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by Chris Richards
Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:40 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pain in the Neck
Replies: 13
Views: 8592

Re: Pain in the Neck

Hi Gordon.... I rarely find spot leveling successful, I usually end up "chasing" the error up and down the fretboard. Generally this is how I do it 1) Cut the fb blank square and to thickness. 2) Cut the fret slots but not to final depth. 3) Cut the fretboard blank to shape (plan view), if it's a bo...
by Chris Richards
Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Fender curved join fretboard jig....?
Replies: 20
Views: 15572

Re: Fender curved join fretboard jig....?

Thanks David...Nice to know how Fender did it! Is the consensus of opinion regarding why it was done is to prevent the necks from developing a back bow? Unfortunately I don't have a large enough workshop for a table saw or shaper..Well that's not exactly true it's just filled up with other tools tha...
by Chris Richards
Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Fender curved join fretboard jig....?
Replies: 20
Views: 15572

Re: Fender curved join fretboard jig....?

Thanks Barry.... I've tried bending, you can do it with maple but not rosewood, even after soaking it for days it would still crack when bending and the few that I was successful with, one pulled away from the neck a few days after being glued and the other split a few months later. The general cons...
by Chris Richards
Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Fender curved join fretboard jig....?
Replies: 20
Views: 15572

Fender curved join fretboard jig....?

Hi, I was just wondering whether anyone had any ideas regarding cutting the concave surface on the underside of a Fender "veneer" type fretboard (post slab board)... I had originally thought that these fretboards were bent to shape but having tried to do that and found it virtually impossible I'm gu...
by Chris Richards
Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:03 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fretting Tediousness
Replies: 33
Views: 26475

Re: Fretting Tediousness

I've had a Stewmac tang cutter for years and find that it does completely remove the tang and even if I fret an unbound fretboard I do remove a fraction of the tang at the ends for two reasons 1) it gives a nicer finish to the fretboard edges as I find sometimes when I file a tang back to the fretbo...
by Chris Richards
Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:12 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Sanding sealer vs filler
Replies: 15
Views: 10651

Re: Sanding sealer vs filler

Hi Steve... For some reason I had my mind fixated on transparent blonde or natural finishes!... Yes I do use white cellulose primer/filler as a bass for colour, white isn't the best colour for spotting imperfections so I do "dust" over the primer/filler with a dark colour and block sand then any den...
by Chris Richards
Mon Aug 08, 2016 5:19 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Sanding sealer vs filler
Replies: 15
Views: 10651

Re: Sanding sealer vs filler

I tend to stick to cellulose finishes, I can't imagine getting a good finish on ash without using a grain filler as the pores are so deep, generally I use a clear grain filler, once that is sanded back I spray one coat of sanding sealer which again I sand back, it's so much easier to sand than any p...
by Chris Richards
Thu Aug 04, 2016 5:25 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Black finishes
Replies: 17
Views: 11544

Re: Black finishes

Well, unmitigated disaster, I started polishing it and felt that it was still soft, did some "exploration" and found that underneath the top skin the lacquer was just a "goo" so I took the plunge and stripped it all off and have started again...I could really have done without this as I have sooo mu...
by Chris Richards
Sat Jul 30, 2016 4:22 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Black finishes
Replies: 17
Views: 11544

Re: Black finishes

Thanks for all the replies. It does actually seem to be hardening off now...To answer one of the questions, I have used pre cat over cellulose before with good results so seemingly I've done nothing I haven't done before with this guitar, I'm suspecting that the weather has been the cause since it h...
by Chris Richards
Sun Jul 24, 2016 3:27 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Black finishes
Replies: 17
Views: 11544

Re: Black finishes

Thanks for the replies.... It's just a bit of a nightmare, black is such a difficult finish to get perfect and after spending days sanding the colour coat and now to have the lacquer stay soft is so depressing. It's over a week since I sprayed it and it's still soft, I think my only option is to sta...
by Chris Richards
Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:59 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Black finishes
Replies: 17
Views: 11544

Black finishes

I've been refinishing/finishing guitars for years always using cellulose or pre-cat cellulose. I generally don't have any problems UNLESS it's black it's always the case that you have to spend an age more sanding to get the finish perfect as black shows up the minutest defect, although it's not that...
by Chris Richards
Thu May 26, 2016 4:46 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Rebuild Project - Question about Forms and Fit
Replies: 14
Views: 9139

Re: Rebuild Project - Question about Forms and Fit

I did a very similar project posted here http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=3347 and had the same problem as you. In the first instance I forced the sides to fit with forms and although it worked initially, long enough to finish the guitar, the sides split away from the top and back after...
by Chris Richards
Wed May 18, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Old guitar identification
Replies: 2
Views: 2987

Re: Old guitar identification

Thanks for the info Eric.....

Chris
by Chris Richards
Mon May 16, 2016 6:35 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Old guitar identification
Replies: 2
Views: 2987

Old guitar identification

Hi... May be someone can help.

One of my sons who lives in the USA sent me these pictures of a guitar he found somewhere, it needs a fair amount of work but I have no idea what it is or if it's worth repairing it ....It doesn't look a quality product but just in case I thought I'd ask.

Thanks
Chris
by Chris Richards
Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Violin style bass, new build
Replies: 12
Views: 7980

Re: Violin style bass, new build

Thank you Douglas.. I was quite surprised to see this build pop up again so to speak...I still have nightmares about carving the headstock!... Yes it was intentional that it looks a little Firebird'ish, generally speaking most of my own design guitars are inspired by classic designs and I love the F...
by Chris Richards
Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:44 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Buckeye LP thingy...Latest guitar.
Replies: 6
Views: 3836

Re: Buckeye LP thingy...Latest guitar.

I had thought of the string buzz issue so made the string exit at a shallower angle so the strings go up hill towards the bridge and kinda "pinch" against the top of the tube, all seems ok so far... When fitting the strings you have to roll them between your fingers a little for them to get around t...
by Chris Richards
Sat Mar 26, 2016 2:15 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Buckeye LP thingy...Latest guitar.
Replies: 6
Views: 3836

Re: Buckeye LP thingy...Latest guitar.

Here's a couple of shots of the bridge, the first one I made had a kinda violin shaped front support but once complete I didn't really like it and went for the simpler arch.. The tubing is thick walled brass with a 2mm ID, the string entering holes in the back are countersunk to hide the string ball...
by Chris Richards
Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Buckeye LP thingy...Latest guitar.
Replies: 6
Views: 3836

Buckeye LP thingy...Latest guitar.

Well, here's the latest. A few unique features on this one, It's a chambered limba body with buckeye burl top, maple neck and ebony fretboard. The tailpiece is my own design and made from brass, the strings go through tubes and are anchored in the block at the strap button, the knobs are inlaid with...
by Chris Richards
Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Winding pickups
Replies: 4
Views: 4548

Re: Winding pickups

Well here's the pickup winder, mainly built out of an old video recorder, I did use the tape position counter geared down as it only counted up to 100, but have replaced it with a 9,999 counter which is much better...It's a little slow as it takes about 15 minutes to put on 6000 winds but I can add ...
by Chris Richards
Fri Feb 12, 2016 10:35 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Winding pickups
Replies: 4
Views: 4548

Winding pickups

I'm just winding my first pickups..... Built a winding "lathe" and have no problems with that other than it could spin faster although that's easy to fix....The problem I have is with the wire feed, I understand that it's not possible to roll the wire off the spool as it's too heavy so the common wa...