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by Michael Lewis
Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:27 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My latest... #9
Replies: 14
Views: 8674

Re: My latest... #9

Ryan, you're getting in pretty deep. Probably no saving you now.
by Michael Lewis
Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:05 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Martin D25-K finish question
Replies: 9
Views: 6104

Re: Martin D25-K finish question

The finish should be nitro lacquer, Martin necks are generally 'satin', but if the headstock is shiny then use gloss lacquer. "Generally" all Martin mahogany gets stained with red mahogany stain, but if your neck isn't the typical reddish brown Martin look then you get to choose something else. One ...
by Michael Lewis
Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:55 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Beware the cheap capo
Replies: 6
Views: 5464

Re: Beware the cheap capo

Ryan, put some cork pads on it. I regularly cut up wine corks to make clamping cauls and for other related uses.
by Michael Lewis
Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:51 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Art vs Craft or - Person vs CNC...
Replies: 29
Views: 30388

Re: Art vs Craft or - Person vs CNC...

Strive for perfection, settle for excellence. And for many, the journey is the destination.
by Michael Lewis
Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:21 am
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: 6 string Ukulele
Replies: 8
Views: 8955

Re: 6 string Ukulele

Chuck, I loosened up some of those tight StewMac tuners by heating the end of the worm gear so it slightly softened the plastic washer that is squeezed in there. Be careful to avoid overheating or you risk destroying the little washer. A cigarette lighter is barely enough heat, so I ended up using m...
by Michael Lewis
Thu Mar 31, 2016 1:50 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Scraping the binding
Replies: 6
Views: 4018

Re: Scraping the binding

Basically, yes.

I have found that masking the bindings is a great benefit to making a very clean appearance. Use the vinyl striping tape available at auto paint supply stores.
by Michael Lewis
Mon Mar 28, 2016 2:02 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Old Kay - To Refinish or Not
Replies: 15
Views: 16402

Re: Old Kay - To Refinish or Not

Face of headstock might well be celluloid. If you scrape or sand it, if it smells like camphor it is celluloid.
by Michael Lewis
Mon Mar 28, 2016 1:37 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: brace question on flat top guitar
Replies: 10
Views: 6227

Re: brace question on flat top guitar

Whose idea was it to cut a hole right in the path of stress? Oh, wait, it was for gut strings that don't have much tension so it didn't matter much. But then steel strings were introduced, and they cause predictable damage. It's just architecture and physics. Someone should come up with a bracing pa...
by Michael Lewis
Mon Mar 28, 2016 1:25 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Scraping the binding
Replies: 6
Views: 4018

Re: Scraping the binding

Especially during the learning curve it helps to lay down a good seal coat to put the color on top of. Just in case you eventually sand or buff through the color anywhere it can all be sanded off and done again without disturbing the surface of the wood. It's a lot of work to sand off all the color ...
by Michael Lewis
Sat Mar 19, 2016 3:11 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: looking for advice to remove a clear self adhesive pick guard
Replies: 9
Views: 8684

Re: looking for advice to remove a clear self adhesive pick guard

Hair dryer for heat. Naphtha or mineral spirits to dissolve the adhesive after the old guard is off.
by Michael Lewis
Sat Mar 19, 2016 2:59 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 70's D35 bridge and saddle location
Replies: 10
Views: 9022

Re: 70's D35 bridge and saddle location

Leave the bottom of the new bridge flat and it will help keep the top flat. If you make it fit the 'contours' of the top they will become a permanent fixture. Possibly someone has 'cleaned out' the area under the bridge by removing some of the spruce. Tsk tsk! Clean the surface of any glue or finish...
by Michael Lewis
Sat Mar 19, 2016 2:44 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: soundboard crack repair
Replies: 5
Views: 4814

Re: soundboard crack repair

Usually a crack can be closed with putting humidity into the box, but sometimes the wood has undergone some change and the crack will not stay closed. I just happen to have two guitars in my shop with this issue. Both were exposed to extreme dryness and or heat. Once the cracks were nicely closed an...
by Michael Lewis
Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:30 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Replacing fluorescent bulbs with LED bulbs?
Replies: 16
Views: 13862

Re: Replacing fluorescent bulbs with LED bulbs?

Charlie, I put some LED strips up under our kitchen cabinets, and it really is great to be able to see what I am chopping on the cutting board, or where did that dollop of peanut butter go? Got them from a place called Superbright LEDs. They come in self stick strips or on a reel, you get to decide....
by Michael Lewis
Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:21 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 70's D35 bridge and saddle location
Replies: 10
Views: 9022

Re: 70's D35 bridge and saddle location

I would put the neck on first and then position the bridge. You might need a slightly larger footprint to cover any uncovered wood. I sometimes make a bridge and don't slot it for the saddle until it is glued in place. This way I can check for intonation for each string, mark the path and rout the s...
by Michael Lewis
Mon Mar 07, 2016 2:47 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 70's D35 bridge and saddle location
Replies: 10
Views: 9022

Re: 70's D35 bridge and saddle location

When resetting a neck on a guitar with a shaved bridge the bridge should be replaced with a standard Martin design 5/16" high (the wood part) and the saddle should be 1/8" - 3/16" above the wood when you are done. I am assuming the neck joins precisely at the 14th fret and has not been cut so it is ...
by Michael Lewis
Mon Mar 07, 2016 2:37 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: soundboard crack repair
Replies: 5
Views: 4814

Re: soundboard crack repair

A crack along the grain like this is usually not a structural issue, but more of a cosmetic issue. It really shouldn't hurt the use of the instrument as it is, and just remember that it is much easier to make it all look worse than to make it better. If the crack will not close with re-humidifying t...
by Michael Lewis
Mon Mar 07, 2016 2:12 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: laminating bindings rant and question
Replies: 9
Views: 6350

Re: laminating bindings rant and question

Someone should look up the old video by Bob Benedetto. He shows installing the bindings loose and all at once. It takes a bit of practice but once you understand the issues that are inherent to the process you can make decent progress. I admit it can be an intimidating process, especially when putti...
by Michael Lewis
Sun Feb 28, 2016 3:01 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: small button kluson tuners
Replies: 2
Views: 2969

Re: small button kluson tuners

Possibly some mandolin buttons would fit the size and shape your looking for. There are LOTS of possibilities out there. Do you have a pic of your current buttons? Is it possible they have shrunken over the years to an unavailable size? Many celluloid buttons from the 50s and before have succumbed t...
by Michael Lewis
Sun Feb 28, 2016 2:55 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Old Kay - To Refinish or Not
Replies: 15
Views: 16402

Re: Old Kay - To Refinish or Not

You might do a search for Baxendale Guitars. Scott Baxendale does a fairly brisk business rebuilding old Harmony and Kay guitars to more modern specs. I'm not suggesting you do a re-make but it is a consideration. As the original guitars I have mostly found to be rather klunky. Look up the market va...
by Michael Lewis
Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:49 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Hot Stuff for binding question
Replies: 19
Views: 12101

Re: Hot Stuff for binding question

Be very careful with tape on raw wood, especially soft woods, as it can pull fibers and splinters when it is removed. Also be very careful when applying CA, as it can wick to places you don't want it to go. CA is great at gap filling, it's just not strong in that condition. Make a habit of making yo...