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    Quote Originally Posted by Helmholtz View Post
    The wood species is cedrela (odorata or fissilis) aka cedro, a member of the mahogany family and close relative to swietenia, right?
    Yes, that's the stuff. I found this information also.
    https://www.wood-database.com/spanish-cedar/

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_H View Post
    Yes, that's the stuff. I found this information also.
    https://www.wood-database.com/spanish-cedar/
    Great! I am familiar with this database and also have some books dealing with timber identification.
    Surely an excellent wood for necks (if straight grained and well seasoned) and all kinds of less heavy guitars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helmholtz View Post
    Great! I am familiar with this database and also have some books dealing with timber identification.
    Surely an excellent wood for necks (if straight grained and well seasoned) and all kinds of less heavy guitars.
    I was lucky to be able to cull through several boards and select a very suitable piece. Really straight with symmetrical grain. I try to not use any timber that hasn't had a good chance to acclimate in this dry climate. This has been on the rack for months. I cut this up, and glued the scarf joints a few weeks ago. I'm in no hurry right now. Next step is truss rods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_H View Post
    No, I'm sorry Chuck the fingerboards are rosewood. The new neck billets are Spanish cedar. I have a couple of necks that are further along. They're Honduran. One is for a for a guitar with a figured redwood top on a chambered Honduran body. That's where I'll need the impregnation. The grain texture on the figuring is chaotic with a lot of little voids. I'm not sure what I'll do yet. I usually use z-poxy. It's easy to work with, and super clear, but I don't think it'll penetrate well enough to harden the redwood.
    Ah, My mistake then. And I've always wanted to experiment with redwood as a tone wood. Except I don't build guitars Looking forward to hearing about that project.

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    The little Bogen amp that I was working on at the beginning of this thread wasn't all that well suited for guitar. The 7868 power tube doesn't have much harmonic distortion. I've already got a couple of small amps that sound good, so I'm going to use the Bogen as a little bass amp. I had an old Radio Shack full range 15" PA speaker hanging on the wall of sound that's now housed in a 19 X 19 X 12 box. I did the back so I could run it open, or closed. The low power speaker has a 3" aluminum dust cap over a 1 1/2" voice coil. It's pretty efficient. The cap is definitely audible. Almost like a horn giving the mid range some flavor. I covered it with brown tolex with wheat grill cloth.
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    The guitar in the picture is one that I built six years ago Jmastr sized mahogany body walnut top 5/8" wide figured maple binding. 25.5 scale bound fingerboard. It's in for the 50,000 mile service. The finish has checked pretty badly. I was using a different lacquer then, but I think it experienced a thermal shock that made it craze.
    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck H View Post
    ... I've always wanted to experiment with redwood as a tone wood....Looking forward to hearing about that project.
    I'll probably get back to the redwood guitar next weekend. My next step on it is to slot the ebony fingerboard. I started it in the spring. It's pretty far along.

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    Considering the photo... So is that going to be a bass amp or a baritone guitar amp

    Looks great! And I love the lightly spalted, rustic look of that guitar too

    EDIT: Almost forgot kitty.. Animals are my favorite people. Clearly you have some similar inclinations if boots is willing to go near your amplifiers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck H View Post
    Considering the photo... So is that going to be a bass amp or a baritone guitar amp

    Looks great! And I love the lightly spalted, rustic look of that guitar too

    EDIT: Almost forgot kitty.. Animals are my favorite people. Clearly you have some similar inclinations if boots is willing to go near your amplifiers
    Thanks Chuck. I hadn't done that color combo before. I going to get some more of the tolex and make an enclosure for the little amp.

    It's a drag about the finish on the guitar. It was gloss over the walnut. I used black grain filler. It was the sister guitar to this one of mine. Same body shape, and pickups.

    That's the new cat. She's a year old now. My old sidekick Elvis had to be put down this year. He was a good boy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_H View Post
    Thanks Chuck. I hadn't done that color combo before. I going to get some more of the tolex and make an enclosure for the little amp.

    It's a drag about the finish on the guitar. It was gloss over the walnut. I used black grain filler. It was the sister guitar to this one of mine. Same body shape, and pickups.

    That's the new cat. She's a year old now. My old sidekick Elvis had to be put down this year. He was a good boy.
    Handsome axe! Elvis too... And I see you have the requisite oil drip catcher strategically located under the VW engine on your buggy. That's lookin' good too!

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    I feel that John. I lost my best dog ever (Ben) just about a year ago and I miss him terribly. No new doggy yet, but the wife is starting to text me pictures of rescue dogs that she likes so it won't be long We lean toward the primitive or bully breeds (or a mix thereof) because they get along with other critters (cats, chickens, etc.) when the alpha (that's us) tells them too. Pit bulls are great for this believe it or not. Whatever comes next will be our fourth dog as a couple. I guess it's just how we roll

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo_Gnardo View Post
    Handsome axe! Elvis too...
    Thanks Leo, that's the closest thing I have to a tele.
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    And I see you have the requisite oil drip catcher strategically located under the VW engine on your buggy. That's lookin' good too!
    That buggy was fun. Just an old school sandrail. It weighed around 900lbs, had about 90 hp. You could climb about anything, do wheelies, and go 100 mph on the flats with shitty brakes. All perfectly safe of course. I sold it a couple of years ago.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck H View Post
    I feel that John. I lost my best dog ever (Ben) just about a year ago and I miss him terribly. No new doggy yet, but the wife is starting to text me pictures of rescue dogs that she likes so it won't be long We lean toward the primitive or bully breeds (or a mix thereof) because they get along with other critters (cats, chickens, etc.) when the alpha (that's us) tells them too. Pit bulls are great for this believe it or not. Whatever comes next will be our fourth dog as a couple. I guess it's just how we roll
    Yes, don't shop adopt. Pitbulls and pitbull mixes are most usually wonderful pets. They don't deserve the stigma attached to them. Unfit owners are generally the problem.

    I've only ever had one dog. It's amazing how attached you can get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_H View Post
    It's amazing how attached you can get.
    Not to turn a thread, but one more post on this subject...

    You're not kidding! I remember when it came time to have our first put down I thought, "I got this. I understand the circle of life and this dog lived a full one. It's something to be happy about really." Then when it came time I cried like a little girl. And each time since.

    On the matter of pit bulls... Great dogs. When they were just called American Bull Terriers they were considered the all American dog. They had the nickname "nanny dog" because they were so good with children! Remember Petey from the Little Rascles? Then they became the go to breed for dog fighting. Now you almost have to assume that there there may be some animal aggression, or worse when you encounter them because it's been bred into them for generations. Half of the time it's not an issue or it's manageable, but there are cases when it's not. A crappy fate for a terrific breed. To be made into that and then banned in some states. This last dog was our first bully mix, but I've always liked them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_H View Post
    My old sidekick Elvis had to be put down this year. He was a good boy.
    Sorry to hear about that John. I know how it feels

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    I was rummaging through my storage unit today, looking for a tube shield. I happened across a cache of nice tubes that I thought went with the burglary a couple of years ago. I found 18- 12AX7's There are 5 Telefunkens, 5 RCA's, 2 GE's, 1 Sylvania, 1 Mullard, 1 Valvo, 1 Bugle Boy, 1 Toshiba, and 1 Matushita. It was like hitting a jackpot. Oh yeah, I found a tube shield too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by John_H View Post
    I was rummaging through my storage unit today, looking for a tube shield. I happened across a cache of nice tubes that I thought went with the burglary a couple of years ago. I found 18- 12AX7's There are 5 Telefunkens, 5 RCA's, 2 GE's, 1 Sylvania, 1 Mullard, 1 Valvo, 1 Bugle Boy, 1 Toshiba, and 1 Matushita. It was like hitting a jackpot. Oh yeah, I found a tube shield too!
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    And we learn a unique way to protect those goodies too!

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    Yup eye glasses cases never thought of that before. Nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_H View Post
    I was rummaging through my storage unit today, looking for a tube shield. I happened across a cache of nice tubes that I thought went with the burglary a couple of years ago. I found 18- 12AX7's There are 5 Telefunkens, 5 RCA's, 2 GE's, 1 Sylvania, 1 Mullard, 1 Valvo, 1 Bugle Boy, 1 Toshiba, and 1 Matushita. It was like hitting a jackpot. Oh yeah, I found a tube shield too!
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    Super sweet! I've exhausted my stash of NOS and good vintage pulls now so I'm down to new manufactured tubes for replacements unless I want to invest in more vintage stuff. I got mine when I lived in the bay area, Ca. and had access to all kinds of resources. At this point I'd have to pay retail and that just isn't going to happen.

    That's a nice stash of tubes. If it were mine I'd test them for microphony and save the good ones for V1 in my personal amp/s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickb View Post
    And we learn a unique way to protect those goodies too!
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    Yup eye glasses cases never thought of that before. Nice!
    The re-purposed cases work great. They're a good environment for tubes. Crush resistant, and soft on the inside. I recognized them, and knew right away what I had found.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck H View Post
    Super sweet! I've exhausted my stash of NOS and good vintage pulls now so I'm down to new manufactured tubes for replacements unless I want to invest in more vintage stuff. I got mine when I lived in the bay area, Ca. and had access to all kinds of resources. At this point I'd have to pay retail and that just isn't going to happen.

    That's a nice stash of tubes. If it were mine I'd test them for microphony and save the good ones for V1 in my personal amp/s.
    I used to buy tubes on ebay. I first got on there around 2003. New old stock tubes were cheap, and plentiful. It's quite the opposite now. I'm extremely happy to find these. Telefunken has always been a favorite, and the RCA's are nice in a PI. There were a few other's I found as well. There's a pair of GE 7025's, a few other various 12AX types, a pair of JJ 6V6, and a couple of 6X4 rectifier tubes. I'll have to pull out my old tube tester, check them out, and try them in an amp to verify, but I think that they're good.

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    I got back to some guitar building this weekend. I needed to get two fingerboards ready, one Indian rosewood, and the other ebony. The rough blanks start out at around 3/8' thick. I start by surfacing the bottom with a router sled. After getting the bottom flat, and smooth, I machine the 12" top radius with another home made jig. Mark the locations, and cut the fret slots to finish. The whole operation takes two hours or so. These are ready to glue
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