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    Question for the resident experts: Do you sand/buff satin lacquer the same as gloss?

    I am reading up on lacquer finishing techniques but I have a question. All the tutorials and information out there assumes the use of gloss clearcoat and gives a finishing schedule for that. But what if you want to use satin clear instead? Do you treat it the same as gloss, or do you have a...
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    Soldering question for the old hands out there

    This is a long shot but I figure I'll try my luck. I'm currently building a highly modified champ style amp. Unfortunately, I built my board using some cheap turrets that I had picked up years ago. This has turned out rather badly as they are causing me a lot of grief. They are incredibly...
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    Tell Me About Mike Mitchell of the Kingsmen (of Louie Louie fame)

    So I just read an article about the song Louie Louie by the Kingsmen. Naturally I went and listened to the song. Interesting. Kind of crazy, but in a good rock'n'roll sort of way. I then proceeded to listen to some other Kingsmen tracks and while they were less interesting I was struck by the...
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    Question about transformers for the gurus out there

    This isn't strictly a guitar amp question, so apologies. But I know there are a lot of knowledgeable folks out there in TDPRI-land and I'm hoping for some help. I'm in the process of building a tube mic preamp. I'm going to start with the Scott Hampton design from the TapeOp article that came...
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    When You Have to Put Finish on a Fretboard...

    I recently put together a cheap Chinese electric kit. It came out shockingly well, and with some quality pickups and other replacement parts I've ended up with a guitar I'm happy with except for one major problem. It has an imitation rosewood fingerboard that is...not nice. I don't mind the...
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    DIY Modifying nut/fingerboard width on kit guitar neck - possible or a fool's errend?

    Looking for (preferably at least somewhat informed) opinions/advice related to kit guitar building. I am about to start a build and am looking at a kit from Precision Guitar Kits--a double cut junior. They offer customizable neck profiles, but not nut width. I strongly prefer 1-5/8" (or even...




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