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by John Clifford
Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Cutting a neck narrower - brute force?
Replies: 11
Views: 9911

Re: Cutting a neck narrower - brute force?

I don't see why the belt sander wouldn't work, except for the heat issue. You might wear out a belt or two. What are you going to do about the neck pocket, assuming it's a Fender style bolt-on?
by John Clifford
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Planing the recurve area
Replies: 2
Views: 3179

Planing the recurve area

I like to have the recurve area of my tops and backs start off dead flat at the final edge thickness of 3/16". That makes it much easier to route clean binding channels and use body-shaped clamping cauls to assemble the box. Then I do the recurve after the box is together and the binding is on. I us...
by John Clifford
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Aqua Coat Grain Filler
Replies: 5
Views: 3827

Re: Aqua Coat Grain Filler

Thanks Paul.
by John Clifford
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: End pin jack being pulled forward
Replies: 22
Views: 22517

Re: End pin jack being pulled forward

Interesting! Thanks Alan.
by John Clifford
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Aqua Coat Grain Filler
Replies: 5
Views: 3827

Re: Aqua Coat Grain Filler

Paul, tell me about the Gork's GoodFilla. How many coats does it take you to fill a medium grain wood like mahogany or sapelle? Does it sand well?
by John Clifford
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Is this style dust collector a complete waste of space?
Replies: 10
Views: 8543

Re: Is this style dust collector a complete waste of space?

Bob is right, the bags are no good. Filter canisters are much better. I have one of these in my basement shop, and it really works pretty well: http://www.rockler.com/jet-vortex-dust-collector-1-5hp-w-canister-filter-dc-1100vx-ck I was concerned that it might just be spewing fine particles back into...
by John Clifford
Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Aqua Coat Grain Filler
Replies: 5
Views: 3827

Aqua Coat Grain Filler

I know there was a short thread on this back in 2012, but I'd like to hear from anyone else who has had success with this product. I really want to like it, but after several tries, I'm just frustrated with it. Yes, it does eventually sort of fill the grain, but I have to put on like 10 coats with l...
by John Clifford
Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: End pin jack being pulled forward
Replies: 22
Views: 22517

Re: End pin jack being pulled forward

Very cool looking tailpiece, Alan. So are there pins going through the ball ends of the strings to hold them in place?

I'm guessing this ended up being pretty heavy. How do you think that affected the sound, if at all?
by John Clifford
Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: End pin jack being pulled forward
Replies: 22
Views: 22517

Re: End pin jack being pulled forward

This is one of the reasons I have abandoned the Benedetto cello style tailpiece fastener. I think D’Aquisto had a better idea, which was to make a 1/2 wood and 1/2 metal hinge. The top piece is wood and the end piece is metal. A steel pin runs through both to make the hinge. I’ll try to add a coupl...
by John Clifford
Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: End pin jack being pulled forward
Replies: 22
Views: 22517

Re: End pin jack being pulled forward

Peter, did the drywall screw actually hold up to the string tension?
by John Clifford
Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fall-away on fretboard extension?
Replies: 9
Views: 7000

Re: Fall-away on fretboard extension?

After thinking about your comments, I have attempted to diagram 3 different scenarios. This first is what I generally aim for as a builder, except that there is always a slight amount of "relief" introduced by string tension alone, unless you level the frets under simulated string tension, which I d...
by John Clifford
Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fall-away on fretboard extension?
Replies: 9
Views: 7000

Re: Fall-away on fretboard extension?

I found a good discussion of this issue as it pertains to bass guitars over on the talkbass forum - they call it the "ski jump." Hope I'm not breaking any rules by posting this cross reference: https://www.talkbass.com/threads/getting-the-facts-about-ski-jumps.1111265/ Still seems to me the archtop ...
by John Clifford
Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Nut compensation on bass guitars
Replies: 9
Views: 8050

Re: Nut compensation on bass guitars

I would be amazed if anyone could hear the difference, in an actual playing situation, between a straight nut and a perfectly compensated one on a bass guitar, assuming the frets and saddles are all in the right place and the nut is not too high. It might help with marketing, but I don't see it bein...
by John Clifford
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fall-away on fretboard extension?
Replies: 9
Views: 7000

Re: Fall-away on fretboard extension?

Beate, I still wonder if we're all talking about the same kind of "hump." Do you have any pictures of what you have seen on bass guitars? And is this something you would only deal with in repair situations, or something you would build in to a new instrument? In other words, is this in the nature of...
by John Clifford
Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: End pin jack being pulled forward
Replies: 22
Views: 22517

Re: End pin jack being pulled forward

This is one of the reasons I have abandoned the Benedetto cello style tailpiece fastener. I think D’Aquisto had a better idea, which was to make a 1/2 wood and 1/2 metal hinge. The top piece is wood and the end piece is metal. A steel pin runs through both to make the hinge. I’ll try to add a couple...
by John Clifford
Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:38 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fall-away on fretboard extension?
Replies: 9
Views: 7000

Re: Fall-away on fretboard extension?

On second thought, maybe we are talking about two different things. I can see that if you introduced a significant amount of relief into the neck with the truss rod (I like mine nearly flat, but no matter), and then tried to bring the action back down really low in the middle of the fretboard, the s...
by John Clifford
Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fall-away on fretboard extension?
Replies: 9
Views: 7000

Re: Fall-away on fretboard extension?

Thanks Gordon - food for thought. But if there is no problem when the neck is straight, and the truss rod does not affect the fretboard extension, I'm still having trouble seeing how introducing relief creates a hump. You've seen this happen on archtops?
by John Clifford
Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fall-away on fretboard extension?
Replies: 9
Views: 7000

Fall-away on fretboard extension?

I was advised by a guitar dealer whose opinions I generally respect that I should build in some "fall-away" in the upper fretboard on my archtop guitars. I understand why this might be a sensible precaution for flattop guitars, which often develop a "hump" in that area, but I can't see how that woul...
by John Clifford
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Carve inside or outside first?
Replies: 6
Views: 5372

Re: Carve inside or outside first?

Thanks guys, that all makes sense to me. I guess I'll just keep doing what I'm doing. I do leave carving the recurve until after the box is assembled, which is also the way Benedetto suggests. But the recurve is "factored in" to my contour plan, so I know I have room for it.
by John Clifford
Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Carve inside or outside first?
Replies: 6
Views: 5372

Carve inside or outside first?

Archtop builders- which do you carve first, the inside or outside arch, and why? Benedetto's book says the outside is first. That makes intuitive sense to me, and is the way I've been doing it. I know D'Aquisto started with the inside arch, but I don't know why. Does it matter? Obviously, either way...