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Everything posted by ScottR

  1. Over the last few years, I've been exploring the craft brews that are sooooo much better than the old American stand bys we grew up with. No wonder the Europeans made fun of our weak bland beer.....but we had so few options back then. Not so now. Earlier this year Maul got me on a search for Pliny the Elder. I have not found it yet. It does not come to Texas. It does come to Colorado, and I conducted a search in Crested Butte while I was there. It turns out only one place there gets it from time to time and it goes fast. They told me the keg ran dry two days before I got there. I did learn that there are many great brews out there waiting to be tried.....there are over 2000 craft brewers in the states now. So happily I am trying all that look appealing. I thought those of us that appreciate this sort of thing could post up the stuff we run across to share with the others. Maybe I've tried something you saw but hadn't checked out yet and pass on my thoughts if so asked....and vice versa. So here's the first few that I've collected: Stone IPA Stone Ruination IPA Odells IPA--one of my favorites! Lagunitas IPA SR
  2. Customised kit build

    That's a trick question.....and it answers mine. Unless you are like my buddy @pauliemc over in Dublin and marry a rocker chick, then the answer is: of course not. At least for the first several years. Once you've been married long enough (to start getting on each other's nerves---er, I mean to be completely comfortable with each other), they start looking forward to you having another room (garage, closet, shed, back porch, or as we sometimes see here, balcony) where you can go and spend extended periods of time building guitars (staying out of their hair). It's a worthy goal. SR
  3. Did you use that spine stretcher from Amazon on it? SR
  4. Customised kit build

    I see you share @Andyjr1515 's propensity for using the wife's in the house spaces for building and finishing. Do you wait till she is out, like he does, or are you just adept at dodging low flying toasters? SR
  5. Customised kit build

    Gotta love what oil does to wood! SR
  6. I like the transparency too, but don't care for the exposed routes and wires as much. You could paint the edge of the plexy black or white to break up the pattern showing through and kind of identify the fact that you have a pickguard. And it's easy enough to remove the edge paint if you don't like it. SR
  7. PRS-like project(s)

    If it were me, I'd just shorten that horn enough that the binding channel covered the rest of the chip. You are only talking a few mms, and with a little blending, you'll never know the difference. SR
  8. Ibanez headstock shape ?

    Many guitar builders get to the point that the headstock design becomes sort of personal, a design element that says they built it. It is common to take design elements from different brands you like and add your own twist. And while there are some advantages to a straight string pull, it is by no means the only way to go. Guitars have been built and played with the strings crossing the nut from all manner of angles for decades. I guess what I'm saying is don't worry so much about breaking the rules. Guitars look like they have a very rigid formula that must be followed to make a playable instrument. But when you get right down to it, aside from scale length and the fret spacing that goes with it, there are many many options that will yield a perfectly playable guitar. And not too many rules that absolutely must be followed. Have fun with it, and welcome to the forum too! SR
  9. Pariahrob's build log

    Good to see you again Rob. The maple wenge combo on the neck is very striking; it looks great! SR
  10. Limba 6 Multiscale Filter'Tron

    I was going to stick to my guns calling them rays...but you have a couple of shots with them going right through the rays. So I'm back to- beats me! SR
  11. I say go for it too. How many times have you heard older (more experienced) folks say I regret more the things I never tried than the things I have tried and failed. Do yourself a favor, and do some endurance training before you go. Walking up and down mountains takes a lot of effort and the air is damn skinny up there. Also when you are in them, mountains grow taller every time you turn your back on them. SR
  12. Limba 6 Multiscale Filter'Tron

    I've always believed those are edge on rays. SR
  13. Possibly he is cheating by being able to pull off these glorious glossy finishes with a brush? The preferred method is always the one you do best. And Andy, you make these look superb doing it the way you do. Wasn't that a Motown hit back in the 60's? SR
  14. PRS-like project(s)

    Man after my own heart! This is looking good, and i don't see why you can't carve that horn chip completely away. SR
  15. I say all insurance companies are evil and have gone way too far in the efforts to take your money instead of actually living up to what you are paying them for... Having said that, I used State Farm for all my life without any specific complaints, until I tried to by my first house in Texas, and they told me they were not taking any new house policies at that time. This was not many years after Allison flooded Houston, and I assumed that likely had something to do with that attitude. So I dropped them and went with Travelers, who have been middle of the road and pretty much like you expect an insurance company to be like these days. Not eager, but not obnoxious either. I've heard good and bad about Allstate. But my experience with them has been very good. My wife and I between us have had our vehicles run into at least 5 times by Allstate policy holders since we've been in Houston (since 2001). And we have been very well taken care of by that company and the people who worked for them. Of course, I cannot speak for the policy holders, that were paying Allstate to insure their vehicles.... SR
  16. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Looking at multiscale necks always give me the illusion of them being twisted, particularly if viewed from one end or the other. SR
  17. Why thank you sir. I'm glad you enjoyed watching it come together, as I certainly enjoyed putting it together. I'm having a good time learning how to play it. SR
  18. A few months back, my buddy Hook--@skullsessions--suggested to me that he and a couple of his bandmates might be interested in electric mandolins. I was working on Cody at the time, and while I was carving I mentally designed one. I figured I ought to build one first, to sort of get the taste of it before committing to anything. They had tiny teles in mind, but what I wanted to start with is more of a nod to the F-style. So I re-sawed a zebra wood plank I had leftover, badly, and glued it up. Then I sharpened up my trusty low angle plane and got to work making shavings. Cody had to come out and see what I was doing. Then I rough cut the body to shape and started prepping the gluing surface. I wonder if they make mando sized P-90s? SR
  19. BEER! What's in your fridge?

    Interesting. If cutting back on the time doesn't do it, try again with fewer hop pellets and see what you get. SR
  20. Church shooting in Texas

    Amen. SR
  21. I've got to admit I've been enjoying replacing all my photos in earlier builds much more than I expected to. It brings back some great memories and a load of ideas that seem to have slipped by me. As far as being not bad for a first build...this thing is great for a 10th or 20th build...it's just fantastic period. I doubt that any of us hear have produced a build to the degree of perfection we aspired to initially. We all are our own worst critics and we can't unsee what we perceive to be a flaw once we've seen it. And in reality the things we nitpick ourselves to death over are trivial compared to the things we find when we bring a factory built guitar home from the guitar store. The trick is to stand back a couple of steps and look at it like everyone else looks at it and taken as a whole you'll have to admit that - damn, this thing is gorgeous! And if it feels and plays as good as it looks, quit messing about and start playing it! I'll be will to bet that anyone you've shown that to, has been amazed and have said so too. SR
  22. 6 string electric for me

    Your avatar will make a very cool inlay! Good call. SR
  23. Customised kit build

    I've seen light mahogany before but nothing like that. Sap wood maybe, but there is not enough sapwood generally to get a guitar body out of. Must be a "generic" mahogany. S
  24. Customised kit build

    I end up barefoot during a lot of my building sessions....and what we do is magic. And it seems to be almost impossible to post without capturing a foot at some point or another. You just got it out of the way right off the bat. Cheers! SR