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by Freeman Keller
Tue May 28, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Slight color mismatch
Replies: 3
Views: 1203

Re: Slight color mismatch

I've had pretty good results staining mahogany to match other wood, usually rosewood, but I've never bothered about different pieces of mahogany.
by Freeman Keller
Tue May 28, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Plan for Double Neck?
Replies: 11
Views: 2645

Re: Plan for Double Neck?

http://www.guitarplansunlimited.com/Dou ... necks.html

https://luthiersupplies.com.au/gibson-e ... uitar-plan

If you decide to build a double neck, ask me about the one I worked on. It was truly the guitar from hell
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by Freeman Keller
Mon May 13, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Sanding top kerfing, head and tail blocks
Replies: 10
Views: 3527

Re: Sanding top kerfing, head and tail blocks

Jorge, I think flat on the top is OK but remember that the back is not only domed but it tapers from tail block to the head, Normally the lower bout is about the same thickness but the sides taper significantly from the waist to the neck. I rough cut that taper into my sides before I bend them but I...
by Freeman Keller
Mon May 13, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Sanding top kerfing, head and tail blocks
Replies: 10
Views: 3527

Re: Sanding top kerfing, head and tail blocks

Jorge, as Alan said, the back (and tops) are usually more or less spherically domed which is kind of tricky to achieve without a radius dish. The method described in the StewMac instructions sort of works - I used it on my first couple of guitars. I just made a couple of sanding sticks long enough t...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Fret Board Divot Repair
Replies: 5
Views: 1728

Re: Fret Board Divot Repair

I've done a couple with epoxy and powdered wood of whatever kind the f/b was - ebony or rose. It worked in a couple of cases, the patches popped out in a couple of others. I have a feeling that the owners had "fed" the wood with some sort of oily crap which prevented good bonding. Mostly now when I ...
by Freeman Keller
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Saddle compenstion, Gibson LG-1
Replies: 13
Views: 4299

Re: Saddle compenstion, Gibson LG-1

I replaced the plastic saddle on an LG-1 with a rosewood one and cut the slot at the scale length plus 1/16 on the high E and scale length plus 3/16 on the low E. I gave the saddle the usual B string notch and the intonation seems pretty good on this funky old guitar. Also had to reinforce the bridg...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Please help: neck reshape: yes or no
Replies: 14
Views: 4772

Re: Please help: neck reshape: yes or no

Jorge and Brian, one thing that I have learned about making necks is to don't trust my hands to tell me its the right shape. I make a point of making at least two templates off of a neck that I like and carve to fit them. You can buy a clever little device (I think its for duplicating moldings) that...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Please help: neck reshape: yes or no
Replies: 14
Views: 4772

Re: Please help: neck reshape: yes or no

I have reshaped the necks on two guitars after they were finished. Both were too "chunky" - its hard for a new builder to remove enough wood. In both cases the guitars were finished, I had to refinish the necks basically from scratch. Both guitars had bold on necks and I removed them to do the work....
by Freeman Keller
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Wound G string on Electric Guitar Question
Replies: 2
Views: 1774

Re: Wound G string on Electric Guitar Question

One significant difference when you replace a plain third with a wound one is that the intonation will be totally wonky. Easy to fix but you will need to fix it (and back again if you switch back). Remember that the amount of compensation that a string needs is a function of the core diameter - a wo...
by Freeman Keller
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Reso-electric dobro kit - any improvements possible?
Replies: 9
Views: 4567

Re: Reso-electric dobro kit - any improvements possible?

Ingenious. I was thinking a hole thru the cone which would just open a can of worms (or rattles).
by Freeman Keller
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Reso-electric dobro kit - any improvements possible?
Replies: 9
Views: 4567

Re: Reso-electric dobro kit - any improvements possible?

Peter and Graham, I pretty much agree with your thoughts. My experience is with acoustic instruments - I did play a Reso-Electric a long time ago and I thought it was an interesting instrument, but frankly I wasn't all that impressed for the kind of music I play (delta blues mostly). The Res-Electri...
by Freeman Keller
Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Reso-electric dobro kit - any improvements possible?
Replies: 9
Views: 4567

Re: Reso-electric dobro kit - any improvements possible?

Graham, first welcome to MIMF and second, that is an interesting guitar. I'll make a few random comments that may help you think about how you want to build it. First my (minor) credentials - I own three resonators and work on them from time to time. Mine are all acoustic and cover the three basic s...
by Freeman Keller
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Best straight edge size for tuning up guitars
Replies: 9
Views: 3935

Re: Best straight edge size for tuning up guitars

I have a couple of 24 inchers that I use most of the time - its nice to have two to put along side the fretboard when I'm trying to find the centerline at the bridge. They are good for laying on the fretboard of an acoustic when checking the neck angle. I also have a 36 inch that is very handy for l...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Kahler Bridge
Replies: 22
Views: 9322

Re: Kahler Bridge

Man! Those things sure do look complicated. I've always favored the Bigsby vibratos as they are simple, straightforward and do the job without a lot of fuss. I install Bigsbys when asked to and certainly they solve some of the issues of a Strat or Floyd, but they can have other problems. Best to us...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Kahler Bridge
Replies: 22
Views: 9322

Re: Kahler Bridge

Forum will only let me post five pictures at a time, but here is one more - you can see the three sections. From left are the roller saddles (yeah baby!), the cam section which is the guts of the trem, and the string retainers and fine tuners. I didn't take a picture of the underside but the two spr...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Kahler Bridge
Replies: 22
Views: 9322

Re: Kahler Bridge

Guitars have all gone away so I can't take any more pictures but I can share the ones that I have. This will be a combination of the best of each guitar so don't get nervous if the colors keep changing. First thing, like any guitar, the geometry is critical. All three of these were Warmoth bodies an...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Adhesive for pick guard
Replies: 7
Views: 3369

Re: Adhesive for pick guard

I flatened the pickguard as best I could, built up the damaged areas with CA and leveled back to the finishing and reinstalled the p/g with the 3M sticky tape. I also told the owner that it might not last and we would have to consider a plan B.
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by Freeman Keller
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Kahler Bridge
Replies: 22
Views: 9322

Re: Kahler Bridge

Nobody uses them these days. Take that as a warning. I had one. I installed it in one guitar and then the same unit in another guitar. Same thing happened with both: No sustain and bad tone. It's a high quality product, but my experience with them was not a good one. Interesting that my friend and ...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Adhesive for pick guard
Replies: 7
Views: 3369

Re: Adhesive for pick guard

My tape was some generic carpet tape - it seems to be pretty tenacious - I used it on another pick guard but that one was nice clean finish on the guitar and a clean new p/g. The top of this guitar is pretty beat up, down to and into wood in a number of places, most of which are right at the edge of...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Adhesive for pick guard
Replies: 7
Views: 3369

Adhesive for pick guard

I'm working on an old Yamaha that has a big thick engraved pick guard (thing Gibson Hummingbird) that is coming off. It looks like it was attached to the top which was finished (doesn't react to lacquer thinner, must be some sort of catalyzed something). There is damage down to the wood in a number ...