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  1. charisjapan

    Sealing Maple ... Shellac?

    I want to seal the Kaede maple top on the Chinaberry Six build. It sucks up rattle can lacquer and rattle can urethane like crazy! I’ve searched here, other guitar forums, and a ton of woodcraft sites ... and while natural shellac is often mentioned, it usually gets set on the back burner...
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    Neck Pickup Location

    I am about to rout the neck pickup on my Chinaberry Six, and wondered about the best location. On many iconic guitars, it seems that it’s pushed as far north as the fretboard allows, AND not compromise neck joint support (SG comes to mind here). Taking that to an extreme, does that mean as...
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    Limba 6 Redux

    Posted at the end of my Limba 6 thread that I felt I needed to change a few things, since this thing is "going back" to the workshop, might as well do a few more things that were nagging me. Was just gonna "do it right" next build, but why waste the opportunity to get this one right, eh? ;)...
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    Wood ID and Fretboard Feasibility

    Hey all, Haven't been posting much, my current build on hold for holiday family visiting and a nagging tendinitis problem ... which seems to be getting better. :fingersx: So while looking for an interesting top for my next multiscale bass build, I found this plank. It's about 40" X 17" X 1/2"...
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    Chinaberry Six

    Not a lot set for this build yet, except the name, the body wood (unless it has a cap) and the other Padauk Mt. Fuji neck from my Limba 6 build. Pretty good chance that this one will be carried to Hawaii for my daughter. More details as the vision matures. Meanwhile ...
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    HNTD Finally Bandsawed

    Been saving shekels for some time, and investigating what will meet my needs for a bandsaw. It has to be pretty small, yet resaw at least 175mm. This has been on my radar, checking reviews, upgrades, options. 10” wheels, 180mm max height, reasonable depth, Made in Taiwan quality, and the...
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    Hipshot Tuner Dismantling?

    Hey all, Anyone know how to remove the locking wheel on a Hipshot tuner? I would like to switch the wheels, knobs, and washers on these for the Limba 6 build. (to match the chrome/black of the Filter'Tron pickups) Thanks!
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    Cadillac Fret De-Tanger

    I am impressed with the Stew-Mac Fret Tang tool! It cuts VERY nicely, but ... OUCH!!! I have some issues with my hands (getting old), and using this tool was tortuous. Surely they could do something about those slippery, hard, excruciatingly difficult to use handles, huh?! Well, those...
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    Binding Fretboard with Same Wood?

    Hey all, I'm sure this has been done before, and wondered about the results. Is it feasible to cut a thin strip from the fretboard blank, cut fret slots, then glue the wood strips back on? I am about to get going on the Limba 6 Multiscale, and am using a Wenge fretboard. Was thinking of...
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    SHNTzD!

    That title needs explaining ... Super Happy New Toolz Day! Actually, a few days running, some ordered months ago, and today's (hopefully) a dream-come-true. First, lusting after for well over a year, not having the cash, then out-of-stock, then out of cash again, then finally ordering, waiting...
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    Limba 6 Multiscale + Filter'Tron

    No more stalling. The title says most of it, but a few pictures should fill in the blanks. White Limba, Padauk, Wenge, Hipshot stuff, single TV Jones Filter'Tron Classic Plus, 628mm ~ 648mm Multiscale (approximately Gibson to Fender) Cheers!
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    NWD! This is becoming a habit ...

    I was browsing my auction site and maybe for the first time the little "helper" ads were not a nuisance. Item: Table Top, Sendan (Chinaberry), 100 yen starting bid. Apparently, several people wanted it for a table, but I prevailed at $80 + $20 shipping. I can clearly see two full-sized body...
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    Care and Feeding a Brass Nut

    Hey all, Never had a brass nut, so had to try it out! Harder than bone, but with a belt sander pretty easy to shape ... in fact, being shiny, maybe easier than bone. (sorry, my first example is missing two slots) So, how do I finish it? I know it will shine up easily, but the hard to reach...
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    Limba Body + ?Neck?

    Hey all! I want to get going on my first 6-string, and while looking at a reputable auction store snagged a 2-piece White Limba body blank for $30. But I have not found a matching neck. As a matter of fact, I don't recall ever seeing a limba neck blank here in Japan. I'm not going to build...
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    Massive MLP Japan Meet 2017

    Well, more massive that 2016 ... three guys instead of two. Barnaby and a2k came over for a few hours to play guitars and mess around with various planes. Only have a few pictures, which is more than last year's single picture. Barnaby brought over his '69 GT Deluxe and a2k brought his...
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    Chinaberry Bass Build X2

    First build thread that is not a kit. The reason it's X2 is that I got two similar bodies out of one 50 mm piece of Chinaberry wood. I got it cheap because there was a huge knot about in the middle. I started asking questions here: Bassic Body Design My excuse for hesitating was that my left eye...
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    Bassic Body Design Question

    Hey all, I have a question about how to scale down a 5-string bass body to a 4-string. I have a Steinberger Spirit 5, and like it a lot, but in our band rarely use low-B. I also have a Hohner B2B 4-string headless, using a 4-string version of the Steinberger bridge, but the little "broom"...
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    Takamine Refret

    Hey all, Well, I've finally decided on a basic design for my first scratch build electric (will certainly start a build thread!), and have most of the materials and tools to proceed, but ... ... pretty intimidated by frets. Oh, I think I can somehow get through it, but have never done anything...
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    What's in Cleveland?

    Hey all, I find myself going to Cleveland the end of the month. My younger daughter is working on a film there, and invited me to see the set, and maybe even drive some cool cars. (hint, the movie is 8th of a series about street racing :) ) Anyway, I already know the Rock and Roll Hall of...
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    Epoxy Filler Help

    Hey all, I need some help on understanding epoxy grain filler. I have seen several threads, but most assume Z-poxy, and that is not readily available here. I can order it international (at least, one Amazon seller says they can), but shipping and the automatic import fees can add up. If ya'll...

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