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some DIY home made tools to help with guitar maintenance

Discussion in 'The DIY Tool Shed' started by 24 track, Sep 5, 2018.

  1. 24 track

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    Given its price I didn't want to use it on cheap guitars without testing its outcome first.

    I realised that using the TBX as a passive tone pot mostly affects low wound single coils than high wound humbuckers (i.e. great effect on my Bullet Strat ceramics and very small effect on SG Gibson Classic '57s or Burstbuckers).

    To my ears, when the pot is on 10, its like a mid scooping effect or like adding a buffer after a cheap pedals chain, it sort of opens up the lows and highs; I very much liked it on the Bullet Strat: great sound from those ceramic cheapies.

    But... you (me) certainly don't want to spend 30€ on a 100€ Bullet Strat to implement a passive TBX just to always use it "on 10" !

    Now... when a TBX is "on 10" it's just like having a 1M ohm resistor IN PARALLEL with the whole circuit of the guitar, so that's what I implemented right on the output jack of the Bullet Strat and I still have the two regular tone pots.
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    $4 bushing puller.

    Bolt to fit the bushing
    Copper plumbing fitting
    Washer
    Cork or felt

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    Excellant! I like it

    I used a small screw to sit on the bottom of the bushing hole then a bolt with the same thread as the bushing and the tighter you thread the bolt the bushing lifts up , same idea

    I like your moderne!
     
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    Thanks for posting back!

    I was on Ebay at one point and someone had an auction for 6 of the TBX pots , no caps or resisters , I won the auction, then I bought spare resisters and caps so far I installed them in my 2 strats, my tele, and my chibson on the bridge pickup (so it didnt sound so dark and of course I had to mod the cap value and it worked ) I gave one to friend and I have one left , I really like your idea about an external TBX box, nice stuff!
     
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    Thanks! That Moderne has a sad story. One day if I can hold back the tears I'll post it as a precautionary tale.
     
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    I like this one, neck cradle for guitar repairs

    https://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Too...intenance/Deluxe_Rock-n-Roller_Neck_Rest.html

    I made this by going to a music store and I asked for an epiphone cardboard guitar box, inside there was a styrofoam neck rest , I took it out and covered it with blue felt , I cut a 2x2 to fit underneath it correct hieght for accoustics cost $0.00




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    next up fret rocker $8.00 USD

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    Cut flexable ruler 2.00

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    Something else related to my bushing puller above, although this is probably common knowledge:

    Use your drill press to install the new bushings on a guitar. I had never done it but it seemed like a good idea and it was.

    I clamped the guitar (after padding it) to the drill press plate, cut a piece of scrap wood for a pusher between the press and the guitar, and the bushing slipped right in.

    My drill press is just a $39 special from Harbor Freight.
     
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    Good stuff!
     
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    some great input every one , any other ideas share them!
     
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    Recently I decided to swap a pickup in one of my guitars but had two to choose from. Swapping pickups isn't difficult but you still have to unsolder, etc. GFS has a widget that allows quick disconnect but the male and female together cost about ten bucks for one.
    I looked around on Ebay and found a pack of thirty mini connectors for six bucks, with male and female connectors. I ordered them and they worked just fine. Now, these are only two conductor connectors but I'm sure you could find other mini connectors that are multiconductor. Here are some pics:

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    Best neck rest I've ever used:

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    if you have ever tried to stack amps on each other and found the amps wheels or handles or dimentions dont create a safe way to do it, I made these from scrap and the hold the amp up above the wheels height and dont interfere with the handles

    here my 65 BF Twin RI is stacked on the cab for the Sunn Sonaro 1X15 cab

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    NotAnotherHobby posted this recently and its a good idea
    so I'd thought Id share , thank you NAH

     
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    Not strictly for guitar maintenance but rather to keep the workshop a bit cleaner while using the dremel

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    A thread that keeps on giving. Some great innovative DIY solutions. Thanks @24 track for starting this fantastic thread.

    How do we push this into the "Stickie" category?
     
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    you put a 1M ohm resistor from hot to ground on the jack output?
     
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    Yes.
     
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