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Bizman62

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  1. Total accuracy isn't required, the speaker isn't of any brand either so if I end up building the box the measurements are for reference rather than aiming for a certain sound. That said, being in the ballpark of a known-good design most likely outperforms a simple box.
  2. Thanks for the drawings, I guess I can do the math closely enough.
  3. Exactly what I've heard. So, for the looks pay as much as you want. For sound, get a set of pickups you like. For tone make sure your timber is properly dried and your joints are tight. I came to think about the sums, doesn't $ mean AUD as well as USD so if you're talking about the former then $500 isn't that much for a master quality carved top. Where does the maple of your local supplier come from? And further, if it's not intended for guitar use, have you allowed it to continue drying in your premises for at least a year?
  4. Exactly how would you evaluate the tonal properties of a plank? You can tell it's dry by knocking it, and some planks definitely ring better than others. However, carving changes the pitch of the top and unlike acoustics you can't tune it by honing the bracing. Not to mention that the end result will be a combination a layer of glue and the tonal properties of the body, without forgetting that actually the neck is the part of a solid body guitar that vibrates the most! For what I've understood the body is in a minor role in the tonal palette of a solid body guitar. Is it a third, a quarter or something else, I don't know. Anyhow, although the wood choices matter some, the significance is much less than on acoustics. Thus, tone vise you won't get any improvement by paying more. For looks, I took a look at various sites selling wood in Europe and US, even tried to Google for some Australian vendors. Agreed, there was a 1" top for €550 but most of the good looking quality stuff was way below $300. If I were you I'd look for something gorgeous with a minor defect either outside the body or within the cavities. For stellar prices I'd also very much would like to hold the very piece in my hands before buying. All that said, remember that this is just my opinion.
  5. Would you mind sharing the plans? I've got a spare speaker which might work well in such a cabinet.
  6. It can be done. I've never smoked but my dad started at the age of 8 and quit cold turkey at his mom's funeral 57 years later in late 2001. I know several others with a 20 years smoking history, having quit without any nic substitutes and been that way for another 20 years and continuing. My wife is one of them, she paused during the pregnancies and quit when the kids were so small they can't remember her ever having smoked. She still says that sometimes cigarette smoke just smells so good. Being determined is all it takes, at least judging by the cases I know.
  7. Nope. Hinder to a certain extent, yes, if you know exactly how the wood and the carbon fibre would react to a certain set of strings. However, each of the materials are dependent on that very piece or set. Wood is the biggest question mark as you never know how that very piece will behave. Strings can also have different tension properties despite being the same gauge, just think about a round v.s. a hex core. What if you'd like to try heavier gauge strings? you'd like to try lighter gauge strings? you find out that the gauge you prefer causes rattle on the frets? you find out that the gauge you prefer gives you too high of an action? A dual action rod in combination with carbon fibre reinforcements will allow for the necessary adjustments. There's cases where the carbon rods are enough, like in the case when a fellow restored a 50*s acoustic with a tired solid wood neck. For a new electric guitar some adjustment is recommendable.
  8. Hmm... as you know it depends on the wood. My suspended Tele-ish body blank weighs 1700 grams, double that for lbs. And it's still square!
  9. I've done that too with laptops. In the modern era we live in, a smart phone camera can also help a lot!
  10. Aside that a respirator mask is highly recommended even if you have dust extraction or work outside in strong wind.
  11. That walnut is stunning! And the maple emphasizes it beautifully. IMO that's a happy accident, the end result being better than the original plan.
  12. Nope I can't even figure out what you're going to do with the cab, other than cutting it into half! FWIW I finally googled for fEarful 15/15/6/6 so I now know it's not about furniture. For some reason I was thinking about a pharmacist chest drawers with 6+6 bigger and 15+15 smaller drawers!
  13. By laminated I mean a blank that has been glued from at least two thinner strips, preferably something in between. People also talk about three/five/seven piece necks meaning the same. Like if you took the pieces you just sawed, placed them face to face so that the growth rings are mirrored and maybe put a skunk stripe in between for desired thickness. By a scarf joint being as strong or weak as a single piece I meant that both are weaker than a multi-piece neck. The grain direction in the glue joint isn't optimal although the fretboard adds strength to it - it's angled end grain. Also, if you just take a log and carve a neck out of it there'll be some pretty short grain in the neck break angle. In a multi piece neck the directions of the pieces counteract each other in case of a shock not to mention the several glue surfaces which have no direction at all. If the body and neck are of commonly used woods and the proportions are traditional, finding the balanced locations of the strap buttons with rope and tape indeed is a valid method. However, should you ever find out that you can't balance a guitar, knowing how much the body and neck weigh separately would help with the next build. Or, with a bolt on neck, knowing the weights would allow for swapping the parts to better matches.
  14. Whew! That will give the rest of us a chance in GOTM!
  15. There's no such thing as a "safe" finish. If you read the Safety Data Sheets I bet each and every one of them is irritating, nauseous or even fatal if breathed or swallowed. Even skin contact may cause issues until dry. Thus whatever you choose read the SDS and protect yourself accordingly. I've used 2k for a couple of builds in a dedicated spray booth with the wall size filter sucking most of the fumes. Even there a good particle mask is recommendable. For a small project like a guitar a mask and goggles and a jumpsuit should protect you enough if the ventilation is adequate and the time spent at the job is short.
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