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  1. Bizman62

    First build - Hollow Custom 22.

    I can't afford that for myself. Trying to write unambiguous sentences in a foreign language is tough enough even without linguistic finesses.
  2. Bizman62

    First build - Hollow Custom 22.

    They aren't cool. There may be other names for that phenomenon, wolf note is what I've heard of. It means the instrument has accidentally tuned to a certain frequency (plus the harmonics) which thus gets extra boost. Think about playing a scale: Do, re, mi, FUUU**!, so...
  3. Bizman62

    Ruined Neck, any suggestions?

    Wow! Never would have guessed that a router bit would cut through frets! Then again, they weren't stainless steel... AFA the second photo, since the deepest cut seems to be just at the side dot that'd be a perfect line for the rest of the neck. Make it rounder if you wish but start with that bevel. A cabinet scraper might be the right tool although a sanding block might work as well, or a Shinto saw rasp. For the heel... You obviously mean the parts where the neck is wider than the fretboard? If it's the traditional LP type neck joint it's a no-brainer. On the upper side simply cut the excess off, on the lower side make the cutout a little wider, blending it in at the 17th or 18th fret. The rolled sandpaper method works well with steep fret edges as it only cuts the sharp corners away, leaving a maximum width of fret wire under the e-strings. Actually I've done my best fret end jobs with that method!
  4. Bizman62

    First build - Hollow Custom 22.

    Squeeze-out is your friend when gluing. It tells you immediately if there's enough glue in the joint in all places. As with all things too much is too much, when under pressure an even 0,5 mm rim all around the joint is about optimal. A wet rag for wiping the excess off will minimize the need of tidying up with scrapers. 1 mm is still acceptable but after that you'd be having a pool of glue between two pieces of wood which is bad both for the sound and the joint. Even though you can hide the gaps with binding you should still fill them with something. Otherwise you'd end up having long sound chambers in the neck and those can cause wolf notes.
  5. Bizman62

    Any am techs on here?

    It became legal in Finland too a few decades ago. The basic idea is to allow replacing switches or lamps or covers into an existing inspected and approved wiring. Redoing the wiring in the fuse panel isn't allowed. Same goes for changing the functionality of the wiring, i.e. adding a wall plug to the radiator cable and such. For any electric devices the CE certificate sets the requirements.
  6. Bizman62

    Ruined Neck, any suggestions?

    Exactly how are you going to use that template? With a router you'd have to pull the frets off which I think is not ideal at this point. With a file or sanding beam you'd easily end up taking material off the template as well. You're making me curious!
  7. Bizman62

    Ruined Neck, any suggestions?

    Ouch! I once met a young copier repairman who had to wear cotton gloves on his utterly greased hands all nights (talk about foreplay...) and similar gloves at work on days. The plastic colour powder caused him similar issues.
  8. Bizman62

    Osorio CS 2019 Builds

    Yep, that sure looks like a streamlined process, industrial indeed. No unnecessary hassling despite the obvious curiosity of wanting to get a glimpse of how it might look when finished. @Osorio, to me a great deal of the process of building a guitar is to see the almost miraculous change from pieces of lumber to a playable and good looking instrument and the astonishment when it finally is finished to the limits of my skills. Do you still feel the same magic when doing a series of instruments almost like on an assembly line? Do they just give you the pleasure of making a job well or are they like your babies?
  9. Bizman62

    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    AFA sauna, I'd like to add that the nudity part is what makes all people equal. That's why our late President Kekkonen liked to take all the great Soviet bosses to the sauna for negotiations. They couldn't hide behind all their medals and other bling-bling, nor could they lose their faces by leaving the hot room before their host - who by the way was very competitive... The previous US ambassadeur, Bruce Oreck, learned to love the sauna and dipping into a hole in ice in between. He used to go to a public ice swimmer's sauna in Helsinki. One day there was a piece of tarpaulin surrounded by some barricade tape aside the path, under which seemed to lie a corpse. As he continued into the sauna, he heard two men talking there: "Well then, Kalle will not join us any longer..." The straightforward way of handling a natural death in a public place made quite an impact to him, as he thought about all the authorities swarming around and closing the place for half a day had such happened back in the USA.
  10. Bizman62

    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    So you have roughly ten times the area to be mowed, four times the amount of gas in the jerry can, 1.5 times the distance to get more gas - a nice walk even with the small can of mine. Looks like your 42" is quite moderate concerning gas consumption. Then again, it's almost a year since I last mowed so I may remember the fuel usage wrong. The tank of my push mower isn't too big and it lasts for almost the whole area so the can may well last for about ten uses. As @Prostheta said, it's embedded to the point that they're being built even into the smallest apartments. Think about a no bedroom flat with the sauna and bathroom department being bigger than the alcove for the bed. Not a rule but quite common.
  11. Bizman62

    First build - Hollow Custom 22.

    Give it a try, though. Even super glue will break when heated, as well as Titebond. According to some sources the flash point is about 80 degrees which won't scorch the wood. A clothes iron and a heated palette knife plus some small wedges should do. If you used the foaming type of glue, it won't come off by heating. Instead, a shock like dropping the neck on the floor might break the bond. How to slam the neck for the desired effect without bruising it is another issue.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Well, I live in an older house, built in the early fifties when everything was sparse after the war. There was a bunch of public plans for standardized houses to be built and lived in with a low budget to inhabit the veterans. Due to the construction they're also nicknamed as round (dance) houses because of the central chimney around which the rooms are situated in the first floor; you can go from one room to another and end up where you started. There's a fireplace in every room except the hall, that's five in common. In the sauna there's two more, the stove and the cauldron. We have electric radiators and air conditioners but the wood keeps electricity bills low in the winter. Fire also gives a different feel of warmth, maybe because the burning process draws air from the room so fresh air has to suck in. And the sauna... 250 kg of stone around the stove gives a nice spirit/heat when throwing some water on the stones. The dictionary didn't give a good translation for "löyly". One explanation: When you throw water on hot stones, steam is something you can see. Löyly can't be seen. So yes, wood is what we use for heating and keeping our electricity bill low plus some more. Sauna and BBQ. It pays if you can get wood for a reasonable cost. It's not too common, though, although many houses have a fireplace. There's also been lots of talk about the ultra fine particles causing lung diseases and global warming.
  13. Bizman62

    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Heh, in Texas everything's bigger. I can easily take the 5 litre can to the nearest gas pump (1 kilometre) on my bicycle. That's enough for several mowing sessions on my 1000 m2 yard. BTW the second firewood tower has reached the halfway mark.
  14. The only thing not making me jealous about that guitar is that I'm not a great fan for V's. POP!
  15. Bizman62

    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Sure looks like almost noon on a warm summer day, the blue light can be sensed. Would be interesting to compare photos from various parts of the world, taken on the same week at the same time of the day in a similar weather and towards the same compass point or maybe rather having the sun in the same position. Then again, camera makers have their preset preferences for colder and warmer hues and since most monitors aren't calibrated photoshopping won't make the results any more comparable. Your "spring" seems to be ahead of ours; the tree leaves aren't fully grown yet and yesterday was the first day I heard a lawn mower this year.