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  1. On 10/6/2020 at 8:21 PM, Idunno said:

    Not to be a negative element fouling hopes that the place finds its bootstraps, but it's becoming evident that it can't and it has zero bearing on the context of age-grouping, as Neil suggests.

    I've been to reddit and thought it to be rather clinically disparate and cold, and not a suitable substitute to forums or even a last resort. As far as social media goes, there's a common sense issue regarding privacy breeches that most social media advocates/users dismiss out of hand. I think it's a shortcoming indoctrinated by techno-driven peer pressure creating the mass appeal to be suckered into such agencies of self-serving commercial interests. Enough factual data is publicly announced about the invasiveness (data mining) of social media that one can pretty much assume blatant disregard summarizes the 3.82 billion user's stances about the protection of their own privacy. It's either that or they're simply blissfully ignorant of it.

    It comes down to the loss of preference for personal involvement; a dehumanizing mechanism at work. The telecommunications today by and large minimizes the personal contact making humans human. Reddit especially exemplifies that due to it's sheer global numbers reporting in versus discussion. Much of what I see there isn't discussion at all. It's more of an information exchange of catch as catch can and little if any warmth.

    Anyway, yes, there was a time here when the whole human enchilada was at work here tying it, trying it and binding it to itself. It wasn't always pretty but it was a heavy hitter as far as forums go but the head office here didn't see the gold in it. It's misguided decision to manifest itself as fun for the whole family was and remains a form of business mismanagement that cost it a rather profitable position.

    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.

  2. Oooh, a zombie thread just in time for Halloween during the year of the apocalypse. I'll bite:

    I've come to appreciate that when it comes to rhythm, a guitar is also a percussion instrument. As a solo player I find myself following the same syncopation as a drummer or percussionist would have. I don't know much about the mechanics or sensibility of drummers or percussionists though so I tend to think of have a good sense of rhythm as being something that becomes subconscious. The musician's term for it is "groove" but the technical term has become "muscle memory" which is akin to learning to type or even something as mundane as drumming your fingers.

    Once the mechanics are internalized you start feeling the different stressors in the beat. This is where we get into rhythms, which is essentially what a strum pattern is. It's not just "down up down up" but knowing that there are "hard" beats and "off" beats and whatnot. These are called "dynamics." Triplets are such an example because they aren't usually equally divisible within a 4/4 time signature. They were especially hard for me to pick up on, but once I did I found that it opened me up to different time signatures like 6/8 for example, which is similar to 3/4 but the notation is not as apparent.

    What it all comes down to is not just trying to work through it but also learned to listen to songs so that you get that rhythm internalized. Let me say that again: you need to listen and internalize the rhythms until you begin to feel them. Once that happens, you should actually enter into an almost relaxed state where you don't grip the pick so hard or do jerky movements that result in brash sounds. The "strum pattern" - a term that will sound incredibly mundane as you progress - will eventually come unbidden.

    OTOH, if it doesn't there is absolutely no problem with that. In fact, that's actually a good thing because that's the beginnings of improvisation. From the audience's perspective that can go either one of two ways. If you're playing for other musicians they're likely to notice and critique you for not being able to recreate the original note for not. To that I say "fuggedaboudit" because musicians often make for a crappy audience. However, if you're playing to a non-musician audience they may actually like that and see it as a "fresh take" of something that has become cliché.


  3. I've got the bending form and mold done.



    I'm shifting focus now to the sanding drum for the sides so that I can get it down to a uniform .1" thick. I use the hot pipe for binding but I'm debating on using it for the sides.

  4. I actually think the idea of a voice over is not a bad idea. There’s a more experienced luthier on YouTube that does that - though you can tell he reads from a script and isn’t doing a true “play by play.”  Public speaking doesn’t come naturally for some but I recall in my speech communications class in college that it’s best to know the topic well enough and using flash cards as a prompt to “audible” from. 

  5. 1 hour ago, Idunno said:

    Pretty much my experience with a particular moderator. As is his M.O., he got all threatening and full of himself with me over his own twisting of my post so I told him to perma-ban me because I was tired of suffering him and all the nancies over there.

    Yup. I gave them three strikes. I view my warnings as gaslighting so I won’t give them the satisfaction of wasting any more time on them. At this point, I’d rather just start a blog or an Instagram Story or even a YouTube Series. 

  6. I bought a cheap table saw at Harbor Freight along with enough plywood to make 8 sections that I could replicate using a flush cut router bit.


    I also took some hole cutouts that I had left over from making my wife a wine rack and decided to start making a bobbin for a drum sander. I dismantled one of my son's fidget spinners to recycle the bearing to use as mounting points.  I ordered another set of sitka that along with the side slats I intend to use the drum sander upon.


    First Now I need to take the cutouts and make a bending form. Again, I need to use the flush cut router bit to make it all uniform. The way I see it I have about 1/8" of wiggle room for the bending forms and the outside mold. It doesn't need to be perfect; the wood will do what it wants to do regarding spring back.


  7. On 4/21/2020 at 8:32 PM, DeepEnd said:

    It's also most likely due to a little thing called "autocorrect."

    Tell that to the mods at AGF. They have been not been so understanding. They are so uptight over there that even if I type in "****" they assume that I'm not following the rules. yesterday I posted a new thread about a social media app that is popular with people born after 1980 and they assumed I wanted it to go political even though I clearly said is so many words "please don't discuss anything political about the app I just want to know if you see any value in it as a form of self promotion" but they deleted the thread and PM'd me with a warning saying that I was being sneaky about trying to post a political thread. SMH. Whatever, boomers.

  8. On 7/18/2020 at 8:23 AM, JeanB said:

    I own one. Purchased at Guitar Center in LV circa 2010. Sound and playability are both very good. I have had to replace the electronics, upgrade the bracing, repair the top and install a new bridge. I do like the guitar but I may need to cut and run on this one. 

    It's kind of an old thread but your comments have sort of answered my concerns to their longevity. I tried an Epi Masterbilt EF-500RA out in 2005 (basically a rosewood/sitka OM with a dark sunburst bound with abalone and with a V-shaped neck profile) and I was impressed with the tone but wondered how it would age. Lightly built guitars don't tend to live long - especially in hot and dry climates like LV regardless if the have laminated back and sides or solid like the Masterbilts had.

    FWIW on the day I tried the MasterbiltEF-500RA I A/B'd it with a Larrivee D-09. Admittedly it was apples to oranges but eventually I went with a Larrivee OM-03R which like the EF-500RA is an OM but with Larrivee's symmetrical and unscalloped bracing. It took some time for it to open up but I'm glad I waited. If I'd pulled the trigger on the Epi it would have imploded by now but my Larrivee took some knocks and shrugged them off. 

  9. Good to know, Mike. I liked the HD-28V. I like the HD-35 more only because the v shaped neck takes a little getting used to. The tone is much more “in your face” too. The 35 is more of a mellow strummer with a bass that “blooms” whereas the 28V is a bit of a cannon. 

  10. It's 14 years since the OP posted this. Since then the HD-28 has been reimagined and the HD-28V has been discontinued. The current iteration of the HD-28 now has forward shifted bracing with a performance neck profile IIRC. The old "V" (for Vintage) version had a modified V neck profile and sounded completely different from the ordinary HD-28 prior to 2018 because the bracing was not forward shifted them. IIRC the current reimagined HD-28 also has a Torrified sitka soundboard - which also bumps up the price.

  11. 23 hours ago, Freeman Keller said:

    Daddy, you and I both know the OP isn't coming back which makes me wonder why I wasted my time.    I have contact information for CTG that I could pass on to him and a whole bunch of pictures of just exactly how I did my cut off neck reset (I even did a HCAG thread that I could link).   However I think I'll just crawl back in my hole and try to ignore this place once again.

    ...just as I'm crawling out of my hole. These are certainly trying times.

  12. 14 hours ago, DeepEnd said:

    kwakatak - Beautifully done. Way better than anything I could do. Thanks for posting.

    Thanks. That was a long time ago, but I still play it every so often. The top - and tone - on that Larrivee has also darkened considerably. I need to make an updated recording before I get my post Corona haircut.

  13. Personally, I don’t think of this as a “poor man’s” neck reset at all. You still have to steam off the fretboard extension and bridge. You’re also risking the finish around the neck joint if you’re not careful and/or using the wrong tool for the job. That’s a lot of work. The only difference is that you don’t have to pull the 14th fret and work with the geometry of any sort of mortise/tenon or dovetail joint - which actually make aligning the neck less ambiguous IMO. 

    To me, a true “poor man’s reset” is applying heat to the neck block and shifting it inside the body and regluing it  - which brings along its own problems. 

  14. I haven't recorded and posted anything to my YouTube channel in the longest time but here's a blast from the past when I was doing the local open mic over a decade ago. LOL - Corona has brought the mop back.


  15. 49 minutes ago, Freeman Keller said:

    Breaking news.   I was playing the Guild last night, my wife looked up from her reading and asked "what guitar is that?".   "Larry's 12 string", I said, "I reglued the bridge for him".   "Doesn't sound as good as yours" she said and went back to her reading.     The lesson, as always, is to play before you buy.

    Do you use a Tonerite? ;o)

  16. 4 hours ago, Mikeo said:

    Maybe, maybe not.

    Might need a neck rest.

    It's a bolt on, so it shouldn't be hard. The neck comes off just like on an electric with 4 huge wood screws that are accessed from a removable panel in the back. The internal block is HUGE; about the size of a small brick. The hardest part is seeing what I'm doing inside the sound hole.

    The Texans have a tongue in groove bolt on neck joint similar to what you'd find on a solid body electric. The internal block is HUGE and there's no glue involved. I took the neck off and it weighs a ton. I could use it to play field hockey. I have a feeling if I fixed this guitar it would still sound like what it is: an overbuilt but underdesigned laminate.

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    Neal, you are capable of building a 12 string.   That way you could make exactly what you want for the strings and tunings you plan to use and the sound you hear in your head.    I currently own three acoustic twelves, two of which I built, and they are very different guitars.

    To be honest, I need a lot more practice at building though the two MJ bodies I made would likely make for a good solids body for a 12 string. I imagine that the bracing would have to be at least 5/8” tall with no scalloping whatsoever and a double truss rod. 

    FWIW I already have a 12 string but it’s unplayable; several years ago I was gifted with an Epiphone Texan FT-160N whose neck block came unglued from the inside of the body,  leaving the neck cantilevered into the soundhole and deforming the laminated top. The bridge (which has a floating adjustable saddle) also pulled up. I’m sure if I suited up the neck block with epoxy and some additional side braces I could get the neck angle back. 


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