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RonMay last won the day on October 24 2020

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  1. The steam neck reset was a partial success. I reduced the string action distance by 0.050". However it's still way to high and too much to take off the saddle and still have some saddle left with enough string break. So, I'll be doing it again and increase the amount of time that in applying the steam. Here's what she sounds like and a Merry Christmas, a day late, to everyone here at Project Guitar Forum. My fingers just won't move like they used to and I am way out of practice with the little skill I even had but my late brother's guitar is sounding great. I'm using GHS Silk and Steel 10 - 42 strings to help with lessen the pull of the strings on the neck. Merry Christmas. Ron
  2. Today I did the "steam neck reset". I did it like in the video, but used a dial indicator at the bridge / saddle end to measure how much "lift" I was getting when lowering the top. I raised the straight edge the amount I figured, and noted where the position was in relationship to the saddle and it ended up being about ,200" raise. I totally expect some spring back in 3 or so weeks when the clamps come off, so I may have to do the procedure again. The luthier in the video mentioned that it might take 2 or 3 times, but I think this might actually do the trick. Now it's the waiting game. I might actually leave it little longer than 3 weeks, maybe a month. This is going to feel like eternity. Ron
  3. I would use a compass and make several circles with it on some card board and use those as a make shift radius gauge. Is that a professional luthier's tool, no, but it could do in a pinch until you get the metal ones. I do believe the radius also gets a little less the closer to the nut you get as well, but I wouldn't swear to it. If I'm off base I'm sure some actual builders and luthiers will set you straight. Ron
  4. The larger the radius the less noticeable or "flatter" the radius appears. Compare the radius of a golf ball with the radius of a basket ball. Radius is only the distance of a circle from the center to the outside diameter. The longer the distance the larger the radius. This is coming from a machinist point of view . Ron
  5. Yes she is. It's been around three months but well worth it. It's been over 20 yrs since I played regularly, but I'll get there with a lot of practice. It's amazing how tender my finger tips are right now. Time to build some calluses. Ron
  6. It's time for the Regal to sing. It's time to put some strings on her and see how the neck looks. I'm going to use some very light gauge strings called "silk and steel" they don't put a lot of pull stress on the neck or bridge. These are 10 gauge. Most likely I will most likely switch to 11s after it's all said and done, for these strings will sound very thin.... well because they are thin. http://www.whip-basics.com/forum/img/smilies/big_smile.png First I had to put in the saddle and I sanded it down until it was a light press fit into the saddle slot. I used a drill and a winder made for drills and power screwdrivers. One of the reason's is that the low E (6th string) tuning head is geared to 39 to 1, if I remember right and that means that I have to turn the key 39 times for the string post to go around once. There's a lot of turning when you are first stringing up a guitar. I tuned her up and The Regal is now alive and singing for the first time in a little over 20 yrs. Here' what she sounds like. The camera really doesn't capture the rich sound she makes. It was an emotional moment when I played that first chord off camera. Plus light gauge strings always sound thinner than heavier gauge strings, but they are easy on the fingers and that's what I wanted until I get some calluses on my finger tips. The neck is going to need a reset, but today, I'm a very happy man. Ron
  7. I spent yesterday morning sanding, polishing and then waxing the soundboard and she don't look half bad now. Ron
  8. @Bizman62, it did. It's almost exactly in the same position. I thought it was going to be a little more forward than the original, from what I measured, but it ended up being for, the most, part the same. Next will be to string her up and check the questionable neck angle. Ron
  9. I took off the clamps today and it turned out pretty nice.
  10. @mistermikev, they aren't that hard, just open them up all the way then close them down to just where it will clamp. That way I was ready to apply them right after I put the glue on. I got them on Amazon, but they weren't cheap, almost $20 each. But that's a small fraction of the cost to have a luthier do it. I made some cauls for the top of the bridge but these clamps wouldn't open up enough to use them, with cauls on the inside,so I just used some leather to protect the surface of the bridge. I also super glued some small wooden cauls onto the bottom of the clamp so they wouldn't dent the bridge plate. I probably didn't have to do that, but I did anyway just in case. That's the reason the clamps didn't open up enough to put wooden cauls on the top. Thank you. Ron
  11. Thank you @Bizman62. I hadn't thought about it but now that you mention it that does sound like a good idea. Those dark lines are kind of distracting. Ron
  12. Today is the big day when I glue on the new bridge. The bridge is made of rosewood and it has natural oils that need to be neutralized before spreading the glue on it. So I used some fingernail polish remover which is basically acetate for that on the bottom of the bridge. I then, using an artist's brush, spread the glue all over the area making sure that I had 100% coverage and did the same to the bottom of the bridge. I then positioned the bridge to some pencil lines I made for this. Next came the clamps. I've put the guitar in her case to wait for the glue to cure. I'll wait for at least 24 hrs. , most likely 3 or so days before doing anything. Then it will be time to string her up. Next, I'll check the neck angle and string action to see if that needs attention. I'm pretty sure it does. If the bridge is angled down too much then I'll have to adjust that with a neck reset. But that's another day. It's getting closer with not a whole lot to finish to let her sing again. http://www.whip-basics.com/forum/img/smilies/smile.png Ron
  13. Before I glue the bridge I want to camouflage the areas around the bridge area where some of the finish came off through the finish to bare wood when I took the old bridge off. I made some stain out of instant coffee and water and used another piece of wood, about the same color as the bare wood, and used that to test the color matching process. Before After Ron
  14. I'll let you know how it turns out I saw somewhere, I can't remember where, that the middle part is is a gummie material that is squeezable and you can vary the gap by "pinching" it closer together. I might make one using a dry sponge, you know the kind that is sort of stiff when it's not wet. I'll also probably use a thicker pick around .80mm or even 1.0mm. I did find this and found pick alternatives I never even knew about. http://musicproductionhq.com/guitar-pick-alternatives/ The Pymax looks interesting. Maybe I would stop dropping or flinging picks around. Ron
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