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One More Guitar #15: With a big sigh I post a final disappointing video: It's done...

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 12-26-2020 07:28 PM 858 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, Guitar is finished but humidity differences from fall to winter raised havoc with it. The neck took a set with extreme low humidity and it’s a buzzer. Even got a humidity crack in the top. Not much to do about it short of neck removal can fix it. I actually kept my fingers crossed that this wouldn’t happen. I used to have a climate controlled closet for keep this in check. With making guitars it’s very important. The Weather went from fall monsoons to winter super dryness. Anyway, the finishing video is here but alas, no final concert. I did know better but thought I could get away with it but, in the back of my mind I knew…..dumb…

If I could only play it without cringing! Buzzzzzzz…... But ya know, it looks pretty good! Wall ornament?

I should make another one, but resurrect my humidity control box first. But later, much later. Right now, I got a drone for Christmas….Yes, I’m about to become a 66 year old drone pilot.

Very short, full disclosure video below… Thanks for following to the disastrous final episode!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.



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Peteybadboy

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#1 posted 12-27-2020 11:38 AM

Sorry to hear about the outcome. The video is not attached. I was looking forward to hearing what it sounded like.

Screw drivers of your dreams turned out well. So you have that going for you.

-- Petey

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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 12-27-2020 03:13 PM



Sorry to hear about the outcome. The video is not attached. I was looking forward to hearing what it sounded like.

Screw drivers of your dreams turned out well. So you have that going for you.

- Peteybadboy

Click the picture… It leads to youtube.

Ya my satirical post turned out to be something that people actually took seriously!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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GR8HUNTER

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#3 posted 12-27-2020 04:01 PM

very disappointing but it still looks very good to me GREAT JOB :<)))))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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Foghorn

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#4 posted 01-04-2021 04:12 PM

Disappointing but a very nice guitar!

I’m assuming you used a single action rather than a double action truss rod? A double action one could help with the back bow if it isn’t too pronounced.

You could also pull the frets and plane the fretboard true then deepen the slots and re-fret, once again, if the back bow isn’t too pronounced. Worst case as you say is to pull the neck. I use an old clothes iron to soften the glue and a putty knife to then remove the fretboard undamaged. I’ve never used the Sloan method of attaching the neck but assume you have to drill out the dowels? I built my first few with dovetail neck joints but switched to bolt on many years ago as it makes it super easy to do a reset and does not affect the sound at all. Anyway, a break as you say is always a good thing. You can then formulate an action plan to get this beauty playing! It’s definitely fixable.

-- Darrel

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#5 posted 01-04-2021 04:44 PM



Disappointing but a very nice guitar!

I m assuming you used a single action rather than a double action truss rod? A double action one could help with the back bow if it isn t too pronounced.

You could also pull the frets and plane the fretboard true then deepen the slots and re-fret, once again, if the back bow isn t too pronounced. Worst case as you say is to pull the neck. I use an old clothes iron to soften the glue and a putty knife to then remove the fretboard undamaged. I ve never used the Sloan method of attaching the neck but assume you have to drill out the dowels? I built my first few with dovetail neck joints but switched to bolt on many years ago as it makes it super easy to do a reset and does not affect the sound at all. Anyway, a break as you say is always a good thing. You can then formulate an action plan to get this beauty playing! It s definitely fixable.

- Foghorn

Planing the fretboard isn’t an option. I did try heating it with an iron but the ebony is splitting before the glue line coming apart. At some point I’ll remove the fretboard (in pieces) remove the neck, rework it and put it back on with a new fretboard. I’m just not feeling it right now. Maybe later. Also, it’s not a dual action rod….. Thanks for the response.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Foghorn

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#6 posted 01-04-2021 06:26 PM

That’s too bad on the ebony. It may be the Titebond 2. It releases at a higher temp than Titebond original. Anyway. Good luck with things.

-- Darrel

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#7 posted 01-04-2021 06:31 PM



That s too bad on the ebony. It may be the Titebond 2. It releases at a higher temp than Titebond original. Anyway. Good luck with things.

- Foghorn

Yes, I have a bottle of Elmer’s white glue. That holds very good but releases the best. I didn’t use it… sigh…

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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