What's In The Box? C'mon Man, What's In The Box?

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  1. FenderGyrl

    FenderGyrl Friend of Leo's

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    Putting a Zip Tie Backbone thru the harness and Zip Tie leader to the plug in jack. Can finger reach everything else..
     
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    sujestion FG do some thing like this to fish the jack through take a small dowel or tube and mount a 1/4 " jack on the end feed it through the jack hole , plug the jack onto it and fish it throught the hole, this one I can hold the jack in place while I bolt it on , its good for acoustics as well

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    a different apraoch to the same thing

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    this stewmac device is interesting( just not worth 14.00 for a bent coat hanger )



    I hope these might help!, just a thought!
     
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  3. FenderGyrl

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    Pulled out one of my vintage Epi Les Pauls, found out the nut had cracked by the low E string.
    Decided to put the new Gotoh bridge that's coming on the Epi LP, will use the Epi bridge on this mod. Its a decent bridge.

    As usual, I removed all sharp edges.
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    One extra step I do... I zip tie the bridge retaining wire.
    No chance of buzzing.
    This bridge is pretty solid, probably didn't need the Z T's,
    But I figured I may as well do it.


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  5. FenderGyrl

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    Gonna get the nut glued in today now that I have a bridge.
    Still need to finish sand the rosewood board edge and shave the nut length.
     
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    Lookin' good!
     
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    Looks beautiful!
     
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  9. FenderGyrl

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    Done with the Green Manalishi for the night.

    Got the nut seated.
    Got the tuners mounted.
    Got strings on it.

    Bridge all the way down. 3/16" string height across the board at the 17th fret. I'm happy. Can notch the saddles to get 1/16th down on the G_B_E strings.

    Played it for a bit.
    My fret level is successful. I'm happy.

    This week... Need to file the nut sluts.
    Adjust intonation.
    Work on the string saddles for more height adjust.

    All in all... A successful weekend.
    Next up : Soldering. Mounting electronics.
    FG
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    I'm leaving the pick guard off.
    :p
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    UPDATE:
    Morning here in Wisconsin...
    Getting cold here.

    The mod continues thru the work week.

    After playing the FF with the Epi bridge, I realized it "aint gonna work." The guitar resonates very strongly. The bridge kept buzzing. Also, I couldn't get the strings lowered to factory specs. The Gotoh bridge arrived. Its much better. However, it too was unable to be lowered to factory specs.

    Had to have the bottom edges of the Gotoh milled down approx 1/8th where it sits on the spin wheels. Now the Gotoh sits just above the guitar body under the bridge.

    The original bridge bushings would not work with the Gotoh adjust screws. Had to remove the bushings.

    The Gotoh bushings are slightly smaller than the originals O.D. wise. Had to get a 1/8th oak dowel rod.

    Need to sand the dowel to 7/16 ths OD... glue it in.

    Had to order a V Glide Drill Hole tool to keep my new drill holes level. I'm pretty sure that the new Gotoh will be worth the effort. 100% sure.

    That leaves the nut filing and the rewire on the To Do list.
     
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    The Green Manalishi!? o_O:cool:

    That made me smile. You know more about working on guitars than I’ll ever learn. I appreciate the info.
     
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    UPDATE:
    Yeah...back at it.
    Funny how a lot of the guys who posted Vids on
    YouTube about how great these FFs are out of the box are now posting Vids where they are replacing the keys and the bridges.

    I couldn't get the action to factory specs per Gibson by just dropping a Replacement bridge into the existing studs.

    Today...cut some Oak dowels and plugged the holes to enable the Gotoh hardware to be used.
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  14. FenderGyrl

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    The V Drill guide arrived today. Cool.

    Heres the Gotoh after it was milled down to allow it to sit lower on the adjustment screws.

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    Have you tried those pickups yet?
     
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    No...
    Put the wiring on hold in lieu of getting the guitar to play how I need it to.

    Got the Gotoh mounted today.

    Wow..
    I've replaced Nashville Bridges before, posts included.
    Done some flat top L.P. Jrs. Etc....
    This Semi Hollow...what a learning curve.

    Lots of little things. Angle of drilling the new holes.
    Milling the bottom of the bridge.
    Making everything match up as much as possible.

    I give my work an 8 out of 10.
    If it was a paying customers guitar...I would level out the bottom of the bridge so that it was sitting on the rest washer 100 %. I have a little bit of play on both. Just a hint.
    But for this guitar...way better than it was original.

    I have the strings at 1/16 from the 17 fret on low E.
    3/64 from the 17 fret on the high E.
    I'm happy.
     
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    Yeah, I had to look it up! Peter Green from 1970, LOL! Nice work FG, that looks really terrific, what a transformation!
     
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    Thanx Bill,
    I just did a quick intonation on it with a Snark. LOL

    It plays really well. I need to hit the nut with some nut files.+
    I'm done for today though.

    I'm pretty happy with my work so far.
    However,
    Its been a lot of hours.
    But I learned a few things along the way.

    I only have $60 dollars of upgrades invested.
    Not counting the Tusq nut, CTS pots/caps, and the Grovers... All of which I had in my parts boxes.

    So everyone can do the math.
    For sure the hardware, nut, and squealing PUPS needed replacing.

    If your fine with higher action you can just drop a new bridge on one of these with existing mounts.

    Mine needed work where the nut joined the fingerboard.
    I'd say that was the sloppiest part of this budget guitar.

    Lipstick on a pig? Nah...
    A fun learning/ confidence building project. And,
    It'll be cool to see the look on someones face when they are seeing a FireFly guitar roaring. LOL

    Looking forward to an afternoon of soldering this guy up!

    FG
     
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  20. FenderGyrl

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    I'm curious to hear the Guitar Madness PUPS.
    I didn't want to wire this up until I could see how my work allowed it to play. It holds its own now for sure.

    Hopefully the Guitar Madness PUPS fit the bill.
    After all, this is a $129 guitar, didn't want to go overboard on upgrades if it just wouldn't come together.

    But, it has. So we'll see how the GM Gretsch knock offs do. I'll post a YouTube link of them in action.

    Call it The Green Manalishi :D:p:lol:
    FG
     
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