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Old 02-19-2012, 06:05 PM   #76
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Re: offricial DIY discussion thread

blkmagic, since you've built quite a few pedals, maybe you'd know what I would need to do here?
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:23 PM   #77
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Nice guitars sir.


I'm reading a book called how to diagnose and fix everything electronic, by Michael Jay Geier, as I'm planning on moving on to general electronics repair and production, and the author recommends getting an analog scope, stating




Thoughts on that?


I've never used a scope at all, and am still very very new to electronics.
I agree with what is said and I think if you are moving to general electronics repair, you would need both. Each have their strengths and weaknesses for sure....analog ones are more expensive for sure, especially for anything worth having.

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Old 02-19-2012, 06:33 PM   #78
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blkmagic, since you've built quite a few pedals, maybe you'd know what I would need to do here?
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Usually (not always of course as it is going to depend on the individual's ear) bass effects that are designed for bass will differ in that they will have more dry signal in the output and less wet, so you would want to modify for that by increasing resistor values in the wet output and decreasing them in the dry. The wet signal is filtered so that it affects more of the high frequencies and less of the low ones. So (1) reduce wet signal, (2) increase dry signal, (3) adjust the high pass filters to let less bass through, (4) adjust the overall volume level.

With that being said, I built a flanger for a friend that plays bass and modified it in that way, but he ended up liking it better set up for guitar.

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Old 02-19-2012, 06:36 PM   #79
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:39 PM   #80
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I would also recommend freestompboxes.org. A lot of really sharp guys on that site and I have learned tons from it.

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Old 02-19-2012, 06:53 PM   #81
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Thanks, will check it out.


You know of any good tutorials or articles on painting the enclosure? Wanting to be able to make pedals look as professional as possible as I'm trying to sell them.
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:43 PM   #82
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The painting part should be a breeze compared to the rest. You might want to consider using graphics/decals over the paint layer and before you clear coat it. I notice most pedals don't have a super-buffed perfect finish and it kind of works, less labor for you. Considering they're things made to be stepped on I don't think you don't want to get too fancy there.
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:49 PM   #83
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blkmagic that last one looks great for the most part, but now that you're done how do you really feel about the gold hardware and brass inlays?

Not criticizing, I'm asking because I have two guitars with gold hardware including my last Warmoth build, and tbh I kind of wish they weren't. Just wondering if you're happy with the final project. Also is that 3 pieces of maple going the full way on the neck-through? Are the two sides completely separate pieces glued on like wings or is the body whole and just partially cut out for the neck?
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:57 PM   #84
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Thanks, will check it out.


You know of any good tutorials or articles on painting the enclosure? Wanting to be able to make pedals look as professional as possible as I'm trying to sell them.
The forums that I go on- buildyourownclone.com, diystompboxes.com, and freestompboxes that I mentioned before all have good info on finishing. I have had some powdercoated, did the graphics and printed them on waterslide decals, then applied them to the pedals and clear coated them. I have also painted them myself, same process with the graphics, then used Envirotex Lite on them. The ones that I did with Envirotex are definitely the most durable as the clear coat will chip easily. The Envirotex is soft and tough, so it will last longer. I learned how to use the Envirotex from a post on one of the forums, but I can't remember which one now. As for the graphics, I designed them with Adobe Illustrator and printed them with a color laser printer. I also did a few boxes with swirled paint with great results, but it is an extremely messy process.

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Old 02-19-2012, 08:59 PM   #85
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blkmagic that last one looks great for the most part, but now that you're done how do you really feel about the gold hardware and brass inlays?

Not criticizing, I'm asking because I have two guitars with gold hardware including my last Warmoth build, and tbh I kind of wish they weren't. Just wondering if you're happy with the final project. Also is that 3 pieces of maple going the full way on the neck-through? Are the two sides completely separate pieces glued on like wings or is the body whole and just partially cut out for the neck?
I got a good price on the gold hardware, so it is OK but if I had to do it again, I would go with black. As for the brass- it was extremely difficult to work with as I shaped it on a sander and it would get hot, so I had to keep a container of water there to dip it in to cool it off. If I don't play it much, the brass tarnishes and I have to polish it with steel wool, but if I play much my fingers keep it polished.

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Old 02-19-2012, 10:16 PM   #86
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What kind of solder do you use? Ever use lead free? How did you find it to work out?

Also, are you like me in that you find any sort of extended soldering work to be basically impossible without one of these?





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Old 02-19-2012, 10:28 PM   #87
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Thanks for all of the responses regarding the kit build guys.

I was offline for the weekend hence the delayed response.

@ elbuennico - yeah I was definitely trying to avoid a set neck at the early stage. Glue and I have a fateful and destructive past - not due to sniffing it, generally just glueing my fingers together and things to the work bench etc!

@ guller - yeah lookig at it it does look quite the hotchpotch. It's cheap so I wouldn't expect much and they are probably banking on someone doing a 20 coat two-pac finish or something to cover that mess up!!

@ gonso - thanks for the suggestions mate. My woodworking skills are my weakest, but eventually I would love to get them to the point of carving my own body shapes etc. I am pretty convident of basic assembly but less sure of fret levelling or routing etc. That would require a decent amount or practice on my part.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:36 AM   #88
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As requested in the Introduce Yourself thread, here are a couple of pictures of the metal Telecaster that I built. Curly maple top on a mahogany body, trans black lacquer finish, and a maple neck with an ebony fingerboard, two EMG X Series pickups (81X in the bridge and a 60X in the neck)....

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that is one of the prettiest guitars i have ever seen. amazing imo
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:25 AM   #89
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it is very nice, thanks for sharing the photos

he's an organised mf'er too

notice the allen keys set in the block there

mine are all over the place and i struggle to find them at "key" moments

so having the dual emg p'ups how does that affect the tone? - i notice they are different (though i have no knowledge of these differences), but do you get the normal "tele" twang?
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:34 AM   #90
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@blkmagik98: OMG, blasphemy EMG pickups in a tele !
Really nice guitars, congrats.

@analoguesounds : both Dimarzio and EMG provide sound sample for each of their pickups on their webpage. check it out
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:12 AM   #91
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Ok cool. Cheers.

Did Billy Sheehan get back to you!
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:14 AM   #92
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not yet, but he use to answer mails so just have to wait a little bit.
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wow, that's awesome
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yeah i just checked those samples out on the emg website

looks like a good combo

more bite than the normal lipstick p'up in teles i guess
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not yet, but he use to answer mails so just have to wait a little bit.
If I ever had contact with him, I would ask about scientology.
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:02 AM   #96
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What kind of solder do you use? Ever use lead free? How did you find it to work out?

Also, are you like me in that you find any sort of extended soldering work to be basically impossible without one of these?





****ing wet sponge doesn't work for ****ing **** imo.
I would avoid the lead free if you don't have to use it. I have a rework station that will work with it fine, but unless you are repairing a board that already had it or something like that, I wouldn't use it.

I use one of those and a sponge, plus I have a tip cleaner/tinner (brand name Tippy). I use all three but the sponge can be next to useless sometimes.

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that is one of the prettiest guitars i have ever seen. amazing imo
Thanks!

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Old 02-20-2012, 10:06 AM   #98
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it is very nice, thanks for sharing the photos

he's an organised mf'er too

notice the allen keys set in the block there

mine are all over the place and i struggle to find them at "key" moments

so having the dual emg p'ups how does that affect the tone? - i notice they are different (though i have no knowledge of these differences), but do you get the normal "tele" twang?
No twang at all....sounds more like a Les Paul. For a Tele, it is pretty heavy as well, but I always loved the playability of the Tele shape.

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Old 02-20-2012, 10:11 AM   #99
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@blkmagik98: OMG, blasphemy EMG pickups in a tele !
Really nice guitars, congrats.
I know, but I was going for something along the lines of a Jim Root Tele, but with a flamed top. Probably not going to be playing much Born to Run or country on it. I'm a huge fan of ebony fingerboards as well as I think you get more of a sharp attack sound from them as opposed to rosewood or maple. Rosewood has a more 'buttery' feel to it though and a lot of people like that. It sucks that both of them are in such short supply now though, although I have a supplier that has both in quantities from when he bought them back in the early 70's.

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Old 02-20-2012, 12:08 PM   #100
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@analoguesounds: he just answered.
@gambit8888: no, I'm not gonna talk him about scientology LOL. I did met him once and the talk was only about music, gears, techniques he uses etc... the scientology thing is not my business and I don't wanna know more about it. but he really is a cool guy and very humble considering he is an international rockstar
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