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by Ron Belanger
Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:39 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Rosette purfling problem
Replies: 14
Views: 5027

Re: Rosette purfling problem

I used to put everything in in one go, but always had fit problems. Now I fit the largest element first, then route channels for the purfling. I give the channels a good coat of shellac and then use medium CA to glue them in. Works for me.
by Ron Belanger
Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:37 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Removing a McIntyre Feather
Replies: 5
Views: 3605

Re: Removing a McIntyre Feather

He had a K&K Pure MIni in previously and heard an instrument with a feather that he really like so tried it. It didn't live up to his expectations and wants to go to a K&K Trinity. The feather will continue on in a friends guitar.
Thanks for your help Mario.
by Ron Belanger
Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:14 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Removing a McIntyre Feather
Replies: 5
Views: 3605

Re: Removing a McIntyre Feather

Thank you my friend. Reusing it is an important part of the process.
After removal did you clean the bridge plate with acetone or naptha?
by Ron Belanger
Fri Jul 27, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Removing a McIntyre Feather
Replies: 5
Views: 3605

Removing a McIntyre Feather

I have to remove a McIntyre Feather. It was installed with the supplied double sided adhesive. The customer wants a different pick-up installed.
Anybody done this? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Ron
by Ron Belanger
Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Yr 12 major project (12 string flattop acoustic)
Replies: 11
Views: 4558

Re: Yr 12 major project (12 string flattop acoustic)

I'm with Freeman, I would recommend using a pin bridge only or a tail piece only. On my 12s, I've built 2, I thin the tops to almost the same deflection I use for my 6 strings. My X brace and tone bars are maybe 1/16 in. taller and about 1/2 the taper I normally use. Of course I use a larger bridge ...
by Ron Belanger
Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:04 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Chuck Tweedy's Shop
Replies: 57
Views: 31777

Re: Chuck Tweedy's Shop

Nice shop Chuck!!
by Ron Belanger
Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:53 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: 10 Tortoloid sheet blanks; all proceeds to Amy's fund
Replies: 8
Views: 5368

Re: 10 Tortoloid sheet blanks; all proceeds to Amy's fund

Hi Mario,
Count me in for 2. Dark Brown Tortoise.
by Ron Belanger
Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:44 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Neck not pulling in enough relief
Replies: 13
Views: 7251

Re: Neck not pulling in enough relief

Try a set of Bluegrass strings (light tops Medium Bottoms - .012,.016,.024,.035,.045,.056) They will give you a little more tension and may give you the relief you need.
by Ron Belanger
Thu Jul 05, 2012 2:28 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Compound Radius Fretboard Sanding Jig/ Chris Paulick
Replies: 9
Views: 5844

Re: Compound Radius Fretboard Sanding Jig/ Chris Paulick

Hey Chris,
Great tutorial demo as usual. I really like you commonsense approach to jig building and lutherie. Thanks for the info.
by Ron Belanger
Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:10 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Anybody in the Cape Cod Area?
Replies: 0
Views: 2473

Anybody in the Cape Cod Area?

I will be in Cape Cod (Dennis) for a couple of weeks and would love to do a couple of shop visits if anyone is in the area. Let me know
by Ron Belanger
Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Lacquer is 'gelling up' on me
Replies: 4
Views: 2943

Re: Lacquer is 'gelling up' on me

If the shellac flakes are not fully disolving then it is too old. You can use alcohol to remove the existing shellac finish before applying the dewaxed. If you used epoxy to pore fill there is no need to use shellac under the KTM 9. I use KTM finishes and use epoxy under it including tops and woods ...
by Ron Belanger
Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:27 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Solvent for tung oil finish
Replies: 1
Views: 1920

Re: Solvent for tung oil finish

Naptha will probably be fine.
by Ron Belanger
Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:25 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Thickness sander question.
Replies: 8
Views: 5624

Re: Thickness sander question.

I use a variety of grits from 30 to 120.
by Ron Belanger
Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:20 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 12 fret OOO neck problem
Replies: 7
Views: 4894

Re: 12 fret OOO neck problem

I have a similar problem with one of my necks. I was at an outdoor show and the wind blew it off the stand. As with yours, the carbon fiber runs into the headstock and initially there did not appear to be any damage, but lately I noticed a small bump and a crack. The CF prevented a break, and I shou...
by Ron Belanger
Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Q on bracing the back
Replies: 16
Views: 6188

Re: Q on bracing the back

I like Mario's method, I do something close, but cut on both sides of the brace. Not simple enough.
by Ron Belanger
Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:11 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic guitar stand plans
Replies: 7
Views: 3620

Re: Acoustic guitar stand plans

Oh, I like some of those. Much more than just utilitarian.
by Ron Belanger
Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:04 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Dave Cronce's latest acoustic [pictures]
Replies: 10
Views: 5037

Re: Dave Cronce's latest acoustic [pictures]

I totally agree with Mark. That little cap over the X restores the integrity to the brace and allows it to act as one piece.
by Ron Belanger
Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:27 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bending inquiry
Replies: 27
Views: 13282

Re: Bending inquiry

Go slowly. Get the pipe hot enough for a drop of water to not only sizzle, but bounce around on the surface of the pipe and keep it that hot. Gradually rock and move the side over the hot pipe to heat it. You will feel the wood relax when it is ready to bend. Do not force it. PRACTICE ON SCRAP!!