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by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Mon May 20, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17
Replies: 201
Views: 56488

Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

Whenever Barry starts a project like this, I move to the back of the room and stand slack jawed. That being said, the question of the sides reminded me of an article in GAL journal (#97, p. 48) where damaged sides are lined with veneer. This might allow you to keep the original sides even with repla...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Tue May 14, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: New nitro over old...
Replies: 5
Views: 1941

Re: New nitro over old...

You might want to leave the pickguard off in the future. Test under a tuning machine.
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Mon May 06, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17
Replies: 201
Views: 56488

Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

Barry, Are you considering another spruce top or a mahogany top (to match the model # in the guitar)? I can see the guy in Indiana thinking "I will improve this guitar by making it a 00-18". Does it still have rectangular frets? There's so much to think about but I can't see anything wrong with maki...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Fri May 03, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass guitar into guitar amp?
Replies: 8
Views: 4391

Re: Bass guitar into guitar amp?

If you're just need to hear yourself, you can plug into a guitar amp. Broadly speaking, a bass amp should have more power (because it takes more power to reproduce the lower frequencies and even more power to reproduce them cleanly), a tone control section designed around lower frequencies, a larger...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:49 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need some advice on fingerstyle guitars
Replies: 16
Views: 8479

Re: Need some advice on fingerstyle guitars

This is almost a philosophical quest. I think of a good instrument as one that "talks to you". That being said, sometimes you have to learn what the instrument has to say... Don't audition too many guitars in one sitting. Your ears get tired. Also, in my opinion, you probably need to find a speciali...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New project. Silvertone 672
Replies: 20
Views: 13763

Re: New project. Silvertone 672

What's wrong with the machines?
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Dead Pre-amp?
Replies: 10
Views: 7951

Re: Dead Pre-amp?

If the preamp were dead, there would be no signal going through it. So there would be nothing for the "MIC" setting to amplify. I would hypothesize that there is no or little gain from the preamp. Because I don't know my brass from an oboe, I would start at the pick up and work my way out (as was pr...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Sound system in workshop?
Replies: 21
Views: 13169

Re: Sound system in workshop?

I can't call myself a luthier and I'll not go into what I do call myself... I started doing this stuff in my bachelor pad, so the speakers for the stereo were in the living room along with the kitchen table (and kitchen, for that matter). My girlfriend (now wife) moved in together and I got a piece ...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Looking for tuning machine screw
Replies: 21
Views: 12833

Re: Looking for tuning machine screw

you should get some metric sizes as well. The head might not be the right shape but I'd bet the screw you want is metric. And the shipping will dwarf the cost of the screws so you might as well get an assortment. They are a great vendor. I got some tiny metric machine screws to repair some buttons o...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Looking for tuning machine screw
Replies: 21
Views: 12833

Re: Looking for tuning machine screw

What everyone said, but are you certain those are the original machines? Those look Japanese, especially the dual purpose string post (for both slotted and solid peg head). Have you had them off? You might see the imprint of the Klusons that should have been on it. The only reason I bring up authent...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Good case for first build
Replies: 7
Views: 4073

Good case for first build

Hi everyone, I am working on one of the Stew Mac OM kits and I'm assuming I'll actually get it done. Anyone have suggestions on a good hard case? I don't need a travel case. In my mind's eye, the old Guild 45xx case would be fine. Black on the outside, fuzzy on the inside, lots of glue in the lid. A...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: fastening ES type harness...
Replies: 3
Views: 3572

Re: fastening ES type harness...

When working on a Gibson, I've been able to sneak a finger through the F hole to keep things from spinning while tightening. You can also pull the part up by its shaft or handle and tighten with a open end wrench. As an aside, I like to use a length of shrink tubing placed over the pot shaft for get...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: 5-string vs 4-string bass
Replies: 24
Views: 11775

Re: 5-string vs 4-string bass

This is just so complicated. We all make recommendations based on our experiences (which is better than based on something you read somewhere) and its pretty easy to be monolithic in one's opinion. So this is what I think. I would be pleased to be proved wrong. It happens a lot. I started playing ba...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: MIMF 21st birthday giveaway
Replies: 21
Views: 10996

Re: MIMF 21st birthday giveaway

Happy 21st!!! I remember when I was 21. I really do. Really.
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Does choice of tuning heads affect the sound of an instrument?
Replies: 14
Views: 9328

Re: Does choice of tuning heads affect the sound of an instrument?

I myself cannot hear any difference, but in the opinion of Dan Erliwine of stewmac fame, they do make a difference. He says that a heavier set will add "darkness" to the tone, while improving sustain. That being said, many people return the old (crappy) Kluson tuners to older Gibson acoustics not ju...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Burst and French Polish?
Replies: 17
Views: 10799

Re: Burst and French Polish?

James Condino is a wizard.
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Burst and French Polish?
Replies: 17
Views: 10799

Re: Burst and French Polish?

There was an article in Guitar Player in the '80s about a mandolin maker doing a hand rubbed sunburst. As I recall, he did it backwards, doing the dark first and then the center. I also recall they had a picture the size of a postage stamp showing the work... Looking for that article just now, I cam...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: DeArmond Rhythm Chief 1100 reissue pickup
Replies: 3
Views: 3587

Re: DeArmond Rhythm Chief 1100 reissue pickup

Hi John, Where did you get this pick up? I know the new Guild is selling them. I'm impressed it works with "acoustic" strings but the Monel wrap is nickel. If the phosphor bronze are not satisfactory, apparently D'addario is making a bronze string with a nickel coating,' That guitar looks great! I c...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Wed May 16, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Non-modeling solid-state amps - is there such a thing?
Replies: 13
Views: 7900

Re: Non-modeling solid-state amps - is there such a thing?

I did a quick google search for Peavey Pacers. They go for about $130 used (obviously). The older Peavey stuff was robust and a good price. More importantly, I don't think they have any particular "vintage" value. I'm with Mario. Find something used. Or maybe he would like to build you a vibrolux, j...