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by Michael Lewis
Sat Feb 13, 2016 4:36 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Re-setting Neck with Faux Pearl Fretboard
Replies: 20
Views: 20743

Re: Re-setting Neck with Faux Pearl Fretboard

Those celluloid fingerboards actually wear very well over the years. They are touchy when you do fret work though.
by Michael Lewis
Sat Feb 13, 2016 4:30 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Shipping To Germany
Replies: 11
Views: 6305

Re: Shipping To Germany

Looks like a lot of guitar for $2500. Lovely bearclaw top.
by Michael Lewis
Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:19 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ugly Gaps
Replies: 14
Views: 7968

Re: Ugly Gaps

Here is another point to consider: the fingerboard to top joint is a structural element, and leaving a gap, or filling it with glue or some other filler, will probably not give the necessary strength in that joint. Just take it apart and fit it properly.
by Michael Lewis
Wed Feb 10, 2016 3:07 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Need advise on needle files
Replies: 10
Views: 7956

Re: Need advise on needle files

I have some Grobet needle files and also some cheap Chinese set from Harbor Fright. The cheap ones do just as well as the Swiss ones, and they are fairly expendable. $3 or so for a set is pretty cheap. I try to find the coarse ones because they will remove material quicker than the fine cut ones. So...
by Michael Lewis
Wed Feb 10, 2016 3:00 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Want to get this look
Replies: 5
Views: 3757

Re: Want to get this look

Your local hardware store should have a selection of oil based and water based pore fillers to choose from. Follow the directions on the can, and let it all dry a few days before using your water based finish.
by Michael Lewis
Wed Feb 10, 2016 2:45 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need help with flamenco setup
Replies: 9
Views: 5118

Re: Need help with flamenco setup

I think you are going to need the help of a calculator and an equation for figuring fret placement. Fortunately there is an abundance of fret spacing calculators on the internet. Next you need a decent measuring device, whether a ruler or a caliper to measure the distance of frets from the nut. Dete...
by Michael Lewis
Wed Feb 10, 2016 2:35 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ugly Gaps
Replies: 14
Views: 7968

Re: Ugly Gaps

Gentlemen, whatever you do to cover up a gap it will still be a gap, just filled. It will not look right until it is right. The process to get rid of the gap is to reset the neck. The tenon of the dovetail needs a small amount taken off so the fingerboard sits directly on the top. One very important...
by Michael Lewis
Sat Feb 06, 2016 3:37 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: back brace gluing problem
Replies: 12
Views: 9483

Re: back brace gluing problem

Neodymium magnets. StewMac has some, also K&J Magnets. Sometimes American Science and Surplus has some too. K&J has by far the best selection. You might spend some time at frets.com to see how Frank Ford uses them.
by Michael Lewis
Sat Feb 06, 2016 3:31 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Mandolin Armrest ?
Replies: 1
Views: 3065

Re: Mandolin Armrest ?

Viola chin rest hardware. Try violin supply businesses (International Violin, Howard Core, etc.)
by Michael Lewis
Sat Feb 06, 2016 3:27 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ugly Gaps
Replies: 14
Views: 7968

Re: Ugly Gaps

Yeah, it is a matter of preventing things like this rather than trying to cover them. I have had to take more than a few parts apart and make things right. It's a distasteful process but it is the path that leads to a good result.
by Michael Lewis
Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Mother of pear inlay - sanding and staining wood.
Replies: 1
Views: 2141

Re: Mother of pear inlay - sanding and staining wood.

You will find that MOP is virtually impossible to stain or dye except by coating it. It will not accept any coloration internally except when it is formed in the oyster. You should consider sanding the pearl to at least 800 grit, and 1000 or 1200 is better.
by Michael Lewis
Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another Guitar Headpiece Repair
Replies: 25
Views: 22307

Re: Another Guitar Headpiece Repair

With a straight edge and even frets you should have between .004" and .008" @ 7th fret. This is called the "relief". The "set" is the angle the neck is set to the body.
by Michael Lewis
Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Martin Pickguard cracks
Replies: 7
Views: 6211

Re: Martin Pickguard cracks

For original owners that have registered their guitar it is a warranty issue.
by Michael Lewis
Sun Jan 31, 2016 3:20 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Martin Pickguard cracks
Replies: 7
Views: 6211

Re: Martin Pickguard cracks

As a Martin service center for more than 20 years I have done many of these pick guard repairs. The guard will most likely not be reusable, so get a new self adhesive one for your repair. Barry has basically laid the process out for you but there are some 'finer points' you might benefit from. Often...
by Michael Lewis
Fri Jan 29, 2016 3:10 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Winter NAMM
Replies: 3
Views: 3016

Re: Winter NAMM

NAMM is a sensory overload experience. I used to participate there as part of the Luthiers Consortium with 8 or 10 other luthiers. We shared a 10 X 10 foot space and each of us displayed one guitar at the show. After hours when the show closed each evening we went back to our hotel where we set up a...
by Michael Lewis
Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:59 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: hot wire foam cutter for releasing a fingerboard
Replies: 12
Views: 7123

Re: hot wire foam cutter for releasing a fingerboard

It is probably best to heat the fingerboard to help drive off any moisture content before starting with the alcohol. The alcohol further dries the hide glue and breaks down some of the molecular bonds, so it fractures. That is what you want to hear as the joint separates, the pop and crack of the gl...
by Michael Lewis
Tue Jan 26, 2016 3:39 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: hot wire foam cutter for releasing a fingerboard
Replies: 12
Views: 7123

Re: hot wire foam cutter for releasing a fingerboard

We are ever in pursuit of better and easier ways of doing things, and removing fingerboards is one. By preventing damage in the process the completed project becomes easier and less tome consuming. Some fingerboards come off without much difficulty but some do not come off well at all. I recall a Gu...
by Michael Lewis
Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:18 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Inlay question: Frets in the pearl?
Replies: 12
Views: 7740

Re: Inlay question: Frets in the pearl?

I'm throwing in with Barry here regarding keeping the inlay back from the fret. It is only a slight bit of material that needs to be removed to clear the barbs, it's easy to do, and it hides under the crown of the fret. One other issue is that pearl inlay material is very brittle and will not respon...
by Michael Lewis
Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:47 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck dilemma
Replies: 12
Views: 5040

Re: Neck dilemma

You have to check the mating surfaces of the joints before you glue them. Now that you have had an issue with snipe, no matter how small, you will be checking for it on every neck you make. The same goes when gluing your wedges together for the top and back plates. I have a quick and dirty method of...
by Michael Lewis
Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:08 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: What glue to use for Martin 000-CXE bridge?
Replies: 4
Views: 4612

Re: What glue to use for Martin 000-CXE bridge?

That is a High Pressure Laminate, so you get to use CA gel (super glue). Make sure you clean off the 'old' stuff, and start with clean fresh surfaces to glue. This can be a messy event if you don't plan and prepare well. You need glue all over the mating surface of the bridge, but not so much that y...