All posts by timmwood

Middle-aged high school teacher and coach in middle Tennessee. I like to write, make music, teach, do woodworking, sing, build plastic scale models, take photographs, use Photoshop, and a whole bunch of other things.

Index of articles and links

This part of the site will tell you the topics of the stories and give you a link to a PDF file of the article. You are welcome to download the PDF file and use it for personal,not-for-profit activities. I accept no liability for any injury or damage connected to reading these articles.

My guitar tools were spread all over the house. So, I put them in a bag that I call my guitar toolbox. guitar tool kit file has a list of the tools I selected.

To try to cut slots in a guitar fingerboard, I made a prototype of a fret slotting jig.

I created a transistor reference sheet so I wouldn’t have to look up pinouts every time I used a transistor in a circuit.

The DIY time warp

Back to DIY

Tele Partscaster

Tele P-90 mod

reverse control plate

acoustic guitar dream

better lucky than good

building a bi-polar power supply

bi-polar the easy way

shaping a guitar neck

guitar parts from China

Tea Philter


replacing a tremolo

discovering chisels


Click and read this if this is your first visit!

Welcome to Stringed Things, my fearless blog of my music-related DIY projects plus who knows what else!

I’m a middle-aged high school teacher and coach who has been messing around with guitars for more than 40 years. While I’m not a tinkerer in the league of a Leo Fender, I’ve had a lot of fun doing it.

This blog is an attempt to share with you some of the fun I’ve had with it. Unfortunately, doing something for a long time does not necessarily make one good at it. But it doesn’t stop me from having fun with it! And  unless you are one of the few who can make a living doing it, you’d better have some fun with it!

This is not the best-organized blog site that you’ll ever see. Some day I’ll learn more about WordPress and make this site easier to navigate. But for now, this site contains the following items in the blog section.

  • Putting a P-90 pickup in a partscaster Tele
  • Building a bi-polar power supply
  • Resurrecting my old phase shifter (part 1)
  • The DIY time warp
  • Getting bi-polar power
  • Setting up an electronic breadboard
  • Back to the world of DIY stompboxes
  • The Tea Philter Do-it-yourself project
  • Switching the control plate on a Tele-style guitar
  • What happens when a rocket scientist makes guitars (also on its own page on this site)
  • Guitar parts from China
  • Replacing a tremolo
  • Neck shaping
  • The Tele partscaster project
  • Building a bass (unfinished)
  • Discovering chisels
  • Better lucky than good (getting lucky on a guitar project)
  • The beast rears its ugly head (the desire to build an acoustic guitar)

Happy reading and tinkering!

– Tim Wood