Prostheta

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  1. Wow! That Zebrano has a sweet antiqued look to it. Very very nice. Good luck in GOTM also!
  2. I'm sure that it'll correct itself. Once the site has one "view" of an image, the proxy will cache it for all.
  3. Spokeshaves need setting up well before they shape necks smoothly. Chattering just makes them disappointing or even frustrating to use. Odd. Seems that Photobucket is refusing external linking.
  4. I might have to get a nice new rasp for neck carving myself. It is glorious.
  5. "Whoa, plastic forks! Me too! Not so good in a bar fight though"
  6. Yeah, well starting by apologising isn't the best way to kick things off. I should know, I'm English. We apologise for our existence constantly and compound that by using understatement by default.
  7. I saw them, yes! Fascinating bit of material engineering. I make furniture and lighting....I strongly believe that lighting is the driver for is a room feels. I've built all kinds of lamps and sconces around our home and it transforms the place throughout our dark seasonal periods.
  8. We don't actively discuss acoustics as much as we should here. We've always meant more towards electric solid bodies however your experience will be an interesting one to feed in. I am wondering; perhaps a bone bridge may sound similar to Graph Tech Tusq or NuBone? I have a set of VS100 saddles which just need a baseplate. I'll have to try them out!
  9. Wow, well I'll be waiting with bated breath on that one! Are you actually at NAMM? If so, drop by Ormsby and say hey to Perry! I'm sure that your amazing pickguard or top materials will be of interest to his eye. To my mind, I have not yet known NAMM exhibitors produce any flying machines. This can only be good. If you can engineer a tool to do what you want it to do, making it from a beer can is just an apt bonus! Have you created a thread about what you're doing with these crazy things? I'm sure Norris doesn't mind, however I can see this tool/fabricating fun going on within a long long discussion....especially when it comes to lasers....
  10. I think by that point it's more relevant on darker colours, and for things like holograms on the surface.
  11. I love a good chilli.
  12. Without wanting to draw this out, the comparison I'd use is that you couldn't responsibly allow a beginner to make a jump on the own packing simply because they watched a YouTube video on how to do it. By that coin I should be able to drive an Aston Martin at warp speed thanks to having seen Jeremy Clarkson on the gogglebox a few times.
  13. That's it exactly; there's more than one way to achieve an end for most things....even packing parachutes, right? I've always been of the opinion that the best form of education is the one that makes the learner capable, rather than them simply encouraging them to ignorantly ape. Agreed about the brown-nosers. I walked away from the "conversation" (tenuous use of that word....) as you could tell that nobody was looking for solutions or consensus on the suggestions made. The discussion with Ben was never closed thanks to the loud idiots rushing in to "back him up". I'm sure that Ben is perfectly capable of managing himself. All information is good information, however there's a degree of responsibility that is required in presenting it for public consumption. The most immediate example is not qualifying dangers; an example being routing. Making it look simple or not putting sufficient emphasis on the difficulty/skills required easily puts the enthusiastic into situations where they can injure themselves. To me, the line is drawn clearly when the responsible safety of others is involved. I have no opinions on his guitars or his business in anything other than his blatant hawking of his own products. Hell, I'm an idealist and have long thought that education should be completely separated from commercial interest, and be a non-profit venture. Education is an investment in people, not a vehicle for marketing. I can't help but watch various videos by YouTubers and wonder exactly, "what is this trying to say?". I unsubscribed from his videos long ago thanks to his long-winded blathering and cringeworthy false attempts at humour.
  14. Wow, you improve your game every time Scott. That is indeed a super-deep finish. I might be tempted to buy a bunch of the Meguiars compounds "for the car".
  15. Definitely one for a router thicknesser, or having a local company with a wide drum sander do it for some beer.
  16. Alrighty, ladies and gentlespoons.... @sdshirtman suggested that we have a rolling thread dedicated to what we're working on, what's on the bench and your general state of play! The rules are; No tidying up the work area or massaging it for photo opportunity; shoot it as-is! You don't have to shoot a photo on Saturday, however once a week, every week. Bonus points for feet in shot More points for shop cats or dogs Every once in a while we'll do a featured photo on the Facebook page or have a laugh about it on the YouTube channel!
  17. Definitely! Everything is as community-led as possible. The longer term goal is to invest in other contributers also, to enable projects and increase shared output. PM me.
  18. What concerns me most of all is the number of fundamental flaws in his thinking, which are then passed off as"fact". Propagation of poor information is something that bothers me greatly, because it becomes like whack a mole. Frustrating when people defend mistruths told by a person too, as they commonly take it as a personal insult. There's something very wrong in that! Anyway. I'm sure that as a successful business he can now afford tattoo removal or more hats. I agree that you can always learn something from anybody, but true "master luthiers" are few and far between, generally of a generation older. If you're willing to teach whilst still being on the road yourself, a bit of objectivity, humility and qualifying your information goes a long long way.
  19. Having MIDI stems alongside the acoustic and magnetic tracks recorded simultaneously offers all kinds of opportunities to craft a recorded sound.
  20. The downside is that you're stuck with the intonation that the saddle offers. Adjustable is always useful. I'm not in the bone nut camp myself, so I can't evangelise them for bridges! I'm sure that there would be more relevant discussion about this amongst acoustic builders....electric builders perhaps less so. It would certainly be an interesting experiment, so I can't say don't try it!
  21. There's a lot of love for your Explorers, Luis.
  22. The shop here looks much the same this week as it did the last, albeit with a bunchload more electronics stuff on the bench plus a Triton oscillating spindle sander. Expect a review....I didn't realise that the Ridgid edge/drum sander was so large, Scott! Nice cross cut slabs there. Any cracking from the heart outwards in those?
  23. You're welcome. Fire me any questions you might have and I'll do what I can.
  24. This is definitely a bit left of centre for our usual fare. People that know me a little beyond ProjectGuitar.com will be aware that I've been a big Aria Pro II (and Japanese instruments in general) for many years. To the point that I have fallen into being a go-to guy for the SB-1000 in terms of electronics and the stuff that makes it what it is. So anyway, I get an email reference that a guy is looking to restoring the electronics on his 1981 SB-1000. That's what I do. He drops round, we have coffee and have a nice afternoon discussing the job and all manner of other things. His bass needs a bit of physical restoration work, but is fundamentally in original condition. Not bad for a 35yr-old bass! Come up to the labs and let's see what's on the slab: By this point, I'd taken off the strings, nut and spent time degunking the fingerboard.... I know that you'll love this even though it doesn't have magnets, @curtisa. The cover is a neat and perfect Rosewood inlay.... The frets are fairly worn in the lower region as you'd expect. I'm thinking that it could possibly do with a refret, however we'll see how the remaining wire levels out once the rod is relaxed and the neck acclimated. Either the existing gunk was more resistant to my charms than your average common-or-garden gunk, or that's residue from a glued refret. I've also noticed a couple of light cracks in the Ebony..... Now this is where the problems really lie. The SB-1000 (both 70s and 80s variants) had odd electronics and pickups of a very specific size. Unfortunately, when something goes in those, most owners tended to rip the lot out and replace it with something like an EMG or Bartolini. Fundamentally, that alters the tonal character that SB-1000s are known for, so that's heartbreaking for me. In this instance, the pickup was an EMG-P4 with what looks like an old EMG BTC system. Nothing of the original electronics remained. Well, at least the modification didn't involve truly invasive surgery like I've seen on some. A couple of shims to block up the gaps at either end and a bit in the floor to raise it up. I'd already pulled off the foam rubber.... Careful work with a hammer/chisel, inspection lenses and tweezers removed all evidence of the offending infills.
  25. A 1979 SB-1000 should be single-gang 20k pots. They're relatively easy to source. You might have to settle for 22k or 25k depending on where you look though. Not sure of specific UK suppliers, however you have Banzai over in Germany: https://www.banzaimusic.com/Alpha-24mm-Full-Shaft-Standard/ https://www.banzaimusic.com/Alpha-16mm-split-shaft-20k-lin.html The problem is the splining; the original Aria knobs are unlikely to fit the splining of common pots. This may mean a modification to the knob or replacing it.