What should have been a straight forward setup was complicated by the undersaddle pickup design. This Ovation's saddle is machined into the pickup so I could not just remove material off the bottom like usual. The material had to be removed from the top of the saddle in order to lower the action. Ideally I would have liked to disconnect the pickup and re-profile the top of the saddle but that would have taken longer than the time allotted to this while-you-wait setup (she had an upcoming gig). The saddle is made of a softer synthetic material with significant string bite so I treated it like a nut and filed the grooves deeper.
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I'm lucky to have a great bassist that is always bringing me interesting basses he picks up. Here is an 80's Yamaha 4 string in for while-you-wait setup. The player likes super-low electric guitar action so it's always a fun challenge to see how low you can go. Working with this player has made me totally rethink my approach to bass setups.
Check out the round over on the treble-side horn - the pearl white finish flashes slight pink in certain light. Really subtle and very cool. Also the bridge is a unique design that I have not seen before, but the head stock really got my attention. I don't know why, but this folded head stock looks killer!
A relic'd partscaster Tele with a history of random signal loss in for a while-you-wait repair. This has been through a couple other shops in the area and ended up on my bench for an emergency fix last week. I did the usual checking of all connections by eye, with a meter, reflowing suspect joints and physically stressing connections while the guitar was connected to an amp. I even checked the resistance of both pickups to make sure there wasn't a broken coil. Something I did ended up fixing the no-output issue, but I don't know exactly what was the cause. Not exactly the most reassuring of repairs, but I made sure to shake, prod and bang on the guitar as much as I could before it left with the player. Good thing it is a relic!
Note that the fix got the player through the gig so now only time will tell if whatever fix I did will last.
Tweak :: Schecter Stiletto Studio 5 [9.2 lbs]
A player dropped by with his 5 string bass for a truss rod tweak to add relief. He was getting buzzes on the low frets because of the overly straight neck.
Late Night While You Wait :: 2011 Santa Cruz F Brazilian / Italian [4.6 lbs]
I got my start building guitars years ago with the Santa Cruz Guitar Company so I love seeing their guitars come through the shop. This beautiful Brazilian / Bearclaw Italian F model popped in for a late night action tweak. Oh how I miss Santa Cruz ...