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    Need help with polishing / buffing - What am I doing wrong?

    Touche! I will be investing in this.
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    Need help with polishing / buffing - What am I doing wrong?

    Will do! I'm very appreciative of Silverface's well thought-out post. The "tons of threads" i mentioned above had Silverface in most of them so i took as much of his advice and other people's advice as i could. Hopefully i didn't come off as unappreciative in my post above. I was just trying to...
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    Need help with polishing / buffing - What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks! I am spraying with an air compressor and spray gun.
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    Need help with polishing / buffing - What am I doing wrong?

    That's a lot to digest Silverface! First, I'll start off by saying this - I did get better at buffing last night and adding the Mirror Glaze #2 seemed to help quite a bit. I still have more polishing to do but here are some updated photos: On this next one, I tried to get some reflection...
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    Need help with polishing / buffing - What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks for replies! I'm using Watco for lacquer. Also, while researching I found this chart, which is helpful: https://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/autopia/polish-chart.pdf I'm thinking maybe I need an in between polish - your #2 suggestion may be a good go-between. Any recommendations on foam...
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    Need help with polishing / buffing - What am I doing wrong?

    Just realized this should maybe be in the finely finished forum - moderator, please feel free to move it...
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    Need help with polishing / buffing - What am I doing wrong?

    So I'm putting together a partscaster - although I'm going to relic it, I do want the mirror finish in places. The guitar has been finished with several wet coats of nitro gloss lacquer. I've gone through the following sanding process after waiting several weeks for the lacquer to dry: Wet...
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    Color Nitro over Color Nitro Relic - Sanding sealer between color coats?

    Cool - that's better than what I was hoping to hear. The reason I thought a coat (of something else) would need to be between was I heard it on a popular guitar refinishing channel. Thanks!
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    Color Nitro over Color Nitro Relic - Sanding sealer between color coats?

    Hey all, Working on my first build and I know it's a bit ambitious. I plan on making mistakes and learning and understand that it won't be perfect on this first build (or even 30th). I'd like to do Lake Placid Blue over Olympic White - both in nitro so that I can relic it down to bare wood...
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    My thanks to you all

    Sorry for your loss - hang in there
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    Aftermarket neck that's close to Fender Deep C?

    Appreciate all the responses - I'm pleasantly surprised about the Allparts suggestions as I've been looking pretty closely at those. I definitely could give Warmoth a call as well - that makes sense!
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    Aftermarket neck that's close to Fender Deep C?

    Hey all, Planning my first partscaster build. I'm a huge fan of the deep C shape - wondering if anyone can tell me an aftermarket neck that gets pretty close. I'm trying to keep the cost down which is why I'm not going with a Fender at this point. Also looking forward to doing my own...
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    Stewmac Princeton Reverb Build - couple questions...

    My DIY AA1164 Princeton does the exact same thing. Just barely noticeable hum with reverb at about 4 and goes up from there. You could try and play with moving the reverb tank around a bit to see if that helps. I went through chop-sticking and moving the tank around to get it as quiet as...
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    Bias circuit from main B+ - question and sanity check!

    Great thread OP! I've been reading up on bias supplies myself - I have a question for a couple of you: @Ten Over: Is that 27k acting as an idiot resistor? I see the wiper and outer lug are going directly to ground which is obviously different than the Blencowe design. I'm personally...
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    Help me date Blackface / Blonde-Tolex Showman - AB763

    Thanks for posting that! I went ahead and followed the service bulletin. The tick is about 80% gone I would say. Good enough for me to leave it alone. I can only really hear it at 5 or higher which is more than I use anyway. Also, the static seems to have disappeared. Not sure why - possibly...
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    Help me date Blackface / Blonde-Tolex Showman - AB763

    Thanks for all of your suggestions @King Fan, @Wally, and @Lowerleftcoast! So someone on another forum advised me that V3 voltage per Fender schematic should be read with the tremolo on. Once I hooked up a pedal and turned the vibrato on, I'm getting much closer readings. Also noticed while...
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    Help me date Blackface / Blonde-Tolex Showman - AB763

    UPDATE: I actually decided to recheck voltages. I must not have checked them without the limiter last time. I'm actually getting about 415 VDC on the power tube plates which is getting pretty darn close to the 450 shown on the schematic. I have not biased the amp yet so that may account...
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    Help me date Blackface / Blonde-Tolex Showman - AB763

    So I checked voltage with variac sitting at 120. With power tubes in I was getting 323 vdc on the power tubes plates. I was reading 416 vdc with the tubes out. It is a solid state rectifier. I checked the last diode pin on each side of the rectifier and they are both reading around 330 vdc...
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    Help me date Blackface / Blonde-Tolex Showman - AB763

    Got some updates for you guys! I ended up getting some new parts in - I replaced on electrolytics in the entire amp. I replaced power tube grid stoppers and screen resistors. I also replaced a few of the resistors on the main board and the normal channel grid leak. See below photos. Upon...
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    Bogner Alchemist - Switching issue

    Will do! I'll report back as soon as I get a chance to check these out.
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    Bogner Alchemist - Switching issue

    Hoping you guys can help me on a channel switching issue I've been having. The background is I picked up this Bogner Alchemist that wasn't working - it was obvious the bridge rectifier had burned up so the guys over at the Hoffman forum helped me straighten that out. Now the amp works and...
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    Greg's Mojotone Princeton Reverb Build Thread

    Nice buy! Seems like everyone recommends either Weller or Hakko. I myself have a X-tronic - kind of a budget Hakko that works fantastic. You'll love the digital readout. Also very clean board - Makes my first couple builds look like they were done by a 10-year old.
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    Building my first (Princeton Reverb kit)

    Excellent build! Another vote for a 12" speaker here. I personally love the EVM12L with the Princeton. It's fantastic! If you do end up redoing the heater wires, I like to get them twisted really tight - in addition to helping reduce hum, they just look really nice that way. My preferred...
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    Help me date Blackface / Blonde-Tolex Showman - AB763

    Thanks @Lowerleftcoast, @King Fan, and @Wally, for the help! I went with new carbon comps from mouser for the signal chain and I'm going with metal oxides for the screen resistors. I was surprised at how many resistors tested pretty close to their value. This leads me to another question...
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    Help me date Blackface / Blonde-Tolex Showman - AB763

    Great! That's an awesome response and I will be taking your advice! Just needed someone to tell me it's okay to go with what I go with. Thanks!




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