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by Mark Swanson
Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Be safe, south Texas!
Replies: 17
Views: 16733

Be safe, south Texas!

To all Forum members in the path of Harvey, take care! Try and stay safe.
by Mark Swanson
Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic Archtop
Replies: 10
Views: 8569

Re: Acoustic Archtop

You could use a regular undersaddle type piezo or a Fishman type bridge with the pickup built into it if you don't mind drilling a hole under the bridge. I know it sounds scary drilling a hole under the bridge location but it will be covered by the bridge all the time. I do it on my mandolins, it ha...
by Mark Swanson
Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Picture Hosting Sites
Replies: 16
Views: 17048

Re: Picture Hosting Sites

Yessir, you got it! Cool guitar too.
by Mark Swanson
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Picture Hosting Sites
Replies: 16
Views: 17048

Re: Picture Hosting Sites

Gordon, at the bottom of the page where you enter your replies, there is a button that says "Full Editor". Click that, and at the bottom of that page you will see a place for "Upload Attachment". the picture you want to upload will be your attachment. Click "Choose file", select the photo you want a...
by Mark Swanson
Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Picture Hosting Sites
Replies: 16
Views: 17048

Re: Picture Hosting Sites

And the green Comet blazes by the Pleiadies!
by Mark Swanson
Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My#2 Mahogany 000
Replies: 6
Views: 5694

Re: My#2 Mahogany 000

Very nice...even though Hesh doesn't post here. He however is a friend of mine. :)
I bet it sounds pretty good!
by Mark Swanson
Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: using two Piezo strips in a hollow nonadjustable bridge?
Replies: 5
Views: 6853

Re: using two Piezo strips in a hollow nonadjustable bridge?

That looks like a piezo wire pickup to me. I use that stuff sometimes, mostly in mandolins but it can work well in a guitar too.
by Mark Swanson
Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: The party!
Topic: Happy 20th Anniversary!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 9284

Re: Happy 20th Anniversary!!!

It's been a great ride! I have enjoyed, I have learned, i have shared and I have made lifelong friends here.
Thanks to all of you who have been here in one way or another!
by Mark Swanson
Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Bow Ties....
Replies: 8
Views: 7323

Re: Bow Ties....

Hey, good idea! I'll remember that.
by Mark Swanson
Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Bow Ties....
Replies: 8
Views: 7323

Re: Bow Ties....

I have never made any bow ties, but I have made string ties. In the spirit of sharing photos, here is one of the ones I made. It's made from a fingerboard....a real Luthiers Tie.
Now let's see yours!
by Mark Swanson
Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: New Project - 5-String Electric Viola
Replies: 2
Views: 5454

Re: New Project - 5-String Electric Viola

The most challenging part of this is getting a decent pickup. Electric violins have issues that other instruments don't, have you looked into how you'll tackle that?
by Mark Swanson
Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: How thin can a finger board be?
Replies: 12
Views: 9355

Re: How thin can a finger board be?

If you look into some of the older Fender electric guitars, they have fingerboards that are hardly more than a veneer. It looks to be no thicker than the fret tang.
by Mark Swanson
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Sparkly guitar, with weird pickups!
Replies: 17
Views: 16565

Re: Sparkly guitar, with weird pickups!

I made some pickups like that too. I liked mine! But I am not a fan of the cloth wire. There is no advantage to it at all other than the vintage look and vibe it gives. It's better and quieter to use a smaller, thin shielded wire. So much easier to work with!
by Mark Swanson
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: First Build Log - OM 6-String
Replies: 79
Views: 99674

Re: First Build Log - OM 6-String

Yes that is nice looking walnut Eric! If you ask me, you are doing about as well as can be expected with a three-wheel bandsaw. They are hard to operate and hard to get a good result when using them to re-saw.
by Mark Swanson
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Walnut For Back and Rims
Replies: 6
Views: 5777

Re: Walnut For Back and Rims

I use Walnut all the time! And I would use the second orientation, I like the flame and I'd put that part in the lower bout. That looks like nice stuff.
by Mark Swanson
Sat May 27, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Smoked lacquer finish
Replies: 10
Views: 6172

Re: Smoked lacquer finish

I don't imagine it would have to be wet lacquer at all. Just use a thin coat to spray over the soot to seal it in and then the rest of the clear coats from there.
by Mark Swanson
Fri May 26, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Turquoise Stain
Replies: 18
Views: 14624

Re: Turquoise Stain

I would think so...I have sprayed blue tinted lacquer and the first thin coats looked like that. You will need to start out with a very light colored wood base for sure, white maple or something.
by Mark Swanson
Fri May 26, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Turquoise Stain
Replies: 18
Views: 14624

Re: Turquoise Stain

Use a lacquer tint or dye, and not a stain. With colors like that it is best to tint the finish.
by Mark Swanson
Tue May 23, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: neck heel crushing sides of guitar
Replies: 21
Views: 14697

Re: neck heel crushing sides of guitar

I seriously doubt that is what is affecting your action. The sides would need to be seriously crushed enough to make a difference in the neck angle, I bet it is something along the lines of Mario's question. I have seen many necks cut like yours, and they have no troubles.
by Mark Swanson
Mon May 22, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Just completed
Replies: 16
Views: 12832

Re: Just completed

Looks great Andy, you always do top notch work! good to see you post again too.