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    ABR-1 wire removal / reinstallation

    I've made a few for bridges that were missing the wire. I use .017 or so gauge plain steel guitar string wire. (The cut-off of the G string from a fresh set.) By very careful bending of the wire using good chain nose pliers, I usually manage to get it right in a couple of tries. The tricky...
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    If I was to make a dc jr with a humbucker I would?

    This is just my opinion but I don't like single pickup guitars. That one pickup can sound fantastic, but I like having more tonal versatility than one pickup can ever provide. I say you lose nothing by installing two pickups. (Or three.)
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    Question about burst binding scraping

    It's a bit late to mention it, but I've successfully masked off binding before painting using pinstriping tape and narrow painter's masking tape. It does take some time to do the masking well but if done properly, after the color coat is applied, you just peel the tape off and that takes care...
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    Question about burst binding scraping

    Many Gibsons have a ridge where the binding meets the paint. It can happen even when NOT over-scraping the binding. The question is, are you willing to spray enough coats of clear over the binding to sand out and blend the ridge out to be unnoticeable? That's completely your call...
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    What's on YOUR workbench right now?

    Since it's rock maple, and laminated to be effectively quartersawn, I EXPECT it to be very stable! Still undecided about the finish. But it will be done with dyes that won't fade in sunlight. If I want a faded look, I'll use dyes that simulate that. I want it to remain the same color I...
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    Using paint as fake binding

    Try it first using pinstriping tape. Good quality pinstriping tape is about as thin as any layer of paint you'll apply, and it's completely removable without damaging anything. It might work as a decorative pinstripe near the border, but to actually simulate binding is unlikely to yield...
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    Using paint as fake binding

    I'd recommend against it. Painted on binding is a thing...but it's a thing with some of the most inexpensive guitars in the world. I'd say to leave it unbound or bind it properly.
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    What's on YOUR workbench right now?

    Photos of guitar currently in progress....I can still refine the body shape and even alter the carve somewhat, as it's a bit high by deliberate choice as I sneak up on what I hope to be the best carve and neck set I've done yet. No rush.
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    Nut cutting

    As long as the string slot in the nut has a proper break angle and the peak is at the fingerboard side of the nut, filing on the nut should not affect intonation.
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    JUST A JOKE I SWEAR!!! (Tonewood debate)

    I'm just trying to be rational about it as are most people on THIS subforum. We KNOW that different wood selections do affect the tone and sustain and feedback sensitivity of a guitar. I wish that our observations borne of, cumulatively, many hundreds of years of experience could be conveyed...
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    What's on YOUR workbench right now?

    Amazingly, I'm about to glue a neck into a body for the first time since 2012 or 2013. After working for WAY too much time, I got my garage back into shape so I can build in it again. The guitar? It's a singlecut, that kind of splits the difference between an LP and a PRS Singlecut. Not too...
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    Wraparound bridge placement? Do I add to the scale length?

    Doesn't matter what the bridge type is. What matters is the saddle line. Whatever it takes to put that right where it needs to be is what needs to be done.
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    JUST A JOKE I SWEAR!!! (Tonewood debate)

    Some woods are more resonant than others and the resonant frequencies of the various pieces varies from one to another. This is evident in raw lumber and in finished guitars as well. How much does it matter to your music? Probably very little if you play electric with a lot of overdrive...
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    Wraparound bridge placement? Do I add to the scale length?

    Based on personal results, my method which so far has never missed is: Double the nut to 12th fret measurement. Add 1/8". Draw a line at this point, across the guitar face, and perpendicular to the centerline of the neck. Now mark the center of the six strings on that line. This is your...
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    Nine Inch Nails Destroys $160,000 worth of Les Pauls

    All I'm taking away from this topic is that some people are completely utterly oblivious to the dark, thoughtful, powerful and nihilistic creations of Trent Reznor and his band mates. It's NOT The Beach Boys or some hippy band. But NiN is powerful social commentary set to a groove...


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