Tom Drinkwater
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Mar 1, 2009
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Mar 11, 1978 (Age: 43)
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Oakland Maine
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Tom Drinkwater

ERG/ERB Builder, 43, from Oakland Maine

Tired May 27, 2017

Tom Drinkwater was last seen:
Mar 26, 2020
    1. Tom Drinkwater
    2. IronGoliath
      Hey dude I posted a video review of an O.A.F belonging to Stealthdjentstic - I hope you enjoy! Nothing but praise for the craftsmanship involved :D
    3. Stealthdjentstic
      Truely a gentlemen and scholar!
    4. Justin Bailey
    5. Justin Bailey
      Justin Bailey
      You do awesome work, man
    6. XEN
      Hey man! Awesome vid! I'm posting a link to it on the site now.
    7. Empryrean
    8. Tom Drinkwater
      Tom Drinkwater
      No problem, I just wanted to make sure you got it. Brass drills easily but I'd recommend using a drill press when you drill it. You can use pretty much any drill bit that is rated for metal. I do recommend buffing, this can also be done on a drill press with the a buffing wheel and some buffing compound. The bits, buffing wheel and buffing compound are usually available at Home Depot or Lowes in the tool section. Buffing it removes some of the sharp edges and greatly reduces the friction that would cause tuning problems.
    9. Empryrean
      My apologies for the latency of my response Tom, yes I received it a while ago; but I'm not sure how I can drill it for mounting screws. I've got a set of files for the grooves and need only to sand them down to smooth perfection, would you recommend buffing it as well?
      once again, thank you very much sir!
    10. Empryrean
      How generous of you, thank you very much Tom!
      I'll pm you my address.
    11. Tom Drinkwater
      Tom Drinkwater
      No charge but I'll need a shipping address.
    12. Empryrean
      I believe a 3" piece should do me just fine, how much would that be sir? :metal:
    13. Tom Drinkwater
      Tom Drinkwater
      No problem, I have done the same thing before on forums. I still have 1/4 inch square rod. How long of a piece do you need?
    14. Empryrean
      Tom! I've since then<our last contact> completed (roughly) my 8 string, I hadn't noticed that you replied to my brass inquiry, my sincerest apologies sir. :(

      If and when you do have time, I would still like to buy a brass blank from you. I'm unsure how large of a size I need, but I believe 1/4" sq rod would be okay.
    15. Tom Drinkwater
      Tom Drinkwater
      Hi there, sorry I didn't reply sooner, I haven't been on here lately. If you have dimensions and a shipping address I'll send it to you. I have a bunch of different stock sizes like 1/4" sq rod, 5/16" sq rod, 1/2' sq rod, 1/4 x 3/8" rectangular rod and some other stuff kicking around the shop.
    16. Empryrean
      Hello Tom! I've made some progress since my last comment, I'm nearing the fretting and soon after, the brass piece(which I mean to inquire you about). I sent a list of hardware to my uncle to have him order it, and according to him; the brass supplier you linked me to charges $60 for shipping, at the cheapest. I know I probably wont use a whole 10" piece of brass so I was curious if you would consider selling me a brass retainer. :ugh:

      tldr; may I purchase a brass string retainer from you sir?
    17. slash
      Thanks a lot Tom & Tom (:fever:), your conversation answered all my questions!

    18. Empryrean
      Goodness, I must apologize Tom(kinda weird saying that since my name is tom also :lol:) I've misread that you said the 0 fret can be the same height as the other frets, I was so caught up thinking it had to imitate a nut that I didn't read what you said about that, though I will probably consider installing it last like you do, I am quite sure how I will tackle this now. Many thanks again Tom Drinkwater! :metal:
    19. Empryrean
      Perfect! If I bought all jumbo frets for the build, and level the other ones lower, how much lower should I level them? I don't have crowning files so I'd like to avoid too much removal, would it be possible to use a piece of brass that is flattened and try cutting my own tang in it to use as a makeshift '0 fret'? I would like if the frets remained as tall as possible! though if leveling the frets is the only way, it would save me all this thinking. haha
    20. Empryrean
      I also thought another possible problem for me, what exactly is the process in making a 0 fret? I realize that it is higher than the rest, but are the other frets leveled lower than the 0 fret? Or is the 0 fret simply not hammered in all the way?
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    Mar 11, 1978 (Age: 43)
    Home Page:
    Oakland Maine
    Build funky guitars
    Primary Seven:
    Ibanez GAX (sold)
    Main Rig:
    Seymour Duncan Crate
    Real Name:
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    Primary ERG:
    OAF 8 string
    Sevenstring Guitars:
    None, None, None, None, None, None, None,None, None, None, None, None
    Other Guitars:
    '84 Les Paul Standard, Squier Baritone Strat, Squier 5ths tuned strat, Oakland Axe Factory Wyvern, Oakland Axe Factory 8 string, Peavey fretless active baritone tele, Alvarez AC60 classical, Carvin C850 acoustic, Carvin DC135, Carvin fretless bolton bass 4 string, Carvin Bolt-t guitar, Ibanez AK85 Jazz box, Ibanez S570, Fender Geddy Lee Jazz bass, Floyd Rose strat, Mobius Megatar, Danelectro 6 string bass reissue, I know I have forgotten a few.
    Practice amps from line 6 and crate, Behringer 300W keyboard amp with 15" speaker, Seymour Duncan Twin Tube,
    Effects & Pedals:
    POD 2.0 bass and regular with board, BC60 pedal board, Boss PS-5, DOD deth metal distortion, Boss DS-1, Dunlop Crybaby original, Roktek delay, MXR EVH phaser, Boss Flanger,
    Cabinets / Monitors:
    m-audio powered studio monitors
    Studio & Recording Gear:
    Misc/Other Gear:
    Korg Triton Extreme 88 key, 34 string celtic harp from Dusty Strings, Fender Octave mandolin, ibanez A-style mandolin, struenal violin, String works Cello, casio keyboard, yamaha drum pad, furman power conditioner,
    I like pizza and rootbeer. Alot.

    I am a husband and father, motorcyclist and guitarist, outdoorsman and patriot


    Professional guitar/bass builder. Owner of Oakland Axe Factory and Drinkwater Guitars.