NSFW What's On Your Work Bench Today?

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  1. jamdogg

    jamdogg Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    made replacement ground wire too short, so i couldn't remount the phone jack. but it works, and the tubes are a cookin'!

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    also found another bad/intermittent ground. will isolate that issue tomorrow (God willing). but the thing actually produces sound now, despite the speaker being nearly torn in two.
     
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    stormin1155 Well-Known Member

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    I've only posted some of my personal projects that I've been working on, and not customer's, but this last week I had two magnificent Gibsons in my shop, and just had to share...

    First is a 1967 Gibson Dove. The pickguards of these were made of celluloid, which oxidizes over time and crumbles away, which is what was happening to this one. Finding a replacement is nearly impossible... Gibson no longer makes them. I finally located a guy that hand-makes them pretty close to original (http://www.fox-guitars.com/). The guitar also had a couple of top cracks that I repaired and stabilized.
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    Next is one of the true holy grails of acoustic guitars.... a 1942 Gibson J-45. This is one of the best sounding guitars I've ever played, and it was real tempting to keep it a few more days before telling the customer it was done. It shows a lot of wear, but is in very good shape structurally. It has non-original tuners and bridge, but was owned by the great-grandfather of the current owner, and we wanted to keep it like grandpa had it.
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    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    Love that squirrelly old Gibson logo!
     
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    Finally got the soldering iron out tonight and started on some projects that have been waiting too long. Unfortunately I went against forum policy and didn't take one pic. :(

    1. I replaced the cheap humbuggies in my Fender Blacktop strat with chrome-covered Dragon Fire A5s. I had to test at very low volume because my granddaughter was nearby but they sounded great. I just wish I'd used 10s instead of 9s when I replaced the strings.
    2. I swapped out the bridge pup in my PRS SE Marty Friedman with a SD JB which was a great improvement.
    3. And finally for the pièce de résistance, I replaced a capacitor in the switch flip-flop circuit in an Ibanez EM5 in order to make it switch on and off consistently again.
    I actually pulled off all three jobs without screwing anything up! I was pretty happy about that. Hoping to do some more tomorrow.
     
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    That J-45 is really something!
     
  6. jimytheassassin

    jimytheassassin Well-Known Member

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    My fiancee gifted me the week off as part of my birthday week. So I've been using some of that time to work on my music projects. After organizing my parts. I got to work on the VHT 36 again. There's more photos coming later. Right now I'm working on the component board 46ddf2acb56ef60b684af481c82bbe82.jpg c224961bf2354077ac4ad9155cc9e57b.jpg f96a69a1dc6f236628333f8f5fd7b4f7.jpg

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    Unicab based on OmniCab https://www.dsmnoisemaker.com/omnicabsim-deluxe/yh0m9

    I grabbed the wrong LED.. so since it's solder it stays :) The clearcoat messed the ink on the waterslide and I was too lazy to fix it. Had to repurpose a power jack and I also added a buffer.


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    I have been swapping bridge magnets and pickups on my BWG DC P90.
    After playing some other P90's I am really not liking these.
    Same settings plug in the AD-2300 with unknown aftermarket P90, and SX Liquid with a Gibson Lead P90.
    Both sound great.

    Will start new thread.
     
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    It's not a kit. I get the PCB from PedalPCB.com and components from taydaelectronics and other places.
     
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    Things be turning a little cray up in the Well-Hung StrapLab

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    Woodstock 50th anniversary this year.
     
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    How do you like it. I see that it is designed after another-DSM Noise Maker-that has a headphone jack.
     
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    I like it a lot.

    Under 40.00 for everything and including shipping and a few hours of assembling.
     
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    Work continued this week on the vht 36 watt build. Here the board has received some updated electrolytics and I have also redone more than half of the solder points. In fact, I will be redoing them all, including the HT wire and ground Buss. Shoddy barely describes the quality of previous work here. I understand this thing was a Guinea pig but the solder joint didn't look much different from other vht amps I have seen online. Beware! bbf01013999427b8e766992386ffb755.jpg

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    Well....technically 'leaving' my workbench today. 68383d61c6ea715c01a8f4128bba15b3.jpg

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  18. mozz

    mozz Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Not on the workbench just yet. Guy on Ebay sells these handmade necks, they go for $75 range. Ugly ones i bid on. I got this one for $27, stainless frets 10" radius, brass markers (why brass i don't know). He is 20 miles away but he told me no local pickup as he is not set up for that???? They are rough, sharp frets, need more sanding, need to be fitted to pocket, etc etc. But he says all that in the auction. So i got this ugly one ambrosia maple with maple board, won a second one for $27 again that is mahogany with walnut fingerboard. Tiger top tele body for dual Buddah humbuckers(thanks to uwmcscott), had the black hardware and grovers already. So now my decision is creme or black pickup rings?? Help! I can also put the strat neck on this body so may even go that route?

    Body will be darker and lot more pronounced than it is now (bare). Ideas?


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    Can you post his eBay link please.
     
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