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  1. John Nicholas

    NTD - Yukon Rolling Workbench

    Man, maybe I stepped in some lucky doo or something!! Lately quite a few really good Craigslist finds have popped up. For years I searched either didn't find anything or it was sold just before I got there. Here is a fabulous find! Honestly, besides some scuffs on the wheels from rolling it...
  2. John Nicholas

    NTD - California Air Tools -Compressor

    Look what I just found on Craigslist... it was a bit dusty and dirty when I got it, but cleaned it up and it runs nicely and quietly! I've been wanting to buy one of these quiet air compressors for many years, but I was unwilling to pay the high price of a new one. Finally found this one for...
  3. John Nicholas

    Oh no! Now I'm building a CNC?

    Honestly, this project started out as just a high tech router sled! Then as more ideas were incorporated, it morphed into what amounted to a hand powered router mill... as the ideas and thoughts percolated in my crazy mind... and I realized how many turns of a hand crank it would take to move...
  4. John Nicholas

    Inexpensive Nut Files - Something for hobbyists

    This is something that comes up very often in many threads, folks asking about less expensive options for nut files. Those of us who build lots of guitars are always answering these question by recommending expensive options that are just a bit too rich, for a hobbyist. Others recommending they...
  5. John Nicholas

    Building a Spector NS2 Bass Replica/Clone/Tribute - Can it be done?

    Really the question is, can I build one? Truly I really didn’t think I would even consider starting another build, with all the uncertainty in my life, I wasn’t sure a build would be possible. My friend talked to me about it for a while and he convinced me that planning a build might be helpful...
  6. John Nicholas

    My Last Build? - Alder Neo

    Yes, there is a very good chance that this will be my very last guitar build. Certainly it would be better if I could continue on building, but it seems that life always throws you a curve ball when you least expect it. To make a long story brief and not bum anyone out, I was diagnosed with...
  7. John Nicholas

    New Diamond Cut Stew Mac Nut Files

    There have been many threads on here about finding low cost nut files in order to perform this important task. Well, the folks over at Stew Mac have just released some new Diamond Cut nut files to add to your tool arsenal. Most likely these new files work fabulously, but hopefully you won the...
  8. John Nicholas

    CITES restrictions on musical instruments are coming to an end!

    Just read this on Reverb. Good news for those who build and sell instruments around the world. For those that don't want to click through on the provided link, here is the important part; "On Wednesday 08/28/19, the CITES convention in Geneva, Switzerland decided to exempt finished musical...
  9. John Nicholas

    Dead Simple Neck Carve jig...

    Yeah... I know... there are tons of threads about building jigs to automate the process of the neck carve. They are awesome, but I have not found any I'm willing to devote the time and energy to build quite yet. I got some wood from work... 2x12 Douglas fir that was used as a guard rail. It was...
  10. John Nicholas

    Richlite - More colors, more options and some additional information

    So far I've built two guitars using Richlite for fingerboards and they are my favorite guitars to play. Richlite is easy to machine and is super stable. Even better as long as you carefully radius the fingerboard and cut the fret slots deep enough, there is little to no need for fret leveling...
  11. John Nicholas

    StewMac Guitar Kit sale

    For those interested in kits, they are on sale with pretty decent prices.. Telecaster Kit - $149.99...
  12. John Nicholas

    Need Help - Building a Springsteen Esquire Replica

    This is unusual. I'm not a Bruce fan, but one of my good friends is a huge one. He really loves the guitar on the cover on the Born to Run album. The idea is to make it look as close as possible, but will not be relic'd. Already bought lumber for the body and neck from Guitar Wood Experts...
  13. John Nicholas

    Do you - How do you add serial numbers....

    Just like the title says... thinking about adding serial numbers to my builds. Do you do it? If so, how do you add serial numbers??
  14. John Nicholas

    Solarez Grain Filler test with comments

    Not sure if everyone is familiar with this product. It is a finish that can be applied without a spray set up and is "cured/dried" with UV. In my case, the sun!! This product caught my eye over a year ago. I purchased some product and didn't really give it a good test when I got it...
  15. John Nicholas

    Did something really dumb... how can I fix it?

    One of the dangers of building more then one guitar at a time I suppose... and not enough room. When moving another body a pickup that was not attached fell out and hit the Walnut body. Leaving two pretty deep dings. How can I fix this? I'm open to any and all suggestions.
  16. John Nicholas

    The Neo - Finally got to build a real one!

    In July of 2017 the prototype version of the Neo was posted. Strangely, at the same time a second body was cut out. Unfortunately with so many other builds going on, this one was pushed to the back burner. Again, this is another one, that is already finished before creating this thread...
  17. John Nicholas

    The Duo - Not Really a Telecaster Build

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the designs of the classic guitars. They are fabulous and iconic. The problem is me. I don’t want to build clones of existing guitars. Why? A couple of reasons, but I show my guitars to many non players. When you say it’s a Telecaster or Stratocaster, they think you...
  18. John Nicholas

    Tutorial - Drilling Tele Bridge Ferrule holes

    In a few recent threads folks have mentioned they are not sure how to do this accurately. This method is certainly something I've seen someplace, but it works well. It does require that you have a drill press. In this case my drill press is a Wen 4214 12 inch variable speed, which was purchased...
  19. John Nicholas

    Richlite Fretboards FAQ Video

    I know how much you fellers love you some Richlite!! It's the ultimate tonewood! Always the same, no knots, nice color, stable, never will be on an endangered species list... you get the drill!!:lol::lol::lol: Anyways... unlike many others, I'm open to new stuff and testing to see what I...
  20. John Nicholas

    The Walnut Strat Adventure

    This project has been floating around for quite some time. It was finished using a one piece maple neck that I made when first starting my building adventure. The trouble was there were some issues with the neck, the big one was it ended up being too narrow!! Honestly it was on the back burner...
  21. John Nicholas

    NTD - Wen 4214 Drill Press

    When I first began building guitars, a neighbor loaned me a floor mounted drill press. The other night I got call from the neighbor who finally needed it back. While I knew this day was coming... it never comes at the right time. So I went on a search for a good, inexpensive drill press. And...
  22. John Nicholas

    Sources for cool custom bridges

    Hello All... I like to be a bit different and am always on the look out for something new and unique when it comes to parts for guitars. Most people are aware of the bigger makers of bridges like, Fender, Gotoh, Hipshot, Callaham, Floyd Rose, Schaller, etc... My question is do you know of any...
  23. John Nicholas

    The Neo - non-traditional build warning

    My name is John, I'm addicted to building guitars... Whoops, wrong forum... :D It seems that my way of looking at guitar building is not shared with many. That's okay, I like to do things a bit different. In future builds I will use alternative woods, materials, carbon fiber and even Richlite...
  24. John Nicholas

    Please help identify this tonewood

    Hello all... On Friday my buddy Helmut went to Condon lumber and asked if I wanted anything, he got a long list!! Well he found this little beauty, the trouble is, it was marked as a certain species, but neither of us believes it is what it was marked. Which is why I'm asking all of you. Can...
  25. John Nicholas

    Built a new fret slot jig

    Finally getting back to work. Had a small vacation to this strange place.... It was amazing visiting this place! When I got home it was time to finish up the fret slotting jig for 6 necks that need building. It's funny because originally the raw materials were going to be for another jig...




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