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  1. Stratocaster floyd rose

    This is a good start: http://www.tundraman.com/Guitars/NeckAngle/
  2. Stratocaster floyd rose

    Neither. It depends what you want from the instrument. Flat mounting is easier to install because the cavity is easier to create, but means you can only dive down and the neck will likely require a shim to counteract the increased action. Recessed mounting allows you to raise or lower the trem and will probably mean you can do without a neck shim, but is more difficult to install because the cavity is more complex. Probably the same as a regular Strat trem cavity. Floyd Rose have routing diagrams on their website. Usually, yes. Do you mean, how to create a neck shim?
  3. SG Respin

    I'm enjoying seeing the S9 return to the In Progress section of the forum. I spy a foot shot in your last post, too.
  4. Heavy Gauge Unwound String

    My comparison with the 013s was only to illustrate the effect of stringing (nearly) the same set of top 4 strings over a longer scale length for the same pitch. The NW026 3rd on a "normal" guitar sounds...well...normal, but the PL026 over the shorter scale length causes problems with tone due to the higher mass and lower tension. Lower tension (PL024? PL022?) may also introduce other problems that you'll want to avoid - "squishier" feel, other tonal deficiencies such as "rubber banding". Your only recourse may simply be to lower the mass while keeping the tension up, ie, use a wound string of some type. Maybe a special instrument will simply demand a special string set, with the consequence of a special price tag attached to the strings? On the plus side, flat wound strings should last a bit longer before sounding noticeably duller than the equivalent round wounds, so perhaps the increase in longevity can justify the increase in price? D'Addario have a flatwound set (ECG26) that seems to go for about $11US on some online string supplier sites (just throw away the 5th and 6th strings from the pack). If you buy in bulk and share the shipping with some friends it is probably pretty good value.
  5. Stratocaster floyd rose

    No other reason than they chose to make it that way. The Floyd Rose can be mounted flat to the top or installed in a cavity to permit upwards pitch bending if you chose. It's entirely the decision of the person installing the bridge on the guitar.
  6. 8 string fretboard

    Maybe look for 5 string bass-sized fret boards? Width is pretty much the same at the 24th fret, and more than enough length to cover your needs. The bigger problem will be locating a piece large enough to suit your needs in Australia. Ebony is listed in CITES under Appendix 2, which makes it a controlled import/export across borders. It's not impossible to buy from overseas, but most suppliers will simply not want to bother mailing you one piece of ebony because of the extra time and expense of doing the requisite paperwork. Same now applies to rosewood, unfortunately. There are several local species that work more than adequately as a fret board. If jet black and zero-grain is an aesthetic requirement, you could even japan-black/ebonise a piece of plain maple.
  7. Heavy Gauge Unwound String

    The string tension for your nominal pitches over the 17" scale length seem quite low: That's nearly the same gauges for a typical 13-56 acoustic set (ignoring the wound 3rd string), and over a scale length of 25", that's barely half the tension: My gut feel is that you're not getting enough tension to get the string up to its optimum sweet spot for its intended pitch (look up String Inharmonicity), and the thicker plain 3rd is suffering the most due to its high mass and short scale length. I would have thought you'd have noticed other problems too, such as very poor intonation and extreme sensitivity to pitch variation when doing vibrato and bends. What gauges and materials does the tenor uke normally get string with? Could you go back to your previous PL-NW-NW-NW string configuration but substitute flatwounds for the three wound strings to avoid the string noise problems you were experiencing before?
  8. wiring help please

    Glad to be of help.
  9. wiring help please

    So you can wind it down from 10-2 and hear it gradually getting darker, and then from 2-0 it suddenly jumps up to full brightness instead of completely rolling down? I'd say the pot is faulty and would probably need replacing.
  10. wiring help please

    Moved to the Tech Area -> Electronics Chat area for better housekeeping.
  11. wiring help please

    Check you have the bottom lug of the tone pot grounded to the case. One of the pickups is wired out of phase. Swap the two wires from either pickup on the associated switch.
  12. wiring help please

    Try this: http://www.flyguitars.com/gibson/bass/SB_wiring_diagram.php
  13. Black Ice drive with a rotary switch?

    OK, well the criteria for what you want still seems pretty broad, but how about: Wiring diagrams for 2 Humbucker guitars Pickup and control mods Onboard preamps I'm not familiar with the BC Rich Mockingbird. Is this the one with the rotary switch that controls the variable tone circuit? If you don't like how the circuit works, why not just remove it altogether?
  14. Black Ice drive with a rotary switch?

    Is it the rotary switch you hate or the pickup combinations that it does you hate? There's lots of ways to add the Black Ice to a guitar (the product literature offers a few ways to do it), but if you have something a bit more specific in mind you'll need to provide a bit more information as to what it is you want to achieve. I don't think that will have the same effect as having a wah pedal on the floor without building the rest of circuitry associated with a wah pedal as well. Assuming that's what you're aiming for, of course - can you elaborate a bit more on what kinds of improvements you're wanting to do?