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

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by FenderGyrl, Oct 3, 2019.

  1. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Silver Supporter

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    I’m always inspired by your knowledge, skills and enthusiasm. If I speak to my wife (we are actually in the divorce process after 28 years) about music or luthier stuff she yawns and tells me to shut up.

    You cool person you.
     
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  2. FenderGyrl

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    Thanx John,
    Sorry to hear about your split.

    Hang in there my friend.
    FG
     
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    Thanks for this thread. It is the first one that shows the actual work being done to make a Firefly a decent guitar. By someone who knows what they are doing. Nice work.
     
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  4. FenderGyrl

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    Thanx,

    Today I'm doing Nut Work. I have 3 guitars that I had to replace the nuts on.

    One is my Baby ML Dime tribute.

    One is an EPI SL that I'm rebuilding.

    Also had to replace the nut on my Washburn Delta King. It cracked by the low E.

    I have to be in the mood to do nut work. So I tend to save them for a day that I can just do them all.

    I was playing the Delta King after I filed the nut slots, and I stripped the neck volume knob due to aggressive turning.
    :mad::rolleyes:

    So now I have 2 Semis to rewire.
    That's how it goes .

    I'll work the Firefly nut today, and set up the soldering station. I'll solder little by little thru the work week.
    FG
     
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  5. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    great work FG , would you recommend one of those guitars , or are they "you get what you pay for" thingies They are a decent price and would be fun to experiment on
    sorry to hear of your situation it must be hard as hell , good thoughts comming at you!
     
  6. FenderGyrl

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    Hmmm,
    I'm guessing that these are probably better than a Chibson or a Chickenbacker.

    If you buy a GFS BODY/NECK your getting factory seconds. These have pretty decent finishing on them. And you can return thru Amazon if you get a lemon.

    If you buy a $300 plus guitar, would you be happy with it as is?
    Or would you want to go over it to bring it to a level of playing that matches higher end guitars? Of your a novice player, these would be more than good enough for you after a set up by a guitar tech. If your a modder, than its a good platform.

    What is your time worth?
    Will you enjoy rebuilding one of these?
    Definitely added up to a lot of time for me. But I look at it like therapy.

    You can really work on getting set up experience with one of these.
    I'm satisfied with what I got for $129.

    I'm pretty sure that I will end up with a Unique Sounding Guitar,
    Pretty sure that it will hold its own and then some against a $300 plus guitar.
    But it took A LOT OF WORK AND TIME.

    And tools... I had the tools. Still had to buy the V Drill Guide though.
    But I'm gonna use it again on my next project.

    So...
    Time...
    Tools...
    Spare Parts...
    Mad Money for Upgrades...
    And a lot of patience, and research...

    FG
     
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  7. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Sounds like my definition of a fun hobby. I really enjoy making things that are marginal into serviceable items.
     
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  8. 24 track

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    I did very much what you did with my chibson , I was lucky the only Fault I had was fret 15 lifted (easy fix) and whan I replaced all the parts with Gibson parts the company who built it allowed for direct replacement EG the epiphone ( sized ) machine heads had spacers in the head stock that when removed were the correct sized for the gibson replacement Machine heads and I found epiphone sized bridge posts that had the correct upper to fit a Gibson ABR 1 so I did not have to re size or move the post holes in the body to fit the new bridge , set up was always good, frets level etc and the chibson Plays better than my Les Paul Studio, I found some one who was selling the complete gibson wiring package , Pick ups , pots , caps and I had the spare gibson switchcraft switch and a spool of Gibson outer shield pull back wire etc

    chibson 328.00
    wiring package 100.00
    machine heads 40.00
    gibson pull back wire 0.00
    Gibson ABR-1 Bridge 40.00

    time 4-5 days total messing with it

    and a lot of fun doing it , true on the therapy!

    Again beautiful job , Fendergyrl , I bet it will Rock!

    I was curious about it I have seen a ton of YT vids on these but they are always jaded etc. so its nice to get the real story from some one who kniws what they are doing , Great post!
     
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  9. FenderGyrl

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    Well
    After working on my Delta King,
    (I love bangin on that thing) _
    I worked on the FF nut.
    It came out good. I quit for the day. Always end on a good note.
    It was fun finally playing this guitar.

    Action feels great. No fret buzz. Cool.
    I need to fine sand the slots and lubricate them.
    Strings were hanging up, dropping after bends.
    To be expected. No worries.

    I leave.020 between the Low E and the 1st fret, because I drop tune to D a lot. Need that extra vibration clearance.

    All other strings go to .018 - that's how I like my Semi's set up.

    I use feeler guages to find the height of the first fret.
    Usually takes a thick one and a thin one.
    Then I add the 020 guage, for the low E..

    Switch from the 020 to the 018 and do the rest.
    I hold down the outside edges with my left hand while filing with my right. When your file hits the feeler gauge, do your drop on the back of the nut towards the timing key.
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  10. FenderGyrl

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    BUMP

    Note to self...
    Before making a Wire Harness...
    Make sure that the friggin' thing will fit thru the friggin'
    F Holes !!!!!

    Yes folks... Yours truly made a wiring harness only to find that with the oil in paper caps...and full size CTS pots... It won't fit thru the Firefly F Holes which are smaller than any other F Holes I have ever seen.

    Waiting on new caps to arrive.
    FG
     
  11. Geoff738

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    D’oh!

    This one is really taking a lot of work to get right. But you’ll get there.

    You’ll just have to buy another guitar to use that wiring harness.

    Cheers,
    Geoff
     
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    That's no way to live .It is severely hard on your mental health to be dismissed like that by the one you love. Also down right Rude. Good luck with your divorce :oops:


    FenderGyrl

    Wow Silk purses come to mind
    to bad about the wire harness I have a tellyish thing with the same problem:twisted:
     
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  13. FenderGyrl

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    I ordered some Orange Drop Capacitors

    They should allow everything to fit.
    The damn Oil in Paper Caps were my biggest obstacle.

    I have already enlarged the pot holes for larger CTS pots... there is no going back now. I'll make sure everything fits one way or another.

    Worse case scenario:
    A small round hole in the lower back out of sight when looking thru the F Hole...covered by a round Les Paul toggle switch plate.

    The part that gets me is that she plays great! I've been jamming on it every night. I want to plug it in !

    It's all part of the adventure.
    :lol::p:D;)
     
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    This came yesterday I have been waiting for 3 months
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    That's really cool.
    Love that color and the style.
    Very nice....
    FG
     
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    pic #4
    Never gets old
    Cats in boxes
     
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  19. John Backlund

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    Thank you!

    The last guitar-in-a-box photo isn't mine, I don't have a Backlund bass, I swiped the image off of Facebook, it's somebody else's guitar.
     
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