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SurferRosa 08-28-22 04:07 PM

Sure wish I could change strings once a month. I love how bright and loud harmonics sound with new strings. FMaj7 sounded wrong tuned down, so I went standard.

https://i.imgur.com/nKAMPbe.jpg
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Hobbiano 08-29-22 01:00 PM

I actually like how they sound after they loose some of that initial metallic brightness. I've got several guitars that I kind of "cycle" through so strings last me - lets just say a long time. I try to remember to write down the date and kind of strings on a piece of paper or the string packaging when I change them and leave it in the case so I know when the last time I changed them was.

AdventureManCO 10-11-22 08:44 PM

1971 SG Standard. She's been through the wars. Headstock break, control cavity break (completely off, then reglued). It has just an absolutely huge amount of scrapes, bumps, gouges, scratches, dings, checks, wear, and more. Great guitar. And yep I'm a lefty so I play it upside down.
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...e50eacd709.jpg

Mackers 10-12-22 12:53 AM

Intonation must not be great though with that right handed bridge.
That's usually what stops me when I find a great deal on a right handed guitar.


https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...ca99b56896.jpg
My not so vintage 2013 Standard in the early morning sunshine :)

AdventureManCO 10-12-22 06:50 AM

I've probably put about a half dozen righty SGs into 'lefty' mode and most come out okay. There are a few that don't, sometimes it's close.

On this particular guitar, I was lucky in that someone stuck an old brass Alembic bridge on it in place of the original abr style, and it gives a lot more room for adjustment. So while it does not aesthetically do the guitar justice, it makes up for it with the intonation.

Dirt Road Blues 10-12-22 10:34 AM

1934 Kalamazoo KG-11
Spruce, mahogany. and Brazilian rosewood. Ebony nut.

It's had it's neck reset, a bridge replacement, a brace replacement, and a full refret. Tuners are Golden Age replacements. I'm using a custom gauge set of nickel wounds. The top has a small amount of old tension warping near the waist around the sound hole on the treble side.. She's stable now. Lacquer is crazed and scuffed throughout. I appreciate it's past repairs and parts replacements because I couldn't afford to get into a "nicer" prewar Gibson otherwise. A real comfy V neck profile. It's light as a feather. Crazy volume projection and responsive to a light touch when needed. Deep bass with a focused midrange and a quick resonate decay. This guitar begs me to play it. It fits any mood I'm in. And it smells nice too!

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...9a35c1d882.jpg
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Charles Wahl 10-12-22 11:37 AM

Here's my homebuilt partscaster, a Tele inspired by a photo of a '59 Esquire in A.R. Duchossoir's Telecaster book, code name "Gin Soaked Boy".

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...78689c7bc.jpeg
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...043480273.jpeg
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...ff9cf892f.jpeg
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...313c59521.jpeg
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...de854d206.jpeg
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...bcc1a5a6e.jpeg

It's an alder body bought on eBay, with a Warmoth maple neck with Indian Rosewood fretboard. I gave it both forearm and (modest) belly cuts, used a neck plate that allowed me to contour that corner at the body/neck transition, recessed the string ferrules. I don't have a shop full of tools (though my building has a drill press that was invaluable), nor a place to do spraying. So I went with milk paint on the body (mixed cream and yellow) and finished everything with Tung Oil -- won't do that again, because the cure time is a pain. For some reason, the milk paint/tung combination resulted in a fair amount of "variegation" in the color -- more emphatic in the photos than in person, I think. But it also has a charming sort of craquelure to it up close (see last photo); so it's serviceable and pleasing to me anyway. Next time I'm thinking I'll use shellac, since it cures very fast, and I'd like to try the French polish technique.

Used quality hardware throughout: Rutters bridge with compensated saddles, bone nut, Hipshot open-gear tuners, Lollar '52 traditional pickups; and have wired them 4-way (neck, both in series, both in ||, bridge). Considered using stacked pots to separate tone and volume controls for each pickup, and have the hardware for that, but want to get some playing under my belt before going there.

I'm a poor player, and I have no stage to strut and fret on, and just a cast-off Blues Junior to play through, that my "flown the coop" son has left here. Currently have as amp-projects a Tweed Deluxe cabinet made by John Mergili in Spokane (covered but not finished at my request; I'll use shellac on that), two Jensen alnico speakers (8" and 10", and they'll both fit) and chassis, components, and hardware for both a 5F2-A and a 5E3 (Tweed Princeton and Deluxe). One of those will inhabit the Deluxe cab, and one will go into a very nice pine head cabinet I designed, built by Wm. Rohrs (Armadillo-Works on eBay) in MD.

I also have several other guitar projects in mind, and have both bodies and necks waiting for those. One is a set of Firebird humbucker pickups, with Tune-o-matic bridge (ABR-1) on a Fender Jaguar body (cut down to be more Tele-sized) and a Musikraft neck with a Gibson-style tilt-back head, but 6 inline. Others are a pair of Thinline bodies.

I'd really like to have an acoustic to play, but nice ones are so expensive. There's another cast-off here, a mahogany student-grade Martin DM that was my son's first guitar, but I hate playing it because of the dreadnought bulk. We have a student classical guitar (my spouse's) that's nice enough, and sounds good to me, but I'd really prefer a steel-string. I "designed" a version of a Gibson L-0 with x-bracing and a slot-head neck years and years ago, and my cousin the guitar builder said he'd build it. So far as I know, it's about 75-80% complete, but I don't have very much hope that I'll ever see it finished. Body is myrtle, top old European Spruce that I've had since the '80s, and the neck (underway but no photos) Honduras Mahogany, ditto. The top is not visually very prepossessing, but my cousin is excited about its "tap tones" -- we'll see. I have a pair of Adirondack Spruce top pieces in my closet too, in case I have to make one myself to finally get one.


https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...0460f2cf6.jpeg
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...589a44161.jpeg
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a560a3107.jpeg
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f0b6a7548.jpeg
Links to more photos on Flickr:
Gin Soaked Boy (Tele partscaster)
Tweed Deluxe cabinet (by Mergili)
5F2-A head cabinet
Gibson L-0ish guitar in construction
Back to bikes . . .

Mackers 10-16-22 03:28 AM


Originally Posted by AdventureManCO (Post 22676137)
I've probably put about a half dozen righty SGs into 'lefty' mode and most come out okay. There are a few that don't, sometimes it's close.

On this particular guitar, I was lucky in that someone stuck an old brass Alembic bridge on it in place of the original abr style, and it gives a lot more room for adjustment. So while it does not aesthetically do the guitar justice, it makes up for it with the intonation.

Ok, you just made me pick up a right handed Captain Kirk Douglas SG Custom..........

Just to make sure I'll find a lefty version in the near future :)

rudypyatt 10-16-22 04:13 PM

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...1f7fb5430.jpeg
1924 Gibson A Junior Snakehead mandolin. I try to play jazz on it.
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...61ddbbe06.jpeg
1960 Gibson L50 acoustic archtop. Jazz and anything else I can think of.

GuitarlCarl 10-16-22 05:10 PM

Soon my new friends, soon. I have so many guitars. The closest thing I have to a C&V guitar is my Grandfather's '74 Telecaster Deluxe. But I have crazy 60's Japanese guitars and partscasters Tele and Strat styled as well as offsets and and and...

Mr. 66 10-17-22 03:17 PM

This looked like some interesting jigs made
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...2ce6cbbe1a.jpg
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...663b8c6654.jpg
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...3350155343.jpg

Hobbiano 10-17-22 07:28 PM

Here's a few of mine.
'52 ES-125
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...861c83a519.jpg

'67 X500
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...3bc9c3fd6e.jpg

'95 ES-175
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d83a25cedd.jpg

'82 Ibanez FA-100
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...4ac439c5d4.jpg

AdventureManCO 10-21-22 03:41 PM


Originally Posted by Mackers (Post 22680899)
Ok, you just made me pick up a right handed Captain Kirk Douglas SG Custom..........

Just to make sure I'll find a lefty version in the near future :)


Haha, yes!!! Was it the blue? I usually have a harder time with 3 pickup guitars (well, 3 humbuckers, that is) but the wonderful thing about a batwing SG is that you can remove a 3rd pickup and just change the pickguard. Heck, you could change it to a 1-pickup guitar even. Still, the KD Sig is a classy guitar. I've been moving a little more away from official 'Gibson' SGs ever since building my own neck through SG. SGs should have been a neck through design from the beginning, as the early history of the SG neck joint redesign well shows. A few years back, Gibson actually did build a neck through SG, but it was some sort of 12-string Firebird-ish monstrosity, that I'm sure set records for the fastest neck dive ever. Still, with all the shortcomings, I'm a huge fan of SGs. Was the first guitar I really fell in love with.


Well, you know what they say on both bike forums AND guitar forums...

Pics or it didn't happen!:D

52telecaster 10-21-22 08:33 PM

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...68d67dca2.jpeg
73 thinline tele given to me last year. I gig with this one when hum is an issue.


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