (on wooden boats) and I remember it as a hard "modern" varnish type of finish - certainly not lacquer. If you really want lacquer I'm not sure this is what I would choose. There was a disc...
by Freeman Keller
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass guitar design advice
Replies: 45
Views: 20206

Re: Bass guitar design advice

Steve, even if you aren't building a clone of something it might be worth while to get plans for something similar to what you want to build, copy what you like and modify what you don't. These folks have several different bass plans, you could start with a P or J bass and go from there. http://www....
by Freeman Keller
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Surface prep for plastic binding
Replies: 8
Views: 2410

Re: Surface prep for plastic binding

I don't understand. Are you saying the binding is installed and you are sanding ready to finish? If so I scrape plastic binding rather than sand, but I would just go to 320 or whatever you want for your body. I stain, seal, spray any tinted coats, scrape the binding (I don't mask the skinny edge) an...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Gluing a back strap
Replies: 4
Views: 1788

Re: Gluing a back strap

The couple of times I've done it I bent the wood (either really thin veneer or something about 0.060) on a hot pipe and made a caul the same radius at the head piece. I've just used AR glue. I don't have a vacuum bag so that wasn't an option.
by Freeman Keller
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: finishing a electric guitar
Replies: 16
Views: 4818

Re: finishing a electric guitar

Oups, sorry, i forgot to say that i'm looking for something mat, not gloss. In addition, i'm looking for something in spray can. I don't have a spray gun. This is my first guitar so i don't have the full equipment such as a professionnal. So I have to deal with what is accessible to beginners. Most...
by Freeman Keller
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: finishing a electric guitar
Replies: 16
Views: 4818

Re: finishing a electric guitar

I'm not sure to use tru-oil at the end I heard that the result is a little yellow and it go worse with time. With the blue, it will turn to green. Not sure that i want that. I think that i'm obliged to go thit a lacquer. Which is the best: nitro or polyurethane (or polyester)? Thanks a lot I've nev...
by Freeman Keller
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: finishing a electric guitar
Replies: 16
Views: 4818

Re: finishing a electric guitar

Freeman - your post is saying "stain" but your process sounds like you mean "dye". Stain is finely ground opaque pigment in a carrier. Dye is a transparent color in a water or alcohol carrier. I have always used the the term stain to mean coloring something like wood (or your fingers) by absorbing ...
by Freeman Keller
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Refretting my Ibanez ES-175 Clone
Replies: 6
Views: 2122

Re: Refretting my Ibanez ES-175 Clone

Michael, a couple of random thoughts. First, you can buy fret wire with wider than 0.023 tangs. Martin techs use it for "compression fretting" - they should be able to get it for you or maybe the 1883 Shop. You'll probably be limited to medium crown. Don't know why your fret board measures what it d...
by Freeman Keller
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: finishing a electric guitar
Replies: 16
Views: 4818

Re: finishing a electric guitar

A few comments. The most important is to do all of your experimenting on scrap of the same kind of wood, ideally cutoffs from when you built it. The blow torch thing scares me - I know people do it, I never have, if you decide to you are on your own (but please post pictures) I do a lot of staining,...
by Freeman Keller
Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck final steps - order of operations?
Replies: 6
Views: 1455

Re: Neck final steps - order of operations?

As far as finish, I mask the fretboard itself right up to the edge and try to get the tape pressed down tightly at each fret. I finish the binding as part of the neck itself whether its plastic or wood. When I pull the tape I scrape up to the edge of binding and when I file the fret ends that just b...
by Freeman Keller
Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck final steps - order of operations?
Replies: 6
Views: 1455

Re: Neck final steps - order of operations?

My sequence is basically the same as John's with one big exception. I fret before gluing the board to the neck. We can debate that one all day, I feel I get better fretting by pressing and I don't have to deal with the heel. A couple of tricks. It is very important to get the sides of the f/b exactl...
by Freeman Keller
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Pacific Dogwood
Replies: 11
Views: 4374

Re: Pacific Dogwood

I had never heard of it so I entered "pacific dogwood" in the wood database and didn't get a hit. "Dogwood" itself gave me this https://www.wood-database.com/?s=dogwood Interesting that it says "eastern north america" - don't know where the pacific fits in. Also the database says its not very dimens...
by Freeman Keller
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck tenon - how tight? (and the jig I made to do it)
Replies: 7
Views: 1852

Re: Neck tenon - how tight? (and the jig I made to do it)

I try to keep as many straight square sides as possible for as long as possible to reference against. The only thing I use a router for is the truss rod channel and the shape of the head. One trick I recently learned is to use my Safe-t-planer to do the back of the neck - by shimming at the nut end ...
by Freeman Keller
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck tenon - how tight? (and the jig I made to do it)
Replies: 7
Views: 1852

Re: Neck tenon - how tight? (and the jig I made to do it)

Pretty clever, Steve. I have always just cut the neck heel angle by hand and everything else on my band saw, doing the final fit with chisels and sandpaper. The main gluing surface is the bottom of the tenon but I like a snug fit in the mortise - it slides in and out by hand but I could pick up the ...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Thicknessing back and sides with a jointer
Replies: 17
Views: 8459

Re: Thicknessing back and sides with a jointer

I just made a deal with a guy who owns a cabinet shop. He thickness sands plates for me, I set up his guitars. Win win.
by Freeman Keller
Wed May 29, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Plan for Double Neck?
Replies: 11
Views: 2687

Re: Plan for Double Neck?

Somewhere, maybe Fretboard Journal I remember an article about Paul Bigsby experimenting with neck spacing on his doubleneck mando/guitars. I would think it would be worthwhile building a dummy body out of some cheap wood and maybe slotting the neck mounting holes so you could move them around. Obvi...
by Freeman Keller
Wed May 29, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Plan for Double Neck?
Replies: 11
Views: 2687

Re: Plan for Double Neck?

Gordon, I know you would not make the mistakes that I saw on this guitar but the fact that a reputable factory did make them makes me want to pass them along. This guitar was a double neck 6 string 12 string, deep double (triple?) cutaway, set necks, carved top with two tune-o-matic bridges. I'm gue...