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LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Jan 13th, 2019 02:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

She's done! I swapped the middle pup leads and clipped a jumper on the switch that was shown on some schematics but not others. The only issue that I wouldn't consider perfect is position 2 sounds a bit muffled. That'll be for another day.

Now to set the intonation and tweak the setup, and she'll be 100%.

LHW

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Jan 13th, 2019 03:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

She's gorgeous, Rocky! Great job 👍

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Tone is in the lingers
Jan 13th, 2019 04:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, Roger!

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Feb 23rd, 2019 12:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Today, I swapped out the neck pup with a Lollar P90 (-5%). It sounds SO much better. When I first installed it, it was out of phase with the middle and bridge, so I tried swapping the leads. It sounded much better, however, it induced a lot of noise because I was using the braided shield as the lead wire (even though I insulated it). So, I tried swapping the leads on all three pickups.

That worked except for the bridge because it has a metal plate. Grrrr! I would need to pull the bridge and swap the wires that are soldered to the bridge plate, but I just installed new strings. Grrr again!

As of now, the bridge is out of phase with the middle and neck, but I still have position 4 for that Strat sound. On another day, I'll pull the bridge and...hopefully...FINALLY make it right. Grrr for a third time!!!

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Toxic Humility
Feb 23rd, 2019 12:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

You can slack the strings, pit a rubber band around them and the neck around the 15th fret and remove the neck from the body.

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Feb 23rd, 2019 12:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

There's an idea!

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Feb 23rd, 2019 12:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Problem solved! Leave it to a lefty - we have to figure out alternative solutions all the time!

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Toxic Humility
Feb 23rd, 2019 02:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

I do it all the time. I’m trying not to have to do it on yours, Mike. :-)

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 06:21 PM, Feb 23rd, 2019)

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Feb 23rd, 2019 02:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

Right now, I'm tired of messing with it. I've had the control plate off so many times, I should install a zipper.

I'll save it for another day when my ambition returns. I've got practice in an hour anyway and Penny still has 4 good tones.

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Mar 2nd, 2019 10:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

FINALLY!!!!!!!! I took yall's advice and pulled the neck to save the strings. Since I'd already installed a ground wire from the volume pot to the bridge plate, I just clipped the factory ground on the plate and then swapped the lead wire and ground wire.

All positions work as expected and it even fattened up the bridge pickup. At 9K ohms, it has a nice snarl. It also does the strat quack very well in position 2. I'm happy!

The Church Rig with Penny

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Toxic Humility
Mar 2nd, 2019 11:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Awesome!

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Mar 2nd, 2019 11:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

Notice that I glued a shiny new 2018 copper penny to the headstock. The idea is that it will tarnish as the guitar ages.

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Toxic Humility
Mar 9th, 2019 01:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

How are you liking the neck profile?

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Mar 9th, 2019 02:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's a little funky but I'm used to it now. As I mentioned earlier, the back (boat) feels thicker in my hand toward the headstock. It's really not because I measured it but there's something different about the shape. It's asymmetrical or something.

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Toxic Humility
Mar 9th, 2019 02:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

The boatneck should be symmetrical.

“Should”

(-;

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Mar 9th, 2019 03:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's symmetrical in width but not in length. Weird!

Leftee
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Toxic Humility
Mar 9th, 2019 04:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

You lost me.

Like it’s hard to do that.

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Mar 9th, 2019 07:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

I played it tonight at practice and figured out specifically what I'm feeling with my hand. The boat profile is more U or soft V-shaped in the first position and tapers to a more rounded shape toward the body.

I wonder if it was hand-sanded.

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Mar 9th, 2019 07:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

I also realized at practice tonight there's one more thing I need to do. There's a slight ridge along the fretboard on both sides where it was taped for painting and clearcoat. IOW, there's a step between the board edge and the finish.

What's the best way to polish it for a smooth transition between the edge and the paint/poly?

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Toxic Humility
Mar 9th, 2019 08:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’m not sure what is the best way to fix that. Maybe someone more knowledgeable will pop in.

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