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  1. No updates yet, but I have been slowly been getting back into the guitar building world after taking a break to deal with some things.
  2. If only you needed a finishing guy while you were still in NY, damnit!
  3. Jersey Represent. TheIRS - I live about 20 minutes away from you, exit 137 from the parkway it's a pretty small world.
  4. The chunk of curly koa this was ripped from can get me about another 30 headplates.
  5. Headstock cut out. Headplate on the neck. Clamped up. And with a little bit of magic comes... http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v460/AlG...r/DSC029071.jpg
  6. Maybe some of you are wondering what happened to this build... Here's the neck carved. It's a pretty crap picture, but i'll have ones in the sun once I get the curly koa headplate on. I still need to the finish the volute too. I was thinking of possibly cutting another piece of koa for the back of the headstock. It's hard to see the headstock drawn on the koa because it's wet with mineral spirits, but you get the idea. The main greenish strip is going to go down the center of the headstock. It should look like that once I spray the nitro on it.
  7. It's been really hard to find the time to do any guitar building lately, unfortunatly. Working two jobs eats up a lot of time, and there's always something that takes priority over guitar building. I was planning to spend all day tomr. fretting, carving and routing though. We'll see how things go.
  8. That's the exact drill press I broke. It was suprisingly a really good drill press, for the money.
  9. Dude, are you serious? Let me reiterate the whole point to you. I don't recall anybody ever saying that for an amatuer guitar builder, using a drill press to seat frets WON'T work. It's actually a very budget conscious method. You're killing two birds with one machine here. I know the table on my drill press used to 'give' a little bit before the fret was properly seated. Do that 400+ times and something is bound to go wrong. For the guy who's going to build a whole bunch of guitars though, it's not very budget conscious to go out and buy two $120 drill presses because he broke the other one when he could have spent $150 to get the job done right. I also don't see why any form of a 'professional' would want to tie up his drill press for that either way. Chris
  10. You know, there's a huge difference between 'not seeing' how something can happen (opinion, never experienced it) and having something actually happen (fact, experienced by more than one person). The bottom line is using your drill press to seat press is not the 'right' way to do it. Will it work? Yes, for a few fret jobs. When you've pressed in over 400 frets, it DOES take a toll on the table. It's not user error, it has nothing to do with the 'proper pressure', it's all about using the RIGHT tool for the job. Sure, a few blocks of wood underneath the table will probaly prevent any problems, but why not just spring for a cheap arbor press? Instead of spending the money on the wood to prop the table, why not invest that into the right tool? Chris
  11. I don't recommend using the Stew-Mac cauls or any fret press cauls in a drill press. The tables on some drill presses are not sturdy/strong enough to withstand the force needed to correctly seat the fret. I 'broke' the table on my drill press doing this, but if you have no other choice you can shove a few blocks of wood under the table to secure it. I'd highly recommend getting a <$30 arbor press to do the job properly.
  12. That's very true, but at the time I bought them (I haven't looked at the Tele ones in a while) it wasn't very cut and dry. I don't recall anything in the description saying 'exact placement'. I think that the new description should be revised though, because the control plate placement is NOT exact. Nothing wrong with that, but calling Ronny 'lazy' or saying that he's sloppy because the buyer is upset is unnecessary. I guess dealing with know-it-all customers is part of having a buisness. I'm not exactly sure, but I think the templates are laser cut. Slopiness and laziness? I doubt it. I still don't understand how moving a template will cost somebody time and money. I'm just beating an almost dead horse I guess though. Chris
  13. I don't know what you mean by this, but i've had my Tele template for almost 2 years know, and it's got the same issue. It's obviously remained that way for a while, so how can you credit this to laziness? Give me a break. He's not covering his ass, he's letting you know the truth. Jumping to conclusions based off dissatisfaction is NO way to get any issue solved. Instead of whining, why don't you just deal with it? It's not that hard to move the template forward an inch. The templates ARE an aproximation, not exact copies. There's a reason for this.
  14. Yep, 'trip stuff' = the stuff that makes you trip (hallucinate, see stuff).
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