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by blackalex1952
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: tone
Replies: 5
Views: 806

Re: tone

Measure the scale length on the first string then calculate, look up an online calculator or use a phone app like the one I use (an iphone one called "fret calc"). You can then measure the fret spacings and the first fret to the nut distance on that string. All of the previous tips re nut and bridge...
by blackalex1952
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Airbrush advice
Replies: 10
Views: 1379

Re: Airbrush advice

I have an airbrush set up that I bought from ebay for $30. It came from a hairdresser who was using it for spray tanning or something. A very good compressor with double pistons, always a reserve when spraying. Two guns also included plus I bought two more. The trick I use is to find the right balan...
by blackalex1952
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Counter sinking bolts BO/BO fretboard extension
Replies: 13
Views: 2364

Re: Counter sinking bolts BO/BO fretboard extension

There's more than one way to skin a cat!- Ross
by blackalex1952
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pigments
Replies: 1
Views: 504

pigments

I have questions re mixing my own pigments. All advice welcome. I want to make up a pigment mix to match an old Gibson, pre world war one! Nitrocellulose lacquer is what I intend to use as the base. I'm wondering if anyone has used Langridge or other artists pigments for this purpose and if there is...
by blackalex1952
Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cutting a curved truss rod channel
Replies: 1
Views: 488

Cutting a curved truss rod channel

Here is a link from good 'ol Dan re cutting a Gibson style truss rod channel on a table saw. Could be done on a router table as well.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Okx5YLePPs
Ross
by blackalex1952
Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Where is the best place to buy bandsaw blades in Australia?
Replies: 36
Views: 11117

Re: Where is the best place to buy bandsaw blades in Australia?

Tonxi wrote
The glass is half full... but I'll have another while your up
Dear optimist and pessimist. While you were both arguing whether the glass was half full or half empty, I drank it! Signed, the Opportunist.
Cheers! Ross
by blackalex1952
Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Laminating Cutaway Sides
Replies: 6
Views: 1429

Re: Laminating Cutaway Sides

There are a few ways to do this. I made my own heat bending iron using the sharp cutaway curve plus a little more of the classic Selmer Maccaferri guitar shape for one end and a lower radius curve at the other end. I used a 19mm thich piece of craftwood to make the original shape then screwed subseq...
by blackalex1952
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Applying HHG
Replies: 3
Views: 842

Re: Applying HHG

Where do you get them? Do you keep it in a hot water glue pot? How big are they? Do you clean it every day or can it be re used over and over, without the accordion section becoming clogged with old glue and hard to clean or useless? How much do they cost? Good for white luthiers glue and titebond I...
by blackalex1952
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mask the bridge glueing area
Replies: 11
Views: 1570

Re: Mask the bridge glueing area

I'm not the greatest sprayer around, I have a cheap gravity feed gun and a really old gun which I restored. I have had some success with nitro, warming it in the pot by placing the pot (on the gun) in a container of hot water. You could give that a try in cooler weather, and heating the guitar with ...
by blackalex1952
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: One of two ways I deal with warped necks
Replies: 4
Views: 816

Re: One of two ways I deal with warped necks

How do you deal with a convex neck that has no truss rod? Ross
by blackalex1952
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to Repair Truss Rod Rattle
Replies: 13
Views: 1649

Re: How to Repair Truss Rod Rattle

Excellent, Steve...I admit that I am not as experienced as you in repairs, although I have been repairing instruments since the 1970's on a pretty jack of all trades basis that people living in the country do. One thing which is great information which you share in your tutes is the time to repair i...
by blackalex1952
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to Repair Truss Rod Rattle
Replies: 13
Views: 1649

Re: How to Repair Truss Rod Rattle

Yes Steve, wax would tend to do this. Perhaps someone who reads this thread might think of and suggest a modern substance with the desired properties. On the subject of wax, I have repaired accordions and learned a few tricks. One is how to make accordion wax. Basically, my mix was mainly beeswax wi...
by blackalex1952
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to Repair Truss Rod Rattle
Replies: 13
Views: 1649

Re: How to Repair Truss Rod Rattle

Why not use something which suppresses the rattle but doesn't harden enough to jam up the truss rod for this kind of repair?
-Ross
by blackalex1952
Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cutting fret slots
Replies: 10
Views: 2071

Re: Cutting fret slots

You would need a sliding drop saw for that but I made myself a sliding table saw specifically for this job. Used an Ozito table tile cutter saw , replaced the blade with a Stumc fret slotting blade made a sliding table wilts some drawer slides. Goes under the bench when not in use. Any chance of po...
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding The only way out?
Replies: 21
Views: 3743

Re: Binding The only way out?

Ross don't have a tang nipper. I use this little jig to hold fretwire upside down and file tang off. Takes 30 mins to make. Every now & then i have to cut a a new 'trench' in the ply. Great tool! Yes, the tang nipper gets most of the job done, but file dressing is needed as well to get the frets to ...
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding The only way out?
Replies: 21
Views: 3743

Re: Binding The only way out?

If you want to wait for the international post, I found these. Don't know if they are any good but cheap!
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/GuitarTechs ... 1107329606
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding The only way out?
Replies: 21
Views: 3743

Re: Binding The only way out?

The guys name is Frank and he's a good fellow. -Ross
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pigments for lacquer
Replies: 2
Views: 611

Re: pigments for lacquer

I know where to get some but looking for the most suitable and if they mix ok.
by blackalex1952
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pigments for lacquer
Replies: 2
Views: 611

pigments for lacquer

I use nitrocellulose lacquer and or shellac. I am wondering if dry solid pigment powders can be mixed in to these successfully. Also, sources of pigments in Australia. I'm right for dyes. -Ross
by blackalex1952
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding The only way out?
Replies: 21
Views: 3743

Re: Binding The only way out?

Don't forget if you don't already have one, the fret tang nipper for bound fret ends.
Ross
by blackalex1952
Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: String manufacturing
Replies: 0
Views: 724

String manufacturing

Interesting...the background noise is much less around the 24 minute mark. Some good info from that point onwards.
https://youtu.be/ELcC8wSNJKI

Also, gut string manufacture https://youtu.be/0ywzxkC0NAc

I'm not sure if they eat spaghetti for lunch... :roll:
by blackalex1952
Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Plane trees
Replies: 0
Views: 719

Plane trees

I just read in the Age : http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/nearly-80-st-kilda-road-trees-could-be-chopped-by-end-of-summer-20171218-h06pty.html I don't think elm is a good guitar timber, but I have used Plane for bindings and have the makings of a back and sides set. The highly figured plane makes e...
by blackalex1952
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: water baseed lemon shellac
Replies: 4
Views: 954

Re: water baseed lemon shellac

I have had a chat with Mike at the aforementioned business re the shellacs that he carries. He has a dewaxed white shellac which looks very interesting to me. The water based lemon shellac is being made in Australia and is aimed at the school market because it is water based and non toxic. He is not...
by blackalex1952
Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: water baseed lemon shellac
Replies: 4
Views: 954

Re: water based lemon shellac

blackalex1952 wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:10 pm
Has anybody used this product? https://www.thewoodworks.com.au/shop/sp ... sed-detail
It's on special. Is it dewaxed and how does it perform once dry?What are your experiences? Ross
by blackalex1952
Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: water baseed lemon shellac
Replies: 4
Views: 954

water baseed lemon shellac

Has anybody used this product? https://www.thewoodworks.com.au/shop/sp ... sed-detail
It's on special. Is it dewaxed and how does it perform once dry?What are your experiences? Ross