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Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by pcampbell, Mar 18, 2020.
Got this Daphne Blue body from snivlem. I'm waiting on a couple of parts.
I need to replace the nut polish the frets and restring my MIM fender strat. Somebody cut the nut and then put some super glue and baking powder in one of the slots. It plays great but I will put a tusq nut in it hopefully without having to saw the old nut out. I should level the frets but I will wait till they get worse.
That’s going to be nice! What color pickguard?
Waiting for the weather to cooperate to paint the back of this battered 2008 PRS Custom 22, after regluing the neck heel and patching up things here and there.
Thanks! No pickguard. I got a chrome neck pickup ring ordered for it. Tex Mex pickups.
Great stuff guys! following for motivation I have been pretty slack on finishing up the tidbits and correcting some dumb ass mistakes on two previous builds. Reversed the wires on two pup switches, not sue how I managed that! but there it is.......
Also found a roller bridge for my LP copy and a set of classic tulip tuners for it while rummaging through the parts bin.
I sold all of my boutique Fender-style guitars because I found I really like Gibson style guitars. I still thought that I should have one Tele and one Strat so I bought a limited edition Bullet Telecaster and a Bullet HSS hard tail Stratocaster. After setting up the guitars, taking some 0000 steel wool to the neck, rolling the fretboard edges, and smoothing out the fret ends, I did a few more mods. Luckily I didn't have to do any fret leveling.
On the Tele I swapped the pickups for some Nocaster pickups I had in my box of goodies. I swapped necks with a Squier 51 so now the Tele has a maple neck. For the electronics I had a ToneShaper 4-way. I had to clear out some space in the control cavity to make it work. I also took a Fostner bit to the body underneath the pickguard to lighten it a bit. I like my guitars around 7 lbs or under. The guitar is 7 lbs 2.2 oz now. I saved about 5 ounces. Doesn't seem like much but it makes a difference to me.
On the HSS strat, I put in a Pearly Gates Trembucker in the bridge and STA3 (from classic vibe 60's strat) in the neck and middle positions. The Pearly Gates I already had and I bought the full set of used STA3s for $30. The pickguard was a one ply white and I thought a 3-ply would look better. I found a 3-ply parchment pickguard on Craigslist. I had to do some filing of the pickguard to make it fit. Most of the holes lined up and a couple were off, but I didn't have to plug and redrill. I also had a ToneShaper for a Strat and installed that. I didn't have any tone and volume knobs to match the STA3 pickup covers. I only had some mint green knobs that looked a little too translucent. They are in a cup of coffee right now getting some sun. That reminds me, I would like to darken the neck a little on this one. The guitar weighs in at 6 lbs 10.2 oz.
The only other thing I want to do is knock the shine off of the poly finishes. Something about the high gloss is unappealing to me.
They both look a little washed out in the photos. The Tele is green, but looks blue in the photo and the Strat is a little darker pink than is show up in its photo.
I'm happy with both of them. The bullet series is quite impressive. They are definitely a great beginner guitar after a good setup. The Tele is the best as it comes with a 3-ply pickguard and has a string through body. I got it on sale for $130. The Strat I got on sale for $140.
No builds, or any more recent purchases. I'm currently committed to actually playing more and learning. Especially with respect to guitar leads.
Last purchase was a headless guitar on eBay $200 ( Big John from China) which has to be returned. It has some bad frets , it won't intonate, and now a bridge tuner won't turn to tune the string, pure garbage.
I have had my share of really bad excruciating GAS these past months. So more playing, less buying, building.
Thought I'd try P90's in a Humbucker guitar. These are Guitar Madness Alnico V's. They sound good for the price. Somebody posted on another site he took one apart and it's just a strat type single coil under the cover.
So, it's not constructed like a real P90 but for $39 free shipping what do you expect.
Regluing a neck is pretty heavy duty. That’s a nice looking PRS.
Some nice looking guitars in this thread!!!
I gotta break out the soldering iron-
Guitar Mill Ash body, Sound Guitar Works neck, Duncan pickup- it’s either the Hot Tele or the Broadcaster:
I started on some fretboards yesterday
Now this! super cheap and will keep a guy busy for awhile.
It's been a few days, but I did put new Hipshot locking tuners on my Gretsch Pro Jet over the weekend. Pics below.
First, the stock tuners.
Next, the supplies.
And finally, the new tuners in place (can you say "quick string change?" I knew you could).
I'm getting parts to convert a BSB CV 50s Tele into an Esquire (Esquier?). I have everything it needs except a specific pickup.
I'll order one of the Hydra Lions that Rob DiStefano winds at frettech.com. It has two coil taps and I'll use the three-way switch to switch it like it was three different bridge pickups. The tone pot is no-load when it's wide open, so that replicates the "position 1" of Esquire wiring.
I still have this on the workbench...
I really wanted to finish it but got totally derailed by our current state of affairs world wide.
This is the second body for this neck after the first one was damaged. So it’s been a long project that I’ve lost my motivation on.
It'll get done. Some day. Maybe.
Well, I’ve done deep dive setups on all my Strats. With so much practice I’ve almost mastered the job! But the biggest time consumer is my friend’s 2001 MIM Strat. As you can see, it really needed some love! When I took it in it had no knobs, and one of the tone pots had fallen behind the pick guard. Check out those saddles. They look like they’ve been at the bottom of the Pacific! And the amount of gunk I scraped off the fretboard was ridiculous. I replaced the bridge, saddles, and jacks. I went with a green accessory kit to keep up with the already present Batman theme. When I give it back to him I’m including a microfiber towel. Let’s hope he uses it!
That looks so much better, cleaner! It definitely deserves some quality playing time now.
I started out pretty strong, but then all this week I haven't touched my guitars whether it is working or playing them. Maybe this weekend or next week will be better.
I have thought about putting my SSS or HSS black loaded pick guard from RRG into my CAR Fender Strat that I picked up a while ago.
I got the camera out earlier this week and took a shot of my Blackmore 'tributes' now the CIJ has the Blackmore pups and wiring in it (headstock strap button just there with Blu Tac for the photo). I've decided now is the time to finish my Affinity tribute to his 68 maple cap and I'm going to refinish the neck in a gloss since whoever changed the decal refinished it in the original (not sure it would be the same product though) satin. I've started a separate thread if anybody would like to give me some advice and know how thanks.