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  1. I haven't posted much because my own build has been on a serious hiatus. I'm starting to restart, and picked-up some pick-ups. I have two X-Bars, but I want an X-Bar/Deathbar "set". So, I'd like to make one of the following trades: One 4" Chrome X-Bar for a 4" Chrome Deathbar Two 4" Chrome X-Bars for a 4" X-Bar/Deathbar set in Black Two 4" Chrome X-Bars for a 3.5" X-Bar/Deathbar set in Black or Chrome (maybe) Ray
  2. Show me a double-blind study where the listeners can hear identical guitars, through identical equipment and identify the body, neck, fretboard, whether it's a drop-top (and if so, what woods are used), etc. then I'll give the myth some credence. Then, we'll get the same folks to listen to differently made guitars, through different gear, and see if they can identify the woods. Then, we'll test the "cut under a full moon" myth.
  3. I was torn between killemall8's "Bubinga EXP custom" and Technology4Musicians's "H851". Being a sucker for headless guitars, I voted for T4M's -- Good thing, I tied it up. The only critique I have is the read strap pin looks like it would interfere playing seated in a Classical position. Switch to a recessed strap lock, and you've got a totally winner. Ray
  4. Regarding Bob's comment below (Oddly, the editor won't let me put the insertion point after the quote.): You won't get a "truly one piece" look. First, saw cuts are not infinitely thin and grain lines are not perfectly straight. You will have offset on either side of the cut. Second, you plan to flip on of the pieces. There's no way you'll get the grain on the flipped side to match. Third, glue is not invisible. It's possible to hide the glue line well, but that often relies on a geometrical feature of the piece (a corner, an edge, etc.). There are reasons why binding, purfling, rosettes, and inlay stripes were added to guitars. Ray
  5. I haven't thought about this since last summer when I realized that the bench was not going to be built that season. Now that I'm thinking about it again, drawboring very well may be the way to go. I'll deal with moving the bench when that time comes. Ray
  6. I had thought of that (and I still want to to a set-neck like this), but I decided against it because I know (sincerely hope) that I'll be moving and will want to move the bench. I may still go that route. That's definitely an idea. I'm trying to remember why I decided to go the threaded rod route. Another idea was to make my own barrel/dowel nuts (pretty much the slugs you mention) by cutting, drilling and tapping rod stock. The final idea was to bore a hole through the cross pieces, flatten the bottom of the hole and use bolts & nuts. Ray
  7. I've been collecting very much the same articles for very similar reasons. The current plans I have rough-sketched use standard dimensional lumber build-up in layers to create "virtual" mortises and tenons. The other key parts of making the base sturdy enough is to use offset holes/draw-bolts and run threaded rod through grooves in the cross pieces. I'll have to remember this thread when I get the plans into digital form. Ray
  8. For those that missed-out the last time: They've got 17 more in stock. Ray
  9. Depends on: What tonewood dust you mix into the resin What color mesh you use Whether you buy big containers of resin and pump-out what you need, or the pre-portioned packets Whether you add resin to hardner, or hardner to resin Whether you cut your cloth on the night of the full-moon ore not. Do I even need a Ray
  10. I feel bad not voting for the SwedishLuthier's Electric Cello, but I've got a major soft-spot for headless, ergo guitars. Ray
  11. To me, a neck-through seems much less problematic than a bolt-on or a set-neck. This is new territory for me, so I'm likely leaning on "conventional wisdom" more than I need to. Ray
  12. I know from a purely logical perspective, for a first build, a bolt-on is best because it will allow for neck shimming, the ability to rebuild the neck or the body if one is messed-up, etc. So, the plan is/was to use non-pretty "left overs" from other furniture, etc. projects. One of these left-overs is a can of DupliColor MetalCast Red Chrome. The idea was to go with the red chrome finish and black hardware and I've already bought the hardware. The conundrum comes in because I love natural finish guitars and it looks like I'll have left-over cherry that's wide enough for the body, but only if I do a neck-through. And the black hardware will still work with a natural cherry guitar. Is a bolt-on that much "safer" for a first build? I've done enough wood-working that I'm not too worried about the mechanics of milling the wood to size, glueing, routing, template building, etc., but I'm still concerned about the unexpected "gotchas", because I've never built a guitar before. Ray
  13. The Die/Dye has been cast. I found the Wilkinson Waverly open back tuners that (I thought) somebody here pointed out in black. They're not 6-in-line, but since they're open-back, I'll likely go with a more Classical Guitar styled headstock. I also may have more Cherry left-over from a home furnishings project than expected, so I might actually go with a natural finish. :woohoo: Ray
  14. Thanks all! I'm keeping the multi-scale design and the ergo body shape, but other that that, I've dropped all the "wish list" items (headless, Lace X-Bar pick-ups, stainless steel frets, "pretty wood" for a natural finish, more than six strings, etc.). I'm looking at using the GFS Lil' Puncher XL Tele Bridge pick-ups (Vintage in the neck and Modern in the bridge) -- just over $60 shipped and I bought six of the Rondo single string bridge/saddle combos for about $40 shipped. So I feel like spending more on tuners than pick-ups or bridge hardware is a bit like putting a spoiler on the station wagon (mini-van for you young-ins). I may just have to come to terms with buying "real" tuning machines for my "compromise Realistically Thought-Out" build. Ray
  15. I know this has been touched on before, but things change. I'm finally sourcing parts for a super (somewhat?) simplified version of the build I've been planning for years. Since this is a first build, and not (by far) my dream build, I'm not looking to spend a tremendous amount on parts, but I'm not wanting to go "I'll regret it sooner than later." cheap. So, does anybody have experience with decent, but inexpensive tuning machines? I know folks have gotten good buys on eBay, but there's no guarantee that the current crop of items is as good as the previous ones recommended. I'm hoping for: Black 6 In-Line (not reverse) -- I'd love 4+2, but the only inexpensive ones I've seen are from GuitarFetish, but they're chrome and not 18:1 High Ratio (18:1 or better, but I know I can't be too picky) Locking (again, I know I can't be too picky) There are some open-back, 18:1 Waverley Tuners that look pretty decent; however I'm not finding them in 6 in-line and black. Ray
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