Jump to content
Hamer Fan Club Message Center
diablo175

News From The Bench

Recommended Posts

Props to cmatthes for the dry transfer! 

B3ACC804-8D2C-4872-A207-8496EF9AAEEC.jpeg

3F3F96C5-FB5E-46A4-8656-CD0F09A5692E.jpeg

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Next up: FRETS!

image.png

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mmm... stainless JUMBO's.

image.png

image.png

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
31 minutes ago, diablo175 said:

Mmm... stainless JUMBO's.

 

 

You're getting it big and hard and liking it!  😂

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, Studio Custom said:

You're getting it big and hard and liking it!  😂

Uh, I suppose that's one way of thinking about it. Not one that would occur to me but I'm not judging... much. ;)

 

  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

Yeah, it's been a while. Aside from string changes and other insignificant shit, nothing's been happenin' on the ol' bench. That is, until today. Last Sunday Meatbomb returned one of the Burrito axes he built for me and per my request, it had numerous fixes done-  neck shaved down a bit, board edges rolled a little more,  finish stripped and so on. My next task will be determining a finish,  (the old one was far too dark and gloomy) procuring a shit ton of hardware and electronics-  it's getting the usual OFR, a Gravelin set (yet to be determined but leaning towards his double slug that went into the Spitfire and a '59-ish neck p'up) Gotoh left hand black tuners and so on. Paging Dr. Stike, paging Dr. Stike...

 

Speaking of p'ups, one of the more disappointing p'ups I've put up with for far too long was the one in my Jackson CS  FWAM Star. It was a regular sized SH-5 Custom but it just didn't wow like Josh's p'ups do. I've held off on changing it out because of the painted cover and a healthy dose of apprehension due to inexperience. I've only ever tackled one covered  p'up on an import shredder and it was a serious hassle separating them. It ws laso metal and this one is plastic. I didn't want to risk damaging the plastic or f*cking up the paint on the cover. Finally,  my annoyance with the FWAM p'up grew to the point of no return, so, I dug into the wealth of knowledge and experience out there on the web and applied it. I discovered, to my surprise, the cover came off without much fuss or struggle. Better still, the Gravelin Mongoose I happened to have sitting on the bench, fits perfectly in the cover!!!  Diablo's a happy camper! Tone report to follow.

 

 

 

IMG_0066.jpg

IMG_0065.jpg

Edited by diablo175
  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, diablo175 said:

Yeah, it's been a while. Aside from string changes and other insignificant shit, nothing's been happenin' on the ol' bench. That is, until today. Last Sunday Meatbomb returned one of the Burrito axes he build for me and per my request, it had numerous fixes done-  neck shaved down a bit, board edges rolled a little more,  finish stripped and so on. My next task will be determining a finish,  (the old one was far too dark and gloomy) procuring a shit ton of hardware and electronics-  it's getting the usual OFR, a Gravelin set (yet to be determined but leaning towards his double slug that went into the Spitfire and a '59-ish neck p'up) Gotoh left hand black tuners and so on. Paging Dr. Stike, paging Dr. Stike...

 

Speaking of p'ups, one of the more disappointing p'ups I've put up with for far too long was the one in my Jackson CS  FWAM Star. It was a regular sized SH-5 Custom but it just didn't wow like Josh's p'ups do. I've held off on changing it out because of the painted cover and a healthy dose of apprehension due to inexperience. I've only ever tackled one covered  p'up on an import shredder and it was a serious hassle separating them. It ws laso metal and this one is plastic. I didn't want to risk damaging the plastic or f*cking up the paint on the cover. Finally,  my annoyance with the FWAM p'up grew to the point of no return, so, I dug into the wealth of knowledge and experience out there on the web and applied it. I discovered, to my surprise, the cover came off without much fuss or struggle. Better still, the Gravelin Mongoose I happened to have sitting on the bench, fits perfectly in the cover!!!  Diablo's a happy camper! Tone report to follow.

 

 

 

IMG_0066.jpg

 

What type of top is that? Maple? Is that the finish? It looks like the surface of the moon!! Very very cool!!! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
18 minutes ago, Dutchman said:

What type of top is that? Maple? Is that the finish? It looks like the surface of the moon!! Very very cool!!! 

Quilted maple and no, the finish was this:

image.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, diablo175 said:

Quilted maple and no, the finish was this:

image.png

Clear coat, clear coat, clear coat...

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 minutes ago, killerteddybear said:

Clear coat, clear coat, clear coat...

Not likely- the quilt top is a 1/4 inch slab of maple and the seam has to be sprayed opaque just like in the original finish. However, since this is getting additional work done to the trem recess cavity and that will need to be hidden as well, I'm leaning towards a complete opaque finish. But I agree- it's a purdy top.

  • Sad 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, killerteddybear said:

Clear coat, clear coat, clear coat...

I agree!!! It looks tit’s the way it is!!! In the pic anyhow... Unique!! 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A dark and gloomy finish should have been perfect for heavy metal. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Steve Haynie said:

A dark and gloomy finish should have been perfect for heavy metal. 

Oh but I play much much more than just heavy metal. ;)

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
33 minutes ago, diablo175 said:

Oh but I play much much more than just heavy metal. ;)

 

Hey Jim, what was wrong with the green?.. I thought it looked frik'n awesome!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
26 minutes ago, Dave Scepter said:

Hey Jim, what was wrong with the green?.. I thought it looked frik'n awesome!

Yeah, I agree. That was the nicest one of the bunch.

 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, diablo175 said:

Oh but I play much much more than just heavy metal. ;)

 

Average weight metal? 😀

  • Like 1
  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, scottcald said:

Average weight metal? 😀

He tried light metal but found it boron...

  • Like 1
  • Haha 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, diablo175 said:

Not likely- the quilt top is a 1/4 inch slab of maple and the seam has to be sprayed opaque just like in the original finish. However, since this is getting additional work done to the trem recess cavity and that will need to be hidden as well, I'm leaning towards a complete opaque finish. But I agree- it's a purdy top.

If it must be opaque, please consider a light green metalflake.

20.jpg

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Haven't posted here in a while (since July) so this is timely- took the recently acquired LTD Lynch Kamikaze and gave it a much-needed overhaul. The previous owner actually started it down the path of resale ruination by adding a rout for a toggle switch and putting slightly better p'ups in- a Custom 5 and a Dimarzio Chopper. Meh. The SH-15 came out for a Bare Knuckle Warpig on a glowing endorsement from @DBraz. He was fully on point- the Warpig is a hot rod, flame-throwing rocker with tons of output- (21K) but tames nicely with volume knob tweaks. It has great high end bite without being shrill and has a nice, tight low end- just right for my use.

Naturally, the POS stock FR Special trem had to go and post haste! That was replaced with a like-new Schaller Lock Meister w/ 37mm brass fat block I happened to have lying around on the bench.

Hily shit! What an improvement! The guitar plays and sounds significantly better and with the intended addition of a kill switch vol pot, it'll be a nice little stunt guitar.

image.png

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Burrito Brothers reunited!

So, the younger, more brash brother of the Burrito 1 (shown a few posts back) has made it's way home! For the uninitiated, Meatbomb of Addict Guitars built me a 2nd Burrito after the first one was decommissioned because of some trem and other issues it had incurred. The second differed from the first with a standard 24 fret neck w/ bouncing inlays and a Fernandes sustainer unit. Unfortunately,  the clear cracked noticeably and the band stopped gigging right as Meatbomb's attentions turned to metalsmithing. Fast forward 9 months, after a gracious refund and copious apologies, the Burrito 2 was headed for eBay to be sold as a project for some aspiring builder or player. Long story short I re-acquired it and have set wheels in motion to have it revamped and revitalized! Much like it's older sibling, this will go to Shane at HEL Custom Guitars first, for a new sustainer system- (I'm not keen on the Fernandes version) some new inlays 🤫 , a minor neck profile tweak and prepping for a new  @Stike finish!  And yes, the figuring WILL be left intact and visible on this new version.

 

 

IMG_5836.jpg

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wait, I’m confused. The above guitar is the second Burrito? Work to be done is new neck profile and new sustainer?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, RobB said:

Wait, I’m confused. The above guitar is the second Burrito? Work to be done is new neck profile and new sustainer?

Yes. And new paint.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Naturally, I modded my recent BC Rich acquisition with the addition of a kill switch tone pot and a new-ish LockMeister and big brass block. It stands to reason that after you've done certain tasks over and over, you're likely to get pretty good at it and I thought this was such a case.

Oh ho! Not so fast! Ran into a bit of a soldering & wiring issue that, suffice it to say, stymied any sound from happening. I was a bit frustrated, especially since this was something done before. The real hang up was in the fact that what was amiss, wasn't obvious and I had little in the way of diagrams or schematics to follow. My reflex response was to phone up a local tech  (though Shane Huss has been pretty damn good about helping walk me through other minor issues) and punt it off to him. Thus, I had a few hours before I was to drop it off with the tech when I decided to take one more look at it. I checked and re-checked and reviewed the only diagrams I did have, of which neither fully addressed the necessary routing of wires. I had to extrapolate and combine info from both to achieve a complete picture.

Long story short, my effort paid off! It was several items- a bad wire the previous gent had used and my mis-routing a few lines as well. But persistence won the day and I'm a tiny bit more knowledgeable and better off for it!

It ain't pretty but it works!!!

image.png

 

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Much more satisfying to DIY the solution.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
39 minutes ago, killerteddybear said:

Much more satisfying to DIY the solution.

giphy.gif

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...