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  1. mjr428

    Possible Vibro Champ Reverb Project...

    So I'm looking for a project that my son and I can work on together. He has no interest in music or guitar stuff at all, but is showing an interest in learning about electronics in general (he's 13). I thought that an old tube amp has a relatively simple circuit and that it would be a good...
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    Pickup build question...

    I originally posted this over at the Home Depot Forum before being notified that there is a dedicated pickup forum over here... so I'm posting here. I'm considering building my own set of pickups for one of my builds... I'm thinking about doing a P90 style pickup with a single bar magnet...
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    Pickup construction question...

    I'm considering building my own set of pickups for one of my builds... I'm thinking about doing a P90 style pickup with a single bar magnet (possibly A2) next to the slugs/screw pole pieces using materials that I have on hand to construct the pickup. My question is, will one magnet be enough per...
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    Anyone build an acoustic with poplar?

    So I really want an acoustic guitar as I don't have one (besides an old Kay archtop that needs a neck reset among other things) and I also would like to learn how to build one from scratch. My question is has anyone built an acoustic or played one made from poplar? I have plenty of poplar laying...
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    Brotherhood build 2022: Small bodied hollowbody

    So I've been wanting to try my hand at building a hollow body guitar. I've always liked the Casino and thought I would try and build something similar. I have limited funds that I can put towards my guitar building hobby so I always try to find inexpensive pieces and/or scrap wood. This build...
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    Inexpensive 10" speaker recommendations

    I'm thinking of replacing the speaker in an early 80's peavey backstage. Any suggestions? I just play at home (low volume clean, with slight breakup). The only pedal I have is a clean boost but I eventually want to get some more pedals in the future. The stock speaker gets too harsh the louder...
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    NAD/Amp makeover...

    Not too long ago I purchased an old Peavey Backstage for $10. It worked but the cab was in pretty bad shape and appears that it may have been sitting in some water for a time. So I decided I needed another project and built a new cab to house the amp. As it turns out the amp is perfect for my...
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    Repairing reverb tank cable - please help

    So I have an old Peavey Backstage that I want to replace the reverb tank in. The previous owner decided to solder the cable into the reverb tank. My question is this... Can someone tell me which wire within the cable is positive and ground or does it matter as long as I keep it consistent when...
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    Fix wiring for reverb tank question

    I'm currently giving an old peavey backstage a makeover because... Well I need a project to work on while I'm stuck at home. I found this amp on facebook for $10 and everything works on it but the cab was in bad shape and starting to crumble. So I'm in the process of building a new redesigned...
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    Nut slot troubles...

    How do y'all make your nut slots in fret boards for fender style necks? I'm having problems getting a consistent depth across the width of the neck. The nut is not seating properly on both ends... seems to be rocking in there but when I look, it appears to be level. Any thoughts or suggestions...
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    Left over tele

    Thought I would share this guitar with y'all, if anyone is interested... I had some parts that I either found on the sidewalk or parts I never used that were starting to clutter up the shop, so I decided to turn them into a guitar. The body is western red cedar boards that were left over from...
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    Peavey BackStage

    So I am planning on picking up one of these today for next to nothing...(I think it's missing a knob and he thinks one input jack doesn't work?). Don't have any experience with these, but for the price and having reverb, I figured I'd give it a go. Anyone have any thoughts on them? I've read...
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    Amp Chassis Question

    So I have an old SS amp that I want to make a new cabinet for. I'm thinking about making a new amp chassis for it as well so that I can design the cab how I want it (don't think the original chassis will work because of the slanted face). I was thinking about maybe using a combination of wood...
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    Dean Markley Spectra 80A

    I found this on facebook the other day for $10 so I bought it. I was looking for a possible practice amp for my daughter (I plan on building her a short scale guitar) and I figured for $10, why not... there is not a whole lot of info/video on these but in my short time checking it out when I...
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    Filling knots in wood

    I don't think my search is working... Nut I'm looking for recommendations on best thing to use to fill knotts in wood. Ive used CA glue on small ones in the past but the pieces I have right know I think I need to use some kind of epoxy but not sure what to use. Thanks in advanced! Sent from my...
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    Some new Sapele... New guitar

    So I picked this up today and now I need to figure out what I want to do with it. I don't really need another guitar and I already have 4 other guitar projects in progress, but I need to do something with it... I might want to do some kind of interesting guitar shape... Not sure though, any...
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    Crack in lacquer finish...

    So I'm finishing up a project and started putting on the top coat of clear matte lacquer (Watco) and in the morning I find these lovely cracks in the top coat. Any thoughts on what caused this? Temp change? Best way to fix? I believe the temp was about 75 degrees out... maybe humidity...
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    My latest project... 3/4 sized rehab

    Found this thing today. Found it locally on facebook. My plan is to build a new body for it and then gift it to my daughter who has been asking for a guitar of her own. Think I'm going to make a custom shape but it has to be blue. It's 19.5" scale... Anyone have any suggestions as far as pup...
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    Peavey Studio Pro 60 - Repairs? Is it worth it?

    So I'm thinking about picking up one of these if I can get it at the right price... It has issues so it would be a project for me, which I am interested in getting into (new at amp repairs etc...). The first things I've noticed is that it powers up and and It kinda works. Scratchy pots, reverb...
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    Question about re-sawing w/o bandsaw...

    I picked up some bolivian rosewood today and now I have to figure out the best way to resaw it for fret boards without a bandsaw. I have a table saw but I'm a little sketched out about using it for this purpose. But may be willing to do so... Here's some pics. Any suggestions would be much...
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    New wood!

    Stopped by the local lumber yard today and picked this up. It's a one piece pine blank that I got off the scrap pile for next to nothing. 15x17x2... Perfect size for a tele. My only concern is the weight. It comes out to about 8.8 lbs. I don't know how much weight I'm going to be able to take...
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    Repairing fretboard by the nut...

    Anyone have any suggestions on the best way to repair this? The ol' break your fret board while removing the nut mishap... Sent from my LGMP260 using Tapatalk
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    Truss rod question...

    I have a 2 way truss rod that is 16-3/4" long but want to build a 25.5 scale neck. Will there be issues with the length of the rod or should I get a longer one? Sent from my LGMP260 using Tapatalk
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    St Vincent Wiring problem? Or just operator failure...

    Just finishing up this guitar for my wife and it seems that I have run into a problem with the wiring. This is the first time using a 5 way super switch and I'm not great with electronics as it is... Here are the diagram, switch positions and my beautiful wiring job. So my problem is that...
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    Do wider/bigger frets mess with intonation?

    I was watching a video today about a refret and the persons guitar had bigger frets then usual and he said that he had more issues with intonation after getting the larger frets. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?




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