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Bizman62

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  1. That's the kind of template I like! Far too often it seems that a hobbyist wants factory made templates and jigs for a one time project.
  2. Your door doesn't look too inviting. But your craftmanship with that instrument is superb in every detail.
  3. For decorative nails cut them as short as possible and drill holes as you planned.
  4. Are you planning to repair or decorate the headstock? For repairs nails are a no-no.
  5. I'm afraid that's not going to happen. The collective and cumulative wisdom of this community will most likely continue to fill my brain which will require more space, thus never stopping the growth.
  6. Certainly, if it's a poor fit. Some newspaper rolled under the sweatband does a nice shim for a tighter fit. My hats seemed to shrink at the same pace as my hairdo got skinnier. Or, did my head grow so fast it pushed the hair off?
  7. Razorblades are sharp and hard, they can't be cut to size with scissors. I got that idea from a trained luthier who raised the brass nut of one of my guitars with a couple of aluminium strips. Later I've seen a Master Luthier recommend that as an option on video as well, for shimming a neck sitting too low. Anyhow, nice to hear that your pine shim actually sounds good!
  8. It took me this long to understand you didn't mean trapeze inlays! I have a couple of guitars with a Trapeze, one acoustic and one hollowbody. As you know, it's somewhat vintage(ish). By design the break angle to the bridge is often shallower compared to a Tune-o-matic or through the body stringing which means less pressure and therefore less signal strength from the strings to the body. Is it good or bad, depends on what you're after. Also, the greater the neck break angle is, the higher bridge you can use and the more pressure even a Trapeze can create. There's been talk about the string length after the bridge affecting tone. I can't remember if that had to do with the overall string length affecting stiffness similarly to the scale length, please someone more savvy chime in with an explanation! Anyhow, there's various lengths in trapezes as well so if there's an issue it can be fixed.
  9. as well as on the eye of the beholder. Personally, I tend to like stripes although I can appreciate the skill needed to hide any seams in a one piece neck including the fretboard and truss rod cavity. Then again, the last time I saw the maple fretboard having been cut of the neck itself the thin dark veneer in the seam really made it look better. Sometimes a minor break in continuity just does the trick. Thus, hiding a cut that has been made for applying things like a truss rod is worth adoring but making that cut an interesting feature can be even more admirable.
  10. Hmm... Today our Master was working on a guitar with a three piece neck. You could only see that at the bottom of the headstock! It was some pale wood with a strong, straight(ish), tight grain pattern, maybe ash.
  11. That. I know a luthier serious level hobbyist who does all his necks by gluing two blanks with a thin veneer in between as a permanent centerline. Laminated necks are far more durable especially in the neck break area than one piece necks. There's myths about tonal qualities in one piece necks but they can be taken with a pinch of salt. For me, "one piece" is a synonym for "irresponsible wood sourcing", felling the largest tree in the forest to get a certain three foot block at the stem and letting the rest to rot.
  12. I'm with @ScottR in the bolt tightness. For clarification (in case you need it) unscrew the neck and if you see any splinters or other unevenness around the screw holes in the neck, make them flat. Obviously check the neck pocket at the same time. Also, check that the neck screws can be pushed through the holes in the neck pocket! They should only be screwed tight into the neck heel. As for shimming the sides of the neck pocket... As you already know by experience, softwood is not good so you may want something harder. Try strips of a soda can! If you need more than one, use super glue. They're solid and easy to adjust by applying/reducing layers. However, start by checking the screw holes!
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