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  1. Mr Natural

    Turner Model 1 replica

    honestly- that pickup housing on mine is snug with just friction. The lacquer build up ensured it. I had the pickup housing sanded to where I thought I could get a few coats on and still have it turn easily- but 3-4 coats and it was quite tight to the point the screw became unnecessary. i dont think you will have any problem without the screw- unless of course once completed you hold the guitar pickup face down and shake the hell out of it.
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    Turner Model 1 replica

    it was fun as all hell doing that carve wasnt it? I had a blast doing mine- not sure why but it was oddly satisfying. I noticed it looks like you didnt have the screw (for the rotating pick up housing) thru the body when you routed the back- did that move at all on you when you carved the back? I may have gone overboard screwing mine down but I was a bit nervous doing the back.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    well my beloved Univ of Georgia Bulldogs dropped to #8 after that crappy ass performance last week. how embarrassing. on the bright side of life- the monarch butterflies have shown up in Georgia this week and last-I counted 18 on my 2 butterfly bushes the day I took this pic. Glad I can offer them a meal on their long journey down to Mexico. The bushes took a beating from the winds that Hurricane Michael produced but survived well enough to help these little guys through.
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    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    @komodo-its easy to get new brews under your belt when you cheat and get flights. Here I have a flight of brews that I have not tried yet (save the first) and I essentially can try 4 beers and drink only 20 oz-ie- less than 2 regular beers. Creature Comforts run- l to R Athena Paradiso (Berliner Weisse with passion fruit and guava. I normally dont like "fruited beers"- especially IPAs- but Creature Comforts does it right with their Berliner Weisse and also their Goses. This is the beer for a hot day after mowing the lawn. Kick ass refreshing. The Silent World Black Lager- I was not expecting much from this one- as matter of fact I had sort of convinced myself before trying it that I would not like it. It drinks more like a porter than a lager- I get no lager in it at all. So I bought a four pack of it. Cellermans Pils -Coffee Pilsner- another I did not expect to like- wrong. This was really good- and I am not really a fan of Pilsners much any more. I would have bought some but I was over my (by law) limit from the brewery. Hey There Denali-IPA with Denali and Simcoe hops. This stuff is pretty good. Limited release that just came out- I picked up my allotment and also some of their killer Pale Ale called Automatic. Mrs Natch likes that and this will be the last of it for the year. during my Georgia Bulldog Saturday I tried out this Stout inbetween IPAs whilst grilling some pig and cow. Hoppin Frog BORIS imperial stout (reserve)- pretty darn good stuff. Even More JCS Imperial Stout from Evil Twin. This one ranks high on BeerAdvocate- but the added lactose made it just a tad too sweet for me. Its good mind you- but I tend to like my stouts a bit less sweet than most. 12% abv and it was very noticeable.
  5. I was impressed. Your mileage may vary. Great game this weekend. My son and I actually watched this together-and agreed this was a highlight reel moment. go to the 4:51 mark of the video. I didnt realize in AFL your feet could be out of bounds but as long as the ball stays within the plane of the field its still live. The refs call for video review- and they call it a goal. The crowd went nuts. What a heads up play on this guys part. Seriously- I thought it was pretty sick. YMMV.
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    2.5itim’s 2018? Builds

    welcome back-look forward to your builds
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    New Magnum build

    @Skyjerk 5a quilt and Brazilian rw . good Lord. nice wood man. as usual. looks like it will be, as usual-a beaut. @mistermikev- regarding feet in photos- there is a many years long running inside joke that photos with feet are awarded bonus points around here. bathrobes on the other hand...........
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    i just took a short walk thru my back yard with no shoes on. I forget how much I love the feel of grass on my toes. its the little things people...................
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    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    that wine looks like something I would be into, not sure about the cider- actually- I am not sure I have ever had cider.
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    6 string roya

    i was going to finish this before posting all the pics but the issue with my pc and camera dates being off leads me to post now as I come across the pictures. it starts with a plan- I try to find a pic- as "straight on" as possible of the whole guitar- that I know the scale length for. In MS Paint- i remove as much of the unnecessary as possible so as to save printer ink and paper using the eraser function. I already have a jig for a six string ritter neck- so- I just need part of the neck/nut to confirm I have the right scale when I blow this up. I measure from nut to approx saddle position on the bridge and a little math- I use the skew/resize function in MS Paint to increase both horizontal and vertical aspects of the picture. I print out a one page- usually of the bridge- to see if its in the ball park of being correct- My bridge has a 3.5" string to string spread- and from measuring the strings-this was about spot on- so I print out the whole thing- and check scale from nut to mid bridge adjustment travel- the plan isnt laying perfectly flat- but the measurement is about spot on 35" scale. I will be using a 34" scale for mine- but wanted the picto 35" scale as I know that is the scale for this particular instrument. cut it out (sort of) glue to mdf. I probably should quit being a cheapo and buy some spray adhesive- but I just use titebond and spread it oh so thin with my finger. If it gets too sticky to spread- I just spritz some water via very fine mist on my finger and it spreads like nothing. The half assed lines you see on the mdf was me roughly outlining where to spread glue. I must have been drinking- geez. 3 rd grader would do better. I use a roller to press out from the center. If any of the edges are not visibly glued down- I put some on my finger and go along the edge- I hate when you sand the edge and the paper comes loose. i debated between using alder for the body and poplar-I will be using a figured maple top- think I am going to try the poplar. Saving the alder for a more vintage type instrument. The body will be painted on this anyway. at least that is the plan.
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    6 string roya

    i bought into the badass bridges without really knowing how "great" they were/are- I saw that Geddy Lee had one on one of his Rickys- then I saw a pic of Steve Harris with one on a P-Bass (or maybe an Ibanez Roadster(?) cant remember) and that sealed the deal. The local guitar shops always had them hanging on the wall with all the strings and such- they were basically the only replacement bridges that were (locally) available (this is way back when before the internet took off). My only gripe about them is that often it was clear they didnt QC the product before sending out- you sometimes had to file or fine sandpaper some of the edges least you rip your hand open while failing around trying to play wrathchild and such. the old ones anyway- heavy as hell but really made a difference. Lets not mention Gold in case Rad is reading this.:-) I havent seen the Kick Ass bridge yet- will have to look it up. I still havent recovered from Bad Ass not being available anymore- to the point of considering fleabay purchases.
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    Turner Model 1 replica

    I contacted @bokchoi77 to obtain permission to hack this thread. Hack in that I would post the measurements of the radius jig I used. I have had 3 people in the last couple months message me about the turner one model I did- and I have pointed the last couple folks in the past weeks to watch this thread as bokchoi77 was in progress of making one. I have gotten a lot of questions about this and that- the radius jig being one of them. Mine is simply an oversize fretboard radius jig of sorts- made completely out of whatever the hell I had laying around at the time (as the pictures tell- all offcuts of mdf I had laying around, I hardly bothered cleaning some of them up). All the mdf is 3/4" (1.9 cm) thick. it is glued and screwed with inch and a half screws and I pre-drilled the holes. The long sides (rails) are 3ft (91.5 cm) and the router base/one of the spacers are one foot (30.5cm) wide. The radius on the rails is 25 1/8 ". I cut/sanded both rails at the same time. The router base is centered at the 1.5 ft mark- ie- the center of the rail- the highest point in the arch. The bottom of the router base that faces the guitar body is 1/4" up from that arch-so- seeing that the mdf is 3/4" thick- that puts the base of the router at a full one inch above the radius. I would lower my router bit down so final cut the bottom of the router blade was like 1/8" or so below the rails- and it put a 25" radius on the front and back of the guitar body. - but I started with it much higher so only the outside of the guitar body were nipped first- slowly lowering it- typically 1/16" at a time (maybe 1/8"- its been so long I cant honestly remember if 1/8" was too much material to cut at once) The guitar body was mounted on the bottom side of my myka neck angle jig- which is 2 pieces of 3/4" plywood glued together- the measurement of that is 2ft (61cm) wide by 29.5 inch long (75cm). I screwed 3/4" pvc pipe along the length for the rails to ride against. A single screw (3 inch I think) held the body down- drilled in the center of the pickup hole and small pieces of wood that were screwed into the base to hold the body centered to the jig. That screw channel would later be fitted with the screw that went from the back of the guitar into the rotating pickup housing. I wont say this is the most effective/efficient way to do the radius- I have seen interviews with Rick Turner where he said he did the first few on a belt sander and winged it. (they do them now with a planer blade that has the 25" radius cut in it.) it took me a while to do this- lowering the router a little bit each pass- but this jig is hefty- and I felt very safe using it due to the weight and that I had my hands on the router thru the whole motion- and nothing was going to fling out at high rate of speed/etc. but it cleaned up in a matter of seconds with a sander and it sure was fun.
  13. nice job- thanks for sharing all the pics. I am curious though- with the small body and longer scale- any neck dive issues? how is the balance with a strap? I like smaller bodies but have found some basses and guitars I have played to be plagued by neck dive
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    6 string roya

    Pros - I missed your question here previously. I agree about the finish- get anything metal near it and the finish will come off. The TOM style fits a need for sure- but honestly- I still love my bad ass bridges, sharp edges and all. big chunk of heavy metal and they just ring.
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    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    'bout damn time from 4 noses brewing. really good brew oh, fantastic then pale ale from creature comforts- southern promise(south africa) azacca and mosiac hops. Love it. context and memory pale ale from Creature Comforts- mosaic, citra and galaxy hops-and a different taste for sure. leans toward the galaxy me thinks. Good stuff.
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    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    good beer is a good thing. from my brother from another mother- Todd the Axe Man. Absolute juice bomb and I love it. Cirtra, mosaic and golden promise malt.This was one of my top 10 "trying to get" brews. and I got it. now to get more. Monday Night Spelt IPA. Mosaic, Motueka and Hallertau hops along with spelt, pilsner malt and torrified wheat make for a smooth ass beer. lots of pale ales on the market now and this one kicks butt Citra Pale Ale from Upslope. This one was cracked just as the first bands of Hurricane/Trop Storm Florence hit NE Georgia. 7 different hops make for a complex taste- Elevation Double IPA. good stuff
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    Telecaster for a friend

    you never cease to amaze me with your ingenuity Goran. Well done bro- seriously- I love how you have a need, then tackle it head on and come up with a homemade solution.
  18. Mr Natural

    Four new rockers are coming to life

    beautiful guitar. well done man!
  19. Mr Natural

    6 string roya

    Pros- I bought two of the D bridges back when you told me to call Hipshot about them. (before they advertised they were selling the 6 string version). I do that a lot- buy two of something- then sit on it for years. I figured I would get two just in case- like my beloved bad ass bridges-they quit making them.
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    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    Consumers pay the same amount for the brew- in the case of Creature Comforts- a six pack of their excellent Tropicalia IPA goes for $11- $12.99 a six pack at any store that sells it. You can buy the same six pack at the brewery- and pay $12- but they have eliminated the 2 middle men so instead of selling that sixer to distro at $6 or $7 a sixer- they just made $5-$6 more profit on that unit. You are right Carl- convenience drives commerce- and for a beer connoisseur like me-I am loving the convenience factor as I am going to buy it regardless of having to go to the brewery and stand it line or whatever- but now- I dont risk standing in line and having said beer sell out before I get a chance to buy it. I had that happen once and it sucks. I am that into beer. I need to send you a care package bro- maybe for Christmas. Tropicalisma comes out in November. I will be in touch.
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    6 string roya

    so- I had quit trying to find pics on my pc for a long while -got tired of it- tedious-but I have found some but they are out of order-so- found some that appear to be next in line. i am about to say screw it but I sort of want my threads to flow chronologically so- I am trying. I really dont like windows 10-and all the shit that keeps getting loaded and f'ing up stuff that works/worked and no longer does. I still have the issue of 1000s of pics, saved as one pic per folder, with no way of previewing and having to go in and figure out dates and such. I really dont give a shit about the guitar pics- but it pisses me off about all my family photos that now I have to go remember dates, or estimate dates on- that stuff sucks. Plus I found I have a couple of folders within folders- so- instead of having 3000 something single photos to go thru- I have more like 5000. I have gotten thru about 2800 or so I guess. tedious as hell though. anyway- pics of lining up bridge and pick up then pu route. In the pic with the bridge- obviously there is no string tension as I was taking the pic- so the strings appear lose. the placement here would allow me to put a (single) pick up in the music man sweet spot, or if I ever decide to change and go with 2 single coils- I can spread them a little bit apart under single pu cover within that huge as bathtub of a pu route. I have a nordstrand with a3 mags in there now. In the pic with the router guides- notice there is sanded areas on the mdf I used as guides- despite being the same mdf with "same thickness" - painted mdf sometimes is not flat and I took my fretboard sanding bar and ran it back and forth every which way to make sure the router base would slide smoothly and evenly.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    ITS GAME DAY FOLKS!!
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    excellent news on the job Carl- I have always said-my worse day employed is 1000% better than my best day unemployed. I went a year and a half unemployed, had just married a couple months prior to losing my job and having major back surgery and it about killed me financially.
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    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    To expand a bit on what ScottR said-( he is spot on for craft beer). American Big Beer can be a bit less expensive- for instance- my 89yr old mom occasionally asks me to pick her up a six pack of Miller High Life (puke) when I go shopping for her each week. That (crap) is $4.99 a six pack. (Apologies to anyone that actually likes American Big Beer brands- I would rather not drink it personally) There are some brands that are even cheaper. I always look at business models within different things- and in the state of Georgia- there is a 3 tier system for beer distribution. Breweries usually sell to distributors, who then sell to stores that sell to consumers. A law was passed a year or so back that allowed for direct to public sales for breweries. What is interesting is that these breweries can now sell direct to public and remove the middle men and their respective mark ups at same time- getting big bang for the buck. Getting said consumers to come to your brewery is the trick- so- you release kick ass limited releases that are only avail from the brewery-small batches to boot so they sell out quick and you create this "exclusivity" about the release- and charge primo $ at same time (I have to imagine the brewery makes 30-50% more by eliminating the 2 middle men). I am really excited with the latest development in brewery specific point of sale software and a recent release of it that allows for "reservations". Creature Comforts-one of my fav breweries- is now allowing you to join a twitter "club" sign up for SMS messaging- and you get heads up on upcoming releases- and the biggie here- you get to RESERVE YOUR PURCHASE_ IE_ NO MORE STANDING IN LINE. you just go and pick up your brew-(you have already paid for it on line). AWESOME!!!. (The software ties back to the State of GA drivers license system which confirms purchaser's age and also daily amount sold to from the brewery (by law there is a limit of 288 fluid oz per day per consumer (4 six packs) for brewery direct sales. The consumer gets convenience and can overcome the "i really dont want to go stand in line and take a day off from work to do so because I have to travel x miles" feeling- the brewery gets cash in hand quicker which is always a good thing- and they hook in customers that are loyal to the brand, but might not want to deal with having to stand in line for a limited release. Being a beer nerd in Georgia just kicked up a notch.
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