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  3. Danstinyexplorer

    Mahogany micro machine

    I’m thinking I might try and darken up that bright neck, going to have a read about black dyes over lunch. Can anybody give me an insight into wether or not it would stay dark or would I expect to see it gradually reverting back again?
  4. Danstinyexplorer

    Mahogany micro machine

    It has a 24 1/2” scale. Purely because as somebody who knows next to nothing about the how’s and why’s of guitar building I simply put a tape measure over little mans children’s acoustic guitar and copied the length of that!
  5. Andyjr1515

    Opinions on Design Direction

    What changes did you make to the top?
  6. so my projects stalled quite a bit over the last few days. I know what to do so just venting at this pt! on the set neck... I'm going to bind it for the 3rd time tomorrow morning! 1) after getting it done the first time - I used the router to do a roundover and realized that all the burn marks from my initial binding channel were showing 'thru' the binding edge. it was really thin where the roundover trimmed it. 2) re-channel/re-bound and did the 'roundover' with a file because I wanted to leave as much material as possible so it wouldn't be as thin at the roundover. too thin at the top and doesn't look right. so i stripped it all off again just now... the new plan is: leave it fully square. It's not what I originally intended... but it looks pretty good when I mock up the binding in the channel. bolt neck version... really thick rosewood binding - .090. It took me 6 hours of patience to bend the one side. I broke my first two strips. The horns on a strat are really tight... and this binding is too thick for that. using a variable curling iron at 400 degrees. Fortunately bending around the other curves was easy - so if I can just get past the horn! anywho... kicking my arse today!
  7. It’s been a few years that life got in the way of my building and playing, but am starting back at both again. I don’t get to play everyday, sometimes not every week, my strings seem to corrode pretty quickly from just sitting, will coated strings help extend their life. Being double the cost of regular strings, should I expect double the life or more? With so many brands offering coatings now, are any better than others? i don’t gig, I don’t record, right now it’s just building my chops back up so tone is not my highest priority. Feel, playability, and string life are more important right now.
  8. Resculpting the top some. Want it to feel more organic. Also some alterations to the neck for feel. We'll just call this Mako 1.1. Oh and got a better camera!
  9. Andyjr1515

    Mahogany micro machine

    I like that very much. What scale length is it?
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  11. mistermikev

    The Black Queen

    i am offended by the hatred of gold. I love it. but then I love my jem 77 floral print so... basically all things gawdy are right up my alley. (hehe)
  12. Thanks for the reply! Only 3 of the inner screws are sticking out, with only the middle of those 3 sticking out more than a millimeter, the other two are just the very tips of the screws. I'll probably end up taking your route and putting a block in there.
  13. komodo

    The Black Queen

    I’m using black and chrome open-backed Sperzels. They are lightweight and high quality, plus I had them already. Laying them down here tells me to scale up the headstock slightly. They were also used on my Dragon guitar build that I don’t dare show since they are gold - and RAD would get nauseous.
  14. komodo

    The Black Queen

    Full-sized printout at work. Super helpful to check everything. Laying down actual hardware to double check nut width, fingerboard width and string spacing with bridge and tremolo tailpiece. I can also see some centerine adjustment, maybe slight body scaling. Things get real at this point. Those blue lined boxes around the body shape, at 12”, 12.5”, and 13”. Those are locked, and when I do a body scale adjustment it’s easy to see the bout width and body length. This one is a little smaller by design. The wood is so dense and heavy and I prefer smaller sized bodys anyhoo.
  15. hmm, it's hard to say how that's going to come out on that body wood. It's hard to see in the video but it does look to come out pretty even and I 'spose that would avoid the splotchy-ness that typically happens with softer wood. worth a shot. We all have our own methods and for me I'd be more comfy just using aniline dye first - but cutting it back a lot with water/alcohol. building up the color slow so you can see where it's going to soak in the most. I guess we'll see when we see it!
  16. mistermikev

    Mahogany micro machine

    nice work. some good looking ebony on that fretboard.
  17. Mr Natural

    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    i love stouts and porters when the weather is cold and the selection around this time of year kicks arse. Picked up these two the other day- Monday Night Brewing's Fistful of Cake. A slightly sweet full of flavor stout. just enough coffee to say so and an excellent vanilla presence without tasting artificial which can be an issue. totally diggin this stuff. 9% From Off Color Brewing out of Chicago we have Dino Smores which is more along the lines of a darker Russian Imperial Stout. Good stuff- nice dark choclate background with some sweetness added to the mix. Its a little bit thin/watery to me- but- maybe after having the fistful of cake and an IPA first- anything would have tasted thin after the flavo bomb fistful of cake is. YMMV 10.50% abv
  18. Danstinyexplorer

    Mahogany micro machine

    Here’s a new little toy I’ve been chipping away at. It’s a mahogany mantle piece mated to a hard maple chair leg! Just thrown it into one piece this morning to check all is well before finer finishing etc. Its for my 11 year old and also fits in our big rucksack so will come camping with us etc. It’s a touch more planned out than my last attempt but still mostly made up as I went along.
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  21. westhemann

    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    The aftertaste is exquisite though.
  22. westhemann

    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    Since my gallbladder removal I am not enjoying my usual liquor, so I'm on a search for a new one. Tequila has been palatable, but the Exotico I was drinking isn't as good to me as it was pre-surgery. So I'm seeking out a proper tequila. Starting here. It's not expensive. I'm just running down a list of "good tequilas for every budget". Starting at the cheapest because I'm hoping not to end up spending too much. This isn't bad. Nice, pleasant flavor. Spicy and warm. A little on the watery side for my taste.
  23. tzenobite

    (newbie) pickups and volumes

    thanks again! i just tried to invert the humbucker wiring and it works! i assumed that the "outside" wires are the "+"s anche the "inside" wires the "-", but using one outside and one inside as "+" the drone volume pot works a lot better wait. i just learned that a under-saddle pickup can be cut. is it true? maybe i'll try two flexible under-saddle pickups under a two-pieces saddle...
  24. no skill required... clamps and a flat board bigger than your guitar and some wood glue! then take a razo and cut close to the pickup holes/cavities... then use a file/sandpaper to finish em off. just sayin: you can do it! anywho: look fwd to pics.
  25. The veneer is a good idea, but well abouve my meager skill set and available space/tools while I have a lot of leftover Watco finish, I'll try to take a simpler route...I've read and seen a lot of examples of using an oil paint / linseed oil combination to acheive some sweet looking translucent finishes....so I'm thinking of applying several coats of Minwax wood conditioner to seal the pores, fine sand and apply several coats of "pigmented linseed oil" until I acheive the desired shade
  26. Andyjr1515

    Ovangkol LP rebuild

    Wow - now that's what I call taking a little bit off the top!
  27. It's been a gorgeous day today so I decided to take a drive to Binner Downs here in Cornwall for an outdoor photoshoot with the latest build... Handcrafted KST0419 full spec: Alder body, Maple neck (Modern C profile), Maple fretboard (12" radius, 25.5" scale length), 3-ply scratchplate loaded with Seymour Duncan Alternative 8 pickup and CTS volume pot, Hipshot Fixed Bridge, Gotoh 381 tuners and Kiwi Light matte Poly (body)/matte Poly (neck) finish
  28. komodo

    The Black Queen

    Let me know how your initial tests go.
  29. ADFinlayson

    The Black Queen

    I've literally just had some delivered that I got from Amazon (.com), I haven't used it yet but going to do some testers with in soon. It was expensive but I imagine it would be cheaper for you on that side of the pond. My plan is to use it in areas of an inlay that are going to be too awkward to cut small mop shapes out for.
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