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by Robert Smallwood
Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:45 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: solder wick
Replies: 5
Views: 3626

solder wick

I am hoping this is an appropriate forum. How do I use a solder wick to clean up messy drops of solder? I assumed it would be like a reverse solder - ie heat up the wick & the affected area & the solder would magically run up the wick. It hasn't happened. What is the correct way to use a wick to cle...
by Robert Smallwood
Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:04 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: how to repair shallow ding
Replies: 3
Views: 2206

Re: how to repair shallow ding

That's the stuff, and that's what I'm going to try...i'm getting good at coping with powerless frustration... :o)
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:26 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: how to repair shallow ding
Replies: 3
Views: 2206

how to repair shallow ding

Hi. I have had a lacquered ( Shellac cross linked ) body hanging for 3 months. When i took it down to start rubbing out I discovered a shallow ding about 10mm ( just under 1/2") across. the top is highly figured wood stained with water soluble dye, and I very much want to avoid attacking the area wi...
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:00 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My first build the slow progression
Replies: 19
Views: 6095

Re: My first build the slow progression

HI. The top looks great!! Re carving - there will be 50+ different approaches that all work. In my first attempts (+subsequent) I used Anthony Setchell's jig for most of it. I think he has a tutorial here somewhere - but here's a link to his page (scroll) his whole site is worth browsing. http://hom...
by Robert Smallwood
Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:41 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Red tele with maple neck
Replies: 11
Views: 4150

Re: Red tele with maple neck

Looks great! Can you tell more about the cross linked shellac? I've heard a little about this before, but not much. How does it work, and did you have a good experience with it? Hi. It has all the attributes of shellac...ie the affinty for wood, modes of application, no toxicicty etc but the fragil...
by Robert Smallwood
Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:14 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: T-Style neck joint problems
Replies: 10
Views: 3524

Re: T-Style neck joint problems

Lookin' good. The body should come up beautifully under your finish.
by Robert Smallwood
Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:12 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Red tele with maple neck
Replies: 11
Views: 4150

Red tele with maple neck

Hi. Not quite done, but almost there. Body is danta,stained with feast watson proof tint red, cross linked shellac finish, maple neck, zero fret , angled headstock, birdseye fingerboard, sperzel tuners - other stuff Gotoh. I can't get the exact 'redness' on my phone. A slightly redder imitation of J...
by Robert Smallwood
Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:06 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A Stratocaster-inspired guitar from Mark Swanson
Replies: 25
Views: 9067

Re: A Stratocaster-inspired guitar from Mark Swanson

It's inspiring.

Are the brass rod nut pieces pressed in or glued with a dob of anything?
by Robert Smallwood
Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:58 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Damaged pot.
Replies: 4
Views: 3912

Re: Damaged pot.

I think it was a dodgy treble bleed ... which I removed because , well, it's a tele type build. Also I came across a bunch of ceramic caps labelled 203 & 503 I am guessing they're .022 & .047 uF respectively...can anyone confirm this please? or how do I tell if possible using a multi metre? Regards,...
by Robert Smallwood
Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:25 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Damaged pot.
Replies: 4
Views: 3912

Damaged pot.

Hi.

I wired a 250K pot as volume for a tele like build.

It works only from 12 o'clock (full on) to 9 o'clock (3/4 on).

I'm a hamfisted solderer. Does this sound like I've damaged the pot?

If not please suggest othyer possible causes.

Thanks,
Rob.
by Robert Smallwood
Thu May 02, 2013 8:04 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Solving the 6th string intonation problem
Replies: 33
Views: 9486

Re: Solving the 6th string intonation problem

I'd like to thank everyone who contributed to this thread.
by Robert Smallwood
Sun Mar 17, 2013 12:16 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tele height adjustment - neck pickup
Replies: 7
Views: 4168

Re: Tele height adjustment - neck pickup

Thanks guys....I thought about a nut of some sort...but I settled on supergluing a strip of plastic binding to the underside & re-tapping. The next 10 years will tell.. :o)
by Robert Smallwood
Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:02 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tele height adjustment - neck pickup
Replies: 7
Views: 4168

Tele height adjustment - neck pickup

Hi. I have inadvertently 'stripped' the self cut thread in the pickup base. I might not have or be able to source slightly bigger dia screws to redo it. Are there any quick fixes analogous to putting shavings or a sliver down stripped threads in the neck or body? Could I gently melt the holes closed...
by Robert Smallwood
Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:22 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fingerboard tolerances
Replies: 12
Views: 4900

Re: Fingerboard tolerances

Yes Mario you've stated what's puzzling me. It's the thickness at the centreline of each end that for some reason/s varies by around .5mm despite all relevant measurable intervals being the same at the start levelness, height from board to bottom of sled at each end etc etc. and it is a 10 -16" comp...
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:42 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fingerboard tolerances
Replies: 12
Views: 4900

Fingerboard tolerances

Hi. I am road testing a fingerboard radiusing router jig with callipers spirit levels - you name it.. - but I keep getting different thicknesses at each end. I will reverse the ends in the jig tomorrow, but in principle, how much tolerance is 'liveable' with over the length of the board? <0.5mm? 0-1...
by Robert Smallwood
Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Materials for jig making.
Replies: 15
Views: 8056

Materials for jig making.

Hi. are ply & MDF freely interchangeable or are there constraints for their use in making jigs?

Thanks,
Rob.
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:16 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Component values
Replies: 4
Views: 3628

Re: Component values

Thanks guys.
Mark at this stage the build will be a chambered solid bodied guitar with a slightly wider than usual fingerboard to help my fat fingers do a bit of finger-style.

'course that could all change with a slip of the router ;o)
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:22 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Henrique Schneiter's latest guitar
Replies: 12
Views: 4492

Re: Henrique Schneiter's latest guitar

Simple and beautiful...I want to hold it...any sound bytes anywhere?
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:17 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Component values
Replies: 4
Views: 3628

Component values

Hi
I am going to try a Shadow AZ 49 at the neck in a planned project.

http://www.shadow-electronics.com/viewp ... _id=&id=77

I cannot find anywhere suggested pot & cap values for it.

Can anyone help out please?

Thanks,Rob
by Robert Smallwood
Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:44 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: perception of tone
Replies: 9
Views: 4648

perception of tone

Hi. I live on the southeast coast of Australia. The piockup covers on my LP tarnished a lot very quickly - unimpressed, but that's not where I'm going - so recently I gave the whole guitar a good clean up set up etc & now the pickup covers shine like new...and I swear the guitar sounds different!! H...