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About thomasteven

  • Birthday 03/22/1989

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    St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
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    Playing guitar(obviously), reading up on gear, jamming, hanging out with my girlfriend, computers, metal, progressive rock.

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  1. Hi, I have a beautiful, new Larrivee guitar that I got for christmas and I was looking for an opinion on if I should bring it with me on my trip to Cuba. The reason I am not sure about bringing it is because of the humidity difference between my hometown (St. John's, Newfounldland, Canada) and Matanzas, Cuba, which is where I will be staying. Anyone with any experience, ideas or insight please let me know. Steve
  2. Hey, I was wondering if there is anywhere that has the inlays for the Les Paul Supreme pre-cut? I absolutely love them and that guitar. I want to make the guitar I'm working on now pretty much a replica of it. If anyone knows or can make them for a reasonable price, I'd appreciate you letting me know. Thanks, Steve
  3. So what would you recomend using for a first guitar?
  4. I tried doing a search on this topic but couldn't find much. So what is the difference between nitrocellulose and Polyurethane? (don't mind spelling) I'm trying to plan out the build of my guitar and am not sure which one to use. I've read that poly is much harder to work with and takes longer to cure.
  5. Thanks Clavin, but if you don't need a jig to keep your router straight, than how do you drill the route for the inlay right? If you just follow the radius, won't the sidewalls be curved a bit.
  6. You should check on eBay. Just do a search for "flamed maple veneer", your guarenteed to get some hits.
  7. I have just got a neck custom made for me and I'm planning on doing an inlay on it. It was already radiused and the fret slots were already cut. I was wondering if anyone can tell me how to make a jig to keep the router straight. I also wanted to know if I had gotten this idea down. Here's my understanding as to the steps of doing an inlay: 1. Cut out your inlay. 2. Trace the inlay pattern onto the fretboard. (I'm not sure if this would work on radiused boards either) 3. Route the pattern into the fretboard. 4. Glue in your inlay. 5. Use a file(or radius block, your preference) to get the inlay level with the fretboard. 6. Clean up the area with progressively finer grades of sandpaper. If I missed anything, or if there's anything that could be done better, please let me know.
  8. I've seen multiple posts about this over the last few weeks. I didn't know that they weren't answered "well". If they were't you could always bump it and see if you'll get a decent reply again. Sorry for being quick to react. Friends?
  9. You need to solder the ground lug on the volume pot to the back as well, or any ground point you want, for that matter. The ground lug is usually the one on the very left, if you were looking down on the back with the lugs pointing up.
  10. What about with humbuckers? How much does it help?
  11. Thanks for the fast reply LK, will the screw pick up any interferance due to most of the screw being outside of the shielding? Also, I was wondering if you should shield the pickup cavities? I've always wondered about it, the pickups seem like they would be HUGE antennas prone to any type of interference.
  12. When you gruond your guitar should you ground everything to a single point, for instance if you were to put a screw in the side of the cavity and solder everything to that, and then solder that to the output jack ground lug. Would this help from creating a ground loop? This would also destroy the need to ground your shielding, because the screw(assuming it's conductive) would be attached to the shielding already.
  13. I was thinking the other day about how a maple top on a mahogany back gives it a brighter sound, and was wondering what the sound would be like if you put a mahogany top on a maple back(non-figured of course ). Has anyone tried this before, and what were the results like?
  14. Well the scale length of the two guitars is diffrent, this is obviously going to have a pretty big effect on the tension. I also mentioned that the break angle over the nut and the bridge can also have an effect on tension. I guess I should have worded my previous post better without saying that it was "clearly" the scale length.
  15. It's clearly the scale length. On Strats they use 25 1/2" On Les Pauls they use 24 9/16" I believe. The break angle over the saddles and at the headstock can also have an affect on the tension.
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