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by old_picker
Sun May 06, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sign of The Times
Replies: 2
Views: 308

Re: Sign of The Times

Quite honestly I am not surprised at this. The guitars they churn out these days are of average quality. There is only so far you can go with selling a gold logo. A few points in their favour: You generally don't have to replace pickups in a Gibson to get great tone. You can guarantee the finish wil...
by old_picker
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding The only way out?
Replies: 21
Views: 2538

Re: Binding The only way out?

Just to flesh the epoxy idea out a little I have a question. I can get West Systems G/flex® 650 about 40mins from here. I 've used Titebond original made into a putty like consistency with sawdust and found it's fine for small holes and dings. Not applicable in this situation. I've also used low vis...
by old_picker
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding The only way out?
Replies: 21
Views: 2538

Re: Binding The only way out?

thanks chaps - I've found Pau Ferro binding locally Whoo Hoo - Vandenbooms suggestions are gold - Epoxy vs CA and binding with similar material - I'll try a fill first then go the binding if I have too
by old_picker
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 9011

Re: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

The Carbatec jobbie arrived this morning and it works fine - $200 in freight on top of Stewmacs price for a few minor refinements - no way jose - Surprised how quick Carbatec shipped it out at around 4 days at no charge - excellent - their shipping has improved out of sight since I used it a few yea...
by old_picker
Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding The only way out?
Replies: 21
Views: 2538

Re: Binding The only way out?

ROFL...that's think way outside the square. How about a fretboardless fretboard??? :mrgreen: as pioneered by Leo Fender in 1949? The groove jig looks like a low tech approach that is appealing so likely go that way. Having my frets cut to the perfect width with bullet ends pre shaped is out of my s...
by old_picker
Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding The only way out?
Replies: 21
Views: 2538

Re: Binding The only way out?

don't have a tang nipper and looking at the local ones [allparts] and at $175 it would need to be damn good. Apparently there is a manual sheet metal nibbler tool luthiers use in america that is good as a nipper after some slight modification. They sell for US$15.00

Any tips?
by old_picker
Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pigments for lacquer
Replies: 2
Views: 447

Re: pigments for lacquer

Most good art suppliers sell pigments. There is also a local manufacturer I believe.
by old_picker
Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding The only way out?
Replies: 21
Views: 2538

Binding The only way out?

Last post for 2017 and I'd like to say peace filled Xmas and bright and happy 2018 to one and all. Last day in the workshop produced this little "bu#@$% it" moment below. First time using Pau Ferro and found it to be brittle and definitely not liking my sharp block plane against the grain even on a ...
by old_picker
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 9011

Re: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

how can I resist?
by old_picker
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: A banjo
Replies: 4
Views: 813

Re: A banjo

nothing wrong with banjo's - they are loud without using power :)) Japanese copy of a [if you are lucky] mastertone likely from the late 70's - they made a few different models from entry level to a mastertone clone or "masterclone" A complex instrument the way they are put together and set up is a ...
by old_picker
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tru Oil alternatives
Replies: 16
Views: 2552

Re: Tru Oil alternatives

I have had excellent results with danish oil by Cabots. The trick with it is sanding until you have a surface reflecting light - on a top quality job I'll go to 2500 grit wetn dry [using it dry] then buff with the back of the paper. The Danish is slopped on quickly as possible in great dollops - I u...
by old_picker
Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: heating blankets In Oz
Replies: 1
Views: 521

heating blankets In Oz

Looking at getting one of these in for heating fingerboards for removal and coaxing necks into a straight line. Think I've gone as far as I want to with my old iron. From Hong Kong [Keeneevo on Ebay] including express post of one month :shock: AU$101.00 From LMI with express post of a few days AU$ $...
by old_picker
Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: needing templates cut and inlay work CNC
Replies: 8
Views: 1550

Re: needing templates cut and inlay work CNC

I forget what software my bloke used but it imported EPS ok. I should have learned autocad when I was younger but never really had the need for it until last couple of years. At my age I dont think i'll bother now.

Thanks for the help
by old_picker
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: needing templates cut and inlay work CNC
Replies: 8
Views: 1550

needing templates cut and inlay work CNC

Morning all. My usual operator is not responding to emails or texts so I assume he is too busy to do this job for me. I have generated EPS files which I believe should be readable by most CNC software. There are 3 body templates, a headstock plate and a couple of access covers.
Any recommendations?
by old_picker
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: The slow, secret death of the six string electric..
Replies: 6
Views: 2132

Re: The slow, secret death of the six string electric..

Guitar players are suffering like everyone else from information overload. Walk into any music shop and you'll see what I mean, Walls literally covered in guitars from floor to ceiling. Every price point, colour and configuration is covered. Big guitar manufacturers are beginning to find out out tha...
by old_picker
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Matching Nut files to string gauge when making a nut - how critical is the match?
Replies: 9
Views: 1890

Re: Matching Nut files to string gauge when making a nut - how critical is the match?

I've cut a lot of nuts over the years and always leave plenty of wiggle room in case the next owner wants to go heavier with the strings. I'll cut with a file round .005" - .010" bigger than the target string and begin by cutting the slot with 400 wet n dry around the file. The breakk angle must be ...
by old_picker
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Air brush for finish touch ups
Replies: 4
Views: 999

Air brush for finish touch ups

My journey into the mystical arts of finishing with lacquer have brought me to the point where I believe I need an air brush for small touch ups. Having never used one I have no idea what to buy. I can see two main types ie gravity and siphon types. What I need to be able to do is apply finish to sm...
by old_picker
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic Electric Amplifier Resources
Replies: 11
Views: 2506

Re: Acoustic Electric Amplifier Resources

In my experience playing live accoustic guitars always sound best using a DI into the PA. Ive played them through top quality valve amps and it is a poor solution. If you need to use a stand alone amp, solid state is favoured by many players. Most of the big brand names have acoustic amps available ...
by old_picker
Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Old uke repair
Replies: 18
Views: 3682

Re: Old uke repair

Epilogue I thought I should post back the results of the job.. The only photos of the finished job were on my phone and they do leave a little to be desired. I apologise for that. The main objective here was to turn it into an accessible instrument for a beginner [the grand daughter of the original ...
by old_picker
Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Pau Ferro fingerboards
Replies: 17
Views: 4358

Re: Pau Ferro fingerboards

You need to match your fret slot to your fret wire, knowing the hardness can affect the seating of the fret and potentially cause back bow as you mention, if the slot is narrow. A careful approach will manage these issues and the result is a very hard-wearing fretboard. Cheers, Jeremy. Getting righ...
by old_picker
Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Pau Ferro fingerboards
Replies: 17
Views: 4358

Re: Pau Ferro fingerboards

I used several Cooktown Ironwood fingerboards a few years ago and it is very dense, hard and unyeilding. It is so hard that the fret tangs would not bite into the wood so much as expand the slot putting sufficient pressure on the neck to cause a backbow. I've steered clear of desert hardwoods as the...
by old_picker
Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Pau Ferro fingerboards
Replies: 17
Views: 4358

Pau Ferro fingerboards

Got a project underway for export and need to use a fingerboard that will not attract problems with customs. Pau Ferro looks like a good candidate.
Any one used this stuff?
Anything to look out for?
thanks
by old_picker
Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First time restoration
Replies: 10
Views: 2300

Re: First time restoration

I concurr with previous poster that it is a likely hand made project body. I would guess that it's been built around an ibanez neck. It also could be as you say an early Yamaha or more likely an old Ibanez but dont see anything that confirms that. Before you do anything I'd suggest finding a neck to...
by old_picker
Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New member new build
Replies: 26
Views: 7095

Re: New member new build

Brittons timber south dandenong have a huge range of timber - not as easy going as mathews though where you can walk around and pull boards out of the racks. with brittons you tell em what you want and they pull the boards for you. WR Timbers in kilsyth sometimes have some interesting stuff.