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Not much progress today, as I had to do some arrangements to free enough table space. Also I've been looking for different techniques to do the fretwork.

In the project guitar, the string buzz seems to be concentrated mostly to high E string. Perhaps the first thing to try is a 'spot' -leveling, with the strings on.

Idea for that came from Stewmac video, where Dan Erlewine uses a diamond coated spot file. Particularly I liked the part, where he showed a very early version of it, that was just a wooden stick, with small piece of file glued to it.

I have noticed after the scalloping, that the fret ends appear to stick out more, when playing through the fretboard, so they need to be rounded.

Another thing is, that one may not necessarily desire of having a full Yngvie Malmsteen -style scalloping, which I have done. Obviously there are a lot of other ways to make a partial, or 'milder' scalloping.     

An example of that could be the Richie Blackmore signature model, that has a 'progressive' scalloping.
The Water Cooler / Re: Looking for someone.
« Last post by russ57 on September 30, 2020, 06:28:28 AM »
Also a jeweller, and a painter.

Talented man


The Water Cooler / Re: Looking for someone.
« Last post by Pete. on September 30, 2020, 01:38:08 AM »
His latest video is just a few hours old and shows him relaxed and working outside his workshop surrounded by greenery. He seems to be doing OK.
Today the guitar was prepared for the fretwork. To start hunting the buzzing frets, capo was attached to the first fret, as the saddle has a different radius, than the fretboard(actually, in this case, frets):

Then lowering the bridge, as low as needed, to bring out the string buzz on different frets. So far, it's not as bad, as I expected. I like super low action, so it's crucial to get them(frets) leveled anyway.

First impressions of using the scalloped fretboard(no fretwork done yet): It definitely isn't everyone's cup of tea, but even at this early point, I like it.

Some pros and cons noticed(personal preference):

+ string bending fingers don't rub against the fretboard
+ makes the upper fretboard somehow more 'accessible', allowing easier, crazy bendings also

- might take some practice to get used to
- fingers could 'dig' deeper between the strings more easily, when compared to the ordinary fretboard

I'm going ahead of myself again, but I think the rest of the guitar is now worth of restoring, although the body seems like there were bunch of rats excavating:


The Water Cooler / Re: Looking for someone.
« Last post by DavidA on September 29, 2020, 04:58:10 PM »
Hi Woodguy,

Yes, that's the fella.

I'll go look him up.

Thanks for that.

Dave.  :thumbup:
The Water Cooler / Re: Looking for someone.
« Last post by woodguy on September 29, 2020, 07:52:20 AM »
Are you referring to Nik Colyer? 
Mark, thanks. While sanding the fretboard after filing, the finest grit was 240. As this is just an experiment, trying to remove all the file marks isn't that much needed. Maybe later, if necessary.

Side marker holes were filled with rosewood dust and instant glue(cyanoacrylate). Then holes for the 6mm fret markers were made, by using printed jigs like this:

Fret markers are turned out of maple, as I already had some leftover bits at hand. They were glued with the same instant glue.

Instead of dyeing the fretboard black, as was mentioned earlier, perhaps the acetone treatment could do. Comparison:

I wouldn't use acetone for fretboards, that have any sort of plastic parts in them, though.

So, next comes the fun part: fretwork.
The Water Cooler / Re: Looking for someone.
« Last post by Brass_Machine on September 28, 2020, 06:46:51 PM »
Sorry Dave... I don't know him.

Tools / Re: Aldi palm router.
« Last post by DavidA on September 28, 2020, 05:02:43 PM »
Sorry for the long delay.

I think I may have found the problem.  The Aldi supplied cutter shank  is ever so slightly oval.

The Water Cooler / Looking for someone.
« Last post by DavidA on September 28, 2020, 04:58:24 PM »
I am worried about someone who lives in Northern California.

He has a general machinist youtube channel. Also a writer. Rents out cabins close to his home/workshop.

Does a lot of welding projects. Made a walnut washing machine.

Lives in the Sacramento area. North of Nevada City.

I haven't visited his channel for a while. But now see that the fires are getting pretty close to the area he lives in.

The problem is, I can't remember his name. Or the name of the channel.

Does anyone here know who I mean ?


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