Building my own guitar.

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Re: Building my own guitar.

Postby Hell_Tanner » Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:35 pm

Hey, GFS pickups are certainly pretty cool if you're on a budget, and I see it as that, a budget thing but not a budget pickup though, if that makes sense.
If you have something like $100 for pickups just go with SD's or DiMarzio's. Like I said in previous posts, you can get a JB for $80 shipping included on Ebay, just check this out: JB
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Re: Building my own guitar.

Postby MetalHead » Tue Feb 21, 2006 5:03 am

Maybe I'll stick with BL's ? :)

The L500 I have in the bridge right now sounds so good
and I've been getting used to it aswell :D
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Re: Building my own guitar.

Postby MetalHead » Thu Feb 23, 2006 2:16 pm

The body has finally arrived at my place :)
The neck has been delivered and is on it's way here :D

I'm currently running around to the local paintshops,
trying to find lacquer thats suited for these kinds of things,
but before I'll start painting and such I think I'll have to get
all other gear, such as pickups and the Floyd, to drill
holes for knobs and pickup rings.

If anybody has a tremolo coverplate left, don't be cheap,
givet it to me :twisted:

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This is the Floyd I'm going with.
It's not an original, but it looks good, is fairly cheap.
What attracted it to me most was/is the fact that I don't
have to buy special FR-strings or cut of my regular.
I can use unmodded regular strings .. How cool isn't that ? ;)
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Re: Building my own guitar.

Postby Thajan » Fri Feb 24, 2006 3:34 am

It looks really cool, I'm thinking about doing the same after my exams are over. I wil have to save a bit money though :o

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Re: Building my own guitar.

Postby MetalHead » Tue Mar 07, 2006 8:42 am

so .. the PAF Pro arrived today :D
but I think the wire is to short to have it as a neck pup which I planned :(
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Re: Building my own guitar.

Postby Deansolo » Tue Mar 07, 2006 9:47 am

Add a bit of wire.....

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Re: Building my own guitar.

Postby MetalHead » Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:42 am

Deansolo wrote:Add a bit of wire.....


Is that easy to do if you have solding experience
or do I have to send it to a pickupmaker ?
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Re: Building my own guitar.

Postby Bengal65 » Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:48 am

It should be 22 Ga. wire. Just get some in the colors you need a solder each wire and slide some small diameter "heat shrink tubing" over the joint and use a hairdryer to shrink the tubing. Depending on how you will wire the pup, DiMarzio uses Red, Green, Black, White and a bare ground wire.

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Re: Building my own guitar.

Postby MetalHead » Tue Mar 07, 2006 12:15 pm

i can do easy soldering ;)
but I don't I can handle wire-extensioning/replacement :!:

I'll contact Lundgren and see if they can help me :D
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Re: Building my own guitar.

Postby MetalHead » Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:02 pm

on the other hand, I might do a complete turnaround and go with actives.
I have gotten a really decent price suggestion :twisted:

I'm wondering about the SD Iommi as well :!:

anyway, if I go with the actives, would anyone be interested in
the PAF Pro ?! ;)
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Re: Building my own guitar.

Postby Rock » Wed Mar 08, 2006 2:42 pm

MetalHead wrote:on the other hand, I might do a complete turnaround and go with actives.
I have gotten a really decent price suggestion :twisted:

I'm wondering about the SD Iommi as well :!:

anyway, if I go with the actives, would anyone be interested in
the PAF Pro ?! ;)


How much do u want for the Paf pro. :) Give me a price in U.S dollars i will work it out in our shit aussie dollar..lol :)

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Re: Building my own guitar.

Postby MetalHead » Wed Mar 08, 2006 2:56 pm

it costed me $50 + shipping.
I've just picked it up from the jiffybag it came in, looked at it, put it back
and then got a great offer for some actives :D
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Re: Building my own guitar.

Postby Rock » Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:06 am

Yep...sounds good to me....let me know if u decide to sell it. :)

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Re: Building my own guitar.

Postby Deansolo » Thu Mar 09, 2006 1:00 am

MetalHead wrote:
Deansolo wrote:Add a bit of wire.....


Is that easy to do if you have solding experience
or do I have to send it to a pickupmaker ?


Bengal65 is right. It's very easy to do even if you have very little soldering experience. Here's a detailed explanation of how to do it:

1) get some wire the same thickness as the pickup wire.

2) strip about 5mm of insulation off the end of the pickup wire and the end of extension wire and twist the bare wire ends, but do not twist them together.

3) "Tin" both stripped ends...meaning, apply solder to cover the bare, twisted wire.

4) apply a bit of solder to the clean tip of the soldering iron.

5) place the 2 "tinned" wires together side by side and touch the soldering iron to them so the solder flows between them....hold it steady unitl it cools. This should give you a nice clean solder joint....then...

6) slide a bit of "shrink tubing" over the solder joint and "shrink" it with either a hair dryer or a flame (be carefull not to burn it).

If you're not sure of your soldering skills....try practicing with a couple of peices of wire unitl you get the hang of it. The goal is to get a nice, clean solder joint.
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Re: Building my own guitar.

Postby Rock » Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:26 am

Very well explained Dean. :)

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