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  2. I'd be too afraid to play it, lest I get fingerprints all over it. And it's got a whammy bar. Watch out Steve Vai, @ScottR is coming to show you a thing or two about how to use that wibbly-wobbly bender whatchamacallit. That ain't a guitar. It's a work of art.
  3. curtisa

    Les Paul build revisited

    Could your bridge pickup be stuck in single-coil mode? Is the bridge volume pot (the one with 'pull single-coil' function) working correctly? There should be quite a bit of tonal variation between full humbucker (bridge volume pot pushed in) and single coil (bridge volume pot pulled out).
  4. westhemann

    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Nope. Only eating tiny bits until I get home.
  5. ShatnersBassoon

    Les Paul build revisited

    Yes, heightening the bridge pickup has done little to alieviate the problem. Like i said, some nice sounds, but not 100 percent ideal.
  6. Prostheta

    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    I'll take your word for it. Were you having to lighten the load behind a tree today?
  7. westhemann

    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Beautiful Texas day.
  8. Thank you sir, it is very kind of you to say so. I've watched @Andyjr1515 build several guitars with magnetic cavity covers and then @charisjapan came along and started doing the same thing. I thought maybe they were on to something, so I tried it too. I don't think I'll ever go back to screw on covers. It is so simple now to remove and replace covers, particularly during the building process. My covers get contoured along with the back, and between the shaping process and the finishing process, I take them off and put them back many times during the course of the build. SR
  9. Amazing guitar Scott, it shines like a mirror and really love the top and the magnetic electronic covers system. Scorpionscar
  10. Thanks Natch and Andy! I wouldn't through in the towel just yest Andy. That's an award winning bass you got entered there. And @scorpionscar has a real beauty involved as well. SR
  11. Prostheta

    Les Paul build revisited

    It's difficult to say at this stage. Neck pickups tend to be wound lower than bridge pickups since the larger string movement at the neck position creates a lot of output anyway. I presume that this volume difference is larger than that might be caused through pickup height adjustment?
  12. ShatnersBassoon

    Les Paul build revisited

    Man that was a complete nightmare! I won't be getting that switching system again in a hurry Im rather confused though, the bridge pickup seems to be half the output of the neck...argh! As far as I am aware, everything is wired up correctly. Also, the push and pull system doesn't seem to get the radically different tones that I was expecting. Infact, very little tonal variation at all! Something is surely amiss. I can get some nice sounds out of it, but strangely, that monster bridge rock sound is missing.
  13. avengers63

    SG Respin

    Have you started making pickups again too? You know I'm jonesing for a HSS set with rail magnets...
  14. Andyjr1515

    A Bitsa Dreadnought for me :)

    Bringing things up to date, I shaped the bottoms of the braces to fit properly in the radius dish Then got the ramshackle home-made go-bar deck back out of the spare room and reassembled, and then started gluing the braces: So that got me the top dished and the braces in position, ready for creating the arched x-sections and the black magic of tap tuning
  15. Prostheta

    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    That's my excuse usually
  16. westhemann

    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Was probably the cheese.
  17. Prostheta

    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Wow, I thought pizza was neutral like cardboard with a photocopy of food on the top!
  18. westhemann

    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    I only work one day a week at the moment, so it's fairly easy to maintain... I just don't eat very much at all that day. Occasionally I'll probably need to get back out and do some field welding, but the great thing about that is those sites always have multiple porta-cans. With all the taco trucks that hit those sites, it's not unusual at all to see someone drop everything all of the sudden and head for the can. I already seem to be adjusting though. Haven't really found anything in particular that causes unusual problems except maybe that piece of gas station pizza. That's risky even if you have insides made of cast iron.
  19. curtisa

    snugging nuts - ES type harness

    Information I've seen (and I've never tried it myself, so take it with a grain of salt) is that it should be possible to get the nut finger tight by holding on to the shaft of the pot with a pair of pliers while turning. Be careful not to crush the pot shaft with the pliers if it's one of those split-shaft splined varieties. Once it's finger tight it should have just enough friction against the body to allow tightening with a regular wrench. Nail polish seems to be suggested to lock the nut in place, as it is disolvable in acetone if you ever need to undo it again. Some/most/all of the pots may even be accessible though the f-hole, so you can at least get one or two fingers near enough to the pot to prevent it from spinning while you tighten the nut. Star washers may actually not be recommended, as they may chew up the timber and eventually work loose again over time. Flat washers may be better suited to the task. A star washer is useful when the material being star-washer'ed against is only slightly softer than the washer itself, and will allow only enough deformation for sufficient grip. Thin, soft timbers probably don't really fit this bill.
  20. Prostheta

    Bass in Yo Face

    That IS a lot of void in there. The old Aria Pro II SB basses I dig so much have a taper to the body, making them thicker at the rear than at the horns. That made for a very balanced instrument, even though it's a bit late to be saying this now....being a 7-banger I guess a flatter neck profile will be in order rather than a "vintage D"? ha
  21. Prostheta

    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Well, however you're doing it I hope you manage to re-find the level in your life sooner rather than later. Even minor discomfort and routine change (that routing being, "be within ten metres of a toilet at all times"?) can be immensely inconvenient for doing what would otherwise be normal for you.
  22. Magnificent. That's my GOTM chances gone this month, then. Darn it, even I am going to vote for it! I will regard it as an honour to be comprehensively trounced
  23. curtisa

    Bass in Yo Face

    Cheers, old bean. Lets hope I can keep the pace up a little better from this point onwards. Yes, they are massive potholes I've put into that body to fit all the big bits. I'm a bit concerned I'm building a bit of a neck-diver though. I haven't weighed it yet, but the body doesn't feel all that heavy at the moment. At this rate I might have to add a few hidden fishing sinkers to balance it all out.
  24. ScottR

    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Right? I have a buddy that recently had both big toes amputated. He's learning how to walk again.... because he's missing some of the little things. SR
  25. ScottR

    Guitar template design

    I'm not going to be much help, I'm afraid. My software of choice are grubby half gnawed pencils and scraps of foolscap. SR
  26. ScottR

    Bass in Yo Face

    That sounds so wrong...and yet we all do it enthusiastically! And the more exotically dear, the more our manic joy. Those are some seriously wide cavities. I've heard of bathtub routes, but his will be the first time I've seen pickups set in olympic swimming pool routes. It is good to see you grinding cellulose again. That top is going to be amazing when you get through with it! SR
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