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  1. Bosch calls it a palm router, I think, but its size, power, and features are pretty much par for the course for professional laminate trimmers, although it ranks near the top for power and features. I think a laminate trimmer is pretty much defined by: You hold it by the motor housing, not handles. A 1/4" collet. A small fixed-router style base. Power around 1HP or less.
  2. Hey man, no problem, everyone comes up with things they don't understand when they're trying something new. I've built a couple of amplifiers lately and I came up with some pretty silly questions over on one of the amp-building boards!
  3. The resistance in the pickup has nothing to do with the bridge, screws, etc. It's the resistance of the coil of wire in the pickup that actually generates the audio signal. To accurately measure this resistance, you will need to disconnect the pickup leads from the controls inside the guitar (which requires using a soldering iron to remove them, then soldering the leads back on when you're done), then measure the resistance between the hot lead and the ground lead. You can measure them without disconnecting them, but your measurements will be somewhat off because of the parallel resistance of the controls (your measured value should be lower than the actual value by 2-7% or so, if you don't disconnect the pickups). Also, the 2K setting will not work because P90's are usually around 8-10KOhms.
  4. Plenty of Fender's guitars have come with 3-piece bodies for a long time, and there are customs around with tons of pieces in attractive/interesting/strange/bizarre patterns. I think you'll be fine using whatever is easily available to you.
  5. That's why you buy a 9V DC wallwart . Purely from a power supply point of view, the wallwart type power supply supplies a fixed voltage at any current up to its limit. Based on this voltage, a device will draw a certain amount of current. If the current is below the power supply's rating, good. If it's above the power supply's rating, this causes a voltage drop to compensate, then the device will "brown out" or even shut down completely because of the decreased supply voltage. With a cheap power supply, you may also damage the power supply by overloading it.
  6. As beautiful as Scott's and Wes' guitars are, and they are beautiful, I just can't get over the design and wood choice on the guitar from Skelf! Cool stuff.
  7. It should take any good woodworking glue just fine - I've got a good bit of it right now and it's not the least bit oily, just very, very strong and stiff. (Unbelievable ringing tap tone).
  8. MAN I love the Pre-December GOTM trashtalking. This should be a new tradition .
  9. Well, silver does have about 8% less resistivity than copper... I'm not sure how much different it sounds, though, as I've never actually cared enough to make silver cables . I don't believe that junk about different jacks though - it's not possible that it'd have more of an effect than the crappy carbon pots we all use . No audiophile would be caught dead with those ANYWHERE in the signal path, even the ones who haven't coughed up for silver cables or fancy jacks.
  10. This is sort of basic, but... use DYE not STAIN - dye actually soaks into the wood fibers and highlights grain, while stain sits on top of the wood and tints it, so it covers up grain. Also, don't tint your coats of finish - that'll obscure the grain. If you want good figure and a color, you need to dye the wood then coat with clear, coating with a translucent color will obscure the figure to some extent.
  11. I'm not sure if everyone would think that it's pretty...it's really something just to try out ideas with...but it does have a soft spot with me I must admit...more of an ugly duckling I would have said... ← Well, I dunno. All I can tell you is, I like it . Then again, I've always liked wood-colored guitars and I think that's a cool f-hole.
  12. This is a Bad Idea. When you connect +ve and -ve together, you have the battery discharging through essentially impedance-free wires. The only impedance in the circuit is the battery's internal impedance - which for normal alkaline batteries is between 1 and 3 ohms. So, for the 9 volt battery you're using to power that bad boy, you'll get between 3 and 9 amps of current depending on where in the discharge cycle you are. This being the case, your average 9V alkaline battery only has around a 600mAh capacity - so you'll discharge the battery completely in, say, six minutes. If, that is, the battery survives - it will heat up enough from dissipating ALL the released energy internally that its guts may swell enough to rupture the case, covering your electronics and the insides of the guitar with poisonous, corrosive nasties. Please don't do that, that's a pretty guitar and you've put a lot of work into this . EDIT: Oh, by the way, just as an added bit of info... Energizer rates their standard alkaline 9V batteries for just 25mA of continuous drain - shorting the terminals gives, at a minimum, 100 times that.
  13. Do the 18 watt amps have the signature early marshall tone? I've never gotten my hands on one to try it out. Some day I'm going to go crazy and build myself a 1x12 combo with one input switchable between tweed champ electronics for clean and a low-power gain amp for dirty (which is why I'm asking about the 18 watt, it's an ideal candidate). I've never built a guitar amp before, but I've built several hi-fi audio amplifiers, so I ought to be able to manage it without killing myself .
  14. Those're great! Hideaway was actually the first blues song I ever learned how to play .
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