¡First Big Tech Job with Photos!

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  1. xsouldriverx

    xsouldriverx V.I.P. Member

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    So after much time spent working on my guitars as well as some friends I finally got a customer (neither a friend or family member) that has sought me out to get some work done on a guitar that he doesnt play too much and wanted to make into something he picks up more often. After many e-mails of discussing some things me and the gentleman met up and finalized what he wanted done and off we went.

    The final to do list looked something like this:
    -Swap Tuners
    -Swap Pickups
    -Swap out ceramic caps for PIOs
    -Change cracked pickguard and put on metal jack plate
    -Finagle JP wiring without too much cursing
    -Crowning of gibson railroad ties
    -Final Set-up and a clean and polish.

    Thanks to some aggravations such as a bad soldering iron, a company taking too long to ship a new one and having to reorder from a separate company, ad then that company adding an extra $10 shipping after the final amount was shows to me and agreed upon. the job took about a month to full fill. thankfully the customer was very patient and had zero worries about a timeframe.

    A couple of extra things were also done such fretboard oiling as well as scraping the fingerboard so it was a bit smoother to play on and eliminating the ridges around the inlays. Also identifying the guitar as a 1997 model when the owner originally thought it was a '98.

    Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/58387516@N08/sets/72157625889311156/with/5381744168/

    after realizing the amount of photos taken, Im just going to put them on my Flickr account and link them here.
     
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    xsouldriverx V.I.P. Member

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    But the best part about it all was this e-mail I got a couple of days after giving the guitar back.

    and then the next e-mail going a bit more in depth with it all.

    Through this all we did have one slight problem and that is with the pickups. The amp I use here is a very dark creamy sounding amp I had made for drop tuning, the amp the customer has is a fender hot rod deluxe. very different amps. The result is that the client had to adjust the neck pup and the treble sides down a little to compensate for having a much brighter amp than what it was set up with. For upcoming jobs ill be using my other amp and in the future ill probably purchase a small little roland cube or other modeler that I can test a guitar out using multiple different amp styles to cover the bases.
     
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    xsouldriverx V.I.P. Member

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    so zero responses? was the upside down "!" a bit much?
     
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    Stephmon Senior Member

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    Some might have passed over the thread, thinking they had already read it (there is another first tech job thread at the moment). Regardless... Congratulations! I hope it's the start of something really great for you.
     
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    xsouldriverx V.I.P. Member

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    It seems to have been. I now also have a job finishing a guitar with tru-oil for a fellow in norway.
     
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    Congrats! Sounds like you did a bang-up job...kudos!

    BB
     
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    180gROC Senior Member

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    Very cool, and sorta addicting... :applause:
     
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    Ferrarimk13 Senior Member

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    Congrats! thats awesome, always great to be rewarded for the things you do!
     
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    kevinh Senior Member

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    Awesome!

    Could only imagine how it felt gettin' that email of approval :thumb:
     
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    xsouldriverx V.I.P. Member

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    Like getting punched in the chest with a lode of awesome.
     
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    Sounds interesting. I'd love to hear more about that.
     
  12. xsouldriverx

    xsouldriverx V.I.P. Member

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    Well im finishing a custom guitar built by our very own bill fischer (BFCG) and the customer wanted a tru-oil finish but bill doesnt currently offer that. so through the forums and the interwebs he found me.
     

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