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  1. I got caught up in similar stuff. My conclusion is that it seems to: - need you to have a Microsoft Account & password - I think it also needs you to have a Skype account Both of the above can be done for free if you don't already have them. Then, at the end of it, you will also need Richard's invite link. I can't be sure about this because, in true MS style, the questions it asks along the joining journey are ambiguous and confusing and take you to screens that don't seem to have any relevance to what you are doing. But I think that's probably the issue, @Len_derby The reason I think it's that is that I originally tried to kickoff using my ajrguitarmods hotmail address and that's what Richard originally sent on the Teams invite. But on the Hotmail address, I have neither a MS Account or a Skype account. I then hit similar problems. But for my private email, I have both a Microsoft account and Skype and when I tried with that address it let me set up the MS Teams Account. I then I could click a revised invite link from Richard (who had sent a new one linked to my private email) and that allowed me to log into the team room. Hope this helps
  2. It didn't take terribly long to cut but - because the neck incorporates the neck angle which means you need to know exactly where the body is going to join - it took an age to draw, calculate, check, recheck and check again! But the side profile of the neck blank is now cut: And, hang it, let's have the first mock-up
  3. I also love a good serial, but it's been a beggar getting any in the any of the supermarkets. The shelves have been empty now for weeks!
  4. True...and that's why I personally prefer to refer to them as powered or unpowered. Unfortunately, all the manufacturers I know of refer to them as active or passive, not just EMG.
  5. Just looked at it again. And it looks even more lovely
  6. To my fellow builders, particularly the ones just starting out on this crazy journey: If you don't already use hand planes and you are in lockdown, then one of the best things you could possibly do with the time is to watch a few videos on YouTube of how to set one up and adjust and use a hand plane and look at @Christine 's superlative guide, pinned at the beginning of Build Diaries, of how to sharpen the blades. And I say that as one who, until my late 50's, had only ever used my handed down Stanley plane the way my father had and, no doubt his father before him - to smooth out the lumps and bumps in poorly home-plastered walls. And that was because the possibility of actually cutting wood with them - even soft woods like pine - was, quite simply, fanciful And now, for me, planing a piece of wood ranks as one of the most pleasing and satisfying parts of the whole building process. So what was I planing this time round? Well - having found a piece of leftover purpleheart 6mm splice, it was time to assemble the neck blank. Before I did that, I wanted to make sure I could maintain a flat surface that the fretboard would eventually glue to, so I put the two mahogany halves together, lined them up and just skimmed the combined top full length with the plane to square it up. Then glued, assembled and clamped it all to within an inch of its life and I have my 3-part blank: Next jobs on the neck blank will be: - Routing the trussrod slot - Thickessing to final width - Cutting the plan and side profiles on the band-saw, ready for the bottom wings to be glued on (after, of course, checking the sizes, re-checking, checking the checks, walking away and then coming back to check again ) Stay safe and thanks, as always, for watching.
  7. I'd almost forgotten just how attractive these little basses are... Great to be reminded
  8. Yes - 8pm this Friday OK with me. I've downloaded the app but then it started asking about all sorts of accounts which I haven't got round to understanding or sorting yet - but I have the rest of the week to do that (you see, Corvid-19 has given us all some time to actually PLAN our lives for more than 45 minutes at a time). My line should be fine - we've done a few longish multi-user skype calls in recent weeks and it didn't miss a beat. Andy
  9. There are a lot of confusing and ambiguous descriptions surrounding pickups EQ's and pre-amps - even by the suppliers, so I'm not surprised that you are confused. But - there are, indeed, active pickups and there are also passive pickups. Additionally there are EQ pre-amps that are designed to drive active pickups and there are EQ pre-amps that are designed to drive passive pickups. Here are examples of EMG active and passive pickups: And here is a Seymour Duncan bass EQ pre-amp designed for use with passive pickups: And here is their equivalent EQ pre-amp designed for use with active pickups: I maybe wrong, but I think that 'Active' is synonymous with 'Powered'. And I'm sure everyone will tell me I'm wrong, but I think all Active pickups require power input to drive their circuits? And an Active EQ preamp also requires power for its own circuitry. That is why both of the EQ preamps above are described as Active Bass Pre-amp's, because they are both powered even though one is configured to handle passive (unpowered) pickups and the other is to handle active (powered) pickups And can you have an Active pickup driven through a Passive EQ? Yes (think powered and non-powered rather than active and passive) So you can put active (powered) pickups, that will require a 9v feed, and send their output through standard tone pot circuits (although the values may be different), which are passive (unpowered). And finally - because it took me a long time to understand this - what's the difference between an Active EQ and a Passive EQ (such as a conventional tone pot & capacitor arrangement): It is simply that the passive arrangement can only CUT frequencies. So it gives bass by cutting out some of the treble. But a powered (active) EQ can BOOST the bass frequencies and/or the treble frequencies as well as cut them. Leastways, that's how I have kept my sanity over the years trying to get the right bits for the right things....
  10. The Wood Database agrees: Additionally, nearly all parts of the Yew tree are considered toxic and poisonous to humans, and care should be exercised when working with this wood species So if it is considered toxic AND poisonous, it stands to reason that it exhibits Toxicity and Poisonosity. So I reckon you are spot on @Maude
  11. I agree with @Frank Blank - I love poisonosity
  12. As @scrumpymike says - it's ingestion and inhalation. So unless Matt decided to chew on it like a dog chewing on a bone, it isn't going to do him any harm. And clearly, you would need to be trying to ingest. But when I used yew once with a router, I unknowingly ended up with a teeny chip in my mouth. It was about 2mmx1mm. By the time I fished it out, my tongue was already going a bit numb! But inhalation of the dust wouldn't do your lungs any good at all. So routing and sanding is probably the greatest risk without adequate PPE
  13. It's been a productive day. Amazing how much you can get done when you are ordered by your Prime Minister to stay at home. And it's amazing how much you can procrastinate about the decorating when you know you probably have thirteen more weeks of the same (so its rumoured) with a guaranteed no-one coming to visit in that time for any other reason than one where the decorating won't really matter anyway... Got the Yew and Sapele to their final thicknesses, the Yew cut out and also found a 6mm splice of Purpleheart for the neck! Here's the Yew, ready for final jointing (that will be just a skim on the handplane) and gluing together: Those who have seen my previous build threads will know that I'm a bit weird in that I will file and sand the top to its final outline and use the top itself as my routing template for the body once it has been glued on. My logic (and remember I simply tell you what I do and absolutely not that this is how it should be done) is that way, for the finish rout of the body outline, I don't then have to let the router blades go anywhere near those decorative horn tips because - for me, at least - that is the road to misery Tomorrow's job will be to assemble and glue the neck blank...
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