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Full assembly & setup :: Warmoth Stratocaster HH [7.1 lbs]

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Full assembly & setup :: Warmoth Stratocaster HH [7.1 lbs]

The second of two Warmoth Strat's in for assembly.  This one also has a roasted maple neck (though with an ebony fingerboard) but was routed for no pickguard and humbuckers (Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro II).  The guitar needed the electronics to be installed and wired up.  A request of the player was to thin down the bridge's plastic humbucker mounting ring to lower it's profile.  The Sperzel locking tuners required the blind pins to be drilled before installation.  Similar to the player's other Warmoth Strat, the saddle set screws were swapped out to account for a higher neck angle.

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New bridge & pots :: Warmoth Strat [8.0 lbs]

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New bridge & pots :: Warmoth Strat [8.0 lbs]

This Warmoth Strat is approximately 30 years old and was tough to play.  The player and I found out that the bridge was vintage spaced and pushed the strings far too close to the edge of the fingerboard.  The solution was to swap it out for a new Callaham V/N bridge.  The "V" stands for vintage mount (6 screws) and the "N" is for narrow spacing.  Wow, what a difference in both playability and sustain.  (note the outer 2 bridge mounting screws were omitted as there must have been a 2 point bridge at some time with two large post holes in the body - we may opt to plug thesein the future).  We also replaced the pots as the old ones were pretty rough.  I used an Emerson Custom 500KA pot for the volume and went with Bourns pots for the tones.  I initially had Emersons in for the tones too but found the sweep far too subtle for most of the pot's travel for this guitar (around 2-3 they began to roll off rather quickly).  The Bill Lawrence bridge pickup's plastic mounting tabs were stripped out so they were plugged and re-tapped.

The pot swap was featured over on the vlog (video below).

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1978 Fender Tele Thinline [7.6 lbs] :: neck realignment

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1978 Fender Tele Thinline [7.6 lbs] :: neck realignment

1978 Fender Tele Thinline [7.6 lbs] :: neck realignment.

This Tele has the classic 70's 3-bolt neck joint and the neck was slightly biased to the treble side (the high e string was too close to the edge of the fingerboard).  The bolts were loosened and the neck shifted towards the bass side to correct this.  Tele Thinlines originally come with the wide range humbuckers but this one was modded years ago with Seymour Duncan SH-3 Stag Mag's with push-pull coil taps.

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1965 Epiphone Olympic :: headstock and heel break repairs

1965 Epiphone Olympic :: headstock and heel break repairs.  Also the Seymour Duncan single-sized humbuckers were custom mounted and a TonePros AVT-II wraparound bridge installed to greatly improve the intonation.  The original bridge has fixed saddles with a G set for a wound string.  Click the #olympic tag below to see other photos from this project.

1965 Epiphone Olympic :: headstock and heel break repairs.  Also the Seymour Duncan single-sized humbuckers were custom mounted and a TonePros AVT-II wraparound bridge installed to greatly improve the intonation.  The original bridge has fixed saddles with a G set for a wound string.

Click the #olympic tag below to see other photos from this project.

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