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About Chuck_Chill-Out

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  1. Two screws. It appears to be secure. Trust me, if it comes apart, I will post it on here.
  2. Done! ProjectGuitar, allow me to introduce Ichabod. A friend suggested the name since it is headless and it stuck. This was definitely a learning experience. The action is lower than before, so playing is much easier.
  3. I was stringing this up, when I snapped the E string. From talking to someone who used one of these before, they said to look for sharp edges on the nut. Sure enough, the edge where the strings go through the nut had sharp edges.Break out the small files and smooth out the edges and restring.
  4. The next item on the list was to rout a pocket for the bridge and a secondary pocket for access to the tuners.Not a bad fit. I had to move the straplock pin. Also, I realized that I needed to deepen the area to adjust the tuners. No pic, but it was done.
  5. I found that the only headless bridge I could afford from FleaBay was the wonderful and ever so popular OVERLORD OF MUSIC bridge and nut. Luckily, a former coworker has a machine shop in his garage and offered to measure and machine the parts out of brass and steel at cost. Until I get them, I decided to go ahead with the build. First thing was to fix the neck. I had to slice off this spur and re-glue it to the neck. Obligatory clamp shot. This was the chip taken out. Apologies for the out of order picture. I had to trim this down. Part of me was more nervous converting this than when I was building.
  6. Okay, last December, I was showing a family member my fisrt build, a fretless bass when disaster struck. Okay, that is a little dramatic, but the headstock bumped against our couch and snapped. Now, I was the one who bumped it, so I could blame no one but myself. I went through the 12 stages of grief in 2 minutes, lingering on Anger for a time, mainly at myself. After calming down (and all family left), my wife said she wanted me to rebuild the headstock and hang it on the wall, since I took so much time building it. Investigating the break, I realized that I had a design flaw with too little wood at the neck-headstock transition. It was going to beak at some point, I also started to research headless conversion kits, because I really wanted to make this thing playable.
  7. Okay, my bass that I am converting is fretless, so I think I will add a zero fret, just to be safe. Thanks.
  8. Really nice. Quick question, how high are the strings at the nut? I have a headless conversion kit from Overlord of Music for a bass I am working on and never used one before. I just want to make sure I have enough clearance at the nut.
  9. Okay, Swim league is FINALLY done! Daughter swam her heart out and did well this year. Maybe I can get more shop time, now. I drilled through the heel of the neck, then through the body. I tried to fond a carriage bolt thin enough and long enough, but could not, at least not around the area (especially with the limited time I've had). I did find a regular bolt to fit. This is the neck glued up and clamped. I will add the nuts to the bolt and tighten it to help secure it. Actually, I will need my daughter's assistance - my hand will not fit in the sound hole.
  10. I will definitely look into that. To be honest, I never heard of one. Thanks for the information!
  11. Yep! That's how it was attached. I am planning on drilling through the heel of the neck and the body, and moving the strap nut to hide the bolt. Oh, and glue.
  12. I started by squeezing Titebond II under the fretboard and clamping it down. Uh, I should have taken a picture, but I never thought I would see glue squeeze out from some of the frets.
  13. Hello, everyone. It has been a while since I was here. I haven't had any time to work on anything since my accident in April, with recovery, work and announcing for my daughter's swim team. A friend of mine came to me with her 5 year old daughter's guitar. They got it for 5 bucks at a yard sale and she would play it daily. It fell off her bed and the neck snapped off. I thought it was going to be a quick fix, but not to be. The fretboard was coming off, and the tuning pegs were missing some screws. To me, the biggest issue is that the fret at the break is missing. I will have fun working on this (no power tools needed...)
  14. I was using a jointer to smooth out a piece of cherry. The wood kicked back and as I readjusted it, I focused on my right hand instead of my left, which was closest to the point of operation. My finger drifted off of the wood and laid alongside it, pushed the moveable guard away from the blades, and shaved off the tip. I should have used a planer. My hands would never have been close to the blades on it.
  15. Hi all, I haven't been on in a while. Life (12 year old daughter who swims 10 months out of the year) and work has cut into my build time. I had some time in April, so I decided to work on some cherry for the neck-through bass I am building. I was using a wood jointer for 20 minutes, and for a brief instant, I took my attention off of my left hand on the wood,... and took off 2/3-rds of my left pinkie. Yep, in a few seconds, it was gone. I was using the wrong tool for the job, I should have used a planer, plus I was not using push sticks. Ironically, I am a safety manager (imagine the grief I received at work). Please, please, PLEASE watch what you are doing. Amazingly, the hand surgeon is a builder also (he showed me his walnut burl topped telecaster at my surgical consult), so he empathized with me, and left as much of the tip of my finger as possible. I received the go ahead last week to start using it for playing, and it is slow going. This was a life lesson for me. Let my mistake be a reminder for ya. Keep building and playing. Cheers, Chuck.
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