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  Topic: Preferred tools to make the belly and forearm carve?
Heavy Air

Replies: 5
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PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:43 pm   Subject: Preferred tools to make the belly and forearm carve?
A curved bottom spokeshave is great for levelling it out after you've removed the bulk. I always used a really good rasp for most of it
  Topic: Moving pole pieces on Strat Single Coil Pickups
Heavy Air

Replies: 10
Views: 434

PostForum: Pick-ups, Amps and Electronics   Posted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:25 am   Subject: Moving pole pieces on Strat Single Coil Pickups
Mark is right. This'll work on plastic bobbins, you can tell by them usually having 3 small holes in the bottom of the bobbin if it's plastic.

Doing it on a fiber bobbin is totally going to kill th ...
  Topic: Reform neck pocket with TimberMate
Heavy Air

Replies: 11
Views: 600

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:16 am   Subject: Reform neck pocket with TimberMate
If the wire that broke is the end of the coil (should be able to tell just by looking at it), then try to carefully unwind a turn or so so you can get it back through the eyelet. It's best to unsolder ...
  Topic: Best practices for keeping out dust/particles
Heavy Air

Replies: 5
Views: 356

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:06 pm   Subject: Best practices for keeping out dust/particles
Spraying a light dusting of water in the air and waiting a minute for it to settle on the floor seems to help weigh some dust down/stop it getting kicked up
  Topic: 9" or 10" bandsaw enough to cut bodies?
Heavy Air

Replies: 13
Views: 990

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:19 am   Subject: 9" or 10" bandsaw enough to cut bodies?
I used to use a 10" one, it would cut through bodies, slowly but it would do it. I ended up ordering a new blade for hardwoods and it was night and day different.

They're great for necks and f ...
  Topic: Feels like a Ghost Town here.
Heavy Air

Replies: 35
Views: 2793

PostForum: Everything Else...   Posted: Fri May 12, 2017 2:48 pm   Subject: Feels like a Ghost Town here.
I check in to read the threads every couple of days. No guitar painting going on for me at the moment. Tons of other little projects but not much guitar related. Aside from Pickups Laughing
  Topic: Another Jazzmaster scratch build. Done! 26-day build.
Heavy Air

Replies: 49
Views: 6449

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:33 pm   Subject: Another Jazzmaster scratch build. Done! 26-day build.
Yiiiiiisss! Kelly I frikken love your build logs!
  Topic: What's your "Number One"?
Heavy Air

Replies: 79
Views: 12577

PostForum: Everything Else...   Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:57 am   Subject: What's your "Number One"?
http://i.imgur.com/mkbO3dU.jpg

This guy! Stainless frets on wenge with no face dots and a reverse headstock. Was pretty much everything I'd always wanted in one guitar. I only used 1 can of clear s ...
  Topic: '51 Fender P-Bass Single Coil Pickup Info?
Heavy Air

Replies: 6
Views: 1173

PostForum: Pick-ups, Amps and Electronics   Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 3:46 am   Subject: '51 Fender P-Bass Single Coil Pickup Info?
Man, I can't say for sure as I've never made one to spec..

It'll definitely be Formvar, Alnico V...

I'd try something in the 9600 turn ballpark. That'll at least get you 90% of the way there for ...
  Topic: Brisket failure...any salvage ideas?
Heavy Air

Replies: 16
Views: 2177

PostForum: Everything Else...   Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 3:28 am   Subject: Brisket failure...any salvage ideas?
Do you have temperature probes? I don't mean the one that's on the lid of your bbq. Cook it at 225 until the packer hits about 165-170 which is just before it'll hit the stall. Then wrap it a couple o ...
  Topic: Holey Galahad
Heavy Air

Replies: 8
Views: 1415

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 4:42 am   Subject: Holey Galahad
Here's a video of Ben from Crimson Guitars using them. He has a ton of videos btw, nice guy too - goes to a turning club with my old man Cool

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-aSD1FKDe0
  Topic: Spray Cans
Heavy Air

Replies: 8
Views: 1296

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:00 am   Subject: Spray Cans
A can handle makes it even easier.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51Ggdhh9%2BnL._AC_UL320_SR222,320_.jpg

These things are amazing. I get mega finger cramp without one
  Topic: Neck cracked at heel
Heavy Air

Replies: 13
Views: 1689

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 3:16 am   Subject: Neck cracked at heel
I think you're right. Looks like a lot of wood has pushed out of the holes so they were probably undersized. Unlucky that they're through a line too Crying or Very sad
  Topic: how to stain this prs aqua violet finish
Heavy Air

Replies: 11
Views: 2304

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 4:03 am   Subject: how to stain this prs aqua violet finish
Could it be a blue stain applied directly to the wood then a purple toner shot over the top? That's where I'd start experimenting. It might have a sand back in the process somewhere too

Great looki ...
  Topic: Binding routing question
Heavy Air

Replies: 11
Views: 1413

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 7:42 am   Subject: Binding routing question
Maybe you could screw a template onto the top and use that for the router bearing to glide on? That would solve the jack issue.
 
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