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Open Discussion / Re: Where to source these Knobs
« on: February 06, 2014, 08:46:05 AM »
Does the Ross use the large boss style but just D shaft?

Open Discussion / Re: how the heck do you guys organize all this stuff?
« on: February 05, 2014, 05:01:18 PM »
Drawers makes building way quicker.

Plus it's fun to sort parts when they arrive!

I remember the baggies inside of baggies thing.  I get drawers for super cheap at harbor freight.  $16 for 40 drawer cabinet.  Quality is good enough for what I need.

I'd love to go the drawers route, but it seems like you'd have a lot more values of components than you'd have drawers for.  That's a sweet setup for sure.  My challenge is that I typically work on my studio/computer desk so I have to be able to pack it up.

I used the little craft bead sorting boxes like the one in stomptown's pic for a long time.  They are portable and cheap.  The biggest issue I had was being able to keep stuff sorted by value.  You can't reshuffle them like you can a drawer.  Still, for you they could be just the ticket because they're easy to move around and you can stack them.

Open Discussion / Re: Yeah, so my pedal was on SNL last night.
« on: February 02, 2014, 03:41:46 PM »

Open Discussion / Re: About installing a Bigsby….
« on: February 02, 2014, 03:38:01 PM »
Loading the strings can be a pain.  Someone gave me the tip of putting a kink in the string near the ball end.  It's good advice.  Just give it a bend about 1/2" from the ball.  That will give you the angle to slide it onto the post.  It will make sense when you try it.  Can't wait to see it!

Open Discussion / Re: Pick a finish!
« on: January 31, 2014, 09:44:32 PM »

Open Discussion / Re: About installing a Bigsby….
« on: January 31, 2014, 10:45:38 AM »
Be sure to post a pic if you take the plunge.  A wilshire is definitely a worthy candidate for a bigsby!  I love the B5/flat top look.  And I'm thinking the pickup selector location is perfectly placed for this.  I wish my guitar had that setup.  It's a trick to switch p'ups on mine.

Open Discussion / Which Iron?
« on: January 30, 2014, 11:37:16 PM »
Which iron:

- did you use on your first pedal build?  First circuit?

- is your current workhorse?

- are you hoping to get next?

OK, here's mine:

- 1st iron:  RS cheapie - GGG TS808
- Current workhorse:  Xytronic 379
- Want to get:  Xytronic 168-3CD

Open Discussion / Re: Need boost recommendation
« on: January 30, 2014, 11:17:40 PM »
I think the BYOC confidence boost is precisely what it is.


I haven't built this, but judging by the schematic it looks like it would be good for your application.

Open Discussion / Re: Need boost recommendation
« on: January 30, 2014, 11:13:49 PM »
LPB1 is great but it will thicken your tone (aka suck treble) if you don't have a buffer in front of it.

Open Discussion / Re: Radio Shack love?
« on: January 30, 2014, 11:12:16 PM »
I really don't do anything special. I bought several extra tips, they're getting hard to find.
  Also if you get an old earring with a post on it, it works great with the desoldering iron on one side and the earring on the the joint heats up, the erring slides through.
 Also another thing to try is to put the majority of the tip on the soldering ring itself and as the solder heats up you can slide the tip over the hole and suck out the solder.
  For the desoldering braid, I watched a bunch of YouTube videos. Your iron has to be slightly hotter.

Earring trick sounds like a good idea.  I need to figure out which pair of my wife's earrings I can break up without her noticing. 

Open Discussion / Re: Radio Shack love?
« on: January 30, 2014, 10:22:52 PM »

I love my desoldering iron! I've been using wick a little more as of late, but in a jam this thing is awesome.

I have the red bulb desoldering iron but it runs so hot the tip seems too oxidized to use.  I always end up having to flow solder into the joint before I suck it back out.  Do you do anything special to keep the tip tinned?  For that matter, I seem to not be able to get braid to work.  I just end up using the blue RS desoldering pump.

Open Discussion / Re: About installing a Bigsby….
« on: January 30, 2014, 11:22:29 AM »
Has the eye candy factor been mentioned yet?

Plus, this thing was engineered in an era when everything ran on tubes and Spitfires & P51's were current technology. 

Open Discussion / Re: Radio Shack love?
« on: January 30, 2014, 11:12:34 AM »
A favorite quote that I once heard someone say:

"RadioShack: You've got questions, we've got batteries"


Open Discussion / Re: About installing a Bigsby….
« on: January 30, 2014, 10:28:39 AM »
or is there other side effects to consider?

Staying in tune can feel like an adventure.  But it really hasn't been bad for me.  You develop a feel for zeroing it back to being in tune.  Some say bigsbys are terribly finicky that way.  I think it depends on your ear and probably your guitar's setup.  The nut slot on my b string grabs a bit, so when I zero it, I listen for the pop and then give it that last little tug.  It's just something I'm used to and it truly is no big deal. 

Open Discussion / Re: About installing a Bigsby….
« on: January 30, 2014, 08:24:36 AM »
I put a B5 on my Agile AD2300 using a vibramate plate.  I wanted to add as much weight as possible because the guitar was way too neck heavy and would hang well on a strap.  The bigsby helped with that and the vibramate is an awesome way to install it risk-free UNLESS your not-so-expensive guitar is neck heavy because it was built using a punky piece of mahogany.  String tension caused the end of the bigsby to lift off the body really badly because it was so soft where the tailpiece bushings were.  I ended up drilling out the two machine screw holes by the bigsby logo and ran wood screws in. 

None of that was the fault of the bigsby or the vibraplate though, and I'm sure I wouldn't ever want to remove it anyway. 

The coolest thing for me about the bigs is what it does for delay trails.  It's addicting!  Beautiful modulated sounds that you get to control real-time.  Oh yeah, and my guitar hangs better on a strap now.  More sustain?  Maybe?

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