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John Abbett

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About John Abbett

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  • Birthday 07/04/1968

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  1. This thread is amazing work. It makes me want to build another Archtop. Very nice attention to detail and quality work. I can't wait to see the finished project. John
  2. Have you tried green gardening tape? It's a non-stick, green plastic that is used to tie plants to stakes. When I do binding I use a little brown tape to hold the ends, but then wrap the binding (The entire guitar) with this tape. It's stretches tight and doesn't break. The nice thing is it doesn't pull fibres out of wood binding. It's cheap, a few bucks for a 100 ft roll and it can be used over and over, you just roll it back up. -John
  3. I Loved your byrdland build. Did you try PMing me? I haven't posted enough here to use the system.

  4. Thinking it might be a bad batch.. But here is something to think about. Take a white rag, and blow your air compressor into it for a minute. See if the rag has any oil on it. Does your compressor use oil? Maybe you've blown a ring and it's putting oil into your air stream. Your process is to blow the dust off before the coats.. It wouldn't take much oil to cause a problem. -John
  5. I've bent strips on a soldering iron. Small enough to get good tight curves. -John
  6. Hmm, that's a tough one. Is it a two part mix? Maybe grabbed the wrong catalyst? Was it cold in the shop when you sprayed? Shouldn't cause that drastic of failure even if it were. Failure on bare wood on one? It's got to be something in the clear. Sounds like it's missing something.
  7. Anytime. Rock - On! My next build is going to be a 335 made from black walnut. Should be pretty cool looking. Should sound similar to a maple one. I have to finish the kitchen before I can start it. John
  8. The neck pickup I had to notch the braces a little. I took about 1/3 off of one side. If I had pre-planned it I wouldn't have had to. I would have rather narrowed the brace, instead of notching. It would have been stronger. The bridge pickup actually sits on top of the braces in my case. If you pull out the pickup you can see the braces, they went between the pickup screws. It all sorta worked out in my case. Luck. Next time I will draw it out better. -John
  9. That's funny. I'm at work and had the volume down so I couldn't hear it. I just thought the tooling was cool. -John
  10. This is a cool video. Some serious equipment here. -John
  11. I have one of the 220 volt electric heaters. It has a blower which runs when it's on and the coil never gets red hot. It heats my 2 1/2 car garage in about 15 minutes. Don't know what it costs to run, but it works well. Bought it at Granger.com Tried the smaller ones, they just don't do the job. The small electrics would heat it, but it took over an hour until it was comfortable, and the tools never really warmed up. ice cold table saw, etc. -John
  12. I found a picture of a Byrdland on the web that was square to the face of the guitar. I snagged it, converted it to outline in photoshop, and scaled it up to known dimensions. I knew the width at the widest point, and the width of the neck at the 12th fret. I scaled it up until it matched really close. Once I had that I printed it out on a large format printer. The binding jig is not my idea.. I copied it from someone (Sorry can't remember who to give credit to.).. It works really well. Cutting the slots was easy, bending the maple and black fibre binding was a realy pain. I'll never do it that way again, plastic next time. I used the bushing kit from Stu-Mac. Very nice set of 6 or 7 router bushings. I could pretty much do whatever I wanted. I think that was 13 ply binding in the end. Way too much work. Stay tuned, I'm in the middle of a room remodel, but when that's done I'm thinking about a full hollowbody carved from black walnut plates. Should be sick. -John
  13. I wasn't clear. I would make a full hollowbody with 1/8 inch thick front and back and 3/16 inch sides out of large black walnut boards carved out. The body would be black walnut panels carved out of solid wood. The neck would be black walnut with a ebony fretboard. It could have black hardware. Several coats of gloss nitro and it would be something to see. Not something that would show up well on stage I admit, but in person it would be pretty cool. I think it would sound like a full Mahogany guitar. The byrdland I built has a spruce top and a maple back. The maple is more dense then black walnut, the spruce much less. Black walnut and Mahogany are about the same. I have a full walnut (Not black walnut) Gretsch Hollowbody that sounds pretty good. The carved panels are about 1/8 inch thick, with spruce supports. There are some full Mahogany Acoustics that sound good. If I make the top the right thickness and support it, I think it will work. Only one way to find out - right? -John
  14. Thanks. It was a challenge to make. Not perfect but not bad for a first try at something this complex. I have some black walnut, 2 inch thick by 18 inch x 8 ft long. Thinking about making this guitar in black walnut.. Carved 1 board Face and Back, black walnut neck and ebony fretboard... Lots of dark woods.. I'm thinking it would look pretty cool.
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