Welp I found the magic secret formula to fix the issues I was having; a squirt of WD40
I usually hate WD40 cause it gets on everything and causes a mess, but decided you know ,why not just see what happens? Squirted a bit in every saddle, down the saddle slots, and on/in-between the nut and rollers and guess what? Now I can't even FORCE it out of tune. It's like a switch was flicked on this thing.
There must have been some dirt or debris somewhere on the system binding up the string, but now it was flushed out/lubed up enough to eliminate the issue.
Also it turns out I didn't have a dead fret; there was a LIFTED fret that needed to be tapped down. Now I only have a minor fret 'fart' somewhere around 17 on the high B, but only if I bend it a certain way. May just have to raise that saddle a bit or sand down some fret material.
I've always loved the way this guitar sounded, no matter what it looked like, and I sure missed playing it; it just has this awesome tone to it that has this nice hair and clarity to it... all with a GFS Fat Pat. Also the cheap 'garbage' neck pickup is pretty low output, so switching to it while on a dirty channel almost turns the amp into a two channel amp, and its very clear and 'stratty' sounding.
It's honestly my favorite SOUNDING guitar out of everything in my collection, it just has a magic to it. Now that it looks good again, I'll definatly be playing her much, much more.
I'll be posting a video at some point, playing through that amp I made. I added even more switches
But now you can switch between some sort of EVH mod, a Slash #34 mod JCM800, a Stock jcm800, and a Rhandy Rhoads/ Yngwie style Superlead modded amp sound. Also re-voiced the second channel and made it into a bassman sort. brought it in to the local guitar shop I frequent and the owner wants me to make these amps and sell them
boy if only! Two customers who had popped in were super curious about the amp too and were blown away not only by how loud it was for 5-12 watts, but by how BIG it sounded. It's such a sleeper beasty.
I am the definition of tired
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