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  1. Thanks for the reply. The hard part is finding an insurance company that will readily agree with an outsider's unbiased appraisal. It would have to be "official" , on paper and I'll bet there would be some fees involved. Another sticky point is assessing a value on something that has never been done before. I have one tele project that sports a SOLID 1 piece HOLLY neck with an ebony skunk stripe. I don't think anybody has ever done that before so how do you appraise that, and who is going to believe you? I guess I could itemize all the parts and materials, but would have to submit recei
  2. Hi folks, been a while. I have a few relatively new builds but I've stopped for the time being. No more room! Not enough cases either! I have about 40 gits and banjos now. I managed to get a few out the door but they ain't moving fast enough. Anyway, I was wondering what would happen if the house burnt down or if someone busted in and cleaned me out. I used to spend about $300 a year for apartment insurance but I felt it wasn't quite enough coverage for my unique, custom-built guitars. Who's to say how much these guitars are worth? And how do I prove it to an insurance company? I own
  3. I can't see any real technique involved aside from sliding the block back and forth over the fret board. So long as the fb is straight, pre-slotted and pre-inlaid, I can't see any issues. Like sanding anything it should be done uniformly, ie. no excess rocking and rolling as well as using a contrasting guide coat ( eg white chalk on dark surface. This is simply a 20" long X 3" wide segment of a cone with radius graduating from 10" to 16".
  4. I just posted in the CNC section of the forum. If it works as well as I hope, I should be in good for custom work. I couldn't imagine any other way to do compounds with any real accuracy so easily.
  5. A buddy at work finally got around to making these for me. Was about a year and a half before he could swing this little "rabbit" between company jobs (shhhh, nuff said :)) But it was well worth the wait. The faces merge from 10" to 16" radius over a 20" length. 3" wide and the chambering was his idea to maintain ridgidity, ie. WILL NOT warp. I made the handles out of 1/2", NC bolts, he was nice enough to drill and tap those holes, and cut up oak broom handle. Gotta admit I work with some of the best talent in the country. I was only looking for one but he offered to do two so...what t
  6. Been suffering will allergies the past while. I remember waking up one morning and walking into the living room. Grabbed a Kleenex and blew my nose....HONNNNNNNNKKKKKK!!!!! The banjo (tuned to Open G) on the stand nearby started singing...sweet!
  7. I could make you one if my main computer wasn't down, been procrastinating a bit too much and relying on my laptop. Anyway, I get the numbers from the Stewmac fret calculator and then draw the fb template by inputting the numbers in AutoCAD with nutwidth and endwidth. The rest is just making a printout in 1:1 scale on two separate sheets, overlap and tape them together. Then cut out w/ scissors and tape onto proposed fb wood. Then cut initial slots with my jeweller's saw, pull off paper, rub in chalk then slot the proper sized kerf for your frets. Can't get anymore exact when inputting nu
  8. OK then, lets get back to basics. I've worked on a LOT of guitars and have learned quite a bit about truss rods and about a variety people's playing preferences. I've also worked on a lot of cheap guitars and I've vowed to NEVER do another repair job on a guitar that doesn't have an adjustable neck. I've actually taken a few apart, ie. pop the fretboard, pull the steel reinforcing rod and replace with a single action adjustable rod. I make them work but it definitely does not justify the time, money and effort in making a cheap guitar playable, good expereince tho. So why would you w
  9. CA accelerator works wonders, will give you a stiffy in a jiffy!
  10. Not an original idea, do a little research on Hagstrom guitars. they came up with the "H" or "I" beam (depends on what angle you are looking at it) truss rod sandwiched between two neck halves and then capped with a fb. This allowed for using less wood as the truss rod "I" shape is more stable in comparison to the traditional round truss rod...ie. no twisting. Thats why they are called the "fastest necks ever made". http://www.hagstrom.org.uk/expander_stretcher.htm
  11. Funny how you miss some things along the way. All those years I've been using my palm sander with that useless little dust bag that clogs up in 10 minutes . I didn't even realize, until today, that the dust bag attachment mates up with the nozzle on my shop vac. Talk about brain fartz.
  12. I just picked up a "previously enjoyed" '74 Gibson SG. Got it for $400 and it definitely needed some work Those old buggers are DEFINITELY worth the trouble and expense to fix. It originally came with mini-humbuckers, someone hogged wood out of the bridge position for a full sized HB, looked like they might have done the job w/ a sharpened spoon. I had to make a custom "hybrid" pickguard and made a new truss rod cover. levelled, crowned and polished the frets and rewired with a 4-wire Dimarzio SD w/ a series/parallel switch. This is an awesome guitar and is now my number one. ANY older
  13. Ah well, ya can't get blood from a stone...sometimes. I saw the guy last week at work (he on daysshift, I work 4-12) and he was very apologetic and ashamed of himself. We have a few mutual friends/acquaintances that I got to put the squeeze on him. But I think it probably was a little reckless on his part to approach me with the project in the first place. The paint is a candy pearl metallic urethane. I made a new pickguard out of clear scuff resistant acrylite and sprayed the back with gunmetal metallic duplicolor. All the broken area was soaked thru with West Systems epoxy (great st
  14. Just going through what I've started and left unfinished. "Loose threads" as it were. So here is some closure for this particualr thread. The guy picked up the guitar way back in June and said, "Sorry, I don't have any money! The wife is spending it all!" I should not have let him take possession. I've talked to him twice since then, he has 4 kids and has split with his wife. Its a good thing I don't really need the money (only $250) and I DO feel like a bit of a sucker because I actually dropped 70 bucks on a case for the guitar. If this wasn't just a hobby I would have taken the usua
  15. Every time I finish a project and show some pics to my Dad he says, "Why aren't you selling them??!" I smile, knowing that there are probably 14 guitars for every human on this earth already made. Make money FOR guitar building? Stay in school, work hard, study hard and get a steady well-paying job. Make money BY guitar building? Maybe later, you need to cut your teeth on getting LOTS of experience. I fix a lot of junk for next to nothing. Hell, I buy guitars just to fix'em! My motto?: Make 'em play, make 'em play. I don't expect to make a business out of this. I'll fix a gu
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