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Offline Elantric

Luthier Tools
« on: January 11, 2017, 06:16:34 PM »
This tool is handy for determining magnetic guitar pickup polarity, and creating "hum-bucking action" from multiple pickups by measuring the magnetic polarity and flux path

CMS Magnetics Magnetic Pole Detector

« Last Edit: January 11, 2017, 06:18:18 PM by Elantric »

Offline nix808

Re: Luthier Tools
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2017, 08:50:38 PM »
Thanks Elantric!
That's cool for all kinds of magnetic stuff.
(edit- these can also be replaced with a compass I guess)

I'll try to put a couple of things I have learnt:

What about nut and saddle files(do you have a link?)?
These may be commonly known as 'needle files',
and I use my needle ones.

To make routing unnecessary(ie.tummy cut type stuff),
sometimes you can use very long drill bits.
These can be knocked up, as wood isn't that hard.
U can weld extended shanks on.

Pickguards can be unbent with a paintstripper, and flat weights once maximally heated.

Prolly don't use steel wool when pups will attract it. Scotch-Brite pads are harder than fine grit steel wool.

Danish wax is great for oil finishes-- a lustre

Stanley blades are fine for curved 'cabinet finishing'

Hope helps!-
I'll add more if I think of anything. I made a terribly crafted Tasmanian hardwood bass,
and have assembled 2 hexaphonic Fenderesque guitars from parts.
« Last Edit: January 11, 2017, 08:54:13 PM by nix808 »
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Offline Elantric

Re: Luthier Tools
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2017, 11:38:48 PM »
Many tools are listed here

Stewart-MacDonald  / Dan Erlewine Trade Secrets Videos

If you have questions, please contact us through our webpage or visit our Facebook page

For more information on tools and parts:
Stewmac Ultimate Scraper

Plastic Humbucker Mounting Rings

Fret Puller

Nut and Saddle Shaping Files

Scraper Blades

3M Double-stick Tape

Sandpaper / Finishing Paper Sample

been doing the Baking Soda + Super Glue "quick fix"  since 1977 -

but it always best to get a new Nut - these days I prefer a GraphTech

and use Warmoth Nut files and Xacto saw

or alternatives

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Offline Beirne

Re: Luthier Tools
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2017, 12:20:34 PM »
´╗┐´╗┐Concave Fret End File
Costly for a file, but it made my dried out fretend finger shredding strat play like butter.

Offline Elantric

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Re: Luthier Tools
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2017, 11:17:49 AM »

Good source for parts and tools

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Offline lespauled

Re: Luthier Tools
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2017, 10:17:08 AM »
DIY Tools:

A couple of things that I use are an old aluminum can. I cut off the ends with tin snips, and cut down from top to bottom.   This gives me a piece of aluminum.  I hammer it flat, and keep it for any occasion I need to shim a Floyd locking nut, or anything else.

Fretboard savers:
I use the aluminum sheet that I created for shim, and cut out a piece longer than the width of the fretboard.  I then fold it in half, and make a couple of notches on the folded edge larger than the width of the fretboard .  I then cut out the piece between the 2 cuts and unfold it, and bang it back to flat.  I sand down the edges, making sure there are no sharp edges. I then use those as fretboard protectors when doing any fret work.

Fretboard Sander/Leveling beam:
I wait for a sale on some hardware beam levels.  One side of the level is perfectly flat.  On that side, I put double sided tape, and put sandpaper (face down) on a flat surface.  I then push the level onto the flat surface.  The double sided tape makes the sandpaper stick to the level.  You now have a leveling beam.  Get a couple of them for different grits, and you are well on your way fretboard leveling.   One caveat:  I generally get cheap ones for this method, but I make sure the beam is perfectly flat.  First I get a straight edge ruler off the rack in the store, and hold it up to the light, looking for gaps.  I use both edges of the straight edge to make sure there aren't imperfections on both items.  Very rarely will that happen on both sides.  When home, I then put the new level on top of my dewalt level, and having a light shine behind it.  If I see any light getting through, I return it to the store, and get another.

Fret Crowning file:

I buy a 3 sided file, and I grind down one of the 3 edges perfectly flat.  It doesn't take long at all.  This gives you a file that you can lay on the fretboard and give you a perfect angle for the crown, without making a single mark on the fretboard.   Note that during the grinding process, I also slightly grind the sides of the edge so there are no teeth that will mar the fretboard.

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Re: Luthier Tools
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2017, 01:53:34 PM »

Ive done this - it works well, and allows wet sanding / polishing

Offline scratch17

Re: Luthier Tools
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2017, 11:48:52 AM »
Next it will be Gorilla Glue with a fur finish and Silverback, representing the King Kong of guitars!
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Re: Luthier Tools
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2017, 05:38:56 AM »