Discussion in 'Project Depot' started by MadJack, Jan 22, 2014.
No. this is from aliexpress.
Wow! What store did you get it from?
How is the overall quality of the body and neck and how is the neck joint fitment?
I'd like to try an explorer kit of some kind.
Very good fit and pretty tight. These are actually a bit of a chore to assemble once you add glue.
I want to build a V, but there are not as many V kits out there and few deals.
Recently acquired SX EG6 fret polish, fretboard oil, swapped the stock tuners out for Wilkinson EZ-Lok Tuners, new set of Elixir Polyweb 10-46’s and replaced wired saddle bridge with a roller. I was really surprised to see jumbo frets and a bone nut on an SX.
The Frankenpeavey is starting to come together!
Neck of an Impact, body of a Nitro (I think):
Railhammer Hyper Vintage courtesy of tobijohn:
Other hardware is on order. I'm going to strip the body and refinish it, but in the meantime, it's a good chance to experiment with scotchbriting a finish, since it's all going away anyhow. First discovery: Mr. Clean "Magic Eraser" pads do work, but it takes a good bit of elbow grease and it's a bit of work to get the results to come out even.
L5 preamp started, got a few hours so far, case and board arrived, some parts from Mouser, had to place a second order because a few caps i thought i had, i didn't.
It's nice to finally get some tuning stability with this one. I have had the guitar for a few years now..it never stayed in tune. I replaced the bridge once to no avail, replaced the tuners with Gotohs...they are a lot smoother, but not much help. Finally a wilkinson style bridge and life is better! After removing the bridge I noticed a few of the saddles were moving around so there is the main culprit. A note to all of you...these import bridge sleeves are not created equally. The newest ones were almost 1/8" longer and noticeably larger in diameter. I actually peened the top a bit trying to get it into place...just beware.
The other new change while it was apart was a guitar parts zone '59 style neck pickup...good stuff. The bobbins are a different color cream versus guitar madness platinum bridge which is a real winner. It's too bad that the seller isn't bringing any more of those in.
Also....a paint sample for a future project?
Pots soldered in before the parts underneath?
Currently winding a set of AMI Billy B's (Vintage Strat) for my friend Chris, who is trading me a Casino for a couple sets of pups and some vintage pup repairs.
Yeah, kind of screwed up situation. You have to insulate all pots because of pads on bottom, if you solder everything from the bottom, you will be resting on the condoms. The dual gang sits higher, if i condom it, other pots pins barely touch the board, some pots are not pcb ( only vendor is in germany?) so i need to run wires and lift up board,also if the board is too high, filter caps touch the lid. I've got good xcelite nippers so i have to cut close as i can, you cant solder filter caps from top, only some stuff which to me is wrong and everything should be bottom soldered.
I can see the clearances at least this way. He's got some nice boards ( compared to a lot of other vendors who put no forethought into design) but this is stuffed and cutting it close.
My lefty Antoria DC Junior’s TRC was MIA when the guitar arrived.
It would have originally came with this style cover. The bottom two mounting holes appeared to be the same as an Epi TRC I pulled one from another guitar to see. They aligned perfectly.
I ordered an engraved Epi style cover from Philadelphia Luthier Tools & Supplies and it arrived today. Drilled a new mounting screw hole for the top of the TRC. It looks pretty good IMHO.
This is the third engraved cover I’ve ordered from PLTS and couldn’t be more pleased.
Here’s the before and after.
Jumbos are common on SX's. The bone nut however. Was this a used guitar?
I have the TWR EG6 stock & mine definitely doesn't have a bone nut.
This was used. The nut doesn’t appear to have been changed but I’m a newbie so I could be mistaken.
Elka dizzy tone, Baldwin burns buzzaround, 3 Knob tonebender, not necessarily in that order. Looked for a while to find this old style case, my spray paint job didn't come out too bad for once.
Quad 6aq5 amp, 5879 and/or 12ax7 preamp tubes, love it when both tubes are on. Finally got a cabinet i wanted, it's actually a soft yellow not white. Mojotone had it listed on reverb as slightly used, the chassis holes were drilled, that's it. Yes the speaker has a white cone, that rough hemp like cone, made by Pile who was known as Utah a while back.
New pedal build day. Not easy, not cheap, not like your trophy wife either. Lots of sounds, lots of knobs to tweak. Not for first time builders, unless you want to play a joke on someone and tell them to build it, sit back and watch them go bald.
Not really that bad, just lots of parts and lots of time. It worked on powerup, but i have built many boards before in previous jobs and still read schematics every day. I need a better power supply, it's 9vac. I have one but this baby needs 350ma. I have another but 12vac 1amp. It runs +15 and -15 inside, to low of input voltage and the regulators cant hit 15, too high and they run hot trying to drop the excess.
Next up we have a WTF moment. Why. That is a answer, not a question. If you can guess how many transistors are in this pile, like the jellybean in a jar quiz, you will win a handmade fuzzface pedal.
Now the questions, why the F did you buy these? Retirement? Next episode of "Hoarders"? Well, the answer is.............. i couldn't pass up the deal. Guy from Europe offered these for a very good price, he said "NOS", i thought "cherry picked". Quantities of NOS germanium transistors are hard to come by.
Now the scary part, of my limited testing, these are very consistent, high gain, medium leakage, well within original spec. Good or great for fuzz faces, tonebenders and other early pedals. I have 2 types, close but slightly different, both have many uses.
Do i start building pedals, do i resell, do i put in a safe deposit box so my survivors throw them in the dumpster? F.
Last thing on the bench is my greentop, it may look gold in the camera eye, but in the garage, outside, inside, its green. Bought this here a few years back, i swear it was not green. I wish i could get the camera to take a true picture, i will try other cameras tomorrow. Anyone else have a Agile goldtop that appears green? Need help trying to find a black pickguard for p90's.
What's on my workbench?
The shop's even clean. Imagine.
Nice! Looks gold...
That's the camera doing that, it's really greenish. Anyone else with a Agile gold top who thinks its green?
420 transistors in the pile (not including the bag next to it) but seriously I imagine that’s pretty close to a good guess
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