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soapbarstrat last won the day on July 5 2020

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    Born in 1968.Working on guitars since the mid 80's. Always interested in finding alternative sources for tools and supplies other than the high priced luthier suppliers. You do not always get what you pay for. Lost count of how many times I had to ship something back to 'a big name luthier supply company', 'cause it wasn't as good as it should be.<br /><br />I guess the only other thing you need to know about me is that I can't always hold back from making stupid jokes. <br />

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  1. Ever since I saw Perry Ormsby using a Workmate many years ago, I always kind of wanted one, but not enough to actually pay for one I remember not long ago, somewhere on the Internet somebody else was showing theirs, at which point I said I was waiting to find a free one. They said they doubt I’d ever get a decent one for free. Well, a few days ago, someone on the next street had one out for the trash. was it perfect when I first got it? Hell no. The top had a bunch of paint on it. Part of it had been assembled incorrectly and a pin had gone missing. I reassembled the two incorrectly installed legs. Now I had one of the pins in it’s proper location. And it turned out the missing pin was down inside the other hollow leg. I carefully reinstalled it using a vise. I also tightened all the loose bolts, especially the ones that were making the vise movement kind of sloppy. Applying some grease to the threads allows it to work while the parts are together more firmly. I got this thing tweaked real good. Recently got the red vise at a local estate auction for $14.75 (I made the little StewMac magnet )
  2. Yes, a kickbacked piece of wood has whacked the fingers right off peoples hands. So freakin fast, they couldn’t believe what they were seeing. I once asked Rick Turner what he thinks is the number one cause of saw accidents. He said, “smoking a joint on their break”.
  3. Finally refurbished this damn thing. Wanted to keep a lot of the antique mojo. I guess I’m pretty satisfied with the results. Did most of the work with a wire wheel on a drill, just brushing it quickly across the surface to turn back time on the aging but not make it look too new. The metal bench stop is marked C.E.STEARNS & CO. SYRACUSE NY. on the bottom (forgot to take photo while I had it removed) Probably from the 1920’s. The lower ratchet parallel bar on the vise is rare. The bottom of the legs could use repair work, but I want to use the bench a while first, to try to get an idea of any height adjustment I might need to make when repairing the legs.
  4. I recently found this on the side of the road less than a mile from my house. It’s got some old time mojo for sure. The vise is awesome! Holds large pieces of wood surprisingly firm.
  5. Thanks. Almost 10 years since I last posted here. The place seems awfully foreign.
  6. Pretty sure I just recently saw one on the side of a Gordon Smith Les Paul where it was slightly curved. Now, did they bend that curve into a stock Strat jack plate? I’d like to know.
  7. Not a big glove user, but I have a box of Harbor Fright light blue Nitrile gloves. They are not very tough. Often I'll tear a hole in one finger after some moderate use. Instead of throwing the glove away, I'll keep it around to cut the fingers off to slip one over another glove that I've worn a hole through. I also have a handful of dark blue nitrile gloves that were a free sample. Can't remember the place that gave 'em away, but they seem to be tougher than the HF ones. I use gloves as little as possible, 'cause they make my hands sweat and that's worse than 75% of the grime I can wash off my hands easily enough.
  8. You can often find those mats ripped to shreds in the dumpter behind the coroner's building. They put them on the table when they *try* to perform an autopsy on zombies.
  9. My neck reads 2.247" at the widest part of the heel. That's why I won't put the neck on a Fender Body I have. I'd have to widen the neck pocket.
  10. I've had what I assume is a N1 Nuno neck for about 5 years. One important thing about it, is it fits in a longer neck pocket than a typical Fender. If your body also has a longer neck pocket than normal, you might want to point that out, so a buyer doesn't complain that the scale length of their Fender heel type neck caused them to have to throw a filler block at the end of the pocket to keep the scale length proper.
  11. It is done both ways. The thick 70's Fender poly sprayed over the frets is about as undesirable as it gets for me. Finish before fretting looks better to me, but it's a real bitch to keep from scuffing up that finish when finalizing fret ends. Not impossible though. Even face paced factories like Ibanez have somehow managed to do it quite well.
  12. Have serious doubts about shimming with leather. Wood scraps for shims are not hard to find ! Try to make some friends who have some CLAMPS !!!! You can really make a cheap guitar very un-repair worthy by slathering glue into seperated joints and then not clamping properly. Really no fun, having to do major surgery to remove dried glue from improperly clamped parts, in order to redo properly.
  13. Be glad there isn't any one guitarist that stood/stands way above the others, otherwise the instrument would be already dead, or close to it. They all kept the instrument alive. Even the one-hit wonders. Even if you do find just a couple really great, how can you stand to listen to them over and over ? I can't do that. Would be like having to take a short-cut through the Sistine Chapel every morning on the way to the office and getting a little fed up with Michelangelo's work.
  14. Is it Finland where the people are so shy, the Government has to help Men and Women meet each other ? Pretty sure I saw something on TV about it quite a while back. In that case, I suppose anyone there with something to sell might be real shy too. Maybe every store has a " please go away " sign on the door. LOL I'd probably fit right in there.
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