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by Tristan Williams
Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:36 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish
Replies: 83
Views: 120272

Re: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish

Will there be any issues with having the same pickup for regular and bass registers? What are the "typical" stats on a bass pickup and a regular guitar pickup, and what are the compromises made when trying to mesh one into the other? I too would be interested to know what really separates a bass pi...
by Tristan Williams
Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:17 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish
Replies: 83
Views: 120272

Re: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish

I have worked with neo magnets in pickups, much as you described. I can tell you that the first ones I made had larger iron slugs, about the size you mentioned. It didn't work too well because I had too much metal in the core, this increased the inductance too much and caused my pickups to have a t...
by Tristan Williams
Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:57 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish
Replies: 83
Views: 120272

Re: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish

I added the pickups to my CAD drawing: design.png I'm currently thinking of making the humbucker actually two "normal" single coil pickups, so that I can split them for a more Strat-like tone. The plan is to make the polepieces from 5mm mild steel, and attach 5mm*1.5mm Neodymium magnets to each. I'v...
by Tristan Williams
Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish
Replies: 83
Views: 120272

Re: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish

Here's a gratuitous shot of the figure:
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I'm super excited to use this wood, this will be the first guitar that I've built with figured woods :)

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to consume some protein in the hopes that these aching arms will bulk up and make next time easier ;)
by Tristan Williams
Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:09 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish
Replies: 83
Views: 120272

Re: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish

A few hours more sawing this afternoon! I got started on the maple. I've got here a 54mm thick slab of nicely figured maple, it is 40cm wide at its narrowest, and around 130cm long. I got to ripping, first sawing off enough width to get some bookmatched tops: 014.jpg Next I ripped an 80mm wide strip...
by Tristan Williams
Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:09 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish
Replies: 83
Views: 120272

Re: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish

Louie Atienza wrote:Tristan... you're an animal! Looks like a fun way to spend the day... :D
And I still have to do the maple! Fun fun fun...
by Tristan Williams
Sat Apr 07, 2012 3:32 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish
Replies: 83
Views: 120272

Re: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish

Alrighty so today I got cracking on this build after a week of "planning" (read: procrastination). Since I'm using walnut for both of my builds, I chose to do the body resawing all at the same time. I started by crosscutting enough walnut and roughly cleaning it up to better see what I was working w...
by Tristan Williams
Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:15 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic
Replies: 109
Views: 142890

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic

Cool!
How do you think the walnut will fare as a fretboard? I've always been under the impression that it is too soft. It will certainly make for a very beautiful fretboard.
by Tristan Williams
Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:53 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish
Replies: 83
Views: 120272

Re: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish

Here is a shot of the beautiful slab of flamed maple I have. I paid 5000€ per cubic metre for this, so a 15mm thick top should be around 11€ worth. The neck & fretboard should cost about the same, although if I laminate the neck with a strip of walnut it will drop the price some.
flamedmaple.jpg
by Tristan Williams
Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:42 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish
Replies: 83
Views: 120272

Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish

This year I'll attempt two side-by-side builds. This is the second, more adventurous, build. It will require a lot more techniques that are new to me, so I'm unsure if I'll be able to finish in time or on budget but I figured hey, might as well push myself! For a while now I've been wishing that I h...
by Tristan Williams
Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:27 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge,Tristan Williams Semi-hollow Tele
Replies: 5
Views: 10594

$100 Local Materials Challenge,Tristan Williams Semi-hollow Tele

A buddy of mine has been hankering after a semi-hollow tele for a long time, so I'm going to have a crack at building one for him. The specs so far: Flamed maple top & neck Walnut body Classic tele electronics Rubbed green sunburst under tru-oil finish To keep within the budget I'll have to skimp dr...
by Tristan Williams
Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:21 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Free CAD software for Windows 7?
Replies: 12
Views: 12076

Re: Free CAD software for Windows 7?

I've been using progeCAD as well, since I haven't been able to get my copy of AutoCAD 2005 working nicely on Win7. The beauty is that progeCAD is a direct clone of AutoCAD, so my >10 years AutoCAD experience does not have to be thrown out the window.

That said, it is still clumsier than AutoCAD.
by Tristan Williams
Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:16 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Hard finish for maple fretboards?
Replies: 3
Views: 2471

Hard finish for maple fretboards?

I'm pondering options for fretboards for the $100 challenge, as there just aren't any hard dark woods around here. The last two guitars I built have light fretboards, so I think this next one should have a dark fretboard. I've been looking into staining maple dark, and it seems that they always need...
by Tristan Williams
Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Fancy figured woods...
Replies: 97
Views: 49059

Re: Wood porn...

This is nothing really new but today I took a few swipes off a new board of maple and discovered this underneath: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mNuwKJ_VXNg/T3C5Jz5UHzI/AAAAAAAAAfo/3sDtLZlLKhg/s640/IMG_20120326_212606.jpg What a wonderful sight. And a terrible picture of a magnificent piece of Karelian b...
by Tristan Williams
Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:53 pm
Forum: Challenges
Topic: The "Local Materials" Challenge
Replies: 36
Views: 51372

Re: The "Local Materials" Challenge

Oh boy, what timing! I just got a care package of a few nicely dried, ready to use lumps of wood: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--0KmjxacyfA/T3DCW-Kv9fI/AAAAAAAAAf8/-fJ5SgY2OnM/s720/IMG_20120326_222130.jpg Thats some tightly flamed maple (you can't really make it out, but its on the workbench th...
by Tristan Williams
Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:02 pm
Forum: Challenges
Topic: The next MIMF challenge- ideas anyone?
Replies: 59
Views: 87547

Re: The next MIMF challenge- ideas anyone?

Personally I really like the "Hardware Store Challenge" idea. My two $100 builds have been local wood builds already - thats relatively easy. Restricting one to the hardware store requires some real ingenuity! Style-wise, I like the idea of adding more restrictions on the choice of what we build - e...
by Tristan Williams
Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:16 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Last MIMF Newsletter from Deb: So Long, It's Been Good To Know Ya!
Replies: 40
Views: 22974

Re: Last MIMF Newsletter from Deb: So Long, It's Been Good To Know Ya!

Thanks so much for all your years of hard work Deb! I'm but a fledgling instrument builder, but the MIMF has been over the years such a fantastic place to learn from the folks who know their stuff. Good luck with your new ventures!

Out of interest, what exactly does "specialty garlic" mean?