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  Topic: Tube-tester recommendation?
tcr45

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PostForum: Pick-ups, Amps and Electronics   Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:13 am   Subject: Tube-tester recommendation?
After a cursory glance thru eBay, it seems tube testers vary greatly in price. Can anyone recommend a reliable model of tube tester that I can get for $150-$200 or less? Just need to test standard gui ...
  Topic: Jazzmaster vs. Strat
tcr45

Replies: 32
Views: 3580

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 1:29 pm   Subject: Jazzmaster vs. Strat
Ah, well those cast saddles are (for me) a big no-no in terms of getting that classic bell-like strat sound. My perception is that they sound duller and thuddier than the older-style stamped steel.
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  Topic: Jazzmaster vs. Strat
tcr45

Replies: 32
Views: 3580

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:31 am   Subject: Jazzmaster vs. Strat
what kind of bridge and inertia block do you have on it?

If it's that bell-like thing you want, I strongly recommend a GOOD cold-rolled steel inertia block. It's quite a bit different from the cast ...
  Topic: Jazzmaster vs. Strat
tcr45

Replies: 32
Views: 3580

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 7:18 pm   Subject: Jazzmaster vs. Strat
I am so, SO glad I posted here before making any decisions. Cranking the trem down to be flush with the body made a HUGE difference. I also folded a small piece of paper towel to put between the sprin ...
  Topic: Jazzmaster vs. Strat
tcr45

Replies: 32
Views: 3580

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:36 pm   Subject: Jazzmaster vs. Strat
Is the trem on your Strat set up to float or is it decked? I've found that a lot of Strats set up to float will have the "plonky" sound you're talking about, especially with old strings.
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  Topic: Jazzmaster vs. Strat
tcr45

Replies: 32
Views: 3580

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 3:39 pm   Subject: Jazzmaster vs. Strat
Hey...been away for a while, but I'm getting the itch to build something new. I have a '97 USA Strat w/rosewood fingerboard. Of the several guitars I have, this one gets the least amount of play. It's ...
  Topic: Seafoam Jazz Bass build w/flamey neck & matching headsto
tcr45

Replies: 28
Views: 5718

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Sun May 11, 2014 9:41 am   Subject: Seafoam Jazz Bass build w/flamey neck & matching headsto
How did you finish the back of the neck?

Several liberal coats of boiled linseed oil. To the point where it just won't absorb any more. Then a coat of sanding sealer. Tape off the fingerboard and f ...
  Topic: Seafoam Jazz Bass build w/flamey neck & matching headsto
tcr45

Replies: 28
Views: 5718

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Sun May 11, 2014 9:34 am   Subject: Seafoam Jazz Bass build w/flamey neck & matching headsto
Is the pickgaurd from Warmoth?

Yes, from Warmoth. The concave curve where it hits the control plate needed a bit of Dremmelling to make it line up right, but it was easy enough to do.
  Topic: Seafoam Jazz Bass build w/flamey neck & matching headsto
tcr45

Replies: 28
Views: 5718

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Mon May 05, 2014 2:33 pm   Subject: Seafoam Jazz Bass build w/flamey neck & matching headsto
Thanks, folks. Appreciate the comments.

A few notes:

The neck was a Warmoth Showcase find. The fingerboard is actually ebony, which gives the bass a lovely, snappy high-end, as well as looking p ...
  Topic: Seafoam Jazz Bass build w/flamey neck & matching headsto
tcr45

Replies: 28
Views: 5718

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Sat May 03, 2014 7:33 am   Subject: Seafoam Jazz Bass build w/flamey neck & matching headsto
I didn't do a very thorough job of documenting everything, but figured y'all would at least like to see how it turned out. Pickups from Ralph.

This bass sounds incredible.

http://i901.photobuc ...
  Topic: P/J pickup set
tcr45

Replies: 0
Views: 475

PostForum: Pick-ups, Amps and Electronics   Posted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:40 am   Subject: P/J pickup set
What would you recommend for pickups? Someone mentioned in another thread that it's best to buy a set in order to avoid phasing problems. Is that true?

I found this set http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sey ...
  Topic: Seafoam Jazz Bass build w/flamey neck & matching headsto
tcr45

Replies: 28
Views: 5718

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:56 am   Subject: What pickups?
Ok, so the neck is coming along. I used the BLO-soak method and have a coat of sanding sealer on there now. Probably will start shooting tinted lacquer this weekend, then get started on the matching h ...
  Topic: Seafoam Jazz Bass build w/flamey neck & matching headsto
tcr45

Replies: 28
Views: 5718

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:53 am   Subject: Seafoam Jazz Bass build w/flamey neck & matching headsto


You can shoot lacquer in the cold.

http://www.reranch.com/reranch/viewtopic.php?t=47130&highlight=cold

Well I'll be damned. Game on!
  Topic: Seafoam Jazz Bass build w/flamey neck & matching headsto
tcr45

Replies: 28
Views: 5718

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:50 pm   Subject: Seafoam Jazz Bass build w/flamey neck & matching headsto
Arrgghhh!! Too cold to shoot lacquer today. So anxious to move on to the next step. Oh well, this is Texas--will probably be back in the 80s by Saturday.
  Topic: Seafoam Jazz Bass build w/flamey neck & matching headsto
tcr45

Replies: 28
Views: 5718

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:47 am   Subject: Seafoam Jazz Bass build w/flamey neck & matching headsto
Seafoam is just about my favorite Fender color and I can't wait to see this finished, though I am a touch skeptical about a tort guard Wink Mint, or white, or pearloid, or... Wink

john

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