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  1. J

    Replace fingerboard with a thicker one?

    Yeah, even if you exact the finish, odds are you will need to refin. And if you are heating the board off, you likely will have to work on the wood to prep it for a new board. Time, steam, heat, they all do things to wood. You likely will have to plane the surface perfectly flat. After all...
  2. J

    'Paypal Dispute' - Advice Appreciated

    There is no licensing in luthierie.
  3. J

    Aftermarket necks... will someone ever step up?

    A neck made with precision will require very little if any leveling and recrowning of the fret tops. The whole reason tools like neck jigs, precision milled leveling beams, etc was to apply precision to the refretting process. If you do the work to the bare wood, very little attention needs to...
  4. J

    what do you think of this as a business strategy?

    You are looking at building a luthier/tech network only comparable to Fender. Good luck with that. Then there will be the hassle of monitoring these people as you can't hand select each and every person if you plan on having these centers everywhere (people will not travel to have a guitar...
  5. J

    Roasting an already shaped neck......

    All sorts of bad stuff will happen. The wood will shrink, the frets will get hot and burn the slots, which will already recede while shrinking, if you have a vintage style truss rod, the arch it sits at will affect the neck and warp it backwards. Your fretboard will also likely no longer be level.
  6. J

    Purchases from Rumble Seat Music in Ca.?

    I used to hang out with the owner (Eliot) at and around guitar shows. Great guy and he has worked hard at building a good reputation. Yes, they are pricey, but they typically pay more for the guitars. He has no problem with paying full market value for a desirable guitar. Other dealers sold a...
  7. J

    Intro to Shine On You Crazy Diamond - what is this Strat tone called?

    He did a lot of DI and also screwed around with DI recording, then playing that signal back through an amp and layering that amped sound on the track.
  8. J

    Questions And Comments Regarding Ebony Shortage

    The materials are still plentiful and not really all that expensive. I think the real issue is the quantities major manufacturers need and what they are willing to pay. Us regular folks can buy all the rosewood and ebony we want for about $10-15 a blank. Who knows what they are paying by buying...
  9. J

    Satin Finish Under a Gloss Finish??

    Right. Sheen is not a color. Satin finish is additives in clear that make it dry to a desired sheen. Top coat it in gloss, and you will have gloss. I would try wet sanding the finish you have. Try 600 grit. If it is too glossy looking, step down to 400, too dry looking step up to 800. I no...
  10. J

    finish 'sinking?'

    It happens as the solvents in the filler and finish continue to work their way out. It happens to urethane too, if you cut and buff a little too early.
  11. J

    Making your own pickguards

    I use all the same tools to make a pickguard I use to make necks and bodies. I don't really pay attention to the router speed on plastic. But I always cut the material close to the final shape, so the bit is just trimming, not cutting, so I don't think it makes much of a difference. The only...
  12. J

    What's The Criteria For Rating Maple Tops?

    It is all highly subjective. I find that people that do not have a lot of figured woods pass through their hands tend to overrate, ones that have a high volume pass through tend to underrate. I will only buy sight unseen from the latter. Most of the time these days I want to see the exact piece...
  13. J

    How old to be labeled "vintage"?

    In the late 80's-90's, we did not consider 70's guitars to be vintage yet. The "vintage" association seemed to take hold around 2000. Since then things have degraded and it gets used by people in place of "used". I recently saw a 2005 guitar for sale listed as "vintage". But I also see people...
  14. J

    Why Should Fretwork Be Done Under Tension?

    When I learned compression fretting 20 years ago, the jig was part of the system. In the years on my own I have more or less backed off from using it on most jobs. Why? Because most necks do not require it. It is only necks that flex significantly under tension that need it. But I am also mainly...
  15. J

    Charvel guys..help please?

    Give it a try for sure. They are shorter than usual scale. While some like that, some never really bond with them as they get used to the sound and feel of the "normal" superstrat scale.
  16. J

    Single action truss rod and dual action truss rod explanation

    You also have to be careful of what a manufacturer uses for terminology. In the 80's, several manufacturers used "dual expanding" or "double expanding" to describe rods that only adjust in one direction. I still see these being used to describe systems that are self contained, using two rods...
  17. J

    Who winds their own pickups?

    Yes, all that stuff plays a role in the final product. I have only been "making" my own pickups (really just kitbashing parts produced by others. I only rarely make my own bobbins as premade ones are so cheap) for a couple years. I started out rewinding dead vintage pickups. While rewinding I...
  18. J

    Joe B collecting old Charvels?

    Some sort of gold metallic. I should have taken a picture of the back. It has a ton of real wear on the backside. I have my share of "shapes" too. These are probably the best value as you get the awesome Charvel neck for a little less than a Strat style guitar.
  19. J

    NGD: 1982 Charvel San Dimas EVH

    That ebay listing above is the one Joe B. bought.
  20. J

    What pickup(s) did Seymour Duncan make for Eddie Van Halen?

    Yeah, I have a few of those necks, some NOS. Some of that shape is a byproduct of how the necks were made early on. Before mid 81, they just rounded over the sides, then used rasps, files, and sandpaper to do the rest. There was this flat spot down the spine of the neck. Sometimes they rounded...
  21. J

    What pickup(s) did Seymour Duncan make for Eddie Van Halen?

    Henry Boyle worked there and is an awesome dude. He was the head of the neck department from late 1981-1983. Before that he assembled the guitars (he was HB on the necks and bodies). Yeah, Charvel made Dimarzio bodies for a long time. From late 1979 until about 1983. One of my all time...
  22. J

    What pickup(s) did Seymour Duncan make for Eddie Van Halen?

    I never worked there. There are certainly times I feel like I did. I regularly chat with many of the employees that worked there in those days. I will be upfront about this as well. I am not a fan of EVH. Though I totally appreciate what he did and his impact on guitar playing and gear. I am...
  23. J

    What pickup(s) did Seymour Duncan make for Eddie Van Halen?

    I am sure Blackie played a roll as you know he was huge into Clapton. The edge rollovers? Both have a stock vintage style which is 100% the product of a roundover bit. That isn't a hand or unique shaping thing. The only time that varies is when a manufacturer chooses to use a different sized...
  24. J

    Joe B collecting old Charvels?

    Kind of. Charvel made several hundred 21 fret neck blanks in 1981. They continued to use these blanks well into 1982 after they had started using 22 frets. The necks were not complete. They had the outlines cut, fretboards radiused to 10", and shaper run down the back. The final hand touches and...
  25. J

    What pickup(s) did Seymour Duncan make for Eddie Van Halen?

    I do not believe the black Strat is the same guitar. That ones appears to be a refinished early 60's Strat. There are also pictures of him playing it with that same pickup, pickguard, and neck, but it is still original sunburst. It is obvious in pics it is a typical alder body Strat (in that...