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  1. ricky1918

    Tried a 2020 Riviera today

    I'll see if I can find one and try it!! thanks Stilwel! Yeah... I think the top suffered a break, just under the output jack and pots, so they had to repaint it with a BIG fade to hide the repair... still, it was an awful refinish job lol
  2. ricky1918

    Tried a 2020 Riviera today

    what I really find unappealing is when I find it difficult to navigate between the models. Like, what to look for, what to avoid, in a lineup that seems to have been exactly the same for years. Epiphone usually doesn't make models that last decades, other than the dot which I know to avoid. so...
  3. ricky1918

    Tried a 2020 Riviera today

    Sooooo as soon as I found out Epiphone was making them again I found the nearest one to me and got to try it. It was the red one, quite a cool looking finish. Overall the guitar was well made and sounded good. BUT Unfortunately I couldn't enjoy it fully. You see, I had the chance to have...
  4. ricky1918

    Poor man's Kemper...??

    I'd love to test it out myself but don't have the necessary gear with me at the moment I was hoping somebody that has a Mooer GE or an iPad with interface could test it out.. On Mooer studio website there are already 80 profiles made
  5. ricky1918

    Poor man's Kemper...??

    Ok guys so I open this thread as I've not seen one already last night Mooer launched their iOs app "GE Labs". It's a pretty standard app, stuff I don't usually am hyped for and frankly I don't care about most of the pedals and amps they put. The points is: THEY ADDED A PROFILE SECTION so you...
  6. ricky1918

    Neck wood choice makes a big tonal difference.

    in my limited experience, more as a player than a builder, is that the fretboard is influent as that it is the direct feel you have with the guitar. I've always found that rosewood fretboards are mellower to play, and it translates (at least for me) in a more gentle touch. I can get that in an...
  7. ricky1918

    Soooooo.... quarantine got me back into building.

    For the first time, I've managed to fret a neck. Not really sure about the result, but hey. I'm still learning. Telecaster neck only lacks hardware and a final dressing of the frets. still got to glue the Jazzmaster fingerboard and then shape the neck..
  8. ricky1918

    Soooooo.... quarantine got me back into building.

    today I nearly finished the Jazzmaster neck. Originally it was intended for another guitar so I had to get creative with the headstock... well, it's gonna be a mathing headstock jazzmaster :) Also I drilled the fretboard dots, I went with a 3 inlay 12th fret and with a whiter looking dots...
  9. ricky1918

    Soooooo.... quarantine got me back into building.

    Made a quick video test for my pickup 2 sound sources in the video. Quieter one is an SM57 slightly off axis of a vox ac15 louder one is my camera mic I decided to add the camera mic as it sounds pretty much how I hear it when playing, so why not!
  10. ricky1918

    Soooooo.... quarantine got me back into building.

    I'll postpone the decision and wait to try it on the telecaster! I love Alnico 3, and I mostly play clean stuff, so it being weak should not be an issue. If it is too weak, I'll see how to fix it :) I have an Alnico 5 from a duncan 59 that I can try, we'll see
  11. ricky1918

    Soooooo.... quarantine got me back into building.

    I put it in bridge position of my Epi LP to see if it worked!! Looks like 4000 turns are not enough for an Alnico 3 bar, DC resistance is around 6.8k. I was going for a low output pickup, since it will be paired up with a telecaster bridge single coil, which are about 6.5k.. oh well, next...
  12. ricky1918

    Soooooo.... quarantine got me back into building.

    what's up guys? happy Easter everyone!! today I didn't want to disturb the neighbours with my noise, so I decided to start working on something else... 4050-ish spires 42awg alnico 3 this will be the neck humbucker for the telecaster!! I built this "winding machine": I used an app...
  13. ricky1918

    Soooooo.... quarantine got me back into building.

    Unfortunately I don't have one! I used my rasps, an orbital sander and a belt sander. I want to get a spokeshave or a shinto rasp in the future, as soon as I get back to work. Working in a restaurant is not fun when the restaurant is closed because of Covid :(
  14. ricky1918

    Soooooo.... quarantine got me back into building.

    for those of you who might wonder, the inlays are made with grey Fimo molding clay. I drilled some 1/4" inch holes in a 1/16" thick metal sheet, put the Fimo in and let it cook for 45 minutes
  15. ricky1918

    Soooooo.... quarantine got me back into building.

    Rickenbacker style!! I like the idea, I'll see if I can manage to do it this way! Today I installed the dots and pretty much finished shaping the neck. Also, drilled the holes to attach the body to the neck. Check this out!! Even if I managed to not line up correctly some dots, I got to say...
  16. ricky1918

    Soooooo.... quarantine got me back into building.

    I used the router for the pickup route, the marks you see are the drill wood bit that as you know dig a little deeper. I don't want to go deeper with the router, I'll fix it somehow. As for the electronic cavity, I don't have the template. So I drilled them and worked my way with chisels, but...
  17. ricky1918

    Soooooo.... quarantine got me back into building.

    Soooo some updates. nothing major, and nothing actually finished. I pretty much finished shaping the headstock transition of the tele. The fretboard is a big slab, about 1/4". I just love fat fretboards in fender necks. Not as the one Fender produces right now I finished shaping and...
  18. ricky1918

    Soooooo.... quarantine got me back into building.

    Thank you, LPTDMSV! I still have to make a choice about the neck (I'm just building the body right now), as I don't have ANY wood that can be turned into a neck right now. Also, because of quarantine, wood sellers in Italy are not shipping. I'll get some mahogany when the quarantine ends, and...
  19. ricky1918

    Soooooo.... quarantine got me back into building.

    TBH I do not know. I'm learning as I go, and it was the only wood I had for a body. Worst case scenario, I'll take a hybrid approach and put both glue and a couple screws to hold the neck. I was already considering this as I want it to have 2 P90s, and I read that LP DCs had issues with the...
  20. ricky1918

    Soooooo.... quarantine got me back into building.

    Ok guys, what's up? It's been a lot since I've been present in the forum, or even posted here. You know, life lol. But since Italy is locked down and it's starting to get boring, I dug up my chisels and router these days!! So let's make a little update on the situation: I started making...


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