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  1. "Acoustic baffles to recording - atomic batteries...

    "Acoustic baffles to recording - atomic batteries to power". It's just like Batman!

    Lots of promise with the guitar recordings. To me with the M/S set as wide as you've got it, on its own the...
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    Hum from non-string touching normally just...

    Hum from non-string touching normally just indicates a lot of electrical noise around. The guitar strings give your body a proper ground connection so stop it acting like an aerial, plus any signals...
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    Full length mirror and looking over your...

    Full length mirror and looking over your shoulder? ;)
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    The Chinese government ethos is all about...

    The Chinese government ethos is all about providing work for their population. There's only a finite number of kit and low-end finished guitars that can be sold, so the Chinese government will try...
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    A blend pot has two stacked potentiometers on a...

    A blend pot has two stacked potentiometers on a common shaft, one working the opposite way to the other. So you attach the output of one pickup to one of the sets of contacts and the other pickup to...
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    Can I just mention before I forget that the...

    Can I just mention before I forget that the tuners normally go the other way up (i.e. you need to swap the sides they are on, so the shafts are above, rather than below, the posts.
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  7. Just remembered that Agus recently ordered a...

    Just remembered that Agus recently ordered a Thomann Uke from the US, for delivery to his daughter in the Czech Republic with no issues, so it should be OK.
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    I expect there's going to be some scarcity of PBG...

    I expect there's going to be some scarcity of PBG kits for a while as almost all the factories in China have shut down or are working with a skeleton staff.
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    Indeed. It sort of took away the mystique and...

    Indeed. It sort of took away the mystique and skill of making a guitar/bass though. Very useful for mass-production and accurate reproduction though (if only the PBG factories used CNC kit instead...
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    I'd move the neck back very slightly, say by...

    I'd move the neck back very slightly, say by 0.5mm from the edge of the pickup rout, so the pickup ring can just overlap the edge of the rout without a visible gap. You'll have that much adjustment...
  11. If necessary I can act an an intermediary. But...

    If necessary I can act an an intermediary. But it might work if the address is in the UK. You can but try.
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    Not quite guitar making as we know it! Sounds...

    Not quite guitar making as we know it! Sounds like it could do with a better set-up.

    Not sure how well a truss rod would work in one of those bases with extended neck attachment to the body. ...
  13. Had a look round at the local FB Marketplace for...

    Had a look round at the local FB Marketplace for Oswestry, and there wasn't anything better than the HB tele for the money. A few battered affinity Squiers from 130., and the HBs are certainly...
  14. I'd probably avoid the HB amps, especially the...

    I'd probably avoid the HB amps, especially the solid state ones. The valve ones (only two to chose from) may be OKish, but I haven't seen them being reviewed.
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    I read an interview with a Fender Custom Shop guy...

    I read an interview with a Fender Custom Shop guy where he recommended using carnauba wax on sticky feeling nitro-finished necks. A couple of applications should see any sticky feeling disappear. ...
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    I'd still wait a couple more days before doing...

    I'd still wait a couple more days before doing anything with the neck and pocket.

    Clamping the neck in hard, if the neck is slightly too big in places, will force the pocket wood out slightly...
  17. They are still referred to as 4-wire pickups. ...

    They are still referred to as 4-wire pickups. The braided screen isn't carrying a signal, whilst the other 4 wires are.

    Which doesn't really tie-in with the humbucker single conductor/single wire...
  18. It's a long way from me. It's probably easiest...

    It's a long way from me. It's probably easiest to get something delivered once he's there. For that sort of money, I'd suggest getting a Harley Benton from Thomann. ...
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    You haven't thought that through fully. There...

    You haven't thought that through fully. There are no fine tuners on a Les Trem, so you'll never get it in tune with a FR nut. Locking tuners will certainly help with the stability though if you fit...
  20. Thread: HI All

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    Hi and welcome. Real guitars use solder!

    Hi and welcome.

    Real guitars use solder!
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    There are two basic finishing options. The...

    There are two basic finishing options.

    The first one is to stain the wood and then apply some form of clear finish over the top.

    The second one is to paint it a solid colour.

    For both...
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    'turps' is short for 'turpentine', the sort...

    'turps' is short for 'turpentine', the sort artists use for thinning oil paints. 'Metho' is short (Australian) for methylated spirit. We say 'meths' in the UK.
  23. Just remember that it's a prototype. It's meant...

    Just remember that it's a prototype. It's meant to be a bit rough and be a try-out for your ideas.
  24. Despite the small annoyances, that's looking a...

    Despite the small annoyances, that's looking a lot better.

    I just use a bigger drill to do any countersinking (say a 6mm one) in plastic, and rotate it by hand. I find that a standard countersink...
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    Stain is fine, though most people (and guitar...

    Stain is fine, though most people (and guitar companies) will mask up the pocket from the start and so only have about 1mm of stain and finish round the edges. You do need the finish to roll over...
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