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Finally started modding my Bluesboy.

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by yellowv, May 13, 2017.

  1. yellowv

    yellowv Tele-Meister

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    I finally got all the parts together and got the time to do the mods. I went ahead and fitted the graphtech nut tonight. I left it to set and will do the rest of the mods tomorrow. Pickups, electronics, tuners, etc.
    The victim
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    Stock nut
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    No nut
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    New nut
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  2. yellowv

    yellowv Tele-Meister

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    Starting to think this thing just doesn't want to get finished. I get to the soldering work and find out my soldering gun took a crap. So now a few more days until I get a new one. Doh.
     

  3. yellowv

    yellowv Tele-Meister

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  4. yellowv

    yellowv Tele-Meister

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    IMG_5834.JPG Got it done tonight. Sound amazing. Glad I did the mods for sure.
     
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  5. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I can do just about most mods, but changing the nut scares the crap out of me.
     

  6. UnbrokenChainz

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    Looks great. What did you decide to go with for pups and electronics?
     

  7. omahaaudio

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    When did a new nut become a "modification"?
     

  8. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    You don't think it is?

    You just buy a nut and glue it in there and that's it?
     

  9. yellowv

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    Went with the USA G&L MFD pickup in the bridge and the Duncan Seth Lover in the neck. CTS pots 500k volume and 250k tone, CMR switch, orange drop cap and switchcraft jack. The nut is actually the most time consuming part. It has to be filed and sanded for height, width and shape. As well as slot depth. The nut was pre-slotted and I left it alone to start. It's a bit high, but I would rather it be high than low. When I get the time I'm going to cut the slots deeper and then it will be perfect.
     

  10. omahaaudio

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    I consider a modification to be a real change in a guitar's appearance, sound or playability.
    Change a Tele neck pickup for a PAF? Yup.
    Swap out a Strat's three single coils for two humbuckers and a single? Sure.
    Strip the finish off of that '59 Burst and paint it orange? Absolutely?
    Now if you jacked up the nut to lift the strings way off of the fretboard for slide work, perhaps, but just changing the nut? Nope.
     

  11. JD0x0

    JD0x0 Friend of Leo's

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    changing the nut is definitely a modification, especially if you change material and more so if you change the action at the nut. You're going to argue changing from a plastic one to a metal, graphite or bone is not a modification? So what if a nut only affects tone on open strings. A change is a change. and if the new nut is cut or filed better it will also perform differently




    Also.. because why not...
     
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  12. danpan

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    Very nice!! Great pics too!!
     

  13. UnbrokenChainz

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    How do you like the pups through the 500k vol pot? I have the same guitar and swapped a Seymour Duncan Jazz in the neck but it's still muddier than I would like.
     

  14. yellowv

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    The 500k pot helps with the muddyness. Still pretty warm, but not nearly as muddy as the stock pickup. I did think it would be a bit brighter than it is. Still playing with the height but honestly haven't had much time to play it since I finished it. Actually spent more time the other day tweaking the nut slots. I think I'm going to spend some more time playing it tonight now that I'm completely done with it.
     

  15. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    You can't tweak with the nut slots because it's not a modification.

    Ira chuckles.
     
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  16. yellowv

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    I also did a little repair around the end of the nut on the treble side. The stock one was a ***** to get off and I chipped a little wood out. Got that fixed up.
    Before
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    After
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  17. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Installing a nut properly is a B****!
     

  18. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yeah.

    Changing a nut doesn't affect playability or sound, huh?

    Maybe in Omaha.
     
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  19. omahaaudio

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    Changing your strings from a set of 8s to a set of 11s will change the playability and the sound but I don't consider the act to be a modification of the guitar.
     

  20. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    That's just changing the strings.

    But if you're going from 8s (8s? Who the hell uses 8s?) to 11s, and don't modify the nut, well, I have nothing more to say.

    Oops--or should I not use the word "modify?"

    Seriously, this is getting very old and tired here. You're arguing semantics.
     

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