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by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: whammy bridge under 3/8" for carved top?
Replies: 8
Views: 5566

Re: whammy bridge under 3/8" for carved top?

I was just on the bigsby site and it looks like the B5 might work. The total height of the front roller section is 11/16". It looks like the bottom of the roller is 1/2 way down making it just under 3/8".
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: partially fretless bass, likely reinventing the wheel.
Replies: 14
Views: 10945

Re: partially fretless bass, likely reinventing the wheel.

I put the side dots on the two fretless basses I have made exactly at the intonation points (and only at the normal positions for fret markings in a guitar). Not to put words in Bob's mouth, but I am pretty sure he means that the dots are where the frets would be and only at the third, fifth, seven...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: partially fretless bass, likely reinventing the wheel.
Replies: 14
Views: 10945

Re: partially fretless bass, likely reinventing the wheel.

Jedi, A 2 piece bridge will only adjust the intonation on one string or the other. Even if you never play above the 12th fret, you need 4 bridge pieces. Everyone is welcome to disagree. Beate, It is just as easy to play out of tune in the lower registers. I know all too well... I agree one should ha...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tuners for 12 string
Replies: 10
Views: 5607

Re: Tuners for 12 string

The slotted posts have holes down the center of the post. You cut the string a bit beyond the machine, stick the end in the hole and wrap. It's fast, clean and works well. And the newer machines of this type are much improved over the "vintage" ones. Google "Kluson slotted machine heads" and you'll ...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tuners for 12 string
Replies: 10
Views: 5607

Re: Tuners for 12 string

All have made good points, but I'm jumping in anyway. My first "good" guitar was a 12-string and it was a chore to restring it. Not as bad as a Rickenbacker or d35-12, but still a chore. If I were to build a 12 string, I'd consider a machine with safety posts, like Fender used. This used to mean Fen...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: A request for advice on removing a neck.
Replies: 23
Views: 17558

Re: A request for advice on removing a neck.

I went back to look at your original posts. You did a tremendous amount of work in the first place, so I would think you'd want the fixes as invisible as possible. Your neck joint (though it doesn't show) looks like it would be very much like a les paul, opening up into the pick up cavity. look at t...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:27 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Trying to indentify a iron guitar form I recently purchased
Replies: 7
Views: 5030

Re: Trying to indentify a iron guitar form I recently purchased

The hump at the neck end of the side bender makes me think of Bohmann. I just googled him and while I associate him with those lumpy guitars he made some more conventional instruments as well.

His label indicates State Street, Chicago
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:18 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: I can't find parts for this guitar...
Replies: 5
Views: 5331

Re: I can't find parts for this guitar...

When you say "electronics" do you mean the Pre amp or the pickups and preamp. I just did a google search and the pick ups are available (from Jet.com of all places) but it looks like they don't have the 3 band EQ (I'm assuming the pre amp is volume, blend plus 3 bands). It looks like that is availab...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Tue Nov 29, 2016 5:05 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: A Basic Piano Repair
Replies: 7
Views: 6791

Re: A Basic Piano Repair

I'm not a piano person (in any sense of the word) but the shank (now I'm showing off) can be replaced. Here is a you tube video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRkgvRrshP0
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:50 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Yamaha warranty
Replies: 6
Views: 5712

Re: Yamaha warranty

David is right. Having just read the Yamaha warranty, go to Yamaha directly. It might be as simple as getting someone new on the phone and presenting yourself as a competent owner. I might also go up the food chain at Guitar Center, and that is going above the store manager's head. There are probabl...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Mon Oct 24, 2016 4:46 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: again please, solid vs adjustable bridge...
Replies: 5
Views: 4546

Re: again please, solid vs adjustable bridge...

Also, point of interest - why do flat top and classical guitars get non-adjustable bridges and put up with changing action height, when archtops almost invariably have the adjustable bridge in the first place? I mean, what other serious acoustic stringed instrument always gets an adjustable bridge? ...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Recently Acquired old Gibson
Replies: 8
Views: 7211

Re: Recently Acquired old Gibson

It might be that someone tried to tighten up that pin hole with superglue. Gibson did not typically finish their bridges so maybe someone tried to "improve" the appearance of the bridge. But, that bridge is lifting and that's not a good thing with a bridge that is bolted on (there are machine screws...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Tue Oct 11, 2016 6:17 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: New guitar with similar output jack issue.
Replies: 5
Views: 4461

Re: New guitar with similar output jack issue.

To clean the sleeve, I take a bit of fine sand paper, roll it abrasive side out and twist it in the sleeve (opposite the way its rolled). It doesn't take much to freshen the surface.
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help! Schaller Bass Bridge 2000
Replies: 2
Views: 2365

Re: Help! Schaller Bass Bridge 2000

It looks like Schaller would be glad to sell you one through "The Schaller Shop" on their website. You could also ask if any of the US dealers would order one for you. You might get it faster directly from Schaller.
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Tue Aug 30, 2016 3:48 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 1965/66 Gibson B25-12 trapeze tailpiece
Replies: 18
Views: 15736

Re: 1965/66 Gibson B25-12 trapeze tailpiece

That post under John Lambdin's name indicates that he has passed away.
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:36 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Wiring Woes.
Replies: 12
Views: 9329

Re: Wiring Woes.

As peter asks, what do you want to accomplish? Many makers with preamps wire their instruments so they have a passive mode. If the blend pot and volume control are passive, you can send the (passive) output to either the preamp/eq or directly to the jack. If this were the case, I would use a 3 posit...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pain in the Neck
Replies: 13
Views: 8377

Re: Pain in the Neck

You know, there's no guarantee that the fret height is consistent throughout the roll. The manufacturer has tolerances as well.

Blame them.
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Sat Aug 20, 2016 5:37 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 1965/66 Gibson B25-12 trapeze tailpiece
Replies: 18
Views: 15736

Re: 1965/66 Gibson B25-12 trapeze tailpiece

Or, would you be able to open up the mounting holes on the new tailpiece into slots that would allow you to use the original mounting holes?
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Sat Aug 20, 2016 5:29 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 1965/66 Gibson B25-12 trapeze tailpiece
Replies: 18
Views: 15736

Re: 1965/66 Gibson B25-12 trapeze tailpiece

OK, say you exhaust the repair avenues and your only option is to use the new Allparts tailpiece. How about a piece of wood shaped like the hanger. You screw this to the guitar using the original holes and screw the new tailpiece to the piece of wood.

Or drill new holes.
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Sun Jul 10, 2016 3:10 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: New neck for an SG
Replies: 6
Views: 5712

Re: New neck for an SG

Guitar Fetish sells necks that might be pretty close to drop in for a body like this, and very cheap. (mahogany, maple, finished/unfinished).

http://www.guitarfetish.com/Unfinished- ... 19486.html