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NotYou last won the day on February 17 2013

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  1. Congrats on everything! I bet deciding you needed to rank things up was a good feeling. Nothing like evidence of progress. That's a big space too! I used to have 300sf and didn't know what to do with all of it. I'm at 250sf right now and it's comfortable. Granted, I'm just one person (and that's not changing) with only so much stuff and I'm certainly not teaching anybody, let alone five people. That must be exciting. You seem to be doing something right. Keep it up!
  2. Consider one of these too. Tried one once and it worked surprisingly well. Not sure it's what you need, but a $10 wrench is a lot cheaper than a new neck. http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Truss_rods/Wrenches,_hex_keys/Gripper_Truss_Rod_Wrenches.html
  3. Photos, for sure. I had that problem with a welded on adjustment nut before and couldn't find a reasonable way to fix it. I used a Dremel and cut a slot into the end of it, so I could use a flathead screwdriver. Worked perfectly. That was on a personal guitar I won't sell, so I was okay with an odd fix like that. It's not exactly a professional way of going about it. At all. I used a diamond coated needle bit (you can find whole sets for surprisingly cheap), so I could push the bit perpendicular to the nut. For other styles, StewMac sells kits to remove and replace the nuts. I've ne
  4. Yeah, I gave up on that design a while back. I'm back to all clear finishes and natural looks. I still use the knobs and recess them, but not with that sleek look.
  5. Most people haven't, it seems. Most parts I buy on there are 50-70% off retail. It's pretty amazing. They also have a lot of parts I've never seen before. They have a couple styles of knurled brass knobs that I'm love with. I've been using them quite a bit lately: They have long shafts that are more narrow than the top, so they're perfect for sinking into the body almost invisibly. I stripped, distressed, and aged these, but this is (was?) the other type of brass knob. Smaller with a flat top: Anyhow, that's nothing important. I'm just always excited to find new stuff I've never
  6. I'd vote for larger bushings as well. I've come across this problem a few times, usually when doing alterations for people. Plugging the holes can give surprisingly crappy results. No matter how well it's done, there is a great chance for it to muddy up your tone. I didn't believe it at first, but I've experienced it first hand. In theory, making plugs with horizontal grain (probably on a lathe), as opposed to dowels, then lining the grain up with the body grain should help the problem. YMMV. In contrast to that, it always seemed like a bad idea to glue them in to me, but I've had amazin
  7. Thanks for the input. I think we're going ahead with the whole thing. For now, she'll just get a cut of what she sells and if anything is made from trade shows or events, so no big loss if it doesn't work out. I'm pretty confident it will, though. I know it sounds iffy doing this with somebody who has no experience in this business outside of living with me, but this is one person I've learned to not underestimate. Also, she's an extremely talented musician and crazy hot, which will help a ton with customers, and she has the right badass attitude and loads of passion. I think she's going to
  8. Well, somebody had to make a thread here eventually. I'm wondering how the rest of you handle the representation issue or at least how you view it. There have been builders -albeit not many- who never get represented by anybody and do great. Personally, I couldn't do that. I know my strengths and weaknesses and I need somebody else to handle that part of things. I'm curious in general how you all deal with trying to gain exposure. I bet some don't even bother. Some guys probably do it on their own and are successful. This is a young industry and there isn't a whole lot of talk on the sub
  9. Very good idea. That's perfect for this forum. I know quite a few builders who reference this site all the time and a lot of guys just starting who are trying to figure the business out. This place has been priceless to me when I was learning and I still learn a lot from it. I would have loved to have had that section a few years ago. I get contacted by a lot of guys wanting to get into the business with questions about how to do it right. There really isn't a right way and my way only works if you do everything else just like I do. A section with a lot of opinions and experiences should
  10. I told you this before on Facebook at some point, but it always seems like a shame you're not in business full time building guitars. That's not because I think you should absolutely have that job, but because your work needs recognized. I'm normally very critical of other's work, but I keep all comments to myself. I would NEVER say anything bad about another builder and I even keep the compliments to a minimum on purpose (As a luthier, I don't think my opinion about a luthier should matter. Ever.). That said, you are ridiculously talented. Not many people can build guitars in general a
  11. I just fixed a friend's guitar after the headstock broke off. It looked exactly like that. It could just be a scratch, but, in my experience, when a headstock breaks off or starts breaking off, the fracture tends to be about where that crack is. (after zooming in, it doesn't quite have the right look for a fracture. Hard to tell, though) It could also be a line from a repair. Sometimes when they break off, the finish chips away a little and leaves a visible line like that. But, it could just be a scratch. Thumb rings were hot sh*t for a bit in the 90s.
  12. Absolutely. A lot of artist stereotypes are very true and I'm guilty of many of them. He really seems to understand that and has been very accommodating. Most people don't get artists and would have given up on people like me and my brand of shenanigans. Creative people tend to think in unusual ways in just about every aspect and he seems to understand that. If we're honest, trying to build guitars for a living is a pretty eccentric venture. You can't reasonably expect all of us to be normal, standup citizens, especially those of us who are artists. He's lucky I only light my guitars on fire s
  13. Everything is up to Cliff. He acts as an agent for the builders and everybody else is there for finances, etc.. I'm pretty sure everybody involved is family, actually. I've gotten to know his wife a little and am Facebook friends with her and their son and both of them are involved. Anyhow, he does have set criteria. He just takes on builders he sees potential in. He used to be a very successful producer (he discovered Vai and Satriani) and knows to just trust his gut. That's how he explained it to me, at least. He also likes to find builders who are trying to establish a name. That way the
  14. I bet you have. When you and I first got on DAG I constantly got comments from people comparing us, since we seem to be the two utilizing that "style". Honestly, my guitars just end up however they do because that's how I feel that particular one should look. I've never tried for a style, but, for better or worse, that beat up look is definitely what I became known for. As far as business goes, it's great. There is very little to compete with in that niche, so most guitars sell immediately. If not for you, I could probably charge whatever I wanted. Anyhow, I agree about using a third par
  15. Thanks! I wish I could have gotten all the insects holes and all that in the photos, but I had to rush. It was like a ten minute shoot, then I immediately had to toss it in a box and ship it. The black area in the back has a few small spots where the wood is opened up somehow. Even the binding has burrow holes through it.
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