Wolfgang Build - Carvetop assistance

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  1. GoKart Mozart

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    She's done! Get ready for picture overload.

    I didn't count how many coats of Tru Oil I ended up putting on the top but it was probably between 8 and 10? The last 5 or so I thinned with a splash of mineral spirits to make it go on smoother. HIGHLY recommend that step.

    I ended up going with a DiMarzio PAF 36th Anniversary in the neck and a PAF Master in the bridge. I went with the aged nickel covers (because that's what was in stock with the 15% discount on Reverb!). While I was ordering pots I found this neat thing called a V-Treb; it's basically a variable treble bleed circuit so that you can adjust the amount of high-end rollover whenever you turn down the volume control. Saves you from having to experiment with multiple capacitors to find the sweet spot.

    I expected to have some issues during setup but man, the Musikraft neck is just fabulous. No buzzing or fretting out ANYWHERE. And the dual action truss rod really paid off here. I initially had no neck relief even with the truss rod wheel and it's slack position (in other words, a slight amount of backbow); all I had to do was turn it the opposite direction to remove the backbow and introduce a little bit of relief. I'm sold on dual action truss rods after this.

    The conductive cavity paint came from Guitar Fetish:
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    I kept 100% of the pickup leads intact in case I ever decide to swap them out and resell them. Wish more people did this.
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    Yeah yeah, I know...the tone cap is waaaay too big but it's the only 0.047uf I had in my parts pin (leftover from an amp project)
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    Looks great! The mahogany really jumps out. Congrats!
     
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    Wow man, that looks fantastic. I love the subtle way the carved top shows in certain reflections. Absolutely brilliant. Great job, congratulations.
     
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    Oh, and how’s she sound?
     
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    That looks fantastic!!
     
  8. GoKart Mozart

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    it’s actually pretty well balanced, not overly dark like the stereotypical association with mahogany.

    I really like the pickups so far and being able to experiment with the heights is a definite improvement over the stock Wolfgangs, Peavey or EVH (see previous post in the threaded inserts that I added to be able to adjust the heights).

    I think it’s definitely the heaviest guitar I’ve ever owned or even picked up. 10.8 lbs per my bathroom scale!
     
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    That is absolutely incredible. Just stunning. Really masterful work.

    Sound clip?
     
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    Quick question - what’s that screw for in the control cavity? Is it some sort of grounding post or just holding those wires in place?
     
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    Yeah, there’s actually two of them and they’re just attached to small wire clamps keeping the excess pickup leads out way of the way.
     
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