What's on your workbench today?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by guitarbuilder, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. Freeman Keller

    Freeman Keller Friend of Leo's

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    Dave, I have always felt that the Martin X brace was a stroke of genius. It puts the stiffest part of the brace at the weakest part of the top, lets the lower bout open up to vibrate, connects the ends of the bridge to the brace to the top. How ever you do the area between the legs of the X (where most people do their tone bars) you can both brace against splitting the spruce and letting it move. You can customize the sound by the shape and size of the braces. It only works with the rotational components of a fixed (pinned) bridge, but it works magnificantly.

    I've built both a fan braced guitar and a ladder braced one - both have their places and actually both are pretty good at what they do. But the X brace is simply brilliant.

    Edit to add, for anyone who has not seen a fan braced classical guitar, this is kind of typical

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    And if you are going to use a tailpiece so you don't have the rotational torque, ladder bracing works pretty well and sure has a distinctive sound. (this is a 12 string so the braces are pretty big)

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  2. Davecam48

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    And there folks we have a classic example of the "Noggin Principle" an Australian principle whereby "If you can see it working in your mind.................you can build it!" and it will work!!!

    Thereby Dave this entitles you to freedom of travel within the United States Of Australia and temporary residence therein.
    This of course subject to the writer receiving the compulsory ..............let's say $1,000,000 US service fee. ;)

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  3. crazydave911

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  4. Skydog1010

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  5. hopdybob

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    ahh, i understand, thinking out of the box, trying something new.
    maybe a helpful thought, what if you would treat the top, were the strings would touch wood, with some epoxy?
    another thought. ik think in the book al Dan Erlewine there is a guitar player that made bone inserts for his strat saddle on the high strings.
    i you want i will look it up and put some pictures here
     
  6. Ripthorn

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    Graviton #1 is starting to take shape:

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  7. Zepfan

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    That's an idea and a wooden saddle has been mentioned. I'm thinking that saddles of wood may not last long under frequent trem use(hardtail Strat and Tele has been done and should work well) and wood saddles on top of the stell plate and trem block may not be enough wood to make a difference in the sound.
    Maybe this is one of those exercises in futility?;)
    Someone mentioned Maple earlier, that would be a hard enough wood to use and mostly offer a bright wood tone.
    This will have to wait til I get my new shop up and running with all the new saws I got.
     
  8. solfege

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    This drawer that needed to be repaired...

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    Which is the last thing keeping this off the workbench.

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  9. Zepfan

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    I've been working on my cheap pedal board for a couple of days and couldn't get the preamp to work. Turns out they used red wire for ground and black wire for positive for the battery/power source on this. It didn't come with any info and I couldn't find a schematic online.
    I'll get that rewired this weekend, then move on to the "Psycho Knob" distortion. So far nothing is happening with the piezo reverb unit. The preamp boost may help when it's wired right.:rolleyes:
     
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  10. I_build_my_own

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    Fret board slotting under way

    0.6 mm bit, at 62 feed rate, .25mm depth per pass, 2.5mm deep. About 10 minutes per slot. This is gonna take a while....
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  11. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

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    3 hours 4 minutes and 51 seconds later...
    Done with all fret slots. Next is the fret markers

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  12. GunsOfBrixton

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    You should be able to crank up the speed and increase the depth of cut. I run mine at 10 inches per minute (approx 250mm per inch) and each slot is cut in 4 passes (so 1/4 of the total depth per pass) That will get you down into the 20 minute range. I think Herb runs at 15 inches per minute. The bits are tiny but they can take it. I have used those speeds on maple and walnut.
     
  13. I_build_my_own

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    Good info!!! Thanks. On the next one I’ll put the pedal to metal. What RPM do you have on the spindle?
     
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    Well that is quite a step up from my equipment. My spindle only does 10k rpm max. My bits are also different. I use the PCB chip breakers 10 for about 9-10 dollars - they are pretty brittle and don’t have the nice deep spiral grooves to transport the chips out to allow for higher feed rates. In the name of science I will push the machine next time a bit more, till I break the first bit :)
     
  16. crisscrosscrash

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    Laying out the spacing to start building the neck for this tele... Roasted the maple fingerboard in my oven!
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    Based off a duojet it’s getting a bigsby b3, aluminum bridge and dog ear p90s.
    The neck is roasted maple with tortoise dots.

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  18. Moodivarius

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    Working on my youngest son's Tele build.

    Truss rod route & fingerboards.
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    He has a couple coats of dark green paint on the black ash body.
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  19. I_build_my_own

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    After overthinking it for quite a while, on how I could route an angled headstock with another angle on the headstock plane to accommodate the angled nut, I ROSSed it and finished it off with a sanding block. - no science and overthinking applied. :)

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    The “before” ... when I decided to borrow a DEAN headstock design - :D . The tuners placement will tweaked slightly to flow with the angled nut. I know that headstock isn’t a hardcore tele purist cup of tea.

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