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Old 8th March 2004, 01:21 PM   #21
ubertar is offline ubertar  United States
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Originally posted by guitargully
thats a pretty crazy instrument, along with the rest of them on your site. Looks cool too...any sound files?
Nothing up online at the moment. Used to have a group in Seattle called Bakshish. We put out two cds and they're still available. On plenty of sessions with various people, including a song with Daniel Johnston that hasn't been released yet ( a cover of Bowie's Scary Monsters). If you get a chance, see a short film called "the Show" that's been making the rounds at the festivals (it's won a bunch of awards so far) that I did the music for.
I'm working on a solo cd at the moment. If I don't find a label for it, I might just put it out there on line for free.
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Old 14th March 2004, 09:40 AM   #22
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had some troubles with the attachment... now found some webspace, here it is, the pic belonging to post #19,


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Old 15th March 2004, 09:22 AM   #23
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Hi Guitarplayers

I have a simple Yamaha Pacifica 112 MX stratocopy with natur alder body:

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but I changed the original yamaha pickup to Seymour Duncan TB4. This is the new wiring

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I using DIY poweramp and cabinet with Eminence speakers, and Digitech multieffect.
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Old 16th April 2006, 06:03 PM   #24
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Hi Stratofan
What is your DIY power Amplifier mosfet or tubes and how much wattage??. i am a fan of diy power amplifiers for (guitar rigs) mosfet types that is . Just put a all tube pre ampin front of it........no more el34 & 6l6 to replace.
I have a diy pre-amp by PAIA
and DOD eq unit feeding a Hafler p-500 watt power amplifier....i knowthe power amplifier is not diy ....but i got a good deal on ebay for it. Iam trying to make a power amplifier from a ELEKTOR ARTICLE IT HAS A OP-AMP FRONT END and mosfet output section

ps the PAIA PRE-AMP IS A sorta tube feed one 12xa7 stave tube thinggy
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Old 18th April 2006, 05:12 PM   #25
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I play a little bit of guitar and have an Martin D-15 acoustic, a Pimentel M1000 Deluxe classical and a USA std. strat (from the late '80s) but my pride and joy instruments are my viola and violin. The viola was made by John T. Honeycutt, a local maker in 1976.

The violin is much older, and is estimated to have been made somewhere between 1800 and 1850, probably in Germany or Austria. I found it at a yard sale in the late '80s and only recently had it restored to playing condition. Now I play on it regularly in a local orchestra.

I tried attaching the files, but was unable to do so. Here are links:


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Old 18th April 2006, 07:05 PM   #26
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Hey rhinobirds, do u have a truss rod in there also or ur trusting the neck wont bend too much?
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Old 19th April 2006, 12:27 AM   #27
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hello DolbyR,

I do have a truss rod in there, otherwise it would be hard to adjust the neck afterwards. I did divide the neck into three parts and then glued them all together again (with the middle part reversed) to prevend bending.
At the moment, the only thing left to do is to level the frets and to make a decent nut,

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Old 25th April 2008, 03:05 PM   #28
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hi i own a JG66-EX - Limited edition Jaguar, made in 1994. Blonde with gold hardware

would anyone like to share there pics if they have one of these guitars
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Old 26th April 2008, 11:55 AM   #29
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Longish post this, mostly from something I posted a couple of years back on another forum under guitar building:

In the late 60's what I now call my "Chimera" was a thru' neck bass guitar I used to play in blues bands around South London. In the 70's I decided to change it to a 'normal' guitar so off came the four elephant winders, the holes were filled in, and on went a six set. I then took out all the frets, sanded away the existing slots, and re-fretted and position marked it to its current two octaves using a non-bass-guitar scale. In those days I had a 9 Volt powered pre-amp embedded in the back end of the bodywork but the control setup was rather more orthodox than today. The early version had home-made wire wound pickups that ran thru'an internal microphone transformer to boost the output a bit.

A bit later the guitars back end cracked off, mainly due to the rather large hole I'd made for the pre-amp so I straightened it across and contoured the remaining body a bit which naturally also reduced the overall weight of the guitar! Since the seventies there have been numerous other changes, mostly by way of pick-up swaps (the two current pickups were moved across from an old Maya strat copy) and re-wiring experiments. I finally dumped the internal pre-amp about four years ago.

The current wiring is a bit unorthodox. The three knobs are Volume 1, Volume 2 and Tone. The output socket is actually a stereo one for a reason explained later. A particular knob doesn't do anything if its related (very small) switch is in the UP position. There are actually five of these tiny switches in a row. Starting at the neck end Switch 1 is OFF/ON for the neck pickup and Switch 2 is OFF/ON for the bridge pickup. Switch 3 is UP for the two pickups to work as single coil and DOWN for the two pickups to be humbucked together (took me ages to figure the wiring for that!). Switch 4 is UP to de-activate the volume and tone control and DOWN to activate. The reason for this switchable activation and de-activation is that I rarely fiddle with the rotary controls while playing, I just switch in whatever preset I've adjusted them to beforehand! Another oddity lies in switch 5, a three position switch. Its 'neutral' position is upright, nothing is activated when in that position. UP, however, activates the other volume control which happens to be the knob nearest to the pickups. The connections from that control feed to the second signal output on the stereo socket already mentioned.

So, if I use a mono guitar cable the second connection in the socket gets grounded. But when I use a stereo guitar cable its split into two mono jacks at the other end where I have a Digitech processor (an RP50 actually, cheap as they come!). One of the mono jacks goes into the INPUT socket on the Digitech and the other goes into the EXPRESSION PEDAL socket. Depending on the Digitech's effects settings any variable resistance plugged into the EP socket will control either Volume, Wah or Whammy. So what I'm doing here is moving an EP onto the face of the guitar as an alternative to having it on the floor.

Finally there is the DOWN position of Switch 5. That re-directs the signal away from the EP knob to a miniature jack socket at the end of the line of switches. This accepts a device I call a RAT TAIL. Actually all that amounts to is a mini jack plug with about 9 inches of coax attached, on the other end of which is a very small modified push button. Normally such a push button would have a simple ON/OFF action. The modification was to dismantle it and insert something called Quantum Tunnelling Composite (a metal-filled polymer) between the contacts, then re-assemble it. QTC is interesting stuff. First it's very cheap, less than 2 Quid for a pack of 4 tablets about 2mm square. In its normal state it presents a resistance of around 1M Ohm, but squash it and its resistance drops progressively thru' to 0 Ohms. So ... DOWN on Switch 5 wakes up the RAT TAIL!!!! The tail is long enough for the end to be held in the right hand along with a pick. Push the button at the same time as picking and some pre-determined effect comes into play on the Digitech. I'm working on ideas for a 'pressure plectrum' (the harder you grip it the more effect you get) and even a pressure device that can be bitten upon, putting it on the end of a cable threaded down clothing to inside a shoe, you name it! As I'm currently learning to play alto saxophone it has occurred to me that even a pressure sensitive mouthpiece for that is possible ... a painless way of bending notes perhaps!

Finally on the Chimera there is also a further straightforward push button override. That is mounted near the neck pickup and is reachable with some playing styles using r.h. 2nd or 3rd finger pressure. High resistance to low resistance in one button push in this case and it overrides the Rat Tail.

Another mod I've done is to make the scratch plate in sections so that I can get at my wiring without slackening or removing strings etc. to free the pickups which are on a separate plate.

The guitar at the moment weighs 5 pounds which is pretty light. It's kinda hard to nail down what production guitar it sounds like, if any, as so much can be done with the particular effect used. A couple of my tracks, where on both all the guitar sounds, including 'bass' via an octave dropper, come from the Chimera, can be found at:


The following pictures are of the Chimera face-on, control plate, and the back. The funny looking thing sticking out of the back is a recent add-on. It just plugs in for the times I'm using the guitar standing up on a strap and holds the guitar more-or-less in place against my waist and also tilts it up a bit so I can see what I'm playing!!

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Hmmm ... I think a re-paint might be in order!!

Anyway I'm always interested to hear what others have done or any other general comments.
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Old 18th May 2008, 06:10 AM   #30
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Yeah, disability and the lack of a real shop have slowed progress significantly......but here is a Epi SG body and EpiLP neck that I got ahold of for cheap and been molesting for a while.....getting ready to finish it soon.....just need a paint booth.......(I hate sanding......lol)

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and this is the "practice rig", Ive been putting together......look for the "knight amp" thread for details.......

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may not be pretty,, but it makes me smile.....
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