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  1. donepearce

    Adjusting nut slot depth

    And that is what a good luthier aims for in setting slot depth on a normal nut. Clearance measurements are nonsense. They are always way too high.
  2. donepearce

    Adjusting nut slot depth

    If it is not uncomfortable just leave it. The half string thing is really just a bit of luthier vanity. Otherwise I would use a file, not sandpaper. Sandpaper is a bit uncontrolled and tends to wipe all the detail off edges.
  3. donepearce

    Adjusting nut slot depth

    One more thing. If the base of the slot is not perfectly smooth when you are done, the string will sink some over the next few weeks. So don't try to go all the way in one session. Creep up on it.
  4. donepearce

    Fantastic Performance Footage of "Let There Be Rock" era AC/DC

    This venue is a ten minute walk from me. It is no longer a music venue, sadly, and I can hardly bear to relate what it has become. I'll let The Guardian say it, "Megachurch buys Golders Green Hippodrome after mosque plan blocked. An international megachurch whose founder has been accused of...
  5. donepearce

    Okay. Maybe I’m nuts or being stupid.

    I don't see an advantage to either. Nut adjustment is a one-time deal so you don't need screws. And metal is going to be much harder to shape than Tusq, Corian or my favourite, bone.
  6. donepearce

    Show Us Your Basses

    Interesting. What's the difference between them?
  7. donepearce

    Nut slots cut too low

    I already talked about this. They went through a phase of using clear epoxy. Filthy stuff and almost impossible to get out cleanly. The right way to hold in a nut is a couple of tiny drops of PVA glue on the side that faces the end grain of the fretboard.
  8. donepearce

    Nut slots cut too low

    If a luthier f*cked up your guitar it was his job to fix it, not yours.
  9. donepearce

    Is this a normal tailpiece height?

    Yes, when you have to use judgment to get the dimensions right it is important not to waste time. Don't try for better tolerance than the job demands. A high/low go-no go gauge is a good way to achieve this. It has to be accurate but you only need to do it once. I prefer to keep my nice...
  10. donepearce

    Nut slots cut too low

    It's strange how a temporary fix can still be performing just fine ten years down the line. I am very wary of removing a Gibson nut. If it is one from the time they decided they should be fitted with epoxy you are in for a couple of days of heartache trying to chip it out without damaging the...
  11. donepearce

    Is this a normal tailpiece height?

    That tolerance is what my machine gives me with no special effort. I built it myself to my own standards.
  12. donepearce

    Nut slots cut too low

    put a little baking soda in the slot - press it down well. Now add a drop of superglue. You need the really runny stuff or it wont soak through. Give it an hour or so and it will be rock hard. You can now file it down to the right height.
  13. donepearce

    Vintage potentiometers

    You can always replace a bad pot even on a vintage guitar. Just keep the original in the case.
  14. donepearce

    Is this a normal tailpiece height?

    And this is why we work in decimal, not fractional. At a glance I know the difference between 3.4425 and 3.4426. You can only come up with a single denominator for a limited set of dimensions.
  15. donepearce

    Is this a normal tailpiece height?

    That sounds good. A tenth of a thou is a pretty reasonable tolerance
  16. donepearce

    Is this a normal tailpiece height?

    That's all good. Personally I don't see metric as superior to Imperial, although it's probably a good idea to switch because now it is only you, Liberia and Myanmar that are sticking to Imperial. No, my problem with American measurements was always the insistence on using fractions instead of...
  17. donepearce

    Is this a normal tailpiece height?

    I first learned Imperial measurements as a child then we switched to metric when I was about twenty. I guess I am bilingual in them still. But I have never understood failing to reduce fractions to their simplest form. I gather that in the timber trade you still use 4/4 instead of 1?
  18. donepearce

    Is this a normal tailpiece height?

    I'm talking about the bridge rocking back and forth under string force. You are asking about bridge height at its two ends. You set that with the knurled wheels. BTW please always reduce fractions to their simplest. 4/64 is 1/16, and 6/64 is 3/32. Both are far higher than is necessary.
  19. donepearce

    Is this a normal tailpiece height?

    Perfect
  20. donepearce

    Is this a normal tailpiece height?

    Not quite. If the break angle is identical both sides of the bridge, the bridge will sit perfectly upright with no tendency to lean.


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