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by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:04 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Will rewinding pickups help the sound?
Replies: 7
Views: 4497

Re: Will rewinding pickups help the sound?

If I may chime in, if these pick-ups are fitted with 4 conductor wire, you could wire the coils in parallel, giving you more highs and less output. Even if they have single conductor leads, it would be easier to fit them with 4C wire than rewinding them. But the individual coils are still overwound....
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Fri May 25, 2012 1:17 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Fender Strat pot question.
Replies: 4
Views: 3930

Re: Fender Strat pot question.

David, Are these Alessandro pots any better than new CTS pots?

Joshua
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Fri May 18, 2012 9:00 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Martin neck and no body
Replies: 16
Views: 8552

Re: Martin neck and no body

It's only a Martin if Martin makes the guitar. If you mate it to a Martin kit, it's a Martin kit guitar, commensurate with your skill level. I'm sure someone will mention that if you do build a kit guitar around this neck (with decal and serial #) you should put a note in the guitar explaining what ...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Fri May 11, 2012 10:27 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Upgraded Tuning Machines
Replies: 6
Views: 4355

Upgraded Tuning Machines

A customer wants to replace what looks like Gotoh Schaller lookalikes. These are on a Kawai moon guitar (3x3). The guitar has an old Badass bridge/tailpiece so I don't think locking tuners are necessary. Anybody have any feelings about Gotoh/Schaller/Grover/whatever? If ou are not familiar with this...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Thu May 03, 2012 5:48 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: PAF Classic style PU for An Archtop.
Replies: 4
Views: 3841

Re: PAF Classic style PU for An Archtop.

I can't think of any "stock" floating full size humbuckers. The last guitar I can recall with something like this was the Gibson version of the Epiphone Howard Roberts (not the "Fusion"). If I recall correctly, Gibson spot welded/soldered a U shaped bracket to the cover of a standard humbucker. You ...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Tue Apr 10, 2012 3:02 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?
Replies: 32
Views: 27217

Re: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?

Here is a link to a youtube interview with Gary Karr. The bass he is using has a lady's head scroll. If I might suggest, surf through the postings of Gary playing. If you aren't familiar with his playing, you're in for something.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR-UE1AQ ... ure=relmfu

Joshua
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Vantage Bass Guitar
Replies: 14
Views: 9298

Re: Vantage Bass Guitar

Bob, Your bass should be wired like a Fender jazz bass, but with a selector switch. I've tried (in vain) to upload a schematic, but my skills are lacking (Files are too big). Send me a PM and I will send you some diagrams "off line".

If time is tight, you may just want to take this to a tech.

Joshua
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:53 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Brian May wiring schematic
Replies: 9
Views: 5535

Re: Brian May wiring schematic

I was missing something. Thanks for the clarification. Still a lot of switches, though.

Joshua
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Mon Feb 20, 2012 4:55 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: "Large" On/Off/On switch
Replies: 15
Views: 10811

Re: "Large" On/Off/On switch

That switch is only suitable for guitars with bolt-in necks. But it might be a way to get the instrument to feel more "alive" (if the weather is accomodating).
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:02 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Brian May wiring schematic
Replies: 9
Views: 5535

Re: Brian May wiring schematic

I saw this a while ago and something bothered me. If one were to follow this schematic, when one pick up was turned off, the input to the volume control would be grounded (so no pick up coould be on). I would have the leads from the pick ups going to the center lug of the on/off switch, with the gro...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:43 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Converting a Kingston Violin Bass to a regular 6 string archtop???
Replies: 5
Views: 4622

Re: Converting a Kingston Violin Bass to a regular 6 string archtop???

If you just wanted to repurpose the instrument, I might look into a baritone guitar neck. The warmoth necks have a 28 5/8" scale, which might be workable. The "perfect" fit would be a Fender VI or Danelectro 6 string bass neck, both of which which have a 30" scale like the neck you're trying to repl...
by Joshua Levin-Epstein
Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:05 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: "Large" On/Off/On switch
Replies: 15
Views: 10811

"Large" On/Off/On switch

I'm looking for an On/Off/On switch, single pole will do, to replace a set of volume & tone controls in a Les Paul type guitar. The object is to install a pair of Duncan P-Rails in the guitar, with the ability to choose either coil or the coils in series (as Duncan recommends). In the old days I'd d...