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  1. update 10/1/18 did a test fit of my pickups... pretty hard to put in /take out but... works! did my neck binding and my headstock binding did the roundover on the back and the belly cut
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    2.5itim’s 2018? Builds

    love the 'national-esque' f hole. beauty.
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    New Magnum build

    good to know... perhaps you take points away for the bathrobe
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    New Magnum build

    wow, that quilt is amazing. some nice templates too, and nice neck... with nice inlays... overall this looks like it will be very, um, well... nice! also... I'm a little uncomfortable with seeing you feet! recently did a craigslist post of a black guitar that I almost posted with a mirror of me in my bathrobe! wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy! at least it's just your feet! rock on
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    Cheap pickups

    glad I could help! bootstrap has what i'm told is an awesome tele set too so... heads up!
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    Cheap pickups

    a controversial topic. I believe the most expensive part is the labor and or recipe development, but the next most expensive parts are the baseplate (humbucker) and the magnets. Most, if not all, chinese pickups I have purchased have had ceramic magnets, despite being advertised as a2, a4, etc. Not only ceramic, but what looks like cheap ceramic. Despite that, some have sounded great. I recently was going to sell a guitar so I replaced some chandler mini humbuckers with $12 chinese ones. They sounded amazing to me. Did not look at the magnets. afa single coils... take a close look at what you find. most I've seen have a magnet on the bottom. I suspect that is because it is expensive to make decent magnetic poles. I use them all the time for dummy coils... but I have tried them - out of curiosity - and was not impressed. If you want good inexpensive singles: try bootstrap pickups. $45 for a set - have bought two and have not tried yet but they are all cloth wire, quality poles, clearly well made, and get great reviews. handwound in usa. I suspect there price will go up as folks are catching on. I put some higher output chinese humbuckers in another guitar and hated them. They were the typical flabby/bassy and not well defined - reminded me of some stock epiphone humbuckers. I replaced the magnets with a2 and a4... was quite an improvement but still no comparison to seymours. One thing that has been consistently good (to my ears) is the 'hot rail' style chinese pickups. again, put a set in a guitar I was going to sell and found them to be beautiful. bought another set recently to fill out a guitar I was redoing and (from a diff supplier) and they sounded great too. I have owned the seymour version but not at the same time so can't say how they'd match up. now you know what I know! cheers
  7. quite the ordeal yesterday... was on craigslist for $200 which is a bit overpriced but I've gotten snaked on the last 3 i tried to buy so... started heading to the guys house and he calls and tells me he went out to test it and shredded the drive belt... if I still want it I can have it for $140. got there saw a dry rotted drive belt... ran the thing and it seemed to run good so took the plunge. I don't have very high expectations... but it does have an 8" clearance so... am hopeful it can resaw. Would love to hear negative/positive feedback about this model. If anyone has an 'words of advice' about setting it up etc.
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    finally got a 14" bandsaw!

    yes... snap ring pliers... need one of those as I found out last night. good news: both wheel bearings are fine... as soon as I took the blade off they spun up quiet... so the blade must be making contact somewhere. need to get some snap ring pliers before I can put the new belt on... excited! thanks for the reply
  9. just passing it on - forgive me if not in the right forum... fyi - sweetwater has a deal on strings - 3 sets ernie ball slinky for 9.99 but also a buy 2 get one free... so I got 9 sets for $19.99 shipped (2.22/set). it is a tricky little 'option' at the bottom of the screen where you can select buy 2 get 1 free as you add to the cart. even after hitting it I didn't see 3-sets-of-3 in my cart so I contacted them... sales rep said it was legit and ensured they shipped me 9 sets. it's good til oct 2nd I believe so... heads up - just thought someone would appreciate.
  10. " In time, the term lost its naval connotation and was used to refer to British people in general, and in the 1880s, British immigrants in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. " it's on wikipedia therefore it is gospel! haha! I had the same issue. I selected the option, added two to my cart, and only two showed. I shot them an email and they ensured that 9 sets shipped. jeez... $60 for shipping??? does the pope bless the shipping box or something? sorry to get your hopes up guys...
  11. Thank you... thank you for restoring my faith in projectguitar humanity with a reply... I was about to give up. also, like your sense of humor. Honestly I don't know... can you order from sweetwater in the uk? (you said limey brit right as opposed to limey australian - hehe - I believe both would eat limes to avoid scurvy so... just being sure) did a short google search... thomann.de is supposed to be their german equiv?
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    Unconventional (?) CNC Project

    def some interesting stuff here. nice work.
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    finally got a 14" bandsaw!

    good point re tension... will do. speaking of wheel bearings... these spin fine... but starting to hear a little noise when they turn. how hare is it to replace bearings and do you recommend sizing and buying better quality or just go with the craftsman?
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    finally got a 14" bandsaw!

    wow, that's a heck of an endorsement. We'll have to see how the motor holds up. I think these belts must be really prone to dry rot because I've heard a lot of that. Recently replaced my craftsman drill press drive belt with a auto belt and it made a solid difference... perhaps I should try to find something similar for this. thank you for the info!
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    finally got a 14" bandsaw!

    thank you sir! I have heard the comment about bearings from multiple sources now! apparently the prior owner replaced them recently with skateboard bearings. I was a skater when i was young and am aware that generally the bearings employed are good quality german ones so... now just need to get my belt and then ensure they are set right! as always - thank you for the response.
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    A quick question about 🥜

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    A quick question about 🥜

    go look at graph tec radius nuts... they have a little nub on the bottom so you can sand it lightly to meet the radius of your board. You'll have to sand a bit anyway to get the height right so...
  18. been hunting on the internet but everyone is always talking about string slot depth. I'm asking about the typical slot depth for the actual entire nut. I see on some of my guitars it looks like it tends to be as deep as the fretboard. IOW the slot would just be the absence of the fretboard. Just wondering... for those who have a les paul style nut... is there a sliver of fretboard wood under your nut?
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    Flat fingerboards.

    my current build is no radius. I love playing on classical guitars, but then I have loved playing on 7.5" radius too... just pushes one in a different direction. I like my action as low as possible... to where there is no buzz if played soft... but string/fret buzz if played hard. Like you I am hopeful that no radius will play nice... but in this case the whole reason for going that route is because of slide guitar. I find it much easier to play slide if I only have to worry about dampening strings I'm not using... and not slide position.
  20. Thanks for the response. Not really referring to the nut brand, but more the style of install. I said gibson because if you look at the typical fender, they have a lot of fretboard under the nut. On most gibsons it looks like they remove more material. I've always thought the fender way is probably better because it has a barrier on both sides of the nut. Not sure if their are other reasons for one vs the other. Anywho, thanks for the response!
  21. so... I don't want to oversell what is really a minor thing... but I learned a handy trick today. the problem to solve: a better way to center your neck in your jig for cutting the truss channel exact center? What I was doing is simply looking at it really close and trying to line up the router bit with lines that are marking the truss channel-to-be. I did a search and the first result is a suggestion to use a drill bit to start both edges of the channel. Then you can drop your router bit in the hole on one side... clamp... move it to other side and drop in the hole... clamp... re-check initial side. Very simple, but illuminating (to me anyway). If you have a simple tip that you have found revelatory... I'd love to hear about it!
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    Guitar template design

    so bichy then? have been going back and forth on that design a bit... who knows where it will end up but it sure is fun! thanks for the comment.
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    Four new rockers are coming to life

    that is something else. def on 'a whole nutha level' and a shoe in for gotm. The metal details and paint and logo... just really pro. very nice work. I feel like there is some corinthian leather missing there (jk)
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    Overheating Capacitors

    overheated is pretty general... it's hard to put a blanket statement over how all caps will react. I can tell you that if you mean plugging 50v into a 16v electrolytic... "You will know". google exploding capacitor.
  25. ... funny, I hit the sad emoji on accident scottr... so don't call the suicide hotline(for me) just yet! (hehe) thanks for the reply. My main concern here is that it'd probably be a lot easier to fix my mistakes now... as opposed to once it's on the guitar. I was afraid that once you see the real edges of the fretboard it might become more apparent... but I agree also that once the frets and strings are there there's an awful lot of distractions to focus on. I think I might attach the fretboard and take another look at it. thank you all very much for your responses!