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by Bill Raymond
Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Form for laminating guitar sides
Replies: 12
Views: 5955

Re: Form for laminating guitar sides

Usual layup for a Selmer-style guitar is from inside to outside: African mahogany, poplar, East Indian rosewood; though there are other woods that can be used for the outer layer, e.g. mahogany, walnut, pau ferro, et c. I used Titebond for my laminations without trouble, but Weldwood would work, too...
by Bill Raymond
Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Dust-mageddon!! Dust bag attachment help needed
Replies: 36
Views: 9249

Re: Dust-mageddon!! Dust bag attachment help needed

...and I believe in the UK it's called a "shiteton".
by Bill Raymond
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Neck Rebuild
Replies: 13
Views: 5214

Re: Neck Rebuild

I need to embrace the router more, but they scare the heck out of me.
And tablesaws don't?
by Bill Raymond
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Kahler Bridge
Replies: 22
Views: 9328

Re: Kahler Bridge

Roller bridges, IMO, are not ideal. The rocking bar bridge works just fine, and one can even get compensated bar bridges, if desired, as well as ones with various radii. Of course, sting spacing is fixed, but that isn't usually a problem. Bigsby vibratos with the added roller for more break over the...
by Bill Raymond
Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Kahler Bridge
Replies: 22
Views: 9328

Re: Kahler Bridge

Man! Those things sure do look complicated. I've always favored the Bigsby vibratos as they are simple, straightforward and do the job without a lot of fuss.
by Bill Raymond
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Twist in neck blank
Replies: 16
Views: 5651

Re: Twist in neck blank

Sorry I misunderstood, Steve. It being as you have described, I concur with others who advise finding another use for the wood and getting a new, straight piece for your neck.
by Bill Raymond
Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Twist in neck blank
Replies: 16
Views: 5651

Re: Twist in neck blank

"it appears that the twist begins just above the heel stack. It's flat up to that point. So I was thinking if I plane this flat, it would be flat....relative to what?" If you plane the heel area, then it would be flat relative to the rest of the neck and head. "now the plane of the headstock and the...
by Bill Raymond
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Volute questions
Replies: 4
Views: 2259

Re: Volute questions

I shouldn't think a backstrap would be necessary, as the scarf-jointed neck ought to be strong enough. A backstrap may be desirable from an aesthetic standpoint, and no binding on the back of the headstock should be necessary. Other than that I have no advice as I've never made a volute (I don't lik...
by Bill Raymond
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Forcing steeper break angle over saddle on stella-type guitar
Replies: 11
Views: 5513

Re: Forcing steeper break angle over saddle on stella-type guitar

I would notch the saddle before I would put in bolts that pull the tailpiece down to the top. However, as mentioned, I would suspect some problem with the bracing first of all.
by Bill Raymond
Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck geometry question for semi?
Replies: 9
Views: 4914

Re: Neck geometry question for semi?

Randolph, look here: http://www.upnorthstrings.com/es335body.pdf On pages 23 to about 26 you can see how the top slopes at the neck so that the fretboard will lie flat on the top at the correct neck angle. As I recall from prior discussions here, the top doesn't have quite as pronounced arch as an a...
by Bill Raymond
Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck geometry question for semi?
Replies: 9
Views: 4914

Re: Neck geometry question for semi?

Not having built a "335-ish" instrument, I don't know for sure, but from what you have stated and what I have observed I should think that the arch in the 335 is perhaps not as pronounced as in a full-bodied acoustic archtop, and that the arch approaches the neck at a slope that matches the correct ...
by Bill Raymond
Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Treatise on the True Art of Making Musical Instruments: A Practical Guide to the Hidden Craft
Replies: 9
Views: 4259

Re: Treatise on the True Art of Making Musical Instruments: A Practical Guide to the Hidden Craft

There was some discussion of the book on the Harpsichord list. Apparently the author has "strong opinions" and the reaction by most makers of harpsichords was not positive. There appears to be more of a philosophical rather than scientific bent to the book. The author's website has the preface in fu...
by Bill Raymond
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Lester neck thickness
Replies: 12
Views: 4474

Re: Lester neck thickness

I don't think a taper in the thickness of a neck is necessary, unless you like the feel of the taper. I've made necks both ways and have no complaints about playability--they feel much the same to me.
by Bill Raymond
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Odorless mineral spirits as lubricant for French Polish
Replies: 32
Views: 11885

Re: Odorless mineral spirits as lubricant for French Polish

Never thought of rubbing almond oil on my bowels!!
by Bill Raymond
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: When The Scarf Joint Appears At The Throat.
Replies: 7
Views: 4412

Re: When The Scarf Joint Appears At The Throat.

If you are making your scarf joint at the end of the neck (not under the fretboard as Freeman does) the joint may be seen at the back of the head instead of at the throat, depending on the thickness of the neck blank where you glue the head. I have taken to thinning the neck blank at the head end to...
by Bill Raymond
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Form for laminating guitar sides
Replies: 12
Views: 5955

Re: Form for laminating guitar sides

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Here's my take on a side laminating form.
by Bill Raymond
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?
Replies: 33
Views: 13439

Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

I've cut thin strips from the end of a scrap piece of fretboard using a miter box to fill in an occasional misplaced fret in an ebony fretboard. Veneer should also work, but I wanted the grain orientation to be consistent with the fretboard--though I doubt that it really mattered.
by Bill Raymond
Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Skateboard Woods
Replies: 3
Views: 3516

Re: Skateboard Woods

Certainly wood, certainlywood.com, often has wide sheets, also 1/24 inch thick veneers and rotary cut veneers.
by Bill Raymond
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Repair of Zither (Harp Mandolin) ??????
Replies: 106
Views: 51909

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

Look at YouTube for Alex Karas' playing the Theme from The Third Man. He plays melody with his thumb on the fretboard, and a bass note + rhythm with his fingers.