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by JC Whitney
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?
Replies: 60
Views: 38841

Re: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

Ten or twenty years ago my answer would have been very different. These days, my "cheater" magnification glasses are the one tool I can't live (or see fine detail) without.
by JC Whitney
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Poor planning
Replies: 4
Views: 3308

Re: Poor planning

During a recent trip to Nashville, my plan to spend a leisurely afternoon in Gruhn Guitar's showroom went awry. I arrived only 30 minutes before closing on the day before I flew out, with just enough time for a brisk walk-around. In retrospect, that was likely a very, very, good thing.
by JC Whitney
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Repair of Zither (Harp Mandolin) ??????
Replies: 106
Views: 51806

Re: Repair of Zither (Harp Mandolin) ??????

You might not feel the need to fill in the gap in the graphics once all of the strings are on and obstructing the view a bit. Years of hand drafting experience way back when taught me that sometimes trying to infill a gap in printed material just ends up calling more attention to the area. If you le...
by JC Whitney
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Rocklite Bridge For Classical Guitar.
Replies: 2
Views: 3401

Re: Rocklite Bridge For Classical Guitar.

Hello Gilbert. There is a pretty extensive conversation on Talkbass.com re: ebony Rocklite, probably worth googling if you haven’t yet seen it.
by JC Whitney
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: MIMF 21st birthday giveaway
Replies: 21
Views: 10985

Re: MIMF 21st birthday giveaway

Count me in.
Looking forward to another 21 great years...
by JC Whitney
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Builders' Supplies and Services
Topic: Building an electric guitar.
Replies: 9
Views: 10049

Re: Building an electric guitar.

Hello Spencer. Jamie’s plans are excellent, but they’re not a step by step instruction manual. They and other plans assume a certain amount of knowledge about the process. Whether you are building your first from a kit or from scratch, I’d recommend first getting a copy of Make Your Own Electric Gui...
by JC Whitney
Mon May 14, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: electric guitar neck build
Replies: 19
Views: 10114

Re: electric guitar neck build

Hi Michael. When you rout the truss rod channel, is it flat bottomed or curved?
by JC Whitney
Fri May 11, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Is this carbon fiber unusually flexible? Low grade?
Replies: 6
Views: 8386

Re: Is this carbon fiber unusually flexible? Low grade?

A ratio of 6:1 depth to height makes it tough for a beam to resist Y axis bending, as it doesn’t have enough X axis material to resist buckling (I may have my axis swapped, but hopefully you get the idea). If you laminate several of those 1 mm strips together and can get closer to a 6:3 or 6:2 ratio...
by JC Whitney
Sat May 05, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: the Fishman/Fender PM preamp and electronics
Replies: 2
Views: 2974

Re: the Fishman/Fender PM preamp and electronics

Have you checked out the Fishman "Flex" series?... https://www.fishman.com/fishman-equipped/flex/
by JC Whitney
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Looking for amazing knobs
Replies: 17
Views: 13184

Re: Looking for amazing knobs

Small enameled purple ribbon lapel pins are available online for a couple of dollars. Perhaps you could Forstner bit or turn a recess into the top of a round knob, place the ribbon pin, and flow around it with black epoxy/filler?
by JC Whitney
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Looking for amazing knobs
Replies: 17
Views: 13184

Re: Looking for amazing knobs

The lungs body you made looks great. Perhaps you could inlay purple “cf awareness” ribbon shapes into flat tops of round wood knobs? Carve or CNC a recess into the knob top and infill with purple epoxy? They’d have the added benefit of acting as a visual indicator of what each knob is set/turned to.
by JC Whitney
Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Giveaway- LMI Richlite and Rocklite fingerboards (bass)
Replies: 17
Views: 155687

Re: Giveaway- LMI Richlite and Rocklite fingerboards (bass)

I'm grateful for the opportunity - count me in.
by JC Whitney
Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Oud?
Replies: 1
Views: 2481

Re: Oud?

Greg, maybe take a look at this... http://www.droud.com/products.html
by JC Whitney
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: mini tuners
Replies: 6
Views: 5385

Re: mini tuners

Try an Amazon search... for "grover ukelele tuners" or "ukelele tuning heads". You should see a number of options.
by JC Whitney
Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: What differences between Piano and Guitar make them sound different?
Replies: 7
Views: 7333

Re: What differences between Piano and Guitar make them sound different?

Amazon sells single piano bass strings for about $20... lots of potential for experimentation.
by JC Whitney
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Anyone use Chladini testing for archtops?
Replies: 21
Views: 22078

Re: Anyone use Chladini testing for archtops?

Psst... (whispering) ... google Alan Carruth Chladni. You’ll be pleasantly surprised when you see the results and notice who’s corresponding with you in this post.
by JC Whitney
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Making my first steel string acoustic guitar
Replies: 38
Views: 38544

Re: Making my first steel string acoustic guitar

... and don’t forget to post pics of how it goes, here on the mimf. You’ll find that you have a lot of people rooting for you.
by JC Whitney
Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Making my first steel string acoustic guitar
Replies: 38
Views: 38544

Re: Making my first steel string acoustic guitar

Perhaps look at it this way - a good book and set of plans will cost significantly less than what you have invested in your woods, and will help to insure that you end up with a finished product worthy of all of the time and effort you’re going to put into it. Even if you have to put off starting to...
by JC Whitney
Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:49 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Guitar vise
Replies: 8
Views: 6165

Re: Guitar vise

Brilliant!