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  1. You're right WRG it wasn't a pretty job! I went to a couple of hardware stores and ended up buying the 'bore into screw' type. It was a special 'mini' bore size tool set. But even the smallest bore was still too big for the screw! I ended up drilling a bunch of holes around the screw, and eventually after a lot of drilling and filing I was finally able to get a pliers around the screw and unscrew it! Next I used wood fill to fill up the hole. Then sanded the top of the fill and drilled a new hole for the new screw. It worked! But again it wasn't pretty.
  2. OK this is going to be a really tough one I fear. When I opened her up and unscrewed the screws from the tail-piece one of them came out really short, like two or three threads only. I quickly saw that the screw had broken and only its head came out, with the body of the screw remaining in the wood. Has anyone ever had to deal with a problem like this before? And we are not talking about an accessible hole here. It's a hole accessible only from the outside of the guitar and it's plugged with a broken screw that is flush with the outside. Any elegant ideas on how to get that broken part of the screw out?
  3. Thanks Grant. That's a good idea to keep the original wiring should I go ahead with a refurb. Right now we've got holidays here and there isn't anyone good local to do the job that I know of, so I'll wait until next week to decide my next move.
  4. Thanks. I was thinking the same. I've done re-wiring and soldering stuff in the past, but I'm certainly not a pro at it! You are right, for a guitar like this I'd rather have it done perfectly. BTW, what's your take on that cap? I don't know what they used exactly back then. StewMac has an assortment. The closest looking one they have is an Emerson I think, paper-in-oil.
  5. Yeah I was careful with the heavy pickup not to lay it on the body but not as careful with the pots. I've got a boatload of guitars, but this one is definitely the sweetest of them all.
  6. Thanks Freeman and WRG for your help! OK today I decided to bite the bullet and open her up. I believe I spotted the problem but would like your expert opinion on what my next steps should be. I will upload a photo so you can see what looks to be the problem. I think everything is original and massively corroded. I cleaned off the bottom of the pickup but these pots look like they should be changed. I see a huge cap and one end has come unsoldered. If you recommend I change the pots and cap please let me know and also a good wiring diagram would be helpful. This is an ES-175 single PU, 1953. If I should change them I'd probably order from Stew-Mac. I'd need to know the pot values and the cap type/value. Also, if I change them, could I use the existing PU wire or should I also order another PU wire? The ground wire connection looks OK, but I guess if I change the PU wire I'd have to resolder it to the new one. Thanks!
  7. Thanks Freeman. I haven't gotten around to taping the wire down yet, but I was just playing the guitar and noticed something else. This is through a small Fender tube amp. In addition to the wire buzzing when those notes/chords are played, there is a nasty hum (high pitch) happening as well. As soon as I put my finger inside the F-hole and touch the wire the hum goes away almost entirely. Would you know if I tape the wire to the top if this hum will go away (ground hum)? Or will I need to do something else?
  8. I tried a Chet Atkins nylon not too long ago and didn't care for its tone or weight. I have a Godin Multiac Nylon though that I highly recommend.
  9. Thanks Freeman. So you would opt for taping down the wire to the wood top rather than trying to get the wire to float inside away from the top?
  10. OK I tracked the buzz to the thin pickup wire going from the volume pot to the single PU. It's touching the top wood. Guidance on what to do now would be appreciated. An easy but 'permanent' fix?
  11. I guess I've been out of the loop for too long here. Last I heard they were declaring bankruptcy. Now they're announcing a new line of guitars? Huh?
  12. I fall victim to guitar buzzes every once in a while... This time it's a Gibson ES-175 archtop, single P90 pickup. I made good progress a couple of days ago. The buzz is coming from inside the guitar. It happens only when certain notes/chords are played. When I push a finger inside the fretboard side of the bottom F-hole and apply some pressure to the wood, the buzz stops! I haven't pulled anything out from the guitar yet and would like some tips on how to proceed next to pinpoint the source and fix it. Thanks!
  13. I had an idea last night. I thought of BIAB. I asked the question on their forum and it seems like that would be a better way to go. I think I'll just record some backup tracks to .wav or mp3 files and buy some player to play them back into a PA system. Any player you would recommend for this with a decent screen?
  14. Wow, getting a little closer to my guitar cache size.
  15. Thanks onelife! Well I quickly decided this wasn't going to work very well for me. Besides the above issues, the GR-1 just wasn't tracking well with the SC-55. As soon as I unplugged the SC-55 and played just through the GR-1 the tracking was perfect! No glitches or delays, just perfect. I'll tell you why I dusted off these synths and maybe you could steer me in right direction from here. A possible solo gig came up and I wanted to record accompanying tracks to play over. I thought midi/synth tracks would work fine. I have the Sound Canvas synth module and its accompanying Sound Brush recording/playback module. So the idea was to record the tracks and play them back with the SBrush. But if you guys know of a more modern/efficient way to lay down tracks so they are ready for accompaniment I'm all ears!
  16. I first thought of covers for my amps when I started splitting a couple of Fender combos into head + speaker cab. I bought some vinyl material like shown in some photos above and had a local dry-clean place fellow sew them up as instructed by me. With the cost of the material + labour it wasn't cheap but he did a good job. Fast forward to a couple of years ago. For some strange reason I got into sewing. I actually bought a sewing machine! Long story. Anyway, it opened up a whole new world of possibilities. Since then I have sewn around 7 or 8 amp covers plus a couple of printer covers. Buying the vinyl material is very cheap. Of course the labour now is even cheaper. They actually look quite good if I might say so myself.
  17. Thanks Mr. Grumpy! You sound like you have much experience with this. I have only dabbled with it briefly over the years, so naturally I have forgotten almost everything. I am starting to make some progress with it. I am able to have my GR-1 talk to the Sound Canvas! I have set up my GR-1 in Mono mode and my Sound Canvas to the same Instrument (Harmonica) for each string. Starting transmit channel is 11. So 11,12,13,14,15,16. I have two problems presently. 1. When I play low strings 6,5,4 they don't play the correct pitch. They are off by at least a tone or more. 2. Despite having chosen Mono mode and set the string bend to Max (12) on the GR-1, sliding or bending the notes has no effect. It's playing the notes like a piano (on or off).
  18. Thanks for your help guys! Yeah I forgot to mention I also have a Roland GR-1 guitar synth. I read somewhere that it can be set up as a synth controller. So I cracked open the manual and found the page to set it up for this. It even described what to set up on the synth you want to control. However... I wasn't successful. I got all the GR-1 settings right. The Sound Canvas settings might not be correct yet. They don't tell you everything to do in the manual. For example they don't tell you what to set your guitar for? Which pedal on the GR-1 to press. I think I should use GR-1 midi out to SC midi IN, but I'm not sure about that. So any tips you might have would be appreciated!
  19. I have a Godin guitar and would like to connect it to my old Roland Sound Canvas SC-55 mkii synth. The Godin has a 13-pin midi connector. Does anyone know how to do this? The SC-55 has Midi IN, OUT and THRU.
  20. The Roland GR-55 has been around now for quite a number of years. I have the GR-1 and demoed the GR-55 several months ago. I wasn't really impressed at all with the GR-55's sounds. Does anyone have any recommendations for a current guitar synth? Anyone know if something good will be coming down the pike soon?
  21. Just 120 guitars? I wonder how many he will be keeping. 460?
  22. Thanks daddymack. I've made a note of your pre-amp replacement tubes and may experiment down the road. Which speaker came with your BJ amps? Fender has changed them over the years.
  23. Thanks WRGKMC. As I mentioned earlier, lots of clean headroom was not my first priority. I just wanted a good-sounding, small tube amp for home use mostly. Later I may experiment with some different speakers, but right now it sounds really nice.
  24. [QUOTE=daddymack;n32404741]I am unaware of a hybrid version of a Blues Junior...and I have both a USA and a MiM. If I were looking for a clean jazz amp, the BJ would not have been on my list. Your clean settings seem reasonable, if 'dark', but you could change your preamp tube to a 'cooler running' tube and get more headroom without pushing the Master as hard.[/QUOTE] Sorry maybe I used the wrong terminology? I'm sure it's not Point-to-Point wiring, so they must be using a printed circuit board/chips right for the connections? I call the circuit board/chips 'solid state'. To round out the picture... I have two great sounding tube 'jazz amps'. My Fender Princeton II and my Headstrong Lil' King-S. They are both gig-ready. I just wanted to buy a small tube amp for home practice so I could preserve the tubes of the other two amps. I will still practice with them, but not as much. The Blues Junior has a personality all its own. The way it's sounding now is mighty fine to me although it can't compete with the other two of course. "but you could change your preamp tube to a 'cooler running' tube and get more headroom without pushing the Master as hard." I'd like to experiment later with some other pre-amp tubes to see if there would be any color/tonal changes and also to get more headroom. If you could make some recommendations I'd really appreciate it! Maybe tell me what you have tried and what the results were? TIA
  25. [QUOTE=WRGKMC;n32403618] I will add if the amp is designed to overdrive, you're typically OK doing so. I don't want to make you fearful about pushing your amp. Many newer designs have an extra gain stage added to the lead channel and you wont damage anything cranking that lead drive to max. In other situations using classic amps designed to run clean, pushing them into saturation should be done safely. The amp needs to be in good order pushing a proper load to avoid damaging it. When you blow an amp and/or its speakers you'll learn quick enough, it doesn't pay to do stupid things unless you can afford to take the loss when it fails. [/QUOTE] Thanks for the history on this. It was quite interesting. In my case, yes the amp was designed to overdrive. It's a new Fender Blues Junior LTD. 15 W with a 12" speaker. It has a pre-amp Vol. and a Master Vol so it's easy to set it for overdrive. Plus is has a FAT button to add additional gain. But ironically my preference is to get as much clean headroom from the amp as possible. So far in my biggest room at home with settings of: Rev 3, Master 6.5, Mid 8, Bass 8, Treble 1.5, Vol 2.5 I'm getting very nice clean headroom. I really haven't done much experimenting past that so far, I'm usually a "set it and forget it" type of guy with music equipment. If I get a good sound, I make note of the settings for the room. Interesting thing too about this Mexican amp is that it's a hybrid (tube + solid state). So I wonder how that might affect things down the road (good or bad)?
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