Well, I took a very soft lead and made a couple of lines where the corners should go.
Probably will put a ruler up to the markings and note those, since my wood polishing will be extremely thorough, yet gentle and satisfying! Basically just pointed at the “sharp end” of the inside of the f-holes, so not too hard to eyeball if I forget.
The new strings (Thomastik-Infeld George Benson .014 set, flatwounds) will be at a significantly higher tension than the old ones, though, so who knows what will happen to the action and the intonation as it was set at the factory.
A wood bridge to replace the tune-o-matic thingy could be good, but considering I can barely play, that’s fine. Although I cannot remember which direction the metal part goes on any more, and those thumb dials for adjusting action height are very easy to move without any tension on the bridge.
The good news is the nut seems to tolerate the 0.014 top string fine. Only the top three strings are significantly thicker than the factory set of strings.
Here is a photo of what somebody else did with the same model guitar (just as far as buffing out the wood finish). He can actually play, though, and knows what he’s doing as far as replacing pickups and changing out the cheap stock hardware. I’m just focused on the wood:
@jimmy_two_times, I was about to tell you that your projects don’t seem mundane or stupid enough for this thread (I could geek out all day about guitars and DIY audio, especially pedals, by the way), but I see that this is actually a thread that you started, so I will gladly defer to your judgment as to what belongs here.
I, on the other hand, proudly changed four light bulbs yesterday, even upgrading from halogen to LED. Dimmable LED bulbs have gotten a lot less flickery, to the point where they are actually usable.
Well, she looks a bit nicer. Proper strings on her, to boot. I think more buffing and a more industrial/auto buffing compound would do (that’s what that other cat did in the example picture I posted above as for what I was going for), but this’ll do for now. It’s a thin finish from factory, and I can expose more wood grain and put some gloss by putting more feeling into my elbow.
Don’t even think I got much of the “Ernie Ball Instrument Polish” on the strings…at least not that I didn’t wipe off immediately with a fresh microfiber towel. Gave the fretboard a quick dry wipe, but it’s a walnut fretboard and I’m not going to bother with lemon oil…especially since I’ve hardly played her much at all.
Didn’t waste no time spending this year’s stipend of safety-toe shoes. First damned thing on 1-Jan! Arrived today.
Alloy toe, and sort of uncomfortable “sneakers,” but they fit and are pretty lightweight. Have only ever used steel toe shoes/boots. These are considerably lighter.
I’ll order another pair of waterproof safety-toes soon, on the company dime, but these are an OK alternative for those “light days,” and am glad I ordered before all the men’s size 13 in E/wide got sold out.
Snooze-em and lose-em! For once Zappo’s-At-Work did a yeoman’s job of delivering in astonishingly short time.
I inherited my grandfather’s film camera some years ago, which included a lens so long and heavy that when I finally acquired a decent digital camera (merry Xmas to me!) I was worried it would damage the lens mount if I connected the camera to my tripod. I tried it once, cautiously, to take a picture of the moon, and it bounced around enough that it was very difficult to work with.
So, yesterday I modeled a ring-clamp with integrated quick-shoe, and today I spent all morning watching it print. It fit the lens and the tripod perfectly on the first try without any sanding, trimming, or revision. With the camera attached, the balance-point seems the be right over the shoe, and the whole thing feels much safer and steadier.
Most important question: how do your neighbors feel about your new rig?
J/K: that’s some well advanced projectmanship you’ve done did! Propers!
Went out to sticksville to get my ignition interlock device calibrated at a place called Fuel Monkey, which is a fantastic auto shop specializing in really deep stuff on vehicles old and new…was fine…got terribly lost coming home, because the compass attached to my watchstrap doesn’t function that well with all the car’s electronics and I couldn’t be bothered to find out if the car had a compass somewhere in the menus.
But, I figured it out eventually. Let’s see…I’m going east…Never Eat Shredded Wheat…I need to make a right turn somewhere…hmmm…
That was kind of fun, but the drivers were incompetent, inexpert, oblivious, childish rubes.