Diet Coke, music, iTunes and some humor

 

Posted 04-17-2017

On Tuesday I decided to pour Coke on my keyboard. I had opened the Coke, sat down to check emails, and my hand rebelled and poured half the can into the keyboard. #@$*, I said. I actually watched my hand rebel and do the deed, mouth open, other hand, fingers extended to type frozen above the now soaked keys. The mouse cursor started jumping all over the screen, multiple versions of Google Chrome opened up and then everything crashed. A few minutes later I tipped the keyboard, smacked it against the desktop a few times to get the majority of the Coke out of it (it was diet Coke. I think that made the damage lighter somehow), cleaned up the puddle and rebooted. It worked fine.

So on to 32″ sliding doors on a 48″ shower. My brilliant idea, shower doors instead of a curtain, only make sense right? The sliding doors looked great. But was pretty sure my elderly mother was not gong to squeeze herself through the remaining 16″ of space to get in and out of the shower. I called her in anyway…

“Do you think you can fit in there, Mom,” I asked?

“I wish I hadn’t dropped you on your head when you were two,” Mom said.

“What,” I asked?

“Never mind… ” She shook her head. “No,” she said. “And I won’t try it.”

The next day I went and bought the materials to fit the opening. I wondered about the dropping on the head thing, but not to much.

After I got the new doors on, I sat down to check my email. Worked great, but when I went to type a reply I found that several keys were sticking, or hard to push. It wasn’t too bad. I told myself that maybe I just needed to pick up some computer keyboard cleaner and blow it all out really good.

I did some outside work, after all spring is nearly here. I came back in and sat down to check my email… With a coke… But this time the Coke was in my water bottle so I could simply keep it closed near the keyboard. I opened it, took a sip and started to set it down.

“So,” Mom said, “Tomorrow we can set up the living room.” (Translate that as Recliner, sectional with built in recliners, 40 inch wall mounted TV)

I watched as my hand sat the bottle down on the edge of the keyboard and it tipped onto the keys. “%$#*,” I said. The mouse cursor took off, the cat that had been on my lap startled as the cursor took off (He likes to watch the cursor, thinks it’s alive, he’s a house cat, doesn’t understand the difference between furry and digital mice.)

An hour later I had the keyboard dried out again and everything working, however today almost every key was sticking as I sat down to write this. The keyboard was a little too close to the edge of the desk so I decided to push it back with my coffee cup.

After I cleaned the coffee out of the keyboard and rebooted I realized I will have to find my old keyboard I loved so well, and only replaced with this one as it came with the new system. This one smells bad, like the Coke is eating into electrical circuits under the keys, sort of a plastic-silicon-electrical smell, and it’s taking me five times as long to write this as it should, because I have to go back and correct the missing T’s, I’s, O’s and other important letters. Somewhere in a box is the old keyboard, which I liked better than this one, (and wrote four books on) and later today I will have to find it.

Please check out Earth’s Survivors First book,  or The Zombie Killers both free eBooks.

That’s it for me. I’ll leave you with a set of lyrics I wrote that I like a great deal. Here are links to two other songs I wrote that I also like, A MinorSolution Six. These are rough cuts. I know, I won’t quit my day job, but writing lyrics and then the music for them is just another thing I do. I have over a 1000 sets, and about 100 of them that I like. I hope you had a great week, I’ll be back Wednesday.

WAR AT HOME

Verse One:

War has taken my country… Brother fighting his brother… It will be what it will be… See how we kill each other…

War it ain’t no way to live… It ain’t no way to die… Takes all that you can give… Takes every tear you cry…

Instrumental————-Steel drum rhythm with short lead transition———–

Verse Two:

War along the borders… Kills the father and the mother… Soldiers acting on their orders… Little Sister… Who will take care of your Brother…?

Their blood is crying from the ground… Who will reap the seed they’ve sown…? as you turn to run… pray that God will take them home…

Hook

let me have my country… Leave me to my home… Go back to your land of plenty… Leave this man alone…

You have come to kill the people… Watch them weep and moan… Come to kill our spirit… Why don’t you take yourself home…

Instrumental———————————————-Long Lead———————————–

Verse Three:

See the hills light up with fire… Young men running to their graves… Bad news coming down the wire… But you tell me Jesus saves…

Children sleeping in the gutters… Bodies lying in the street… Machine gun stutters… Pray… Your soul to keep…

Bridge:

Generals send their orders down… From their bunkers underground…

Freedom fighters honor bound… March to death without a sound…

Death is falling from the sky… Did you march today to die…?

Why is no one asking why…? too sad to cry…

Verse Four:

See it on your television… It all seems so far away… Think it’s real think it isn’t… Anyway… Don’t affect you today…

Take off your silver glasses… Take a good look around… As your time passes… may be you… that is lying on the ground…

Hook

let me have my country… Leave me to my home… Go back to your land of plenty… Leave this man alone…

You have come to kill the people… Watch them weep and moan… Come to kill our spirit… Why don’t you take yourself home…

Instrumental———————————————-Long Lead———-Steel Drum—————

Verse Five:

Justify your means… It is not you who has to die… Tell me it isn’t as it seems… Still… You can not answer why…

When judgment comes upon our heads… We will stand as we must… His words can raise us from the dead… or… return us to the dust…

Instrumental——————————-Short Steel Drum Rhythm——————————–

Verse Six:

I got to get away from here… This life is taking a toll… Always living in fear… I am… Less than whole…

Blood is welling up in fountains… Shooting up into the sky… I’m going home to my mountains… There is where I’ll die…

Hook / W Xtro

let me have my country… Leave me to my home… Go back to your land of plenty… Leave this man alone…

You have come to kill the people… Watch them weep and moan… Come to kill our spirit… Why don’t you take yourself home…

Why don’t you take yourself home… Leave us to our war at home… Take yourself home… Leave this man alone… Leave me too… My war at home… … … …

Why I Wrote It:

When I was a kid, Vietnam was all consuming. The hippies hated it (I wasn’t quite old enough to be a Hippy but I liked the drug, rock and Roll, sex culture), society was torn. Young men kept dying. The T.V. Was full of news stories. They followed the soldiers into firefights. It was very graphic and there were kids all over the place that sat in front of televisions and watched that violence.

I saw dead men, children. Children crying, burned, separated from loved ones. The song came from that, although, really, war is war. It could be just as applicable to what’s going on now in the middle east.

Take a look on YouTube: War At Home

That is Monday. I hope your Monday is great. Check out Dell’s iTune books: Dell Sweet


Acoustic Build 8 from Geo Dell

Acoustic Build 8

Guitar Posted by Geo Fri, April 14th, 2017 12:07:09
I spent the day getting the top wood flush with the body and installing the Piezo disc elements.
I took the basic overage of the top down with my bench/belt sander and then sanded the balance and rounded it over, by hand. It took more time sanding by hand but I like to feel the wood, see it change as I sand it, watch the grain for problems, something you can’t do with an electric sander. I have all of the rough sanding done.

I turned my attention to the Piezo discs.

Piezo elements can both produce sound and pick up vibration and turn it into sound. Nice little invention.
Most acoustics, if they have a pre-amp probably have a piezo based element in the guitar. That would be a long narrow rod that fits under the saddle. Same technology, different design. These discs I have can be cut down and can be placed nearly anywhere. The closer to the spot where the strings enter the soundboard or the saddle, the more sound they will pick up. I used Aliphatic resin to attach them to the soundboard. Yes, it would have been nice to do it before I glued the soundboard down, and probably easier too, but then I may have chanced installing them in an area I need to drill for string pegs. So, I waited until I had cleared the neck pocket, test mounted the neck and knew exactly where the bridge and peg setup would be on the soundboard.

I mounted one slightly away from the peg area, but not much. The second one is on the long angle of the backing plate for the bridge, farther Away than the first. The two will be blended and then can be chosen by themselves for an acoustic sound or blended with the humbuckers for a hybrid tone. By mounting them where I did I should pick up a little more of the bass end of the guitar than the treble end.

I will take a few days off while I wait for the neck screws (Special order) and new order of sandpaper to arrive. I picked the colors from what I have in stock. Black body and neck head-stock, red-tinted top and neck back, and clear satin over the entire thing including the neck. Should look great. Thanks for looking and the feedback.
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Guitar Works Two: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VITFXZE
Guitar Works Three: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XNPXHQI
Guitar Works Four: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01390FUSY


Building Guitars Post 4

Building Guitars Post 4

Late last night I glued up the new top, braces, etc.

Late this afternoon I took off the clamps, worked the neck pocket with files to remove the excess top wood and got my first look at the way the neck mount will look. Very nice. There is a slight angle to the mount that is perfect. I ran a straight edge along it and it will work fine, I’m very happy with it.

I moved on to the bridge. I had already made the maple bridge to match the bridge I had made on the build similar to this, but I decided I did want rosewood. So I dug out the rosewood and cut a slab and then made a two piece bridge that I really like. It took most of the day to design it, cut it, shape the pieces, drill it, route it, etc, but I think it was more than worth the work.

I kept reminding myself that this was a seven string so that I wouldn’t end up laying out a six string instead, and still, twice, I marked the bridge for a six string layout. Measure three thousand times cut once. Good thing that is a rule. I am pleased. The sound when I tap the top around the bridge and sound-holes is very treble rich, glassy, exactly like the last build I did like this. That is what I wanted. Of course, that is no guarantee I will get a repeat in sound that I got from the last build, but I’m hopeful.
The lower bout is the opposite, very bassy, also the same. The Spanish bracing gives it that difference in sound between the upper and lower bouts that is so stark. Not a slowly changing tone when you tap the wood but an immediate change once you pass that central bridge strut.
That build I refer to was about eight years ago, I kept good notes, I have not deviated much at all.
So far I have about $60.00 in the whole thing, that includes the donor body, neck, fret wire, electronic pieces, including pickups, piezos, etc. I’ll add tuners, strap buttons, paint and still be under a hundred finished and playing.
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Guitar Works Two: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VITFXZE

Guitar Works Three: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XNPXHQI

Guitar Works Four: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01390FUSY

Guitar Works Five: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XPCGGLZ


New paperback books from Wendell G Sweet this month

New paperback books this month

THE LEGEND OF SPARROW

“In the beginning the Creator made a way to the peoples that will always be open. First Woman, The Clan Totems, the Star People, were all able to communicate, and they are still able now, up to this day and beyond, until your days cease you will have a pathway to that knowledge. A way to reach all that is possible. You hold the keys to all that is within yourself. We all do…” “This is how the Creator came to make that way open for us, Benjamin told me.” Laura nodded, curled her feet under herself and settled in to listen. “We were in a sweat lodge at the time. One Benjamin had built with the help of my Uncles and Cousins. So many used it though that we had to check first to see if it could be used.” “The Owl Woman’s Society uses it,” he told me. “That meant nothing to me. At least nothing concrete. I had known my mother belonged to the Owl Woman’s Society. I didn’t know what they did: Where they met. What they decided. How important they were to each other, to us, to the well being of our people.” “We settled into the sweat lodge and Benjamin began to tell me the legend of the Dreamer’s Way… What came to be known as the legend of the Sparrow…”


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 Zero Zero Paperback – October 15, 2016

 Russia and America’s decades long silent war escalates in the shadows. With Nuclear weapons armed and waiting both believe the other will be the one to flinch. Most of America is not even aware these weapons still exist, and the few that know they do exist believe no one will ever use them. One last time Earth comes to the brink of destruction. Controlled by powers both on and beyond the earth her fate is left to a small group of survivors to secure. Zero Zero begins with a secreted base that holds the keys of destruction: A madman who holds those keys in his hand, and a small group of men and women who challenge him as the clock ticks down to Zero Zero. As the clock ticks down for our planet and her inhabitants, powers that have lain dormant for centuries are loosed on the Earth. Zero Zero takes a look at a post apocalypse world in ruins. The governments are gone. The police, the military. The United States is no more. And even the simplest things are hard to come by. Some have hidden to ride out the storm unleashed upon the Earth, others have taken a stance in the fight. Those that survive the apocalypse are splintered and isolated. Mistrustful of one another, but beginning to come together in small groups. They have been told of a place a safety, but getting there, if it exists, is not a guarantee. The powers that have been unleashed may not be done with them, and they have to be wary of everything and everyone in a world where firepower and fearlessness rule the day…


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Earth’s Survivors Life Stories: Billy

The Deal… The man moved more fully into the shadows. “You Gabe?” he asked in a near whisper. The darker shadow nodded. “You…?” He started. “Now who else would I be?” He asked. The darker shadow said nothing. The other man passed him a small paper bag. “Count it,” he told him. Gabe Kohlson moved out of the shadow, more fully into the light. “It’s a lot; I can’t stand here, out here counting it.” The man laughed. “You asked for this place. It’s the middle of nowhere. I Googled it, it comes up marked as the middle of nowhere. Who will see you?” He laughed and then choked it off with a harsh cough. “Count it. No mistakes… You got it?” Kohlson’s head popped up fast from counting. “Of course I don’t… That wasn’t the deal.” “Easy… Easy… Keep your panties on… I’m saying you got it… You got access to the it?” “That I got… I can get it out this Thursday at shift end…” He held up the paper bag. “A lot of this goes to greasing the skids… You know, to get it out,” Gabe told him. “This stuff.” “Whoa right there,” the man told him. “Don’t say anything about it. I don’t know what it is and I don’t want to know, see? I do a job. Take this thing there, that thing here. That’s all I know. Keeps my head on my shoulders when all about are losing theirs.” “Uh… Lost me,” Gabe Kohlson told him. “Just shut up about it, man. I don’t want to know anything past what I know, okay?” “Okay,” Kohlson agreed. “I do know you got to get it out and I will be here to get it… Hey,” he waited until the kid looked up. “You know who I work for, right? You muck this up you’ll wind up out at the county landfill… Gulls pecking out your eyes let me tell you. I will meet you here next Thursday night… Seven… Don’t be late… Don’t mess this up… Don’t make me come looking for you…” He faded back into the shadows more fully, turned and walked down the shadowed front of the building. A few minutes later he found his car in the darkness: He waited. He heard the kid’s beater when it started. A few moments later he watched as it swept past him, heading out of the small park area toward the river road. He levered the handle on his own car, slipped inside, started it and drove slowly away…


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Earth’s Survivors Life Stories: Jack and Maria

When a catastrophic natural disaster looms on the near horizon, the government releases an airborne virus designed to make the human race tougher, better able to survive. It was developed for soldiers to make them better able to fight, go longer without food and water, and increase their strength. The bonds itself to human cells and helps them to regenerate at an advanced rate, so that even if the person dies they can rise again. In non combat field tests the soldiers become aware of this, they called the phenomenon Overclocking and looked at it in a positive light. How could you look negatively at being able to live forever? A quick shot of the antidote after the heart had begun to beat again and the virus seemed to slip into remission, leaving a healed body that would then come out of the virus induced coma in a few days on its own. But the virus does something the governments didn’t consider, it never stops working, never truly becomes dormant. Even after the body has ceased any real life, the virus lives on, rebuilding its host in a new and potentially indestructible way. Days later, what was dead becomes alive once more. Joel: It was on a Tuesday. I went to get the mail and there were six or seven dead crows by the box. I thought those goddamn Clark boys have been shooting their B.B guns again! So I resolved to call old man Clark and give him a piece of my mind, except I forgot. That happens to all of us: It’s not unusual. I remembered about four o’clock the next morning when I got up. Well, I told myself, Mail comes at ten, I’ll get that, and then I’ll call up and have that talk. I make deals like that with myself all the time. Sometimes it works out fine sometimes it doesn’t. It didn’t. Ten came and I forgot to get the mail. I remembered at eleven thirty, cursed myself and went for my walk to the box. I live alone. I have since Jane died. That was another hot summer when she went. I used to farm back then. I retired early a few years back. I rent out the fields. Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself. I walked to the mail box cursing myself as I went. When I got there I realized the Clark boys had either turned to eating crows or they had nothing to do with the dead crows in the first place. There were dozens of dead crows, barn swallows, gulls. The dirt road leading up to my place was scattered with dead birds; dark sand where the blood had seeped in. Feathers everywhere, caught in the trees, bushes and the ditches at the side of the road. There were three fat, black crows sticking out of my mailbox: Feet first; half ate. Some noise in the woods had made me turn, but I didn’t turn fast enough. Whatever had made the noise was gone once I got turned in that direction, but there were bare footprints in the dry roadbed next to the box. They were not clear, draggy, as though the person had, had a bad leg. He had of course, but I had yet to meet the owner. I had seen him almost a week later. I was sitting by the stove that night and heard a scrape on the porch. His leg was bad. Somebody had shot him, but this fella had worse things going on than that. He was dead. What was a bum leg when you were dead? Small problem, but it made him drag that leg. I’m getting ahead of myself again though. I picked up my old shot gun where it sat next to the door, eased the door open and flicked on the porch light. He jumped back into the shadows. “Step out into the light,” I tried not to sound as afraid as I was. “No,” he rasped “Step out here or I’ll shoot,” I tried again. Nothing but silence, and in that silence I got a bad feeling. Something was wrong. It came to me about the same time that he stepped into the light. There was no sound of breathing. It was dead quiet, that was what my panicked mind was trying to tell me. My own panicked breathing was the only sound until he stepped into the light dragging his leg. My heart staggered and nearly stopped…


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Guitar Works: Volume Five: Repair Work

Whether we are customizing a guitar, repairing a fractured neck, refretting a beloved instrument or building our own guitar from scratch, there are those of us who love to work on and modify our guitars. I have done so for many years and I build hundreds of guitars in the process. This manual is designed to get you comfortable with doing your own neck repairs, refretting jobs and cutting, shaping and installing your own nut or saddle. It covers a complete rebuild of a damaged neck: Fret board removal, truss rod installation; it will show you how to radius the new board and install new frets. This will cover a snapped neck, where the neck is cracked in two. How to make a lasting repair and the order in which to do the multiple repairs you will need to perform to do that. It will show you how to take a bone blank and turn it into a saddle; how to get the shape and measurements you need to accomplish it: How to install it and set it up to your own tastes. This manual covers repairs that can save you hundreds of dollars in a professional shop. It can allow you to save money purchasing guitars that need work and give you the confidence that you will be able to perform the repairs yourself. This guide is illustrated with full color photos to help you to understand the work.


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Earth’s Survivors Collection Five

The Earth’s Survivors Series follows survivors of a worldwide catastrophe. A meteorite that was supposed to miss the earth completely, hits and becomes the cap to a series of events that destroy the world as we know it. Police, fire, politicians, military, governments: All gone. Hopes, dreams, tomorrows: All buried in desperate struggle to survive. From L.A. To Manhattan the cities, governments have toppled and lawlessness is the rule. The dead lay in the streets while gangs fight for control of what is left. Small groups band together for safety and begin to leave the ravaged cities behind in search of a future that can once again hold promise. Earth’s Survivors Collection Five brings together book Six and book seven from the earth’s Survivors series in one volume. From the theft of the virus from a top secret facility to the births of The Nation’s first babies to the formation of The Fold and how it came to be. Book six tells the story leading up to the Apocalypse. That tale includes the story of Billy Jingo, Alice Tetto, Major Weston’s private secretary. Ben Neo and Jimmy West, hired Killers, and a drug deal designed to hide the transfer of a top secret drug stolen from the Underground Bluechip facility, that goes very wrong. Set in the days leading up to the catastrophe that ends the world as we know it, Watertown is a hardcore ride through a world few would want to live in, but the world it leaves behind is somehow even worse than the one it helped to take away… Book seven steps back to the beginning of the catastrophe to bring you the story of the Fold; Jessie Stone and why and how Snoqualmie settlement came to be. It begins in present time in the Nation and then falls back to just a few days after Watertown ends and the beginning of the Apocalypse. The Fold becomes the biggest challenge to the Nations power. The community that can force the Nation into compromise, or bring a war that may destroy both societies. Both stories in their entirety in one volume…


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Earth’s Survivors Collection Four: Candace and Mike

The Earth’s Survivors books follow groups of survivors as they struggle to stay alive in a vastly changed world. The most popular group from the website writings were Candace and Mike. They are from the northern New York town of Watertown close to project. Mike was a long time resident of Watertown. He knew the ins and outs of the small city: The people; the bars. He worked a boring factory job, the same job his father before him worked, but he didn’t think of escape from his life. He had settled into it. He liked the small city and he was looking forward to his first vacation in many years. He went to sleep thinking about how great his vacation was going to be, but he woke up in a world that had little to do with the one from just a few hours before. Candace was a transplant to Watertown. She had found work at a 24 hour convenience store but it barely paid the bills. Then someone had dropped her name to one of the local club operators and suddenly she was tending bar in a fast moving club. When she went to sleep she believed that in just a few days she would start work in the club as a dancer. Life seemed to finally be going her way. In the early morning hours of March 1st great change came upon the entire planet, touching the small northern New York town where Mike and Candace lived as it touched every other place in the world. The world was no longer predictable, stable and the coming days would bring even more changes. Follow along with Mike, Candace and the other survivors as they struggle to survive on the new planet Earth… Earth’s Survivors Collection four presents the only story that completes the original story of Candace, Mike, Patty and Ronnie as well as fills in the missing pieces of where they went…


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Building Guitars post 3

Building Guitars post 3

Posted by Geo 02-10-2017

Sanding and profiling the parts. I also laid out the holes that need to be drilled.

Capacity wise, these openings will allow the same volume of air movement as the large center hole would.

I also finished the two long body pieces, put the curvature into them and mounted them to the body.

Everything else will be glued onto the soundboard and then the whole thing mounted and glued to the body and the two braces.
I pre-drilled all holes and then drilled from the back to keep splinter and tear out to a minimum and on the inside where it won’t be seen.

The soundboard pieces are all sanded and shaped as well, ready to go on after a few more cutouts on the soundboard/top.
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Guitar Works One: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VF0RYJE
Guitar Works Two: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VITFXZE
Guitar Works Three: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XNPXHQI
Guitar Works Four: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01390FUSY


Building Guitars post 2

Acoustic Build 2

Guitar Posted by Geo Fri, February 24, 2017 11:37:05
Late night, last night. I cut the sound board pieces. These are laid out, rough shaped only. They will need to be finish sanded and then shaped to the board and arch I want.

I drew up a rough sketch of the soundboard lay out from the build I based this off of. You can see they are very similar.

I also rebuilt the bridge I used for that build. The wide part will hold a brass saddle, the back angle will hold the strings.

All of the soundboard wood is hard maple, including the piece for beneath the bridge. Spruce is most often used, Hard maple gives the sound a glassy tone, more to the treble side. As well, I built the bridge from hard maple too. Most often Rosewood is used, I have some very old rosewood stock, but I like to use sustainable wood sources when I can, and I have to remind myself this is a quick low-buck build. Additionally Rosewood can be very brittle, maple is strong yet very pliable. With close to 185 pounds of pull at the bridge that has to be a concern to me…
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Hey! Check out my Guitar Works guides!

Guitar Works One: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VF0RYJE
Guitar Works Two: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VITFXZE
Guitar Works Three: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XNPXHQI
Guitar Works Four: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01390FUSY


Building Guitars post 1

Acoustic Build 1

Guitar Posted by Geo Fri, 02-10-2017 11:24:08
A new project. I had a talk with someone about building guitars and never playing them, and how I would like to build a jazz guitar. So I decided to build something I would use, a seven string acoustic. I popped the top on a junk acoustic body after removing the neck.

Built a block in to hold the neck and then a pocket for it.


The neck is test fitted in the last photo, at the correct angle, just need to build a new top/bridge/etc lol.

Progress.
I traced the body onto the blank for the new top and then cut it out.

I left it wide to make sure there would be no mistakes. I fitted the piece, took my handy little scuff-pad and knocked off all the rough edges, and then finished the profile for the neck heel I added too.

Lastly, I transferred the neck pocket to the top, leaving it over-sized.

The next step is the soundboard/bracing and then the top will be glued, left over-sized. After drying the sides will be sanded flush…
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Hey! Check out my Guitar Works guides!

Guitar Works One: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VF0RYJE
Guitar Works Two: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VITFXZE
Guitar Works Three: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XNPXHQI
Guitar Works Four: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01390FUSY


Snow ho ho

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Posted by Geo

Snow, it’s coming this weekend, and it’s Friday already. That’s a snap from last year at this time, the snow was already here. It’s cold here in New York, but from what the weather service is saying it’s about to be cold all over the place. Welcome back the Arctic Vortex. By the time it lifts, if it lifts, the real cold will be here anyway. It may be tough for the middle of the country. They should still have better weather for awhile, second crops to get in, or third to start, and this could cause problems for them.

For those interested in the Earth’s Survivors series, they are now all listed on Smashwords. I am trying to divide things, without being repetitive in details of other survivors or their storylines. Some of it will be repeated though, it can’t be helped, because not everyone reads both series. I want them to interact, but I also want them to be stand alone books too. I think when it is finished that there should be clear lines for the books that follow. The Zombie Plagues concentrate on the Nation and the people there. The OutRunners will be in both books, but working for the nation, and the Fold would have been in the Earth’s Survivors books.

Free Book list: This is the free book list. Next week we should have a few new additions to it.

The Zombie Plagues Book One. Price: Free

What if the world ended tomorrow? What would you do? Would you be able to survive? The Zombie Plagues books follow a small group of men and women as they struggle to survive on a vastly changed earth, where the dead sometimes do not remain dead. Follow along as they try to rebuild their own lives as they rebuild their world.

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America The Dead: Book One. Price: Free

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Genesis Earth is a trilogy of books that document the plight of the peoples of the Earth as they face complete destruction of their world. On a faraway planet two armies face each other to do battle. In the Heavens, God reigns, offering the paths that can be followed. A beast locked within a pit for eons is bought to the surface in chains to stand before him, and is ultimately loosed on the world.

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I have been working to get the links at the various websites hooked into each other so that it is easier to find information you are looking for. Eventually I envision one site that can deliver information about all the writers at independAntwriters and their projects. Easily said, not easily done.

Last things: I am trying to look for an outlet for these books long term. I don’t currently have that. I would like to be able to know that the entire story will be told. I’ll continue to work on that. I appreciate that the digital portion is covered with Smashwords.

Last Last Things: Feel free to send your opinions be they good bad or indifferent.

That’s it for this week. Look for the OutRunners base book this week sometime via Smashwords. Stay out of the deep freeze that’s coming, and let the dog in, it’s cold. I have a cat, no dog, but my cat thinks he’s a dog so maybe that counts. I’m pretty sure though that if someone breaks into the house I’d be better off with a 140 pound Malamute than a 12 pound house cat, but who knows. A few more years and I’ll have that Malamute. But my cat could care less about coming inside. I can stand there for ten minutes with the door open, furnace running, and him three feet away looking at me like, “Are you stupid? The Cat is outside. The cat will remain outside until the cat wants to be inside.” He stays outside all night and terrorizes mice and other small to medium mammals. If you have a cat I hope yours is better, but it’s a cat, how can it be? They are what they are.

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Guitar Works Volume Two: Custom Builds 1

Series: Guitar Works

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This manual will provide step by step instruction to guide you to figure out what your needs are for a custom built guitar on a budget. Where to find the parts, how to do the work and more.

I will build a custom SG in my shop. Change the scale on the guitar. Modify the neck to fit, wire it, install pickups and more. I will also give tips and pointers as I do the build and fully photograph it.

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Acoustic guitar building

Acoustic Build 8

Guitar Posted by Geo
I spent the day getting the top wood flush with the body and installing the Piezo disc elements.
I took the basic overage of the top down with my bench/belt sander and then sanded the balance and rounded it over, by hand. It took more time sanding by hand but I like to feel the wood, see it change as I sand it, watch the grain for problems, something you can’t do with an electric sander. I have all of the rough sanding done.

I turned my attention to the Piezo discs.

Piezo elements can both produce sound and pick up vibration and turn it into sound. Nice little invention.
Most acoustics, if they have a pre-amp probably have a piezo based element in the guitar. That would be a long narrow rod that fits under the saddle. Same technology, different design. These discs I have can be cut down and can be placed nearly anywhere. The closer to the spot where the strings enter the soundboard or the saddle, the more sound they will pick up. I used Aliphatic resin to attach them to the soundboard. Yes, it would have been nice to do it before I glued the soundboard down, and probably easier too, but then I may have chanced installing them in an area I need to drill for string pegs. So, I waited until I had cleared the neck pocket, test mounted the neck and knew exactly where the bridge and peg setup would be on the soundboard.

I mounted one slightly away from the peg area, but not much. The second one is on the long angle of the backing plate for the bridge, farther Away than the first. The two will be blended and then can be chosen by themselves for an acoustic sound or blended with the humbuckers for a hybrid tone. By mounting them where I did I should pick up a little more of the bass end of the guitar than the treble end.

I will take a few days off while I wait for the neck screws (Special order) and new order of sandpaper to arrive. I picked the colors from what I have in stock. Black body and neck head-stock, red-tinted top and neck back, and clear satin over the entire thing including the neck. Should look great. Thanks for looking and the feedback.
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Build a guitar

SG Scrap-wood build

Guitar Posted by Geo

The SG Scrap wood build. I started this build about a year ago and then left it. I originally intended to build a seven string SG, but I lost enthusiasm for it when I realized I would probably rarely play it. I hate building guitars that just sit. Guitars are made to be played.

I used recycled beams to build body blanks from. I must have a dozen or a dozen and a half of these that I glued up. After glue-up I drew the shape I wanted, an SG, and then cut it out with a Jig Saw. Made me wish I had a Band Saw, cutting 1 1/2 inch stock with a jig saw is hard work. Some day.

I then went to work with my files and rasps and, literally, in a few minutes I had a fairly well shaped body. You can do a lot with good rasps, files, sure-form shapers. I love them.

There I left it for months while I worked on Dave Maxon’s guitar and then built the 7 string Jazz style acoustic using the 7 string neck I had intended to use for the SG body.

I have a few necks here, but I decided to use the neck leftover from the donor acoustic body. The neck was bad when it was on the old acoustic body, once off it could be straightened and then reinstalled correctly. So, it was usable to me.

I also built the rest of the loaded pickguard. I made a matte black mask for it, dug up some gold knobs to match the gold hardware, and adjusted some routing so it would all fit.

The other pieces, the nickle and the gears, will be countersunk into the top. Once I have all the scratches out I will spray this in two coats of black lacquer primer, sand that down to expose the grain, stain the grain and the exposed inset pieces and then clear coat it in two or three coats of matte clear.

I built this out of a damaged Fender Strat Loaded Pick-guard. The Strat pickguard was off a guitar that had for some reason been used as wall art somewhere. It had been painted with wall paint. I bought it several years back as it was a real Fender body. I scrapped the rest and sold the body. So I dug this out, stripped the paint off, cut it down, sanded it, put in new pots and pickups and covers and then used a Vinyl wrap I built for the top.

The rest of it. The top insert is a Buffalo Head Nickle, that will be recessed or inset. The bottom is a three set of cogs that will be inset as well. There is a black plate cover for the jack on the side. I made the hot pickup at the neck position black and the other two white. I think the knobs came off a Gibson ES 335.

The bridge is a standard Tune-O-matic style and I will press in the posts after the body is done. The tailpiece is a piece I made. It is actually slotted for six strings underneath. It is gold plated aluminum, so the tone should be great. I slid an Allen-Key into the truss rod to make sure I can adjust it, it works perfectly.

The pole switch is a standard Fender unit, and the pots are wired as a standard Fender with double tone pots.

Off with the old and a lot of sanding ahead of me. Sanding, sanding, sanding…

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