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« Reply #20 on: April 26, 2006, 05:09:31 PM »

I'm a big DIY fan. If you have a high speed drill and know how to use it, then just do it. You'll need a 1/2" bit and I highly recommend a tapered reamer. Thats the easiest and safest way to go. If you don't and have a ton of different bits, start with a small pilot and slowly enlarge all the way up to 1/2". If you jump right for that 1/2", you will certainly have that bit get caught up in the finish and end up with a nice crack in the finish or an uneven hole at that.

cliff notes: - DO IT YOURSELF.
               - BUY A 1/2" tapered reamer
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« Reply #21 on: April 26, 2006, 07:37:16 PM »

Doin' it yourself can be GREAT pleasure and a source of immense pride... or a nightmare... I always advise... LEAVE IT TO A PRO!
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« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2006, 04:34:37 AM »

I understand everyone would like to save a few dollars, but what's $45 compared to peace of mind and your prized Martin?   Cheapness is a curse.  Don't fall victim to her and have regrets along the way.  Take it to a pro.   
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« Reply #23 on: May 17, 2006, 02:02:17 PM »

reading the thread on buying a used Larrivee, I can't see any better justification for *not* doing something myself unless I knew exactly what I was doing.


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« Reply #24 on: May 20, 2006, 04:36:58 AM »

Don't drill it yourself.

1.  You need a reamer, not a drill bit.  A skilled luthier should ream the hole, someone who's done this 500 times.

2.  Good luthiers have tools for determining how tightly they are turning the jack/screw piece onto the threads of the 1/4" metal input tube.  You can split the glue seam on the lower bout if you crank the screw piece too tight.

I sold Martin, Fender and Gibson guitars in college in the 80's.  I've seen some real disasters from do-it-youself guys.  I've seen cracked Martins, Les Pauls with phillips screwdriver divots on the tops. broken truss rods, spilled glue on beautiful guitar tops, stripped screws on tuners  (all done by guys who wanted to save money.)

Luthery, surgery and dentistry should be done by experts with good documented work history.

We're talking about $40.00 here.



My 2 cents,

John
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« Reply #25 on: May 24, 2006, 02:01:28 PM »

I wanted to have my D-18 drilled out for a jack. I took it to my local shop. He said he would charge me $10. After he did it with a reamer, he said it was so easy he would only charge me $5. Nice guy. But I still send my bigger jobs to unclrob.
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« Reply #26 on: June 23, 2006, 11:31:26 PM »

OK, now I'm gonna install that Baggs M1 in my ex-gf's prized Gurian, and believe me, she's a perfectionist - the job's going to Gyphon!  And my McElroy's going there too  ... and my Martin.

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« Reply #27 on: September 21, 2006, 07:05:58 PM »

Hi folks, I'm a noobie to Larrivee ownership and to this forum. I recently purchased an L-05, an O-60 Parlor Deluxe, and an OMV-03R from the Vancouver factory when I did a tour of the plant. (John, Jr. is a good salesman. <grin>) As I intended, none of these guitars have a pickup installed. I have ordered the K&K Mini Western to install in the L-05 and perhaps in the Parlor. I have the larger size K&K pickup in my 1979 HD-28 Martin and it is an amazing pickup system, even better with the K&K XLR Preamp.

So, here's my question. According to my reading, these new guitars should already have the 1/2" endpin hole so drilling should not be required.

Is the endpin a press fitting?

That is, so do I just pry it out with a large crowbar or is there some other process I should use to remove the endpin?? <just kidding about the crowbar>

Thanks for your help.

Ben Rushing

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If the guitar already has a 1/2" hole, why would anyone want to drill a new one??  :huh:

Larrivee (at least the three I've purchased... L03, L03-12, L05) have no endpin jack hole unless they are purchased with electronics (eg. L03E). As I've said earlier, I have installed endpin jacks on five guitars (L03, L03-12, L05, Yamaha FG150, Yamaha FG720-12) with a Forstner bit and drill all without incident. Two of the guitars were gloss finished. A tapered reamer works too. However, I like the clean, cylindrical hole you get with a Forstner myself.

As always... YMMV (especially if you aren't good with tools!  :TON>)
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« Reply #28 on: September 21, 2006, 07:17:05 PM »

If the guitars are pre-drilled they should be fitted with a chrome finished end pin that has a concave hex head. Use the truss rod adjuster, or other suitable sized hex tool, to remove (turn counter-clockwise) the head and internal nut mechanism.
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