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  1. BluesForDan

    BluesForDan Strat-Talker

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    nothing. my work bench is in storage and there's a good possibility it will be there for a year until we move somewhere else.
     
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  2. Believer7713

    Believer7713 The Modern Day Frankenstein Strat-Talk Supporter

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    In the process of building another KWM Klone. Most of the board is populated now.
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    Plus I'm getting started on another charity fundraiser build or two.
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  3. herndonbassist

    herndonbassist Strat-Talk Member

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    I never seem to take pictures while working on any one of my projects, but here's what was on my bench recently:

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  4. Believer7713

    Believer7713 The Modern Day Frankenstein Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I got the new master volume pot in the mail today.
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    Much faster than I thought so I just got it installed.
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    The nice thing about how this amp is put together is that I didn't need to remove the board from the chassis. Once the face came off there was all kinds of room for a soldering iron and some wick.
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    Old pot after removal. It feels like maybe one of the internal wiper broke because there is almost no friction compared to the new one.
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    New one installed.
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    I feel like a complete idiot even typing this because I wasn't paying attention and accidentally installed the old one that I just took out back in it. I had to do it all over again. I even had them marked and sitting in different places too. Oh well. Such as life. Lol.
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  5. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Mod admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    My Am Std Strat had a buzz, think it's a loose screw on the bridge pickup. I've ordered some mounting tubing as the stuff on that screw was sort of compacted.
    I really hope this solves the problem...
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  6. Believer7713

    Believer7713 The Modern Day Frankenstein Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I got curious and took the old pot apart and found this.
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  7. Believer7713

    Believer7713 The Modern Day Frankenstein Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Hopefully it does fix it for you. Chasong the infamous all elusive buzz can be a pain for sure.

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  8. wrvond

    wrvond Senior Stratmaster

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    I had three guitars on my table today:

    The Sheraton II got new pups from an Epiphone 339, CTS pots, Switchcraft switch and jack. All new wire connected using Gibson 50's circuit with independent volumes.
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    Next I removed the Lace sensors from this 2001 American Series and installed a set of American Series pups. It's a "getting back to basics" kind of thing.
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    Finally, I swapped the controls on this 2006 American Series Telecaster. I had been led to believe it was a very simple mod - it's not difficult, really, but does require longer leads to be soldered in. Not just a simple flip of the control plate.
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  9. jfgesquire

    jfgesquire Strat-Talker

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    Is that Les Paul in Kerry Green?

    I love a custom color top on a '57 LP!

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  10. wrvond

    wrvond Senior Stratmaster

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    It's Surf Green. :D
     
  11. longboard blues

    longboard blues Strat-Talker

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    This is due this week, so the bench is cleared... a bridge, pickups , and assorted bits will arrive too. Just need to decide if I strip my American standard down and use the neck, or shell out for a warmoth item in roasted maple and rosewood... decisions, decisions. C2A8E3A8-EE5A-40DE-A441-4E5434EFA757.jpeg
     
  12. wrvond

    wrvond Senior Stratmaster

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    I’d go with the Warmoth neck. :thumb:
     
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  13. longboard blues

    longboard blues Strat-Talker

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    yeah, pretty sure it'll be roasted maple with a rosewood board...
     
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  14. herndonbassist

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    So I finished up the MIM body build (CS Texas Specials) ...
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    Next up is putting new pickups into my '90s American Standard, I'm waiting on a set of Pure Vintage 56 which are due to arrive today!!!
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  15. longboard blues

    longboard blues Strat-Talker

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    Bit the bullet... this is en route.


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  16. Bladesg

    Bladesg Senior Stratmaster

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    Left this one alone after some other distractions but I'm working on finishing this U47 FET clone
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  17. JB74

    JB74 Senior Stratmaster

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    The weekend started with this:
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    Which looked interesting. except it wasn't. Inside was
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    Actually it was super clean, and only the big radial electrolytic caps needed replacing.
    but the ST1 pcb had me a little less interested from a 'Plexi reissue' conversation point. It is a 1959SLP... made in 2013.

    Then I realised how you tell it's not point to point. There's a quality control sticker on the back panel which tells you about the manufacturing choices made in Bletchley.
    It's just below the IEC socket.
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    I'm going to call that the Hendrix certification sticker.
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    this SOB is LOUD. Seriously loud. new caps got rid of the flubber too.
     
  18. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit is no longer legal tender Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I had to replace all the tubing on my pickups, the originals were too short when I adjusted the pickups to the height that I wanted them.
     
  19. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Mod admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I hope the new tubing (arriving today) does the trick.
     
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  20. herndonbassist

    herndonbassist Strat-Talk Member

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    After a pretty hilarious journey to get to me (USPS boggles the mind) I wound up putting the HH pickguard from a 2018 American Professional (2 ShawBuckers) into my ~'97 American Standard.

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    I'm going to go with this setup for a while, but I also purchased a loaded pickguard from a reverb seller (https://reverb.com/shop/jerrys-gear-emporium-186) and I just had to show off his amazing wiring. I purchased the loaded one (I usually make my own) because the price was so good, and I was having trouble finding the '56 Fender Pure Vintage pickup set. Needless to say, I'm very happy with what I got. Look at the packaging, truly special!! Definitely have to give Jerry Shaw a knod if you're looking for pickups!

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