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by Bill Raymond
Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Resonator Ukes
Replies: 6
Views: 7372

Re: Resonator Ukes

Conventional wisdom may dictate otherwise, but a lightweight soundwell can be successful. The Brazilian Del Vecchio Dinamico uses a 1/8 inch thick bent plywood ring that sits on a longitudinal bar running from headblock to tailblock, with a ledge which supports the cone. These guitars have a beautif...
by Bill Raymond
Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Clear Finish on Rosewood?
Replies: 19
Views: 13591

Re: Clear Finish on Rosewood?

Santos Rosewood is not Brazilian Rosewood; it's another name for Pau Ferro which is not a true Rosewood (Dalbergia genus) and would not be listed under CITES.
by Bill Raymond
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Whammy bar question and a little showing off
Replies: 9
Views: 8739

Re: Whammy bar question and a little showing off

I question whether or not aluminum would be desirable; it may be too easy to bend out of shape. I would go with plain steel rod. I prefer a fixed arm vibrato and made a fixed arm for my Bigsby from stainless rod, but it was a real fight to bend. With a fixed position arm, you can have the end right ...
by Bill Raymond
Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:42 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Reject wood guitar? Prototype?
Replies: 28
Views: 25405

Re: Reject wood guitar? Prototype?

Can't say I've done it, but I don't see any reason not to recycle where it may be appropriate. It really does depend on what went wrong with your #2 and the use of any wood you can salvage from it.
by Bill Raymond
Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: bigsby on 335 style with modified centerblock
Replies: 6
Views: 6307

Re: bigsby on 335 style with modified centerblock

n my humble opinion those need to go into solid wood. I've built two 335 clones, one with a short internal block and a stop bar, one with a full length block and a B7.
Molly bolts? Wallboard anchors?--no, jusr kidding!
by Bill Raymond
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Vacuum system
Replies: 13
Views: 9335

Re: Vacuum system

I bought a diaphragm vacuum pump from American Science and Surplus a number of years ago (they don't have them anymore) and made my own bag from heavy duty plastic sheet that can be bought at WalMart or a fabric store, glued the seams with vinyl cement and used a piece of threaded steel tubing (out ...
by Bill Raymond
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: How do you view installing a pickup?
Replies: 10
Views: 10294

Re: How do you view installing a pickup?

Chet's D'Angelico was not made as an electric, but was made to be electified. It had soundposts, not a block beneath the bridge and Chet mounted a Bigsby pickup near the fretboard and a P-90 near the bridge himself. One of the Gretsches he had made featured a fully carved (outside) maple top that wa...
by Bill Raymond
Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: PRS nut compensation measurements - 25.5" scale
Replies: 19
Views: 22910

Re: PRS nut compensation measurements - 25.5" scale

All you can do with a zero fret is set it a fraction closer to the 1st fret. Chet Atkins had put a small peg just forward of the zero fret on his favorite '59 Country Gentleman for the G string to make it intonate a bit better, but I've not seen anything more elaborate to compensate each string with...
by Bill Raymond
Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: PRS nut compensation measurements - 25.5" scale
Replies: 19
Views: 22910

Re: PRS nut compensation measurements - 25.5" scale

On the MIMF links page (accessible from the Home page) there is a link to Stephen Delft's article on compensated nuts: http://www.mimf.com/nutcomp/
by Bill Raymond
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: L-00 from Grellier's plans
Replies: 19
Views: 21675

Re: L-00 from Grellier's plans

I believe you mean "tentallones".
by Bill Raymond
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: You know how it is...
Replies: 22
Views: 22024

Re: You know how it is...

Congratulations Karl! I see I came in second place--probably the closest I've ever come or will come to winning.
by Bill Raymond
Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: handy tool for a novice luthier
Replies: 4
Views: 3916

Re: handy tool for a novice luthier

Your picture posted, but I can't, for the life of me. figure out what it is you want us to see in it.
by Bill Raymond
Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck
Replies: 26
Views: 21824

Re: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck

Humpblock fret markers would be normal in a pre-1957 model. The neck would have been fastened with a wood screw through the heel and it looks like someone removed the screw and replaced it with a bolt and nut through the head block. I think David is correct in his analysis of the truss rod problem.
by Bill Raymond
Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: You know how it is...
Replies: 22
Views: 22024

Re: You know how it is...

I'm in.
by Bill Raymond
Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Radius Dish Help
Replies: 38
Views: 27625

Re: Radius Dish Help

Nothing wrong with building with a radius dish, but one is not absolutely necessary. One can trim braces to the correct radius of dome, and simply glue the top to uncontoured sides. Many guitars have been successfully made that way. The sides where the back is glued can be either contoured by trimmi...
by Bill Raymond
Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Spanish solera question
Replies: 16
Views: 19639

Re: Spanish solera question

The guitars I've made using a solera needed only a piece of wood across the soundhole to hold the top in place, narrow upright strips screwed on at the waist and a flat block at the butt; the solera was the same shape as the guitar. Screws partially driven into the periphery of the solera were used ...
by Bill Raymond
Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Spanish solera question
Replies: 16
Views: 19639

Re: Spanish solera question

Yes, that makes the most sense.
by Bill Raymond
Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1st build and misunderstood bridge location measurement
Replies: 24
Views: 17323

Re: 1st build and misunderstood bridge location measurement

Nothing quite as annoying as a dissident saddle.
by Bill Raymond
Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Spanish solera question
Replies: 16
Views: 19639

Re: Spanish solera question

Perhaps the "keystone" part is simply a grip. I can see the advantage to having a grip of some sort to prevent the device from spinning and position the device whilst tightening the nut.
by Bill Raymond
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Burns Gear-O-Matic Truss Rod
Replies: 63
Views: 54687

Re: Burns Gear-O-Matic Truss Rod

Nice job on the fretboard; I really like those "Neo-Classic" markers!