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    oh boy, jammed on guitar for the first time in months..... fingers get tired so easily, calluses gone, picking...ehhh
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    Originally Posted by BetaThanU View Post
    oh boy, jammed on guitar for the first time in months..... fingers get tired so easily, calluses gone, picking...ehhh
    its like being trapped in a beginners body
    It will only take about 2 weeks and you'll be back to normal.. In a few months you'll be better than before because taking long breaks resets your brain and you'll be a different, better guitarist... <--- total broscience lol but that's what I feel happened to me after I didn't play at all while I was in uni..

    Also just made this sick ass clean tone and recorded some random chit on it https://www.instagram.com/p/BhkWT4fBdIj ..
    I'm trying to make a good ass lead distorted tone form scratch but it's fuking hard, can't get it quite like I want to..
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    Originally Posted by SwimToTheMoon View Post
    It will only take about 2 weeks and you'll be back to normal.. In a few months you'll be better than before because taking long breaks resets your brain and you'll be a different, better guitarist... <--- total broscience lol but that's what I feel happened to me after I didn't play at all while I was in uni..

    Also just made this sick ass clean tone and recorded some random chit on it https://www.instagram.com/p/BhkWT4fBdIj ..
    I'm trying to make a good ass lead distorted tone form scratch but it's fuking hard, can't get it quite like I want to..
    Yeah man that sounds good. Nice and rich tone and playing.

    I’m actually considering playing more guitar as a tactic for study.
    They say a good way to approach topics like math and physics is if your stuck on a tough problem just do something else for a while and your brain can get past mental blocks.
    Guitar seems like a perfect thing use to change brain gears for a bit and activate the creative side of my brain a bit more. Which should in theory help with physics problems.
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    Originally Posted by Dominik View Post
    Never a good feeling when you get no response but sometimes I feel like it's a sign you're supposed to do it another way.

    I think the veneer idea could work. With a natural finish rather than trying to hide it maybe go with something contrasting like ebony (a good choice for the hardness too), walnut, or any darker wood with an interesting grain pattern. Of course if you wanted to hide it completely then you'd have to go with a solid color. I'm sure a skilled luthier could repair that section entirely.

    I wonder if it'd be worth contacting a custom pickguard maker. Back in the 70s Gibson made an "SG Pro" that had a plastic cover in that area. No reason that couldn't work.
    Thanks man, you're helping me out a ton with this. That Gibson SG model will make it really easy to explain what I'm looking for when asking around for a custom plate. Going to do this before anything else now..
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    Originally Posted by SwimToTheMoon View Post
    Also just made this sick ass clean tone and recorded some random chit on it https://www.instagram.com/p/BhkWT4fBdIj ..
    I'm trying to make a good ass lead distorted tone form scratch but it's fuking hard, can't get it quite like I want to..
    Didn't sound like wankery to me. Beautiful and that's a nice tone. You probably mentioned it a few pages back. Modeling or amp?

    Originally Posted by BetaThanU View Post
    oh boy, jammed on guitar for the first time in months..... fingers get tired so easily, calluses gone, picking...ehhh
    its like being trapped in a beginners body
    Know those feels. The biggest PITA for me was the lack of calluses. I didn't want to stop once I started making progress again and developed blisters deep under the noob calluses to the point where bending strings was like a form of was torture. Pushed through the pain barrier (not recommended of course) and spent many hours revisiting all the theory I'd learned (developed my own system many years ago and had to relearn a lot of it.)

    The process took me right back to being 12 and picking it up for the first time. I developed a greater appreciation for it and came back a completely different player. It really is a beautiful instrument for expression and you can never master it so there's always something to work on.

    Originally Posted by skewermode View Post
    Thanks man, you're helping me out a ton with this. That Gibson SG model will make it really easy to explain what I'm looking for when asking around for a custom plate. Going to do this before anything else now..
    Glad some of that helped and really looking forward to seeing it when it's complete. I think what you're doing is great. Would be easy to just toss an old guitar with some issues aside but you're bringing it back to life and it'll be worth a lot more to you.

    I've decided to completely rewire my guitar with a new jack, switch, and some fancy push pull CTS pots which I've had lying around for a while for another guitar project. Required a bit of planning to map it all out. Going to use a tapered reamer to enlarge the pot holes to 3/8" and instead of nuking the back of pots with a soldering iron every time I change pickups I'll run everything to a common ground lug screwed into the cavity and then run that to the output jack.

    Working on guitars can cause a few headaches but you end up learning a lot from all the problem solving. Overall it's definitely a rewarding experience.
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    Originally Posted by Dominik View Post
    Didn't sound like wankery to me. Beautiful and that's a nice tone. You probably mentioned it a few pages back. Modeling or amp?
    Thanks bro.. I have a pod hd500x connected to monitors. I've never really owned an amp other than those chitty small roland cubes and I don't even know where mine is anymore lol.
    I feel like the pod hd is great for clean tones but distortion and overdrive sound a bit digital, especially in the leads but that might also be an issue with mixing.. But this is what the tone editing software looks like. You can edit from the actual pedal but it takes too long.

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    Originally Posted by SwimToTheMoon View Post
    Thanks bro.. I have a pod hd500x connected to monitors. I've never really owned an amp other than those chitty small roland cubes and I don't even know where mine is anymore lol.
    I feel like the pod hd is great for clean tones but distortion and overdrive sound a bit digital, especially in the leads but that might also be an issue with mixing.. But this is what the tone editing software looks like. You can edit from the actual pedal but it takes too long.
    Thanks for going into detail with this. I'm still in the tube amp/pedal world but this stuff fascinates me because it makes recording less complicated, especially for video. You've got the clean tone dialed in and for your style you probably don't need to worry too much about distortion. Maybe use a little more compression on a very light OD preset and it won't sound too digital while still getting enough sustain for certain lead lines.

    ...

    I've been in guitar nerd land for the past few days thinking about a better approach to wiring than every production guitar I've seen. Doesn't matter how much you spend and how clean the job is you'll see blobs of solder on the back of pots that were nuked with a soldering iron to hold a bunch of ground wires. Crude but it works.
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    Every time you want to change pickup you've got to heat up the pot to get the wires off and heat it up again to solder new wires back on. And we're talking cheap ass consumer potentiometers here not military grade stuff that can take a beating. All that frying can't be good for it not to mention it starts to look messy. Also tracking down ground issues is harder because there are ground wires running all over the joint. I've mapped it all out, learned a sh!tload in the process, and once a certain part arrives it will be the cleanest job possible with the best components available. Something I've always wanted to do but never got around to it because it meant ripping everything out and starting over. Won't sound any better but it's like a nice looking engine bay in a performance car. Will update when it's done.
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    Originally Posted by Dominik View Post
    Thanks for going into detail with this. I'm still in the tube amp/pedal world but this stuff fascinates me because it makes recording less complicated, especially for video. You've got the clean tone dialed in and for your style you probably don't need to worry too much about distortion. Maybe use a little more compression on a very light OD preset and it won't sound too digital while still getting enough sustain for certain lead lines.

    ...

    I've been in guitar nerd land for the past few days thinking about a better approach to wiring than every production guitar I've seen. Doesn't matter how much you spend and how clean the job is you'll see blobs of solder on the back of pots that were nuked with a soldering iron to hold a bunch of ground wires. Crude but it works.
    Spoiler!
    Every time you want to change pickup you've got to heat up the pot to get the wires off and heat it up again to solder new wires back on. And we're talking cheap ass consumer potentiometers here not military grade stuff that can take a beating. All that frying can't be good for it not to mention it starts to look messy. Also tracking down ground issues is harder because there are ground wires running all over the joint. I've mapped it all out, learned a sh!tload in the process, and once a certain part arrives it will be the cleanest job possible with the best components available. Something I've always wanted to do but never got around to it because it meant ripping everything out and starting over. Won't sound any better but it's like a nice looking engine bay in a performance car. Will update when it's done.
    Alright will try.. BTW what do you think of fishman pick ups? Keep hearing a lot about them lately.. This guitarist I follow on insta has them and he charges guitar using a usb to PS4 lol

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    Originally Posted by SwimToTheMoon View Post
    Alright will try.. BTW what do you think of fishman pick ups? Keep hearing a lot about them lately.. This guitarist I follow on insta has them and he charges guitar using a usb to PS4 lol
    Never tried them but it makes sense in the age of smartphones to offer a charging option like that for active pickups. For single coils I'd definitely be looking at them but I'm happy with humbuckers and really have no complaints about good old fashioned passive alnico pickups.

    The biggest change you can make to your tone for not a whole lot of dough is with pickups so learning how to solder and wire them in is definitely something I'd recommend to every guitarist. I've changed my neck pickup 3 times this year to find what I was after.
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    Originally Posted by Dominik View Post
    Never tried them but it makes sense in the age of smartphones to offer a charging option like that for active pickups. For single coils I'd definitely be looking at them but I'm happy with humbuckers and really have no complaints about good old fashioned passive alnico pickups.

    The biggest change you can make to your tone for not a whole lot of dough is with pickups so learning how to solder and wire them in is definitely something I'd recommend to every guitarist. I've changed my neck pickup 3 times this year to find what I was after.
    I have another dumb questions coming your way... The pick ups on my guitar are passive right? I dont have to charge or change batteries? Haven't even opened it from the back yet lol

    The pick ups are SSH AND SSV Humbuckers https://www.suhr.com/pickups/humbuck...ss-humbuckers/

    and middle is https://www.suhr.com/pickups/single-...ature-pickups/

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    Originally Posted by SwimToTheMoon View Post
    I have another dumb questions coming your way... The pick ups on my guitar are passive right? I dont have to charge or change batteries? Haven't even opened it from the back yet lol

    The pick ups are SSH AND SSV Humbuckers https://www.suhr.com/pickups/humbuck...ss-humbuckers/

    and middle is https://www.suhr.com/pickups/single-...ature-pickups/

    I've read the whole thing and can't find it
    They're passive with an alnico V magnet. With active pickups built into a production guitar and not retrofitted you'll usually see some kind of battery compartment. For example Satriani's new guitar has a Sustainiac neck pickup which requires a battery that Ibanez stuck below the trem cavity.



    Suhr make great pickups. I won't hide the fact I'm a Dimarzio fanboy but if I were going to try another brand of pickups it'd be Suhr.

    You'll probably never have a need to modify that guitar but it's still nice to know how everything works. My JS was top of the range when I bought it (probably $2800 US in today's money) and I kept it stock for a long time. Now the only thing that's original on it is the body, trem, pickup rings, and neck plate. The upside is it's a one of a kind. The downside is replacing it would be difficult. Absolutely nothing wrong with keeping an axe stock but modifying them is addictive.
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    Originally Posted by Dominik View Post
    They're passive with an alnico V magnet. With active pickups built into a production guitar and not retrofitted you'll usually see some kind of battery compartment. For example Satriani's new guitar has a Sustainiac neck pickup which requires a battery that Ibanez stuck below the trem cavity.



    Suhr make great pickups. I won't hide the fact I'm a Dimarzio fanboy but if I were going to try another brand of pickups it'd be Suhr.

    You'll probably never have a need to modify that guitar but it's still nice to know how everything works. My JS was top of the range when I bought it (probably $2800 US in today's money) and I kept it stock for a long time. Now the only thing that's original on it is the body, trem, pickup rings, and neck plate. The upside is it's a one of a kind. The downside is replacing it would be difficult. Absolutely nothing wrong with keeping an axe stock but modifying them is addictive.
    Thanks.. and damn that's one sexy guitar.

    Anyone notice that nowadays every instagram/youtube guitarist is offering skype lessons lmao.. Some of them are chit as well.
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    Originally Posted by Dominik View Post
    I've been in guitar nerd land for the past few days thinking about a better approach to wiring than every production guitar I've seen. Doesn't matter how much you spend and how clean the job is you'll see blobs of solder on the back of pots that were nuked with a soldering iron to hold a bunch of ground wires. Crude but it works.[spoiler]Suhr Modern for reference which is very clean but they ground to the pot casing. Looks fine if you leave it like that but will start looking like chit after a few pickup changes.
    Every time you want to change pickup you've got to heat up the pot to get the wires off and heat it up again to solder new wires back on. And we're talking cheap ass consumer potentiometers here not military grade stuff that can take a beating. All that frying can't be good for it not to mention it starts to look messy. Also tracking down ground issues is harder because there are ground wires running all over the joint. I've mapped it all out, learned a sh!tload in the process, and once a certain part arrives it will be the cleanest job possible with the best components available. Something I've always wanted to do but never got around to it because it meant ripping everything out and starting over. Won't sound any better but it's like a nice looking engine bay in a performance car. Will update when it's done.
    I HATE soldering. It's always messy. I have to 'helping hands' solder stations and it still sucks.
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    Originally Posted by ctgblue View Post
    I HATE soldering. It's always messy. I have to 'helping hands' solder stations and it still sucks.
    But, yet, I do it all the time...
    I hear you. EMG has a clever solderless system and Seymour Duncan offers a Liberator "pickup swapping system" which is a good idea. I just spent a few days coming up with something along those lines but more streamlined and customized for my needs. It's a PITA when another wire comes loose in the process of moving stuff around to get at those lugs and grounding through the pot casing which everyone does out of convenience is just plain sloppy.

    I'm okay with soldering but I only want to solder to one place. The reason wiring diagrams are often difficult to follow once you've got groups of 4 conductor wiring and push pull pots is because of all the ground wires crossing all over the joint. I knew there had to be a simple way to group everything and will show you what I've done when it's finished. The upside is the cavity will stay uncluttered no matter how many times I change pickups.

    Originally Posted by SwimToTheMoon View Post
    Anyone notice that nowadays every instagram/youtube guitarist is offering skype lessons lmao.. Some of them are chit as well.
    I guess with no money in albums and performing means putting a band together, writing music, and trying to get enough people to buy tickets to make it viable it's a lot easier to sit there in the bedroom playing a few licks over Skype or doing workshops.

    And let's face it many of those popular Youtube guitar channels are just there to pull in students. Like Music Is Win which is always popping up in related videos. Some of the content is helpful but he's uploading every day so that means a high percentage of sh!tposting not to mention he's plugging his "super system" every 5 minutes. Wouldn't surprise me if he's pulling in a couple hundred grand a year off those lessons alone considering how many people have signed up.

    Anyway every big name is doing it in some way. Satriani has his G4 Experience camps. Vai's Vai Academy. Petrucci's Guitar Universe. Paul Gilbert's Great Guitar Escape. List goes on. Probably pays all the year's bills in one week. And then you've got Eddie Van Halen whose output has been sparse since the early 90s so he's making a living pimping EVH branded amps and guitars.
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    Guitar fetish, here in the states, has a 'quik plug' system I've used. and will use again.
    Bought from them before but never saw that. Thanks.

    Micro connectors similar to what you see with battery packs (e.g. 4 pin JST) look like a simple solution. 1mm between the pins so very compact. With a Dimarzio, north start (red) wire to switch, north & south finish (black + white) wires to common on a DPDT push pull, and south start (green) and bare together for ground. Soldering those wires to a connector outside the guitar and then clipping them in would be a piece of cake and cut to the right length would keep things clean. The real pain in the ass as you know is soldering puny little wires in a cramped cavity while everything is wired in.

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