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  1. RomanS

    Precision Guitar Kits LP Jr - build thread

    Hi guys, starting this thread to document my building of a Les Paul Jr. from a kit. I've assembled plenty of Tele partscasters, and built a couple of lap steels from scratch, this is going to be my first set neck assembly. I've always been a Tele man (with a soft spot for archtops), and most...
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    NPSGD: Sho-Bud Pro-1 from 1974

    I have been in love with the haunting sound of pedal steel guitar probably ever since I first heard the Gun Club's "Mother Of Earth" as a teen in the 1980s. That type of instrument is really hard to find in Europe, and my interests shifted in my 20s. Took me till the early 2000s to want to try...
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    5E3 - plugging in two instruments at once?

    After my last thread http://www.tdpri.com/threads/5e3-vs-vht-special-6-clean-headroom-volume.888418/ I have decided to build a 5E3 clone. I have read about the interaction of the volume controls on both channels, how you can control of one channel by turning up the other. I have read about...
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    5E3 vs. VHT Special 6 - clean headroom & volume?

    Can anybody who has played both a 5E3 tweed Deluxe and a VHT Special 6 tell me how they compare with regards to clean headroom and overall volume? Long version: Used to play clean Fender-ish amps (Carr Rambler, homemade Princeton Reverb-type with bigger trannies and a 15" speaker) for most of...
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    Epiphone Zephyr - Ltd Ed John Lee Hooker 100th Anniversary

    This is going to be my next new guitar: http://www.epiphone.com/News/Features/2018/Ltd-Ed-John-Lee-Hooker-100th-Anniversary-Zephyr.aspx Been following this ever since it was announced at summer NAMM, and supposedly they will start shipping in mid-October, I already placed a pre-order for...
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    Wiring question: switchable stacked blender pot

    Guys, got a question about how to wire something up that I've got an idea for: I rarely ever use the neck pickup by itself , and in the middle position, on a guitar with seperate volume pots for the pickups, I like to dial in my rhythm tone by lowering the volume of one of the pickups; for...
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    DanoJet 7 - a 7-string Bigsbyfied rockabilly twanger...

    This build is going to be weird, really weird... Situation: I play guitar (& C6 lap steel) in a rockabilly / honkytonk-country band; used to switch a lot between my Tele and a Danelectro baritone (in addition to the 8-string console steel), until I got fed up with having to carry and swap so...
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    Is it a single coil? Is it a humbucker? 7-string pickup modding weirdness...

    I play 7-string guitar - in a rockabilly/honkytonk country band... Weird? Yes! But I got tired of changing between baritone and regular guitar - and lap steel, which I also play in my band - so I tried to combine the bari and regular guitar into one instrument - hence 7 strings. Problem is: most...
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    4-way switch: any options OTHER than series for the 4th position?

    Got this guitar that has a 4-way switch in it; however, I never liked the 4th (series) position on this one (though I do like it on other guitars); thinking about rewiring it - but only with stuff I already have, don't want to order any new switches or pots (so no recommendations that require a...
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    Iron-on edge band for Danelectro-style build?

    Hi, has anybody here tried using iron-on edge band (as used in cabinet building, for covering particle board edges - not suer whether this is the correc technical term?) for guitar building? I'm planning on doing a Danelectro style build (hollowed out plywood frame, with a glued-on top and...
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    NPUD: Gabojo Lab Mr. 2000

    Just put some new pickups in one of my Teles, now that I have had them in there for a few days, and played them at home as well as with my band, I thought I'd do a short review here, since those are pretty rare, and there's no a lot of info out there yet... These are humbucker-sized DeArmond...
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    Two tone pots at the same time? Possible?

    A friend of mine recently asked me whether I could get one of his Teles that he had "retired" up and running again; he wants to make this one a kind of experimentation platform. He asked me for a special feature, and I'm not sure whether this would work: He does pinky tone pot swells a lot (like...
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    Make reverb footswitchable on a Carr Rambler

    I love almost everything about my Carr Rambler - the clean tone, the looks, the tremolo, the reverb... Ah, the reverb! I play both lap steel and "regular" guitar through my amp, and I like to use quite a bit of reverb with the steel, but prefer slapback echo without reverb for my Tele...
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    8-string lap steel build

    I'm currently home with the flu, and I'm slowly getting bored; so I decided to build a lap steel with some stuff I had around here, anyway... It's going to be an 8-string, because 8-string C6 is all I play these days. I live in a city apartment, I don't have a workshop (our small kitchen is my...
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    NMGD: Chapman ML7T seven-string Tele

    New modded guitar day: finally completed the mods on my Chapman 7-string Tele. Here's the story: I play rockabilly and 40/50s style country & western swing; in my band I constantly have to swap between lap steel, baritone, and 6-string guitar; really breaks the flow at gigs... Have been...
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    R.I.P. Evan Johns

    Very sad - just learned from Dave Alvin's Facebook site that Evan Johns has passed away. Great, great roots rock & rockabilly player, had a short stint in the LeRoi Brothers, played with Danny Gatton, but his main body of work is with his band Evan Johns & The H-Bombs. For me personally...
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    Shellac on top of poly? What about milk paint?

    I recently got a 7-string Chapman Tele - I don't play metal, but a 7-string seems convenient for replacing both my baritone and regular Tele when playing live with my band (less instrument changes - I also play lap steel). I don't have a pic of mine handy - but it looks kinda like this one...
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    Pickguard advice: black Tele with binding - what color PG?

    I recently bought a Squier J5 Tele body; put some Bill Lawrence L610 pickups in there, and a maple neck; also have a Mosrite-style tremolo that I want to mount. Now I have to decide what color of pickguard I want: mint green, vintage white, parchment, cream, maybe aged pearl - what do you think...
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    Lipstick humbuckers switching question

    Guys, I just bought a pair of those GFS lipstick humbuckers from Guitarfetish for a cheapo Tokai SG copy I have - now I'm wondering how to wire that up... I love the sound of the lipstick singlecoils on my Danelectro in the middle position, where both of them are wired in series, not in parallel...
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    What to do with third pot on Strat

    A friend of mine just got new pickups for his Strat, and wants me to wire it up for him. He wants to have a master volume; the tone should either be a master tone, or affect the bridge PU only, and leave the middle & neck PUs alone (Is that possible? Anybody got a wiring diagram for that?)...
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    Car stereo - power supply - amperes?

    Hey guys, didn't know who else to ask, and since you're such a knowledgeable bunch... Got this old car stereo and speakers that I want to hook up to a power supply as a shop stereo, don't know what specs to look for in a power supply; it will need 12V DC, that I know... But how many amperes...
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    Wall Of Twang

    Did some remodelling in my living room...
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    NAD: Carr Rambler 1x12"

    Ever since I heard about them, I'Ve been telling people "If I ever win the lottery, the first thing I'm going to buy is a Carr Rambler amp." They are really expensive over here (more so than in the US), and rarely ever turn up used. Well, just a few days ago a guy from a local band that I'm...
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    Modding EHx Neo Clone?

    Hi guys, I've got an Electro Harmonix Neo Clone pedal, which makes great lush chorus sounds - unfortunately, I don't have a lot of use for chorus sounds when playing with my band... What I could use, though, is something a bit more vibe-like. With the depth switch set to low, and the rate pot...
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    Tremulus Lune clone with fotswitchable settings

    Just want to show off my latest build - a clone of the Tremulus Lune circuit (an opto-couple tremolo, in case you're not familiar with it). The original Tremulus Lune has pots for controlling various trem paramaters (wave shape, wave spacing, ramp up/down) - since I don't need those for live...




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