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by John Catto
Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:35 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Checkerboard Binding
Replies: 25
Views: 15899

Re: Checkerboard Binding

No kidding, looks great though doesn't it. I've used the "half-herringbone" types of marquetry strip for a similar but woody effect in the past.
by John Catto
Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:14 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Removing a neck
Replies: 4
Views: 1449

Re: Removing a neck

Don't just hack the neck off. First of all remove the fingerboard. I use a household Steam Iron with a thing sharp spatula/scraper to do this. It'll come off intact with all the frets if you're careful. Once that's done you'll clearly see the neck joint, no need to guess plus you should be able to r...
by John Catto
Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:09 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Patching Mahogany
Replies: 4
Views: 1571

Re: Patching Mahogany

Glue in a sliver, if you can't do that use old school woodfiller in the correct colour (NOT plastic wood!). It'll take stains and finish better and be far less detectible than wood sawdust and glue which always sticks out like a sore thumb. A lot of people would recommend the correct colour of lacqu...
by John Catto
Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:46 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Anybody paint their pickguards?
Replies: 10
Views: 3130

Re: Anybody paint their pickguards?

I once fabricated a Charlie Christian style pickup cover from a scrap of black styrene sheet, a bit of creme binding and lacking a thin black ... bits of chopped up cassette case! Worked great still doing sterling service many years later :).
by John Catto
Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:32 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Anybody paint their pickguards?
Replies: 10
Views: 3130

Re: Anybody paint their pickguards?

Pickguard plastic (and binding plastic for that matter) is just plastic, there's nothing special about the stuff you get from guitar supply shops other than perhaps restricted selection. For instance if you need white or black there's nothing to stop you using the styrene sheet sold by crafts shops,...
by John Catto
Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:11 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My tilt on the micro-tilt
Replies: 2
Views: 1185

Re: My tilt on the micro-tilt

ha ha, I've done it as well with a body with one of those 4 bolt + microtilt plates.
by John Catto
Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:57 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Masking Body Cavities ........there has to be a better way!!
Replies: 10
Views: 3058

Re: Masking Body Cavities ........there has to be a better way!!

why wouldn't you spray the body cavities? I don't spray the neck pocket on Fender type instruments because I fit the neck tightly in the pocket, and I'm afraid the finish might upset that and cause me more work, either by sanding to fit again, or tearing out edge finish when the neck is removed. Di...
by John Catto
Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:56 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Questions about drilling for tuners and string ferrules
Replies: 9
Views: 2997

Re: Questions about drilling for tuners and string ferrules

"I can see that the bushings and the tuner back screws would probably hold the tuners just fine - just wondering if there is a correct way to do this"

the way you're doing it is the correct way. Personally I usually drill to 6mm then use a tapered reamer to final fit.
by John Catto
Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:41 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Methods for cutting out body shape
Replies: 11
Views: 2754

Re: Methods for cutting out body shape

I've done this the same way for years with pretty much everything I've ever built with the exception of a couple of guitars built in high school and art college. You need to make a template, I always use MDF since it's easy to get a good finish on the edge. I glue the laser printed printed pattern o...
by John Catto
Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:04 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Green burst finish
Replies: 30
Views: 7149

Re: Green burst finish

I have to admit I'm not a fan of the dye then sand back routine with maple. It sounds like a good idea but in practice tends to kill the 3d movement of the wood. It also can tend to make the wood look a little "dirty" for lack of a better word. Anything that aims to enhance the figure could be descr...
by John Catto
Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Aligning the neck for drilling
Replies: 5
Views: 2362

Re: Aligning the neck for drilling

What Mark said. Body holes "just" bigger than the screws. Otherwise you can't develop any torque. Plus it's likely that ghe neck won't sit flat in the pocket.
by John Catto
Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:43 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Building a Les Paul DC need some ideas
Replies: 23
Views: 6676

Re: Building a Les Paul DC need some ideas

I've done it with the insert in the middle and seen other people do the extra bits on the sides. In my opinion if done cleanly the section down the middle is both considerably better looking and a nice effect

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by John Catto
Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:45 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Fender refinish after refret
Replies: 1
Views: 1478

Re: Fender refinish after refret

Colour's easy. Just do a sealer coat of amber shellac and shoot nitro from there. Less is way more on a fingerboard.
by John Catto
Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:41 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: T-Style neck joint problems
Replies: 10
Views: 3383

Re: T-Style neck joint problems

we learn a lot when we make mistakes don't we? Well, fitting the body to the neck isn't a mistake, it's just guitar building! :D The heel width on Fenders is always the big lurking problem. It's the one spec that Fender should have changed on the very first revision back in '51. Instead it's the on...
by John Catto
Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:46 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Aging of Celluloid
Replies: 16
Views: 7787

Re: Aging of Celluloid

Is this for inlays? Like the stuff Gibson used in the 50's and so on. It is for the headstock of an old thinline archtop. BTW: some of the inlays became a little bit warm when i straightened the neck - so i know i must be careful. If it's for a headstock I'd just shoot amber toner over it. All the ...
by John Catto
Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:02 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Gretsch 78 beast thru neck where is the truss rod adjustment?
Replies: 15
Views: 11823

Re: Gretsch 78 beast thru neck where is the truss rod adjustment?

Sounds like I got kindling. I bought this because I wanted a thru neck and its a gretsch and I am building a gretsch replica billy bo. I guess I will shelve this neck till I have better skills to do the work. Not at all, don't be put off. It's actually quite easy to remove the fingerboard if necess...
by John Catto
Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:38 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: P Bass Fingerboard
Replies: 11
Views: 6365

Re: P Bass Fingerboard

It sure was an interesting way they built them. Any idea why they would use a cap fingerboard vs not? Google-fu isn't working for me. They touch on it in one of the Fender books, I thought it was in Forest White's (an interesting book in it's own right) but can't find the quote so maybe it was Bill...
by John Catto
Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Aging of Celluloid
Replies: 16
Views: 7787

Re: Aging of Celluloid

Is this for inlays? Like the stuff Gibson used in the 50's and so on. I've tried lots of things including various dyes but you've already touched on what really works. I iron the board after the inlaying is done with a layer of damp paper. There's a fine line here, get it too hot and it'll either bu...
by John Catto
Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:36 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: P Bass Fingerboard
Replies: 11
Views: 6365

Re: P Bass Fingerboard

Yes those necks are described as having a ca or veneer board. Planing down and putting a slab board on a mid 60's Fender bass would probably knock at least $1,000 off the value, not a good idea. While probably not how Fender did it originally I'm guessing you could heat bend the board to fit, I'm pr...