So, AxVault.com has featured my guitar collection. How cool is that? I’m honored & proud to have been selected to be a featured collection! Of course, I dig anything that encourages me to buy more goofy guitars.
Check it out:
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Tone Fiend (Joe Gore) rules.
I need to get back to work on my NY Pro.
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So, this past weekend, I finally got a chance to work on customizing my New York Pro, I thought I’d get a bunch of it done all at one time. Well, I hit a roadblock or two as I was taking it all apart. (Of course.)
I already got some great advice via Facebook, but thought I’d try & chronicle everything here.
It doesn’t fit…
Once I got my work bench set up on the basement, taking everything apart was quite easy. I just took out all the hardware, and when I went to line up the new pickguard, it didn’t fit. It’s really close, but it doesn’t fit. I’m going to have to file or cut or sand or Dremel or some combination of all of the above.
It’s not the same…
The holes in the pickguard aren’t going to lineup with the screws, either. I’m going to have to maybe 2-sided tape it in place to mark all the holes once I get it cut right. I have no experience taking apart guitars, but it’s odd that the neck doesn’t fit “perfectly” into the body. There’s a weird gap there. It’s also easy to tell (now) that the old pickguard has been cut. There are some other spots where it doesn’t quite line up. I hope I don’t have to route anything out where the pickups go. I got them all from the same place, so I hope not.
Also, I thought I was taking the neck plate off… but it wasn’t having it:
That’s supposed to come off when you take the screws out…
It’s stuck. I feel like it’s glued on or was put on before the stain dried? I bought all black hardware, including a neck plate. Should I try to get this one off, or just let it go? I even tried to pop it off using a screwdriver through the 5th larger hole… all to no avail.
Any advice on that one?
If you’re interested in checking out my progress, take a look at the Photobucket album that’s my attempt to chronicle the whole thing. (Or, sit through this slideshow…)
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I’ve soldered stuff before, but it’s been a long time, I’m going to need to learn again. I just got a box full ‘o neat stuff that I’m going to slap on to that New York Pro that I picked up at Hoke·E·Geez. I have this urge to do as much of it as I can myself. (I’ll still have it set up when I’m done by Aaron at Lawrence Music.)
I’m sure I can do it. I might make a mess, and it might take me longer than someone who actually knows what they’re doing, but I can do it.
GFS | Lil Killer Black Humbucker Rail Pickup for Strats
I went with a goofy pickup configuration, because I have the luxury of not knowing what I’m doing & no one to tell me “that’s not the way you do that”.
GFS | Pro-Tube Lipstick Tube Pickup - GLOSS BLACK
I got 2 Lil Killer humbucker rail pickups, one 15K for the neck, & one 10K for the middle. I have no idea what the K means. I got a Pro-Tube lipstick tube pickup for the neck position, because I thought it looked neat… and because I never use the neck position, so I thought this might be neat to try out. I opted for the 6K version, because that’s what the pickup in the calibrated rail set comes as… even though the GFS page suggests you use the 4.9K one at the neck position. Will it make that big of a difference?
It's gonna look (& sound) a little different by the time I'm done with it.
So, I have these pickups, & the 5-way switch that came with the guitar. What kind of wiring do you suggest I do? Do I need to worry about shielding tape or paint? Do I need flux, or no flux? Can anyone show me a diagram for a normal setup? What about something “hot-rodded” using these components?
I have a soldering iron and some solder. I might get one of those soldering stands with the alligator clips.
Any tips, tricks, or advice?
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The Classic 6
So, thanks to Guitar Squid, I saw a cool contest today from Rock Solid Guitar Stands. All I needed to do was get a picture of my axes, upload, and beg for votes. Simple enough, right?
Plus, any excuse to break out the guitars & take some photos is a good excuse. One of these days I’ll learn to take awesome photos, but for now these ones will work.
Guitar problem? What problem?
:::== The Wife’s Lanikai LU-11 Ukulele ==:::
:::== Six Flags Batman Logo Guitar |·| New York Pro Star Gazer (Strat Copy) |·| Dewey Decibel FlipOut Guitar |:| Fender Stratocaster (Japan) ==:::
:::== Fender G-IIE |·| Gotham Bat Paul (no name LP copy) |·| Galveston B.B. Stone |·| Epiphone Les Paul |:| Ibanez 627-12 ==:::
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You can vote once per day, so please help me by voting once a day if you can remember. Don’t worry, I’ll be constantly reminding you via various social media outlets, I’m sure. So…
I thank you in advance, and I thank you multiple times (hopefully).
Here are the photos, that I took… Well, the best of the lot, anyway. I liked ’em enough to share:
So please, vote. Tell your friends to vote. Vote daily. Did I mention I need your votes?
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