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  1. I do hate finishing guitars but I finally got that mess out of the way. Had issues getting the finish to smooth out and had a grain effect going on. I waited till I had enough coats on there then used an electric sander to get things smoothed out. From there I started wiping coats on there instead of using the brushes and that did the job. I left the grain effect on the back because it simply looked too cool to mess with. Assembly day, finally came. I gave the finish an extra day to dry then put it all together. Took about a half a day yesterday. There wasn't any one thing that was real difficult to deal with, simply took my time to do things like dig up the right screws, drill pilot holes for screws, wire it up and spent quite a bit of time on the frets. I had allot of relief and taking up the truss nut was slow going. I also had high frets in the upper registers which weren't cooperating. They had right ends where my High E was getting trapped under the frets and after a couple of hours of being strung up I had strings fretting out badly over the 12th fret. Had to pull the string back and level at lest 6 times using my diamond fret file the last time and that seemed to do the trick. The strings were a bit high when I was done but the neck is still moving so I'll leave it as is for now. I had to take more material out of the control cavity to have the wires all fit. I haven't installed a switch yet. At the moment I have the two pickups wired independently. I can turn either one off and still hear the other. I may wind up leaving it that way and wire in another pot which acts as a coil tap or tone pot. [ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tthumbnail_IMG_0215.jpg Views:\t1 Size:\t66.7 KB ID:\t32205032","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32205032","data-size":"full","title":"thumbnail_IMG_0215.jpg"}[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tthumbnail_IMG_0352b.jpg Views:\t1 Size:\t69.6 KB ID:\t32205033","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32205033","data-size":"full","title":"thumbnail_IMG_0352b.jpg"}[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tthumbnail_IMG_0353.jpg Views:\t1 Size:\t80.3 KB ID:\t32205034","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32205034","data-size":"full","title":"thumbnail_IMG_0353.jpg"}[/ATTACH] The bridge set up much easier then I thought it would. I had some reservations figuring this bridge had fixed intonation for a Gibson scale guitar and the only adjustment you have is tilt and height. Luckily that was all unfounded. I was able to dial in perfect intonation with relative ease though I did have to tweak the several times when adjusting the neck and leveling frets. What was most surprising was the sound I got out of this thing. I suspected this one was going to sound good. After I got the finish on it I knocked on the body with my knuckles and you could hear this really nice bell tone to the wood. The kind of bell tone you'd get from a Xylophone Talk about sustain, Man alive, Got it in buckets out of this one. The most amazing thing was the mid tones. I really didn't think Purple Heart was going to be a decent tone wood. I had read in places it didn't work out very well for guitar builders. Maybe I just got lucky or something but the Frequency spectrum wound up being an superb balance. I though for sure I'd get a muddy bottom end but this thing one is all about tone balance. After building this one I'm more convinced then before that the body shape is a factor in the instruments tone. I was wanting a guitar to look similar to a Firebird when I first started out. I never expected it to wind up sounding like a firebird. (with the brighter tones of the tele neck added) Here's a recording of it I did real quick. The lead part is the New Build. I have a few flubs playing so please ignore those. I hadn't completed its setup and was fighting allot of friction bending strings. I'm used to super jumbo frets and smooth as glass bending. You can hear some of the tones this thing produces, What I did was tweak the sound throughout the song balancing between one pickup and the other. There's no switch so you don't hear a hard cut between one pickup and another. I also do some different gain settings and cleaner tones towards the end of the song. I'm running these pickups through 250K pots too. I can only imagine how they'll sound through 500K pots. I wanted to run them before deciding on how to finish the electronics and do have a pretty good idea what I can do now.
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  2. With your musical tastes, maybe you'd prefer the 496/R500T combo with open coils. Nice looking guitar. Years ago I chose an R9 with the same color configuration.
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  3. Need some out of this world audio samples, here's the real thing. Some of these are pretty amazing. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/spooky-space-sounds-nasa_us_59f82257e4b0c0c8e67c641e?section=us_science&utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_2328459&ncid=txtlnkusaolp00001382
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  4. I bought this yesterday. and I like it a lot. It sounds like a Gibson les paul standard but not exactly of course. but it does the LP standard well. Sounds great for jazz too. The picture isn't so clear but here it is. I am planning to put the Gibson 498t and 490r pickups soon. I wonder how it would sound but I think it well be a bit darker. The pickups on this one sound more like the burstbucker of Gibson.
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  5. Finally got up the ambition to work on one of my builds this week end. Its been sitting around far too long. This one is made from a piece of Purple Heart which is at lest 150 years old. My drummer got the piece of word from an antique bed post which was shipped over to the US. He used to do antique restorations for an importer before he died and gave me a slab for a guitar. The wood may be much older we can only guestimate based on the style. This was the earlier rough cut on it. The width wasn't quite as wide as I needed for a Firebird style build but I had hoped for something close. I allowed my buddy to route the neck joint because he had a shop and could do a much better job then I could with hand tools. Thing was he had a major screw up and wound up routing the wrong side of the slab. Takes a drummer to do something like that. I couldn't act too upset. He supplied the wood and was very ill battling cancer when he did that work and would never get to see the finished work. I could have redone the route on it on the other side and made it a shorter body but it would have been problematic. [ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tC3.JPG Views:\t1 Size:\t91.6 KB ID:\t32195562","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32195562","data-size":"full","title":"C3.JPG"}[/ATTACH] I wound up with this shape instead which really isn't that bad. Since its got a Tele neck it kind looks like a Fender Jag without a horn. I went with a single bridge Tailpiece on this one. I added a StuMac shim to add some lift at the bridge. I may have been able to get away without it but with the bridge completely down the strings will touch the frets which should be ideal once I adjust it up. I also needed some clearance for the pickups. This body had to be made thin because the wood was so darn heavy. I thought my Mahogany LP was heavy at 11Lbs. This slab started off at nearly 2" and weighed as much as a cinder block. I ripped it down to 1 1/4" and tapered the back like a Strat and now its much more manageable. This pic shows the bridge mounted. [ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tIMG_0336.JPG Views:\t1 Size:\t60.0 KB ID:\t32195563","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32195563","data-size":"full","title":"IMG_0336.JPG"}[/ATTACH] I figured what the heck, I may as well do the pickup routes. Man o man I had no idea what I was in for. I thought my Walnut Topped Semi Hollow was tough to route out. I knew that one was petrified. This one was like routing into solid stone. Took me 5 hours total using a Dremmil tool. I had to pull the smoke detectors battery out I was making so much smoke I kept setting the thing off. I actually lost the feeling in my thumb for two days after doing those routes. Must have pinched a nerve in my hand or something. After routing the neck pickup I decided to use an electric drill and remove the bulk of material on the bridge pup. I still burnt up 3 router bits. These are the kind of jobs which make me wish I had built a shop instead of a recording studio. A drill press and heavy duty router would have made short work out of this job but at least it shows others the work can be done with inexpensive hand tools so long as you aren't don't allot of builds on a schedule. I only build one instrument every couple of years any more since I keep them for my own use and use them mostly for recording I had to drill the holes for the pickup wires and ground wire to the bridge too. That was a real bastard too. This pic shows you just how purple that wood is. [ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tIMG_0340.JPG Views:\t1 Size:\t79.4 KB ID:\t32195564","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32195564","data-size":"full","title":"IMG_0340.JPG"}[/ATTACH] I haven't routed the control plate hole yet. I was going to put in a tele plate but I have to go deep with those to get the rotary switch to fit. I thought I might try something different on this one and bought a Tele Bass Plate instead and plan on using two volumes and a mini toggle instead. I'm still debating whether I'll put the jack on the plate, mount it in the wood, or install a Strat type jack. I suspect I'll wind up with the Strat Jack because a wood mount will wind up being a PITA when sitting. Already checked that out. [ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tCapture.JPG Views:\t1 Size:\t8.1 KB ID:\t32195565","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32195565","data-size":"full","title":"Capture.JPG"}[/ATTACH] The neck isn't bad on this onw. I pad more then I usually do for that one. I had a couple of others on hand which were all maple but they didn't look good with the body. This onw has a yellowed finish and rosewood fret board, plus its a 22 fret tele neck which overhangs the body. The frets aren't the best but I'll likely keep them stock for awhile. I typically use super jumbo for a fluted neck feel. The neck has an excellent feel. This ones going to play really fast. The nut is just a cheap plastic piece of garbage, again, I'll leave that for a shot till too. I'll swap it for a brass nut when I re-fret the neck. No sense in changing it until I do the frets. Once I get the control area routed I'll put the clear coat on. I have to decide whether to go with Poly, Tung or Lacquer. Each have their plusses and minuses. Since this is an antique piece of wood I'm leaning towards Tung or Lacquer. If I wasn't worried about what the slight yellow tinting the Tung produces when its layered on I'd go for it. The stuff is super durable too. Dam near bullet proof. I really don't want to be touching up nicks and scratches so I may wind up with the Tung.
    1 point
  6. Earlier today I got out my D'Addario/Planet Waves capo and lo and behold it was unusable. Turns out the little steel pin that acts as a hinge can come out. Mine had and it was only held in place at one end. I was able to get it back into place and if I hadn't I had both a Shubb and an old school rubber band capo handy but it's something to watch for if you use one like it. Here's a pic with the pin circled: [ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tD'Addari.jpg Views:\t1 Size:\t19.9 KB ID:\t32204840","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32204840","data-size":"full","title":"D'Addari.jpg"}[/ATTACH]
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  7. I have a vinyl copy of almost everything on that list, from my teens. Most are in really fine shape too. When folks were ditching out the vinyl albums, I just tucked mine away. I would pick up like a new album every weeks and did this for a long while. Then I did the same when cd's became popular. Sometimes I'd pick up more. There was a small record store in town that had a new release section every Tuesday. They had those new releases for under 10 buck. I bet I have 1500 vinyl LPs and 3000 cd's. These days, there's not many "record stores" out there, so if you want something it's a place like Amazon, or at a show. Not the same imo. Call me old, but I want something physical with my purchase. Buying music became one big PITA.
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  8. It's new. I think it's made last year.
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  9. If anyone is curious, I suppose some of this represents. All recordings here are from 20+ years ago. I've grown some since then. Would that the player I was then could benefit from the producer/recordist I am now. Oh well. New stuff exists or is in the works, but I probably won't be loading it up here. Thanks for checking it out. ...pssst. I wasn't RockViolin yet. I was SomeOtherViolin...not sure what...
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  10. Thanks so much Phil, please know it means a lot from you sir. I also appreciate the request and will start thinking about how best to share it, your friend, dale.
    1 point
  11. I always suggest that singers avoid dairy foods - especially drinking milk - before they're going to cut their vocal tracks. It seems to really gum a lot of people up.
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  12. I've owned several over the years. Still have the MIJ P-bass I bought in '89 for $100.
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  13. For me, the string debate and search is over. After wearing out my usual John Pearse PB lights, I changed to a set of recently purchased Elixir PB HD lights (Nanoweb). The set (developed with Taylor guitars) I believe. For whatever reason, maybe because my guitar is a 2017 Taylor custom 414ce, maybe because those are the strings my guitar came with or maybe because they are just REALLY good strings, this Elixir set really made my guitar come alive. Awesome tone and sustain! Awesome low end and I think the larger diameter upper strings really make for a balanced sound. I will stick with Elixir. Maybe the manufacturers know a thing or two? Anyway, thanks to Grant for suggesting them!
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  14. Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver
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  15. I really like it but I can only push the like button 1 time Can't wait to see the body color.
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  16. It's amazing what folks will try to sell. A couple of weeks ago there was a Guild D4 on the local (St. Louis) Craigslist that looked like someone had used the headstock to practice whittling. The guitar was in playable condition for $250 with a HSC but lord knows what else might have been done to it.
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  17. Nice looking LP. Happy New Guitar Day. Maybe you could play it for a while before you swap pickups? I know that's not your thing but maybe food for thought.
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  18. Nice, but this would have been more my style. Hummbuckers are for Gibson's, imo. But to each their own. Brian Baggett at MF does some real great vids, he's spot on with the tones too. [video=youtube;TNI2dit1Vi8] [ATTACH=JSON]{"data-align":"none","data-size":"full","title":"maxresdefault.jpg","data-attachmentid":32204819}[/ATTACH]
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  19. Bandlab can send up $8000 if they really want me to whip up a short project for them to share with the kiddies. Otherwise, not a happening deal. I do though, like this version of Cakewalk. First one historically that I didn't have to buy. I thank Bandlab for that.
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  20. Guitards are welcome here. Glad to see you back, Bassdad.
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  21. The tung oil looks like it's really bringing out the grain too. Nice.
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  22. Finished the routing so everything fits. I was tempted to throw it together without a finish to try it out but decided to add the finish instead. I tried some of the old Tung oil I had but it was as thick as glue and wasn't going on properly. Had to spring for a fresh can and they didn't have small cans so I wound up spending more then I wanted with the brushes. I put about 6 or 7 coats on and I need to let it dry for a couple of days before I can sand out any bumps left behind. Tung will get a skin within an hour or two and you can apply the next layer, but it needs to cure for several days before you can sand it without getting beads of lacquer shedding. If you get the last coat is super smooth you can avoid having to do allot of buffing and simply wax it get rid of the sticky feel. Then after a month or so buff it as smooth as glass look using swirl remover to get a near lacquer gloss shine. It was humid and raining all weekend so I had to hang the body in the studio to dry. You can see how much the wood darkened. It looks like its almost a Mahogany color but that's because I had an orange light in the studio. In a bright white light you can definitely see the purple in it. These pics show the body with 2 coats. Its got the route for the Controls and Output jack here too. Once the finish is done I can install the components and wire it up. You can see a neck shim in the neck pocket. Stu Mac sells them for different angles very cheap and these allow full contact with the neck heel which its better then making my own. [ATTACH=JSON]{"data-align":"none","data-size":"full","title":"thumbnail_IMG_0349.jpg","data-attachmentid":32200870}[/ATTACH] This wood almost has a 3D looks to it. The grain changes depending on the angle the light hits it. [ATTACH=JSON]{"data-align":"none","data-size":"full","title":"thumbnail_IMG_0350.jpg","data-attachmentid":32200871}[/ATTACH]
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  23. I try to avoid acidic foods and beverages before performances.
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  24. To me , that thing needs a tremolo unit to fill up the lower bout space , well , hmm, yes , even with the purple color , to me , on and with an instrument as such, a tremolo thing , to me would be quite an OK thing to put on that thing, there . maybe , actually peace
    1 point
  25. I had the Mighty Mite tuners already. I like them better then the Grovers I have on my other guitar. I'm likely to swap them out with a set of black toners so they match the pickup rings. I have a set on another guitar which needs to be restrung so I'll swap them then. The pickups are Generic builds but the guy who makes this comes the closest to actual Gibson's I've come across so far. They measure 3 Henry's (most cheap generics only measure 2H) and about 6.5K ohms. (7 and above are too high and sound awful) I plan on installing at least one push/push pot to have the bridge switch between series and parallel. I like the differences this makes in gain/tone compared to something like split coils but I need another pot to do it with both pups. I could split both with a single Push/Push but I'll wait and see how it sounds first. [ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tIMG_0339.JPG Views:\t1 Size:\t78.9 KB ID:\t32195576","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32195576","data-size":"full","title":"IMG_0339.JPG"}[/ATTACH]
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