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About kwakatak

  • Birthday 07/01/1969


  • Biography
    Couch player and wannabe over 40+ years of playing. Life got in the way but music is still very important.


  • Location
    Da Burgh


  • Interests
    acoustic guitar building, fatherhood, home recording, songwriting


  • Occupation
    stay at home dad

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  1. The frets are in. I still have to level, crown and dress the ends but I can at least plot the saddle position.
  2. It's a preslotted fretboard from LMI with a 25.4" scale length. I should be good. I'm only worried about the distance between the nut and the first fret because it came slotted for a zero fret and I sawed it off.
  3. Thanks. Based on the saddle at I purchase I think I need to install the frets first before plotting the bridge position. I have a lot of sanding in my future as well. I need to get it smooth with 320 grit before applying the 1 pound cut shellac. This last time I only sanded it down to 120 grit. I bought some more pads for my orbital sander but need to take it easy since the top is already on the thin side. The idea is to pore fill then lay down the coats of shellac and do the finer sanding between the sessions. I also have various grits of wet/dry paper going all the way from 400 to 2000 grit.
  4. Now it's all fixed and I've moved on to the final gap filling and fine sanding phase: I've decided to French polish this one just like I did the last one. I have pumice for pore filling and two concentrations of shellac to work with all ready to go.
  5. The purfling on the top was bugging me so I tried to rout it out but it didn't work out as planned and I had to bend a couple of new binding strips. The issue was that the set screw for my routing jig shook loose and bit into the top, so I also had to fashion a small patch:
  6. I’ve been doing final sanding and filling flaws, refining the neck and put on a spit coat of shellac. The purfling on the top still bugs me though but structurally it’s good to go.
  7. I haven’t been back to this forum in a long time so this is the first I’m hearing this. My condolences to her friends and family. She will be missed.
  8. Yeah, well good thing I'm middle aged and homely; nobody is going to be watching my videos on YouTube. 😉
  9. Thx. This is stuff that should be taught in school IMO.
  10. TBH I'm still very foggy on copyrights. I see people posting covers all over social media and I know it's not legal.
  11. Well, it could be better. I won't bring up politics our moan about feeling isolated but suffice it to say it's not something new to me. My family is mostly well, though I have two loved ones who I can't be with and they are struggling with being isolated from us - but again I won't go into it. My wife's job is doing very well, we're not facing economic hardship or going hungry and quite frankly I feel like I'm finally able to enjoy a simpler life. Musically speaking I've set up a desk in the spare bedroom and bought a digital interface, a mic boom for my large condenser microphone and (with a room humidifier running constantly) I have several guitars hanging on the wall for easy access. The only difficulty I'm having is having time to set aside where I am able to play without disturbing the rest of my family. Typically it's after my wife's business hours and before she goes to bed at night. My younger son is typically done with school by 3pm. Before that I have to be quiet - even when doing house work; my wife is constantly on Webex for work. So right now I'm tweaking settings in Reaper as a DAW and OBS, which I am using to set up for streaming and recording audio and video simultaneously. I'm also on the fence whether to play cover songs or focus on improvising as a means of songwriting.
  12. I'm sure it either opened up or was sold LONG ago. This thread is 15 years old.
  13. Will there be a new thread tomorrow? Santa brought me a Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 and I'm struggling to get my laptop set up. I just need to set up the spare bedroom and find a good time to make noise without disrupting the rest of my family. They can only take my playing in small doses!
  14. kwakatak


    Congratulations! How long did you whisper about it in her ear while she was sleeping? I feel like I need to be doing that! 😉
  15. I understand and can even sympathize somewhat, but I can't allow myself to adopt a feeling of defeatism. It's not good for one's mental, physical or spiritual health These past 4 years have been difficult for me, not because of politics but because of family struggles. I have been dealing with depression my entire life but it's been especially hard and I've been trying to claw my way back out of the pit I've dug for myself. One of the pitfalls is looking back instead of looking forward. We only get so much time on this earth and from what I have seen, being stagnant is a "little death." IMO it's better to stay in motion that to sit still or try and go in reverse. So say what you will about social media and Reddit, but I will try to branch out and try to understand how younger eyes see the world - and try to guide them without preaching. If anything, the enthusiasm is a nice change of pace over the "get off my lawn" mentality that prevails at places like AGF.
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