Search found 105 matches

by G.S. Monroe
Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:51 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Use for old thickness planer blades
Replies: 4
Views: 3642

Use for old thickness planer blades

I just recently changed out the blades on my thickness planer, and the idea came to mind that they could be used for scrapers. I worked up a handle out of a piece of scrap wood, and now I find that it works wonderfully as a shaver for making necks. Below are pictures of the shaver, and an Ash neck f...
by G.S. Monroe
Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:48 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: It's NOT about the nail!
Replies: 10
Views: 4177

Re: It's NOT about the nail!

I'm just getting caught up with the forums...

YIKES!
It is about THE NAIL.....

Stuff like this is why I'm divorced...
by G.S. Monroe
Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:34 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: acoustic guitar "bass neck" swap?
Replies: 10
Views: 3160

Re: acoustic guitar "bass neck" swap?

Sounds like a fun project. Plan it out completely though... your not just swapping out a neck, you will need to also address the bridge and how the strings are anchored.
by G.S. Monroe
Fri Jul 26, 2013 5:16 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Whats your favorite fingerboard radius for building electric guitar necks?
Replies: 14
Views: 4973

Re: Whats your favorite fingerboard radius for building electric guitar necks?

Strangely enough, the last 3 I have built, the customer wanted a flat "classical" fingerboard. I personally like flat fingerboards because I prefer the old Delta Blues style playing with a slide, and Flat boards are Ideal for that.
by G.S. Monroe
Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:47 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: What is in a name?
Replies: 8
Views: 4093

Re: What is in a name?

Ok, I guess I could build some instruments from other woods.
by G.S. Monroe
Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:03 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: What is in a name?
Replies: 8
Views: 4093

Re: What is in a name?

Swamp Cedar is a completely different tree, and unmistakable compared to the cypress.
It is far more fibrous, and more like a fur tree than a hardwood.
I'm not wanting to misrepresent the wood I'm using as being another kind of wood, just trying to be more market friendly I guess.
by G.S. Monroe
Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:30 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: What is in a name?
Replies: 8
Views: 4093

What is in a name?

I've been trying to market my guitar and dulcimer builds for some time now. And it seems that folks are very unsure about my primary tone wood, the Gulf coast Bald Cypress. I'm trying to instill truth in marketing by using that name, but so far it has been a very difficult sale for what should in al...
by G.S. Monroe
Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:35 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Semi-Hollowbody Hybrid project
Replies: 12
Views: 3774

Re: Semi-Hollowbody Hybrid project

I took it that he meant a Bigsby Tremolo tailpiece, or something similar.
He is looking for the tremolo feature.
by G.S. Monroe
Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:59 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: the need to pore fill...
Replies: 24
Views: 8184

Re: the need to pore fill...

It has been my experience that there are two categories of Guitar. 1) The beautiful, shiny, detailed inlay, wall hanger that you show to impress your friends. 2) The "go to" Guitar that you reach for at the end of the day. I prefer to build the second ones.... So, they don't cost as much, but they b...
by G.S. Monroe
Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:03 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Semi-Hollowbody Hybrid project
Replies: 12
Views: 3774

Re: Semi-Hollowbody Hybrid project

I've been down this road before. First question would be what type of Piezo pickup would you be using? That will determine your bridge selection. While disk/ceramic piezo transducers are more flexible on location, they do pick up a lot of body noise, bumping and rubbing. They effectively make the gu...
by G.S. Monroe
Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:14 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Newest addition to the workshop
Replies: 3
Views: 3866

Newest addition to the workshop

I'm putting the final touches on my new 3D-Router Pantograph. I got the plans from http://woodgears.ca/pantograph/ , and it went together quite nicely. The wood is from old maple table leaves, and I went with the Dremil Router variant so that I can do inlays. http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc43...
by G.S. Monroe
Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:39 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Did I just make some firewood?
Replies: 13
Views: 4055

Re: Did I just make some firewood?

I've run into that situation occasionally, and my solution is to epoxy in the fret and run with it.
by G.S. Monroe
Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:34 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Zero Fret, No Nut
Replies: 21
Views: 6440

Re: Zero Fret, No Nut

I've tried mounting pickups like that. The problem I ran into was adjusting the gap between the pickup and string height.
by G.S. Monroe
Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:00 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Pickup Quality Question
Replies: 5
Views: 3591

Re: Pickup Quality Question

Really the best answer to this question, like anything else you look to buy...
You get what you pay for.
You don't get $200 quality from a $30 pickup.
by G.S. Monroe
Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:29 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Florida Luthiers Group meeting set..
Replies: 12
Views: 7570

Re: Florida Luthiers Group meeting set..

Dave, I really had a great time, and even better I learned a lot. The instruments that were being shown were so nice that I considered taking mine back to the truck and hiding them under a tarp. The tour of the workshop, the tool demonstration, and the information on the router pantograph for doing ...
by G.S. Monroe
Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:48 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bellying guitar top
Replies: 2
Views: 1598

Re: Bellying guitar top

Sounds like you may want to look at this thread about installing a bridge doctor.
http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=2282
by G.S. Monroe
Sat Jun 29, 2013 4:18 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: A new take on the Bridge Doctor
Replies: 12
Views: 6660

Re: A new take on the Bridge Doctor

You know, this might just be something for me to look deeper into. The reason I was looking into mounting a sound post in my guitar was to help curb "bridge belly", by giving the bridge more support because too often my bracing efforts end up lacking. Something like this can be built into the instru...
by G.S. Monroe
Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:04 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Applying Danish Oil: What's your method?
Replies: 5
Views: 4073

Re: Applying Danish Oil: What's your method?

This reply intrigues me. My two upcoming finishing projects are a Cherry Tele and then a Pine-Beetle U-Bass. For the Cherry, would applying the wood conditioner help prevent/limit the blotchy finishes that can happen with oil-based finishes and Cherry? For the Pine, I assume I'll need some addition...
by G.S. Monroe
Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Florida Luthiers Group meeting set..
Replies: 12
Views: 7570

Re: Florida Luthiers Group meeting set..

I'm going to bring some recovered Gulf Cypress soundboard samples as well as a few instruments.
Looking forward to getting some "professional" opinions of this wood.
by G.S. Monroe
Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:27 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Another, What should I call this?
Replies: 6
Views: 4042

Re: Another, What should I call this?

I think I ended up calling it an electro-bouzouki.