Just finished cooking up a new harness for a reissue Starcaster. 1meg pots all around with .022 Orang Drop Caps and treble bleeds on the volume pots. I usually keep it tighter than this, but stuffing new controls into a semi-hollow guitar can be rough if you don’t have the extra room. #guitar #fender #starcaster #wiring #harness #custom #seattle #guitartech (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)
The Fullerton with the previous Floyd Rose conversion is ready for the big time! Just finished the guitar’s new nut and performed a full setup. It’s just the greatest. Acoustically loud, plugged in it’s throaty and brash. Headstock final photos forthcoming. #guitar #vintage #fender #fullerton #stratocaster #strat #sunburst #guitartech #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)
I can’t believe I forgot to tell you about this ‘85 Gibson V XPL (I think that stands for “XPLODES”) that was for sale for a hot minute before it was snatched up by some lucky player. It’s totally metal and radass to the core. Those triple-ceramic Dirty Fingers humbuckers measure at like 16k, too. Insane. #guitar #vintage #gibson #v #flyingv #xpl #black #metal #kahler #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)
So I finally got hold of a trem arm for my AVRI trem… Only to snap the high E string due to string rub and break the collet that holds the arm… Currently rocking a @paulrhoney tail piece until I can get my hands on a Mastery vibrato. #masterybridge #jazzmaster #fender #myoffset
sonic youth would have been very proud
This is why we always tell people to solder their plain strings as well as flipping the outer trem screws on new guitars upside down. Soldering the ball end won’t help with the broken collet! Damn.
53shadesoffuzz said: One more question. Whats the angle of the bevel on the vintage pickguards vs modern pickguards? Never noticed it until your article but it really makes a difference on the three ply pickguards. After looking at all the vintage LP Jrs its easy to see the difference. Thanks for being so helpful.
I think so too! Huge difference. The “modern” bevel is 45 degrees, whereas the vintage bevel was 60. (This is in reference to the bit used to cut. If you measure the pickguard bevel itself with an angle measuring tool you’ll see it vary from 26 to 30 degrees.)
(I’m told that it’s called ‘measuring from the vertical’ when you refer to the bit cut angle.)
53shadesoffuzz said: Im talking about the cheapy Epiphone SG. There are a few on ebay that are already LP Jr style with the dog ear and the semi correct style bridge. Some are available with a HB instead of the dog ear, but Ill slide that p90 in there. Tuition kills the guitar budget everytime so no Gibson for awhile.
OH yeah! That’s gonna be a great project. I love it. Keep me updated, and if you have trouble finding comparison shots of the contours let me know.
53shadesoffuzz said: You guys posted some pics of an SG that was in for a refin and you reshaped the bevels to the correct specs. I was curious if you had a period correct SG to compare or if you have some specs or plans showing correct bevel dimensions. Looking into getting a SG (cheap cant afford the real deal) and converting it to a LP Jr with the dog ear and reshape the bevels. Thought it would be a fun project. Great blog and website- gobs of quality info!
Yeah, my ‘69 SG husk! Believe you me, I’ve spent a ton of time in the past researching SG contours and the year-to-year changes that took place. For instance, the carves on a ‘68 can be vastly different from a late ‘69, and in ‘70 they almost start to disappear.
I used to own a lovely ‘68 that now belongs to Other Mike, so after I re-shaped the mucked-up countours by memory I checked them to the original. The only thing I couldn’t remember was the treble-side contour that starts at the edge of the pickguard near the selector switch.
Your project sounds fun! Are you saying you’re buying, what, like an Epiphone SG or a low-model Gibson like the faded series? I love SG LP Jrs, so that sounds super fun.
anwtlf said: do you think your recent gear builds had any influence on weezer dusting off their old gear for their recent 'late night' performance? :)
I’d love to say yes, but I’m not so certain that our gearsplosion wasn’t concurrent with their own. Scott Shriner is a follower of ours on IG as well as a frequent commenter, and when we started this he was in approval. Then the Weezer accounts on IG and Tumblr started quietly liking things, so who knows.
I like to think we gave them a little nudge, our wee band of snotty upstarts and our obsessive gear collecting.
Scenes from a Fender Stringmaster Triple-8. The most fun thing in the shop that I really don’t know how to play. #guitar #lapsteel #fender #steel #vintage #stringmaster #guitartech #licks #8string #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)