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  1. Hello everyone! I'm new to working on guitars and I've done a bit of research on this and haven't found any solid information. I picked up a Chibson because I liked the look of the guitar but thought I could easily swap out the pups after watching a tutorial or two. The problem I'm running into is that the guitar doesn't have any back plates and the tutorials I've watched required access to the volume/tone pots. I could be missing something simple here but could someone please explain how I'd go about swapping the pups on this guitar? Thanks in advance!
  2. A few weeks ago I started working on a pair of basses based around the old Gibson RD style from the late seventies/early eighties.... The basis of the Gibson RD was not too far removed from the classic Thunderbird design, however the through-neck of the Thunderbird and Firebird were eschewed in favour of the more familiar Gibson set-neck approach. The hardware was typical of Gibson basses at the time being a three-point bridge with its own little quirks. The two configurations ("Standard", "Artist") came passive with small soapbar humbuckers or active with a full Moog-designed filter circui
  3. I want to build my first custom guitar, and I know what I want. I just don't know what my budget should be, and where I can find quality components. I want a Gibson explorer body, and I would like it to be sparkly purple with gold hardware. I want the purple sparkles to carry up the neck and cover the headstock. Other than that, I have no clue what pickups to look for and even what all I need. Thanks, Colin. also, don't want to blow the bank
  4. Hello everyone! My name is Chad and I'm currently putting together a Flying V kit, and I want to install the rubber knee pad off of the '58 V. I have the rubber pad, but now I need to know the best way to apply it. I'm finishing the guitar with a stain and Tru-Oil. What glue would be best to mount this with? Thanks everyone!!
  5. So i have a Les Paul and it has a buzzing issue. i checked and double checked all the wiring and everything is ok. I have been playing this guitar for a few years and this just happened. So on a whim I plugged in a regular guitar cable and checked to see if the tip and ring were touching with the bing option on my multi-meter. and sure enough there was! the buzz goes away when i am touching any metal parts but there is still continuity on the guitar cable. what is going on??? I spent at least 3 hours on it already. All of the sudden the buzzing is gone. Any ideas?
  6. Hello, my first post here. Thanks to anyone who's willing to take the time to help. I recently purchased a used mid 60's Gibson Explorer amp GA-15RVT. One of the previous owners for some reason removed the amp's reverb tank so my goal is to install a new reverb tank and get the reverb working again. I purchased a new reverb tank from Frank Fendly at www.studiosoundelectronics.com (he's a very nice guy BTW) so I have the correct reverb tank but I need help deciding how to solder this correctly. I have attached the schematic for the amp as well as interior pics. According to Fran
  7. Hello guys ! Here's a video I've done a couple of days ago Tell me what you think !
  8. Straight from the factory or off the shelf, an instrument rarely has its nut slots cut to ideal depths. Generally they are always cut a little high so that the instrument is buzz free out of the gate. For most people, slightly high nut slots go unnoticed and the tougher feel to the strings near the nut gets taken for granted. Before proceeding, ensure that your guitar is correctly strung up to pitch using the string gauges you normally use on that instrument and that your neck is reasonably straight with a little relief as per the previous step in this series. Check that your fretwork is not i
  9. Hi Ladies and Gents! Thanks for having me here. Been playing Guitar and Bass for 40 years now in many forms, Garage Band, L.A. scene, Casual and now a Rockin Church Praise team(5 guitars, Bass, keys, drums, Trumpet, Trombone and Sax)............. I am a die-hard Classic Rock fan but also like some mid/late 80's stuff. I find myself listening to early 70's folk type stuff...............Seals and Croft, Gerry Rafferty, Simon and Garfunkel, etc...................... Anyway, I have had a number of guitars in my life but i recently Built one...................... Sort of.................
  10. Well hello there, my parents got me a kit guitar. I once told them I was watching and reading a lot about building a guitar. And now I want to take the oppertunity to learn about "building" a guitar, even thou all I have to do with the Thomann kit is finishing and putting all the parts together (which probably is way more than I currently expect it to be) As you probably read in the title it's a LP kit. http://www.thomann.de/de/harley_benton_electric_guitar_kit_lpstyle.htm this one to be more specific. I don't know what kind of finish I want it to have, but I thought of eigher a s
  11. Hey, I wasn't sure where to put this, but I was sent this message and thought maybe I would share with everyone. Is anyone familiar with this auction house? Any information would help. "Did you know that one auction house was responsible for selling Jerry Garcia’s guitars for a million dollars a piece, Elvis Presely’s first guitar, Les Paul’s “Black Beauty”, Waylon Jennings' most iconic instruments and a wide array of the rarest Martins (including a 1930 OM-45 Deluxe to the Martin Museum) and other treasured acoustic instruments through the years? That auction house is Guernsey’s*, which is no
  12. My grandpa is moving and asked me to clean out his garage, I found a Gibson guitar my grandpa said he bought back in the 80's and forgot all about it and so he let me keep it. I started doing research and see things that make me think its fake but there are things that say it's real. The serial number is 7045 which is a true serial number for a 1961Gibson from the Kalamazoo Plant. There are parts of the guitar like the neck that look like they fakes but also has item's that look real. The fact my grandpa said he paid like $10 bucks for it back in the 80's at a garage sale is the biggest flag i
  13. Alright so first off id like to start by saying I do not plan on doing this to deceive anybody, or sell it or any unethical stuff like that, however this is my first guitar. I've had it for about eight years, I,ve had others but always kept this one, I do not have the money to buy a les paul not even a studio but i figure if i spent a couple hundred bucks I could make it close. http://zurlocker.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/08/20/white_epiphone.jpg http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/members/ledlover01-albums-epiphone-les-paul-studio-white-picture15172-les-paul-2186.jpg This is what my gui
  14. From the album: Prostheta's Past builds

    Set-neck Birch bass in paint....
  15. I recently picked up an 84' designer series gibson flying V. My first V and yes I love it. Other than the selector wired backwards, the electronics seem to be in good shape but I decided to replace the bridge PU with a Dimarzio tone zone. Works like a charm and sounds amazing. The stock neck pickup howls feedback like crazy with my hi gain loud volumes and has too much low end. I'd like to save the stocker, I don't use the neck PU for anything other than a weaker vintage sound so the tone is ok just too bassy. I'm thinking of wax potting the bucker and maybe experimenting with a cap in seri
  16. Up until 1973 Gibson's bass bridges were fairly primitive and somewhat fault-prone but still relatively advanced in comparison to those in use by Fender. The introduction of their "three-point" bridge eliminated most of the existing problems of older bar or "two-point" bridges but introduced many of its own quirks. Still in use on modern Gibson and Epiphone basses, the three-point bass bridge is a proven design albeit mired in its traditional roots with much room for improvement. Up until the introduction of the SuperTone, upgrades for Gibson basses were near non-existent. The wide mounting po
  17. This is a project which will have a reasonably lengthy build-up time, so this thread exists purely to gather information, consolidate the design and work methodologies. A little background. I have never built an acoustic or archtop previously to this, so much of this particular thread will consist of my research and references to information online or from books, etc. The Gibson EB-750 and its sister the EB-650 were extremely rare (less than 100) basses built upon the designs of the Gibson ES range. The EB-750 was (as far as I am aware) the same underlying design as ES-175 but with a bass n
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