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by Freeman Keller
Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Twist in neck blank
Replies: 16
Views: 5646

Re: Twist in neck blank

Very simply, Steve, if I'm not happy with a piece of wood I don't use it. I've got lots of places to use a piece of mahogany or maple or whatever it is - braces, blocks, firewood... - I don't want to loose any sleep over it. Consider saving it for a screw on neck guitar where you can easily replace ...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pot selection
Replies: 4
Views: 2741

Re: Pot selection

I've always used long shaft pots on wood topped guitars with a backing nut and washer. I use the short shaft pots on guitars with plastic or metal control cavity covers. If the wood top is very thin I put a piece of reinforcing gauze on the inside and flood some thin CA. I think that is particularly...
by Freeman Keller
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Scarf joint with a tenoning jig.
Replies: 3
Views: 2289

Re: Scarf joint with a tenoning jig.

Pretty cool gizmo, Steve. I came up with something far simpler. First, I have a really crappy little portable table saw that I almost never use for guitar building. I also have a really crappy band saw that I do. I settled on 16 degrees for my scarf joint and made a little jig out of MDF that rides ...
by Freeman Keller
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Helpful websites
Replies: 7
Views: 4180

Re: Helpful websites

Ed, I don't know if you've spent much time at the MIMF links page - there are some incredible resources there
by Freeman Keller
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Helpful websites
Replies: 7
Views: 4180

Re: Helpful websites

Ed, for what it is worth, I have a long page of book marks for sites that I go to frequently and articles that I refer to. They range from theoretical (start here) https://www.liutaiomottola.com/ http://www.annarborguitars.com/index.html Every one of the StewMac tips are great, as are Frank Ford's, ...
by Freeman Keller
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Binding width choice
Replies: 4
Views: 2347

Re: Binding width choice

Steve, I brought my calipers in and measured the binding on my LP clone. Eyeballing the calipers held up against the binding I'm consistently over 60 thou, but under 70 on all three areas - body, fretboard and head. I'm going to guess that I used 60 for everything , I do have some out in the shop an...
by Freeman Keller
Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Volute questions
Replies: 4
Views: 2248

Re: Volute questions

Steve, that I can't help you with. I've made Martin style dart volutes and I've done veneer backstraps but I haven't done one like yours.
by Freeman Keller
Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Binding width choice
Replies: 4
Views: 2347

Re: Binding width choice

That sound reasonable, but my StewMac LP plans call out the body binding as 0.070 by 0.220. I might have used 0.060 on mine. One minor little quirk about binding a Lester is that depending on how you cut your horn the binding may be taller at the inside than 0.250. You can either route your channel ...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Forcing steeper break angle over saddle on stella-type guitar
Replies: 11
Views: 5512

Re: Forcing steeper break angle over saddle on stella-type guitar

In any case, using a couple of bolts to pull the tailpiece down is kind of a kludgy (but possibly effective) way to mimic what a pin bridge would do, and would also allow me to use a lower saddle (improving the action). It might also have the effect of pulling the top up a little. But, as I said, I...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Forcing steeper break angle over saddle on stella-type guitar
Replies: 11
Views: 5512

Re: Forcing steeper break angle over saddle on stella-type guitar

The function of the bridge doctor is to (try) to counter the rotation of the bridge by creating a lever below the bridge and a rod that pushes on the end block. I tried one once on a pinned bridge, it was ineffective and I ended up resetting the neck. I don't think it will do anything on a guitar wi...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Forcing steeper break angle over saddle on stella-type guitar
Replies: 11
Views: 5512

Re: Forcing steeper break angle over saddle on stella-type guitar

How is the neck angle? I would guess it needs a reset which would allow you to set the angle anywhere you wanted. Here for reference is the break over angle on my Stella-clone 12 string IMG_4549-3.jpg I was considering doing pretty much exactly that, maybe even making a new tailpiece to get a slight...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Length Truss Rod for Parlor Guitar?
Replies: 27
Views: 9050

Re: Length Truss Rod for Parlor Guitar?

So looking down from on top you will have 2 90* angles so to speak..= ) That is not what Bryan is talking about. Looking from the side the neck is kicked back slightly so that the fret plane just hits the top of the bridge. The exact amount will depend on the amount of arching you build into the to...
by Freeman Keller
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Length Truss Rod for Parlor Guitar?
Replies: 27
Views: 9050

Re: Length Truss Rod for Parlor Guitar?

Bryan, I thought of that too last night after I made my previous post. I think the neck is just extra long with some material left to make a heel of the user's choice. If Keith made the scale length 650 mm (a common classical scale) then the 12th fret would be at 325. That leaves 15 mm (about 5/8 of...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Length Truss Rod for Parlor Guitar?
Replies: 27
Views: 9050

Re: Length Truss Rod for Parlor Guitar?

Keith, lets start with the neck in your picture. You have four choices of how you can build that out (actually more but four reasonable ones). The first decision is whether you will put the nut on the flat or the angled part of the head. Lets say the angled part. That means your nut measurements sta...
by Freeman Keller
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck geometry question for semi?
Replies: 9
Views: 4909

Re: Neck geometry question for semi?

OK, Randolph, I am home and I got out the ALS plans. I built my first 335 to them, then decided to change some things on my second. The ALS plans call out a 2 degree neck angle and show no overstand. Measuring the distance from the top of the binding to the top of the center of the top on the side v...
by Freeman Keller
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ziricote Fretboard - chipping issues with Fret install?
Replies: 3
Views: 2549

Re: Ziricote Fretboard - chipping issues with Fret install?

Keith, I have never done a Ziriicote f/b so I can't answer that question but I have never seen a properly slotted board chip on fretting. They do sometimes when frets are pulled, but as long as the slots are the proper size for the tang you should be fine. Opinions vary on glues - the only time I se...
by Freeman Keller
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck geometry question for semi?
Replies: 9
Views: 4909

Re: Neck geometry question for semi?

Randolph, I have built two 335 clones and an L5 sort of thing so I have some familiarity with the geometry. Basically they don't have any overstand (my L5 ended up with a small wedge under the f/b extension) but the 335's have approximately the same neck angle 3-1/2 to 4 degrees as a Les Paul. It re...
by Freeman Keller
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Length Truss Rod for Parlor Guitar?
Replies: 27
Views: 9050

Re: Length Truss Rod for Parlor Guitar?

I'm going to repeat several things that have already been said, maybe add a couple more. First, while the definition of "parlor guitar" is kind of hazy, I have built three that I consider true parlors (basically single ought Martin size). I've also built double and triple ought, which I don't consid...
by Freeman Keller
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass side/treble side, or whole top?
Replies: 4
Views: 2662

Re: Bass side/treble side, or whole top?

Brian, I am the "one person" who build the bass-ackwards parlor. I understand that is fairly common with these plans, I think it is interesting that his other plans are drawn conventionally. I'll leave it to those folks who understand bracing and vibrating modes and all that stuff to explain how it ...
by Freeman Keller
Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Lester neck thickness
Replies: 12
Views: 4472

Re: Lester neck thickness

Thanks for all the thoughts. I think I'll go with my original thinking, slabbing out the neck at 0.625. Freeman - good suggestion re the Safe-T-Planer to add a taper. Given that everything I play now is a bolt-on Fender-style neck, it will be interesting to see how that taper feels to me. I might p...