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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I have a problem with weird guitars. I’m drawn to them. I love the classic Les Paul shape and sound, but something about goofy-looking guitars really speaks to me. I’ve blogged before about my Galveston B.B. Stone, and drooled over the fanboy/kitsch factor of the Millennium Falcon guitar. Now, I’d like to blog about my most recent 6-string purchase… the Dewey Decibel FlipOut Guitar.
I was drawn to the goofiness when I saw it somewhere online. I even saw it hanging in Pittsburgh Guitars once, but I had no play money at the time, and couldn’t justify getting the thing.
I bought it through ebay a while ago, as my last band (Gasoline Dion) was kind of petering itself out of existence. I hadn’t really gotten the chance to use it on stage until recently. It always draws out a question or admiration. I don’t think I’ve drawn ire from anyone yet… except the expressed-yet-repressed hatred that my friend and guitar-guru Dave has toward just the general idea of the thing.
Dewey Decibel FlipOut Models
Yet despite his disdain for the abomination of an axe, Dave did help me install some GFS pickups to replace the stock ones… since I do like that beefier fat-Strat sound. They’re some great pickups for the price. Ernie and the Berts recently recorded a demo, and I’m quite happy with the tone coming from the guitar. I also like the feel of the frets. This has become my “it” guitar of the moment.
The weird thing about these guitars other than the backwards body is the color schemes and names. I oddly enough chose the “Lit Cigarette” color scheme. I wouldn’t mind a black pick-guard, but I don’t think you can walk into any guitar shop and just pick one up.
Fallout Shelter - Oct 30th, 2010
Obviously, I like the whimsical/goofy factor with this thing, and my “stage name” being ERiC AiXeLsyD, I felt that that backwards guitar should certainly fit that quite well.
I’m glad that Dewey Decibel makes this guitar, and I’m glad that I found one… or it found me. I’d love to see photos of other FlipOuts in action. I know they even have basses if you want some backwards bottom-end. They may just be prototypes, their web page hasn’t changed for quite some time… and as it last stands they’re available for pre-order, “to be filled in 2005.”
If you have one of these guitars, or know someone who does… post photos!
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