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Custom Work

“Blower” Switch Mod

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in Articles & Tutorials, Custom Work, Electronics, Instructions and FAQs

Charlie Griffiths of HAKEN, the owner of #53, realized that he didn’t need a tone pot and that he also needed to move the volume pot out of the way – and in place of the old volume put a “blower” switch. This switch sends the bridge pickup in humbucker mode straight to the output jack, bypassing the 5-way switch and volume knob, for a “solo mode”. The switch itself is a push-push switch that simply protrudes out of the top. Mounting one, however, is not necessarily the most straight-forward operation… What I came up with was a bracket that is wedged in between the top and bottom inside the control cavity, to secure it depth-wise, and that is secured in place by the volume pot + a small screw that holds it in the side.         The hole for the volume pot:   And the switch mounted:   Finally completed:  ...

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Acoustic EndurNeck™ – Fredholm Guitars

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Articles & Tutorials, Custom Work, Prototyping

After playing an EndurNeck™ equipped .strandberg* guitar at the Uppsala International Guitar Festival last October, one of incredibly talented luthier Thomas Fredholm’s wait-listed customers was able to convince both Thomas and myself that he deserved the first ever acoustic guitar with EndurNeck™. Thomas and I were both exhibiting, so we had a chance to talk things through, and I had no doubts he would make it justice. Thomas does all work using traditional methods, and was a little apprehensive of crafting the “high tech” profile and asked if I could mill the center section on my CNC. Normally, I don’t take on this kind of project, but at the same time, it seemed like a very worthwhile project, so I agreed. I can’t wait to see the finished...

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Custom String Lock Mounting Plates

Posted by on Dec 13, 2010 in Articles & Tutorials, Custom Work

To facilitate easier mounting of the string locks, especially with necks that are radiused beyond the nut and for e.g. 7-string guitars with truss rod access, it makes sense to mount the string locks on a plate and mount that plate on the neck. I have made a few of these for my own builds, but can also offer as custom projects made to specification. Here are three freshly made for luthier Rick Canton, each tailored to exact measurements of the tapered neck width of some of his on-going projects (from top to bottom: Al Schaffer, Tim Miller, Allan Holdsworth), on their way to the anodizer for black finish: I generally make some spare each time I rig machines up, either for custom hardware or complete...

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Guitar Bassics

Posted by on Nov 21, 2010 in Articles & Tutorials, Custom Work

For extended range instruments, the 2.5 mm inner diameter of the standard EGS tuners is not sufficient. So, I have adapted some parts destined for the bass tuners for use in the guitar tuner housings. The look of the tuners is identical: It is only the inner sliding portion that is different, as well as the bearing. The thread is the same (0.5 mm) for a ratio of over 30:1 compared to a standard guitar tuner and over 40:1 compared to modern bass tuners: The hole in the slider is now 4.5 mm (.177″) and there is room to enlarge further if required. As with all custom work – if there is sufficient demand, it will be offered as standard (= considerably lower price) so don’t hesitate to contact me to do a production run along with...

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Finishing Touches

Posted by on Nov 2, 2010 in Articles & Tutorials, Custom Work, Product Images

Check out this new chrome finish for the EGS tuners! I will be able to offer this at the same cost as other custom colors (which are obtained through anodization). Two notable differences: The surface is electrically conductive, which means that there is no need for springs and other special grounding arrangements. Machining marks are still visible (i.e. from turning the round parts and milling the flat parts). The regular finish is glass blasted to remove the machining marks prior to anodization, to leave a satin-smooth finish. It is possible to polish the parts prior to anodization (at an additional cost), but I do not have the resources to polish them routinely. I have tried tumbling, which removes the marks, but leaves the parts looking “worn” for lack of a better word. If demand is sufficient, I can offer this as a standard...

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