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  1. KEA 2017 builds

    right, I didn't notice this detail at first. Is it just sanding the chamfers back? I'd also think you'd get some bleed..
  2. Mr_Riddlers build thread

    lol go for it man! @Carl I didn't see the other post of yours with the link, interesting. So he does manage to get a pretty awesome result still without having to go with nanotubes (aka sorcery). hmm I'm now thinking what I could go and paint with that stuff...
  3. Mr_Riddlers build thread

    or try to source some Vantablack
  4. Wrap Around Bridge - Benefits?

    there is a sister experiment that might be easier to implement: take a double-locking FR guitar (optionally - lock the bridge in place with some wedges or whatever) and compare feel with the locking nut engaged and loosened. Never tried it myself so I can't comment on how much of the difference can be felt. There's also talk about reverse headstock vs non-reverse in the context of string lengths behind the nut etc.
  5. well here's the Bohemian Rhapsody video. Was supposed to be ready a week ago but you know how it is... probably too long but whatever. hope you like it!
  6. Mr_Riddlers build thread

    thanks, gentlemen I'm loving this build. That top and the way it's finished is beyond epic. I've always had a soft spot for crackle finishes. It's always fighting with my love for beautiful wood... looks like you might be on to something here
  7. Guitars and Numbers

    That was my secret plan but looks like the numbers speak otherwise. Funnily enough, one nut from my test collection sounds (and measures) almost as bad as the pencil ...
  8. KEA 2017 builds

    Black limba (I'm guessing that's what it is) .. it's been on my to-try list for quite a while. For some reason I have a hard time finding a reasonable source of the stuff in Europe. That other one, is that 100% padouk? That's a cool idea
  9. Guitars and Numbers

    I'm constantly learning things with this project. Turns out my method is super-sensitive to various things. Which echoes @Prostheta's comment about having all variables under control. I keep discovering new ones. I already mentioned some of them - nut slotting and sting age. String age started being an issue since I was on the same set of strings from the moment I started the nut comparison recordings - they have been taking a while to complete, I think ~2 months or so. Every once in a while I had some time to do some recordings, once or twice I figured I need to redo everything because of some new discovery... To put things in perspective - my current test sample is about 25 notes in sequence letting the string fully ring out. For the low E that's about a minute. So every recording is about 20 minutes of basically just sitting there and hitting the string every 40-60 seconds. Anyhow The difference between a 2-month old almost-not-played string is small but definitely measurable, as I verified over the weekend but simply putting in a brand new string. I was also having repeatability issues, doing seemingly the same measurement after a day or two was giving me slightly different results. Well guess what. It depends on how exactly the body is supported. I made a series of tests, just changing how the guitar is positioned on the pink foam that it's laying on (see pic 10 or so posts back). There's a clear trend. It's not very strong, but it is there, especially for the lower frequencies. Which makes sense, I'm damping body resonances in different ways when I change how the guitar is supported. So I had to start from scratch again. I made a new setup with the guitar supported by 4 bench cookies on very rigid support and then I put on the fresh E string and recorded all the nuts in one day, so I'm pretty confident the only thing that's changing is the nut. I checked the tuning of all strings after every nut swap. I checked that the guitar is in the same spot each time... I think the results are much more consistent this time. I need to work on the data analysis a bit and then I'll post something. Also, please welcome the new guest star in the nut shootout:
  10. @Prostheta you want to check the influence of neck angle on tone? in any case once my analysis is off the ground I would actually like to start collecting sound samples from people, it's pretty simple to implement (I'm not relying on any fancy stuff, my code takes as an input a wav recording of a guitar string being plucked several times in sequence and works from there)
  11. Pariahrob's build log

    shooting boards are cool. I used to get my fingerboard taper spot on with this method.
  12. PRS-like project(s)

    I like the improved access to the screws. Especially from a practical standpoint it's a very good idea.
  13. Stratocaster build

    a really nice no-nonsense strat build. I agree about that swamp ash piece. Super pretty.
  14. Thanks Andy I wish I could say that the scarf was planned out to be like this, but unfortunately I can't I should save the dimensions though (headstock thickness I guess), I'd keep this design element for future builds.