working on a dream (part 3) editing

a little update on the 'CMG & we are the night' record. i put the old recording chart to bed and it's been replaced by the editing chart. the editing chart looks the same as the recording chart, but they are much different. it's like a rock advent calendar of rock. when this new chart fills up then it's over. my goal is to have it done by the new year. this record will not follow me into the new decade.

deets #5 (part 2) fixing a hole

so i think i figured out a plan for this guitar that had been kicked a new one.


but don't try to find wood at home depot. they laughed me out of the store when i told them i needed wood like .008" thick.

i found this little piece in an architecture store. i guess they use it to make sweet models.

i have no idea what i'm doing but i figured out i needed some back support. is this true? i don't know? i glued little pieces of wood to the back of the side. no one will ever see this nightmare once the guitar is finished so i'm going for it.

so here are those little guys peeping out. they will help support our replacement wood.

next i ran around the house and found this curling iron. it goes all the way up to 400 degrees. we're going to use this to bend this wood into shape.

i took the wood and soaked it in hot water for like 5 minutes. then while it was wet, i used the curling iron to create steam. the steam loosens the fibers and magically allows it to rearrange itself. when it dries it'll keep it's shape.

i clamped the piece onto the otherside of the guitar while it was drying to keep it from straightening out.

after that dried i took it to the grinder and shaved off the excess and sloped the edges down with a file to match the slopes i made on the guitar. it's all looking pretty good.

so i glued the hell out of this thing. and i also clamped the hell out of this thing. then i set some weight on top of the parts i couldn't get to with the clamp.

i would like to say again at this point that i have no idea what i am doing. now we wait for the glue to dry.

wrapping a drum part four

ok. so i let the glue dry hard. let my tape bond together. now we move on to drilling all the holes out of this thing. i was nervous, thought about matt, went ahead and drilled. look at these perfect holes.

went the the music store and bought some new heads. i'm not a drummer so this was my first time buying heads, or as i like to call them, skins. ask the drum guy at the store one question about drums and you're there for an hour. got home, put the hardware back on, slapped the skins on and boom!

the side view is looking nice. you could eat off of this thing. oh snap, check the chrome son!

double damn!

so anyways, it's done. i put it back into the closet and i won't see this thing for like a year. maybe i'll invite matt over.

the end.

the secret service - oh susie

pardon my french, but holy crap. the secret service wrote the perfect song back in 1979 and then made the perfect video. they are swedish and according to this video, awesome at roller skating. i don't come across gems like this everyday. this sounds cooler than any band from brooklyn, ever. bring it back sweden.

wrapping a drum part 3

so now that we have the shell sanded and looking fine, i'm doing a mock wrapping to see what's up. make my measurements and cut the excess off. i'm leaving enough overlap for the double sided hi-bond tape that's going to seal the seam.

when you get your measurements, clamp the center of the wrap onto the drum. this way we can glue in two parts and have the correct alignment the whole time.

i'm going to use regular wood glue for this satin finish because the vintage wraps were thinner and they will discolor and warp if you you use bonding cement like they use for today's modern wraps.

i can't show you and pictures of the gluing because it was too crazy to take pictures of. but i'm sure you get the picture. thin layer of glue on every inch of the paper, roll out the air bubbles and then seal it with hi-bond tape. i clamped the overlay together for some extra hold. i almost cried during this part thinking about what matt said to me over the phone.

after it dried a bit i started to shave down the excess with a sanding dremel bit. you're not supposed to sand the wood shell at all so be careful.

after that, the old school method is to file the wrap down so it never catches on anything. this takes a long time, but i wanted to impress the old schoolers.

the next post will be the last about this crap.

deets #4 (part 7) putting in fret markers

so now that we have our binding glued in, it's time to add a little extra magic. fret markers! i always thought they were drawn on, but it seems they are small straws of plastic that need to be fit in. so here i am drilling out some small holes in the binding.

here are a few empty holes and a few filled holes.

then we cut the excess of and scrape it down with that bad ass knife, and there you have it. fret markers.

deets #4 (part 6) neck binding

my cream neck binding came in the mail today. what joy. it's just plastic. it's really going to bring this neck back from the dead or kill it for good.

the first thing i did is fire up a bowl of boiling water and stick it in. i'm not sure how bendable this stuff is so i figured it would help to melt it. i have to bend it into the shape of the neck. but melting sucked and it was better to bend it the way it was. plastic is incredible.

here i am trying to get the bend just right. it wants to fight you but you got to keep fighting back.

then you got to get some superglue and start gluing and clamping. glue and clamp. glue and clamp.

i really can't believe this was so easy. it looks pretty already.

then came the scraping. binding will not fit perfectly so you have to shave it down with some sort of knife or razor. i found this bad ass knife in the garage and it looked pretty tough. i cut myself about 4 good times and there is blood all over the wall and the bed for some reason. sounds like a typical weekend for mike kevich. just trying to see if you're still reading this mike.

so here it is all nice and leveled on the top, just a few more touches and we're done.

till next time....

deets #5 ( part 1)

this is the seagull. given to me by sean bonnet in tucson. he said that the problem with guitar was that he kicked a hole in it and then smashed it through a wall so the neck has been busted to the point where it wouldn't play. he also said if i screw this up it was no big deal. with that in mind.......first thing is to take the neck off. i think.

boom! pretty easy stuff because the seagull has a bolt on neck. next step is to remove the binding and separate the top from the body.

came off pretty easy using a razor blade and my muscles. so this is our hole. it about a shoe size 9 to 10.

there is no info on the internet about how to solve this problem so i thought i'd just start carving into this thing. i pulled out the japanese saw that ian dixon told me to buy and started to saw.

thats a great feeling to saw into something.

here's where i bust the piece out. sweet jesus that's a clean cut.

while i figure out what i'm going to do about all that, i turn to the dislocated neck. the block was cracked so i decided to throw some glue up in it and clamp for dear life.

at this point i'm all out of ideas. more to come when i figure something out.