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Everything posted by ScottR

  1. Methinks you take great delight in being a half-step sideways of conventional Andy. And I'm familiar with that sentiment. SR
  2. I get my eyes checked fairly regularly, as I've been getting corrective lenses for nearsightedness since second grade...that would be half a century ago. This year on the first day of spring I had a couple of bright flashes in my left eye and then immediately a bunch of large floaters appeared. Over the next few days they broke down into tiny pieces and for a week or so it looked like I was peering through a dense cloud of gnats with my left eye. It mostly cleared up within a few weeks. Even though the flashes can indicate a tear in the retina or some amount of ocular nerve detachment, I never really experienced any symptoms of that, beyond the original flashes. My vision did change over the next few months though and I went in for a new prescription and endured my eye doctor fussing at me for not coming straight in. She could find no damage at all though, and oddly enough the prescription change for my left eye (both actually, but more so for the left) actually led to less correction for nearsightedness. Apparently my vision got a little better last year. SR
  3. 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
  4. You guys know what floaters in in the eyes are right? I've had them all my life, as most of us do, but have experienced an increase in the last six months. I often see one floating by out of the corner of my eye, and thinking I've seen something move on the edge of my vision...because I have....I look around to see what it was out of reflex. Of course I don't see anything....because there is nothing there. What I saw was inside my eye. I'm pretty sure I've found the source of many ghost sightings....stories and rumors. SR
  5. SG Respin

    Also refers to the piece you are working on that just shot across the room. SR
  6. SG Respin

    Me too. The only thing I use it for any more is neck pockets, pickups and control cavities. SR
  7. 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
  8. SG Respin

    It hates us too Precious, it does. SR
  9. I actually have some of those. Will Tru-oil thin with mineral spirits? Alcohol? I have several things to test.... SR
  10. BEER! What's in your fridge?

    Damn man, you did indeed lose some weight...about a third grader's worth. Well done. SR
  11. Fabric with a large roundover

    Probably the only way that is going to work with out bunching at the rollover is to use a fabric that stretches in both directions. Stretch it on a frame and push the guitar body up into it during the glue up. SR
  12. Fretless necktrough bass

    I take some pretty awkward stances, trying to keep my feet out. SR
  13. Thanks guys! It came right to life didn't it? I'm going to see if it is possible to make a tint with tru-oil and then consider a bit of transparent burst. SR
  14. In the bright sunlight. And with the first coat of Tru-Oil. SR
  15. It was interesting to see how much the zebra wood looked like sapele when its stripes were dyed over. Following the schedule I sanded the amber back with 400 and then went all the way through the micromesh grits. Every square inch of this face flips in changing light angles. SR
  16. I got a lot done this weekend....like I said smaller instruments go faster. In my last build I worked out a dye and sandback schedule for my myrtle burl: sand to 400 dye, sandback with 220, dye again, sandback with 320 and dye a final time. Then continue sanding with 400 and go all the way through the micromesh grits. This weekend I put it to the test. Sand to 400. Dye with bordeaux and mahogany brown in alcohol. Wow right? Sanded back with 220. Dyed with amber, bordeaux and mahogany brown in a more dilute solution of alcohol. I can hear Carl now...uh oh... Sand back with 320. Dye with amber. SR
  17. BEER! What's in your fridge?

    In the world of IPAs over here, I would guess that 80% of them are just average (meh) and 20% are good, with maybe 10% of the total being really good and 4% or 5% hitting the outstanding level. With the number of craft breweries constantly growing - I heard over 2200 in the states, and that number was from several years ago. Considering each of those puts out a fair number of different brews, the number of available brews to try is staggering. On the other hand the vast majority of those craft brewers only distribute locally, or regionally, so much of what is "available" is not available where you are at. So taking advantage of any traveling is required in the quest to find the best....or even the really good. So yeah, we do have much more opportunity to find memorable brews. And they do share many characteristics to be found outstanding, they are definitely not the same. Bottom line, the variety is a good thing. SR
  18. BEER! What's in your fridge?

    I've got several new ones saved up that I need to post.....nothing particularly earth shattering though. Which may explain my lack of urgency in sharing.... Sr
  19. Mr_Riddlers build thread

    Amen brother. SR
  20. That gets rid of both copies of the image. I see I need to get back to the computer those pics are on and delete them all and re-upload and re-post them. Okay. SR
  21. 24 Magnum

    Magnificent. SR
  22. They are more fun than a barrel of monkeys to play with. SR
  23. And I have no idea why my pics are doubled up in that last post. Probably something I did. What I do know is while it is simple to delete a photobucket hosted pic, I find it impossible to delete a posted pic that has been uploaded to this site by way of editing after the post has been submitted. SR
  24. Thanks, Andy. I had no clue of what size magnets to use, as this is my first foray into this territory. I wanted neo to be sure they were strong enough...nearly went with 1/8" thick. SR