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Postby oddioguy » Mon Jul 10, 2006 10:16 pm

Ask your questions....maybe someone here can help.
In the meantime, pics of some of the more interesting gear that I've crossed over the years will follow from time to time.
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Postby Scott DeVarenne » Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:58 am

I am going to attempt setting up my electric guitar today or tomorrow.
It's all messed up because the strings were off of it for a few weeks and
the bridge slipped off of it's posts. If I encounter any problems, I'll let y'all know.
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Postby oddioguy » Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:36 pm

lsdeville wrote:I am going to attempt setting up my electric guitar today or tomorrow.
It's all messed up because the strings were off of it for a few weeks and
the bridge slipped off of it's posts. If I encounter any problems, I'll let y'all know.

Just holler if you need advise. In the interim, here's a Gibson L5 Custom. The connection between the 2 coils on the neck pickup failed after about 20 years. It had never been soldered at the factory.
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Postby oddioguy » Tue Jul 11, 2006 3:36 pm

Alessandro "Italian". Same guy that owns the L5....

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Postby oddioguy » Tue Jul 11, 2006 3:40 pm

Same amp from the rear.

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Postby oddioguy » Tue Jul 11, 2006 3:43 pm

...and inside.
Simple, clean, and very quiet.

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Postby oddioguy » Wed Jul 12, 2006 9:15 pm

A classic. Orange Graphic MkII.....complete refurb.

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Postby oddioguy » Wed Jul 12, 2006 9:17 pm

Weatherstation should recognize this one....

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Postby oddioguy » Wed Jul 12, 2006 9:18 pm

...and this one.

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Postby thebunk » Fri Jul 14, 2006 10:39 pm

I need to take my guitar (Telecaster) some where to get setup. I bought it on Ebay last year and the 5th/A string seems to have a buzzing ringing sound when struck (hard to describe). Changed the strings several times and the same thing. Any suggestions?
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Postby oddioguy » Sat Jul 15, 2006 6:34 am

thebunk wrote:I need to take my guitar (Telecaster) some where to get setup. I bought it on Ebay last year and the 5th/A string seems to have a buzzing ringing sound when struck (hard to describe). Changed the strings several times and the same thing. Any suggestions?

Only when the string is played open, or does it persist when fretted as well?
Open string only - The slot in the nut is worn or improperly cut (wrong angle, or too low), and needs to be re-shaped. May require a new nut.
If it happens constantly while fretting, the saddle is the likely culprit.

Paul Stephen is your man for the job.
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Postby Scott DeVarenne » Sat Jul 15, 2006 8:35 am

I set up my Godin Solidec a couple of days ago. All seems good but I got the
open string buzz going on with the A & D strings. I took a measurement and
indeed the culprit is the nut. Two of the slots are too deep. I am broke, I can't
buy a nut and get it cut so I may try shimming under one side. Guitar set-up is fun.
After spending some time taking measurements and looking critically at distances
and gaps, I feel like I know my guitar more intimately. It's kind of sexy.
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Postby oddioguy » Sat Jul 15, 2006 9:59 am

lsdeville wrote:I set up my Godin Solidec a couple of days ago. All seems good but I got the
open string buzz going on with the A & D strings. I took a measurement and
indeed the culprit is the nut. Two of the slots are too deep. I am broke, I can't
buy a nut and get it cut so I may try shimming under one side. Guitar set-up is fun.
After spending some time taking measurements and looking critically at distances
and gaps, I feel like I know my guitar more intimately. It's kind of sexy.

Try shimming the whole nut instead of just one side (keeps the whole nut in contact with the neck). You can always cut the remaining slots deeper if the other 4 strings are too high after shimming.
It's a good idea to sand the top of the nut down to meet the strings so that the slots are not too deep. Sandpaper makes good shim material, too. It's plentifull around the shop and you can mix and match thickness' to suite.
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Postby oddioguy » Mon Jul 17, 2006 10:45 pm

Here's one of my own. Modeled after the Mesa Studio .22, but with a few personal refinements. It's a prototype, and still needs work (eg.: too noisey)
Tone is pretty good, though.

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Postby oddioguy » Mon Jul 17, 2006 10:47 pm

Inside......
Looks pretty messy, as I am constantly tweaking and moving stuff around.

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Postby oddioguy » Mon Jul 17, 2006 10:49 pm

I am going modular with the construction. New H/V supply is ready to be installed...

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Postby oddioguy » Mon Jul 17, 2006 10:51 pm

Yeah, that's right Weatherstation....I'm cutting up your turret boards.

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Postby oddioguy » Tue Jul 18, 2006 7:18 pm

Canadian made "Supreme" amp. Badly needed new filter caps and general TLC.

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Postby oddioguy » Tue Jul 18, 2006 7:22 pm

Pulled the chassis. Old Mallery dual can filters.....and a tube rectifier!
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Postby oddioguy » Tue Jul 18, 2006 7:23 pm

The old filters are soldered to the chassis. Gonna need MORE POWER to reflow this mess.

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Postby oddioguy » Tue Jul 18, 2006 7:25 pm

Screw it ...I just cut 'em out with a Dremel tool.

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Postby oddioguy » Tue Jul 18, 2006 7:26 pm

Gonna replace 'em with these, but need to install the clamps first.

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Postby oddioguy » Tue Jul 18, 2006 7:27 pm

Clamps are riveted in place...

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Postby oddioguy » Tue Jul 18, 2006 7:30 pm

...and the new caps are installed. Did a bunch'a routine maintenace as well. All electrolytic caps were replaced, along with out-of-tolerance resistors. Capped it all off (Pun!!!) with a new set of tubes.
Sweet.

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Postby oddioguy » Wed Jul 19, 2006 7:41 pm

A well known local luthier asked me to rebuild the Gibson Skylark.

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