Saturday, 30 March 2013

Egnater Replacment Fan Mod....

This is a re post from the Egnater Forum

Anyone know where I can get a better than OEM replacement fan? I'm on fan number 2 and now it's making noises less than a year later - I use the amp mostly at home...go figure.

Thanks - Chris

 Hi Chris, a few things you can do. You can replace the fan with any PC Case Fan, Nexus are very good but the Akasa LED Case fans are as good as you need. You will need to take the white plastic connecter off the Egnater fan, its quite easy. You don't need the Yellow/White wire on the new fan. You'll need to solder the Egnater connecter onto your new fan and your good to go. A few other things you can do....I have put a Zalman FanMate on my fan, this lets you turn down the power of the fan to stop it being so loud. It also reduces air flow, so I placed four rubber feet on the front Egnater grill under the screws this will give you a small gap between the amp chassis and the grill, and you can feel cool air being sucked through this gap. It's then just a mater of reducing the power of the fan till you stop hearing it. The fan on Renegade amps is very important, YOU DO NEED IT. A new fan, a FanMate and the gap has stopped the fan noise being noticeable when playing quiet at home but has also reduced the temperature build up in the amp, which is good, then when I'm playing a gig I just turn the Zalman fanMate up full, Easy.











 Hope this helps....k.j.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Sleek Easy Action Tremolo....

Setting up a Fender vintage type tremolo is really easy....With no strings on loosen the 6 mounting screws so that the tremolo sits flat against the body. Adjust the 2 outer screws so that they just touch the base plate....now re-string and tune to pitch. 

You want the tremolo to float above the body by 3/32s that’s 2.2mm and to adjust this height you adjust the spring claw in the rear cavity. If you don't have a ruler to measure 2.2mm you can use a toothpick with the point cut off....
Once you are tuned to pitch with the tremolo floating at 2.2mm you can set the 2 outer mounting screws. They should be already perfectly set but just to make sure back off the screws slightly, the tremolo should not move. The outer screws should have a small gap between the head and the base plate, with the other 4 screws having a slightly bigger gap and that’s it easy....
First tip....you don't need all 6 mounting screws, the tremolo pivots on the outer screws, the others are where your going to get problems with catching. I use 4 springs, the inners just adding strength for the outers. I have them like this because all the force from the arm is concentrated on the first outer screw....
The number of springs at the rear is a big talking point but it all comes down to how you want the strings to feel under your fingers and how hard you play. I play 10s strings with 4 springs and I'm very heavy handed, it's what feels right to you. Changing the number of springs is an easy mod and easy to change back if you don't like the feel. My 4 springs are spaced like this to help the tremolo float level....
You can also fill the springs with a strip of foam to make them less prone to warble as you play harder. If you have a Mexican strat you can also change the tremolo block for a proper steel one, you can get them from WD very cheaply. The first thing you notice after you fit a steel block is that the needle of your tuner will stop dancing about and stays very smooth throughout tuning up and you get less warble due to having more mass at the bridge. It will also give you more sustain but I couldn't  tell. The thread on the US and Mexican tremolo arms is different so keep that in mind if you do change to a steel block.
I drilled a small recess into the bottom of my tremolos base plate to fit a rubber O-ring. I like my tremolo arm loose so it moves away from my playing hand when I let go of it, you get a small amount of play with the arm loose. It then knocks into the base plate and you can hear in your playing as you use the tremolo. The rubber O-ring cushions the arm and stops this knocking but also lets the arm drop away. Only a problem if you don't like the tremolo arm tight but another mod that is invisible if you do it and don't like it. If you have a go at this mod remember to screw the arm through the O-ring, if you push the arm through you will rip up the O-ring. 






That brings me to lubrication....the O-ring will need a small dab of something to keep it from drying out and splitting and the ends of the tremolo springs will work better if lubed. I don't like Big Bends Nut Sauce because it goes everywhere and stays sticky. I use beeswax....you can use it on screw threads, string trees, nut slots, bridge saddles and the excess will just polish off. It will go hard on its surface but stays waxy underneath, nut sauce just stays messy and it's really expensive for the amount you get....I bought this jar of beeswax from a craft fair....I've been using the same jar for 17 years.... 

And that's it....keep your windings to a minimum on your tuning posts, keep your nut smooth and your tremolo set up correctly and you should have no tuning instability with your guitar. k.j.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Nut tips for Tuning Stability....

A badly cut nut is the number one, major reason for tuning instability. To make a new nut from scratch takes time and patience, ability bordering on art. The tools needed are expensive and in the wrong hands can destroy in seconds.  But if all you need to do is a bit of maintenance, some very cheap "make do" tools and an hour or two you can make a badly cut nut into a great nut. First thing your going to need to do is sort the string depth....The height of the string above the first fret should be the same as the height of the string above the third fret, fretted at the first fret....that will give you a good nut slot depth. You can go lower but too low and your open notes can start to buzz when playing heavily.

Strings off....
Masking tape will protect your finish, I use 3 layers just to be safe....
An old toothbrush will clean all the crud out....
A glass nail file is awesome for filing down the nut....you need to feel the top of the strings above the nut, it's OK for the E and B to be flush with the top of the nut....
Good clean fun and no sharp edges....
This is a Welding Nozzle Cleaner Kit...you get all different sizes in one kit, perfect for smoothing nut slots and cutting them deeper....
Buy 3 or 4 kits and a new nut, then file away at the new nut to get a feel of how they work before you start on your guitars nut....at £3 each off Amazon these nozzle files are a no brain-er....
The files are easy to bend so be careful ....smooth off a notchy or tight nut slot....keep your finger on top to keep the file in the nut and work slowly....for working on a pre-cut nut these welding files are better than a set of expensive professional nut files....a properly cut nut and you wont need the "nut sauce" crap....honest. k.j.

"I've been Dr Sheldon Cooper and this has been "Fun with Nuts" next post....tremolos....






Sunday, 24 March 2013

Re-String for Tuning Stability....

Tuning instability can be a pain for any guitarist, throw into the mix a tremolo and it can make a guitar unplayable. This instability can be a badly set-up tremolo or a sticky nut, "I'll cover both in a later post". Re-Stringing using a locking method is very easy to do, removes excess tuner post windings and for the gigging guitarist makes re-stringing very fast....


You can use this method on any type of tuning post, "hole or slit". I've used my bass here for the photos, because of the size of the tuning posts you can see what I'm doing better.






If you leave about 1cm of string slack for a guitar, 1in for a bass guitar, this leaves enough string winding to wrap around the tuner post. For best sound transfer and sustain the string needs to sit on the tuner post, not enough string slack and the string can sit on the "lock" and miss the post completely. Too much string slack and this will result in un-streached string windings that will give you tuning stability issue's as you bend the string or use the tremolo. It's also very fast to do as you don't need a stupid plastic post winder. The more windings of string you have the harder the tuner post gears have to work to tune the string. Now would also be a good time to check the tightness of the screw that holds the peg head on, again the more windings of string the tighter this screw needs to be....



This tip was given to me by Ged Green. All my guitars now go to Ged for repairs, re-frets and fret dressings. If your near Manchester UK, Ged does first class work. One of my guitars had a PLEK job done on it's neck at Sounds Great, "they don't have the PLEK machine anymore".as good as the PLEK was, I still needed to re-set up my guitar to get it to play how I wanted it to. The PLEK is a fret dress and set up, to get your guitar to play perfectly but it just wasn't that easy. I then found Ged Green who is just down the road from me and have to say his fret work is just as good as the PLEK if not better, as I've never needed to mess with the set-up after one of his fret dressings. k.j.

I saw Ged working on this guitar and it really was as bad as it looks in this video....

Next time....the nut....

Monday, 18 March 2013

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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Pope Phil X....

Pope Theofilos Xenidis X....Bugger....
Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina....


Monday, 4 March 2013

Phil X for Pope.....

Farther, let my people see the light....the Mother F**Kin Light....Yeah....
And they did see the light, And they saw it was good, And they saw it was a Mother F**king Light.... And Phil's people were then known as the Rectitude's, for they had seen the light and were very righteous about being there from the very beginning....Yada Yada Yada.... Long story short....Phil X for Pope...
Pope Phil the X....
you know the world would be a better place....F**K Yeah Mother F**ker....
OMG....it's in the bag...ROFL....


















I hope Phil is not a deeply religious man, if so....sincere apologies to his mum....and Stefano....
also Phil I'm not a stalker....honest....