Search found 355 matches

by John Sonksen
Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:45 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The first by Jason Rodgers
Replies: 23
Views: 9831

Re: The first by Jason Rodgers

Congratulations Jason, it's such a good feeling to get it all strung up and play it for the first time! I'm dying to hear the pickups too!
by John Sonksen
Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:23 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: pinholes in my nitro
Replies: 4
Views: 2841

Re: pinholes in my nitro

David, I think it had to do with the fact that I sprayed the finish unthinned. I'm trying to think of how hot it was when I sprayed, but I'm thinking it was on one of our warmer days. I normally reduce with lacquer thinner but I'd seen that a lot of people just go straight out of the can without a p...
by John Sonksen
Sun Jul 13, 2014 1:30 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: pinholes in my nitro
Replies: 4
Views: 2841

pinholes in my nitro

I've just buffed out my latest build and while the finish is overall very nice, it has on the surface the tiniest little pinholes. I used Behlen's nitro lacquer over their vinyl sealer, with some of the first coats being mixed with transtint colorants. The back of the guitar is Sapele and the face i...
by John Sonksen
Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:14 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: looking for some buffing wheels, with a 1 inch arbor
Replies: 7
Views: 4768

Re: looking for some buffing wheels, with a 1 inch arbor

Yes, I found them at McMaster Carr, looks like they only offer the cotton and not the flannel in the size I want but I'm not sure if I need flannel anyway. I'll check out LaGrand Supply, and see what they have too. I'm thinking I'll need at least 4 half inch wheels to get a decent setup for each com...
by John Sonksen
Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:21 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: looking for some buffing wheels, with a 1 inch arbor
Replies: 7
Views: 4768

Re: looking for some buffing wheels, with a 1 inch arbor

Yeah David, that was the closest I could find, so I'll probably give them a call. I'll have to find somewhere to get those flanges or make some myself I guess. I did find an interesting tutorial on making your own, which included soaking the center of the fabric stack in super glue and drilling it o...
by John Sonksen
Thu Jun 19, 2014 1:45 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: looking for some buffing wheels, with a 1 inch arbor
Replies: 7
Views: 4768

looking for some buffing wheels, with a 1 inch arbor

I picked up a balloon sander setup from my boss today, it's got a nice sturdy frame with a pulley welded to the middle of a one inch threaded spindle, and the balloon sander on one end. The balloon sander is useful to me, but it's also removable which I was hoping meant that this rig could pull doub...
by John Sonksen
Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:22 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: What gage and type of wire do people use on your electrics
Replies: 8
Views: 4803

Re: What gage and type of wire do people use on your electrics

found a good tutorial on Youtube by John Cooper, takes it step by step in detail and slow enough for even me to keep up!
by John Sonksen
Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:35 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: What gage and type of wire do people use on your electrics
Replies: 8
Views: 4803

Re: What gage and type of wire do people use on your electrics

so when you guys say "shielded wire" you're talking about the Gibson style pushback wire with the braided metal shield? If you only solder it at one end how do you ground the bridge, or are these wires simply running from pot to pot or pot to jack? I was lucky enough to have David King help me with ...
by John Sonksen
Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: What gage and type of wire do people use on your electrics
Replies: 8
Views: 4803

What gage and type of wire do people use on your electrics

Nearing the final stretch on my next electric and I need some help selecting wire for it. I've got four wire, bareknuckle pickups, alpha vol., tone and five way rotary, and want to make sure I'm using the right gage and core type, (solid vs strand). Can anyone help?
by John Sonksen
Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:04 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Your Booze of Choice
Replies: 12
Views: 7569

Re: Your Booze of Choice

My favorite Bourbon is Booker's, 135 proof and smoother than anything, it just evaporates off the tongue. I like Gosling's for rum, great for a dark and stormy with strong ginger beer and a lime. Tequila is great when you go into the higher end, Tres Generaciones and Cazadores both got me liking teq...
by John Sonksen
Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:56 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Making aztec style guitar knob
Replies: 14
Views: 6556

Re: Making aztec style guitar knob

to answer you directly then, no I have not made a guitar knob out of fimo or sculpey clay. I provided salient information to your endeavor and was reprimanded by you like the other people who've contributed to the conversation. Adios, and good luck. Maybe in the future when people step up to offer h...
by John Sonksen
Wed Jun 04, 2014 12:58 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Making aztec style guitar knob
Replies: 14
Views: 6556

Re: Making aztec style guitar knob

Hey Jedi, this question isn't really easy to answer. I've sculpted polymer clay before, and I've had some art training. Do you have any experience carving anything or sculpting anything? If you don't, then anyone else's personal experience with it may not translate to your ability to do it. Do you h...
by John Sonksen
Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:54 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: luthier apps
Replies: 7
Views: 4891

Re: luthier apps

The screen is nice and flat, for a Scary Sharp session on the go! :shock: Good question, though. I suppose it depends on what you got. I'm writing this on a Kindle Fire, and while it's cool for ebooks and general browsing, there's no camera or microphone or other options for hooking up peripheral g...
by John Sonksen
Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:07 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: finally getting some finish on my second build
Replies: 8
Views: 2777

Re: finally getting some finish on my second build

Jason Rodgers wrote:Wow! This is really striking! Gotta see this in person!

Should be polishing it in a couple weeks Jason, might be a good time to get together, I'd like to see your progress too!
by John Sonksen
Sat May 31, 2014 9:56 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: finally getting some finish on my second build
Replies: 8
Views: 2777

Re: finally getting some finish on my second build

got some color on it today: http://i902.photobucket.com/albums/ac226/specialguydurr/guitar%20pics/6D110832-E5A3-4BBC-B5FC-D2FD1F84D39F_zpsihqv8zf0.jpg http://i902.photobucket.com/albums/ac226/specialguydurr/guitar%20pics/B028FEB6-0598-4E29-AC6B-18911E6B17FF_zpsp9xyh1mz.jpg The color isn't quite read...
by John Sonksen
Fri May 30, 2014 5:40 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Question about Laminate Neck wood
Replies: 11
Views: 5068

Re: Question about Laminate Neck wood

I've got three made with lumber from regular lumberyards, I don't think it'll be an issue.
by John Sonksen
Wed May 28, 2014 7:24 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: making wood guitar knobs
Replies: 11
Views: 7037

Re: making wood guitar knobs

Nice David, I have never seen plug cutters that long, I suppose it makes sense though, for other applications than cabinetry, lol...
by John Sonksen
Tue May 27, 2014 12:16 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: making wood guitar knobs
Replies: 11
Views: 7037

Re: making wood guitar knobs

at the cabinet shop we've used the jig trick to drill out grommet holes when a customer requests a larger grommet than what was already in a countertop. In that situation the wood your are drilling through does not have any material with which to engage the pilot bit, so the jig effectively does the...
by John Sonksen
Mon May 26, 2014 10:51 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: making wood guitar knobs
Replies: 11
Views: 7037

Re: making wood guitar knobs

you could use a hole saw but it'd necessitate making a jig first, which is as easy as anything. You just need to run your hole saw through a piece of wood or plywood, with the pilot attached to the mandrel. Once you have that hole you can clamp that onto the piece of wood you intend to make your kno...
by John Sonksen
Mon May 26, 2014 4:28 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Playin' in the shop: Memorial Weekend report!
Replies: 9
Views: 4501

Re: Playin' in the shop: Memorial Weekend report!

yeah, Jason I didn't make the legs or the rope moulding, I'm not set up to do either and there's no way I could make that for as little as I could buy them. It's not like I just assembled stock parts either though, I designed and made all the cabinetry, finished it and installed it all in my spare t...