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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by RogerC, Oct 3, 2014.
Man, that is SWEET...
Yeah, that's gorgeous.
That is absolutely fantastic!!!
Thanks Rick I will remember that.
Roger the body is fantastic, can't wait to see it finished.
Wow, that thing looks great!
Very nice work Roger!
Just keeps getting better! A walnut delight.
Rog, I didn't recommend Athens Pizza because you have to drink Ouzo and dance on the tables like Zorba! I figured that since you had a big presentation the next day, you'd need most of your brain cells. BTW, last time I drank Ouzo, I didn't dance on any tables, but I did twitch occasionally under the table. Just kidding. We'll do Athens Pizza on your next visit.
Didja get the ground wire fished yet?
Thanks a bunch, everyone.
Rick, to answer your question, yes and no. I've gotten the wire fished into the hole, but I'm having problems getting the post to make solid contact. It's been beyond frustrating. I'm almost to the point of just going with a Wilkinson cut tele bridge and slotting the back for the strings.
Before I do that, though, I'm all ears for suggestions on getting the bridge ground situation resolved with the current setup.
How tight is the hole for the bushing? I stuck the wire on with copper tape once:
How about drilling a larger horizontal mineshaft from the bridge pickup cavity right under the bridge hole, and then fish down the wire?
If you have a side jack...you could drill through that, into the area under the bridge hole too. You need the aircraft drill bit obviously.
This is the vintage style TOM with just the threaded studs. There's no bushing.
Yeah, that's what I've already done (the mine shaft from the bridge pup cavity). My problem is that the bridge stud doesn't make solid enough contact with the wire. I tried threading the wire around the stud before screwing into the top, but that just broke the wires. I may try to grid the first 1/8" or so of the stud to provide a little more room and then solder the wire on the stud.
How about a tiny diameter hole parallel and tangent to the stud hole?
You could always ground it through the Bigsby.
IMG_2772 by CHRIS KOHLER, on Flickr
IMG_2774 by CHRIS KOHLER, on Flickr
That's what I was thinkin'-fan out the wire under one of the bigger sections of the Bigsby and crank it down.
You got me wanting to use my walnut tops on summin that looks fantastic Roger.
Ref the earth, think you maybe able to drill into the end of the stud, e.g make the end a tube slightly, Poke in the wire and then solider it inside the thread before fitting?
I think Chris' suggestion is the easiest way to go. With that bridge configuration, attempting to ground those studs is way too difficult with the top on.
Roger, regarding grounding the bridge , this is what I have done in the past and will keep doing since it worked well for me:
- drill the stud hole on the high e string a bit deeper.
- drill a sideways channel into the bridge stud hole at the bottom of the that hole.
- put the wire in from the control cavity and fish it in the stud hole - pull it up.
- un-insulate the end and solder a small metal dish to with diameter smaller than the stud hole.
- pull the cable back into the control cavity and lower the dish down to the bottom of stud hole.
- press the stud bushing in.
- take a spring from an old ball pen and cut it half
- put the spring into the bushing
- screw the stud in the bushing
- the spring will touch the stud and will be presses against metal dish at the bottom
Assuming the spring has the appropriate length, it will always touch the stud when you adjust the height of the bridge.
Kind regards from the German Over-engineering Department