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  1. I'm still not sure about the headstock, but looks A LOT better then i thought it would. The color is fun, i love those retro 50's colors.
  2. I really appreciate that offer, but i don't think it's a good idea. It would be quite costly to send something, from the US to germany, and it may be quite a lot of trouble to import/export small amounts of exotic wood. I will have to ask around more in the area once the temperatures get a bit more humane again. But it quite surprised me how afraid professionals can be about amateurs, most i've contacted didn't even answer me, and it's not like i asked to get something for free. Coming here is always so much nicer than to deal with people in the region that make their money with that. Thanks - it really is appreciated.
  3. I actually didn't since i thought this would diminish the sound. Any experience? Can i still put a french polish on there if i do, and how do i keep it from dripping into the body? Sorry, for all the questions, i've actually never considered this so far. The soundhole is extremely small, putting something on the inside to keep it from running into the soundbox could be quite difficult, or at least i can't fit my hand in there.
  4. No thoughts on this? :/ Well i took 2 pictures just now if that may help. One of the cracks and the material. Yes the back isn't yet done with sanding i thought i have to do it anyway when i inlay wood to fix the crack, so i decided to do that then.
  5. The build-in mic is no good though, a adapter cable can be bought from peterson though, the piezo clip-on pup should then also work with it i guess. Should a overall 40$ or something like that.
  6. Why no peterson? Yes they are expansive, but i'm convinced that they are worth it. But i also got a korg ca 30 and it's mostly ok for what it costs, don't know how good or bad the ca 1 is. Unlike workingman's korg mine is off 2hz though, can be adjusted, but it worries me a bit. Peterson also got a clip-pickup which actually comes with the stroboflip, but it can be bought separately, apparently it even can be used with every chromatic tuner. So if you want that feature without buying a tuner that's not very versatile, then maybe the peterson is the way to got http://www.long-mcquade.com/products/402/G...ning_Pickup.htm
  7. I've just received the wood i intended to use to fix the cracks on my parlor guitar: http://projectguitar.ibforums.com/index.ph...=43373&st=0 For those that are interest in the detail, the rest can scroll down. It got 2 (roughly) 10 - 11cm long cracks in a mahogany back, pretty bad stuff from all i know. I intended to rout those and inlay sticks of new wood in there. So i've ordered a 12cm turning blank for a knife. Problem: They all looked a lot lighter in the picture and where all straight grained in the picture, it said "mahogany" but it was just a "stand in" for all kinds. What i got now is khaya - aka african mahogany, which got a dark creamy coffee color, but the grain goes like a shallow "/" across the short side of the piece. It looks very nice it obviously is nice wood, but it will be visible, is there a way to bleach that a bit? I can deal with that if i can't, but it's a issue, i put a TON of work into making it look good. The main bit: Can i actually use that or will it mess up my guitar? It's mahogany alright, but the wrong kind, and the grain goes in the wrong direction. Anything i have to take care off or watch? Any advice? *bangs head against wall* Should i post pictures?
  8. Summer sucks, you need something to remind yourself of winter. Like the green though. Green is mostly a love or hate thing though, have to be careful with that color. I miss you winter please come back.
  9. Haven't seen it mentioned so far so i thought i ask: How many frets? I know joe usually used 22 but recently started to use 24, and also released a signature with 24 frets. I love the look of that quilt on that maple. :3 Not sure though how gold will fit green, i would have chosen black hardware, but let's see how it turns out, and it can be changed anyway.
  10. Sorry guys, long time no see. My nerves are gone and i like to recommend to everyone who is reading this: Don't try milling your own lumber! I have no nerves left at this point and will need some time to recover. Just let's not mention that ebony ever again, since i've also sort of wasted a lot of my money which i would have really needed. Well i have the rough cut pieces and in some days from now i will start making the fretboard and bridge. I made a little cardboard temp, and if someone got any recommendations on the design, please tell me now. BTW: Does anyone have a good product to stain ebony with? Black! That stewmac stuff looks nice, but i just can not afford the shipping if anyone knows a different product that works good, or a european distributor for that stuff, feel free to let me know. Or are there any points against using something like that? The wood looks pretty even, but i expected it to be darker! I have a headache THIS big. ~.~
  11. That lappy still is my fav but i have to say, the tele is starting to look quite good aswell.
  12. I actually got myself a mask with 2 filters some little while ago! Really like it, and it's quite easy to breath, so i almost always wear it while working on something, just as a precaution. If i'm grinding instead of cutting it should also mean that i don't get as much tear-out and stuff breaking off right? :3 Just in case my description of the method of cutting wasn't clear... I made a illustration: The top one is a top-view - the other two are from the same side. Brown - saw horses Blue - metal rods Black - ebony Red - flat surface with hole in it Green - Feet (stacks of 7mm thick disks screwed to the feet of the saw horses) Again in short: I would use the surface for guiding my cut - i will most likely use a flush-cut saw. After each cut i remove 1 piece of the feet from the outer sawhorses, or add one on the ones on which the ebony is resting, to always get consistent boards of 6 - 7mm thickness. I really value your opinions, and i would appreciate the feedback.
  13. There is clear shellac? Thanks for all the hints, and sorry for not replying earlier, i was pretty down because i thought i've bought 150€ worth of unusable wood. Quite a bit of information to process actually, i will try some of that on scraps the next days! Thanks a lot guys!
  14. Great info, thanks for that. At least i know now that my dremel is up to the challenge of routing that ebony, i guess that's what you've meant, or at least i don't see how i could cut a leg-sized piece of ebony with a dremel. Great bits btw, i thought diamond would cost my last shirt and a arm, but that is actually very reasonable priced. Any thoughts about my method of processing that ebony?
  15. How the heck is that done? http://www.pedulla.com/assets/images/autog...GBSB-L-2008.jpg That is one of the coolest finishes i've seen so far. I should have become a bass player, they always get the unusual stuff...
  16. I have a idea how i could mill it without power tools, but first the measurements. Since it really isn't square anywhere, i took some pictures and drawn it on there for you End 1 End 2 I'm slightly concerned because of the small cracks, but i doubt that they go very deep. But here is the problematic part - a hill on side 1 and a valley on the direct opposite on side 2 , someone was very enthusiastic while removing the sapwood. Side 1 Side 2 A alternative of side 2, i didn't used flash so you get a clearer view on the problem very blurry though. Click me. About the idea that i had: I could attach some screws and mount it between 2 tables, i put a flat construction wood surface on 2 slightly higher tables over that, and cut a hole in there so that it fits through, i evenly raise the smaller tables till i get the desired thickness, and cut it with a fush-cut saw. The hole shouldn't be a problem i have a old jigsaw here, but i wonder how many flush-cut saws i would shred while doing that. >.< Mighty complicated plan... When i say table i mean this: I don't know the english word for that. I'm no quitter! Should quit smoking though... >.<
  17. Problem with processing it myself is that i have almost no powertools, except for the dremel and a old jigsaw, and even less experience with milling raw lumber, 150€ is a big investment for me so i also don't feel really comfortable with eventually messing it up by tinkering with it myself. I guess i will just have to get a fitting rough blank somewhere, and sell the log at some point. There is a luthier in another Forum he lives just round the corner, maybe he can sell me a piece of his stock, but i doubt that he can process it. Keeping it as some sort of investment is also a interesting idea though.
  18. Not really a update, but a huge bummer. I'm now up for almost 24h and decided to get my ebony milled, after he showed me the blade with which he have to cut it i almost fell over. I would lost about 5mm per cut, and about 2 - 3 cm to make it mostly plane, so that he can push it through the machine, he also charges 100€ per machine-hour and this would need two, and the saw would be ready for sharpening after that so he would have to charge me for that too, but he had pity and would only charge half. I offered him half of the log for another price break but he doesn't even want it, because it's to much trouble. When i got it i was sort of stoked like "yeah! fretboards for 2 or 3 guitars and still stuff i could re-sell" now i'm a bit floored. Where the hell do i find fitting wood now? I also need something for my bridge. He also told me that i maybe would kill my dremel while routing. What now? Well, i hope i can continue soon under better conditions... but still, it makes me sort of sad. I hate going to bed now, nobody want's to have that on his mind when going to sleep... Bummer...
  19. Can i stain the shellac instead of the wood? That way i would ever only need super-blond, and i could mix every shade of brown and also other translucent colors that way.
  20. Cool stuff mate. It's like that with every craft, i remember when people started buying my prints, that's pretty motivating as it is, but especially when they got back to me telling how much they like looking at it. Yes i know, most of my pictures i post here are snapshots, but that's what they are supposed to be, i also take better ones Yes i know, it's a bit different with guitars, but i have not build one so far, so i took that for comparison. But nice that you are actually able to sell your stuff, i'm getting really attached to my parlor at the moment, i never would sell it, but the i've also bought it with the intend to repair it for myself. I wonder if i can actually sell something i worked on for weeks or maybe even months.
  21. Best of luck with that one mate. It's a thing i still have to do, but i'm also very scared of that, so much stuff is going on in the body of a acoustic, it's a lot to learn. Make us a sound-sample when you are done!
  22. I really can relate to that, when ever you need something more specific, you can't get around that if you don't have much money. All i was saying is: Good work deserves good money, and more/better payed projects means more time for the hobby. I also got the feeling you where quite unsatisfied with what you got out of it, so i wanted to cheer you up at least a bit. I didn't wanted to suggest something. Personally i doubt anyone here got into that to make loads of cash, and i doubt anyone ever will, there is a lot of stiff competition regional and international, i for example have 6 - 8 luthiers in the city and the direct neighbor-cities, and even thomann only 1 hour drive away, so far i didn't go mad. Well, sorry if it sounded wrong and i insulted you, nothing was further from my mind.
  23. I was that close to hit you over the head after the first line. Still a good price for a beautiful hand-build guitar from the buyers perspective. Actually i'm getting a SE this month. xD I know, i should have build something, and i will do that, but i actually have no guitar that just works at this point. I'm a kahler flyer retro fit victim... Well... you may have not gotten a monstrous amount out of it, but look at it that way: Musicians are socials people, others will play it and may want one aswell. Especially if it's hanging between between some more desirable mainstream guitars. Everything you put out there is great promotion.
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