The under saddle p/u's are home made using OT101 PVDF coax .You can find detailed instructions on www.liutaiomottola.com the PVDF coax can be obtained from email@example.com the contact there is David Armitage.
Thanks for your kind comments John , most appreciated !
Im hopeless on computers but go to the top right of page and search "DATEING BOXES"
about 3rd one down "NEED HELP DATING BOXES " now ....in there is a link to the
"National Cigar Museum" and there youll find a tresure of information to help date your boxes . Your King Edward should be easy ..there should be a blue tax stamp with the date stamped on it ,just looked at mine and its 1954.Good luck !
John, in answer to your question about upper and lower case letters in tuning notation, this is usually used to differentiate between notes that are an octave apart.
The idea comes from a couple of formal systems of notation: Helmholtz Notation (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helmholtz_pitch_notation ) and "ABC" notation. However people don't often stick precisely to those systems, so you have to be careful about which octave a note is in. But generally the meaning tends to be reasonably clear once you start tuning. As long as you pay attention to how a string sounds and feels as you tune it up and you stop before you break it then you should be OK.
A tuning written as GDgb would be (going from the thickest string to the thinest) G, D seven semitones up, G an octave above the low G, and B above that.
A normal guitar tuning might be written as EADgbe or EADGBe - but in proper Helmholz notation it would be E-A-d-g-b-e'.
Sharps are usually written with a letter follwed by #
Flats are usually written with a letter followed by "b" - which looks a bit like a flat symbol. If you need to write "b flat" then I guess you have to use your imagination...(one way is to simply stop using upper and lower case and write Bb)
Hi John, thanks for the nice comments. Getting a good finish is mostly just down to patience and a bit of elbow grease with abrasives - but it's not essential. Rough 'n' ready is a perfectly fine approach too and has produced many fine instruments. At the end of the day it's more about how the thing plays and sounds and - most of all - about the general spirit of the whole business.