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Johnny Foreigner

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  1. Hey everyone I haven't posted much on here in a few years, Instead of guitar building, I've been spending all my time filmmaking. Super proud that today my debut feature as Director of Photography, Editor and Producer was released by Gravitas Ventures and I wanted to take a moment to tell you all about it. It's called Adele and Everything After, and it's a documentary about a woman called Marty who has an untreatable heart condition. She used to faint every day, sometimes many times a day, completely without warning. She's had over 30 concussions. In 2006 she was paired with Adele, one of the world's first cardiac alert service dogs. Adele could literally sense when her heart was getting weak and alert her in time to stop her fainting. Within weeks, Marty stopped fainting entirely. But after 9 years together, Marty had to make the decision to retire Adele and find a successor service dog. The film follows this journey as she faces up to ending the relationship that transformed her life, and putting her trust in a new dog to keep her safe. It's out on all the video-on-demand platforms (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc) and cable/satellite video-on-demand to rent or buy. Go to adelemovie.com for more info. If any of you are redditors, Marty did an AMA today and it made the front page which was cool. I know there's a lot of dog lovers here, and this is a film for you. You'll probably cry, but I promise it has a happy ending. Anyway, hope some of you check it out! Thanks JF
  2. Time is as much my issue as space/tools, but it's definitely something to consider. The hexlab one looks great, but is more than an hour's drive away. LA is a ridiculously big place and the traffic is next level insane. I'll look into other options for sure though.
  3. This is very much an initial exploration kind of question, so bear with me. It's been 6 or 7 years since my last build. Mainly that's because of lack of space to do any building, but also time constraints. In the last year or so I taught myself how to use fusion 360 and have put together a couple of designs that I'm pretty happy with and I would love to see translated into real guitars at some point if my circumstances change. Then it occurred to me that I would just about have time, space and tools to be able to handle glue-ups, finish sanding, pore-filling, fretting, electronics, hardware installation and oil finishes. So my question is this: do any of you who are handy with you CNCs ever take on commissioned work from others. I.E. could I pay someone to machine the basic components of my guitar design from my CAD file? And if so, what would that look like cost-wise and what would I need to deliver on my end, in terms of a file, to make that possible. Not something I'm looking to do right away, but was curious about what it might look like as a process.
  4. +1 for Monty's! I've know Matt's missus for knocking on 22 years, and Matt for at least 12 or 13. Lovely bloke, who is really passionate about what he does and really believes in quality craftsmanship. Lovely packaging.
  5. This is basically the official motto of Project Guitar
  6. I would love to pay higher taxes and have single payer healthcare, better infrastructure. We could do with a military about 1/10 of the current size though... that's about the only area where I think govt spending is completely out of control. Reassign half the military into building the infrastructure this country needs and we'd be getting somewhere. CA indeed gives more than it takes. I'm fine with that. Seceding is a terrible idea - it would possibly be great for California but it would be throwing the LGBTQ community, people of color and women in the rest of the country to the wolves. That's not how we roll here.
  7. A few differing viewpoints to keep it balanced. But I think they all point to: our current healthcare system, with or without ACA is a national f**king embarrassment. We're a 1st world country with a 3rd world healthcare system. http://www.factcheck.org/2015/02/slower-premium-growth-under-obama/ http://abcnews.go.com/Health/health-care-premiums-rising-obamacare/story?id=43047190 http://www.cbsnews.com/news/study-premium-growth-slowed-after-obamacare/ I never really understood the libertarian viewpoint. The government and the people are - at least in theory - the same thing. I see government - especially when it comes to spending - as a form of collective bargaining. If you had to pay private companies for all the things you use - roads, schools, policing, fire departments, testing your food, testing your medications, parks, passports, etc etc, you would pay *a lot* more than you pay in taxes, and you also wouldn't get the protections that can only be provided by a society coming together - things like environmental protections so you have clean water to drink and clean air to breathe, defense, border control, educational standards, the legal system, etc etc. Sure, government can be inefficient and wasteful. So can private businesses. But private businesses can also be greedy, and unscrupulous in the pursuit of profit, and will screw over consumers to answer to shareholders. Government doesn't *benefit* from being incompetent, and they have every reason to improve competence as it safeguards their jobs. Corporations benefit hugely from being greedy and they have every reason to become greedier.
  8. All the data seems to point to overall premiums having increased *less* under the ACA. So if you think your premium increases were crazy, they would have been worse without the ACA. Which makes sense - the mandate forced a lot more healthy younger people into the insurance pool so that reduces costs. But the premiums still went up because the insurance comapanies and healthcare providers do not answer to the consumer. You don't know how much a particular treatment costs before you have it and the costs are hugely inflated. When you see a hospital bill that includes $100 for a couple of aspirin, you have to wonder a) why the hospital sees fit to extort you and b ) why the insurance company doesn't have your back and demand cheaper prices. The ACA was not the cause of your increases. The insurance companies were the cause. The ONLY healthcare system that makes real sense is single payer. And in the US, we pay more tax per capita to fund Medicare than people in the UK pay per capita to fund the NHS. If that doesn't make you angry I don't know what will. Looks like California may press ahead with single payer and hopefully that will show the rest of the country what a con job the "insurance" industry has been all this time.
  9. LMK if you need any consultation on anything production-related, or opinions on gear purchases.
  10. Also late to this conversation, but... No-one has mentioned the Laguna IQ mills, which seem like excellent value for money: http://lagunatools.com/cnc/iq-series/iq-24-36-cnc/ What am I missing?
  11. Well, okay. It's been a couple of months and I have been having ENORMOUS fun learning Fusion360 and finishing up my first design in the program. This is actually more of a reverse engineering of the first guitar I built back in 2010, with some slightly modifications and improvements made. I'm really happy with how this came out, and now I need to start figuring out the CAM side of the software and see how feasible it is for me to generate a complete set of G-code that could, in theory, mean I could build 90% of this guitar on a CNC. Any feedback on the design gratefully received, and any thoughts/experience on using fusion360 for CAM likewise.
  12. Update a month and a bit in: loving fusion360 and really starting to get the hang of it, which is incredible. One quick question for those of you more experienced than I am; I read that material options and appearance options are different because material options is all about mass calculation. Which got me thinking.... If Fusion 360 knows what material you're going to build out of, is there any way to have it calculate how a guitar will hang? Particularly, to calculate if neck-dive will be an issue. If it can, that would be amazing....
  13. I, for one, would love to see a breakdown on how you made the L for the logo. Most of us are trying to master woodwork... metal work is another realm entirely.
  14. This looks fun. Tangentially related: I once shot a piece with the Mouradians about guitar care. Lovely blokes. And Pat Badger from Extreme was hanging around in the shope while we were setting up.
  15. Fusion 360 looks great and I've started dabbling. Any good tutorials around online for it, particularly covering sketching using splines?
  16. Hey everyone i'm back on PG after a looong hiatus due to relocation, career change, more relocation, etc i finished my last guitar build some five years ago and no longer have the time, space or equipment to do anymore building. But I'd like to dip my toe back in by doing a little designing in 3D. So apologies as I'm sure this has been covered extensively elsewhere on the forum (I just can't find it), but what is the current thinking on inexpensive 3D cad software that is going for guitar design work and has a good onward path to cam and Cnc? i've used alibre in the past but found its file formats fairly proprietary and difficult to pass to other platforms. I am willing to spend money on software but not crazy money given this is very much an idle hobby at this stage . Any thoughts gratefully received.
  17. Hey Doug, No, I don't have the aluminum. The surface texture doesn't matter at all. Not gimbal related - it's a plate for mounting accessories to a camera.
  18. hmmm that picture showed up in the preview, but now isn't embedded...
  19. Hi everyone, long time no see. I'm trying to build a little prototype thing - very very very simple, but beyond my skills and tool access to put together. It's basically a piece of aluminum, 2.75" wide, 4" long and .75" thick (with the corners rounded off a little to make it easier to handle), with a bunch of 1/4"-20 threaded holes cut into it, one of which needs a .75" diameter relief dish round it on one side. Here's the diagram: I'm basically hoping someone can give me a price to make this and ship it out to Boston. Please PM me or reply below! Thanks Tom
  20. The 5DmkII turned the world of video on its head. We have 2 and ***love*** them. Now I need to find me the $15k for one of these: http://www.red.com/store/scarlet/product/scarlet-x-al-canon-mount-package
  21. We only shoot with primes for our video work. We need the extra speed and it forces us to think about where we need to be to get each shot. Zooms make you lazy. I've only used the 135 once. I wouldn't say *better* than the 85. But on a par, if you're not concerned about the half stop of speed.
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