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Everything posted by mistermikev

  1. I'm not sure the differences in guitars are PRIMARILY in tone wood... but it is a collective and cumulative difference based on but not limited to wood type, specific properties of the actual piece of wood you get, pickups, bridge, truss rod, nut, break angle, headstock angle, frets, and more. I don't think an eq could ever make a les paul sound like a 335, but I'd also be fine with being wrong. Some of the differences are in note attack/sustain and the fastest compressors still have a delay in response time. that said... could you get a pleasing sound out of it - more than likely.
  2. I imagine it's unlikely due to the fact that very few guitars would require it. you should be able to get two les paul necks out of a 3" piece. why not buy two 1.5" neck blanks and do a glue up? afa recommendations: www.etsy.com/shop/ELwoodMusicWoods has some beauty honduran mahog right now... they are helpful and would likely cut you the exact stock you need. Shoot them a msg. woodtoworks seems to have a lot of good reasonable blanks... maybe shoot them a holler. also guitarwoodexperts... the gentleman over there is super nice.
  3. given it's an ibanez(generally thin - love em), and you just had the neck off for a bit... my guess is your neck has adjusted and your guitar is fretting out a bit. given time it will likely return to normal. (for the win!)
  4. right on. I do try to rasterize as much as possible (is the right word) but unfortunately I need to keep many things as sep layers because later I might want to copy 'just the humbucker route' or move it. I have a group of 'materials' that is all pics of wood/pearloid/abalone that is often the biggest... but then I don't want to delete it because I might decide to see how rosewood looks here or pearloid looks there. i guess it just is what it is! thanks for the thoughts.
  5. I do almost the sm in photoshop. It's a dangerous game because I now have some 50+ designs that are all time soaks and I'll never build half of them... but boy is it fun! Also, at full scale... using hi-rez photos and hundreds of layers... a project can get very big very fast. If you have an insight as to how to keep them smaller (other than deletings groups of layers!) I'm all ears. your design here is really coming together. looking fwd to seing it realized.
  6. if you go look at "led light base" for pedals... sm concept will work. I've done this a number of time (for pedals). Take an led and sand the top of it flat and right up to the contacts. Then use a clear pickguard, put some design/sticker on the back side of it... everywhere but where the led will be glued to it. This will make the light only go out the sides. Leds go thru batteries fast... so you'll want to use the biggest resistor possible - just test it out. with a water clear led you could probably go 12k. also, might want to put in a push/pull switch so you can turn it off. (probably place the led right under the knobs so it doesn't shine right where the led is)
  7. well, I suspect you are right.. if you look at the bridge, it looks like they actually counter sink them a hair too. think it's fair to say they don't at this point. thanks for the reply!
  8. I suspect not given the bridge... but I've seen some pics that make it look like the body might tilt away from the neck... hard to tell if that is just carve or not. Anyone happen to know?
  9. seems like you are in good hands with curtisa so forgive if I'm stealing thunder/butting in... based on your readings sounds like you figured out the wire order. I'd wire in series - it's more typical for a humbucker and you'll get parallel with your singles in pos 4. 1 white(bridge-as it was in orig pic), 2 blue(middle), 3 red(neck).
  10. not saying it won't work at all... but it's a common complaint of combining the two. if it works for ya as is, "it's good". If it doesn't... you can take a look at the link above. cheers
  11. piezo has a high output impredence(1M?), active emgs have a low output impedence(10K?)... I don't know about the sustainer. I can tell you that mixing a passive magnetic with a piezo doesn't work great afa just having independent pots for each. I suspect you'll have similar issues with active, so you may want to do a little experimentation/research on that. Haven't tried it myself.
  12. not sure volume controls are going to work for you there. I suspect you will find that depending on the position... 1 of the 3 will always dominate to the point where the other two won't really be heard. May or may not be the case since all 3 are in theory going to be buffered... might plan for some experimentation at least with the pot values. worst case scenario you can build a simple blend like the return here: http://www.runoffgroove.com/splitter-blend.html
  13. duh, didn't think of that... you did do a nice job of matching it. good trick.
  14. hadn't noticed... a nice detail with the fretboard overlapping the nut. might have to steal that one but seems like it'd be a lot of work. nice job. splits... that's one I'd have to walk away for a moment on. I think you could likely rub glue into it before removing the studs and be ok. sux tho... confident you'll recover well.
  15. unclear if you are doing a build from scratch or from parts... so forgive if my advice strays. Sounds like an awful lot of battery usage potential there so you may want to consider how many 9v you are going to have as I suspect a single 9v would be drained in an hour. another hurdle I see is how all 3 devices will go to one jack. totally possible, but would require a mixer of some sort. not sure if you have this covered? you could stain the fretboard, IME at most I put a light tru oil coat on... cause I don't like it to be sticky. 25lb lead weight? don't want to discourage experimentation but a 8lb guitar is too much for me so... oof. I'm guessing many will tell you this isn't going to make a difference at all... wouldn't be surprised either way myself. I would suggest that you do some videos, trying to mitigate any differences other than the weight... and do a blind test here. extra points for mesuring sustain in seconds in a daw.
  16. fantastic build. thanks for sharing here as this thread will be a great resource for folks traveling this route. nice work. looks like it will be a beauty build.
  17. will have to experiment with that next time i do that but in the case I had issues with it it was an ebony fretboard with maple dots... and it required finish sanding. what I ended up doing is just using compressed air freq. still... that ebony dust penetrates quite well. some good points there. something I hadn't considered (strips going out of square when planed). I will use my router sled to plane it and will take care to ensure I setup the blank with the strips parallel when I do that. thanks for that. I hear ya on the stability. Not something I'd want to do on every neck just because I love the look of a single piece and it's a lot more work... but for bass/baritone neck... def worth it.
  18. He he not typing speaking into my phone! That's why there's so many words spelled correctly! I guess I'm going to 86 the laminate idea but you make a good point especially if you're dealing with ebony!
  19. Now that I think of it oh, both the next are going to be dyed one red Les Paul and one black so I'm not sure laminate in between the pieces is going to make much of a difference. Just thinking out loud
  20. I would think the fact that they're laminated at all would mitigate any Boeing of course that is contingent on the bow being fairly small to begin with. I don't know how straight the green is on my wenge, the centerpiece, going to have to look at that this weekend.
  21. Right on some good info there. I don't have a lot of extra material so I'm thinking a decent nail would be a nice substitute for dowels. Going to have to find some veneer somewhere cuz I don't have much stock on that and that would be a nice touch.
  22. Some great advice here too, yes I think I will try to use a nail at either end of the glue up to mitigate slippage. Thank you for chiming in!
  23. Right on BisMan, that's a good tip I've seen it myself but forgot about it thank you for reminding me!
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