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Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 02-03-2013, 03:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 181
Posted By earthwormjim
They're self expanding rivets or split nails. ...

They're self expanding rivets or split nails. Just pull them out.

http://www.speakerbuildersupply.com/servlet/the-228/Marshall-corner-rivets-gold/Detail
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 02-02-2013, 12:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 833
Posted By earthwormjim
You should measure the radius first. It's not...

You should measure the radius first. It's not guaranteed that your neck is 17". There's some variation between HM Strats depending on when and where they were made.

Even if yours was originally...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-30-2013, 10:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 251
Posted By earthwormjim
You should not make it from solid hardwood. ...

You should not make it from solid hardwood. It'll be overly heavy and weaker than quality birch plywood. Just get plywood with nice veneering if you want to finish it. Warping is a big issue with...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-30-2013, 10:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,184
Posted By earthwormjim
Strat necks sit rather high compared to the body....

Strat necks sit rather high compared to the body. That's why they rarely if ever need any neck angle, that and their bridges are fairly low.

It's not relevant to the OPs question, and quite...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-30-2013, 12:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 833
Posted By earthwormjim
I'm pretty sure you'll have to route the guitar a...

I'm pretty sure you'll have to route the guitar a little, so technically there's no direct replacement. Closest to a direct replacement would be a new old stock Spyder, and those are not...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-28-2013, 02:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,184
Posted By earthwormjim
But fret height and fretboard thickness do...

But fret height and fretboard thickness do matter. The reason why you need neck angle is due to your bridge being significantly taller than your neck. However, if your neck is shorter in height...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-28-2013, 12:13 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,184
Posted By earthwormjim
What bridge is on the guitar? Neck angle is...

What bridge is on the guitar? Neck angle is determined by bridge height, so it's important to know what bridge type it is.

If it's a tune-o-matic, 3-4 degrees is...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-26-2013, 09:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 276
Posted By earthwormjim
Check continuity with a multimeter to verify that...

Check continuity with a multimeter to verify that the adhesive is really working. I would solder it anyway. Adhesive deteriorates with age, solder never does (provided it isn't moved).
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-26-2013, 03:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 589
Posted By earthwormjim
Small bear electronics has a nice little PCB just...

Small bear electronics has a nice little PCB just for this purpose that you solder directly to a 3PDT switch. It's pretty handy and cheap.

http://www.smallbearelec.com/servlet/Detail?no=870
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-19-2013, 03:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 605
Posted By earthwormjim
You should still be able to sand it. You're...

You should still be able to sand it. You're taking away ten thousandths of an inch when you sand back the first stain application.

How else are you going to be able to do prep work anyway if you...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-19-2013, 01:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 519
Posted By earthwormjim
It's a little odd to have a center detent on an...

It's a little odd to have a center detent on an audio taper pot. You usually don't particularly care about being exactly half way on a volume pot.

There's probably fairly relaxed tolerances as far...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-16-2013, 03:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 489
Posted By earthwormjim
It's not going to read a correct value since...

It's not going to read a correct value since he'll only be measuring the real component of the impedance.

Ryansmelliott, the resistance you see will only be part of the picture, it'll read a little...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-16-2013, 03:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 503
Posted By earthwormjim
I use similar ones at work (Digital Temp...

I use similar ones at work (Digital Temp Control). Definitely crank the temperature, the faster you heat up whatever you're working with, the cooler everything else around it will be.

You don't...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-15-2013, 04:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 641
Posted By earthwormjim
The scorching should sand away.

The scorching should sand away.
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-14-2013, 04:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 644
Posted By earthwormjim
Try wax instead first.

Try wax instead first.
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-13-2013, 09:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 319
Posted By earthwormjim
I'm sorry but you would have to purposely try to...

I'm sorry but you would have to purposely try to melt the glue to have this happen.
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-13-2013, 02:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 319
Posted By earthwormjim
Sanding runs the risk of ruining contours and...

Sanding runs the risk of ruining contours and rounded edges unless you are careful. After several hours of sanding, its hard to be careful...

There is no such risk when using chemicals or a...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-12-2013, 11:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 644
Posted By earthwormjim
Springs are often dipped in wax to prevent...

Springs are often dipped in wax to prevent unwanted vibrations, similar idea.
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-11-2013, 12:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 409
Posted By earthwormjim
No, it is a part of "quality." A...

No, it is a part of "quality." A stricter manufacturing process is required to produce capacitors with less variation even when using the same dielectric material as capacitors with lower...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-11-2013, 04:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 519
Posted By earthwormjim
Ohms. You want to measure resistance. Put one...

Ohms. You want to measure resistance. Put one probe on the wiper (center lug) and the other probe on either of the two outer lugs. Do this for each of the pots, and watch the resistance as you...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-10-2013, 04:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 519
Posted By earthwormjim
I missread your description. You're right it...

I missread your description. You're right it does match.


The center notch might just be a half way point on the taper. If you have a multi-meter you could quickly answer your question about...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-09-2013, 04:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,171
Posted By earthwormjim
Might depend on the grain filler too, whether or...

Might depend on the grain filler too, whether or not it stays behind.
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-09-2013, 04:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 519
Posted By earthwormjim
Sounds like you got a non concentric pot, they...

Sounds like you got a non concentric pot, they sent you a dual ganged pot with a center detent.

The one in your link looked correct, the picture is even of a concentric pot.

Are there part number...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-08-2013, 12:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,171
Posted By earthwormjim
If you are careful, the face, back and tummy...

If you are careful, the face, back and tummy contour come off as one piece, saves a lot of time instead of trying to get little bits off.
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-06-2013, 11:34 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,567
Posted By earthwormjim
You really need the pickguard. Telecasters look...

You really need the pickguard. Telecasters look naked without one unless they have a carved top.
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-06-2013, 11:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 189
Posted By earthwormjim
There is no tone detriment to having a...

There is no tone detriment to having a polyurethane finish. It's entirely possible to have an even thinner poly finish than a nitro finish.

The only thing a poly finish will do, is last longer,...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-06-2013, 04:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,171
Posted By earthwormjim
It really doesn't take longer when using a heat...

It really doesn't take longer when using a heat gun. The paint bubbles very fast, and you can quickly scrape or peel it off.
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-06-2013, 03:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,171
Posted By earthwormjim
Heat gun is much faster than hand sanding. It...

Heat gun is much faster than hand sanding. It takes forever to sand off all the paint and you risk ruining the rounded edges and other contours, with a heat gun you can get all the pain off in 15...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-06-2013, 03:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 519
Posted By earthwormjim
Yes, if you put the pots after the switch, you...

Yes, if you put the pots after the switch, you wouldn't have independent volume controls.
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 01-06-2013, 01:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 385
Posted By earthwormjim
Amplifiers use a 1M resistor in parallel with the...

Amplifiers use a 1M resistor in parallel with the input, it's not in series. Their input impedance is not necessarily 1M. But it is quite high to ensure good voltage transfer, not to ensure good...
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