(2 replies, posted in Electric)

Just stopped long enough to say hi all! Got a bad case of the busies I'm playing in 4 bands right now. When I have spare time I'm still building guitars & riding my Harley. Life goes on & Bootleger is Smiling Extra Large!!!!!!


(20 replies, posted in Acoustic)


I play a 25 year old Guild F45-CE, jumbo body Mahogany back, sides & neck, spruce top, florentine cut (lower register cut away) with a B-Band A2 saddle pick up and preamp. I just picked up a Carvin Cobalt C980T(10-24-09), Jumbo body, Rosewood sides & back, Mahogany neck, spruce top Fishman matrix with preamp definately worth the money(less than the Taylor 214CE I was going to buy) plays like an electric. I picked up because I'm in a new worship band and getting my new acoustic band (Soulshine) together doing all acoustic (amplified of course) classic rock, motown, r&b and blues. 3 guitar players, bass & drums, two lead singers male & female and the rest doing alot of harmonies. I love mine.


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48 year old male (with the mind of a six year old just turned or at least I act like I'm six) from Pico on the Riviera (Pico Rivera) Calif. I've been playing for 35 years.


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(32 replies, posted in Acoustic)

SouthPaw41L wrote:

Jim Dunlop all the way;

Large plastic thumb picks, medium plastic finger picks, and .73 nylon flat picks.

Best picks on the market, in my humble opinion.........

Peace and Guitars,

I'm with Paw (how ya doing bud!) I use either Dunlop .73 or .88 gauge, I attack acoustics the same way I play electrics when I laying down a lead. At the same time I am also a finess player (I know oxymoron or moron being oxy).


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(9 replies, posted in Electric)

Don't just talk about it, play it until your fingers hurt, that's what I'm doing. I just picked up a new acoustic (see acoustic section under the guild post). Congrats.

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(12 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Good pull Herb, I rarely do any work on acoustics I don't have enough paitents. That's why I build and restore electrics. once again good pull.



Hello everyone,

It's been a long while since I posted, I have been checking in lightly everyday but have not posted or answered any post. I've been very busy, finally getting some closeure in my life and moving on. I am producing for an indie label as well as my own production co. the studios are not done yet but still manage to get things done. This amognst finishing my work shop (about ready to build a duplicating machine for cutting carve tops) and still building and doing repair on guitars all this while holding down a 40 hr job. I still manage to go see my nephews play baseball on the weekend. All in all life is good and getting better I got my soulshine going on and a big smile on my face. Miss alot of my ole friends (Southpaw, Roger, Phil, Russ, The grand lady Lena and anyone I left out). Good to be back.




(8 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)


My grand lady I still hold you in the highest regards.




(3 replies, posted in Electric)

You did not mention whqt type of pick ups you have Humbucker or single coil. With Single coil use a 250k pot and humbuckers use a 500k pot for volume & 250k for tone.


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(12 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

craig23 wrote:

I have an Epiphone Dot, which I love, but the frets feel rough. Not like they stick over the edge of the fretboard. Its when you bend a note. It feels as if someone has taken rough sand paper and sanded the frets in the direction of the bridge to nut. I've heard of people polishing the frets before. I'm a toolmaker and polishing to me may mean something different than polishing means to you. When people say they "polish the frets" does that mean they took a rag and rubbed on the frets or does it mean what polishing means to a toolmaker. Start with a coarse grit sandpaper and then a little finer and then a little finer and then use a felt bob in a rotary tool like a dremel with some polishing compound or diamond compound and polish to a mirror finish? If that is what needs to be done, what precautions do I need to take not to damage the wood on the fretboard? Should I mask off the wood with some masking tape? What should I use to remove the goo that the tape would leave behind? Do you use sandpaper, a stone or steel wool? What grit or grades?


I've been away longer than Doug but I think you are confusing two diffrent processes.  Polishing frets and crowning (milling)frets. Polishing frets I use a thin piece of cardboard with copper shielding tape over it and a slot cut in the size and shape of the fret. Tape of the fingerboard with blue painters tape (it don't leave gum residue on the fingerboard) then with 0000 steel wool polish your frets. The second requires fret files and a radius block with various grits of sand paper. You seen the videos you know the steps. Hope this clears your sight a little.


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(12 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Detman101 wrote:

Okay, you guys have officially scared me away from getting my guitar set-up by a "Professional". I'll save my money and figure it out for myself. And if I need new frets I'll buy em already on a NEW WARMOTH NECK!




Warmouth necks are good but you still sometimes have to level the frets. There made and quality checked but you still have to do some minor, little if any to get them right.  Still a good product.




(11 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

I have a MIC & MIJ strat and the customs I build all three are great. (of course they are all set up and hot rodded also).


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(5 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

The tuners have mikes to pick up sound so they don't have to be plugged in to tune your guitar. So if it is not working but a new korg they're around $ 15.00 to $20.00 ameican.

Good luck.
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(12 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

The first set up your nut was cut to deep that's why you got the fret buzz after restringing. If they would have crowned the frets after the leveling you would not need the new bridge. They could have also shimmed the nut to bring up your action since they cut it to deep. When you set up an acoustic you select the gauge of strings you play and always stick to that gauge because your guitar is set up to play with them. (adujusted for that gauge).

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I'm with Russ & Noysz I play through a Fender Deville with 4 10's and a Boss ME-50. I have a friend who grew up like a sister that I seen yesterday who works for Roland so more toys on the way.


(10 replies, posted in Electric)

lone-woodwose wrote:

I have a lot of maple and ash available, some mahogany and a little ipe left too. I'll probably stick with just maple or ash though. It will have a solid, contoured body like these http://www.flatearthguitars.com/Flat_Ea … Line.html.

Would it be worth it to do a shorter neck, I don't remember the model or the name but Ibanez had/has a more compact hollow-body electric out. My biggest complaint with most guitars I play is that the neck is to long for me.

Any body do necks that go through the body like this mando has? http://www.manndolins.com/DSC00298.JPG
It's a hollow body I think so I'm not sure it would even serve a purpose for my solid...it looks neat though.

The site you mentioned project guitar is a great site and you can pick up a lot of good information there. As far as building from scratch buy melvin hiscocks book make yuour own electric guitar it is considered the guitar makers bible. Read it and then read it again. You also may consider a kit guitar it will give you a basic understand of the parts, wiring and what it takes as far as assembling, and seting up a guitar.  When you consider the money you'll spend on tools alone not counting the materials you'll find it is an expensive hobby.

Good luck,

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(20 replies, posted in Electric)

epiphone93 wrote:

ok i am looking for a good electric that is good for rock... what are good brands???


Michael Kelley's Fairly priced and more bang for your buck.  They are well made and can be hotrodded and fine tuned plus the quality of their workmanship is top notch.



(5 replies, posted in Electric)

For strats with single coils I play .009 D'Addarios, Dean Markley and DR's. For single coil strat with Texas special pick ups I play DR's .010's. On any humbucker loaded guitars I play the same DR's in .010 gauge.



(19 replies, posted in Electric)

jessel wrote:

it would be good to buy an electric, it would really help.


To answer your question it is easer to play an electric guitar because of the smoother action and lighter gauge strings. As Alvee mentioned stick with your acoustic and learn to play on that. With an electric and a bunch of stomp boxes you can haide any playing flaws you may have, you can't hide them with an acoustic.  When I go to check out guitars in a music store I refuse to play an electric, you will always find me playing acoustics for that reason. Every guitar god is plaing scales fast and loud with out any soul. If you can stop them with your acoustic playing when it comes to picking up and plugging in a electric they know you can play.

For what it's worth.



(4 replies, posted in Electric)

kglblue wrote:

can anyone recommend a good chromatic tuner

I use Korgs' (16.00 american) and Carvins (25.00 american) my ME-30 and Johnson "j" station also have built in tuners.



(2 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

SouthPaw41L wrote:

Hi Roger,
You're doing the right thing, just take it slow and easy. Filing your frets down with some fine grain sandpaper is perfectly OK. Just don't go too far with it. And as far as replacing all of the frets when a few are worn down, do not listen to a luthier who insists that all of the frets need to be replaced. This is a gimmick often used by the big time corporate music stores of the universe and it's a major scam. ( Sorry scammers!)

         The guy that re-frets my guitars will replace the frets that are worn down and those only. If you get a flat tire on your car do you change all of the remaining tires? Nope. Same principle with guitar frets. They big boys will try to tell you that frets have to be ordered as a set to accomodate a specific guitar. Total fabrication of truth.

        Guitar frets come in huge, rounded spools of metal and are cut to fit specific guitars. Look for someone who'll replace only your overly worn frets. I usually pay, approximately $15 per fret( if 5 frets or less need replacing) to the gentleman who repairs my worn down frets. Maybe $10 per fret if 10 or more are in need of replacing. I try to make to sure that the gentleman repairing my child of music gets at least $40 per hour( plus tip, 20% usually) for his time. And a good repair guy can do at least 5 frets in an hours time....

Peace and Guitars,

Hey Paw,

You also might want to mention to tape off your fret board with blue painters tape to keep the dust (metal from your fret and snad that comes off your paper). The blue tape does not leave any adheasive behind whrn you take it off.  Roger also keep in mind that your neck has a radius so you want to sand fron the north to south so you do not loose the radius of the fret.  If you had radius sanding blocks east to west sanding would be no problem.

Good luck bud.



(10 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

lennycorn wrote:

Hello all,

Just want some input on acoustic guitar pickup.

I have a Guild d25 and I'm looking into buy a pickup.
Money is tight for me now tho, any sugestions on what to look for?

Check out the B-Band systems I put one inmy Guild F45-CE.

Good Luck


t.c.lametoad wrote:


My man at Guitar Center in Pasadena Ca. was telling me that
"sound," and, "performance," wise, the Gretch electromatics, were no different from the top of the line beauties.

"Unless you're a real purest, pro, or a somebody with the big cash." He was really cool. I'm want a new guitar. I was going to get a $1,000.00-$12,00.00ish acoustic Martin. and pay for a year.

Now is the Martin inexpensive line outsourced to Mexico or bumfu*&6 also?

What about that $799.00 single cutaway black gretcsh electromatic.
The amp and the ax would be the same price as the Martin inexpensive acoustics. I play for my dogs and someday my grandkids.

Since I have been able to buy new surfboards (surfed 1967)
I have bought custom boards from the best shaper for top dollar.
I did this with guitars back in the 70's. Hey man I'm married with 2 guy's in college. I work at the Huntington Library's Rare Book Library. They don't pay $%#@. Yeah, I'm looking for a break.

I have not payed attention to the guitar world for decades. My wife bought me the guitar I have been playing the last 5 years.
In-expensive fender, but I play 4 hours a day.) It's all about the Love. I appreciate any wisdom you can offer me regarding my
search for a sweet instrument that my wife won't say is destroying
the family budget. I love her when she's angry. God bless. I like country, Neil Young-ish what they used to call Folk rock blah blah.
Otis Retting R/B. Sinatra. I keep learning. Thanks for reading thiis long letter....T.C. Canterbury


Your in my neighborhood, I've been in that GC to many times to count (I use to work in Altadena and stop in on my way home). There are alot of mid buget guitars that can be found you just have to play them all. Try the fret house in Covina or Dakkars which is also in Pasadena.

Good Luck.

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Rosewood and or ebony are my favorites usually withn a 9.5"radius, although I have have necks with 12" radius. and usually am playing .009's or .010's depending if on a single coil pick up or humbucker fitted guitar.

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(6 replies, posted in Electric)

LukeCash wrote:

Hi, I've been playin guitar for 9 years now and I've gotten pretty good. I enjoy listening to all kinds of different music and playing them, but right now my focus is on heavy metal and I just can't figure out how to play a pinch harmonic. Can someone help me?

As jaygordon75 mentioned Billy gibbons is king when it comes to pinch harmoniucs and or chirps you may also listen to some Lynard Skynyrd Garry Rossington does them on the beggining of Free Bird and I Never dream.