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Sami Ghouri

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About Sami Ghouri

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  1. Thanks loads mate! That's a lot of good info that puts things in perspective about glues. That being said, this question was posed way earlier as you can probably tell so I had to solve it then. I used Araldite and it was a dream to work with and didn't stink up the whole room with post-football-game-socks. It's been months of hard gigging for this guitar so far and the owner hasn't complained about it so I guess it worked quite well. But looking at what you said there, looks like it might not last forever with epoxy so I'll expect it to come back to me at some point. Sorry for the long paragraph with no proper formatting but I replied using my blackberry so the format looks funny.... Thanks again. It's always great being on this forum as there's always something new to learn and someone willing to help. You guys are awesome. Cheers, Sami
  2. Alright then thanks a lot for the input! I'll wait for some time before I go ahead and epoxy the heck out of it. Maybe someone else would also chime in. I'll also try to do these grooves. Cheers!
  3. Thanks Wez! I recall reading a post on the Martin forums against using epoxy but I'd definitely trust the GOTM 5x winner more XD Btw, I have this epoxy, you reckon this would work? http://www.acetogo.com/photo/small/18611.jpg
  4. It's been forever since I last posted/visited this amazing website! Hope you're all well! So a customer came to me with that guitar saying that the bridge was lifting off and that he tried squeezing hide glue in there but didn't work. I thought to myself, that's a walk in the park fix. And on a martin, it'll probably quite simple unless he really screwed it up. So I masked, hit the bridge with the iron and cloth (no steam) and the thing came off like a dream. Started sanding and scraping off the old glue from the bridge, then moved on to scraping the top wood ONLY TO STOP at the right time before I screw things up! I didn't sand much (luckily) but I figured something was wrong in there as there was finish UNDER the glue which completely startled me so I stopped and went to my friend: THE INTERNETS! So this HPL (fancy word for fancy-er formica) topped guitbox seems to have this common issue, but I could not find advice anywhere on any forums as to which glue I should use (as I still haven't hit the finish real hard and would like to keep things as are). Anybody had experience with these? I have little experience with hide glue but judging by how it didn't work with the guy I wouldn't be inclined to try it again. Epoxy maybe? Heck, CA (now that's probably ridiculous, but what do I know?) Posting on projectguitar forums is usually my last resort as so far it's been almost impossible to not find what I'm looking for with a simple search. Well, not this time it seems Thanks in advance! Sami from DXB
  5. I DO NOT WANT TO hijack the thread, but i have a similar question. I can't seem to find any shielding tape around where i live. The only solution I can think of is aluminum foil that's connected with some solder. As hard as fixing that would be, is it gonna make any difference? Or should i just keep looking? Thanks!
  6. since we're already bombarding poor ol' kpcrash with n00b questions... i wanna have my share! i'm using minwax polycryllic clear...... and i made the shtoopid mistake of not waiting for it long enough to dry (eventhough it said 3 days on the can and i waited for 5) so some parts ended up peeling like very dry old plastic.... i waited for it to dry again and tried sanding those thin flakes and it seems fine now! should i be concerned??? and apart from this, how many coats do you usually apply? coz it seems that the recommendations on general tutorials are made for ppl who use proper equipment and don't need a lot of level sanding coz when i worked with the number mentioned i mostly ended up sanding through the clear at least! and are all acryllic clears so f'in hard to apply? when i was working with polyu life was beautiful! however not so beautiful for white guitars! hence the reason for using polycryllic... it even foams sometimes and NO i'm not applying it too heavily... the nozzle sprays like you wanna wash a car with lacquer not get it to stick on the surface!!!! /rant
  7. Sami Ghouri (surprise surprise!) 24, B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the American University of Sharjah (we're ABET accredited!! even if the uni is in the middle of the arabian desert! hehe... www.aus.edu if you don't believe me! =D) currently working for BurtHill as a Telecom/AV/Security infrastructure engineer. i have a certificate in music theory and classical music (concentration: piano) and picked up the electric guitar around 8 years ago..... modded, refinished, upgraded, fixed many guitars (for more than a couple of years). To be clear on things i'm a beginner at doing routings mods and other wood working stuff but i'm trying. first build is currently in progress. in fact i'm more interested in building/modding/fixing guitars than actually playing them!!!!
  8. we are using the Mackie firewire interface (satellite onyx) and it's working very well with our laptops! and tracktion comes free along with it. We use sonar though (been using it for over 4 years).
  9. Hails!!! I know you're all thinking BLASPHEMY! BURN HIM! and other nice stuff.... but i'm doing this as a favor and don't really have the time to sand/strip and then repaint and wait for ages.... and it's a cheap guitar anyway so it's not worth all the effort... i was thinking of spraying monochrome hot rod flames on it (as is, without any sanding) or follow the transparency method (print, stick, lacquer) or something like that..... would that work??? if no, any better ideas?? thanks a lot! Sami
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