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j. pierce

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About j. pierce

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  • Birthday 07/12/1979

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    Burlington, Vermont
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    Guitarpentry, skateboarding, electronics, sewing, DIY, cooking, learning how things work.
  1. What is that guitar in your avatar? It looks like a Supro with a Jazzmaster vibrato, I love it! I want to know more and see pictures.

  2. I guess I meant taking P-90 covers (the plastic part that covers the pickup itself in soapbars) and cutting them down and height, and making a whole in the middle to convert them to rings. I don't think I've ever seen rings for P-90s, mostly because that's not how they traditionally mount. If you're going to go with sanding on the pickup covers, I'd start somewhere inconspicuous, like the sides where it will be in the guitar, and see if it looks okay. If you can remove the covers from the pickups themselves safely, I'd imagine you'd get better results wetsanding. If you want them to go back to gloss, you'll really need micromesh brand papers, as it's the only thing that goes to a fine enough grit to get them back to gloss. You may be able to buff them out by hand with a little rubbing compound or something. I've restored the luster to some plastics by hand with 3M's Finesse-it and Perfect-It polishes. I'd hold off, someone with more experience may prove my advice wrong on those fronts though - I know that those solutions have worked for me in the past, but there may be someone here with a better idea.
  3. I'd be tempted to make pickup rings out of plastic, or even wood, as I've never been able to have MDF as thin as a pickup ring be sturdy at all. Perhaps if you soaked CA into it. What are the size of those rings - could you cut something close enough out of P-90 covers? This fellow could also probably help you out, he makes custom pickup rings: http://www.fretsonthenet.com/other_parts.htm As far as polishing plastic, if it's just hazy, buffing it out can do a lot. I've used liquid compounds, although some bar compunds will work too. Read and see what's suggested by the manufacturer for plastic. I've also had great results with Micromesh sanding papers - they go up to ridiculously fine grits. I wouldn't ever go too coarse if you do need to sand out scratches - I've never started with anything coarser than 320, as you're apt to put scratches into plastic that are very hard to remove. If you're buffing, be careful. Heat can melt plastic, and vintage plastics can be brittle or more prone to deformation from heat. Some older plastic materials are actually flammable, but I don't think that would be the case on a guitar from the 70's. I could very well be mistaken.
  4. I'd paint the back black. A nice gloss black looks classy and goes with anything.
  5. I don't think at this point, any more vouching for Erik's service is needed, but I just got my cocobolo fretboard in the mail today, and it's awesome. I gave Erik a rough idea of what I was looking for as far the cut of wood goes and such, and he got it perfect. Professionally done, and showed up a lot quicker than I thought it would. Everythings perfectly squared centered and it's right to specs. Awesome! I can't wait to start building the neck to my next build.
  6. Erik - looking to order; I had the spreadsheet at one point; but can't find where I put it. The links on the first page aren't working for me, I'm getting an invalid file error from Mediafire.
  7. We're talking about the same company that marketed the Firebird, Thunderbird, and SG right?
  8. Yeah, I was thinking 'cool features' rather than 'innovation' Actually, what I'd really like in the guitar would be a built-in motorized hurdy-gurdy type wheel. I imagine that's been done too... I suppose a sustainer would be a similar effect. That would be the Gizmotron.
  9. On the precision type p'ups I've worked with, yes it is. You need to splice on of the wires longer. Obviously, the pickup won't humbuck anymore. (Unless you use one of those Dimarzio pickups where each half of the thing is a humbucker in it's own.) I used to have an SG wired for stereo. Wired it up following the diagrams for the Rickenbackers with stereo outs. I had two jacks - a mono jack and a stereo jack, used switching jacks so I didn't need to worry about switching on the guitar, just plug into the right jack. I had some problems with hum running the signal through two amps (I think eventually I ended up using isolation transformers?) but it was heavenly sounding, and recorded awesomely if I remember correctly. Putting separate effects on each signal was super cool sounding.
  10. Awesome. I was wondering what happened to these threads, and then I saw they were pinned at the top! I guess I'm so used to just skipping by the pinned threads as I browse. This is great though. I'm a big fan of making things yourself, as I think we all are - otherwise, why would we be *here*? Now I have a new project to have a go at. Thanks for sharing all this info in such depth.
  11. That's why I have a bunch of white coloured pencils in the shop. Looking really amazing! I love these builds.
  12. That tele is sweet. I love the dano bow-tie shape, but there's just something cool about seeing this finish on a guitar you don't expect to see it on.
  13. I'm a not a big fan of faux-distressed finishes, but this is something entirely different; and I love it!
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