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    NGD: First of 3 coming

    Grabbed a few fiddles over the course of the last few months. The other 2 are coming once mods have been done.



    After buying a Korg RKS keytar a while back, I've been since hunting for a paddle style guitar for some time. Namely for reasons only Philip Bynoe can explain. Saw this old Hohner G2 for a cheap price and grabbed it from the usual pawn haunt.

    Had to bring it to the tech since the state was completely unplayable. So readjusting the neck was a bit of an odyssey. At least the guitar was already modded with a string adapter so I don't need any double ball end strings. The 2 stock humbuckers were replaced with a Duncan and a Dimarzio, but I wanted a specific sound for this project. I wanted a H/P90 combo but with a classic 80s look. Ordered a pair of BKPs: a Supermassive in the neck and a Miracle Man in the bridge and away we go.

    Unfortunately the R Trem isn't in the greatest condition. On floating mode, the guitar goes out of tune the moment you look at it from another room four score and seven years ago, let alone using it and praying to return to zero point. Setting it on hardtail will do for now. I'll have to do some more research about these. Either that or I'll just go to HeadlessUSA and buy a replacement bridge.

    On the flip side, the guitar sounds really good. The BKPs fit so well. The Miracle Man gave the guitar some fangs, but I'm really impressed with the Supermassive. It's a modern voiced P90 but really sensitive to the tone knob, so you can go from warm jazzy sounds to the bite you get from single coils. And it's noiseless. This combo is new to me and I'm really having fun with it.

    All this for a silly experiment. But that's inspiration for you.

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    That's a great looking guitar and everyone looks super cool and not dorky at all playing them.


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    Congrats! When are they sending the rest of it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdave View Post
    Congrats! When are they sending the rest of it?
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    Tuning issue is leaning anchors, 100%
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    I need another guitar like I need another hole in my head, but one of those next to my work desk would be a blast. Does that have tape over the "Hohner"?
    "Oh, those jazz guys are just making that stuff up!" - Homer J. Simpson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    That's a great looking guitar and everyone looks super cool and not dorky at all playing them.

    Ha! I'm the dorkiest dork of them all. This will fit me well, especially with what I'm planning with it. <img src="https://www.metalguitarist.org/forum/images/smilies/laugh.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Laugh" class="inlineimg" />

    Quote Originally Posted by bigdave View Post
    Congrats! When are they sending the rest of it?
    <img src="https://www.metalguitarist.org/forum/images/smilies/laugh.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Laugh" class="inlineimg" /> I'll be attaching it to this.



    Quote Originally Posted by Randy View Post
    Tuning issue is leaning anchors, 100%
    That's what I was told as well. And from what I've read, the R-Trem isn't built to last as long as say a Floyd, let alone withstand Vai style antics.

    Anyone know if this can be replaced with say a S-Trem or Transtrem at all?

    Quote Originally Posted by jim777 View Post
    I need another guitar like I need another hole in my head, but one of those next to my work desk would be a blast. Does that have tape over the "Hohner"? <img src="https://www.metalguitarist.org/forum/images/smilies/laugh.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Laugh" class="inlineimg" />
    Yes, I put the tape over the logo. <img src="https://www.metalguitarist.org/forum/images/smilies/laugh.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Laugh" class="inlineimg" /> I can only use Ibbys live and the purpose of this is to be able to play guitar and keys without being stationary.

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    There are options to help the R-trem with stability. There's a guy that sells upgraded posts made from harder steel and with a larger diameter footprint to prevent bending. The Jcustom replacement (I'm using one in my ergo) also has hardened posts, and those are stupid cheap (<$200) and well made.

    I've had a set of bending posts before and I just hammered them back in place and they behaved themselves for at least the next few months I owned the guitar fwiw.

    Imo the issue with the bending is the spring tension more than anything else. I did a mini-deep dive off of my ergo thread but basically Steinberger didn't know what he was doing when he picked out the trem spring and picked something super heavy, then when the sourcing for that one went away, they started using an even heavier one assuming people just lock em. I found a source for one or two springs with lighter tension, same dimensions but haven't pulled the trigger. I could prolly find you them if you're interested. If you're going to want to Vai wank on the thing, even if you get the trem to stabilize, the spring will stop you.

    S-trem and TransTrem are pretty much unobtanium at this point for less than $1500 JUST for the trem. They require a little teeny tiny bit more routing (just another ~1sq. in. on the back right side) to mount but the bulk of the footprint still works.

    Jcustom still hasn't released their TransTrem copy, but their S-trem is AMAZING. Super smooth, tension is much more like an FR and crazy stable. Only issue is that they're more of a vibrato than a floating trem, so they don't divebomb per se (the R-trem is actually more designed for that) and they're $400.

    Unless the price comes down on those, I think the most economical and best chance of success is stabilizing the R-trem (the current one or swap for a Jcustom) and seeing about a softer spring for it.

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