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#17251 Beef-Clef

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 06:43 PM

I fucking love Roadstars... :(

 

You could either shim or maybe build a new template, fill in the existing rout on the body you want, then re-rout. 

 

http://www.tdpri.com...emplate.283103/

 

But yeah, I'd prolly just find a 1/16" shim and shimmy shim shim. Snap into a Shim Shim. 

 

I was thinking of doing the same thing, actually. I found someone selling a cheapo jackson body for $35 so I figured I'd try to fit it in there, hell I could probably "shim" it with a couple layers of well trimmed masking tape. The main reason I even want to do this is because while I love this neck, it's so old (mid 90s) that I have no idea what condition the frets are in anymore, so before spending cash for a level/crown I want to know if it can be salvaged into any form of a playable guitar.


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Posted 10 March 2017 - 11:37 AM

Mig, you weren't kidding, the Ojai is very tiny!! 

 

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 09:21 AM

Yay! Finally got some work done on the pedal board. 

 

Started with this! All the power parts previously stuffed under the shelf are out for noise issues. You can see what a mess this was. Also, Dog hair. 

 

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At work we no longer have the uninterruptible power supplies these 90s-computer-white metal rack mount thingies were meant for. So, I cut off part of it and painted it with metal colored spray paint. 

 

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Then I built a 6" by 21" shelf and mounted it using the rack mount thingies. 

 

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I also added some access holes on the bottom and covered them with some metal parts from some server hard drives that were manufactured in 1999. 18GB drives running at 10,000 RPM! SCSI 3 connectors! High tech. 

 

And finally I drank 6 beers and wired it up. 

 

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 09:52 AM

Looks great.  I've been mentally debating a pedal board.  I don't really use that many pedals, but I'm getting tired of the dreaded mess of cables after band practices.  


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Posted 13 March 2017 - 10:35 AM

Nice work, John.

Looks great.


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 12:32 PM

So last week I figured I'd start a new guitar project using a really cheap shit guitar body. I got a $35 Jackson Dinky body on ebay. It was "loaded" with the stock parts. Holy shit I don't think I've ever seen guitar hardware this bad ever in my life.

 

The string saddles are by far the worst offenders. After I stuck an old neck on there and set the guitar up I noticed the action was way low, and it played really nice, but with the action being that low the poles on the saddles were sticking far up and digging into my hand. I dont know what kind of jagged plastic bullshit these things are made out of but level of discomfort during palm muting is ridiculous. The pickups sound like garbage, and the neck pickup is too big for the route, so it has to be really forced in and out of the guitar. the pots dont even feel like they're made of metal, I mean the bottom of them is where the ground wires are soldered, but the rest of the pot feels plastic, as are the knobs. 

 

Aside from the saddles though, the trem feels good with a really fat heavy block. The poles that go into the body, however, feel cheap, and one of the studs is driven too far into the body.

 

Anyway I started installing new hardware on there. I replaced the saddles with graph tech string savers, installed some old CTS pots I had lying around, metal pickup rings, shielding tape in the electronics cavity etc. A far as pickups go, I only have a new one in the bridge, all the other pickups I have left are drilled for direct body mounting, so I figure I'll use the stock neck pickup for now. So far I have about $160 of stuff in this $35 body, and considering the MSRP for this entire guitar is about $120 brand new, I think it'll turn out interesting. B)


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 03:44 PM

Aight, put it together, still need to get a proper fitting nut (though the string spacing on this one is perfect), a tone knob and some black straplocks, but for $35 and old stuff I had around the house, it plays and sounds killer. I haven't had a plain white guitar in a long while, it's good to bring one back into the fold.

 

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 09:43 AM

I think I have too many guitars now.  More than I can hang on the wall in my music room, anyway.  The problem with that being that all of them have sentimental value, and I don't need to sell them. So, instead, I had a thought that I should play the other guitars I own more and see if I really do want to let go of any of them.  And, if not, put ones I don't want on the wall in cases.

 

I hadn't touched my Jaguar in a very long time.  Decided to give it a little love.

 

It went from this

 

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To this

 

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I gave it a good cleaning and setup, swapped the bridge pickup for something more appropriate for a Jaguar, got proper (shorter) screws to mount it, and made the pickguard look more like it belongs.  It now has an early 80s Gibson pickup, which reading at 7.4K, probably is a neck pickup, but in the bridge it sounds very Fender-like.  Works great.

 

It's by far my favorite guitar I have in standard tuning now.  So easy to play.  I powered on my Hot Rod Deluxe for the first time in months and was Man-or-Astromanning it up last night.

 

Now I want to replace the bridge for one that doesn't rock and has more solid contact with the body.  Or maybe modify it as such.


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 10:19 AM

I usually feel the same way about guitars (I have too many), but then I end up buying new guitars.   :huh:


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 02:51 PM

My rule is to only have one "untouched" guitar and bass at a time, untouched meaning factory spec, new, unmodded etc. In all I have cut down my collection to 5 guitars, 2 basses, and I'm slowly working on getting it down to 5 total.


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 03:57 PM

Well, none of mine are "untouched", but some don't get played much.  I currently have on my wall:

 

2009 Gibson SG Standard

2006 Epiphone Sheraton II (long history with this thing)

1985 Gibson "The Paul" (donated by a former band member, therefore not parting with it)

HSS Strat with Carvin neck (what's left of my first guitar)

1992 Ibanez RG570 (rarely play it but it belonged to a deceased family member)

Parts-guar (already said all I need to say)

Schecter bass (downtuned a step)

Charvel bass (standard tuning)

 

The recently acquired PRS SE 245 is on a stand since I currently pick it up most.

 

Not on the wall, I have an '83 Strat, two acoustics guitars, an acoustic bass, and two perpetual projects that I should probably either get rid of or half ass back together just to say they're not projects.  Both need paint work.   

 

Hm, I guess I'm not that bad off.  All of my guitars serve a different purpose.  Still not sure I should keep the SG, but I do have a lot of memories with it and it is a nice guitar.


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 04:23 AM

Ideally i would cut down to 2 electrics (hardtail and whammybar), 1 acoustic and 1 bass.

 

However atm, i have 4 electrics, but i can't really seem to part with any of them.

The LTD i have owned since 2006, and i have a long history with it.

The samick is my first guitar, bought new 20 years ago.

The RG is the one i actually play the most, it plays and sounds better than the rest.

And the tele i can't seem to sell it.

 

So, yeah, i don't know what to do.


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 09:27 AM

I have cravings for a second baritone, maybe one of the semi-hollow P-90 based ones PRS has available. Wish I could find one locally to try out. 

 

Otherwise, I have 5 and all get played. Well, 4 of them get played regularly and I keep the Jazzmaster out just to make sure I pick it up from time to time. That for me is the sentimental one, but it does come in handy for some stuff as my only single coil guitar. 

 

Ranger, what's up with the SE one? 


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 09:53 AM

Still in refinish land.  The clear that I sprayed on it never cured properly and it's all sticky.  Like a year later.  I need to sand it back and find some kind of clear that will work.  It's the second time that using Duplicolor clear did that...I figured maybe last time I did something wrong, but no, it's now apparent that Duplicolor clear won't stick to Duplicolor paint when applied to wood.  And I know it's specific to wood, because I've used it on auto parts just fine.  I've got some free time tonight so maybe I'll put some work into it.


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 12:10 PM

After this last long Bit Brigade tour that I just got home from, I'm a total Elixir strings convert.  Holy shit, any positive hype you might have heard is real.  I usually sweat a pretty good bit on stage, and my sweat has always been particularly hellish on the basic strings I generally grab (usually Ernie Ball power slinkys).  I usually need to change them once or twice a week on tours like this in order to not have to stress about string breakage, but one set of Elixirs lasted me three weeks of grueling shows and rehearsal.  They still sound and look great.  Totally worth the money.


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