hey ripper70, im brand new to this site, i only joinged to ask you if you could give me the email of the person who wanted your hagstrom. i also have a hagstrom that ive been trying to get rid of for more than a year and i really want an sg-x. id really appreciate it if you could help me out. thanks -noah
Ahhh yeah, I bet those would sound nice with those pickups. I doubt that I'd be able to tell the difference between all the different brands of PIOs. The tolerance on those mil spec ones are +/-10%... but you have to wonder if they may have shifted while they sat around all these years. At that price though, seems like a pretty safe bet.
Well since you're already doing one black guitar, it would be kind of boring to do the other one the same I suppose... White would look good... or how about a goldtop.. or, a copper top:
Of course it wouldn't be quite the same without binding... but I saw a thread somewhere, maybe on a different forum where a guy routed around the top and then used wood glue to do a faux binding. Actually looked pretty good! (I just keep suggesting things cause you don't seem totally set on what color you want. )
If you have or get yourself a good soldering station, it's really fun to do the wiring yourself. I struggled with a piece of junk 25 watt iron for awhile and it was a nightmare. Luckily my in-laws work in electronics and they loaned me a nice soldering station. I set it to about 750 degrees for guitar stuff and use some very fine gauge solder and it's a breeze.
Hey, that studio would look great in black with nickel hardware and cream plastics as well. Or maybe even a darkish metallic gray. I also love the look of Buckethead's totally whited out Lester. Oooh... a metallic orange one would be sweet too.... man, I need something to paint.
Ahhhh so it sounds like you've got a shredder to finish up before hitting the Studio. I bet those '57 Classics will sound smoking hot in that thing though. I'm not a fan of gold hardware to be honest. It's a bit garish and it's pretty high maintenance if you want to keep it looking nice.
So those were 9s on there? I was a bit confused cause they sounded a bit muddy and were very stiff. I guess they were just needing to be replaced. Those pure nickels are really nice for bending too, they feel great. I'm thinking about trying out an oldschool PIO cap and really go for the "vintage Junior" tone. Even a cheap Orange Drop is a MASSIVE improvement over a stock ceramic cap. It just seems to bring out a whole bunch more detail to the sound. I'm a noob at all of this as well.. I haven't even tried PIO caps or high-end pots yet.
Dude, that Melody Maker is WAILING now... sounds so good! I finally got around to changing the strings to 9's (my preference for p90s), used some DR Pure Blues. Is that what was on there? The ball ends definitely looked like DR. That helped quite a bit with getting some more upper mid clarity.
Something still wasn't quite right, so I changed out the cap, dropped in a .022 Orange Drop. Ohhhh yeah, big difference right there. Even wide open, it's just got a little more of the p90 raspiness and "sings" a little better.
Finally, I tweaked the pole pieces today. Wow! What a difference those little changes have made. The guitar has gone from to ... Still need to upgrade those stock pots though... the tone one especially is all but useless. Just had to let you know how excited this little guitar has gotten me.
Have you decided what you're doing with the Studio and/or started any work?