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Peegoo
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Just beyond Mars

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Mar 31st, 2019 07:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Some Japanese, Italian (and other) makers even tried a large plastic plate on the front of the guitar.

U.S. maker Mosrite kicked it around in the 1960s too.

Usually with pretty hideous results.

Mosrite Celebrity

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 09:31 PM, Mar 31st, 2019)

Leftee
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Knuckleheading
Apr 1st, 2019 07:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had no idea. Very cool history lesson.

wrnchbndr
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I'm back with the otters again
Apr 1st, 2019 08:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

Its all a karma thing. But then there's the sadistic humor of the guitar gods that will simply intervene regardless cuz they are bored. Hand over a 20 dollar bill to a homeless person and listen to some Stevie Ray. Put out some cookies for the menehunes. Buy some new fruit of the looms for the underwear gnomes. Plant blackthorn under your windows to keep the garden sprites from getting into your workshop and feed your dog a full slice of american cheese. You can do this.

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Buckeye Country, USA

Tone is in the lingers
Apr 5th, 2019 09:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

wrnchbndr, it didn't work.

I took the day off to get some things done around the house and prepare for replacing the shower/tub this weekend. I decided to finish off the guitar. Bad idea! I pulled everything out and checked the wiring. The ground wire had broken on the input jack. I resoldered it, restrung everything, and tried to pull it back in. The tone pot on the neck was snagged and wouldn't go, so I pulled it apart again. The selector switch was snagged and wouldn't go. 2 hours later, I was fuming and walked away from it.

NEVER AGAIN!!!!

Peegoo
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Just beyond Mars

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Apr 5th, 2019 11:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

Your ch'i is being blocked by the demon Edroman--who is famous for whispering guitar promises in your psyche while you slumber, and then he pulls the rug of success out from under your feets.

Draw the outline of a guitar on a yellow Post It note, write "Edroman" on it, and set it afire in an oily sardine can. Do this outside, or make sure a window is open because the fumes need to reach the clouds. This will set things right with The Powers.

I think I read about this in a Dan Erlewine book.

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Apr 5th, 2019 11:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Better chi would be an Epi bonfire. :o/

Peegoo
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Just beyond Mars

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Apr 5th, 2019 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Or toss it through that imaginary window into the blackness of entropy.

Te 52

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Apr 5th, 2019 05:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

"... 2 hours later, I was fuming and walked away from it. NEVER AGAIN!!!!..."

[channels Steve Martin]

THAT's it, get in touch with your AN-ger.

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Apr 5th, 2019 05:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ha to both!

I'm assuming the problem this time is that I got careless and spun the input jack while tightening the nut. which likely yanked off one of the wires. But it'll have to wait for another day. I just spent 3 hours unclogging the main drain and I'm pooped.

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Apr 7th, 2019 02:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Like dude... I been there. I really have. Its a sucky place to be.
Inspect your harness. Test it outside of your guitar -- again...
Lay it out and visualize what needs to go in first and the order that bits need to go. While its laying there all relaxed, the components should all face in the proper orientation with the shafts of the pots all pointing to the sky.
I use 3/16" surgical tubing through the holes to fit over the shafts of the pots to pull them into place. Its a bit of a brain drain to put the surgical tubing through the holes in the right configuration so when they pull the pots into place nothing gets crossed including the bridge/tailpiece ground and the output jack.
For the output jack, I use a .100 bass guitar string with the core soldered to a modified 1/4 plug. I use a dremel to cut down the base of the plug so it fits through the hole of the body. The rigidity of the bass guitar string allows me to steer it through the body by angle and twisting it. I only use the longer barreled switchcraft jacks which allows me to always employ a star washer which helps to keep the jack from spinning as much and sometimes use a 3/16" standard flat-blade screwdriver to help keep the jack from spinning also.
See a movie. Eat some pecan pie.

hpete

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Apr 11th, 2019 08:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've got an epiphone dot that I installed new pups and pots in. When I put the pots in I got them backwards so the neck is on the bottom and bridge on top. I swear I'll fix it... someday.

Peegoo
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Just beyond Mars

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Apr 11th, 2019 08:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

Don't do it!

It's working.

There's a reason for the ol' "if it ain't broke--fix it until it is."

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I'm back with the otters again
Apr 11th, 2019 08:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

There is actually a manufacturer who arranges them that way but I can't remember which one at the very moment. Leave it alone cuz it could be adding some mojo.

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Apr 20th, 2019 05:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

I woke up at 4 this morning so I decided to finally make this guitar right. Two hours later, it works. I hope I never see this guitar ever again. lol!

If it were mine, I'd lose the pickguard, or replace it with something else.

The Beast

Leftee
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Knuckleheading
Apr 20th, 2019 07:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats

Gaukdawg

Ohio

Say what one more time!
Apr 20th, 2019 07:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

Finally! I knew you would get it. I've been watching and waiting for the conclusion. After I replaced the pickups in my Oscar Schmidt OE-30 I didn't want to work on another Semi-Hollow either and haven't worked on another other than fixing the switch in my Ibanez.

wrnchbndr
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Apr 20th, 2019 08:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

It will be back. You two have bonded. Its just a thing that you cannot escape. The guitar is not evil. Its just the way things are.

Peegoo
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Planet Peegoo

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Apr 20th, 2019 09:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

wrnch, that manufacturer is Rickenbacker.

Every time I take the Ric 660 to play, I have to reprogram my brain because of this. I’ve come close, several times, to moving the connections so they match the typical Les Paul...but I always convince myself that the difference is part and parcel to the Ric experience.

We all suffer for our art!

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Apr 20th, 2019 09:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

John, you've had that OS for a very long time.

"It will be back. You two have bonded."

wrnchbndr, no and no!!!!!!!!


LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Apr 20th, 2019 09:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

"We all suffer for our art!"

The Soup Nazi approves of this statement.

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