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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Rich Rice, Oct 6, 2012.
I'm dying to see your take on a heavy relic, Rich. Let the games begin!
What cap is that you've used there?
Gotta love those old wood builds..
LOL.. I'm not talking "heavy" like the Rory Gallagher Strat- but it definitely won't look like it just rolled off the line. I guess we'll see how far I can stand to take it..
Oh boy, just remembered that big piece of a bar desk I got after it being removed after some decade. Might not be pine but it sure is dry as.... Well you know.
Lemme schedule that for May.
Showing some restraint I see.. May is like... umm.. two whole weeks away!
I figure I can at least get this body rough cut tomorrow, it won't happen today. Too many other commitments today..
I have a nice stash of '40s-'60s capacitors that are great in some projects.
This particular cap came from the same person as the piano.
My only problem right now is to buff and assemble the guitar I am building right now next week. the guy's flying from berlin to istanbul to get it, I believe he'd be utterly depressed if he flies for nothing
Give me 19 months Rich, then I'll be in another country. If I get lucky, I'll try to reach a quarter of your efficiency
Did you meter it prior to usage? Had it drifted? I hit an estate sale of an old Ham who had passed and I was a day late so all the tubes were gone but when I walked into his shop there was a big cardboard box of old caps. My heart jumped. i could see NOS bumble bees in there and all kinds of stuff. I remained calm an cooly asked the sales guy how much for the box of "parts". I think I got it for $5. Hee hee hee. That and a mint old Craftsman router for a song and I flew home. Most of the values weren't usable for guitar work but it did net several .047 old Mallory wax caps, quite a few nice .047 pink Pyramids, .022 and .015 Jerr-Lees and one NOS set of the correct bumble bees used in 59 LPs! Not bad for $5! Gotta love a good estate sale even if the premise is sad.
No, I didn't measure it. No need if it sounds how I want!
First electric I ever built, I threw a cap in there from an electric forklift, lift interrupt and it sounded fantastic. To this day I don't know what it is
A Forkilftcaster .
I worked on electric forklifts, robots and order selectors over 20 yrs.............a lot of tales there................some even worth telling
Did the forklift still work after you pirated the cap? ;-)
A new thread for the Bad dog cafe forum? I like stories, ready to subscribe.
Agreed. A man after own heart. Someone from the Antique Shunning Society will come out swinging any moment. ;-)
Seeing as how I'd replaced the lift interrupt assembly, yes. I used to keep the old ones as they were cast aluminum boxes with sheet steel lids. They made perfect stomp boxes and even had a mounting flange to mount them to a pedalboard
Reclaiming and repurposing old electrical components! Thematically coherent!
Yep.. I like the idea too.. When I need steel components for certain builds (bridge plates, jack plates, control plates, etc.) I have an old chassis from a 1950's Wurlitzer organ amplifier from which I like to cut and fabricate the pieces. Luckily, it's quite large- so it has lasted me several years so far.
Something about utilizing pieces of old instruments to create new instruments is very appealing to me.
As a kid, it was commonplace to find abandoned TV sets and stereo cabinets in old farm fields close to my home- we used to go back and pick those up with the Radio Flyer wagon tied to the frames of bicycles, and spend hours disassembling the components- condensers, transformers, chokes, resistors.. My friend still has all those old parts, in drawers in his basement.. When I need something hard to find, it's usually a phone call away..
We ruined a bunch of those old condensers, but they were so plentiful back then..
Since we lived on a private lake, we had beach adjacent to the lots.. We would run lamp cord to the beach with alligator clips soldered on the ends, the other end went into a cigar box with a switch. Then plug the switch into an outlet on the back porch.. There are not many things that bring more joy to a 10 year old than connecting a few wax condensers to alligator clips, burying them in the sand, then running to the patio and pushing a button- and watching/hearing them explode and watching the smoke pile out of the sand..
And it begins..
We are having metal doors put in at work soon to replace the tired wooden ones. Big thick old timbers, enough to make 10 Tele's!
Reckon I should salvage some of the better bigs? Not sure what wood it is but the door has been there since at least '73 and not fallen apart yet!