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Build Reports / Cascadia,Finally
« on: January 30, 2018, 09:35:19 PM »
This has been on going since Jason sent out the boards months ago. When I finally got it together I put the switch board upside down (Jason pointed that out when the thing wouldnít work).  Once fixed, it fired right up.  Then I decided I wanted to try a different color, ie, copper and that turned into a 4 time paint and repaint. If someone likes the color I do not recommend using the Rustoleum copper paint.  I found it to be a real PITA.  Then it took 4 decals to get it to this point.  I got so fed up with finishing it I just said the hell with it and pressed on.  Anyway, as others have reported this is an awesome pedal worthy to be placed on anyoneís board. 

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General Questions / Famowood/Envirotex - How Much Do You Use?
« on: January 17, 2018, 03:05:06 PM »
I am finally going to give this a shot.  Iíve got the kit, read through several of the tutorials and threads but just wanted to get a little more info.  I went to the Envirotex calculator and sized out a 1590bb and it came out to 1.28 ounces to do a 1/16Ē pour.   

Is 1/16Ē coat thick enough or do you need more? 

Does the 1.28oz sound correct?  The sides were included in the calculation but Iím only doing the top. Iíve read that you want to make sure you mix enough the first time. 

Any suggestions/advice will be much appreciated.  Thanks.

Open Discussion / Arrow 15% Off Coupon Code
« on: December 28, 2017, 04:42:27 PM »
I got 3 of these in boxes and have nothing to buy with the third one.  Itís a one use code and here it is:


It expires on Dec 31. Plse post if you claim this so everyone will know itís been used.

Open Discussion / NGD - DíAngelico Excel DC
« on: December 16, 2017, 01:39:52 PM »
Im just a sucker for half price guitars I guess Or Jimileeís I have to buy a Guitar even though I have 40 of them powers have leaked through my iPad and rubbed off on me.  Musicians Friend had a Stupid Deal of the Hour on the natural tint on Black Friday for $699.  I resisted then and as always after doing some research later sort of started kicking myself.  Anyway the white one went on sale at Sam Ash for the same price so I ordered one but felt it was going to get canceled because all of the Excel line guitars vanished off their website the next day.  My online rep (Ira) called 2 days later and said it wasnít going to be filled but their was one he found in their Hollywood store, it was an 8 out of 10 and did I want it.  Well I said yes and besides the case having the tolex ripped a little in one area the guitar is almost flawless.  Not sure if any of you have tried these but the reviews are good and this one is a keeper.  My only complaint is with the neck pup and itís a little to dark for me.  I like bright pups because I can always adjust the tone level down.  Besides that the workmanship from Korea is excellent and out of the case it plays extremely well.  It has some gaudy looking tuners but theyíre Groverís and work well.  MF has the white one for $1550 now.  If you see these go on sale for $700 or below you might want to take a good look at it.  Itís a really nice Guitar.

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Open Discussion / Snow In South Texas
« on: December 07, 2017, 07:40:26 PM »
Ok. I know you guys are getting pelted up north but now weíre getting it in South Texas.  Crazy weather.  I donít believe weíve had any accumulation since 1985 in the San Antonio area.  But itís nice to see this once in a while.  And itís going to be 70 degrees on Monday lol. 

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Open Discussion / Monoprice 15watt Tube Amp $149 and Free Shipping
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:23:47 PM »
This deal is on for right now.  This is the best price that Iíve seen especially with the free shipping.  I know there are a few people on the forum who have bought this amp and most had good things to say about it.  Just thought I would put this up if anyone was looking for a fairly good practice amp that will not torch your pocket book much.

Tech Help - Projects Page / Bypass Level on Aions BlueShift
« on: September 22, 2017, 09:23:05 AM »
Can someone who has built one of these tell me how loud your bypass signal is?   When I first put mine together I got no bypass at all but the effect worked.  After reviewing the updated build doc I had some wires in the wrong place and fixed that.  Now I have bypass but it's very faint.  I wired this for traditional bypass.  Almost everything I've build in the past month has a problem and it's really getting frustrating.  I'm sure this isn't how it's suppose to sound and as usual something is jacked.

Open Discussion / NG'sD
« on: September 22, 2017, 07:37:39 AM »
Don't want to sweep in on Culturejams NGD thread and post these pictures. As we were both discussing getting darted in the rear on their 48 month financing And I just couldn't resist.  I wanted a semi hollow and was looking at a tele (I had actually pre ordered a Black Gibson Les Paul VOS and about the time it was suppose to come in they cancelled the order ☹️) or the Zach Myers.  The ZM won out.  The SE 24 was just an after thought because I love the green color.  Both guitars have a flawless finish and play well out of the box.  Some nut binding and me myself I'm not sure if I like the pups but they could grow on me.  But both are fantastic instruments and as with Culturejam I am quite pleased with my purchase.  Sweetwater has always done me right.  And yes these are the Sweetwater pics also.  Just to lazy to pull them out of there cases and take pics.

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General Questions / Grind Customs LFO Board
« on: August 26, 2017, 08:56:22 AM »
I got this board in trade to put in a Sagan delay and its the old version, i.e., LFO not PLFO.  So the 3 pads (Sqr, blank, Sin) are missing on the board and I already drilled the hole to use a switch to control this function.  First, does anyone have a build doc for the LFO version?  Second I am thinking I can jump wires connecting the points to make this work as follows:
SQR -  R3 leg to IC pin 3 and to switch.
Blank pad -  IC pin 5 to switch
SIN -  R5 to R4 to switch
Does this look right or is it a complete no go and of course this is assuming that the old board is traced like the new one?  I really need some more experienced eyes than mine to tell me if this is going to work. 

Build Reports / VFE Choral Reef
« on: August 18, 2017, 07:36:57 AM »
Sounds fantastic and really easy build. Used one of the PPP sparkle boxes.

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Open Discussion / Am I being a total JA about this?
« on: August 10, 2017, 06:12:30 PM »
I received this Gibson ES137 Memphis shop guitar from a big online music store and this is what I found when I opened the case.

The seal was broken. I have no idea what all this junk is inside the case and the last picture is what I rubbed up with my hand.

They'll take it back but I'm I being a little over board if I return it?  When I opened it and saw this it sort of blew the excitement of the new guitar. 

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Open Discussion / Tenma Solder Station Newark $52.49
« on: August 10, 2017, 12:46:16 PM »
I got an email from Newark discounting this solder station.  It has 5 stars from the 8 reviewers.  I don't know if it's good or what (I do have a Tenma capacitor meter and It works fine) but for someone who is looking for an inexpensive station this might be ok.  SLDR25 is the discount code.  If should ship free because it's over $49.  Just wanted to share this if there was a need.

Build Reports / Alpha Dog and Thermionic Distortion Builds
« on: August 02, 2017, 08:27:24 PM »
2 pedals I just finished.  First is the Alpha Dog. Another great project.  Sounds awesome.  Doesn't have as much grit as most of my distortion pedals but to me that's not a bad thing.  Again these VFE boards are really easy builds and I love the heck out  of them.

This second pedal is the Thermionic Distrotion (BEOD) that Bugg (forum member) offered up and yes I just realized I spelled it wrong on the pedal but oh well.  This thing is really awesome. Sustains well.  Can get real dirty and cleans up nicely also. 

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