Friday, 31 May 2013

Rewire of "Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods"....

Dan Erlewine is talking to Bil Kirchen in the latest Stew Mac vid and that got me thinking that it's about time I swopped round the controls on one of my Fender Telecaster's to be able to do some pedal steel volume swells like Bill....

If you have never heard of Bill Kirchen....shame on you....

Go over to his site billkirchen.com and click on Media and listen to some class telecaster tones while your reading my bollocks....
 
First off I had to route out the control caverty on my Mexican Telecaster....

Nothing is ever easy....
But I do like soldering up copper shielding....

So now the body will happily take the new control positions, time to do some rewiring....
The wiring on a telecaster is super simple....you can not go wrong....

I've said it before but I'll say it again....the best way to clean up a pot base is to cut the old solder off with a sharp blade, not with heat and a solder pump....too much heat will kill a pot the same as too much heat will kill a capacitor. While we are talking caps....I've used a .022 cap but a .047 cap will do just as good....the .022 is good if you never roll off all the top frequencies, its all about how much travel you like in your pot before you get to mud....if you like fast roll off go for the .047 cap, or if a slower roll off appeals a .022 cap fitted will let you control the bite of your tele more.

For the best twang I sand the bottoms of my tele bridges to make sure they are perfectly flat. I then stick three strips of copper tape on the very back end of the bridge. This helps to push the front of the bridge into the body as you screw it down. As you tighten the mounting screws the front of the bridge can lift up and away from the body causing micro-phonics to run away into feedback. You will always get micro-phonics with this kind of telecaster bridge, its part of the guitars charm but too much can be a problem....I also fill the bridge cavity with soft thin foam to push the base of the pickup into the mounting screw threads and keep things from vibrating....


While Bill Kirchen makes pedal steel swells look really easy, take it from me the volume control is still in the wrong position for all but massive handed guitarists. The pickup switch becomes too close to the tone pot when its in the neck position and gets in the way....Leo got it 98% right....


After all this hassle, time will tell if I keep the tele like this....lol....it does look kinda cool like this....k.j.



Thursday, 30 May 2013

The Very Rock n Roll Couple....

News from LA is that Phil X has popped the question to his long time partner Lindy Green....
Congrats to all of you and yours....May you live a long and happy life together....k.j.

Update....
Now That's a Wedding Dress........WOW....



Thursday, 16 May 2013

Elle and The Fury....

This could very well be the greatest ever X-Mas song in the world....ever....

Elle and The Fury its a freebee download

Nothing says X-Mas more than Santas Jiggling balls on your moms chin....awesome....

Fucking Awesome...this should be the new Pogues and Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York....

http://www.youtube.com/user/ElleAndTheFury

yellin' at the christmas tree should be this years Jacky Dee ad....k.j.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Premier Guitar June is here....

The June issue of Premier Guitar is here....Read it and Download it now....it's always free....
"CLICK HERE IT READ IT"

"you can get all the Back Issues here"

Enjoy....k.j.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

More Repair and Modification....

The covers have now been fitted and waxed....that was a lot of fun....as you push the pickups into place, hot wax squirts out of holes in the covers and you scream like a little girl as molten wax covers your hands....then laugh your tits off as the wax is not molten, more like warm gloop.
hammer the covers for a better fit
scratch the covers ready for soldering
make sure solder is contacting both pickup and cover






I have finished the new Yamaha MSG rings for the Phil X PX-100 's and I have done a really good job on them even if I do say so myself....

filled, drilled, sanded and polished
2.5mm inwards....
nearly invisible....
....ish


perfection....in my opinion

The Arcane Inc Phil X P90s are some of the best pickups I have ever played and have made this Yamaha MSG Standards one of my favorite guitars.

Just need to finish the SA700 now....k.j.

P.S. I've been playing the MSG all Sunday afternoon and it's now 10:09pm....the PX 100s are without doubt the best "THE BEST" pickups I have ever played....they make you sound like a better player, a better player than you thought you were....they are truly awesome....
 


Friday, 10 May 2013

Repair and Modification....

So the Yamaha SA700 is getting new Yamaha Pickups from my MSG but the original pickup surrounds will need some work before the new pickups will fit....this is where I'm up to....
 The MSG Pickups use three height adjusting screws where the SA700 only use the normal two. I don't want to be too brutal with the original rings, they are thirty five years old....Fill hole with No Nails then colour with black nail polish and Super Glue....I think this will do, just need to drill the new holes.

As for the MSG, they have had new P90s "Phil X PX-100" and it needs new rings....The originals with three holes, I want to keep in case I want to re-fit the original pickups....I can not find rings that are the same size, same colour and I don't want to drill new holes in the body so again the rings will need altering....always the way....
For these rings I'm going to fill the mounting holes then re-drill them two and half millimeters inwards to make the new rings fit the old mounting holes....
I've made a boring drill out of a piece of brass tube with teeth filed into the end.... I can fill the holes with a plug of plastic the same colour as the new ring....
OCD or what....
Super Glue the plug in then sand flush and polish....
Just needs a bit of colour adding to the Super Glue....
and it should work....invisible from two feet away....

....k.j.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Comfortex Acoustics....

I found a company on Amazon selling foam acoustic tiles very cheaply and I have always wanted to acoustically treat my music room but the cost always put me off. After reading a couple of reviews these tiles seemed to be very good and couple of hundred pounds compared to a couple of thousand told me it was time to do it....
Comfortex Acoustics have just started making a range of acoustic treatment tiles for the home market rather than the pro market. They come in bulk in large boxes....


I did a very quick estimate and ordered 4 bass traps "£40 + postage for 2 traps per box", 2 boxes of  large tiles "£40 + postage for 30 tiles per box" and 2 boxes of small tiles "£20 + postage for 24 tiles per box"....It all came to £240....Bargin....


I was going to stick the tiles up like Maplewood Studio has them in their video but had a problem....I bought 25 meters of Velcro from a company called Easy Time UK but when my order never arrived they were less than helpful....because I am impatient I decided to make up some frames and stick the tiles to them using little adhesive pads and hang them from picture hooks....

The frames are made up from blind slats that I had removed from some IKEA blinds that were too long and stuck them all together with NoNails glue. I used some aluminum tape to keep them from moving while the glue was drying...."remember I said I have no patients"


To be very honest I'm blown away with these tiles from Comfortex Acoustics, before I had the tiles my sound was a bit blurry really and I had put that down to my speakers. I have only used the 4 bass traps and one box of the large tiles and the sound in my room has become amazing. The bottom end has tightened up and the stereo image and become very sharp and detailed. I was going to use the small tiles on my ceiling but apart from maybe a small group of them above my desk don't really need them.
Everything you can see in these photos cost £140 and the difference it has made on the sound in my room has been nothing short of amazing. These acoustic tiles have been without doubt the best things I have ever bought....even when you consider I bought twice as many as I really needed....

I was going to stick my tiles up like Maplewood's drum room

Hope this helps....Amazon refunded my money for the Velcro....so I'm a very happy bunny. k.j.



Wednesday, 1 May 2013

The nightmare of a semi - Redux....

So after having an awesome fun time rewiring the 1978 Yamaha SA700 I thought bollocks....lets do a full job on it....

Last year I had fitted a pair of Arcane Inc PX-100, "Phil X designed P-90s in a humbucker shell" into my Yamaha MSG.
The PX-100s are without doubt the best set of pick-ups I have ever played and the MSG's were truly amazing guitar's. Mine deserved a new lease of life and the PX-100s fitted the bill perfectly. My old Yamaha MSG has again become one of my favorite guitars.
The designer of the Yamaha MSG Martyn Booth still makes these guitars.


Anywho....The SA700 needed a new set of pups....Bare Knuckle Mules were about to be my next  purchase....but then I remembered the humbuckers off the MSG....


The open black coils were never going to be the best of looks for the SA700....


So I'm going to fit some brass covers and have another go at the semi's internals....awesome....wish me luck....back soon. k.j.

P.S. Found this photo of my old "Marshall" rig....will have to get this out and give it an airing....set up the JMP-1 with my TC G-System...."that I could never get to work without sucking all my tone away"....ah well, could have been worse....I could have bought it myself....no wait....sssshit.
yep that is a Boss ME-10, the very 1st multi FX unit....still works.