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Open Discussion / Re: Stringing guitars
« on: March 19, 2019, 04:47:19 PM »
I never do that under/over/locking wrap - you don't need it, plus it creates weakspots and gaps for slippage in the initial wind itself.

With a wrapped string, you only need to go around the post once.  With an unwrapped string, you only need three, and the string should be laying next to each other on the post - no over or unders.  Just checking out my PRS se that I re-strung the other day, I only have 1 1/2 wraps on the G and B strings, 3 on the high E.  I've been doing this since the late 90's after reading it in a GFPM magazine.

As far as changing strings on a floyd, always use the same gauge, and if possible, the same brand.  Do them one at a time, or chock underneath the bridge with a plastic or wooden ruler.

How Do I? Beginner's Paradise. / Re: LT1054 and wires
« on: March 17, 2019, 07:12:46 PM »
I like stranded AWG24 personally, and just so you know, the LT1054 is a charge pump, not a vactrol.

Open Discussion / Re: What are you playing? (games)
« on: March 17, 2019, 07:00:28 PM »
I too loved the LAN parties.  I remember being the first person in town (got my local shop to find one for me) to have a 3dfx Voodoo1, and people couldn't believe what the graphics were like with those things.

How Do I? Beginner's Paradise. / Re: SMPS Project?
« on: March 09, 2019, 05:48:17 AM »
Juan pointed me to this on his page.  I've built it, but I must have done something wrong as I'm only getting 130v out of it, with very, very, little variation from the trimmer.  As noted on his page, you can't substitute anything or it doesn't work right (I haven't so it's user error right now).  I hope this is what you're looking for.

Open Discussion / HNSHGD - PRS Se, plus a prank.
« on: March 02, 2019, 05:30:26 PM »
Happy New Second Hand Guitar Day to me. 

I've been wanting a PRS since 1991, but there was no way I was going to pay the AUD$5k for one, ever.  I decided that I was over having multiple below/average guitars that I'd hotted up and wanted to get something nice, so I sold the Attention Whore and a stack of pedals to get the cash together.

I went to the local shop to try out an SE, but it was so horribly set up it didn't play in tune.  I asked if they could set it up for me as I was serious about it, but wanted to know that it was able to be made playable before purchase if I'm forking out $800 - and I really wanted to buy local rather than online.  Long story short, they said yes, but we'll have to call you as we're too busy today.  Two weeks later and no call, went in, the guitar is in the same state.  Old string, 7mm action at the 12th fret.

Oh well, they mustn't have wanted my business.  I went online, looked around, and my friend found one for me near him on FB.  He's interstate.  Victoria vs Tasmania...  The bloke wants $600.  I ask him if he'll do $500 as I have to get it sent to me, and I can get it new for $800 set up and delivered.  Bloke says sure, if it's cash.  No probs, deal done.

My friend tries it out, rants about it and takes it to band praco for a drive.  Loves it, I may have to pry it from his cold dead hands (keep in mind he has a V-strat, Tele, and LP Studio to compare it to).  He sources a hardcase for me and sends it over, packing it with foam and whatever within an inch of it's life.

So, of course, what I do is post an FB status that only he, his wife, and my partner can see, that the guitar has arrived busted, complete with google sourced images.  Friend has a heart attack.  I let him off the hook and told him it was fine.

Anyway, the action wasn't any different to the shop one.  Scratching my head a bit, I lowered the saddles and it all came good.

So, impressions:
Indonesian made.  The neck is wider than Hulksnot, and shorter due to the scale length obviously, still coming to grips with that a bit.  The fret edges are fantastic.  There are two dings, one on the back and on on the top edge that can't be seen for the most part unless you're looking for it.

Overall, I this is a quality guitar.  In Australian prices, it's probably an upper mid range priced guitar and I'd say it's easily better than the Player Strats at the same price, and equal to the performers at double the price.  The only things that let it down imo are the cheap looking nut and truss rod cover.  Not a fan of the logo either, but that's even less important.  My opinion might just be because it's new to me or whatever.

You can find my prank at my fb profileas I've made it public for the time being:

Open Discussion / Re: Hi, my name is Lee and I'm an Arrow abuser
« on: February 26, 2019, 03:38:35 AM »
I had 3 capacitors arrive in two boxes.

Open Discussion / Re: What do you do with an enclosure that you messed up?
« on: February 22, 2019, 08:51:34 AM »
I put a datapol sticker over the jack holes I did at the wrong end of my Superjudge + build, and put some woodglue in that.  You wouldn't know there was a problem...

General Questions / Re: Mudbunny - which one is which?
« on: February 22, 2019, 04:32:48 AM »
You can always just get a Mufuletta.

Open Discussion / Re: What do you do with an enclosure that you messed up?
« on: February 22, 2019, 03:12:32 AM »
Ok, now you guys have inspired me to take that step I've been dreaming of taking.... cutting the ends off a couple of DD enclosures and JBing them together to make a nearly double width DD for a fly rig... Might work.

Open Discussion / Re: The Movie Thread....what are you watching?
« on: February 22, 2019, 03:04:29 AM »
I've got a stack of things I want to get around to watching.... Bohemian Rhapsody for one.

How Do I? Beginner's Paradise. / Amp project question...
« on: February 17, 2019, 05:32:36 AM »
Gudday all,

I'm doing another stupid pedal trick, by putting a TPA3116 D2 power amp into an enclosure with a JC120 pre on vero.

The exact board I have is here:

and there's a review of it here:

I'm using the JC120 pre layout as attached.

My the JC is working @ 33v, and it's easy enough to get 24v to the power amp, but my question is this:  Do I need to bring the level from the JC up before it goes to the amp? I know I could just suck it and see, but does it need to come up to line level first?

Any ideas, suggestions, or ridiculing is welcome.


Open Discussion / Re: Hi, my name is Lee and I'm an Arrow abuser
« on: February 12, 2019, 01:53:56 AM »
My order arrived today, two boxes for some 1054, 7600, 1044, and 2 mosfet things.  Came from Reno, NV.  Still waiting on some stuff from the Netherlands.

Open Discussion / Re: Hi, my name is Lee and I'm an Arrow abuser
« on: February 11, 2019, 09:53:41 PM »
Oh, the packaging is well and truely over the top.  The missus sees the mail come and gives me a stern look, but I just have to say "it's just, like, $5 of components from that company" and she walks off, as I've shown her what's actually IN those 5 boxes...

Build Reports / Re: Aion Zen Drive
« on: February 10, 2019, 03:57:36 AM »
Thanks! Not my favorite for rhythm but sounds great as a lead boost which is where I will be using it!

That's interesting, because I reckon I use mine 90% of the time in my cover band, and the Plexidrive when I need more dirt.

Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« on: January 30, 2019, 02:11:22 AM »
So there I was, trying out a guitar in a local shop. I'm after something of decent quality as the majority of my guitars are relatively cheap and I want a really nice one. The staff were helpful enough, letting me plug in and try it out and not getting too miffed at Rosie walking around (she's actually really well behaved, stays close, keeps her hands to herself and doesn't touch anything).

But the guitar is horribly set up. Old strings, an action 5mm off the fretboard, and while the intonation is fine at the 12th fret, basic open chords sound terrible as a result. Not great when I'm ready to spend the $800 on the tag. I showed the employee and he tried it out and agreed with me.

I told them I was interested in buying it and asked if it was possible to have it set up so I could try it properly - obviously I don't want to buy a guitar and find it's a lemon that can't be adjusted further.

I also said very explicitly that I would prefer to buy local than go online.

No worries, they tell me, and take my number so they can let me know when it's ready. The tech tells me he can't do it that day (I could see he was busy, he had 3 guitars in line to be done) and I reply that there's no hurry as I have to sell some stuff first. No probs, they'll call me when it's done.

Fast forward two weeks with no call and I go back in today. Same guitar still sitting there, same strings, same high action. Bit disappointing.

Ok, so I didn't put down a deposit, and I did say that there was no hurry, but wouldn't you think that with today's retail under pressure from online that they would at least set the thing up properly, contact me and make an $800 sale? I was tempted to offer far less based on work needed to bring it up to scratch, but I can get it online with all that work done and delivered for the same money....

So tomorrow I go around the other shops, see what's there, and I'll probably end up purchasing something online. Preferably from someone with an actual physical shop.

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