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SandBug wrote:

Lazytob wrote:

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Very cool and original idea, nice execution! What kind of pick ups are they?

Pickup winding is another hobby so they are self made.

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Lazytob, that looks excellent! Cool

Very cool stuff, both the amp and the guitar. Smile

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bjoish wrote:

Very cool stuff, both the amp and the guitar. Smile

the guitar and pickups work better than expected! But the scale is 28,5" and that is little to short for good bass tone so I am about to try a 30" scale neck ( just need to finish it first... )

(The out of focus wha-pedal case on the floor in the picture is actually a surfytrem-pedal and behind the the amp you see tha backside of home made case for the surfybear reverb!! )

This strat is one of my current projects. I had a cheap strat copy sitting around that our neighbors had given to us, and it was okay in its cheap sort of way. But it never got played much, so I thought I would upgrade it with a decent Squier neck and some other components I had lying around. Turns out I got a Fender MIM neck for a good price, so I figured I would match that with other Fender components, including pickups (I got a set of lightly used Texmex pickups), pots, tremolo, pickguard, etc. Only things left from the original are the body (I like the blue color), the strap buttons, and the tremolo claw & springs.

Still got some final tweaking to do.

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A BBC Micro that just exploded and needs a recap job. It feels kind of nostalgic to when I was learning all about the inside of a 6G14.

Speaking of which, I happened to flick past Tube Amp Doctor tonight to see they finally have the 45268-1 (Blonde Twin/Showman Transformer) back in stock, but I've been a sensible person this year and learned to drive and now all my money goes on fuel and insurance for the other kind of Jaguar.

They who die with the fewest control knobs, win.

Been a long time since I posted here, but I've been working on a copy of a non-reverse Firebird. You can see my homemade strat in the background getting some reworking too.
https://imgur.com/WnK1JsE
https://imgur.com/ObY9Pv3

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Near mint 1966 Duo Sonic II in Daphne Blue.
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Current project is a Mustang I'm refinishing and re-configuring. Squier VM body (formerly fiesta red) plus Allparts JGRO neck. In the process of painting a metallic blue - the headstock is done, and body will be matching. Currently I'm giving the body a base coat of a different blue before applying the metallic. Tort pickguard with mixed pickups will be ready to go after I add a 3 way toggle switch.

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I have too many projects going already, so why not add another one? I got this Matsumoku hollowbody for a great price on ebay - I couldn't resist. It had a couple of problems like hum and a non-working pickup, but I figured I'd be able to fix those easy. So now I've extracted all the electronics and am diagnosing to see how to fix. Both pickups are good - I've determined it needs a new volume pot for one pickup and a new 3 way switch.

It's an ES-335 style guitar with single coil pickups, and so far I don't know how they sound. I've got a Bigsby ready to slap on instead of the vibrato that came with it. Matsumoku made good quality stuff so I'm looking forward to finally getting to play it.
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I find impressive that you've trained your cat to bring you the pliers!

Cool hollowbody!
I just rebuit this old Zenon Audtion guitar as a "Rock" lap steel for a friend.
Made a new pickguard, tall brass nut, new tuners, installed humbuckers, new bridge and electronics.
Fun project. Sounds amazing.

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CrazyAces wrote:

I just rebuit this old Zenon Audtion guitar as a "Rock" lap steel for a friend.
Made a new pickguard, tall brass nut, new tuners, installed humbuckers, new bridge and electronics.
Fun project. Sounds amazing.

Holy cats, that's beautiful Jeff!
Now if I put that on my lap, and I could play like David Lindley, I'd be runnin' on empty.
Just gorgeous!

Wes
SoCal ex-pat with a snow shovel

DISCLAIMER: The above is opinion/suggestion only & should not be used for mission planning/navigation, tweaking of instruments, beverage selection, or wardrobe choices.

Surf_Skater wrote:

I find impressive that you've trained your cat to bring you the pliers!

Unfortunately, he was trying to eat the pliers.

These old Japanese guitars have loads of potential if you put the work in. Definitely killer slide guitars and good for garage rock as well.

MIM Lacquer Jazzmaster. The stock tremolo on these is 'lockless' as in no lock button/switch.

What's that about?

You can probably count on one hand the number of people who a) use the lock for its intended purpose and b) have successfully used the lock for its intended purpose.

But I'm used to seeing it there. It's part of the standard equipment even if it's mostly superfluous. So, damn it, I got a replacement tremolo with a lock and installed it.

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this build has kept me busy for a bit since the band couldn’t get together

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