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Mender

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  1. Some beautiful guitars again this month, and I debated long and hard between two of them, with Pan_kara's being one of them, but in the end I voted for psikoT's ash/wenge 7 string. The carve with the black on top just looks so perfect
  2. Those two methods of doing the tone control are functionally identical, and assuming the rest of the wiring is done correctly, neither method would cause the volume to be on full all the time. You need to check your wiring very carefully.
  3. I have to agree with the majority here. I can't see enough features of 'Evil' to judge it properly, although the face looks beautiful. While I'm not an Explorer type guitar lover, I am voting for 'Blackhawk', mainly because I can see much more of the workmanship that has gone into it.
  4. That is a similar idea to the Stewmac guitar holder http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Finishing_supplies/Equipment:_Spray_equipment/Freehand_Holder.html?actn=100101&xst=3&xsr=269925
  5. Three entries similar in design. Hmmm, after much deliberation, sdshirtman has managed to steal my vote
  6. Interesting. I opened up my Yamaha bass to verify the blend pot against what you've said, and it's fitted with a dual log/anti-log pot (mid point is 75% of full travel on each element). Horses for courses... The Stewmac ones are linear, as are the two I have here, and each track definitely measures (within 5% tolerence) 500k from one end to centre. From the centre to the other end is virtually a dead short, no more than about 15 ohms.
  7. That is exactly how the Stewmac pots work, and all other blend pots I've ever seen. Track 1 is 500k between centre and left, and short circuit between centre and right. Track 2 is the opposite way round. If the resistance was 500k evenly spread over the full range of movement end to end, then the centre detent position would be 250k from each end, giving only half volume on each pickup.
  8. Either that, or he edited it nearly 12 hours before your post EDIT: Or maybe I need to go away and learn to tell the time
  9. He said he did in his post you mean i am supposed to read everything people write Yes, and also you should read back through every post they've ever made in case there is something in there that is relevant to the current post
  10. A movie producer decided to make a new film about some famous classical musicians. He said he wanted to move away from the usual idea that these classical musicians were fancily dressed wimps, and he would make them appear much more manly and tough. With this in mind, he decided he would get four well known 'hard man' type actors to play four of the classical stars. After much deliberation, he decided on Sylvester Stallone, Jean Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He handed the four of them a list of classical musicians, and asked them each to choose who they would like to portray in the movie. The choices were: Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Handel, Stravinsky, Chopin, and Strauss. The four of them studied the list, and finally came to a decision. Stallone said, "I'll be Tchaikovsky." Van Damme said, "I'll be Chopin." Lundgren said, "I'll be Strauss." And Arnold Schwarzenegger said, "I'll be Bach!" Sorry about that
  11. Scott, having been out of the loop for a while, I came here hoping to see Molly dressed to kill, and Wally drooling with anticipation. It's such a shame that Molly was such a contrary female I hope you decide to make a playmate for Wally sometime in the near future
  12. The type of thing you are describing is really only useful to change components to change the tone of an effect that the board was designed for. Example, you have designed and built a treble booster, you can see if you can get it sounding a little better by changing a few components. You wouldn't be able to simply put components on there to make it into a phaser, wah pedal, tremolo etc. So, you would need a different board for each different type of sound effect. I suppose you could have one board that covered everything, but the board would be huge because it would need to have dozens of different circuits on it for the dozens of different effects that are available. That is why multi effects units generally use digital signal processors, such as the offerings from Zoom, Boss, Digitech etc.
  13. Yes, stents are routine. The shielding off coaxial cable would probably work
  14. Just to confuse the issue, a stacked humbucker can sound very like a normal single coil because you still only have a single row of pole pieces. Many years ago, I had a 1978 Hondo II Strat copy, but the bridge was like a tele three saddle bridge without the pickup surround. The pickups were DiMarzio stacked pickups and looked just like standard Strat pickups, but I was surprised that there was no hum. I took the pickups out and slid the covers off. Two coils, one on top of the other, and one was reverse wound. The impedance of the neck and middle pickups was 6k, with the bridge being 7.5k. I have no idea what the inductance was. The most interesting thing was the sound. The guitar sounded just like a 1970s Strat, except the switch was wired for bridge, bridge + neck, middle, middle + neck, so no bridge and middle setting. A wonderful sounding guitar. This model, but mine was blond ash finish body I've played around with Strat size blade humbuckers - I have two of them fitted on a Squier Showmaster, and while they are more single coil sound than normal size humbuckers, they don't quite sound like single coils.
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