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by John Catto
Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:11 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: 11827

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

personally, I'd pull the fingerboard and replace the rod before I did anything else
by John Catto
Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:50 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Maple body cap
Replies: 8
Views: 2964

Re: Maple body cap

Without a doubt you want to glue up the top before you glue it onto the body. In a perfect world you'd glue it up then run it through a thickness sander to get everything perfect but you can get away without that if you are careful with the top glueup. It's not overstating it to say that while succe...
by John Catto
Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:35 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Dumb mistake carving, looking for fix ideas
Replies: 28
Views: 7780

Re: Dumb mistake carving, looking for fix ideas

I don't have a photo handy but I think when Scott did it he inlaid an inlay line (matching body binding) around the curve of the veneered body cutout. Like a pinstripe is probably the best description.
by John Catto
Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:50 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Source for off-white (not dark "cream") humbucker rings?
Replies: 6
Views: 2371

Re: Source for off-white (not dark "cream") humbucker rings?

People look for these all the time in the Les Paul world. In the 50's the parts didn't have that sickly pinkish tinge but rather were more of a bone colour. Forgetting the people who make exact replica sets of rings with all the right mold markings and so on for hundreds of dollars a set you have a ...
by John Catto
Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:31 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: truss rod channel
Replies: 5
Views: 2535

Re: truss rod channel

Chris Tremble wrote:Hi again,
This might sound really silly but I might as well ask :D
My truss rod is flat on one side and curved on the other, which side is meant to face up?
Flat
by John Catto
Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:52 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: string pressure, how important is it?
Replies: 6
Views: 2658

Re: string pressure, how important is it?

There are a couple of separate issues here, the headstock angle and the nut."Golden Era" Gibsons used a 17 degree angle at the nut, this is still considered optimum for this design but requires a well cut nut or you can have problems (especially when combined with Gibson's non-straight string path)....
by John Catto
Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:50 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Filling hole - suggestions, please!
Replies: 17
Views: 6365

Re: Filling hole - suggestions, please!

Inlay is the way to go. Cut a small piece from the offcuts or if you didn't keep them the area that will be routed out for the pickup(s). don't make it even like a drilled out hole rather uneven so it looks like a natural knot (but one with wood in it). If you have a choice use wood that matches in ...
by John Catto
Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:01 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fender's truss rod curve?
Replies: 9
Views: 4528

Re: Fender's truss rod curve?

I should add since I can't reedit that post now that Gibson switched to a curved trussrod in 1960 loosly coinciding with their move to a thinner neck profile.
by John Catto
Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:23 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fender's truss rod curve?
Replies: 9
Views: 4528

Re: Fender's truss rod curve?

So far as I know Fender always used the curved truss-rod route. Gibson's in the 50's were straight but angled much deeper towards the neck/body joint, this is easy to confirm by looking at the depth of the maple "filet" visible in the neck pickup cavity (and the experience and knowledge of luthiers ...
by John Catto
Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:56 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pickup Position Placement
Replies: 22
Views: 8125

Re: Pickup Position Placement

The Dan Armstrong "London" (wood bodied) guitars had a sliding pickup. Most people unsurprisingly place it where it would be if it were fixed. Single pickup guitars with the pickup in the mid point are unusual but do exist. The late 50's single pickup 330s have it placed in the middle and for many p...
by John Catto
Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:51 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pickup Position Placement
Replies: 22
Views: 8125

Re: Pickup Position Placement

There's no magic formula, common sense should tell you most of what you need to know. If you place the bridge pickup too close to the bridge it will sound brittle & thin, how much so also depends on the characteristics of the pickups you are using. It should come as no surprise that Fender placed th...
by John Catto
Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:33 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: LP JR neck question
Replies: 2
Views: 1947

Re: LP JR neck question

OK, I'll assume this isn't really like a Les Paul Jr. since the neck on a junior (at least the single cut ones) IS raised above the body without so much angle. Anyway hard fix, remove the fingerboard, remove the neck and reset it. If you have a tenon glued in and buried under a top this may not be a...
by John Catto
Wed May 09, 2012 5:43 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Paul Gransee's 7th Bass
Replies: 25
Views: 18208

Re: Paul Gransee's 7th Bass

Really nice looking bass! Silly question, where does the strap attach?
by John Catto
Wed May 09, 2012 5:20 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: White "plastic" binding.
Replies: 26
Views: 20142

Re: White "plastic" binding.

I've used original Titebond to glue ABS and celluloid binding tons of times without even using the acetone wipe business. Works fine, better than lots of glues "made" for the job. I use CA glue for the fingerboard and sometimes headstock bindings but tend to steer clear of it for the body because of...
by John Catto
Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:17 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Custom made guitar parts?
Replies: 12
Views: 4223

Re: Custom made guitar parts?

Sure, I've done it as much as possible over the years. This guitar top I did all the artwork in photoshop & Illustrator then had it etched. I also created the bridge wheels and modified the base and had them chromed. http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t270/johncatto/Guitars/metaltop_04_05_07_03s.jpg...