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  1. I think she came out pretty good - and she sounds awesome! There's a small problem with the input jack. I have to hold the guitar cord up at an angle for any sound to come out. That should be easily fixable though. I'll do that later - it's almost 6:00am and I've been up all night working on this.
  2. So, I have to admit, there were a couple things I didn't understand about the diagram Stratamania was kind enough to draw up for me. But I think I have it figured out now. I'm pretty new to all this... At any rate, I've prepped the pickup wires for installation. The tiny wires in the shielding of the 89 humbucker had me perplexed as to how to remove the insulation without damaging the very fine wires. After a quick Google search, I found out all I had to do was hit them quickly (like less than half a second) with a hot soldering iron chisel tip. I have no idea why I chose blue rather than black wire to extend the shield ground wire, but hey, like I said, I'm new to this stuff and wasn't thinking I guess.
  3. Stratamania over at TGP was kind enough to draw up a proper wiring diagram for me. I should finally be playing her this weekend!
  4. Yup, still needs intonation. But I'll wait until I install the electronics to do that.
  5. So I decided to throw a set of strings on her to test the hairline cracks around the Floyd Rose nut screws on the back of the neck to make sure they weren't gonna crack and lose the headstock. WHY DIDN'T ANYONE TELL ME WHAT A MAJOR PITA IT IS FOR THE INITIAL SETUP OF A NEW FLOYD ROSE SYSTEM?!?!? Tune the strings, adjust the claw springs, retune the strings, readjust the claw springs. Crap, too tight. Loosen the strings, tighten the claw springs. Loosen the strings some more, tighten the claw springs some more. Almost level with the body now. Retune the strings, readjust the claw springs. Retune the strings AGAIN. Readjust the claw springs AGAIN. Retune the strings. Ahh, there we go! Okay. I got that out of my system. Phew! At any rate, there is no indication that the hairline cracks are gonna give away. There's no movement in them whatsoever. Also, the neck, for some weird reason, needs no adjustment whatsoever! YEAH!!! Oh, did I mention that the Floyd Rose stud anchor holes had to be redrilled because they were no longer deep enough due to the removal of the paint, base coat, and additional sanding? ARGHHH!!!
  6. I agree - all I did was touch up the few spots where the black paint was missing. Not yet. Maybe I'll do that today. Still waiting to hear back from EMG for a proper wiring diagram. She came with some pretty decent pickups - the EMG SA/SA/89 setup, but not the solderless wiring system version.
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