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  1. It's good to see you are all still ticking and building I'll stop by from time to time. At the moment, I'm stuck in a 3 part move... Minde screwed me up pretty bad financially, so I had to break lease in the city. So right now I don't have a job, creditors are knocking on my door, threatening to take my car away, and a bunch of stuff... been unemployed since October. I couch surfed in Connecticut between october and mid January, and now I'm in Mass. I have a bunch of friends who want to start a co-op in Colorado, so I'm gonna follow them there. I'll pursue my dreams or whatever lol. I ha
  2. *shrug* working at the guitar shop, paying the bills, getting into leather work, and skyping my sis. She wants to come live with me in the city, but I think she's gonna have a problem not referring to things she likes as "the bomb." Um... I quit smoking. My cat died (I think I told you guys about that), in my off hours, I Skype friends from NH, and I have been debating on living on a 26 hour day. My work hours are short, and they pay well enough to cover my new place (moved again), and yeah. I've basically become a hermet again. I like walking around in the city, still, but it's getting
  3. I did. Its very effed lol. It was a really stupid mistake on my part to apply neck angle before fitting the bridge in place. The neck is practically welded in place, so I'm gonna cut the neck out, make a new body out of a new blank, and go from there.
  4. The neck angle is too far back. Recessing the trem will only make the problem worse.
  5. With almost any product, if you modify it, you void the warranty. And yeah, if this is gonna be your top of the line model, then the repairs done to it should be top of the line as well. I would expect nothing less from a guitar with your name on it!
  6. I'll do thw steam with a putty knife for practice, then burn it in a trash can Hey, the parts in the guitar alone are worth the cost!
  7. I figured it'd be a bridge mounted pickup like all the others. I never even thought about a pickup like a guitar's that picks up the vibration without a bridge transferring the signal... Anywho, on this project! I had it going pretty well. I was going to update it once I got all the hardware replaced with the proper stuff... Then I routed for the bridge, and strung it up... See, the original Kahler bridge was made to directly replace a TOM. I purchased a flat mounted bridge instead. It wasn't until after I set the neck angle that I realized my mistake. So yeah, I don't know how to
  8. I was responding more to Sweedish Luthier's post. But you are right, Chris.
  9. My dreadnaught guitar rings best on a C note. So the cavities do have effects. You actually tune a violin cavity when you carve it. There's a science to the arch of the top and back, as well as the height of the sides. If not tuned properly, annoying things like wolf notes, and dead notes happen. A properly tuned acoustic cavity in a violin can produce an instrument that fills a stadium with music without using any electronic amplification.
  10. I thought bracing was to keep the top stiff because of bridge/string tension, regardless of the shape of the top. All my acoustics (flat tops) have bracing.
  11. Good job lining up the holes! I see way too many crooked lines when people do those lately...
  12. Happy Birthday Mike! Dirty old men are awesome
  13. A good thing to do is apply a coat of finish to the guitar before you paint it. There's a tutorial on this site somewhere that shows the entire process. Basically: sand the guitar to 400 grain fill apply poly (3 coats, sanding with 400 between coats) primer paint (3 coats, lightly sanding between coats for adhirance) finish I think you can do this, and probably better than I could given your experience with building from the ground up, and finishing!
  14. The bird sitting on the tuning machine is adorable. Just sayin.
  15. I always like seeing your work, Chris! Its a big inspiration for me when I'm doing my repairs. Attention to detail, proper tool usage (the right tool for the job), and new jigs/ideas are what keep me glued to your tutorials, posts and youtube stuffs!
  16. Glue under the frets to fill the voids helps with tone. Gibson used fish glue in the old days. I'm going to pretend they're mini sound chambers that also help with tone
  17. I'll add a drop of superglue to each end of the fret after I've tapped it in, but I do it so I can add wood dust so the extra depth between the tennon and the fretboard isn't as noticable... not to hold the fret in... This is just me, but I've never been handed a guitar that had a fret fall out because it wasn't superglued in.
  18. Molly appears to have become the perfect woman after all!
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