some DIY home made tools to help with guitar maintenance

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  1. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I went through some cataloges and saw a few items that did not warrent their price tags as you could make them yourself for next to nothing , a little fore thought comes in really handy

    this Amp cradle is fully adjustable and took 45 minutes to build , cost was 15.00 for 2 drawer glides, so I built 2 if them, and they work perfectly

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    the next item is a device for testing out different caps for tone controls , I will admit this is over kill but is really flexable , you could get the same result with a 2 pin computer connector soldered in to the guitar so that you could replace tone caps or a capacitance bridge to find the value you need

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    this really simple device is a small magnet in a glass tube N=Black , S=Red if you have ever wondered if a pick up is RPRW this will tell you the polarity of your pickups

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    I made this 30 years ago and have never changed the 9 volt battery in side , its a cable tester made from about 10.00 worth of parts ,
    3 LEDs ,3 Momentary contact switches, 3 resistors, 2 XLR 1 m 1F , 2 female balanced line 1/4 inch jacks , 2 RCA jacks , 1 case and a 9volt battery ,

    lasts for ever

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    this little thingy I made this morning , build time 20 minutes, if you ever had to do fret work and dont want to de string your guitar to do it , use this beasty
    it sits behind the neck and allows you to loosen the strings and pull them out of the way and fit the strings behind the wings of the tool , my first 2 I made were out of spring steel , but this one was out of a 6"piece of annodized aluminum covered with shrinktubing and a piece of foam weatherstriping to protect the neck of the guitar.

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    any body who has attepted toput a jack into an ESTD335 or an acoustic knows the frustration after the first 15 minutes , this device is a 2 foot rod with a 1/4 " plug on the end it allows you to feed it through the plug hole and place the female end of the jack onto the 1/4" plug then fish it back through the body to the hole , and hold it in place while the nut and washer are secured in place, I used this so many times its worth its weight in gold!

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    these are just a couple of home made goodies I've built , and if the design can help some one have at it , if you have things to add please do , some can use them then excellant

    OH I forgot these , If you need to know the resistance of the pickups in a guitar these cables hooked to a multimeter will read the resisitance of the pickup with out removing it from the guitar , also usefull for reading speaker impedance

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    theres always some thing to forget!
    this is for soldering XLR -M-F 1/4 inch RCA and midi cables . I made this from an old Phone mount that used to stck to the window of your car and some metal plates I had , comes in really handy.

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    Some good tricks in there!

    I did the post#7 for a while and then I made this device. I plug it in when buying a used guitar and I can see what the pickups are or are not. I once had a guy wire the one good pickup to all positions on the switch so playing wouldn't catch it. This did. I've had other problems it's sniffed out in a parking lot making a trade. I just keep it in the car. It was a retired cheap meter. The yellow cap goes on the jack if I really need to use the original probes for voltages but generally I don't.

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    I also made this quick notched leveling beam. Cut a strip of steel banding. Notch with tin-snips. Hammer the snip bent edges flat and take burrs off. Cut a slot in a piece of scrap trim to fit the banding and give it a stiff back. Put sandpaper down on something level and sand the edge of the leveling beam flat. I have a regular guitar leveling beam but needed one for a bass setup and this did the trick.

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    I subscribed to see what other ideas get posted. Thanks!

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    Awesome goodies in there. Thanks both of you. I had a similar device to the one in the 4th posting. It detected continuity, power (low voltage dc) and a signal to test speaker lines and speakers. We called it an idiot box in the shop I used to work in. I put a touch switch on a timer so you could grab it and use it without turning it on and forgetting to turn it off. 9 volt battery. Lasted forever.
     
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    thanks for the replies , I love to see creative people show how they approach common problems ,EXCELLENT!
     
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    Cool thread. I hold loosened strings out of the way behind the neck, or clamped behind the headstock, with velcro onewrap (sticks to itself, so only one piece needed) ....
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    Also great cable organizer. 100 for cheap.
     
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    Also for working inside 335s and acoustics (all from ebay) ...
    - extendable rod with magnet on end
    - gooseneck with LED light (and magnet) on end
    - 'endoscopic' USB lipstick camera (< $10 on ebay) .. works with PC or phone / tablet .. attached to other gooseneck. Easier than mirror (but I have one of those on rod too).
     
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    Geez. Great thread and excellent DIY tools for our interest/profession/hobby. I nominate this thread for a stickie.
     
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    I know that this may not seem quite the same, but this is my wiring harness that runs the router and wi-fi from my off the grid 12VDC ... so that I can get guitar/pedal/amp help from my TDPRI friends.:D IMG_2889.JPG
     
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    alot of these items I have made I saw in the Stewmac catalog retailing for 10-15.00 . and I could not believe it , why buy it if you can make it ? , but usually you never know what you need till the situation arrises



    Thank you,
    you reminded me I forgot about these a telescopic mirror that I made and a goose neck magnetic LED light

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    creativity knows no bounds, I like it
     
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    I use those for cable ties they are fantastic and you can never have too many. great sugestion!
     
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    cable ties.... handy..:)

    I tend to use hard tail bridges a lot... poking the string through the back holes and up onto the saddles can be frustrating....

    my solution is a hook made from those twist ties that come with everything electrical these days.... I keep a pile of them..poke the string through a bit, guide it into the hook then lift it up above the saddle so you can grab it.....:D

    even fixed my shop glasses with one....:rolleyes:

    all hail! the free cable twist tie....:twisted:

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