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  1. I imagine finland and wisconsin are a lot alike. my family has a cabin on lake michigan that is from the 20s... all logs. I have similar memories of staring at wood ceilings.
  2. thanks for reply. I'm not really concerned about the actual join... once the opaque finish is on... I think it would hide it well. I was more concerned about the heartwood on either side showing up after getting a finish, and being a visible contrast to the center lighter wood. afa pickguard... well this would be a broadcaster/black-guard type so... you'd really only be able to see the last 4 inches. Just not sure if it's a bad idea to use contrasted wood like that. anywho, i appreciate the input. I'm going to join up another piece next and perhaps when I see that one it'll change my direction.
  3. so as I'm sitting around waiting for nitro to cure... I'm working a little bit on my next build(s). tele time! anywho, I made up this blank intending to use the heartwood side as the side that would face a top on the thinline I'm about to build. looking at the heartwood - I really would hate to waste it by covering it with a top. was planning on a butterscotch blonde tele with no top anyway but am unsure how such an uneven piece would work in that application. On the one hand, the mohawk nitro I have used on my current blonde does seem like it would even things out quite a bit. also, dark wood grain would likely show through such an opaque finish well esp after some grainfill. on the other, I think I'd end up losing the part I like anyway... and am beginning to think perhaps I shouldn't use it for that? Have posted this somewhere else too, but hoped to get some more feedback on it. what say you? should I use this piece for butterscotch blonde or should I cut another piece more similar to the plain side for that? heartwood side: plain side:
  4. first off, just want to say ... how bad can the other side be? such a beautiful piece of work would seem a huge shame to dismantle it. couldn't you just flatten the top with a router sled and put a new top on? I'm certain your not looking for advice from me... and you can weight my response with my experience, but looking at it and thinking "what would I do"... I think I'd put this on my router sled and take off all the material behind the neck, get a better look at the joint... then perhaps hand saw up either side of it, then use a jig saw to rough cut the body away from the neck, then begin cleaning up the neck with router/hand tools. just a thought... I'm sure there will be better/more-seasoned ideas along shortly.
  5. thank you @Splintazert - just restrung it last night and played for a while... just thrilled. getting close on the blonde version too... did my wiring on monday. waiting for the nitro to cure. should be about 2 wks before I can shine it up and start assembly. then I'll have to start thinking about a demo video. that reminds me... I need to find some osh-kosh-b-gosh coveralls!
  6. that is the positive lead for the battery... both pickups have to have pos leads touching battery... if not... they no worky. how you connect them... wire nut, solder/shrink-tube, just twist them... is up to you.
  7. not surprised... i listen to kingdom over and over... my lanta that guys voice still gives me chills every time. I wore out my tape of touching tongues... no idea what he's saying but man alive can he sing. back then I didn't even realize he played guitar. rarely a singer that sounds equally good with that screaming tone as with a smooth note. afa queensryche... one of my fav recordings of him was "We're stars" in the 80s... "Hearing aid". only a few bars but man... I don't think he got enough credit for his powerful voice. another guy who can just scream or go clean and equally great.
  8. right on... looks like a pretty rock solid way to do it. perhaps more effort than typical but looks like it would result in more precision than typical. I'm going to keep it in the back of my mind. I usually use penny nails, just drill a hole through once I have it clamped and push the nail in... then pull them once glued... but the nails do somewhat get in the way of clamping. Long story short... I like your method!
  9. looking really great! pretty elaborate method to keeping your fretboard straight. nice work.
  10. that guitar is really nice... i esp like the back. something really attractive about it. so it plays better for you... mark that down as a win!
  11. def some interesting stuff there, esp like your take on the f hole. fattening it up looks v nice and more than that would be a more practical design. originally my big problem was tying the headstock to the body more... but in playing with my design it occurs to me that there isn't much room for a logo with current headstock... so it seems I'm getting further away as opposed to closer together!
  12. hmm, that's kind of what I was wondering and looking for... "does everyone else's planer get loud". Perhaps mine isn't too bad. When it's just running it's not bad at all... and depending on how much it takes off it's not loud... but you take a 1/16 and it's terrifyingly loud! then again I have a marshall full stack in my office so... not sure my hearing is the best now! other issue is it doesn't have a dust/chip port... which makes for a lot of cleanup but I spose all my tools make for that.
  13. right on. i have a craftsman that doesn't have any issues with snipe... but it is VERY loud even when only taking off 1/64th so I wonder if it's not the best... also I have to admit it kind of scares me! might be watching craigslist for something a little better.
  14. hehe, had to read that first sentence 3 times before I realized it wasn't a mechanical planer. hand planer... respect. I might have to try that sometime... but for now I try to do it with a mechanical planer. thanks for the response!
  15. good to know. I spose it's easier to get that initial level surface prior to full hardening too. thank you sir!
  16. If I were gibson... I would sue you for hijacking my thread... how unoriginal!!!!! I will tell you that my experience thus far with nitro has been nothing short of "why did I wait so long"! for me... it is auto leveling itself. There will be wet sanding to do... but I've been spraying it much heavier than normal... and even lumpy... and it ends up much smoother when it dries. the downside is the 3 week wait to wet sand. if you burn thru... that is a huge setback... so I've been putting on 1.4 cans worth just for a top. I think I'm ready to start the 3 week wait just today... "must... not... attempt... to... wet... sand... must... be... patient... can't... hold... out... much... longer..."
  17. looks great. must'v been some work to get smooth lines/transition on the laminate.
  18. also... just wanted to say... gosh I feel bad for gibson - that happening to them... https://www.guitarplayer.com/gear/hear-a-rare-gibson-jimi-hendrix-strat-style-guitar-in-action
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