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Biscuit installation

Postby zhyla » Sun Apr 30, 2006 7:00 pm

Well my wife gave me a carbon fiber biscuit from forbiddenguitars.com for my birthday. I have a Rogue brass reso. Looking at its current biscuit it looks like this new biscuit is taller and more level than the old wood one. The old one is slanted so that it is lower under the thinner strings. I like the current action on the guitar so I'd like the new buiscuit to be about the same shape.

So if it was a wood biscuit I'd just whip out the old dremel tool and have a go at it. Anybody have any experience installing these carbon fiber doohickies?
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RE: Biscuit installation

Postby bendaway » Mon May 01, 2006 12:33 pm

The maker of your new biscuit says he has to use diamond tooling to manufacture the parts. The best thing would be to ask Paul Norman first for advice on grinding carbon fiber.
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RE: Biscuit installation

Postby zhyla » Mon May 01, 2006 12:53 pm

Yeah, I've gotten a couple emails from him. He says it sands well. My plan is to sand it to about the same shape as my old biscuit and slot it with a cheap set of nut files (when they get here).
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RE: Biscuit installation

Postby deltajew » Mon May 01, 2006 1:15 pm

Please post as soon as you install it on your Rogue.I'm very curious if it helps.I love the sound of this guitar but it has very little sustain.I also wonder if a Tusq nut will help.
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RE: Biscuit installation

Postby louisianagrey » Mon May 01, 2006 3:19 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON May-01-06 AT 11:21 AM (EST)]I normally use a belt sander to get those carbon fibre bridges to shape. If I need to intonate them I use a Dremel with the miniature sanding drum. Wear a mask - don't breathe the dust, it's very bad for you.

Don't forget the biscuit is a lot thinner than your current one, so it may take a bit of trial and error to get the action height right.

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RE: Biscuit installation

Postby ricochet » Mon May 01, 2006 3:46 pm

Very little sustain is the nature of the beast for biscuits.

I put very heavy strings on my Tricone and found that they make little difference in volume, but increase sustain greatly.

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RE: Biscuit installation

Postby zhyla » Mon May 01, 2006 8:37 pm

>Please post as soon as you install it on your Rogue.I'm very
>curious if it helps.I love the sound of this guitar but it
>has very little sustain.I also wonder if a Tusq nut will
>help.

Absolutely. I plan on recording before and after. Will be a week or two, I ordered a $5 set of nut slotting files to slot the saddle. I'm suspicious about the price but hopefully it will work enough for this one job.

I asked around about the effect of nut materials and the general consensus was that it only makes a difference for unfretted notes (0's).
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RE: Biscuit installation

Postby louisianagrey » Mon May 01, 2006 9:56 pm

At that price the "nut slotting files" are probably the set of little files that you can buy from tool stores for cleaning the tips of welding torches. They work OK if you're not going to be doing a lot of them, and they're certainly a lot cheaper than a set of nut files.

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RE: Biscuit installation

Postby crowduck » Mon May 01, 2006 10:07 pm

>At that price the "nut slotting files" are probably the set
>of little files that you can buy from tool stores for
>cleaning the tips of welding torches. They work OK if you're
>not going to be doing a lot of them, and they're certainly a
>lot cheaper than a set of nut files.
>
>Pete
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>www.bigwheelblues.com

I bought a set of brand new welding tip cleaners off eBay for $2 + $1.75 shipping.

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