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by John Catto
Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:29 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: peerless style f holes
Replies: 7
Views: 4422

Re: peerless style f holes

No problem! Glad you came back and found the post
by John Catto
Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:08 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Checkerboard Binding
Replies: 25
Views: 15907

Re: Checkerboard Binding

Well that was fast! Ordered on the 24th, arrived in one piece today, that's one week and 2 days from China. Looks really good, the auction photo is a tiny bit misleading since on the wide view it's actually a chevron/rope effect (this looks like an optical illusion on the original photo but it's the...
by John Catto
Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:09 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1st Project: 7-String Electric Guitar
Replies: 15
Views: 3608

Re: 1st Project: 7-String Electric Guitar

Lots of nonsense talked on the internet about pickup placement, especially all the stuff about nodes. About the only guitar it has an actual effect on is the Tele neck pickup which being directly where the 24th fret would be doesn't pickup the 5th fret harmonic, a negative if it's anything. Mostly i...
by John Catto
Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:00 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Checkerboard Binding
Replies: 25
Views: 15907

Re: Checkerboard Binding

I've bought a few things from that general area, some pearl inlay stuff, binding material (ABS) Ebony wood knobs. Everything's always arrived fast and been really good. I think if you start buying pots and switches and so on (fake guitars ;))you will get pretty much what you paid for but for certain...
by John Catto
Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:50 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: peerless style f holes
Replies: 7
Views: 4422

Re: peerless style f holes

OK, I'm probably making this WAY too easy but it was faster to draw this up than look for it! Zip file contains Illustrator/pdf/300 dpi jpeg

http://www17.zippyshare.com/v/83804335/file.html
by John Catto
Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:02 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Checkerboard Binding
Replies: 25
Views: 15907

Re: Checkerboard Binding

Thought I'd toss out a "heads up" here and not just sit on it. Just a couple days after this post I came across this http://www.ebay.com/itm/20STRIP-LUTHIER-FIGURED-BINDING-XL-78-Measures-2-5mm-x1-5mm-thick-and810mm-long-/121282816853 on the venerable ebay. Pretty hard to beat the price and looks li...
by John Catto
Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Installing herringbone purfling on P bass with rounded top edge
Replies: 12
Views: 3220

Re: Installing herringbone purfling on P bass with rounded top edge

I would just scribe that area and chisel it out by hand, much faster than trying to get the dremel set up to the correct angle and offset. Maybe even the whole thing. The first guitar I ever built (oh 40 years ago now) I did the binding and purfling routes with nothing more than a chisel and box cu...
by John Catto
Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:04 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Installing herringbone purfling on P bass with rounded top edge
Replies: 12
Views: 3220

Re: Installing herringbone purfling on P bass with rounded top edge

There's no doubt that this is a slightly tricky thing to do but there's worse out there! For a typical "half herringbone type of material you're probably looking at about a 2-3mm wide channel about 2mm deep. I'm sure the acoustic guys have their go-to ways of dealing with this stuff but what worked ...
by John Catto
Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:48 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Installing herringbone purfling on P bass with rounded top edge
Replies: 12
Views: 3220

Re: Installing herringbone purfling on P bass with rounded top edge

Please excuse my quickie scribble here (couldn't be bothered to fire up illustrator to do it properly)! You would basically need something like this, a height extension mounted to a solid board and the dremel adapter firmly clamped or screwed in place. And a fair bit of caution, but that applies to ...
by John Catto
Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:20 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: How dry doe a 3-4mm 'veneer' top need to be?
Replies: 8
Views: 2638

Re: How dry doe a 3-4mm 'veneer' top need to be?

One of the traditional ways of applying veneer is to use what they call "Glue Film". You place the film between the wood and the veneer and use an hot iron to melt the glue. I used it (on the advice of a veneer company) years ago on a couple of projects and it worked really well. I still have the gu...
by John Catto
Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Installing herringbone purfling on P bass with rounded top edge
Replies: 12
Views: 3220

Re: Installing herringbone purfling on P bass with rounded top edge

Ok this is what you need, roughly http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tools/Special_tools_for_Binding/Purfling_Soundhole_Router_Guide.html?tab=Details Might be better to copy it since you would need to extend the base by about 1.5" so it can ride around the perimeter of the guitar. Nonetheless the basics ar...
by John Catto
Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:29 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Installing herringbone purfling on P bass with rounded top edge
Replies: 12
Views: 3220

Re: Installing herringbone purfling on P bass with rounded top edge

I reckon this is pretty straight forward. All that's being talked about is installing a purfling line in the same manner it is on a violin etc. ie. a line inset from the outside edge so it's referenced as a distance from the side and cut into the top as a even width channel. The large radius means t...
by John Catto
Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:14 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Electric bass slotted headstock thickness and tuner recommendations?
Replies: 12
Views: 3586

Re: Electric bass slotted headstock thickness and tuner recommendations?

In fact Ampeg got away with using full size tuners. Extreme looking, yeah but just as functional.

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by John Catto
Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:09 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Electric bass slotted headstock thickness and tuner recommendations?
Replies: 12
Views: 3586

Re: Electric bass slotted headstock thickness and tuner recommendations?

Gibson (for a time), Ampeg with the "devil" and "scroll basses". I honestly thing any small bodied tuner is going to work without being "too" out there. Worst case is you might need to drill new holes lower on the shaft but maybe not, probably depends totally on locating the slot in the correct plac...
by John Catto
Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:20 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Making a template
Replies: 26
Views: 6581

Re: Making a template

I use MDF for templates, I print out the plans (in sections if need be) and glue them on first. The main advantage as I see it is how easy it is to get a perfect curve with a sanding block. When cleaning up, periodically close your eyes and use your fingertips to tell you whether there are any bumps...
by John Catto
Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:58 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Through Body Bass Neck Construction
Replies: 16
Views: 8542

Re: Through Body Bass Neck Construction

If you turn a flat sawn blank edge up it's effectively quarter sawn. Likewise if you went and bought quarter sawn blanks and did the same thing hey would be flat sawn with respect to the fingerboard.
by John Catto
Tue Feb 11, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Mini Archtop 14"
Replies: 22
Views: 13951

Re: Mini Archtop 14"

Wow, love this. Very cool design
by John Catto
Tue Feb 11, 2014 4:38 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Checkerboard Binding
Replies: 25
Views: 15907

Re: Checkerboard Binding

Beautiful mandolins Mark! Some great detail on those, love the rosettes.
by John Catto
Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:55 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Through Body Bass Neck Construction
Replies: 16
Views: 8542

Re: Through Body Bass Neck Construction

I use a similar rod to the Allied one but single action, I like having a rod that you can take off entirely. I use a thin (maybe 1/16" after it's planed down) filet to install the rod. Mostly this allows be to clamp and lock the rod hard in place prior to the installation of the fingerboard. It both...
by John Catto
Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:37 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Checkerboard Binding
Replies: 25
Views: 15907

Re: Checkerboard Binding

Ah, knew I had something saved with a little bit better price. You can order it from Shellex

http://www.shellex.de/index.php?p=shop& ... 0x5x1.6-mm