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by JC Whitney
Mon Apr 04, 2016 7:43 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Electronic violin
Replies: 4
Views: 4521

Re: Electronic violin

Disclaimer - I don't play violin, don't own one, and have never made one. With that said... how about two dowels sticking out perpendicular from the flat spot between the tuners and the end, supporting a comfortably contoured kidney bean-ish shaped shoulder rest? Maybe removable so it still packs up...
by JC Whitney
Mon Jan 25, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: hot wire foam cutter for releasing a fingerboard
Replies: 12
Views: 7762

Re: hot wire foam cutter for releasing a fingerboard

I haven't used a hot wire for fretboard removal, but I did put a lot of hours in a few decades ago building architectural models out of foam. Horrendous fumes... I'd second the concern about keeping the wire tracking true. In my experience even easy to melt foam would often distort a well tensioned ...
by JC Whitney
Tue Dec 29, 2015 6:53 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Bridge for an five course electric Cittern
Replies: 4
Views: 7034

Re: Bridge for an five course electric Cittern

Link to a good line drawing of the Gotoh 12 string bridge... https://images.campyent.com/sites/defau ... _gtc12.png
String spacing off the shelf is 2.185".
by JC Whitney
Tue Dec 29, 2015 12:21 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My Nephews Build
Replies: 4
Views: 3833

Re: My Nephews Build

That's great, truly one-of-a-kind. I had fun trying to pick out ancestors from its family tree... a bit of Strat up north, Dean ML down below the equator, a pinch of Steinberger up in the northwest. Perhaps a wee bit of Red Hot Chili Peppers influence at the knob?
Looks like a fun project.
by JC Whitney
Sat Dec 26, 2015 4:19 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Bridge for an five course electric Cittern
Replies: 4
Views: 7034

Re: Bridge for an five course electric Cittern

How about using a Gotoh twelve string bridge as your starting point? Use five of the double saddles and make a new base plate with sides similar to the Hipshot Hardtail's out of either wood or (plated after fabrication) brass? If wood, you'll have to incorporate a method to ground the strings - perh...
by JC Whitney
Sat Dec 19, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Feedback Solicitation: Bass XII Monster
Replies: 31
Views: 28943

Re: Feedback Solicitation: Bass XII Monster

Oops. Just reread the original posts... when I commented about tuner head weight I was thinking this was going to be a twelve string bass. Like those good old eight string monsters, but with four extra courses. I didn't realize this was making the jump from bass clef to treble.
by JC Whitney
Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:44 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Feedback Solicitation: Bass XII Monster
Replies: 31
Views: 28943

Re: Feedback Solicitation: Bass XII Monster

Looks like a lot of fun. One thought - all those tuning heads are heavy. Without a long upper horn on the body getting it to balance well on a strap is going to be a challenge. As sketched, it might end up mighty neck heavy.
by JC Whitney
Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:50 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Looking for a 1/4" ply or solid wood top elect git
Replies: 7
Views: 7514

Re: Looking for a 1/4" ply or solid wood top elect git

Pieces of baltic birch plywd about the size you'd need are available online from Woodcraft if you decide to go that route.
by JC Whitney
Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:39 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Building a medieval symphonie
Replies: 6
Views: 9247

Re: Building a medieval symphonie

Gordon - have you seen this site?... https://sites.google.com/site/mccormack ... hesinfonye
It includes free full size pdf plans for a "sinfonye" along with pics of the finished product. Looks pretty interesting. If you build one, I hope that you'll post your work here on the MIMF.
by JC Whitney
Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:19 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Lap Steel Plans?
Replies: 6
Views: 6132

Re: Lap Steel Plans?

I'm chuckling, because Melvyn's own book (1986 edition) was such a great help to me way back in my beginner days.
Thank you MH, and apologies for side tracking this topic....
by JC Whitney
Sun Oct 04, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Electric cittern electronics
Replies: 6
Views: 7444

Re: Electric cittern electronics

Have you considered a twin blade (vs individual pole pieces) humbucker?
by JC Whitney
Fri Sep 11, 2015 10:18 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Visiting Luthier Challenge.
Replies: 10
Views: 6781

Re: Visiting Luthier Challenge.

Clamps galore, scraper, blade(s) for a homemade gramil, and few chisels. Pipe and torch for hand bending.
Perhaps more importantly - a good radio / speaker system.
by JC Whitney
Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:54 pm
Forum: Challenges
Topic: Double Neck
Replies: 2
Views: 12458

Re: Double Neck

Greg - that is indeed a beauty. What's the story behind the diamond on the back?
by JC Whitney
Sat Aug 29, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Conn flat top bridge repair
Replies: 16
Views: 8984

Re: Conn flat top bridge repair

You may want to look into a JLD Bridge Doctor - Stewmac sells them. If you search the MIMF you'll find them mentioned in a number of threads.
by JC Whitney
Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:58 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: '60s style wiring, push buttons and pickups
Replies: 8
Views: 6570

Re: '60s style wiring, push buttons and pickups

Probably not a viable solution, but "reproduction antique pushbutton light switches" come to mind. A pair of interconnected pushbuttons, available as a basic on/off and as S3 and S4s (google wiring a house light with multiple switches if this is unfamiliar lingo), and they even can be bought with mo...
by JC Whitney
Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:43 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Question on how to shape an abalone rosette ring
Replies: 12
Views: 10550

Re: Question on how to shape an abalone rosette ring

One way to approach it: Make a simple wood disk to Chuck in a drill press with sandpaper adhered around the outside edge, with it's outside diameter equal to the inside diameter of your ring. Use that to shape the inside edge of the inlay pieces, then use a scribe to mark the width/outside edge on e...
by JC Whitney
Sun Feb 15, 2015 9:04 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Danelectro Factory
Replies: 6
Views: 5904

Re: Danelectro Factory

... as to what's there now, Google Earth's imagery suggests that 207 West Sylvania Avenue doesn't really exist anymore. Current addresses jump from 203 (Knights of Columbus) to 209 (Hoffman Co, a commercial building that looks like it was built during the last few decades).
by JC Whitney
Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:01 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Geddy Lee Jazz Bass Neck
Replies: 3
Views: 3240

Re: Geddy Lee Jazz Bass Neck

If all else fails, you can remove the existing one, take it to a hardware store, and try it on different bolts until you find the diameter and thread that fits.
by JC Whitney
Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:38 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Shop Safety
Replies: 15
Views: 11612

Re: Shop Safety

One more tip to add about DIY push sticks - round off the rear (handle) end. That way if it catches or pushes back it's less likely to take a little piece of you with it.
by JC Whitney
Mon Dec 22, 2014 12:37 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Jim's Songs
Replies: 2
Views: 2313

Re: Jim's Songs

Car Wash Blues has been running in an endless loop in my head since I first read your post. Always loved his stuff, guess it's about time for me to pull out a guitar and do a bit of woodshed'ing...