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by David Schwab
Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:43 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Alembic P-Bass pickup w/ no preamp
Replies: 9
Views: 8330

Re: Alembic P-Bass pickup w/ no preamp

I have used home made copies of an Alembic Stratoblaster preamp, which is a simple singe stage JFET preamp with Alembic pickups. That will boost the level up. You can also use an EMG AB (Afterburner) or PA2 booster. Or something like a Bartolini TC preamp. David, the Alembic Activator P pickup/pream...
by David Schwab
Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:37 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Cutting F holes in existing guitar?
Replies: 35
Views: 17899

Re: Cutting F holes in existing guitar?

I like the Country Gent and other Gretsch guitars but never could quite get with the painted F hole thing. I think *that* ruins the guitar for me. ;) Painted F holes look cheap and cheesy to me. They do make a version of the Country Gent with real F holes but not in left handed. Hence the desperate...
by David Schwab
Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:33 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Wooden Knobs: How Hard Can It Be?
Replies: 10
Views: 6042

Re: Wooden Knobs: How Hard Can It Be?

David King wrote:Here's a photo of some of my recent efforts:
Those are very nice David. How did you do the flutes?
by David Schwab
Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:39 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: schatten pickup winder
Replies: 7
Views: 4460

Re: schatten pickup winder

The problem is not the motor. The problem is the home made speed control. I bought my Schatten back in April ‘'06. In January 2009 it started running very slow. I contacted Les Schatten, who wanted me to send the winder to them to check out. But I had a lot of pickups to wind, so instead I bought a ...
by David Schwab
Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: kahler 2450 bass bridge?
Replies: 7
Views: 4062

Re: kahler 2450 bass bridge?

My experience on my 5 strings , one of which is fretless is that you need about 1/16 extra on the G string and 3/8 on the B string (with taper wound B) and a little more if the B is not tapered. Did you have lines on the fingerboard? If not it doesn't matter, because you will place your finger wher...
by David Schwab
Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: New (approx) 1 watt amp
Replies: 20
Views: 14454

Re: New (approx) 1 watt amp

John Kingma wrote:It has incredible sounding overdrive for such low wattage.
The low wattage is why it has such good overdrive. It has no headroom for a clear tone.
by David Schwab
Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:09 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Bridge mini humbucker not as loud and full as neck pickup
Replies: 6
Views: 4632

Re: Bridge mini humbucker not as loud and full as neck pickup

I'd either wind the bridge pickup hotter, or the neck cooler.
by David Schwab
Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:51 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 2 WIP
Replies: 24
Views: 10313

Re: 2 WIP

Nice looking basses! I like the shape of the walnut bass. How does it balance with the short upper horn?

Back in the early 90s I started designing a hollow body bass, and it looked a lot like that. It ended up as a solid body and very different looking.
by David Schwab
Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: kahler 2450 bass bridge?
Replies: 7
Views: 4062

Re: kahler 2450 bass bridge?

Technically, for a fretless it doesn't matter. This is why bridges on violins and upright basses are not intonated. You just have to get them to the right scale length.

Personally I intonate my fretless basses to the imaginary 12th fret, but on a fretless intonation is up to the player.
by David Schwab
Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:47 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: PRS Narrowfields
Replies: 1
Views: 2701

Re: PRS Narrowfields

They are basically mini humbuckers.
by David Schwab
Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Bartolini preamp in Tobias Growler
Replies: 12
Views: 9289

Re: Bartolini preamp in Tobias Growler

How does the battery clip look? Is it oxidized? Same with the output jack.
by David Schwab
Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:42 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: perception of tone
Replies: 9
Views: 4653

Re: perception of tone

The pickups will actually sound better if you remove the covers. The metal covers dull the tone and flattens the resonant peak due to eddy currents forming in the conductive surface. This is why people started removing the covers in the first place. Now that there is an on going retro fad, everyone ...
by David Schwab
Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:18 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Hard Drive Magnet ... Wha..?...
Replies: 6
Views: 5763

Re: Hard Drive Magnet ... Wha..?...

There are a lot of sources online for magnets of all types, and they aren't very expensive. So why not just get some of the right type and not mess around? Cuz messing around is fun. :D It is, but when you have something that wont work, ever, it's just a waste of time. Pick up some proper magnets a...
by David Schwab
Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:13 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Denser neck wood than body wood
Replies: 6
Views: 3064

Re: Denser neck wood than body wood

Lots of guitars have denser neck woods, such as a maple neck and swamp ash body. As Jens said, the opposite is true also, with poplar necks, and even basswood necks, as used on the original Parker Fly guitars. My buddy made a Les Paul Jr with a poplar neck, korina body with an oak top. Great soundin...
by David Schwab
Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:09 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: String break angle over the nut not sufficient?
Replies: 20
Views: 8224

Re: String break angle over the nut not sufficient?

But is it doing something it shouldn't be, like buzzing on open strings? otherwise don't worry about it.
by David Schwab
Tue Sep 25, 2012 5:44 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: First build from scratch, and a rod-rattle question
Replies: 9
Views: 5109

Re: First build from scratch, and a rod-rattle question

That's a La Si Do (Godin) neck made in Canada. When I worked at American Showster back in the 80s, we started using their necks. Probably around the same time Stew Mac was carrying them.
by David Schwab
Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:28 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Looking for information on building bass pickups
Replies: 4
Views: 3585

Re: Looking for information on building bass pickups

You probably wont get anything from GuitarJonesUSA. The last time I tried to order they canceled the order. Someone else has been selling off their pickup parts on ebay:
http://stores.ebay.com/gj-guitarpart-sh ... s-/_i.html

Mojo has most of the same style parts now.
by David Schwab
Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:57 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 7-string guitar: All plywood and using simple handtools
Replies: 31
Views: 17447

Re: Glueing up the body

Hans Bezemer wrote:Any suggestings?
Yes, you glue up your body blank before cutting out the shape.
by David Schwab
Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:45 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: water varnish bodged repair on laquer
Replies: 11
Views: 4747

Re: water varnish bodged repair on laquer

bodged is a willful under attempt usually due to time/tools& materials/experience. botched is to make a hash of it regardless. I've never heard of the word, but here it is in the dictionary on my Mac under "American English": bodge verb (Brit. informal) make or repair (something) badly or clumsily ...
by David Schwab
Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:29 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Stew Mac Radius Sanding block dipping on fretboard ends (creating a backbow)
Replies: 10
Views: 5859

Re: Stew Mac Radius Sanding block dipping on fretboard ends (creating a backbow)

As a test, I tried setting the neck down with the fingerboard up and using the block free-hand; that seemed to help. I'm a little concerned about keeping it on the straight dead center now but it seems to have solved the dipping ends problem. I have a jig which is basically a wooden U channel that ...