Ordered a Carvin SV-2 rack box to hold my ART Power Plant preamp and Alesis Quadraverb 2. The county-western Tolex is strangely complimentary to the early 90’s livery on the rack gear.
New bass I’m designing. might not go with Jazz pickups, at least at the bridge. This is for an upcoming tutorial on CAD and CAM for luthiery.
That Gotoh hardware I mentioned a few posts back. Saving this stuff for a guitar for myself. The cosmo black finish is really beautiful- much deeper looking than regular black anodize or powdercoat. it looks looks like some exotic space metal. Thinking about this stuff on a compact, one-piece Claro walnut burl body. Maybe a wenge neck and macassar ebony fb. Time to start designing.
New plate, wired up. Can’t wait to see how these pickups sound. Those brown bobbins are Garolite—a little stiffer and thicker than the traditional vulcanized fiberboard. Milled them out on my cnc router. The bridge pickup has a grounded steel backing plate-first time trying one of those.
I also included a 500pf/220k ohm treble bleed circuit. Tone cap is .01uf orange drop, volume/tone pots are 250k and 500k Bourns PDA-24s, respectively.
New pickups for my strat. 10K bridge, 9.5K middle (counterwound) and 9K neck, all 43 gauge wire and .710” Alnico V magnets. Now just waiting on new pots from Mouser!
I did something dumb, and broke the bridge pickup on the last guitar I finished. So I made a new one. 11,500 turns of 43AWG. Hottest pickup I’ve ever wound! Measures 11.5k ohms, should sound like a strat pickup wound with 42AWG to 8.6k ohms, following the 75% rule. Still pretty hot.
Wrapping up some projects before we pack up and move. Finally getting around to winding some pickups for my Strat—the covers get a fun little detail.
Guitar I put together out of all the prototype parts I had laying around; the Sapele body is the very first one I successfully cut out on my CNC router. It is also the first time I used celluloid binding, and sprayed nitrocellulose. The body is much thinner than the later ones—No scale handy, but this guitar feels like less than 5 pounds. It feels like a hollowbody. Neck is birdseye maple with a Pao Ferro fretboard. Alnico V pickups, 8.5k and 7.5k, bridge and neck respectively. 3-way switch, 250k volume and tone pot, .022uF orange drop cap. Just waiting on tuners and a bridge to arrive. This one’s spoken for.
Tried to catch how frickin’ crazy this piece of Honduras mahogany is, the chattoyance is amazing. This doesn’t do it justice. It’s like liquid and metal and fire all at once. I really need to go back to where I got this lumber and clean them out if they have any more. Fortunately I had enough to make three guitars—two that are for commissions, and one for me :)