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by David Schwab
Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:45 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Les Paul Studio - desolder problems
Replies: 8
Views: 6092

Re: Les Paul Studio - desolder problems

This is NOT hum, it's buzz. Humbuckers cancel out magnetic field noise, which is hum. What you are hearing here is electrical field noise. It has nothing to do with the pickups. This is fixed with shielding. Also, sometimes the ground wiring in your house, or even in the amp isn't so great, and you ...
by David Schwab
Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:43 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: First post/first build
Replies: 9
Views: 4602

Re: First post/first build

Nice first build, and good to see an original design and not another PRS copy! ;)
by David Schwab
Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:35 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: where to buy these items
Replies: 6
Views: 8409

Re: where to buy these items

I get my CF rods from LMII.
by David Schwab
Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:25 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Paint type for swirl finishes
Replies: 14
Views: 6336

Re: Paint type for swirl finishes

They look very cool. I like the purple one a lot.
by David Schwab
Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:58 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Epoxy Clamping pressure
Replies: 13
Views: 8003

Re: Epoxy Clamping pressure

I've glued together an entire electric solid body bass guitar with epoxy. It was made with many laminations. I did that back in 1994, and it's held up with no creep or anything since then.

I used G3 epoxy made for wood.

I still use epoxy for things like gluing on fingerboards.
by David Schwab
Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:38 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Lets Talk Light Weight Woods
Replies: 16
Views: 8518

Re: Lets Talk Light Weight Woods

Chuck Tweedy wrote:Basswood is pretty popular as a body-wood for solidbody electrics, it is pretty low density.
I do not know if it would be suitable for a neck, but with enough carbon and truss-rod it would probably work.
The original Parker Fly guitars used basswood necks.
by David Schwab
Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Any particular tricks to soldering pickup wire?
Replies: 6
Views: 5043

Re: Any particular tricks to soldering pickup wire?

What I do is to wrap the magnet wire on the tinned lead, maybe like 10 wraps. Then I heat it up for a second and flow solder on it. I use a temperature controlled soldering station set at 700°F. I heat it until the PVC insulation starts to swell. You can't hold the tip on too long or the wire will b...
by David Schwab
Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Custom Pickguard - Cutting Slot for 5-Way Strat-Style Switch
Replies: 3
Views: 2959

Re: Custom Pickguard - Cutting Slot for 5-Way Strat-Style Switch

I use a 1/16" router bit and a laminate trimmer. Also works great for routing the switch slot into a guitar top.
by David Schwab
Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:16 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Japanese Phantom
Replies: 13
Views: 7234

Re: Japanese Phantom

Chuck Tweedy wrote:I don't know ... the white binding kinda' works.
It may not appeal to your sense of style Murray, but it has a very "guitar" look to it.
I agree! I love plastic building. Looks like a "real" guitar. :)

Great looking guitar Murray!
by David Schwab
Mon May 28, 2012 1:41 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Will rewinding pickups help the sound?
Replies: 7
Views: 4484

Re: Will rewinding pickups help the sound?

I have found that rewinding those cheap pickups usually improves the tone. Also check to see how strong the magnet is. Some of those cheap ceramic magnets are pretty weak. being that it's an X2N copy, it might be really over wound. So rewinding it with less wire will brighten it up. You can even try...
by David Schwab
Mon May 28, 2012 1:33 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: To truss rod or not to truss rod
Replies: 11
Views: 7405

Re: To truss rod or not to truss rod

Charles Bloss wrote:I know it would not be adjustable in any way but I prefer to have a flat neck anyways.
The question is then, how do you keep it flat if you can't adjust it? Necks move after a while, even with truss rods, and it's good to be able to tweak it.
by David Schwab
Mon May 28, 2012 1:30 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: convert to a 10 string
Replies: 5
Views: 4005

Re: convert to a 10 string

The real problem in a conversion is finding a home for five more tuners :o I used guitar tuners for the octave strings. But I also spliced on a new headstock. Today the bass looks like this. I cut the body to a new shape, and years later made a new neck. I made the scale about 32" by using the firs...
by David Schwab
Fri May 25, 2012 1:48 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: convert to a 10 string
Replies: 5
Views: 4005

Re: convert to a 10 string

I converted a Fender P bass into an 8 string. It worked fine, but I eventually made a new neck for it, just because it wasn't a very good neck.
by David Schwab
Sat May 12, 2012 1:00 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: White "plastic" binding.
Replies: 26
Views: 20463

Re: White "plastic" binding.

I use CA.

I actually like plastic binding on electrics better than wood or that fake binding that PRS does. Binding always looks classy to me.
by David Schwab
Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:27 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Jim Bonnell's distressed electric
Replies: 20
Views: 14959

Re: Jim Bonnell's distressed electric

I typically loathe distressed guitars, but this one looks really cool!
by David Schwab
Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:20 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A few random Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 4211

Re: A few random Questions

3. I was looking into treble bleed circuits and i had a thought. What if you took a blend pot and used one side for your volume pot. This would leave the other side open for a variable resistor to use with a .022 cap (Seymour Duncan specs). the treble bleed pot would be a bit high at 500 ohms oppos...
by David Schwab
Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:21 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Aluminium neck relief question
Replies: 8
Views: 5238

Re: Aluminium neck relief question

I had a Kramer "The Duke" bass back in the 80s. I have to say it was one of the most stable necks on a bass I ever had. It never went out of tune, and unlike my Ric and Ibanez didn't need adjusting. it was however a lousy sounding bass, mostly due to the tiny body. The full size Kramer basses sounde...