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  1. Sticky: DIY: pickups  
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    Since I posted a pic-story about making a pickup winder, I guess it's about time to post a pic-story about making pickups. Most of the stuff...

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    01-28-2017, 03:11 PM Go to last post
  2. Sticky: The 'Tight' control - simple passive bass cut  
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    *This is a huge edit of the original post* The typical guitar tone control doesn't get used a lot. A lot of players disconnect it in search of...

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    11-17-2016, 07:54 AM Go to last post
  3. Sticky: Converting and Edge/Edge variant to an Schaller/OFR arm  
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    I dont have an issue with the Edge bars like alot of people have, but i live in a desert, and they dont move around on me much. But the one on the lo...

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    10-10-2016, 09:23 AM Go to last post
  4. Sticky: Free radius gauge  
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    Found this looking for a cheap radius gauge and thought you guys would think it was useful as well... Radius Gauge

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    06-24-2016, 08:10 AM Go to last post
  5. Sticky: Your soldering iron probably sucks.  
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    So in this thread, let's recommend some good ones, and assorted bits to accompany it. :yesway: Hakko FX888D-23BY Digital Soldering Station FX-888D...

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    05-17-2016, 07:06 PM Go to last post
  6. Sticky: How to rebuild dead and rusted hardware and trems (pic heavy)  
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    If you find yourself with a horrendously rusted bridge, screws, trem, locking nut or most any guitar hardware it can be rebuilt quite easily with the...

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    07-16-2015, 07:42 PM Go to last post
  7. Sticky: [Tech] Foam String Dampening  
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    If you play any kind of staccato stuff on the guitar, you probably notice a slight HRRRNNNG after the notes. This, in addition to foaming the...

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    12-31-2014, 10:02 AM Go to last post
  8. Sticky: How to make a kill switch box  
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    Today I'm going to show you how to make a kill switch box so you can toy around with a kill switch without the commitment of drilling holes in your...

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    12-26-2014, 02:04 AM Go to last post
  9. Sticky: [Tech] Swapping an Ibanez LoPro Edge for an OFR  
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    Swapping an Ibanez LoPro Edge for an OFR Ask ten metal guitarists what their favorite trem is, and you'll probably get ten different answers....

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    06-10-2014, 10:08 AM Go to last post
  10. Sticky: DIY: Acoustic 7 string build "Gloria" (lots of pics)  
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    Well, this will be a bit different from my usual build pic-stories. Aside from it being my first acoustic build, Iím going to post the pictures more...

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    12-12-2013, 12:41 PM Go to last post
  11. Sticky: [Tech] How to swap a Lo-TRS7 for an OFR7  
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    As you guys may have seen in this past thread, I recently scored a black OFR7 on the cheap. The Lo-TRS7 in my Ibanez RG7420BP (dubbed Blackbeard)...

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    06-24-2013, 07:02 PM Go to last post
  12. Sticky: DIY: Making a bone nut  
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    A while back, I cut a string slot too deep, ruining the nut, and didn't have another nut black. In the midst of tearing the house apart in seach of...

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    06-10-2013, 04:48 PM Go to last post
  13. Sticky: Simultaneous volume and tone, plus bass cut circuit  

    Thought I'd post up this cool little circuit I've been trying, partly to ensure I don't lose the diagram :idea: This is kind of stolen from...

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    03-20-2013, 05:10 AM Go to last post
  14. Sticky: DIY: pickup winder  
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    As with many hobbyist pickup makers, I used a sewing machine as the basis for my winder. The foot controller for this one was controlled by air...

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    03-07-2012, 04:40 PM Go to last post
  1. Bridge/trem support/sleeve before or after painting?  

    I have an area51 guitar body I'm about to get painted but, I want to know if it's easier/better to place in the trem/bridge posts before or after...

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    10-13-2015, 11:12 AM Go to last post
  2. Where to source red pickup covers/switches/pots/tuner buttons?  

    Hi guys, I am planning to upgrade my completely black RG550 by putting red pickup covers, a red volume pot, red button on the blade switch and...

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    10-13-2015, 10:53 AM Go to last post
  3. Scope out Uncle Ben's crazy new apocalyptic fallout finish!  
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    Hey guys!!! So after doing swirls for years now, my mind got restless and started wondering "but what else can i do to make a gigantic mess at my...

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    10-13-2015, 02:46 AM Go to last post
  4. Best book for learning to do setups  
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    I know the basics, but I am looking for something that will give me insights into the details of doing setups. What out there is good?

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    10-12-2015, 03:15 PM Go to last post
  5. PSA: Buy some fret polishing erasers  
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    Fret Polishing Rubber Erasers 1000 Grit Set of 2 - Philadelphia Luthier Tools & Supplies, LLC These things are friggin' AWESOME. They're easier...

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    10-06-2015, 09:53 PM Go to last post
  6. Ibanez Gio GRX40 Heavily Modded (Pics Heavy)  
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    Hi guys, Some months ago I got this Ibanez from a friend for 20Ä +/-. Yes I know firewood for all of you and i though the exact same when i got...

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    09-30-2015, 05:14 PM Go to last post
  7. Help! In tube H@*L. Oh the shame of it all....  

    Okay guys, bear with me please. You guys have way more experience with tube amps than I. :yesway: I have located the bad tube that caused me to lose...

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    09-29-2015, 07:04 PM Go to last post
  8. Verify (or not) my suspicion...Amp problem content.  

    Okay guys, I've got a Randall RD45H that has 3/12AX7 pre-amp, 2/6L6 power tubes, and one tube that appears to be slightly lager than the 12AX7s....

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    09-28-2015, 10:01 PM Go to last post
  9. How do you clean your guitar?  
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    So I have a Wolfgang Special that I haven't touched much since I bought it ages ago. It was really just a result of me trading in junk and the...

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    09-27-2015, 05:08 AM Go to last post
  10. Started a pedal board need some advice  

    Well I had scrap wood left from making my studio table so...... 11" x 30" oak barn board plus two pieces of MDF with maple finish cut to be 3"...

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    09-26-2015, 02:45 AM Go to last post
  11. Built my own studio/computer table!  
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    Okay my friend gave me the idea of using MDF board, threaded rods, nuts and washers to make shelves. I created a shelf that holds my center channel...

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    09-25-2015, 03:29 PM Go to last post
  12. Fender HM Strat modding time!!!!!!!  

    I just got my HM Strat back from buyer who never paid me so I'm fucking stoked to get this fucker going!!!! When I sold it I had already started...

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    09-24-2015, 10:41 PM Go to last post
  13. Woop Woop Bars F'ing Suck  
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    Kid just brought in an LTD of some sort for a restring. He goes "can you do string changes?" Yeah, absolutely. Then he pulls the guitar out of the...

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    09-24-2015, 04:20 PM Go to last post
  14. recommendatuons for website regarding taking guitars apart etc  

    I have three cheap super strat guitars. One needs a new pot. One has a busted tremelo. One has a dead jack. Since they have no value i was...

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    09-17-2015, 10:45 PM Go to last post
  15. Am I thinking this is harder than it sounds?  

    *Edit, Was supposed to say harder than it sounds... I was thinking, I have some stompboxes that are not MIDI controllable, but I sure would like...

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    09-10-2015, 05:10 PM Go to last post
  16. Weird white-ish streak in rosewood fretboard?  

    Does anyone know what this white-ish color streak in my fretboard is, and how to get rid of it? Will a simple lemon oil fret condition/rub do the...

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    09-10-2015, 12:53 AM Go to last post
  17. Article on setting up a guitar  

    This is good for people that are just getting into setting up guitars. The 12-Step Guide to Electric and Acoustic Guitar Setup | GuitarPlayer

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    09-09-2015, 09:58 PM Go to last post
  18. This is Why You Suck at Guitar: Your Neck Finish Sucks! (oil and wax finish tutorial)  

    Hey kids!!! Uncle Ben here with a brand new episode of This is Why You Suck at Guitar. Typically on this series, i've been giving you the straight...

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    09-07-2015, 09:08 PM Go to last post
  19. Tru Oil and wax neck finish, thoughts ?  
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    Just saw this vid on yt. Seems like a good and simple project for my old 6 string Ibby. Has anyone ever did this on one of their necks ?...

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    09-07-2015, 06:05 PM Go to last post
  20. how to pull trem stud mounts?  

    What's an easy way to do this at home with tools I might have laying around? OFR and strem studs. not overly worried about the finish of the...

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    09-05-2015, 10:47 PM Go to last post

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