Sx Liquid

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  1. Fat Jack

    Fat Jack Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Just picked up a SJM Liquid just before labor day Frets needed a good cleaning from 5 years of closet crud and dust/dirt buildup, but no leveling needed. Replacing tuners because are stiff as hell and saddles just because. funny thing is the tuners got here in 3 days the saddles got hung up in NC tuesday because of Dorian and haven't mooed since then. Seller said they're in town wait till Monday. Hell, the tuners are on and I'm waiting on the saddles so I can put it back together.
     
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  3. MickYoung

    MickYoung New Member

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    Yeah, she’s a beaut, ain’t she?
     
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    Yeah, that’s the plan. Jerk the middle pickup out and have a new pickguard made. Sounds like the best approach is to replace the switch too. I’ll have to look under the hood and check out the wiring and see how to go. I thought I could keep the existing switch and just have some dead positions in the middle. Guess that would have been too easy. I have a three way switch I can swap out if I need to.

    I like the guitar, just not the three pickups. Also, I’m one of those that love the looks of the Liquid.

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  5. MickYoung

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    I love the looks too. My only real complaint is the positioning of the volume knob. I hit it every time I strum. Seems like someone should have realized that. I ordered some low profile UFO style knobs, hoping that will help a little.
     
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  6. tobijohn

    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    With a custom pickguard, you could move the controls down closer to to the input jack (which could also be moved a little further south to space things out a little bettter. If this seems like a viable solution, contact @rmfroyd here as he can do it for you with an emailed template. They're not as expensive as you might think.

    Another "on the cheap" alternative would be to simply drill another hole equidistant between the tone control and input jack, move the tone pot to that position, move the volume to the former tone position and find a small rubber grommet for the now empty volume control hole (or a kill switch). I've seen that done too and it it looked fine to me...
     
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  7. MickYoung

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    Yeah, my buddy is a guitar tech in Minnesota, he suggested moving the volume to where the tone is and moving the tone towards the Jack. Me, however... well, I’ll just say that about 2 weeks after I met my wife, she said “you’re not a handyman, are you.” So until I get back to Minnesota I’ll have to settle for a smaller knob. Thanks again for your help.
     
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    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Well, hopefully you're tall enough to reach those top shelves so you're of some use to her...:)
     
  9. MickYoung

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    Yeah, I’m not completely useless. I don’t think.
     
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  10. TeleMan59

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    I have the three pickup blue model. I actually am not a big fan of the shape but three P90's sound like a Strat on steroids. The quack positions really sound great. I have two different P90 hawks . The sounds I get from the three P90's is the reason I keep it. It has an awesome neck, too.
     
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    Even easier, swap the hot connections for the middle and bridge pup at the switch. This will give you:
    1 neck
    2 neck plus bridge
    3 bridge
    4 bridge plus middle
    5 middle
     
  12. Mr. Leyvatone

    Mr. Leyvatone Well-Known Member

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    I have that same guitar. The configuration works fine for me. I put the tall string tree where the short string tree was (pitched the short one entirely), sanded the gloss off the back of the neck, and had a Switchcraft output jack installed by a tech. I wouldn’t change anything else and risk killing its mojo. It is an amazing guitar.
     
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    Nice looking guitar, and welcome aboard.
     
  14. DonM

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    I guess it's just my picking style, but the middle pickup just gets in my way and I don't like it. I was going to sell it, but overall I like it. I like the looks, has a great neck and easy to play and sounds good, so it's going to stay. Plus, I've gotten rid of one guitar in the past several years and I still regret it!
     
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    I don't use the middle pickup alone, but positions 2 and 4 sound great and if you hit a higher gain pedal, they are noise canceling like on a Strat.
     
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    @DonM ; I am the same on picking style. @TeleMan59 post makes me think maybe sink the middle pickup flush and we'll (still working on getting my own liquid and was gonna do the same as you intended) get some benifit without the pickup in the way. Combine that with TJ's idea to put bridge pickup on a push-pull to increase available options.
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    Ditto on picking style. Don't like pickups that get in the way!
     
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    I even sometimes hit the switch on the strat when in neck position when I get a bit overly exuberant while picking. Luckily my playing is so sloppy to begin with you can hardly notice !
     
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    I've got this one enroute
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    Wow, that’s a different look. Love the color too.
     
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