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Its progress, not perfection... or in the case of my most recent strat mod, its progress not completion. That's natural relicing by the way. Don't throw your guitar off stage unless you're still paying a guitar tech to catch it.

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dukeuke
5yabout 5 years ago

What are the mods? Those switches look intriguing...

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jimmarchi1
5yabout 5 years ago

top switches are on/off for each pickup, bottom switches are phase wired in series just like Brian May's red special. Master volume and tone are push-push alpha 500K pots. Volume puts the middle pickup in parallel with the neck and tone puts the bridge in parallel with the middle so you can get any combination from stock strat, to stock tele/jaguar neck and bridge, mustang type neck and bridge series, and then any combination of parallel and series with all 3, not to mention in and out of phase sounds. Neck pickup is a low output alnico 2 pickup with classic magnet stagger, middle is an A5 with flat poles and a hotter wind and the bridge is a modified GFS brighton rock model wound on the hot side, about 9k. Pots are 500K to keep thigns sparkly because each pickup is wired to my ear-tuned hum-cancelling system that involved dummy coils in line with a capacitor network to filter hum without changing the frequency response too much!

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tucson_don
4yover 4 years ago

It hurts to learn it took a stage dive, but I love that you put those mods into it! You know where this ends up right? The next step is the piezo blended with the pups in a parallel reverse phase (with a separate output option to go to one of those other toys, just to put it to good use).

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jimmarchi1
4yabout 4 years ago

I hate piezos on guitar.... great for boundary mics, awful for vibrating strings though, sensing the pressure against the bridge from a string really is nothing like what the string sounds like vibrating freely in the air beyond the saddle. I'm pretty happy with the guitar as is now. It does a TON

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leobutterworth
1yover 1 year ago

what are those nobs they are really cool looking

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jimmarchi1
1yover 1 year ago

they're old bakelite knobs I found... not sure where they came from. 50s stuff, probably radio equipment.

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