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  1. The answer is yes! And the Fender tremolo arm fits the Hondo bridge better than the original Hondo Fame one that went missing!
  2. okay, my parcel tracking app tells me the new replacement tremolo arm was delivered while I was at work; this is where we see whether or not the Canada Post carrier is smarter than the Amazon one!
  3. Alright, so Amazon shipping messed up again...I really hate it when the delivery guy assumes that leaving the parcel on my doorstep is "good enough"...I mean it's one thing if I'm home, but when I'm not, it's a different story! Thus far I've had 2 DVD's one pedal and more recently, the replacement tremolo arm, stolen by a neighbor! They've always been good at refunding my money, and this time around, they added notes to contact me before delivery, and to ship to the nearest retail outlet if I'm not available...hopefully that helps. So...DHL was instructed to deliver the tremolo bac
  4. My other DIY (with LOTS of help from master luthier Brian Mascarin), I call her Gypsy Rose
  5. I'm using a Fernandes FSK-401 kit for Stratocaster style guitars, which I got new from Ebay a while back - tried installing it in My Mexican Strat, trying various bridge pickups other than the Fernandes bridge humbucker (that was mistake #1) didn't like it, "re-Fenderized" my Strat and put the kit in a box (with several damaged pieces due to my dumbass mods). So many years later, I was very fortunate to find replacement parts (for the ones I damaged) and go "full Fernandes" on Miss Pauline (well, the electronics are anyway, except for a better quality pickup switch and the Squier pickup in th
  6. Well, it's still wroking fine, even after I did the mistake you pointed out earlier (forgot to flip the wires, then corrected my mistake when I noticed there was no signal). That Sustainer preamp impresses me, even the cheap ceramic single coil pickup I have in middle position (a remnant from a Squier Bullet Strat I once owned) has no hum being wired to that preamp! Not sure if it has built in 60 cycle filters, but whatever it is, I like it! And when that sustainer circuit is engaged...oh Mama Mia! It's looouuuud meng!
  7. Much appreciated While my Dremel got quite the workout (as did my vacuum cleaner to my cat's chagrin ) and my random oscillating sander came in quite useful in the finish sanding process; the most overlooked and underappreciated tool in the bunch (yet the one that saved me the most headaches) was my manual drill! I used it for all of the pilot holes on the guitar body, including the tremolo spring claw! Oh yeah, one thing that got my attention real quick was the smoke that the CA glue makes when "hardening" the threaded holes...and wiping the excess with a paper towel, I could feel i
  8. Moving closer to the finished product! Got a black back plate on order for the tremolo cavity!
  9. Okay...so it looks like the battery box fits the battery sideways rather than flat...I'd have to carve too deep in the body, and the box would interfere either with the pickups, the pots or the preamp controls itself...so either I need a different battery box (a flat mounted one) or keep the current one and splice the battery wires so I can carve the battery box cavity an inch or so behind the tremolo cavity and have the battery wires reach all the way down there...or I can do what this dude did and be done with it!
  10. Perhaps slightly enlarging the bolt holes in the neck pocket a smidge would allow me to push the headstock to the bass side and align the strings better on the fretboard...Paulownia is so soft I get leery of any such mods I'll give the whole neck to body joint and bridge saddle height on the G string a few more tweaks when I come home from work!
  11. Today's update: used a Baltic birch shim to prop up the bridge (a Popsicle stick cut to size ) , strung up the guitar, adjusted the saddles for sound, checked the intonation and tested the sustainer circuit...we have liftoff Left to do: strap lock installation, battery compartment and tremolo cavity cover. And a setup...thus far I got the strings sounding clear across the fretboard, but the G string notes out at the 21st fret (I.e. I hear the 22nd fret) all of the other strings sound fine at those frets...very off it's only happening on the G string, I might need a professional setu
  12. Turns out the nut was cut unevenly, the strings line up properly over the pickups,, but a bit too inwards on the low E and just barely enough on the treble side...or is that the normal way Stratocaster nuts are cut?
  13. pickguard/bridge positioned so the strings properly align with the fretboard and pickups - check Pickup cavity enlarged to fit the active electronics and wiring - check patch-up job to repair the battery wire that broke at the quick connector - check desoldering the stereo jack to thread the battery negative, ground and hot wires through the tiny hole leading to the output jack cavity - check fixing the ground problem that gave me lots of hum and no signal - check ( even the middle position single coil now gives me signal with very little hum!) drilling the tremol
  14. I wanted to mention it earlier, but kept putting it off...that black spot in the pickpu cavity, near the bridge...that's a crack where a knot used to be, you can actually see through to the tremolo cavity. I dismissed it at first, but this is Paulownia after all....that crack/hole might be a structural flaw, being that it's so near the bridge cavity? Now that I have the superglue, I guess I could fill it with a mix of sawdust and superglue? Dan Erlewine sai in one of his columns that superglue and baking soda is also good to plug holes (but that was for stripped screw holes)? Any recom
  15. Masking tape to the rescue...I'm going to do another fitting later after work, a) make sure the bridge position properly aligns the strings with the fingerboard, b) once the bridge is properly positioned, that the pickguard is properly positioned so the pickups are properly aligned under the strings and c) after beasuring the Sustainer circuit board, Iwill need to rout at least 5 cm of wood to accommodate te circuit and wiring... tape up the parts that need to be marked up and go from there...more later!
  16. preliminary fitting... it took 2 tries to get the bolt holes in the heel to properly align with the holes in the neck pocket (light sanding in the neck pocket did it) and the StewMac angled shims aren't a drop-in direct fit...based on pickguard 1 (I had tried to replace the Fernandes humbucker with a high powered rails single coil...didn't really work) there's a lot of wood material to remove in the pickup cavity, and I'm wondering if the Dremel will be up to the task...I might have to use the router after all...but since Paulownia is such a soft wood I'm worried I'll mess up... With the
  17. Pickguard, output jack and corresponding screws delivered! I'll use my old pickguard as a template to drill the Sustainer mini switches holes...tonight's after work project
  18. Alright, wet sanding done last night, hand rubbed buffing and polishing done this morning, not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but a lot better than what I did on the Pinecaster. Hung the body again until the missing parts are delivered. Here's what it's looking like now. Ordered a new SSH black pickguard from Amazon with screws included, as well as a Strat output jack (the pickguard screws and output jack I'd ordered from Ebay seem to be lost in transit, and black pickups/knobs on black will look sharper than the current yellowish pearloid pickguard I have.). The rolling str
  19. Okay, curing day 13, I think it's ready for wet sanding! I've been soaking wet and dry sandpaper in a bucket of soapy water (grits 600, 800, 1000 & 2000) since around 12:30 pm, they should be just right when I'm home from work (I work evening shift). If memory serves, I do circular sanding motions with the 600 grit (until I'm rid of the drips and "runs" in the finish, I used a foam brush since I don't have a spray booth), straight back and forth sanding with the 800 grit, circular again with the 1000 grit and back and forth with the 2000 grit until smooth. I actually took the time
  20. I meant the pickguard looked a bit yellowish, that its prior owner might have been a smoker
  21. I figured that getting them pre-made by Stewart McDonald would save me a lot of time and trial and error; I'm a hack yep, it was supposed to be "vintage style" when I bought it, save for the extra fret. It was inexpensive, so I pulled the trigger on it. I'm going to have to rub off that waterslive Fender logo, it's not Fender licensed or Fender OEM (the Telecaster neck I got for the Pine caster was supposedly an OEM neck)
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