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by Steve Sawyer
Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Bandsaw thrust bearings
Replies: 16
Views: 5114

Re: Bandsaw thrust bearings

One last suggestion (though the local bearing shop is usually a good source, but can be $spendy for inexpensive bearings) is McMaster-Carr . You can look them up by dimension as well as part number. You're right that you want sealed, not shielded bearings. Buy a 10-pack and you'll never need to hesi...
by Steve Sawyer
Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass guitar design advice
Replies: 45
Views: 20134

Re: Bass guitar design advice

1/4 is what old Fenders used. Right. But David is suggesting that the 3/8 he originally suggested might be too low for the bridge I have, and I'm hoping to confirm my thinking that adding another 1/16" might do the trick. That should put the bridge saddles (as he suggests) near the top of their ran...
by Steve Sawyer
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass guitar design advice
Replies: 45
Views: 20134

Re: Bass guitar design advice

So you're suggesting a scrunch more height above the body deck -1/16??

I could also angle the neck.
by Steve Sawyer
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass guitar design advice
Replies: 45
Views: 20134

Re: Bass guitar design advice

Thanks, David. So, with that advice, and the specs for the hardware I have in-hand, it looks like I should be good by planning to have the top of the FB 3/8" above the deck, as that should put the bridge saddles a little less than the upper third of their range (see the diagram below). As you mentio...
by Steve Sawyer
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass guitar design advice
Replies: 45
Views: 20134

Re: Bass guitar design advice

Since we're on this subject, what advice have y'all for string height? This will be a bolt-on neck, or a no-angle set neck (depending on whether I decide to glue it or screw it! :D ) My pups (as mentioned above, an active PJ set) are 3/4" tall, and I understand that a 3/4" recess is recommended, so ...
by Steve Sawyer
Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass guitar design advice
Replies: 45
Views: 20134

Re: Bass guitar design advice

John Clifford wrote:Warmoth.com is a good resource for Fender specs. Their standard bass fretboards are 1/4" thick.
Thanks, John - that's good to know!!
by Steve Sawyer
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass guitar design advice
Replies: 45
Views: 20134

Re: Bass guitar design advice

Thanks, John. I'm still in the early design stages, so I can make any adjustments needed. And yes, I was speaking in terms of the max thickness, not the "edge" thickness after radiusing. It sure helped when doing my first two guitars to have some examples hanging on the wall to refer to. I have to d...
by Steve Sawyer
Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass guitar design advice
Replies: 45
Views: 20134

Re: Bass guitar design advice

New question. The plan I'm using as the basis for my design specifies a 1/4" thick fretboard. Both of the conventional 6-string builds I've done used a 3/16" FB. My first build, a Tele, started with a 1/4" FB but looked terrible, even after putting a 9 1/2" radius on it. I ended up re-radiusing to t...
by Steve Sawyer
Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Fish glue
Replies: 2
Views: 2296

Re: Fish glue

I'm assuming that you've warmed up your fish glue and that it's working ok now?

From what I understand, fish glue has a much longer shelf life than liquid hide glue, though many (including me) will store it in the refrigerator when not being used for extended periods.
by Steve Sawyer
Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Source and Band Saw Blade recommendations
Replies: 10
Views: 3780

Re: Source and Band Saw Blade recommendations

I'll second the recommendation of Highland Woodworking. https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/bandsaw-blades-accessories.aspx Some people think I'm stupid for paying the top $ for the woodslicer brand, but a) they custom-make them for my odd-sized (99 3/4") band saw, and b) they seem to cut through th...
by Steve Sawyer
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass guitar design advice
Replies: 45
Views: 20134

Re: Bass guitar design advice

Split design aka P pickups are pretty great in that they are noise-free, loud (efficient) and have a musically useful tonality with a minimal magnetic pull on the strings. You can balance volume across the 4 string easily and the controls are dead simple. They are a pain to rout for and once routed...
by Steve Sawyer
Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass guitar design advice
Replies: 45
Views: 20134

Re: Bass guitar design advice

Thanks, Mark. I agree with your points re profile. However, the thickness is only one element of that. In practice, I'm finding that I carve the profile until it "feels right". I've been using profile cards as an initial guide, and to check symmetry but then go by feel to get it to the final shape. ...
by Steve Sawyer
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass guitar design advice
Replies: 45
Views: 20134

Re: Bass guitar design advice

Something I forgot to check on the basses at the guitar store - neck profile. The only bass I have for comparison is a Bass VI, which obviously is somewhat wider at the nut than the one I'm designing, which is 1 1/2" wide. My Bass VI is about 1 5/8, and the thickness is .825 at the nut and .913 at t...
by Steve Sawyer
Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Doing a refret
Replies: 18
Views: 7629

Re: Doing a refret

Thanks, Mark. Good point re sustain. And excellent suggestions in raising the nut a bit.
by Steve Sawyer
Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: First Electric Guitar
Replies: 8
Views: 4002

Re: First Electric Guitar

That is really nice, Christ! Shows you don't have to "burst" a top. That looks stunning!
by Steve Sawyer
Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Doing a refret
Replies: 18
Views: 7629

Re: Doing a refret

Mike - the technique I used is I found the "stack" that exactly matches the height of the 1st fret using a stainless steel rule across the 1st and 2nd frets. Note that in my experience, this will vary slightly from string to string. I then use the correct stack for each string and add a .004" feeler...
by Steve Sawyer
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Doing a refret
Replies: 18
Views: 7629

Re: Doing a refret

Absolutely do the refret with the neck removed. I don't think there's an easier refret made than a modern Fender like the one you have. I would have never bothered with divits other than damage caused by something other than normal wear. Give a thorough reinspection of the fretboard level using a s...
by Steve Sawyer
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Lacquer available in canada
Replies: 10
Views: 3993

Re: Lacquer available in canada

Since it was mentioned a couple of times in this thread, I can confirm that Brite Tone can be brushed with excellent results. I just wrapped up a build finished with brushed Brite Tone, and am really pleased with the results. Any flaws were user-initiated, and not in any way the fault of the finish ...
by Steve Sawyer
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Doing a refret
Replies: 18
Views: 7629

Re: Doing a refret

As has been said, you should take this opportunity to correct any issues with the fingerboard. You should not try to sand those divots out. This is a link to a short article by Frank Ford http://www.frets.com/FretsPages/Luthier/Technique/Frets/FBoardDivot/fboardivot.html Now I haven't seen your gui...
by Steve Sawyer
Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Doing a refret
Replies: 18
Views: 7629

Re: Doing a refret

Steve, any time you do a refret plan on a complete setup including, if required, a new nut. Frequently your frets will end up a little higher than they were before, particularly if they had been dressed a time or two (or you decided to move up a size in wire). I use a refret as the time to correct ...