Progress photos of my Reissue undergoing repairs/upgrades

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  1. DanD

    DanD Senior Member

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    I've noticed this on the two I did the MF mod on. :hmm:

    Hopefully we'll get a tone report when all is said and done.
     
  2. alnico59

    alnico59 Premium Member

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    Work on the electronics has begun. Below vintage style braid and new switchcraft selector next to the stock wiring. All hand wired in the shop.

    I've seen some say replacing the stock skinny wiring with larger gauge makes no difference at all. However, IME it's opens up the tone of the guitar. Heard it with my R8. Plus why buy expensive PAF replicas and then not upgrade the other inexpensive lackluster components?

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  3. alnico59

    alnico59 Premium Member

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    Aged tip as I could no longer live with the glaring white stock tip anymore.

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    All wired up with NOS Russian PIO caps and CTS 500k pots along with a fresh coat of shielding paint. Man I wish I could solder like that!

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    Practice with a few pots and you can nail the soldering. You need to learn to make it flow.:cheers2:
     
  5. alnico59

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    Here's a before and after of the control cavity. The "greenie" caps were at the time just something I did to get by until now.

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  6. rockinlespaul

    rockinlespaul Recovering Oxblood Addict V.I.P. Member

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    Looking good Ray!
     
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    Thanks Fred.
    The waiting is the hardest part! Even if it is completed this week a decision was made not to send it back until the holiday shipping madness wears off. A buddy of mine just had a set of pickups get rerouted to Chicago instead of Connecticut! Delayed things over two weeks. But at least they weren't completely lost!
     
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    It looks like it will be worth it...
     
  9. alnico59

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    Now the fun part, pickups!

    Ok, the original plan was to have him wind and install his hand wound PAF's. He has a new wind with a different wire (smoother tone) that I was very interested to try. However through him I was able to source a very early set of Jim Wagner (formerly WCR) Fillmore's in double cream. Again these are an early hand wound set which I have always been interested to try. My guy, reading my mind, had no problem winding and sending me his set for future use and installing the Fillmore's. I'm already running his pickups in two of my other guitars and thought the Fillmore's could mix things up a little. He even replaced the stock leads on the Fillmore's with vintage braid. Cool.

    Here are his winds pre-assembled and completed. I specified the mismatched coils.
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    And here are the Fillmore's. I found out I'm not a double cream guy so covered it is.
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    Here are both sets I'm receiving.
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  10. alnico59

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    Installation of the new aged Creamtone ABR-1 bridge and light weight aluminum tailpiece.

    As long as I owned this guitar it had that dreaded problem of the strings hitting the back of the bridge. No matter how I set it up, at best, I was only able to get a few of the strings not to touch. I chalked it up to a high neck set and said oh well. I did have it top wrapped for a while. But honestly I'm not a total fan of that set up.

    Well, as the picture below shows, with the new bridge it is set up perfect. Tech said the neck set is not really high at all. He contributed the past problems to the saddles being cut too deep. He said the guitar is playing perfect with the right amount of tension. Action set where I like which is fairly low.

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    The bridge / tailpiece setup looks good. And you have some interesting pickups there too. As belated Christmas presents to the self go, this is shaping up pretty nicely :)
     
  12. alnico59

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    The guitar is now completed and will ship next Sunday. I am very excited on how this project came out. I trust from my tech when he says the guitar is playing night and day better than before. Sounds like a win win for me.

    This was less of a cosmetic upgrade and more about improving playability. Below is the guitar before and after. I will update this thread with my tone report once I get the guitar here.

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    guidothepimmp Senior Member

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    excellent.. cool thread.. great guitar
     
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    Thanks! Pickups are an older set of Wagner Fillmores when he wound them by hand. I read love/hate reviews on them with the dislikes mostly claiming they do not sound like true PAF's. Actually that's ok because I wanted something different this time around. From the sound samples I did hear they sound good.
     
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    The neck looks pretty flat and slim in the second picture. For a moment I though it was a R0 neck or you had it shaved.
     
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    It's a weird neck. The feel doesn't really match the actual measurements. It has a roundness to it so it basically feels bigger than it actually is. But yeah it's not big by Historic standards. It's very comfortable especially riffing up and down the neck.
     
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    :)

    There you go...

    It's going to be miles better than it was.
     
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    Also I'll post more photos when I get it. For some reason the red is coming through brighter than it actually is.
     
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    The red is the camera's chip being sensitive to Hydrogen (or the red side of the spectrum) not much you can do for it except maybe take the photo in Fluorescent light, which has a lot of green, that will offset the red...

    I have done plenty of this photography ....and Gibson's Red is especially sensitive to this
     
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