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  2. ADFinlayson

    Any am techs on here?

    You can do your own wiring in the UK, but it has to be inspected, signed off and ultimately taken responsibility for by a qualified electrician so it's not common to do ones own DIY electrics, however my dad was an electrician so I've been enjoying free labour in that regard I don't know about the rest of the world, but electricians are terrible at making good here though, especially when they aren't getting paid.
  3. ADFinlayson

    Sanding sealers, hardeners and resins?

    Lol I doubt I will enter many more guitars in GOTM this year, I've already entered 3.
  4. gpcustomguitars

    Melodia Menges acoustic guitar repair/modification

    Thanks mistermikev! I hope this will be a useful guitar, that I don't have to worry too much about getting scratched etc when we play on the porch For me, projects such as this are a good place to practice and develop skills without the fear connected with more valuable instruments. I'm doing repairs from time to time, and a hopeless project is sometimes really useful in the learning curve, even pro bono sometimes, just for the experience points
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  6. gpcustomguitars

    Melodia Menges acoustic guitar repair/modification

    A slight mistake - One end of MOP was a bit thinner, and after sanding it looks a bit off 27-IMG_20190429_201009 by Goran P, on Flickr Decided to build up the color around the heel to hide the damage/repairs 28-IMG_20190429_201218 by Goran P, on Flickr 29-IMG_20190429_201248 by Goran P, on Flickr Then, I wanted to re-position the tuners and needed some 6mm plugs 30-IMG_20190430_171906 by Goran P, on Flickr 31-IMG_20190430_172039 by Goran P, on Flickr Then pulled the frets and radiused originally flat fretboard to 12". The fretboard is a realy nice rosewood 32-IMG_20190430_190612 by Goran P, on Flickr 33-IMG_20190430_195355 by Goran P, on Flickr Decided to put the back braces to their original positions 34-IMG_20190503_205931 by Goran P, on Flickr and added a strip of mahogany veneer over the seam 35-IMG_20190504_121418 by Goran P, on Flickr the braces glued 36-IMG_20190504_121427 by Goran P, on Flickr and shaped 37-IMG_20190504_152143 by Goran P, on Flickr next stop, fixing a missing chip on the top, found some matching grain 38-IMG_20190505_112638 by Goran P, on Flickr 39-IMG_20190505_113633 by Goran P, on Flickr 40-IMG_20190505_122124 by Goran P, on Flickr Also in the pic, small bit of back binding reused, I'll try to fix the details later on 41-IMG_20190505_122258 by Goran P, on Flickr and after some skipped photos (sorry) 03-IMG_20190517_184034 by Goran P, on Flickr 04-IMG_20190517_184047 by Goran P, on Flickr color coats were brushed on thinly in about 8-10 coats, the burst is (badly) brushed on, and 3 clear coats were sprayed. Not in the pics, I also tried to even out the sides, we'll see how well that worked in the final photos. The headstock is sprayed flat black and clear coated, Ive built up the missing thickness of MOP with some coats of CA, which worked reasonably well, pics also to follow. Frets are ready to go next, and Gibson-style tuners and a piezzo are on their way.
  7. wow, I wouldn't have guessed something like that could be saved but I know nothing (them me stop me right there) about building acoustics. will be watching with fascination!
  8. gpcustomguitars

    Melodia Menges acoustic guitar repair/modification

    Original tuners, slightly out of their proper place 14-IMG_20190429_123843 by Goran P, on Flickr Decided to make some predictable modifications: 16-IMG_20190429_124807 by Goran P, on Flickr 17-IMG_20190429_131127 by Goran P, on Flickr 18-IMG_20190429_133037 by Goran P, on Flickr 19-IMG_20190429_141723 by Goran P, on Flickr Had to sand the neck clean and glue the heel, no pics but I drilled 2 small holes and injected some glue in the seam and clamped. Using some waterbased lacquer and Stew-Mac Tobacco Brown started painting on some flame on othervise really plain maple: 20-IMG_20190429_150636 by Goran P, on Flickr Decided to get rid of the zero fret: 21-IMG_20190429_151122 by Goran P, on Flickr 22-IMG_20190429_151235 by Goran P, on Flickr 23-IMG_20190429_183557 by Goran P, on Flickr 24-IMG_20190429_184443 by Goran P, on Flickr while that was drying, 25-IMG_20190429_190141 by Goran P, on Flickr 26-IMG_20190429_193104 by Goran P, on Flickr
  9. Hi! Another project that I was doing for me on and off for a while now, for my acoustic duo with my next door neighbor I bought this guitar on a flea market some years back, meaning to restore it as my dad had a Melodia once upon a time. First I removed the completely cracked back and some failed gluing attempts and found some cracking on the sides: 12-IMG_20181007_140419 by Goran P, on Flickr The whole thing is plywood, but seems to have been a reasonably nice instrument - I found some attempts to repair some of the cracked braces etc...some binding was cracked and missing... I decided to use some really nice plywood I have left from another project for the back, as the whole guitar is already plywood: 06-IMG_20181006_145505 by Goran P, on Flickr and salvaged a few braces I could 07-IMG_20181006_145515 by Goran P, on Flickr This i what was left: 01-IMG_20190422_184734 by Goran P, on Flickr Decided that I have to thin the sides down a bit, because of some cracks I couldn't patch reliably: 02-IMG_20190422_185527 by Goran P, on Flickr 03-IMG_20190422_192214 by Goran P, on Flickr Tailblock was really small, so I added some stock there, no additional contact with the top. Reused some of the original linings, there was no bridge plate so I made one. 03-IMG_20190422_192214 by Goran P, on Flickr 05-IMG_20190423_204141 by Goran P, on Flickr Previous attempt of repair was done with some rock hard glue , so I had to build up some of the cracked braces, rather that shave them down and replace them. 07-IMG_20190424_223651 by Goran P, on Flickr Also, had to make some new lining and braces - 08-IMG_20190426_174156 by Goran P, on Flickr 10-IMG_20190426_175002 by Goran P, on Flickr I even had to build up 2 braces, as I couldn't remove them 11-IMG_20190426_184524 by Goran P, on Flickr 12-IMG_20190426_190842 by Goran P, on Flickr and glued the 2 back halves together - yes, the back was completely flat originally, so I'm repeating that 13-IMG_20190427_211052 by Goran P, on Flickr
  10. curtisa

    Any am techs on here?

    For domestic fixed wiring (power points, house wiring, light sockets, switches etc), yes. In many countries the law is quite explicit regarding who can and cannot perform electrical work. Wierdly, here in Australia I can go down to the local hardware store and buy as many cables. light switches, mains outlets and electrical fittings as I can carry, but as soon as I want to install it in my home I need a licenced A-grade electrician. And paradoxically, just across the ocean in neighbouring New Zealand, I would be able to do my own wiring despite both the Aus and NZ electrical regulations being administered under the same standard, AS/NZ3000. For building your own device that plugs into a mains wall outlet for personal use things get a bit more murky and grey. A guitar amp is probably legally considered an 'appliance', which in many countries probably just needs to be assembled by a 'competent person'. However the design and construction itself will probably come under the scrutiny of all sorts of legal requirements in order to be certified as safe to be commercially sold in a country. Essentially confirming if the construction and/or end use of the product is or is not likely to cause harm or damage. But you're not selling your amp commercially. And as a DIY-er no-one can assess you as being competent to design and assemble such a project. For all I know there are no legal restrictions in DIY-ing your own tube amp, but if you sell it on to someone and they get injured using it because it was improperly designed or assembled. then what? Pedals? No problem. The only nasty certifiable part that plugs into the wall will be a plug pack, which you won't be building from scratch and are not responsible for certifying it complies with local regulations.
  11. Crusader

    Ruined Neck, any suggestions?

    Thanks guys yes I'm a Goose! Bizman62 I thought that was some weird kind of "Smiley-Face" and then realised it represents fingers. Yes thats a good idea. However it reminds me of something else you use wet-n-dry for; have you ever polished the ports on a Honda CR500? ...wear gloves!
  12. mistermikev

    looking for tips on nitro over fretboard

    in my case... it's going to be a white lacquer finish... my concern is it will be fairly visible on the frets. I guess we can always see... and just not do the extra work if it isn't.
  13. thanks for the reply. afa water... my contention would assume both boards being compared (tight vs wide grain) have been sufficiently dried. I'm in AZ (VERY DRY DESERT) and all the wood I've bought so far has been really dry. Also, it's about to go in a garage where it will reg hit 120 so... whatever moisture is there should be getting naturally dealt with! anywho... paying a visit today so... we'll see how it goes.
  14. Bizman62

    Any am techs on here?

    I'd like to add that fiddling with AC isn't allowed for us mere mortals in many countries, it's for trained electricians only.
  15. ADFinlayson

    First build - Hollow Custom 22.

    Tearout tends not to be a problem when skimming the top with a router, so it's a good way to thickness a plank. You will probably find that it won't go through your thicknesser. The widest cutting hobby thicknesser on the market is the Triton with a max cut of 317mm, but the PRS body shape is 340mm (this is the bane of my life too) and there is a huge jump in cost between those that wont fit a whole body and ones that will sadly.
  16. Urumiko

    Metal for inlays

    Well the tin plated steel doesnt seem to have any memory/springyness, its very maliabe. Makbe i should use that.. It doesnt spring back in the same way an aluminium drinks can does say.... And come to think of it i could totally cut up fizzy drinks cans rather than buy aluminium sheet... lol
  17. curtisa

    Any am techs on here?

    Probably a little beyond the scope of Projectguitar. We do get the (veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery) occasional thread popping up relating to effects and amps, but not frequently enough to justify their own section. My gut feel is there are other forums out there (Music Electronics Forum, AX84, EL34 World, DIY Stompboxes etc), that do it better than we could, and we do guitar building better than they can, however I'm open to suggestion if there's enough concensus and interest. You'll need to get the idea past our resident server room dungeon master @Prostheta too
  18. hmmm.. yes, I know. To be honest im kind of ok with the thickness asthetically, I'm almost to the point where i can get a neck pocket cut and will have the basic neck shape. I feel like when i get to the point where the neck is test fited in the body i can reasess. I can guarentee though that the wenge will tear out/have slivers fly off at the edges where the grain runs paralel with the edge. .......Come to think of it i do now own a planer thicknesser machine dont i The back is thick enough that i could put it through that, though i think id need some kind of prescription sedative to remain calm attempting that...
  19. Bizman62

    Metal for inlays

    Yes, think about springs. The more you hammer it the harder it gets. Of course there's ways to soften it again with heat. @Urumiko, tin plated steel and tin alloy are totally different things. Plating is a layer the surface, allow is a mix. One common tin alloy is bronze which is a mixture of copper and tin. Tinned copper utensils aren't bronze but if you melt and mix them they will become bronze given the proportions are right. Anyhow, metals have been used for inlays forever so it's only a matter of choosing the right materials and methods.
  20. haha thank you, yes it does but we all know what happens when people try and do everything on the first build Does that mean you will be stealing my thinder? Palmwood build off in GOTM? lol If either of you really wanted a look at the grain etc i could probably stick a small offcut sample in the post for you. Nothing big enough to use but it would give you a hands on idea of what it's like. YES. they do, You are right about the shards sticking in your hand when its rough, although when its sanded back its actually very smooth. Its naturally very oily too so it'll need attacked with thinners before gluing. I've exmined a few threads relating to stablising spalted woods, I reackon the brush on wood hardners designed to deal with rot would do the trick but they are acetone based and would prob wreak havoc with the final finish. I did see someone suggest soaking in diluted sealer or PVA for a few hours then drying.. sounds interesting. The best thing is probably just a nice thick poly dinish but sod that lol.
  21. ADFinlayson

    First build - Hollow Custom 22.

    You still have the option of making the body thinner, with your router sled. You could get it down to a good weight given how hollow it is. I was thinking the other day, you mentioned your concern about the side being too thin - well just glue in some pieces along the sides to give more of a glueing surface, think of how an acoustic is constructed.
  22. ADFinlayson

    Metal for inlays

    Yes metal can be bent, but it's a lot more likely to pop out.
  23. Urumiko

    Metal for inlays

    It will certainly be devsive, Its not to protect the wood, though protecting the inlay ill be an advantage. I just thnk a nice piano black/gloss type finish will work well with the contrasting colours and inlay a bit like this I disagree on this point as if you think about it the metal will be maliable/bendy so can be cut flat then bent to the fretboard radius =). Im toying with the isea of using a franslucent material for the prism to be honest. No i dont think i mean galvenised with zinc. I mean actual tin. At least i think its a tin alloy. I was recomended it for mocking up amplifier chasis as you can solder directly to it and it will stick. (solder soesnt stick to most metals easily). Nice, Any idea what thickness would have the right consistency. i.e can be bent by hand but stiff enough that if pushed i could file it?
  24. gpcustomguitars

    Custom headless guitar with a head

    Finally had some real time to work on this yesterday, I'm also including a few photos from the previous session. First, used some of the fretboard offcuts to make the electronics cover 032-ZS032 by Goran P, on Flickr and roughly cut a suitable piece for the fretboard. It had one small knot which I'd like to use as a feature if I can, but first, some CA to stabilize it. 033-ZS033 by Goran P, on Flickr and started the routing jig for all the front cavities: 034-ZS034 by Goran P, on Flickr Printed out life sized neck profile 035-ZS035 by Goran P, on Flickr and picked one of my 1" maple blanks to cut some lams. 036-ZS036 by Goran P, on Flickr had to use a jigsaw, as my bandsaw is not available at the moment, some burning of the edges, but everything is oversized for now 037-ZS037 by Goran P, on Flickr 038-ZS038 by Goran P, on Flickr humbucker routes I've managed to cut almost perfect just by electric coping saw, almost no need to touch up with a file. 039-ZS039 by Goran P, on Flickr My flattening jig, works really fine 040-ZS040 by Goran P, on Flickr and first 3 lams, maple/cherry/maple add up to 50mm out of 58 needed, so I'll add 2 lams of canadian walnut used for the fretboard. Looks nice I think. I'm using the piece with some features I wouldn't be able to work around for a fretboard, but can avoid when cutting a neck profile. 041-ZS041 by Goran P, on Flickr 042-ZS042 by Goran P, on Flickr Neck pocket part of the jig I've routed flush: 043-ZS043 by Goran P, on Flickr ...and realized that I need a bit more material between neck pocket and hum cavity, it would probably be prone to breaking. I'll make the fretboard hang over the neck for about 5mm. 044-ZS044 by Goran P, on Flickr That's it for now, I should cut the 2 remaining neck lams in the next session and glue the neck up. The truss rods are in the mail, I've also ordered some fretwire. BR, Goran
  25. Urumiko

    Any am techs on here?

    Im just curious. ive been learning to tweek and build valve amps for a while now, i keep thinking i need to join a forum to get help with thiso, I was just wondering if there are any techies on here. I was also wondering if there would be much appetite for breaking the electronics section of the forum in to 3 sections, in guitar electronics, pedals and outboard effects, and amps?
  26. Urumiko

    looking for tips on nitro over fretboard

    i like ash's idea of crowning in to the nitro if its harder.
  27. I've already fallen in to one classic pitfall of making my 1st guitar too heavy, im determined not to have a baseball bat for a neck
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