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masterblastor last won the day on November 21 2011

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  1. My take is that strings run flat between the nut and bridge. It's ergonomically on the same level as an angled or non angled headstock. Players will decide what the angle is to their body by either holding the neck further away or closer to their body by pivoting the guitar body. Bridge height is a big deal tho. I like mine as low profile as possible so I lean towards recessed bridges on a neck with no angle.
  2. Totally get that. That is why people use their wrist to pull up on floyds. The trem arm is in the way. Personally, I remove the trem arm from my gits and move the bridge itself, either with my palm/wrist for pullups or my ring finger for dives. If you can solve that problem, you've built something you could sell that is more versatile than a floyd or kahler from a players perspective. Maybe offer a second style trem arm with the package?
  3. I partially agree. My problem with the design is with the trem arm. With a floyd a pull up is a simple as pivoing your wrist and putting pressure on the trem with either your palm or arm. This is how you can get around pullups without interrupting your picking pattern by grabbing a trem arm. In this design the trem arm is dictating your picking position, not the other way around. In order to get serious action, the trem arm would put your hand completley out of position. Honestly, I would cut that trem arm down to about 3-4 inches in length, drop it 1/4 inch towards the bridge, and put some sort of hook or anchor on the end of it so you can keep your pick over the strings and hook the trem arm with your little or ring finger. Actually, now that I think of it....that would be freaking awesome. If I understand the mechanics correctly, you could dive by applying pressure to the trem and pull up simultaneously without loosing your pick position.
  4. Boomers for my electrics and Martins on my acoustic. Why? Because for the last 20 something odd years, I've habitually walked into the shop and said Boomer 9s, Martin heavies, and 6 dunlop medium nylon picks. Sorta like my pre work ritual where I walk into the corner shop and say, cup of joe, pack of camels, and a lotto ticket. Creature of habit. If they're out of boomers, I'll pick up some EBs. If they are out of Martins, I wait until next time. That's all that's ever been on my only acoustic that I've had for 27 years. It's broken in with them.
  5. Do they sell chainsaws or axes in Ireland?
  6. Early Steinberger basses came with a plastic strap mount that placed the upper strap mount in about the same place. You are moving the balance point and changing the center of gravity for the guitar. That would be why the ergonomics of the upper horn work. Does it really need to be there tho? The pegs are already in a position to make your knuckles bleed like stuck pigs if you dig into a power cord over the bucker. If you tried to anchor your little and/or ring finger in that position for a "nasally" bridge lead, you couldn't because the vol pot/knob is in the way. Don't take this the wrong way avi, it's a bitch of mine about a lot of production guitars as well. It's also one of the reason's RAD in particular, and also the guys who posted observations here are my favorite builders (lol other than RAD doesn't use floating trems often ). They think of this stuff and we are lucky to have brains like that on the net willing to share/collaborate. It's not forum attitude man. It's artists and craftsmen who are passoniate about their trade. AKA..they give a **** about guitars more than making a buck. Maybe if you kicked the pegs back a few inches. At least far enuff back that your knuckles don't hit peg razors when you smack a power chord like a madman over the bucker unanchored while jumping around on stage...and extend the control leg a bit and/or move the pot's back a bit so you can at least anchor a finger or two so you can play technical leads on the bridge while your body is moving. It may shift enuff weight towards the back so you don't need a giant @##%^ to get it to hang level. Again, PLEASE don't take this in a bad way or like someone is sheiting on your work. Just trying to give an insight of what I look at when I walk into a room full of guitars looking for one that fits "me".
  7. Is it possible he was trying to politely inform you that you are trying to be unique for the sake of being unique? From the lemming player in me. Here are my honest thoughts if I imagine seeing this on a rack in a guitar shop... At first glance that guitar looks like an attempt at an egro guitar that appears uncomfortable to play. the top horn looks like a ribcage buster. Why does it even have a top horn? The controls appear too close to the bridge, at least for my playing style. Same with the pegs. Also lower fret access doesn't appear optimal either. You've built a guitar that is no more ergo than a strat, other than weight, and looks like Patrick from Sponge Bob Square Pants with a neck sticking out of his head. Keep refining it and make design decisions based on real life problems players face and I'm sure you'll end up with a killer guitar.
  8. PM me your email address. I have plans for on that can be built for around $30 - $40 in parts. I'll send them over.
  9. I think you'll find that most of the stuff you see on ebay for that price was bought at a local lumber yard by someone with enough free time to sit in the parking lot and wait for the trucks to drop it off. In my area I call them Warf Rats. I've been to the local hardwood shops literally 2 hours after delivery and the pallets are already picked over. Count yourself lucky that none of these d'bags are vulturing your Lowes.
  10. Post back the results. Only mentioned the testors because that is all I've ever been able to get to set properly with 2 part epoxy.
  11. Get some testors model paint. Let it sit until the pigment and thinner seperate. Remove the thinner. You can use the pigment to tint the epoxy. I do it all the time when putting epoxy on top of ferrule wraps on fishing rods. You can do it with inlays too. Metallic gold epoxy looks bitchin. Try some white on a test piece.
  12. You don't legally "need" a business plan. However, you don't need to wear a cup to play in a baseball game either but we've all seen how that one works out. Write a business plan. After a few months, when your head starts spinning, break out your business plan, read it outloud and it'll put things back into perspective. You'll understand what that means in a few months. Good Luck. This was more in reference to the license than the plan... I dont even know how to go about writing a business plan or what that is! I just want to build guitars. The main reason for selling them is to be able build more guitars! Having a bunch of extra income wouldn't hurt, but its certainly not my primary motivation. Badass!!! You just wrote the first two lines of your business plan. -> "I just want to build guitars" <- and ->"The main reason for selling them is to be able build more guitars!"<- Put that down on a piece of paper. Below that, compile a list of what you are and are not willing to do to acomplish that. Example.... Will: dedicate X ammount of cash and X ammount of time to perfecting my neck designs. Won't: Dedicate any ammount of time building a birdhouse for my neighbor to buy some new router bits. The hardest thing about starting any business in any industry is getting sidetracked by what appears to be lowhanging fruit. It is never really low hanging and it's usually rotten lemons. Next thing you know you're Muffin Punch the fancy birdhouse guy who doesn't have time to build a guitar. It happens to every smb owner and a business plan will keep you focused. Also if you're in the US, You may want to look into forming an LLC. It'll cost a couple hundred up front, but you'll make up for it in taxes and little to no personal liability if you find out you or one of you biz partners suck at running a biz.
  13. You don't legally "need" a business plan. However, you don't need to wear a cup to play in a baseball game either but we've all seen how that one works out. Write a business plan. After a few months, when your head starts spinning, break out your business plan, read it outloud and it'll put things back into perspective. You'll understand what that means in a few months. Good Luck.
  14. possibly because most maple necked guitars are fender style and most fender style necks are (or should be) flatsawn. your going to see a lot more of them warped simply because there are a lot more of them there is nothing inherently wrong with a flatsawn maple neck. i am happy with either perfectly flat sawn or perfectly quartersawn maple for necks, both would warp in the wrong conditions, both will be fine if looked after For what it's worth, which isn't much. I've rarely seen flatsawn necks with a straight continuous "back" warp way to the left or right of centerline. I remember reading an article when i was making an english longbow about picking proper wood and tillering. It sorta made the concept click in my brain. A guitar neck is really not all that different from a bow. I'll see if I can dig up the article. It was pretty interesting.
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