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About simon1138

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  • Birthday 03/18/1980

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    portsmouth, south uk
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    i want to learn how to play jazz guitar and build

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  1. hello, i recently sold an amp that i had, watson xb15 watt bass amp. i took it roiund to the guy and sold it for £8, he plugged in the amp and wanted to try it which i thought was fine as i believed it worked. i put my guitar through it and it seemed fine. the video shows some distortion but i thought that was due to the amp being right up. i dont know much about bass amps and thought that the guitar was sounding different because of different circuitry. when he plugged in his bass it sounded as though the amp was cutting out as soon as he started playing. he said that he hadnt playe
  2. Hello, so now i am embarking on what i expect to be a treacherous journey, to build a guitar neck. i have the headstock shape, a pre cut fretboard and truss rod. i have some scrap practice wood which i will use for a test run. i heard that black plastic is used on some guitars and i would prefer something that does not chip easily. ABS seems to be a popular one. i was thinking more about free recycled plastic. icecream tubs are made of a flimsy plastic and usually white. i was thinking about a black plastic. anyone here used anything like that? not having any income at the moment i dont w
  3. hello i recently bought and recieved today five bits of maple, 4 that are 58 x 18 x 600 long and 1 that is 58 x 18 x 760 mm long. i paid £30 for this, is that a good deal? i havent looked around at local lumber yards, i live in the uk so b and q is the closest and they sell crap. # this wood is the right width, i want to have a 56 mm at thickest and 43mm at the nut because i have pre cut fretboards. i am thinking about the headstocks though, i want an angled headstock and so would have to do a scarf joint. i was thinking that i may be able to get four necks out of these five pieces.
  4. Hello, i bought a graphite nut off ebay and fitted it to my guitar. i have included a picture of the strings fitted into the nut. i watched a video of fruda , this guy he talks about the string going into the nut some distance and a certain shape of nut slot. then i watch dan erlwine and he mentions something else, then someone else says something different. i have fitted my cheap strat tremolo instead of the floyd. i tried to measure the distance between the string and first fret. i wont mention the distance as that is apparently and opinion. i do the third fret pres
  5. Hello i have a knock off cheap chinese strat trem taht i want to use for dive bombing type stuff. i have locking tuners and a graphite nut (which i hope wont require lub). i have heard that you can adjust the strength of hte springs to making the trem a little easier to use. not tighten the springs by turning screws. i want the trem flat not floating. but turning the screws to tighten the springs makes the trem difficult to use. not like a floyd which feels really light to use. does the fitting of the springs matter, some are straight some diagonal, some have three springs some four, some
  6. Hello, I have had a few problems with my guitar. i have finished the build and it seems to work fine so onto setup. i did the following straigthen neck fit new strings shimmed neck to lower action, i fitted two pieces of card that cover half the neck pocket closest to the bridge, this may give a slight angle to the neck. it lowered the action and caused some string and fret buzz. i then noticed that the strings were different height and learnt that the saddles were numbered. i had one (1) three (2) and two (3). the (1) was the heightest but i measured them and t
  7. Hello, i have now built my first guitar, problem is the action is very high. i did not know about checking the height of the bridge at lowest setting and routing the neck pocket accordingly. the bridge is a chinese floyd rose and i have not recessed into the body. i just want to use the bar to go down not up and i heard this causes less issues with tuning. should i shim the neck to bring action down? or is there some other way. any suggestions on next move? also, how do i change the height of the individual strings? they seem to be at different heights. thanks simon
  8. Hello, recently i bought a cheap kit off ebay for cleaning and repair. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Guitar-Fret-Crowning-File-Rocker-Luthier-Tool-Kit-Fingerboard-Protector-6Pcs-set/254619917862?hash=item3b48879e26:g:mHAAAOSweMNe3aXs the stones were broken as when they were posted through the letter box and not protected by bubblewrap, they smashed when hitting the floor. i can still use them to some extent. are th stones any good for polishing? i want to clean the gunk off the fret board. i have bought dunlop polish and lemon oil. not looking into it properly i dont know if
  9. new discord link https://discord.gg/NZKDWB5 thanks
  10. Hello, I like a chat with like minded people and having used discord in a few subjects thought that there might be a guitar server. there is, at https://discord.gg/U4RZTeJ if anyone else wants to join that would be great! all the best simon
  11. do you have a web site that talks more about your set up/where you are? any youtube presence? thanks, really nice guitars simon
  12. Hello, i have thought about making my own truss rods and wanted to learn a little more about brazing. i have watched a few videos and it looks similar to soldering which i can do well enough. i was thinking about making truss rods that bend both ways and have ordered a left handed thread die. i have some metal working skills but not brazing. anyone made this sort of truss rod? what materials did you use? b and q do rods and bar that seems quite cheap, which will immediately trigger a lot of quality responses. also, i am not sure of length required for a truss rod. any help would be g
  13. Hello, i bought a second hand guitar the other day, a shine stratocaster. it has 24 frets and a floyd rose. i have managed, i think, to set up the floyd rose some what successfully as it was not holding tune at all before. the strings are old and i will change them but i want to do more. the frets have clear gaps under them, i have not yet got my notched straight edge but ordered one. i have a soft faced hammer for the frets and i am going to make a caul to sit the neck on. 1. should i remove the neck from the body to hammer the frets or is it ok to leave it on? 2. i want a low
  14. Hello, new to this and struggling. i have an oak wood body and it has these nasty gaps in it. i was thinking about using a regular wood filler i bought from lidl to fill it and then sand down. i started sanding using a grinder and 120 grit but that started to affect the shape of the guitar and i think i may have to go and roundover the edges again. i would like to paint this guitar so what is the best method. i have to finish shaping and sanding it smooth. i am guessing an orbital is better than a grinder? round over before that though. then paint with spray paint. are other woods this aw
  15. i have since been able to get it where i want it. drilled the holes and fitted the neck so now it sits where i wanted it to go. i just have a few unsightly gaps that are bothering me
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