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Here I'm prewiring the electrical harness for Mousa 003. Being a hollowbody without an access panel, the controls all go in through the treble side f hole. To keep everything tidy, I prewire the harness as much as possible on a template. This keeps the leads cleanly routed. I don't want to look in through the f-hole and see a rat's nest (I see shoddy hollowbody wiring all the time - it looks like shit). Now that the harness is ready, I can connect the pickup leads to the mini toggle switches, zip tie the wires and install it into the guitar.
The controls are master volume, master tone (both Bourns sealed 500k pots), Switchcraft 3 way toggle, mini toggle for neck series / split / parallel and another mini toggle for phase selection when both Lollar Imperial humbuckers pickups are on. The tone cap is an Emerson Custom 0.022µf paper in oil. Vintage style cloth wiring ties everything together.
Check out the video below from the daily vlog for the assembly of this harness.
It's alive! Finally!!! The Chubbuck Mousa 003 was finished up this week and the new owner is in the early stages of breaking it in. I am extremely happy with how this one came out - sounds amazing for only being a couple days old. This site will soon be updated with more studio photos, details, etc so check back in at chubbuckguitars.com/hollowbody/mousa003. I'm also working on putting together some demo videos so you can hear it for yourself. In the meantime, check out the video below to be hypnotized!
Loose Studs :: Asher Electro Hawaiian Jr Lap Steel [7.3 lbs]
The wraparound bridge was pulling up the studs in the body due to a poor fit. The solution was to plug the bridge stud holes and re-drill them for a nice tight fit. The player also brought in a set of Lollar Imperial high winds to have installed.
2010 Equator Languedoc copy [5.5 lbs] :: new pickup rings & setup
The black plastic pickup rings were swapped out for flame maple rings and the 3-way pickup switch was cleaned and sealed. The bridge was bottomed out, so the bone split saddles were lowered in order to allow more range in the thumb wheel adjustments.