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I've been seeing some guitars with this damn cool hardware finish and I wonder how is this made. My soldering iron gets its tip like that when it gets to ≈400ºC but how would you do that to let's say a humbucker cover? Example

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Hey all. Not sure if this is the right sub, but here goes nothing. Im an amateur luthier (and i use that term loosely) who has a good 2-3 years of acoustic instrument repair under my belt and I just started recently branching into electronics repair. Im working on a cheap ibanez HSH for a customer, who brought it in because position 2 on the selector doesnt work right. 2 gives absolute silence, and 4 gives you a little bit of the bridge pup instead of just mid and neck. Im no electrical engineer but from what i can tell, everything is wired properly. On the 2nd position, even the hot output wire from the pup selector gives no buzz when I touch it with a screwdriver. My best guess is that the switch is to blame, considering all the other positions and pickups individually are functional. Do any of you guys have any experience with this kind of thing?

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I bought a guitar with a piezo pickup. There is a toggle switch which is supposed to switch between three modes:

Magnetic only

Magnetic + Piezo

Piezo only

When using one jack it is meant to send all toggle positions to one amp. When using two jacks it is meant to split the magnetic and piezo signals to a stereo pair of amps.

When using this second stereo configuration, I find that the piezo works in the middle magnetic + piezo position but doesn't in the piezo only position. If I turn the amp all the way up I seem to hear it very faintly.

For the magnetic signal I'm going to a Fender Mustang amp. For piezo I'm going to an ampeg combo.

Is this normal behavior, am I doing something wrong, or is it faulty? Again, the piezo works in all other configurations, just not on its own in the stereo setup.

My best guess is it has to do with impedance and maybe needing a DI or something instead of straight from the piezo out to an amp? But if that's the case why would it work as long as the magnetic pickup is engaged, even in stereo?

Here is a transcription of a sheet that came with the guitar, but it doesn't have much helpful information.

USING ONLY ONE AMP/JACK.

1-PLUG INTO FIRST JACK(CLOSEST TO MINI TOGGLE)

BOTH ELECTRIC PICKUPS AND PIEZO WILL WORK.   MINI TOGGLE

DOWN-PIEZO ONLY

MIDDLE-PIEZO AND ELECTRIC

UP-ELECTRIC ONLY.

 

USING TWO AMPS/BOTH JACKS.

(FIRST JACK) ELECTRIC PICKUPS

MINI TOGGLE

MIDDLE AND TOP POSITION BOTH ELECTRIC AND PIEZO ACTIVATED. SOUND THROUGH BOTH AMPS.   (SECOND JACK) PIEZO ONLY SIGNAL TO THE AMP IT IS CONNECTED TO.

MINI TOGGLE IN DOWN POSITION –PIEZO THROUGH CONNECTED AMP. NO ELECTRIC OR THE AMP IT IS CONNECTED TO.

Edit: Another couple observations that might shed some light on the wiring

The middle position seems to be sending electric signal to both amps.

Also, with both cables plugged into the guitar and the first cable plugged into the guitar amp, handling the second cable which is not plugged in will cause a buzz to come from the guitar amp.

It seems like maybe the circuits aren't separating when both cables are plugged in?

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I have always loved guitars, and I had the privilege of having my first guitar in high school being hand made by an amazing luthier and friend of the family who has since passed away. I loved the guitar he built but always assumed I would never be able to do what he did. Now in my thirties I have built a few guitars from unfinished kits etc, and I have decided that I just want to go for it and try it from scratch. So here are my questions.

I have a background with tools, so I know my way around a tool shop (my father was a carpenter). I just don't know exactly what I will absolutely need and where I can find them in my price range.

  • I have a good high quality jigsaw, would this be sufficient for basic builds (tele and strat)? Or, will I need a bandsaw?
  • I have chisels and basic rasps, will I need saw rasps?
  • If I do need things like a bandsaw, where would you recommend I look to find affordable tools?

If there is anything else you might want to suggest I am completely open. Thank you in advance!

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I setup my Jackson to the factory specs of 0.01" relief at the 7th fret, low E string with a capo at the first fret and holding down the 24th fret. Action at low E 17th fret is 1.5mm with 10 gauge strings (the guitar came from the factory with 9 gauge strings at these specs, so if anything my strings should be able to go lower)

Frets 8, 11, 14, 17, 20 and 23 are all high! And the E,A and D strings all fret out at the 9th fret. I have all the tools but I have never done a fret level before, I just want to know for sure that those high frets are causing a fretting out at the 9th fret.

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Title says it, I'm looking to shoot a start body in nitro and I am having issues finding places to order it from. A lot of the websites are based in the UK and won't ship to the US due to the possibility of a customs nightmare. Any ideas or recommendations would be great!

Thanks.

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Howdy. I have a piece of walnut that's about 7.5"x1.75"x40" that I'm intending to cut in half and joint together to make a blank large enough for a guitar body. I'm really unsure about how best to prepare the sides of the wood that will be glued in order to get the best looking/strongest bond. I'm also very much an amateur and am very limited in what tools I have at my disposal.

I have a table saw, a cheap jack plane, a couple of orbital sanders and a jigsaw. I was hoping I could use the table saw to clean up the sides to be jointed, but I don't know if that's sufficient for a clean joint. I have a large piece of granite and rolls of adhesive backed sand paper that I think I could use to manually clean up the sides if necessary.

What do you guys think? I'm eager to start this build but I'm stuck until I figure this part out.

Thanks.

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I'm building a bass kit atm, and I tried using MinWax fast drying polyurethane in a rattle can. Somehow though, I screwed it up, to the point where it was still tacky after a week, and I ended up sanding back the whole thing. I've got her re stained, and I'm puzzled on what to do for finish. I've used low gloss Tung Oil exclusively up to this point, but I really want to try and give this guitar a nice gloss. Should I try the can again, go with wipe on poly, or go for high gloss Tung Oil???

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Hello all, I am looking to get into building guitars. I am not looking to get into this as a career, but instead just as a hobby. I have some experience with basic repairs like fixing cracked headstocks on Les Pauls and changing electronics and all, but very far from being able to build a guitar I feel like. I have basic woodworking skills, but I am by no means an expert. I have come up with 3 ideas for getting into building guitars.

  1. Just jump into this and get a block of wood and hope it looks like a guitar when I am done. This option seems like a bad idea as I would probably waste way too much money on wood that I screwed up.
  2. Buy pre-cut bodies or kits and try to do that myself.
  3. Look around reverb and ebay for broken guitars that seem within my skill range and try to repair them. I have actually kind of leaned this direction since I could resale the guitar once I am finished to get my money back (not looking for a profit here) and I could try increasingly difficult repairs even up to building a new body or neck.

Any feedback on getting started would be greatly appreciated.

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I’m going to preface this by saying I’m not looking to stick a Gibson logo on the top, I’m looking to keep the Epi logo, I just hate the look of the Epiphone headstock Has anyone here had any experience with reshaping it?

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I refretted a board, shiped it to a customer and low and behold, pop pop.... I didn't use superglue, I used tightbond and the heat from in the truck across the country caused an issue. So much fun sigh....

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So I'm gearing up to build my second lap steel. I built the first one out of maple but seeing as how i live in softwood country now I'm thinking of using some type of pine. Any feedback on doing this? Will it totally kill my sustain or should it be feasible?

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