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  1. Did Tony J Malmsteen's pics load for anyone???? I reloaded the page 5 times and never saw a pic in his post
  2. I suck!! I couldn't decide so I finally just hit "null vote" and voted for all/none of them Too many good choices to pick from this time but it was down to Stew and Maiden in the end. I love me an old Chris Craft (and I miss mine) and that top on Maiden's looks like you can jump right into it and take a swim.
  3. OMG......he's still at it. I cruised over to the Donna's forum and found the thread. Welcome back Matt (Lex).
  4. Hey, your first post and you probably already ticked off half the people here!! What a great start.......... BTW where is YOUR guitar????
  5. Wow....another tough month Ragas and Matt...you have a great knack for design and I'm sure you are both going to go somewhere with that. toddler68...holy crap man, that carve is sweet!! The longer I looked at it the more detail I saw and that finish is perfect. Great work!! rhoads...great original style and touch to a classic shape. I would have never thought headless when I thought tele. My opinions for what they're worth. Oh, and I voted for.........
  6. Oh, man.....this gets tougher every month!! I voted for them all....well, I would if I could.
  7. bond163.....please use the "Edit" button and add to your post so you're not posting 3 times in a row. Thanks!
  8. I guess that depends on your income and what you consider expensive. Lovekraft has a GREAT deal of experience in this area and his advice on this topic is well respected on the forum here.
  9. Ahhhhhh.......semi-hollows.....the real man's (or woman's) repair job!! Loosen the nut and poke a stiff piece of wire shaped like a "J" into the F hole. Tug softly on the wires until you see the jack move. You now have the jack wiring. Take the nut off (don't lose the jack wire!) and pull the J hook and wire up through the F hole. Fix your broken connection then attach the wire to the jack so you can fish it back through the hole. Re-attach the nut and you're good to go. It's NOT easy and takes PATIENCE. I now use a pair of curved, long needle nose but before I bought those I used the wire method with great success. The wire has to be stiff enough to hold the jack when you go back in but flimsy enough that you can yank it off when you get the nut back on. Try a piece of #12 or #10 stranded electrical wire. Patience, patience, patience........ When you're through with that try changing a pot.....that's even more fun!
  10. If you take the back cover off you'll see there is a little circuit board inside.....that is an active pre-amp as cold said. You can buy preamps online and put them in your custom or home-built. Do a Google search for "bass preamp" or "active bass eq" and you should find plenty of sources and drawings.
  11. They are resistors. That's the way they are typically drawn in electrical schematics. I don't know where the rectangle thing came from but in the 25 years I've been reading schematics the "squiggle" is the standard way to draw them.
  12. I can relate to that! 2 knee surgeries, 1 appendix and one stomach repair (bad acid reflux) all in three years!! The appendix and stomach were in the last 3 months! I have more holes in my gut (8) than should be allowed by law I finished the tuition pains 2 years ago when I finally finished school. Then I quit my job and work at home....lot of good that schoolin' did me!
  13. ^^^^^^^^^^^^ You're the winner!! I don't know.....life seems to get better for me the older I get.
  14. Holy Crap! Click once and get two posts!!!
  15. I was just going to tell you to shut up and get a cup of coffee but I thought I'd be nice I switched to decaf after my surgery last month and I stay grumpy 'til noon now........yipee! PS: I figured you'd be the one to answer the "artist" question on #2.....(8x10 color glossy photos).......you ARE old if you know the answer to that one!! Here's another hint...."you can get anything you want".......
  16. Drak, no rudeness taken here..... I wasn't offering it up for him to do, I simply stated "I did that once using xyz". There are some big differences in what I did and what litch did as you inferred. 1. I used a product made for wood, not cupcakes. It was a solvent based stain designed and sold for use on wood. (solvent + pigment which is pretty much what you spray. In fact the label says you can spray it.....) 2. I did not write a 3 page tutorial saying this is THE way to do this. I did not include 8x10 color glossy photos with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.....(ok, name the artist now) 3. I am not and never have claimed to be an expert on this forum.... 4. My name is bluespresence, not blues custom guitars so there is no inference of any sort that I build and sell custom built guitars such as litch did. Well, I do sell them but not the ones I build....I think you know what I mean. Now, can't we all just get along??? BTW......granny-grams....I kind of like that! It sounds like grandma's stash.
  17. I did that once using pickling white stain. I just rubbed it on and wiped it off. The more I put on the less transparency the finish had. my only problem with it was I used it on mahogany and it ended up looking pink because of the mahogany. I think it would work better on a piece of ash or maple since you wouldn't have that reddish wood color trying to get through. I picked the can of stain up at Home Depot for about $3. It's called "Pickling White" and it used to be all the rage on kitchen cupboards.
  18. I did three guitars using metal flake in cans (black, blue and purple) and had no problems. You have to keep the can shook up so the flake doesn't drop to the bottom, move wuick so you don't get spots with flake and spots without and clear the nozzle often by turning the can upside down and spraying it until it's clear. i kept two nozzles handy. After spraying for 2 minutes or so with one it would start to sputter so I pulled it, dropped it in a shot glass full of thinner and sprayed with a fresh nozzle. I repeated this until the guitar was done. When you are done with the metal flake DO NOT TOUCH the finish even after it is dry!!! You will knock the flake off and have spots. Cover the guitar with a clear finish that is compatible with the metal flake paint. I used nitro since my flake was solvent based. Here's a link: Purple P Bass Not a great pic but it shows it can be done with patience......
  19. OMG!! This is the hardest month yet! I looked at them about 5 times and mulled over it for hours before I could even TRY to vote. This is by far the best group of instruments I've seen on GOTM at one time. The double got my vote. I usually go for the bass but I couldn't this time even though it is more than deserving. I feel bad for having to pick just one....how about a selection for "All of the Above" BTW....explain the name "Nanda Devi"......
  20. As always that was not easy.....props to all. Nice looking axes this month!
  21. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ THAT bass Rocks!!! Great work by all!!!!! I am a bass player so the bass (almost) always gets my vote.
  22. They are all EXCELLENT so I am not telling which one I voted for...Great work by all of you!!
  23. Yowser! What a tough choice...One not to be taken "lightly" (if ya know what I mean). Excellent job done by all and it sure is NICE to see some basses in here..... Rythm gets the booty movin' and if the booty ain't movin' no one will stay to listen.......
  24. Good Lord!!! That was a tough choice!! The runoffs were even tougher because they were all so dang nice!! My vote went to.......................
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