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by Bill Raymond
Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tremolo Preference
Replies: 16
Views: 11065

Re: Tremolo Preference

Gordon, although commonly referred to as "tremelo" these devices are, in fact, vibratos. My preference is for the Bigsby, as I prefer the subtle, judicious use of vibrato since I grew up listening to Chet.
by Bill Raymond
Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic / electric
Replies: 9
Views: 8554

Re: Acoustic / electric

Interesting. But do you really need 6 screws to hold the neck on, or did you fashion some sort of neck angle adjustment system? I'm kind of missing some sort of inlay where the soundhole should be. Nice job, though.
by Bill Raymond
Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Burns Gear-O-Matic Truss Rod
Replies: 63
Views: 54691

Re: Burns Gear-O-Matic Truss Rod

Those were put in Baldwin-era Gretsches, and as you have concluded, more complicated than is necessary.
by Bill Raymond
Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a write-off archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 23337

Re: Restoration of a write-off archtop

I agree with Barry. You will probably be happier in the long run if you get this as right as you can from the very start.
by Bill Raymond
Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: SIX ...
Replies: 33
Views: 34745

Re: SIX ...

What Brian said: Laminating vs. carving does not dictate which style of arching at the cutaway. Personally, for aesthetic reasons I prefer the symmetrical arch with the cutaway rather than carving (or otherwise shaping) what looks to me like an unsightly "bubble" over the cutaway. Of course, others ...
by Bill Raymond
Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: ebony nut failures
Replies: 5
Views: 4670

Re: ebony nut failures

I have an old Gibson C-1 with an ebony nut/string spacer and zero fret. If you like the look of the black nut, perhaps using it as a string spacer nut with zero fret would give the look you desire on future construction.
by Bill Raymond
Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Walnut For Back and Rims
Replies: 6
Views: 5370

Re: Walnut For Back and Rims

Walnut also makes a nice neck, as does cherry.
by Bill Raymond
Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Walnut For Back and Rims
Replies: 6
Views: 5370

Re: Walnut For Back and Rims

Yes to walnut; your board should be fine.
by Bill Raymond
Sun May 14, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Mistakes...
Replies: 23
Views: 21420

Re: Mistakes...

Probably not.
by Bill Raymond
Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:10 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Making shellac stick or filler
Replies: 12
Views: 7343

Re: Making shellac stick or filler

Genuine shellac sticks are available from Constantines or from shellac.net, should you decide to use them. Probably easier to buy them than try to make them.
by Bill Raymond
Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: a-hum-won't-start motor with a complication?
Replies: 13
Views: 8127

Re: a-hum-won't-start motor with a complication?

Bob, a centrifugal starter switch will click on startup and at shutdown; those clicks you hear suggest the switch is opening and closing, but not whether or not the contacts are actually conveying the current to the coil or that the capacitor is good. It could be dirty or corroded contacts, or the c...
by Bill Raymond
Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Pantograph Logo Tool
Replies: 8
Views: 5668

Re: Pantograph Logo Tool

D.J., Killy Nonis, a UK luthier uses "engravers wax" on his Selmer-style guitars. I've searched for same, and came up with a lacquer stick (I haven't used it) that gunmakers use to fill engraving on their work. Apparently the stick can be rubbed into the engraving and then cleaned from the surface w...
by Bill Raymond
Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Repairing a old Gibson archtop
Replies: 94
Views: 99136

Re: Repairing a old Gibson archtop

I'm embarassed to admit I don't recall the thickness of the veneer. I used EI Rosewood veneer, probably 1/32 inch thick on the outside, African mahogany on the inside, probably also 1/32 and a core of poplar crossbanding veneer 1/32 thick, as best as I can recall. I checked the discussion in the old...
by Bill Raymond
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Repairing a old Gibson archtop
Replies: 94
Views: 99136

Re: Repairing a old Gibson archtop

Beate, I think you're on the right track re-forming the top. I think that you could use a spacer of the correct height to fit below the bridge position and a sturdy piece of plywood, clamp that firmly to the back as you use heat and moisture to "lift" the top at the bridge (you could even use multip...
by Bill Raymond
Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Building a bentside spinet
Replies: 49
Views: 63395

Re: Building a bentside spinet

Charlie, re: your kerfed bentside liner, how can you be sure that your hitch pins won't be driven into a kerf rather than the solid part of the liner, thus being subject to pulling out from the tension of the strings?
by Bill Raymond
Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Plans for electric cello?
Replies: 7
Views: 9513

Re: Plans for electric cello?

The H. S. Wake 'cello plans include plans for a collapsible travel 'cello, which might be adaptable to your use by simply adding to it a transducer. I can't locate my copy at the moment, so I can't comment on the utility of the plans, but you may want to look them up.
by Bill Raymond
Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Jazz bass pickup spacing
Replies: 8
Views: 9348

Re: Jazz bass pickup spacing

Are you looking to replicate the Fender specs exactly, or are you seeking the ideal location for a particular sound? If the latter, it might be worth it for you to make up a test instrument on which you can move your desired pickup to various positions and see where it works best for you.
by Bill Raymond
Fri Feb 03, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Can someone walk me through speaker design? I have no idea.
Replies: 9
Views: 6671

Re: Can someone walk me through speaker design? I have no idea.

Wharfedale used to produce a speaker system with a sand-filled baffle. Gilbert Briggs, Wharfedale's founder, claimed that it produced superior damping of the baffle. I believe they used 2 layers of 1/2 inch plywood separated by maybe 1/2 inch of sand. I doubt that they still manufacture one, but it ...