Monday, 30 April 2012

Squier Strat Body

And here's the Strat body I got off Oli.

Tentative plan is strip, fill in the various holes including the channel that has been cut between the jack socket cavity and the control cavity*, refinish, and then load up an HH scratchplate from Axes 'R' Us with some GFS Mean 90s and wire it up using master volume, master tone and a 4-way blade switch (allowing series/parallel switching). Thinking I may go with black hardware.

*The 'plate has been taken off at least once before (badly, judging by the state of the screw heads) so I'm assuming whoever did it decided they'd rather hack up the body of their guitar than desolder or just plain cut the wires going to the socket.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Body Parts

Went out to get a loaded Strat scratchplate. Ended up with the whole body. Score! Cheers Oli.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

First Job - Rockwood by Hohner LX90L

And so here it is, the first project I'm doing for somebody else!

Rockwood LX90L

Popped round to my friend Joe's earlier for a cuppa and noticed he had a Strat copy sat in the corner, which I promptly offered to fix up for him. The guitar is a Rockwood by Hohner LX90L, which as Strat copies go is, admittedly, pretty low end.

Rockwood Electronics
Yes, the body really is made from fibreboard.

From what I can tell it has a reasonable sound (it only had three very old strings on it and it's very noisy) and doesn't play too badly either. As is to be expected on a cheaper guitar those electronics have to go, so I might as well go the whole hog and get CTS pots and a Sprague 'Orange Drop' cap, and once that's done I'll re-assess the pickups. Further reports when there's something to report!

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Cathedral - Cosmic Funeral

Because it's been a while since I posted any music... let's groove, sonic motherfucker!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Because Everybody Loves Free Stuff...

There are quite a few guitar shops who have websites what you can buy stuff from these days. I must admit I never actually use them because I'm unemployed and have no money, but there are a few that I nevertheless have bookedmarked as they're well-designed and pretty user friendly.

One such place is Dawsons, but this is not an advert for them because... well... it isn't, it's a guy posting to his blog. But I digress, the main reason why I'm mentioning this place is because they have some pretty decent competitions, which when most comps are still US-based and open only to US citizens is pretty damn good. I figure if I enter enough of them I'll actually win something eventually too.