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What's on your workbench today?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by guitarbuilder, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. dougstrum

    dougstrum Friend of Leo's

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    Not a lot of guitar related work of late, certainly no builds. Repaired wiring in my acoustic, retubed an amp and waiting for the mail to deliver a pickup.

    I have however made progress on my big project, floors and firewall in the Volvo, now to fit steering and pedals. IMG_20210123_104639483.jpg I set the floor so the body is channeled 4":cool:
     
  2. Engraver-60

    Engraver-60 Friend of Leo's

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    I store my thin Ca upside down in a King Leo's can with those desiccant packs at the bottom. Knock on wood - it's worked for over a year now - Black CA - not so lucky.
     
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    Engraver-60 Friend of Leo's

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    Volvo PV544?
     
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  4. dougstrum

    dougstrum Friend of Leo's

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    Good eye! It's a 65 the last year...

    As for CA glue, had to open an old tube last week. Used a pin to open the nozzle; a bunch splurted out and glued thumb and index together with the pin in between:eek:
     
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  5. LeftFinger

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    Not guitars but I now have no leftovers

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  6. Engraver-60

    Engraver-60 Friend of Leo's

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    I had 2 PV544's a 1960 for parts and a 1962 to drive - I put over 100K miles on the 62, up to the top of Pikes Peak, over Independence Pass in the winter following a Coors Semi Truck, to Yellowstone twice, and could fit 2 amp heads and 2 EV TB1 cabinets and 2 guitars in it, with a passenger. I want one to relive my Hippy Days. Rarer than hen's teeth.
     
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  7. Zepfan

    Zepfan Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

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    Great job on fitting.
     
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  8. dougstrum

    dougstrum Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks Zepfan:cool:

    Engraver, my fondness for the 544 predates even the hippie days. It goes all the way back to childhood picnics at Vasa Park:)
     
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  9. Jim_in_PA

    Jim_in_PA Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Right now, there's a large piece of hard maple sitting on my bench under a large piece of walnut...the former hopefully for the bass neck and the latter for a project I need to work on. So that means maybe I can move the bass along and also have some "fun" with a large, segmented glue up that will become a nice circle when I'm done.
     
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  10. Engraver-60

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    I paid $200 for my '62 from a secretary's son at an architect office I work for. It was considered totaled in a wreck - bent front bumper and ding on top of the hood. My dad and I drilled a hole on the hood, put in an eyebolt, and tied a rope through it and around a phone pole. Backed it up and popped it out good as new, and the bumper, same thing. I could pull a complete U-turn on my side street and not touch the curbs. I loved that weird little car. I slept in it in Colorado, until I saw "Easy Rider" in Denver, and could not sleep for 3 days, until I made it back home in Detroit.
     
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  11. Doctorx33

    Doctorx33 Tele-Afflicted

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    It lives!! Now I know how dr Frankenstein felt.
    I plugged it in and tried it out with a 5F1 I built a few years ago. Damn. No worky. The bridge pickup was acting weird, very low output. I dejectedly pulled the pick guard and started poking around, wondering if I had wired it wrong. I did, sort of. The hot lead to the output wasn’t attached. It looked like it hadn’t been soldered. Dumkoff. I fixed it and put it back together and yay! It worked!!
    I still have to set up the trem, set the action, reposition the half moon plate and a couple other cosmetic things.
    I am not good at doing setups so any advice is appreciated. I think the tinking is the D string at the nut. I found several good tutorials on the internet about setting up a two point trem.

    What I’d like to know is what order should these be done, can anyone help?:
    • Set action
    • Setup trem
    • Set bridge to proper string radius
    • Fix tinking
    • Adjust truss rod
    • The intonation seems pretty close with the factory setup but I’ll check it again
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  12. SacDAve

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    I need to get organized things usually look like this at the end not the start. optimized 5E3 build

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  13. kifla

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    Some kind of "offset telecaster" bass variant.
    Samba wood... 1.36kg :)
     
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    What machine is that?
     
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    Ripthorn Friend of Leo's

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    A little demo of my Dipole electric mandolin:

     
  16. Moodivarius

    Moodivarius Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Fooled around figuring out if I can use this old Ham Radio supply transformer.

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    On the 117V input, mine is 120.

    This is what I’m getting.

    Output Label -Measured

    480V - Measured 506V

    6.5V - Measured 7.15V

    It’s large. I think it could be used for a full-sized Bassman build.
    Plate size is 4 1/2” x 3 3/4” x 1 3/4”.


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    From FP-200 manual, the radio it supplied power to had 16 tubes, 15 diodes, & 7 transistors.
    The 2 power tubes where 6JS6A, heater current of each tube was 2.25 amps.

    This transformer will supply 6.3V @ 6A.


    I think it should work for a Bassman build.

    Also got some cap cans out of it.

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    Scott
     
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  17. kifla

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    By the "machine", you mean CNC?

    That is something that I've built. I find V-Slot profiles from openbuilds.com very useful and versatile....but expensive.
    So, I've tracked down their chinese supplier at bulkman3d.com and odered bunch of stuff (enough to build 5 machines) directly from them
    for a fraction of a price. Built two "bigger" machines for my Zagreb and my Houston shop....


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    ... and 3 "small" machines for my friends:

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    Those are more than a good enough for guitar building stuff.

    I buy all of my aluminium for the cnc plates from recycling place here in Zagreb for USD2 per kg.:)
     
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  18. kifla

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    Inspired by Marauder, my friend constructed a stealth pickups bass for himself.
    Today, we cut the samba cover which has cavities for pickups and electronics in it.
    He plans to held all together with neodymium discs.
     
  19. Moodivarius

    Moodivarius Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Started a mod on my Traynor YCV40 yesterday. It has a Presence, but no Master Vol. Many people have sent them back to Traynor to get this mod done. The YCV50, much the same amp, but EL34s, instead of 6L6s that are in my 40, 50 has a Master Vol.
    I searched the web for actual instructions, but didn’t have much luck. I did find the service manuals for the 40 & 50.
    My first attempt was to compare the schematics of the two, & then figure it out from there.
    It involved cutting a couple traces on the board, to isolate the original Presence pot & a couple jumper wires to add that before the Phase Inverter as the Master Vol. Added a 1.5K resistor in the presence circuit to replace pot. Moved the Reverb feed to the other U2 op amp.
    Did that, the Master Vol worked, but I had a great amount of feedback, & the Reverb didn’t work. I unsoldered the Reverb jumper wire, Master worked great, but no Reverb.
    Later last night, I did more searching & found the specific instructions. What traces to cut, & jumpers to add. Pretty much what I did, but I hadn’t cut one trace, which connected both op amps together, creating the feedback. So I cut the last trace, re-connected the Reverb jumper, & viola! Everything worked as it was intended.
    Now a can adjust things to a very comfortable level for playing at home.

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    I bought it used last year, hard to pass up a good deal. Had no grill cloth, but had an Eminence Swamp Thang, rather than the Celestion 70/80, that most people change out.

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    Here is the jumper/trace cuts, & 2 added components 1.5K presence resistor, & 0.1uf cap. The 3.3K was just moved from component side to rear, for easier connection to a different spot.

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    Another one of those mods I haven’t seemed to have time to do till now.

    Grill cloth next.

    Scott
     
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  20. kifla

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