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by John Sonksen
Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:49 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Thoughts on composite fretboard material
Replies: 14
Views: 11164

Re: Thoughts on composite fretboard material

Interesting, it seems like most people are having a positive reaction to the idea. I was initially thinking it might be a tough sell, and haven't done any cost analysis of it yet, but based on the responses here I think it would be worth going forward with a deeper look.
by John Sonksen
Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:03 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Thoughts on composite fretboard material
Replies: 14
Views: 11164

Re: Thoughts on composite fretboard material

I've did a google search and found this fretless Gibson . Instrument builder and player Edward Powell also uses it. I think it is mainly used for fretless fingerboards. For what kind of neck are you planning to use it for? I actually wasn't planning on using it but my Sister said she wanted to expl...
by John Sonksen
Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:39 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Thoughts on composite fretboard material
Replies: 14
Views: 11164

Thoughts on composite fretboard material

I have a relative who is a sales rep for a composite counter material, it's essentially the same as Richlite or Paperstone, and she was asking me what I thought about using it as a fretboard material. Most of the colors are probably not something I'd be interested in but two, black and white are int...
by John Sonksen
Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:42 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Burst on top, solid on back: simple solid-body finish?
Replies: 16
Views: 10059

Re: Burst on top, solid on back: simple solid-body finish?

Jason if you want, I can show you how to spray a burst and you could come out to my shop and use the booth to spray it. I've got an airbrush I can set up for you, and I could mix some black lacquer or toner for you if you provide the lacquer. You'd have to make arrangements to store it while it's cu...
by John Sonksen
Wed Sep 24, 2014 1:05 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: downtuned tuning problems with a six string electric
Replies: 23
Views: 10767

Re: downtuned tuning problems with a six string electric

If the guys in Periphery are playing 6-strings, I'm pretty sure they're almost always in that drop-drop-C. Misha Mansoor's Jackson signature and Jake Bowen's Ibanez signature guitars, and Mark Holcomb plays a John Petrucci Music Man JP6, are standard 25-1/2" scales. They do use 7- and 8- strings mo...
by John Sonksen
Mon Sep 22, 2014 5:27 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: downtuned tuning problems with a six string electric
Replies: 23
Views: 10767

Re: downtuned tuning problems with a six string electric

I believe that the string thickness theory that Hans mentions above, is the correct way to go. I recently set a 25 inch scale guitar up to play detuned to C. I ended up with a set of 12 - 56 before it played decently. An even heavier set would have cleaned it up considerably, but that didn't seem t...
by John Sonksen
Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:02 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: downtuned tuning problems with a six string electric
Replies: 23
Views: 10767

Re: downtuned tuning problems with a six string electric

I don't know about "Doom" metal, but the band Periphery does regularly tune down a whole step and then drops the low D to C:. ie, drop-D tuned down. They play Ibanez, Music Man, Mayones, and Jackson guitars, which would be standard 25-1/2" scales. I found a quote saying they use D'Addario EXL117s, ...
by John Sonksen
Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:20 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: downtuned tuning problems with a six string electric
Replies: 23
Views: 10767

Re: downtuned tuning problems with a six string electric

If you don't mind burning through a couple sets of strings, start with 13s, try em out, and if that's too much metal under his fingers, back off to 12s. About 10 years back, I put 13s on a cheap Korean Strat clone and tried tuning it like a baritone, a 4th down, and the tension felt ok, but intonat...
by John Sonksen
Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:40 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: downtuned tuning problems with a six string electric
Replies: 23
Views: 10767

Re: downtuned tuning problems with a six string electric

it's worth a shot Jason, couldn't hurt at this point. I'm wondering too what my responsibility is towards this situation since it really seems like what he wanted falls well outside the standard operating range of the instrument. It's my fault for not knowing or understanding all of these pitfalls u...
by John Sonksen
Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:43 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: second electric done
Replies: 7
Views: 4389

Re: second electric done

Hans Bezemer wrote:John,

I've missed this one, because I was out camping, but this is a very nice guitar you've made.
A job well done!

Dank je wel Hans!
by John Sonksen
Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:39 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: downtuned tuning problems with a six string electric
Replies: 23
Views: 10767

Re: downtuned tuning problems with a six string electric

John, Have you tried yanking on the strings to detune them a few times to see if that helps? Do you have no more than a 1/2 turn around the capstans? DR makes a DDT13 set for just this purpose so those ought to be your next experiment. I'd be tempted to try a regular bone nut at some point. You may...
by John Sonksen
Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:46 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: downtuned tuning problems with a six string electric
Replies: 23
Views: 10767

downtuned tuning problems with a six string electric

Hi folks, in a bit of a pickle over my latest guitar. I built it for a friend who wanted to downtune it to C standard tuning, that is C F B E G# C, and it's not staying in tune. I used a heavier gauge string set but I may have to go heavier. Right now I'm using a DR set that goes 11, 15, 19, 32, 42,...
by John Sonksen
Tue Sep 16, 2014 3:01 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: September giveaway
Replies: 13
Views: 7860

Re: September giveaway

Still want!
by John Sonksen
Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:35 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: second electric done
Replies: 7
Views: 4389

Re: second electric done

Excellent work, John! That green finish and orange sapele compliment each other in a way that is pleasing to my eye. And dang, those are some hot pickups! This interests me, as I'm sure you know. I look forward to a closer look, and listen, tomorrow. Thanks Jason, it'll be cool to see how you like ...
by John Sonksen
Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:52 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: second electric done
Replies: 7
Views: 4389

Re: second electric done

Thanks Henrique, I will post some closer pics of the knobs later tonight. Yes the screws are shorter than what I've used in the past, they are a fine thread metric screw which I threaded directly into the neck, after which I soaked the holes with CA glue. I think they were about 1.25 long with about...
by John Sonksen
Tue Aug 05, 2014 1:28 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: second electric done
Replies: 7
Views: 4389

second electric done

Hi folks, here are some specs and pics of my second electric, this has been a long time coming but I'm pretty happy with how she turned out. Like my first it's a double cut, Les Paul type, although this one has a relief carve at the higher frets a la a PRS Santana. The body is Sapele with a quilted ...
by John Sonksen
Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:22 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: my neck is not lining up with the body centerline now what?
Replies: 16
Views: 6842

Re: my neck is not lining up with the body centerline now what?

Barry Daniels wrote:15 degrees!!??
I've gotta think that's supposed to be 1.5 degrees, otherwise it's hard to imagine something that far off
by John Sonksen
Sat Jul 26, 2014 1:19 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: sea glassing fret ends
Replies: 8
Views: 3834

Re: sea glassing fret ends

IIRC, Warmoth trimmed fret ends using a router. Could be old information, not sure what they do now, but I believe I read this in AL. I've never tried it since I don't build anywhere near that rate. Am I the only person here who looks at that video and cringes at the basic shop safety stuff? Or am ...
by John Sonksen
Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:47 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The first by Jason Rodgers
Replies: 23
Views: 9822

Re: The first by Jason Rodgers

Jason Rodgers wrote:Good grief, I forgot to list John Sonksen, my local guitar bro, in my first message! Ack, I'm crumbling under the pressure already!
Don't sweat it Jason, I can tell you're really excited to have one finished finally. Keep the pics coming!