“Tone wood is so important in guitars.” Except when it’s not.
I get, it makes a difference. It even makes an audible difference (to some people). It doesn’t make that big of a difference with gain cranked and balls to the wall.
<sarcasm> This guy does some science crap and he’s really condescending too, so you know he’s good:</sarcasm>
Guitars Demoed this time around
The other night I broke out some of my toys for some fun. Some cats demo their stuff online, so I decided to make a video of my jam…
Here are the guitars used:
Here was my setup:
Ran it into a Planet Waves tuner pedal, out to a Y-splitter cable. One end went into an Ernie Ball wah pedal then into a Fender Blues Jr. The other end went straight into an Orange Micro Terror rockin’ a Laney 2×12 cab.
Here are some photos if you’re into that kind of stuff:
I’d be interested to know what you think, if you own a guitar like one of these, or if you have something even wackier to share. Please, comment up.
So, I’ve been really bad at blogging lately. It’s not that I don’t have anything to blog about, it’s mostly that I’m not finding much time to do it. I did have someone recently contact me with a complaint thinking I’m some entity… not sure who they thought. I wrote back to no avail. I think it was a dud. I may try again to get a response, maybe I’ll even post something.
Mainly, it’s because of a new job. I’m not tied to a desk with a few spare minutes or even with lunch time at the desk. Now, I’m on the road & in the field all day. When I get home, I don’t seem to gravitate right to blogging or my news feed.
I never did finish my New York Pro guitar… well, I did route out the pickguard with a Dremel set that my mom gave me, and eventually got the neck plate off, but I had my guitar guy put it all back together. If you need work done in the Pittsburgh area, let me know and I’ll send you to the right cat for repairs, setups, and even guitar insanity which is generally all I ever have for him (e.g. the Batman logo guitar went from goofy to absolutely playable in his hands). It looks ridiculous, plays like a dream, and screams through the amplifier like you wouldn’t believe. GFS pickups rule.
Also, I’ve been drooling over the Indy Custom FlyCaster for a while now, so I finally broke down & purchased one from Musician’s Heaven. Enjoy some photos…
Also: Join the debate of what I should (or shouldn’t) do to the FlyCaster as far as pickups go!
Tone Fiend (Joe Gore) rules.
I need to get back to work on my NY Pro.
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…)
I still haven’t done anything with my box of goodies from Guitar Fetish to beat up that New York Pro Strat clone. It’s not that I’m nervous, I just haven’t had time to sit down & get it done yet. I’m also still open to any tips/tricks/advice.
I wrote to Joe Gore of the Tone Fiend blog (if it’s not in your reader, it should be) and he gave me a cool link to videos (besides the ones on his killer DIY page)… Installing Pickups.
I also recently came across these cool blog posts from Guitar WTF (another good follow!):
I did buy one of these from Harbor Freight…
Think it will help? Everyone seems to say it will. I might need a sponge too?
I’ve gotten some decent tips from Facebook, SMG, and Misfits Central. What else do I need to consider as far as pots & capacitors?
How would you connect the dots here? What pots & capacitors would you use?
How would you wire this?
Should I do the 7-sound thing? What if I want the neck & the bridge both on at once?
Should I replace the pots while I’m in there? How do I tell if they’re 250k or 500k?
I’m guessing a wiring diagram with my proposed setup doesn’t already exist out there, not even at Stew-Mac. Looks like these cats will make one for $30, but I think I can do that myself. (Although a very rough one.)
I need a crash course in guitar wiring, I guess. Ha ha.
I also might try to setup a work bench/space in the basement so I don’t ruin the dining room table.
What about a push-pull pot with a poor man’s Black Ice circuit?
Should I get a book?
I know I’m over-thinking this. There’s too many options. Ha ha.
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?