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  1. Success!!! 1. I added a second brass plate to the bottom of the pickup. I read in other posts that people added steal to the bottom of their bridge pickups to mellow them out. Maybe this is similar to effect of the Tele bridge plate? 2. I swapped the position of the A2 and A5 magnets. Now A2 is closer to the neck and the A5 is a the bridge. Maybe this helped mellow the 5 and power the A2. But anyway, I'm done messing with the thing. Time to have fun playing it.
  2. He owns TV Jones pickups and has his secret recipe for winding. My guess is that the V stands for Vincent.
  3. I hear ya about wire breaking the wires Mikev. I've killed 3 pickups this past month. No big loss in that I made them..... but frustrating. I'm going to try a new method tomorrow. It's the inside coil wire that is always the killer in that if it breaks, game over. Going to try something new tomorrow in terms of connecting to the solder point to the wire. Saw a pickup that had the 42 gauge wire going directly to a larger gauge wire instead of a eyelet. Game me an idea to protect the inside wire. I'll try bigger screws Bizman. If that doesn't work I'm kidnap Tom Jones.
  4. Just getting into pickup winding. Got lucky and spoiled with first attempt and created my favorite pickup of all times. So my second attempt was of course doomed to be much less impressive. Which it is. I'm trying to create something that complements a TV Jones P90 neck pickup. That thing sounds like an orchestra of different overtones. Mine....... not so much. It of course sounds a thicker and muddier in the neck, but it also has a "honey sweat" nature to it. I played around with different magnets and settle on a A5 & A2 combination. Noticed that the pole pieces on the TV Jones are l
  5. Polarity was correct and the pole piece was fully charged. Sorry Mistermikev. The guitar is doing much better, but still not as loud as I would like. Here's what I changed. I notice the threaded post under the bridge on the high E was a little loose. I've got to do some more work to really fix this, but it is better. Maybe that was part of it? I had 10.5 strings on the guitar. I swapped the E for an 11. Still not as loud as I would like, but much better. Just for experimentation I removed the pole from the G string since it is the loudest. To my surprise the volume only dipped a
  6. Ron, The gold on the back of the neck is actually a stencil I made with frog tape and a laser cutter. Used spray paint on it and the pick-guard. Lots of poly on both to protect them. Plays great. Meant to be my guitar so I did what ever was going to work best for me.. The neck was too thin so I added veneer to it (first picture with yellow cord.) Then reshaped it to match my Gretsch that I love. The E string on the high end is a little too close to the edge of the fretboard for my liking. I want to move the neck to the right/down a bit. Not sure how to do that and keep a flat surface
  7. This is my first build and has been a project on and off the past year. It's been more of an experimentation of style and mechanics rather than a set plan. So lots of attempts at things and then redo, redo, redo, etc. Artistically it evolved into something that, to me at least, brings the America of 1930's together. Earthy farmer worn to the raw bone dressed in the niceties of the gilded art-deco of 1930s refinement. Something akin to a Chicago barren that has achieved his version of the American dream. For the pickups I decided to hide the Jazzmaster in the neck position and only ha
  8. Yes, I can do that. The guitar is in pieces again, so it will be a while before I get to try that Curtisa. The G or D might be good candidates. I'm also wondering if I should pass it through the magnetizer again. But will try swapping first.
  9. I made my own pickup recently and for the most part it sounds great. But, the high E is too quiet despite have a pole piece closest to the string. Here's a litany of odd things about this home made weird pickup. Maybe one of these things caused the problem. The pole pieces are threaded magnets to allow them to be set at different heights. FeCrCo magnets comparable to AlNiCo 5 The pickup is a Jazzmaster style, but the windings start a little out from the poles due to the threading through a plastic bobbin. I messed up winding the pickup several times and caught a slack loop in
  10. Need help on figuring out the best plan for finishing the neck of guitar build. It's me so its going to be a crazy story of bad ideas. But how I finish the neck may need to be modified by its structure, so the history is probably important. The neck's story: The neck was from Warmth and had a SRV profile. I finished it with instrument lacquer. Absolutely hated the thing! Felt light I was constantly fighting the shape and my hand was sticking to finish. So other than selling it for a big loss of money, I decided to try to reshape it like my Gretsch guitar. 1. Created profile of
  11. My work computer that has this file on it, just died! Curtisa, I messed up on one label and forgot/didn't bother with some of the grounds on the drawing. Jack is grounded and volume pots are grounded (although I don't get the reason for grounding volume pots). The volume pots are 1m for the jazzmaster and 500k for the Filtertron. The tone pots are all 500k. Capacitors are my typo and are the normal value. Finally the split and blend mode label is reversed. In thinking about the direction of the physical switch, I forgot switch the label for the back of the guitar. I did some more mes
  12. Did some more work on this guitar. Used a Filtertron pickup instead of a normal hum bucker. This seems to be a better pairing to my ear. But, my crazy wiring plan isn't working. I had to turn it up to 8 on the amp volume to get sound. I've checked over the wiring today and can't find the problem. Anyone else ever had this happen? Double checked amp too. The wiring is pretty odd. The concept has been to use only two way switches for the pickup selector. This way you can't mess up when playing and select the middle position when you want the bridge or something. to get both pickups you hit
  13. Working on a design for a new guitar. I'm wanting to do some custom shapes for the inlay. The color scheme reminds me of Bicycle face cards. Might play with that and use diamonds, clubs, and heart for the inlay. Or maybe even the face card profiles if I want to be really nutty. It will be a true mess of different guitars. Gibson style pickups and wiring, Gretsch sized neck and headstock, and Fender body. What I'm thinking about doing is using a cnc or laser cutter to make the holes in the blank of wood before the fingerboard radius is cut. Fill this with blue or red translucent epoxy. The
  14. mike v, Any suggestions on the knobs? Maybe black chicken head?
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