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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:10 am 
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The maple strat head pacer neck on the squire sunburst body looks superb. Did it drop straight in to the squire body without any filling or redrilling?
I have a voyager with a maple strat head neck which just doesnt get played and was thinking about using the neck on a new strat project if i can find the right body .


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:28 am 
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Funny you should ask. I had to drill and dowel with good hardwood dowels then reset and re drill. I actually had the strat head on another strat style body before this one and they both lined up pretty decent. It's been a while since that was done but I am thinking it didn't line up with the original kramer holes. My neck had been kinda abused from previous owners so it was not an option to not dowel the neck. If you deside to drill and dowel use a drill press and clamp neck square and plum before drilling dowel holes
I would recommend using a sharp quality Forstner bit as well.
use the smallest diameter dowel possible making sure you hog out to clean bore. I used Titebond III glue and mini emery pad disks on a right angle grinder to remove excess dowel. Then I draw filed it with a wrap of 400 grit sandpaper on a file. 1 thing for sure the scale length worked out good it was pretty much bang on. I love playing the maple neck its the only I own


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 2:53 am 
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Thanks for the info - all the hard work paid dividends for you cos like i said it looks absolutely brilliant.
The early strat head kramer maple necks are imo superb - yours looks to have more of a matt finish than mine - which is covered in a really thick gloss coat.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 2:57 am 
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Here's a butchered guitar I got couple weeks ago and paid $20 bucks for. Talk about disaster he amputated it with a skill saw cause it wouldn't fit in his guitar bag. He bought a Dean ML to play in the church choir band????? I bought it for parts and before slaughtering a guitar I usually play it first and I did
This thing played pretty decent so I shimmed the neck flipped the bridge around so it would intonate. This guitar was pretty amazing for a Chinese bolt on Dean ML-X. It had a short in the wiring and by now I had decided this was gonna be a player
I gutted all the pots and switches (left the ibby EMG passives)
which had been coiled tapped to ground 4.12K DUH!!!!!!
There ripping now at 8.25K each, new Dimarzio 500k pots
Switchcraft 3 way toggle, nice USA jack (vintage from old 70's mixing boards that I gutted) and I drilled and set screwed 3 brand new casino dice I grabbed in Las Vegas. Re crowned and edge filed sharp frets (all of them both edges) polished and buffed frets and cleaned and oiled the rosewood and put a little relief on the neck it was dead flat. I also had to palm sand the cut off arm cause the dude left a razor sharp edge that actually almost cut my arm as I played
It's funny but before I sanded it I called him and asked where the cut off was he laughed at me and said that he threw it in the trash. I thought that some how I could reattach it with an 1/8 spacer to make up for the blade kirf. Believe it or not I like the cut off now, cause my arm rests on the top edge perfectly
and you can stand it leaned against an amp no need for a stand
Could the axe murdering dude be on to something Huh?
Well I am not a Dean fanatic but I open tuned the low E and stepped it down so its a Low C#/G#/C#/F#/A#/D# and it just freakin roars. I can't get enough of this axe it blows me away. Talk about sleeper under rated guitars this thing rocks. Call me crazy but I am in disbelief about how this one turned out. I would have never bought this thing in a million years. I only bought it cause nobody wanted anything to do with this abortion so I got it for a twenty spot cause it was mutilated. I only bought it for the pickups and was gonna use neck on a major Frankenstein nightmare I was dreaming up C'est La Vie


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 4:04 am 
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Yep, floyd bushing is 10mm. I installed dozens of them.

Humbucker involved usually means 500k, it needs it to retain enough high-end, otherwise it gets muffled. No problem if it has lots of high-end to begin with. With singlecoils it's the opposite, so it always depends on the pickup. With noiseless singlecoils there is no problem, those also need 500k.

You can also go the middle way and use say 350k or such. Gibson use 300k in LP's sometimes, Fender use 250k with the mentioned HSS combo in some Strats, but mostly 500k will be used with hums. Texas Special are high-output and not so rich in highs, so they will work fine with 500k.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 4:07 am 
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One more advice - unless you have a huge storage, invest your time in fewer but worthy guitars, rather than in many cheap ones. It pays off long-term and it's much more fun in the end. The cheap stuff is hard to get rid of even if you make them all play better than new (and invest more than what they were worth on top), eventually it piles up and gets annoying.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:07 am 
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One more advice - unless you have a huge storage, invest your time in fewer but worthy guitars, rather than in many cheap ones. It pays off long-term and it's much more fun in the end. The cheap stuff is hard to get rid of even if you make them all play better than new (and invest more than what they were worth on top), eventually it piles up and gets annoying.


My thoughts exactly. In germany there´s a saying like "those who buy cheap [quality] buy twice." :thumbs

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:29 am 
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Oh your feeling my pain thanks
Its a combination of a labour of love and an addictive personality I got a guy who offs all the junk guitars I build
for around 45 bucks at the local flea market after the honeymoon is over. I have lost some cash mostly at the beginning but I try to keep cost at 25-40 an axe initially. I shoot to break even and I don't get to bummed. Some guitars gave me tears in my beers. I went to buy a 1000 usa strat 15 years ago and they all played like shit. So I bought a 1977 pre lawsuit ibby is that a shitty guitar? I believe that 1 plays better than any mid 70s les paul that sells for 5000 Bucks. I actually own quite a few pretty nice axes but the good ones I don't mess with. How bout 98 MIJ RG570 Juniper green is that a piece of shit too? Got a first run sq serial MIJ strat from early eighties that would blow your mind I had a buddy offer me 1200 CDN for that one he ordered a 50th anniversary strat right from fender and he swore mine was twice the guitar his was. Ever play an 1984 62 reissue tele MIJ Candy apple red, another piece of shit? I actually got lots of expensive guitars. Ever heard of 1952 gibson J45 bet you can't find 1 of those for 18 bucks in a thrift shop in Germany, Another piece of shit? I appreciate the constructive criticism but I can't help to think you all sound like my wife. I basically got to bring'em in, in pieces now. I have pushed her to the edge with my madness. Funny thing is people associate good guitars with the price they cost or what other people say about them. Ever heard the old saying Built on a Friday at 4:30. I guess I should build'em from scratch but CNC milling machines get a little pricey!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:23 pm 
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ibbys aren't Kramers But are still pretty sweet


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:29 pm 
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Ok I'll chill cause this computer is killing me
Nothing is getting built this is worse than any thing
Had to look at all the pics of my crap and this one makes me wanna bang my head off the wall. Got like a hundred in trade for this one with a hard shell case. Wish I had never sold it.
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