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Takamine set up...

Postby oddioguy » Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:59 am

I have been asked to perform some maintenance on a Tak, and thought I'd share some of the process.
This is a cherished performance instrument, so "care" is the buzzword.

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Postby oddioguy » Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:07 am

Although worn frets were the only complaint, it took less than a minute to realize that some general set-up would contribute greatly to the playability of this instrument.

Organization is key to doing a proper job, so first order of business is to gather up all the tools that I will require...

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Postby oddioguy » Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:12 am

I was going to trim the bridge saddle last night, but the chainsaw was running a bit rough. Seems to be casting off a bit too much bar oil as well.
Hope that it doesn't stain the finish too much...
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Postby macrae11 » Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:45 am

I find tablesaws a little neater for lowering saddles. You do have to take the saddle out of the guitar though, so it does add an extra step.
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Postby oddioguy » Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:01 am

I thought about either the table saw or the mitre saw, but yeah....that extra step.....

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Postby oddioguy » Mon Sep 10, 2007 12:12 pm

Of course, as illustrated in the photo above, cleanliness in the shop is paramount!
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Re: Takamine set up...

Postby Jef » Mon Sep 10, 2007 12:16 pm

oddioguy wrote:I have asked to perform some maintenance on a Tak, and thought I'd share some of the process.
This is a cherished performance instrument, so "care" is the buzzword.


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That was my contribution to her 'cherished performance instrument'. I was the first one to battle-scar it officially!
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Postby oddioguy » Mon Sep 10, 2007 12:40 pm

...and yet you live...

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Postby Malcolm Boyce » Mon Sep 10, 2007 1:17 pm

OK, I'm getting over a bad cold, and this thread made me laugh big time...







It could be the NyQuil...
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Postby oddioguy » Mon Sep 10, 2007 3:06 pm

Malcolm Boyce wrote:It could be the NyQuil...


Only one way to know for sure....
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Postby oddioguy » Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:15 am

Wow....
The frets on this thing are wide and VERY low to begin with. My crowning file does not have a bit with a matching profile, so it's time for ....

Fret Crowning: Old Skool!

Had to dig up my ol' 3-corner file and start crowning by hand. Been a while, but I think I remember how to do it.

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Postby oddioguy » Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:49 am

...and since you freely admitted to it, Jef....

DING SOLO!!
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Postby oddioguy » Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:53 am

Frets ar now levelled, and the recrowning is underway. Should be ready to start wet sanding and polishing tonight, as long as I get home before 9:00-ish...
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Postby Jef » Tue Sep 11, 2007 3:32 pm

oddioguy wrote:...and since you freely admitted to it, Jef....

DING SOLO!!
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Yup... and she let me live!
The guitar was only a couple weeks old when that happened.
Deb insisted on me trying out her new guitar at a gig.
I was wearing it when I turned around and bumped into the corner
of an upright piano (a very small stage area).
At the time, I would have rather taken a kick to the nuts than
have to tell her about the nasty blemish.
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Postby oddioguy » Tue Sep 11, 2007 3:47 pm

It's not a blemish, it's ...a....ummm.....distinguishing character trait.
Yeah...that's it...
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Postby oddioguy » Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:35 am

Crowning, wet-sanding and polishing is complete. Still need to clean up a bit of tape residue (painters tape isn't supposed to leave that shit behind! :evil: ) and some filings that are hanging around, then restring and reset the truss rod.

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Postby oddioguy » Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:02 pm

....which is now all done as well.
Turned out very well, IMHO.
Perfect for girly fingers. ;-)
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