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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Finish on KxK lifting  

    At least that's what I assume is happening. Anyone know how to fix this? I think Rob uses Poly instead of nitro so I don't think I can just use...

    JJ Rodriguez
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    05-21-2016, 12:11 AM Go to last post
  16. Another dumb thread title filled with caps and exclamation marks  
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    I was playing guitar today and I noticed some ugly smell. And then I ran around until I saw smoke coming from my toolbox!!! Apparently I had...

    Rocka_Rollas
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    05-20-2016, 08:18 AM Go to last post
  17. Mad Hatter Solderless Tone Shaping Systems - Anyone Tried Them?  

    So, this came across my feed the other day: Mad Hatter Solderless Tone Shaping Systems Maybe these have been around for awhile and I've just...

    webmaestro
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    05-12-2016, 06:25 PM Go to last post
  18. Blackout wiring question,bridge ground  
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    I need some help here. Do the seymour duncan blackout pickups require you to ground the strings like passive pu's? Emg active pu's do not. ...

    kevin
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    05-10-2016, 11:53 PM Go to last post
  19. Where to get LSR tuners  

    Hi guys So, I've just got a 96 Dave Mustaine KV1 :metal: however, one of the tuners is busted, it seems that the "luthier" that used to "take...

    Gamba
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    05-09-2016, 01:50 PM Go to last post
  20. New Project Day  
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    Finally getting things together to revive my Zion guitar neck. The body is junk (Not a Zion body, something someone had made) which is a shame since...

    7deadlysins
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    05-09-2016, 12:18 AM Go to last post


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