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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...

    robanomoly
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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...

    dpm
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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...

    Max
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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

    7deadlysins
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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...

    Chris
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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...

    Version_6
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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...

    Ryan
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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...

    Tom
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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....

    Drew
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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...

    robanomoly
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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)...

    Ryan
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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...

    robanomoly
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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...

    dpm
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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...

    robanomoly
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    03-07-2012, 04:40 PM Go to last post
  1. EVH Wolfgang Relic look  
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    How do we do a Road Worn/Relic like this? Im guessing its probably painted over without sanding the old finish so the new Paint start to...

    mpexus
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    07-13-2016, 02:53 PM Go to last post
  2. OFR - strings binding on the string retainer bar  
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    This is something I've been trying to figure out for a little while now, and I think I've *finally* traced the problem to the string retainer bar. ...

    Drew
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    07-12-2016, 09:27 PM Go to last post
  3. Project Guitar - pos S7420 (with questions)  
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    It's time! I have wanted a hardtail S-series ever since I got a floater. It would be the perfect guitar, simple, light and supremely comfortable....

    petarkablam
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    07-12-2016, 03:25 PM Go to last post
  4. New Ibanez Mod Project: Snow  
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    Okay, so I'm not totally set on the name "Snow" yet, but here's the gist of the refinish project: (I currently have everything I need except the...

    webmaestro
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    07-07-2016, 09:52 AM Go to last post
  5. My tremelo system makes a funny sound....  

    So threw the bar onto the JP60. I had to use an allen key to allow the bar to drop into the hole. When I depress the whammy bar I hear a high...

    frankcastle
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    06-24-2016, 04:13 AM Go to last post
  6. Poll: Jason bass build part deux. Brainstorming.  
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    Looking to start planning a second build. This time I am thinking either a 5 or 6 string, fanned fret ect. Pondering tone wood choices. Trying to mix...

    Jason
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    06-22-2016, 05:56 PM Go to last post
  7. I've got a box of parts incoming, needfinish ideas  
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    So, I just got a pot luck box of parts, one universe silver dot neck, what looks like an area51 mahogany body, cosmo chrome lo pro, tuners, nut and a...

    7 Dying Trees
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    06-15-2016, 08:47 AM Go to last post
  8. Anyone tried a Hipshot Contour trem?  
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    I dig the Wilkinson on my Strat currently, but kind of feel like trying something new, and I've heard good things about these. They look awesome, are...

    Drew
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    06-13-2016, 08:44 PM Go to last post
  9. Elixir bass strings on a seven string  
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    If anyone's curious, I've been using a 0.60 bass Elixir on my Suhr 7 for the last couple weeks. Works like a charm - I'd prefer more of a 62, I...

    Drew
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    06-10-2016, 02:49 PM Go to last post
  10. I'm sorry Charlie, it had to be done...  
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    For anybody who doesn't know, this is Charlie, my fondest (even if not the best-performing) guitar of my stable, and thus far the one that's been...

    Mattayus
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    06-09-2016, 02:03 AM Go to last post
  11. Help with EMG's -- Volume issue  
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    Almost two weeks ago, I grabbed a set of EMG's that I haven't used in a few months (85/60) and the EMG solderless harness that they were originally...

    LWKeeping
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    06-08-2016, 11:17 PM Go to last post
  12. Fretboard Scuff Repair  

    Hey guys, I'm thinking about grabbing one of Ola's Washburn Solar 8's used. Unfortunately the fretboard as some scuffs on the bass side around where...

    jmeezle
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    06-07-2016, 12:31 AM Go to last post
  13. How long does it take to measure out Floyd Rose studs locations?  

    I wonder how long you guys take for measureing out where to put the studs? I did this today and I think I was doing this for a whole hour :lol: ...

    Rocka_Rollas
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    06-06-2016, 03:26 PM Go to last post
  14. Drop-in replacement for shitty Jackson tuners?  
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    Must be locking. Must come in black. Does this exist? Google has failed me. :scream2:

    ShawnF
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    06-04-2016, 01:48 PM Go to last post
  15. Installed EMGs in my favorite Warmoth + Rockas special battery cavity!!!  
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    Why change from passives?! My apartment has un-earthed wall sockets and I have noticed all passive pickups make a slight hum. I have no idea I why I...

    Rocka_Rollas
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    06-02-2016, 11:08 AM Go to last post
  16. Need some wiring help  

    I have no clue what is going on with this guitar. It's a Charvel, 2 humbuckers 1 volume, 1 3 way switch. This is a friends axe. I shielded the...

    7deadlysins
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    05-31-2016, 06:49 AM Go to last post
  17. I thought I found a guy that was as picky about wiring as I am...  
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    ...and then at about 38:00 he just stuffs all those wires into the cavity... :( :lol:

    Toshiro
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    05-30-2016, 07:23 AM Go to last post
  18. lacquer on the neck of my Yamaha is splitting-how to fix?  

    When I played it a few days ago the palm of my hand somehow rubbed along the edge of the fretboard and split the paint/lacquer loose on that spot....

    Santuzzo
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    05-29-2016, 10:07 AM Go to last post
  19. Redoing headstock  
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    I've always like matching headstocks and would like to try it out on a RG570. Is this a difficult process and where would I go about getting a new...

    fisemper32
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    05-25-2016, 10:59 PM Go to last post
  20. RG spontaneously going out of tune...  
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    Yo. I keep having a problem of one of my Ibanez fiddles often going on the piss and I've set it up right as far as I know so I'm beginning to suspect...

    BStobart
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    05-24-2016, 04:09 PM Go to last post


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