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by Robert Smallwood
Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:55 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Advice on action and relief
Replies: 8
Views: 3069

Re: Advice on action and relief

It's a 2004 model D28 so I guess the truss rod is adjustable. Thanks again.
by Robert Smallwood
Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:16 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Advice on action and relief
Replies: 8
Views: 3069

Advice on action and relief

Hi. I would like to improve the playability of my Martin D28 Currently the relief is > 0.63mm and the action at the 12th fret is ~ 3mm I can't find any numbers from Martin themselves. I'm guessing there will be more relief and a higher action on this instrument than on a solid body electric...but I ...
by Robert Smallwood
Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:03 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: best way to rub out lacquered fingerboard?
Replies: 2
Views: 2050

best way to rub out lacquered fingerboard?

Hi. What's the best way to rub out a lacquered maple fingerboard? I don't mean the frets I mean the fingerboard particularly up around the 12-22nd fret. Do you 'shoeshine' with strips of 600 grit? I 've looked in the forums & in books & the subject is 'passed' over. I almost said 'glossed' ah well.....
by Robert Smallwood
Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:20 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: content providers,,
Replies: 3
Views: 2715

content providers,,

Hi , I have noticed recently that a couple of words in various posts are highlighted as links. When followed the links take one to a content provider's 'contest' page. :o I can't imagine that this is a Forum policy.. But Is it? or is there some malware on my computer (a mac)? :evil: Thanks, Rob.
by Robert Smallwood
Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:09 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pecky Tele
Replies: 19
Views: 13384

Re: Pecky Tele

What Aaron said.
by Robert Smallwood
Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:03 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: tiresome jobs...
Replies: 3
Views: 2362

tiresome jobs...

:evil: ...sanding the cutaway & shoulder of a tele build.


I tried all sorts of inspired processes and came up with one that works very well...


patiently running the grits... :mrgreen:
by Robert Smallwood
Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:14 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1st guitar build
Replies: 7
Views: 3700

Re: 1st guitar build

Here's the first in a series of 20 or more..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB6l-bss ... 44492FD771

don't let the music put you on the nod.
by Robert Smallwood
Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:22 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Gibson SG SB250 1971
Replies: 1
Views: 1974

Re: Gibson SG SB250 1971

Hi Bob.

I think it could be done without a body template from what you've said above. It looks like pickup route templates which are widely available and careful measuring & marking would get it done.
by Robert Smallwood
Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:35 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Japanese Phantom
Replies: 13
Views: 7234

Re: Japanese Phantom

..form & function..by design..

What's the switching set up Murray?
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:20 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Wraparound bridge location
Replies: 4
Views: 3265

Re: Wraparound bridge location

Hi John. I had a quick look at some pictures on the Graphtec site. I couldn't find anything on compensation. It looks to have more adjustment than tune o matics, but what I suggest is to measure the adjustment available & compare that to the available adjustment of a tune o matic + 1/8". If it's the...
by Robert Smallwood
Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:02 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bridge Placement Headaches
Replies: 7
Views: 5095

Re: Bridge Placement Headaches

I have an old trapeze tailpiece. with this attached i make sure the E1st & E 6th strings intonate. Basically I measure down the string on the E 1st with the saddle 2/3 - 3/4 forward to start with and move the bridge slightly until both E's intonate properly. For string throughs I have a metal plate ...
by Robert Smallwood
Wed May 16, 2012 1:24 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: (not) burning maple
Replies: 3
Views: 3078

(not) burning maple

Using a laminate trimmer with a template & bearing flush trim bit to shape a tele headstock I ended up with some dark burns on the end (grain) bit...the point of the toe.. They sanded out OK but I should've avoided the problem. Any advice re laminate trimmers for this? Should I use a (bigger) slower...
by Robert Smallwood
Sat May 05, 2012 8:48 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: ...ooopsss ..safety planer slip..
Replies: 9
Views: 6747

...ooopsss ..safety planer slip..

Hi. Against my better judgement and out of idle curiosity I decided to actually make necks. Today because of a slip using the safety planer I have as a result quite a nice looking maple tele neck with a scarf joint and angled headstock the thickness of which is 1/2 ". IIRC the conventional thickness...
by Robert Smallwood
Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:25 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Formula for neck width in relation to bridge spacing
Replies: 9
Views: 6650

Re: Formula for neck width in relation to bridge spacing

You can go here: http://www.buildyourguitar.com/resource ... fbcalc.pdf

and plug in some standard measurements or your own numbers and get the answer.

The theory is explained elsewhere and also here.
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Straightening warped fretboards.
Replies: 3
Views: 2385

Straightening warped fretboards.

Hi. I have two maple fingerboards just about ready to glue on & fret (or vice versa)...but since radiussing them & putting in the dots it has rained lots here. If you've seen 'grabs' about Australian flooding that's it...anyway I knew it was coming and shellaced both boards on every surface only to ...
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:46 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fixed bridge advice needed...
Replies: 7
Views: 4787

Re: Fixed bridge advice needed...

These have some 'pros': http://www.warmoth.com/Gotoh-510-Stud-Mount-Bridge-Chrome-P554C706.aspx Only two holes no need to offset the holes very comfortable look good possible 'cons' might be too narrow some some people can be fiddley to correctly locate the holes some people object to wrap around br...
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:29 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ben Castellana's Sunburst Les Paul
Replies: 7
Views: 4051

Re: Ben Castellana's Sunburst Les Paul

I like the way you've managed to fade in both bursts. Are you spraying or using the D Myka rag on a stick method or something other?

Nice jobs.
by Robert Smallwood
Sat Feb 04, 2012 2:36 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: ...all this earthing stuff..
Replies: 8
Views: 4895

...all this earthing stuff..

Hi. Being something of a slave to the written word I have painted all body cavities with conductive paint,(we're talking guitars here), ran wires from each cavity to a common point in the control cavity and connected all jack p/up bridge pot earths to this as well. I have had no problems I must say,...