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About skibum5545

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    Plays Well With Madness
  • Birthday 10/05/1988

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  1. Here are some sound clips: one is only the bridge pickup, which has a cool, modern, hi-fi, sound, and the other is a metal riff using both pickups (get it? Metal? hurr hurr). http://soundcloud.com/dmd53/bothpups http://soundcloud.com/dmd53/brpup Finally, a live track from last night, with the bass boosted so you can hear it better: http://soundcloud.com/dmd53/yessica
  2. All told, the aluminum cost 50 or 60 bucks. I didn't have to pay for my own filler rod (the fab shop supplied it) but that would have been another 10 or so. I knew it would be heavy, though I didn't know exactly how heavy. I could have made the whole body thinner, and in retrospect, I should have used 1/8" material for the top and back rather than 3/16". I took some steps to reduce weight (note the odd shape of the central frame, instead of just a big rectangular block of aluminum) but reducing the 3/4" thick block to 1/2" and the top/back to 1/8" would've shaved off a few pounds. Of c
  3. Hey all! It's been a very long time since I posted-- mostly because I went off to college and had no woodshop-- but I've been taking time off from school to learn to weld, and built this thing as a sort of final project for the year. I figured y'alls would appreciate it, so here it is! I bought an Ibanez BTB 6-string, and replaced the body with a semi-hollow aluminum one. It's all welded by hand, and yes, it is extremely heavy (16 pounds!!) I sketched up the body shape a couple years ago when I thought I would be using it for a guitar: The body has a central framework with t
  4. What do you want the other two positions of the switch to do? Both pickups on for both positions (you can just use the volumes for pickup selection), or are you looking to do something fancier? What I just described is pretty simple, but it seems like a waste when you have the other position to work with. Check out this website: http://guitarelectronics.com/c=gWP7z1RSxfv...iringresources/ It's got everything you need to cobble together some anything but the most absurd wiring configurations.
  5. Basically, this thing operates by creating peaks in voltage for each light channel approaching 120v. You'll notice that every time you turn on a fluorescent light it takes a while to warm up and turn on, and if it doesn't get the full voltage it needs, it doesn't turn on at all. If all the light is getting is intermittent waves of electricity that aren't necessarily at the full voltage anyway, a fluorescent bulb will do a poor job of pulsing in time with the music.
  6. Hey all! I've been busy with school lately, and being so far removed from my woodshop back home has hindered my ability to build a guitar-- but that doesn't mean the projects have ended. I've got plans in the works for an aluminum guitar (with a multi-million dollar metal shop at my disposal, how could I not?), but I'm starting a little smaller for now. Behold: http://sciencelabs.com/color_organ_power_blaster.asp I'm pretty sure I can handle the wiring part, as it comes with detailed diagrams and a pre-printed circuit board, but I'm still working on the larger scheme of things. I plan on
  7. Ditto what was said above-- raw linseed or tung oil will work, as will mineral oil. In other news, "Extra Virgin" means it is the first pressing of the olives, yielding the best flavor and quality. Further pressings will give more oil, but it lacks the flavor.
  8. Damn you, toddler, if you had just left the laminates on top.... It had to be the cocobolo one-piece for me. I have a soft spot for natural woods, and when I saw that one, that was all she wrote. This was likely the hardest month I've ever witnessed; everyone did a fantastic job, and truly wish I could've voted for all of ya.
  9. Actually, that might well be an insult in Germany... My favorite insult, though, is "Du bist ein bleistift!"-- short, and to the point, and just sounds dirty, y'know? It means "you are a pencil" Also, "ICH WERDE DIR EIN PAAR KEKSE MACHEN!!!" -- "I WILL MAKE YOU SOME COOKIES!!!"
  10. Brady Bunch Simpsons Family guy another vote for Price is Right Dating Game/Newlywed Game Pimp My Ride South Park The Daily Show
  11. Congrats on the new house, and good luck with your build! One thing I have found about luthiery that makes it nervewracking-- but at the same time, gives it its inimitable joy-- is that there is always some improvisation involved. Reading books helps, true, but sometimes you just have to take a step back and ask yourself, "What's the best way for -me- to solve this problem?", and then go for it. As for tools, a router is a total necessity, and not a place to skimp on the price-- IIRC Metal Matt has a story about the collet of a $20 router blowing to bits while he was working on a guitar.
  12. Any sharp point is liable to chip. However, in this situation, you've got the grain running down to the tip of the spike (not across it) so that adds a lot of strength. Just be careful when handling the thing, and use a nice, strong wood.
  13. 1. Anywhere between 11 and 15 degrees for the headstock is fine; this doesn't differ from a guitar much. 2. With such hard woods being used, you won't need graphite. Obviously, it can't hurt anything, but it's by no means a necessity. Heck, some people even put two truss rods in 5 and 6 string basses, but that's probably overkill on a 5 string, anyway. As for headstocks, Fender spec is 5/8", and I know for sure that Gotoh GB-7 tuners (the smaller of the two common kinds of bass tuners) are made to go through 5/8" headstocks. Do you know what you're doing for electronics, etc. yet?
  14. I think you all know where my vote went.... Best of luck to whomever takes this thing; I'd love to own any guitar here.
  15. Yeah, I'm seeing the devil/dark angel thing pretty well, but it looks more like a head with horns than a bona fide helmet. Seriously nice find, man. You gonna buy it?
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