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  1. I would have to go back and look at my notes but I believe that both guitars got an A6 in the neck and Benedetto PAF in the bridge. The B6 is designed to sound a little more like a hollow body archtop - as I recall it does not have the adjustable pole pieces. My friend plays almost exclusively on the neck and our logic was if he ever does go to the bridge he can get a little more bluesy tone with the PAF. One interesting thing that I did with the 335 clone is install terminal strips in the pick up cavities to make it easy to experiment with pickup - that way I don't have to fish all the electronics out thru the f-holes to make a wiring change.
  2. A minor thing to think about if you are going from humbuckers to single coils is that typically you'll use 500K pots for the 'buckers and 250K for the singles. Not sure about P90's, I've only once installed one in a tele (and I used 250K). I know its kind of a b*tch to change pots in your Sheraton, don't really know if its necessary.
  3. Glenn, I have been storing an Eastman OM for a friend who is on an extended trip, I don't remember the model but it is one of the best mass produced guitars that I have played in a long time. He worked at a local music store and brought a few Eastman models to them, unfortunately I don't think they sold all that well. I was particularly impressed with some of their hollow body jazz guitars. Looks like you scored!
  4. Hi Brendo and welcome to HCEG. I have no experience with P90's but when I built a 335 clone for a jazz playing friend he asked me to put a set of Seymour Ducan Benedetto's in it. When I heard how lush they sounded I chose the same pickup for my hollow body.
  5. I don't mean to jump into your thread. My laminate trimmer is relatively inexpensive and like I said, for standard "flat" tops and backs I just tape a little shim on it that holds it more or less perpendicular to the side. I try to follow the stewmac direction but mostly if I hold on tight I can just run around the body. I have to turn it so the shim is always working but its never failed me. Note that the shim is thick at the center line of the base and tapers to nothing at the outside edge.
  6. Sorry about your binding issues, Neil. I learned a long time ago that cheap tools were often a mistake - I bought the hundred dollar StewMac binding router bit set when I built my first guitar and I bought their "precarious" tower rig when I built my first archtop. Those tools have routed and bound 25 instruments to date and I can honestly say I haven't had a problem. I keep thinking I should buy a new sharp bit for my next guitar, I think I've amortized the last one. Ps - you didn't say if you sealed the edge with shellac or something but I find it helps with chip out and the fuzzies. I should clarify something. When I build a flat topped guitar all I need for binding channels is a laminate trimmer and the SM bit set. It has enough bearings to do any binding/purfling combination I've ever wanted to do. The top is flat enough that I just use the base of the trimmer, when I do the back I tape a little 5 degree shim on it to compensate for the dome. As long as I'm careful with the direction of cuts and brush a little shellac on it the channels are nearly perfect. On an arched or carved top/back instrument the router can't jut ride on the top or back - it needs to float and that's where the precarious tower comes in. Again, it works perfectly.
  7. I realize this is an ancient thread but since its been resurrected I thought I would show off. I had a piece of coco sitting in my wood room for several years, finally last year I decided to build something out if it. Ended up with a cedar and cocobolo OM which has moved into my favorite guitar category (however I still play the others). I don't think the coco is particularly special as far as contributing to the sound but it sure is purdy
  8. If it doesn't work or you are just out for a sunday drive, I'm in Wenatchee. I personally have 00, 000, and OM's in my guitar collection and each has a case that you could try. I also have a really good relationship with my local store and we could try their cases to see if anything would work. Anyway, if you ever come to the dry side give me a call.
  9. Too bad I didn't know you were in Seattle. I'm just across the mountain and I have a bunch of different cases (as I tried to tell you) that you could have tried. Hope the Guardian case works for you. Interesting that today I picked up the personal 000-C that belongs to the owner of our little music store to do a setup. He would have been another source of information.
  10. Neck shape can make a big difference in how you react to a guitar and its one of the things that you can taylor to your preferences with a custom guitar. A few years ago I built one for a friend and he brought a vintage LP gold top and asked that the neck on his new one be the same. I have liked that contour so much it has become sort of my standard. I even used it on my telecaster clone - is that a heresy having a gibson profile on a fender neck?
  11. Never tried one. However I did learn a neat trick for neck carving. I've always had trouble getting the back of the neck perfectly straight and at the correct depth when hand carving. I now start off by tapering the neck stick with a Safe-t-planer by putting a little shim under the nut end. When I get the final thickness I just maintain that in the center as I carve away the facets This is quite a bit of thread drift, sorry 'Hack
  12. I love that little ebony plane and use it a lot. However I also use a spoke shave, chisels, other planes, rasps and whatever else it takes to make a neck. I've also made a bunch of templates off of necks that I really like and carve mine to fit.
  13. When I built my Stella clone I followed the neck shape taken from an old one (they were some hand drawn plans of Stefan Grossman's old Stella) and I didn't care fore the shape. Took some instruments of destruction, er, wood removal and made it the same shape as a couple of other guitars that I liked. Much better now
  14. I have three 12 strings and a Shubb 12 string capo fits them all just fine. However the only thing I use a capo for on a 12 string is setup - mostly I'm tuning them down or open or both so a capo is kind of unnecessary. I also have one of those old double strap capos left over from the hippy dippy 70's - as I recall they really threw the tuning off. Which is nothing surprising on a 12 string of course.
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