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Lucius Paisley

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  1. Recently acquired an Ibanez Les Paul Custom which came with a Bigsby attached. I'm not all that familiar with this setup, so I'm just wondering if I'm "wasting" it being there if I have no plans to use it and if it'd be better to change it back to a standard hard tail, or keep it as an affectation to the guitar. I mean, it does look pretty cool. The Bigsby is attached with a Vibramate so there's no cosmetic problems with removing it. I guess another concern is if it is worth it to keep it otherwise "stock" or if there's any upgrade I should consider. I think it works and sounds fine as is, but I guess there's an age consideration despite how well it's been looked after. All suggestions welcome and considered.
  2. It was more for my own curiosity than anything else, because the wires to me look exactly how they should be. My only guess might be that somehow they've been joined under the solder and are causing some kind of parallel circuit thing. I plan to take these out of the Samick Artist (right handed) and put it into a slightly older Samick Les Paul (left handed, which I am), I was hoping I wouldn't need to undo everything before doing that so it could be a clean swap, but I might as well redo the wiring while I'm thinking of it. Especially if they're "wrong" at the moment. Thanks for the reply.
  3. When checking the electronics for my Samick Artist, I noticed that the pots are configured in a way I'm pretty sure isn't right... (As you look at the guitar) Neck Volume / Bridge Tone Bridge Volume / Neck Tone I took a couple of pictures of the wiring... I am wondering if anybody can tell from the images attached what may be responsible for my tone pots being the "wrong" way around.
  4. I don't remember the last time I was here (checking my attachments didn't help), but a few guitars later (some sold, some stolen...) I figured I'd show what I've done in the meantime... Ibanez GIO GRX50 flipped with a left handed RX20 neck. The neck needed some light sanding in order to fit into the pocket, and I think it was due to its age, it needed some serious shimming in order to sit straight enough to put strings on. I must have taken the damn thing off fifteen times to get it right. However... ... that guitar soon gave way to this ES335 style guitar, which is now home for all the Ibanez electronics, along with the original toggle and kill switch. And recently, I bought this... ... a somewhat low-end HSS configured strat, which in typical fashion wasn't quite what I was looking for in a left hander, so I improvised. I had the tape laying around, so why not? But to do this properly, I had to take the whole thing apart. It took FOREVER. I just finished wiring it all back up again tonight and I have to say it's pretty damn solid for a $169 guitar, I just don't know why the hell the people building these things wire the pots anticlockwise. Makes no sense at all. So, that's me caught up.
  5. Maybe. My right hand has no problem finding chords once I know them and the same is true for my left. However, my right hand is practically dead when it comes to picking or strumming. It's like when you pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time and if you don't concentrate eventually both hands will try to copy each other. I guess I *could* concentrate in order to play right handed, but sometimes you've got to let yourself do what comes naturally in order to enjoy it. At least, that's how I feel.
  6. Anybody can play guitar from their first lesson. You just have to stay one lesson ahead of him.
  7. If you can play left-handed and teach him to mirror everything you're doing, learning right-handed shouldn't be a problem.
  8. It should, but I only just noticed now that my pickup is technically upside down, so I guess not. Either way, it has to sit in the body so the wiring is 'comfortable' and if it was facing the other way the wires would be folded under the pickup. I doubt that would be good. The new pickup is also in the same position as the one that was in there when I bought it, facing the same way as the guitar logo on the headstock. If a guitars 'handedness' was more easily noticeable, it would save me a lot of time walking into guitar stores. Two seconds at the window instead of five minutes walking up an aisle and back.
  9. Here is my most recent "build". Well, I got some help - I don't have a router and didn't think I needed one just for the one job. It's all pretty standard - take out the original pickups, remove the tone control, replace the bridge pickup with a Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker connected to a push/pull volume pot, with added kill switch. I'd cover the space where the tone control used to be, but I really can't be bothered. You can see the battery for the pickup through the hole, which is held inside the main cavity with a velcro dot. The influence for the setup comes from the Schecter Balsac The Jaws 'O Death "JAW" guitar. Which as shown here, has the Fluence pickup, the volume and kill switch. However, what it doesn't have is the "left-handed" feature, which is quite critical for me when buying guitars. Still, even after the costs of the guitar, electronics, minor routing work (the output jack is slightly larger than what I had before), I have essentially saved myself around $1000. It might not be my own design, but I've made it my own.
  10. I actually had it there, but it didn't look "right". Back it goes. And kill switch... Then I'm good to go.
  11. Exactly. I think this is right... Looking at the battery hookup, since the pickup is pulling power from the battery, I am correct in thinking the 'kill switch' should be between the red wire i.e. where the insulation is suggested. In effect, turning the pickup on and off?
  12. I just want the two basic voices associated with the single pickup as seen "plugged in" per the diagram, voice 1/voice 2, no coil tapping or split coil or whatever you want to call it. And for the pickup to just have the one control i.e. volume. (If you can call it) Basically, I'm trying to emulate the Balsac Schecter Jaw guitar configuration, but going in "blind" as I've not heard the guitar on it's own. It also as a kill toggle, but I already now how to do that.
  13. Sorry to jump onto an old thread (and for not knowing how to transfer this topic to the correct help forum) , but I recently purchased a Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker (bridge ceramic) and am not 100% certain how to wire it up correctly based on the instructions that came in the box, which assumes I've also got the corresponding neck pickup and way more control pots than I do. From what I can see of your configuration, you have the volume/push-pull and toggle switch, which is very similar to what I'm after, but I'm left with the predicament of "where do I go from here?". So far, this is my attempt at figuring out a working diagram... Any and all help is appreciated. Thanks.
  14. Done for now. The bridge pickup cuts off randomly, but I'm tired of messing with it. I'll get someone to look at it at some point. The tape covers the old volume slot, while the volume control now sits disconnected in the old tone slot - just because it looks plain without a control knob.
  15. Yeah, I'll be changing that over later today. As well as attaching a wire between the switch and washer as a precaution, and so I don't have to check it twice. It's probably redundant, but what the hell, it was the grounding point for the middle pickup before I removed that.
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