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    Quote Originally Posted by Demanic View Post
    Funny.
    All of my video posts are just a black, non responsive, square.
    Why?
    I can see them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BriGuy1968 View Post
    I can see them.
    I just find it strange that I can't.
    Dang Gremlins.

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    Default Re: The Official April 2K18 SDUGF Modding Contest

    I should probably say, however, that I can’t really see much in the “dark“ one. But then too, you had the lights off…
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    Quote Originally Posted by BriGuy1968 View Post
    I should probably say, however, that I can’t really see much in the “dark“ one. But then too, you had the lights off…
    No, that was intentional.

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    Hello!

    Finally got around to drop my entry. I've posted a lot about it, partially because I haven't got that many guitars, but also because it's the one I've been modding as long as I've played guitar. I got it fininshed about year ago, and I don't think I'm going to change it again. I think it's perfect instrument for me as it is now.

    Started as squier CV 60's, bought it brand new in 2010. Only cost 400€ (480 USD) then, currently they're over 500€ I think...

    I call it as "Ramcaster":

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    Body: Alder sunburst. (I got lucky with that: There's not a line visible under the see through part. Don't now about the black painted sides, but it's practically one-piece!)
    Neck: Modern C, rosewood fingerboard.

    That's the original parts (mostly).

    Hardware:

    Tuners: Wilkinson EZ-Lok, Kluson-type. Allowed me to throw out string trees.

    Schaller strap-locks. Other minor tweaks include at least completely tape shielded cavity (on top of stock electric paint) and sanded back of the neck.

    Bridge:
    Bridge plate is stock piece from Peavey Raptor series I strat. It's thicker and heavier than usual, and also has interesting feature: The bevel to make it rock is longer than usual, (see what I did there ) so it always dips into floating position. Allowing floating setup with adjustable tension! (It's not possible to get it down-only though.)

    Saddles are currently Peavey Raptors as well, that's only thing I've been considering yet to improve.

    Trem block and arm are from American Deluxe strat. Springs are stock Squier ones, which I found to be just brilliant, being significatly stiffer than usually. I made a thread about them (and how they improve tone) last year

    As you can see in picture, I also modified the jack plate to allow fitting of master volume there and glued bottle caps on knobs to make push-pulls easier to use. Also made rolling them much faster. And I like the look of them...

    Pickups:
    Neck: Van Zandt Blues rwrp
    Middle: SSL-5 (custom)
    Bridge: SSL-7 T (tappable staggered QP)

    Wiring:

    Pretty much entirely re-thought, so I begin by explaining the concept... First iteration was to allow all possible tonal combinations, and sculpt the overal tone as good as possible in the process. When I got it figured what worked best, I began to cut out all the excess, to make reaching the good ones as streamlined as possible, which resulted in a very convoluted, but simple and effective controls. Every tone is two moves away at most.

    The positions of 4-way blade switch (much prefer this to 5-way switch for ease of use):

    1 Neck/Bridge parallel (bridge tapped)
    2 Neck/Bridge parallel
    3 Middle/Bridge parallel (bridge tapped)
    4 Middle/Bridge parallel

    Then there's DPDT slider that switches bridge off from above setup for single pickup mode. That also switches between dark and bright tone circuits at the same time.

    Neck/Middle share the upper volume control, so bridge only position is very easy and fast to dial in as well. Lower volume is for bridge. Volume pots are 500k and have resistor in parallel with in-out lugs to smooth taper (which otherwise gets wrecked by the "individual volumes" wiring).

    Upper push-pull pot has series switch. Turning parallel positions above into series positions respectively. In series, the slider DPDT only changes the tone circuit. Another trick is that the upper volume control ground is lifted by series DPDT and connected to bridge hot after bridge volume, so both pickups can be dialled out in series mode for a dark, lower gain tonal palette. To be honest, it's not very useful, but bleed through the said pot gives slight extra edge for series mode, which is nice.

    Second DPDT switches the phase of bridge.

    Master volume is no-load at 10, made from dual gang pot.

    EDIT: Removed the clips for remake, because of the excessive mids during recording... (New below)

    EDIT: Added price.
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    Here's some clips of random noodling. All are the same setup with same amp settings. Only difference is the guitar controls. They're in the sets of 4 different tones per clip.

    https://soundcloud.com/user-37896057...odding-contest

    Here's the clips explained:

    parallel: 1 Bridge/middle 2 Bridge tap/Middle 3 Bridge tap/neck 4 Bridge/Neck out-of-phase (all with "dark" circuit)

    series: 1 Bridge/Middle 2 Bridge tap/Middle 3 Bridge/Middle 4 Bridge/Middle out-of-phase (all with "bright" circuit except out-of-phase)

    single: 1 Neck 2 Middle 3 Bridge 4 Bridge tap (neck and middle with "bright" circuit, bridge with "dark" circuit)

    clean stuff: Bridge tap, bridge/middle and neck only are used variably.

    Signal line:
    Guitar -> Boss FV-500H -> EHX Worm -> Egnater Rebel 20 -> G12H30 1x12 cab

    I've set up the guitar to be used with Volume pedal and EHX Worm as treble booster since their always there, so I opted to use them here as well.

    EDIT: Moved the clips here to make "entry post" less crammed.
    Last edited by Jacew; 04-28-2018 at 02:39 AM.
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    Due to the requests and PMs of multiple people, I have extended the contest until the end of May. That way we can have more participation. Sorry for all the changes, this stuff should have been nailed down in planning.
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    Hmmm trying to figure how to post a pic since my pics are in photobucket..

    My white Charvel pro mod.

    Tuning keys changed from black to pearloid.
    Dunlop straplocks.
    Screws in locking nut, and floyd all changed to stainless steel.
    Fine tuners on the floyd changed to brass.
    The string lock blocks in the saddles all changed to Titanium.
    Floyd upgraded with a large brass block, and noiseless springs.
    Black pickguard changed to a purple mirror pickguard.
    Black Dimarzios changed to a Duncan Jazz neck, 59/Custom hybrid bridge.
    Black knurled knob changed to white strat knob.
    Volume pot changed to EVH Low Friction pot.
    Believe me when I say that some of the most amazing music in history was made on equipment that's not as good as what you own right now.

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    Default Re: The Official April 2K18 SDUGF Modding Contest

    GREAT!!!!! i stop checking the forum a couple weeks and a modded guitars contest appears dang! guess entries are closed aren't they?

    well **** happens

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    'Sokay. I think Ace ran away with it.

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    Default Re: The Official April 2K18 SDUGF Modding Contest

    Quote Originally Posted by EDX View Post
    GREAT!!!!! i stop checking the forum a couple weeks and a modded guitars contest appears dang! guess entries are closed aren't they?

    well **** happens
    Actually, it’s open until the end of May so get your ass in here!
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    My bad.

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    Default Re: The Official April 2K18 SDUGF Modding Contest

    Eh might as well. Some people will only barely call it modded but:

    '07 American Deluxe/Select with a Demon and a Stack Plus neck (these pics are old, I removed the Scorcher.) Single 500k volume.

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    Default Re: The Official April 2K18 SDUGF Modding Contest

    well i will put my v on here


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    that's how my washburn psv2200b looked new, this model is the import version of the washburn psv2000 and i got it for my 15th birthday (i asked for cash as birthday present and added my savings to buy the guitar, fx pedal and amp pictured) so now let's see what i've done to it:


    • Output jack re-route, from the inner side of the lower wing to the pickguard.
    • strap pin re-route, from 'tween the wings to the tip of the upper wing.
    • new saddles with stainless steel height bolts.
    • graphtech black tusq xl nut, filed it some to fit on the guitar.
    • control cavity shielding.
    • full rewire (done that a couple times), it currently sports 2 push/pull pots wired for blower switch and series parallel along with a push button killswitch.
    • sanded off the back of the neck to raw wood and finished it with machine oil (i'm too cheap to even buy linseed oil).
    • also i re-shaped the back of the neck to a soft asymmetric contour.
    • Installed a Seymour Duncan Dimebucker.
    • done some paintwork on the back and where the output jack used to be, it was kinda crappy so i just covered it on duct tape and reflector tape.
    • changed the rusting dome knobs for speed knobs, hacked the vol one with a soldering iron dime-style and put beer bottlecaps on them with hot glue, also sanded the bottlecaps a bit so they can't hurt, only give grip.
    • put some iommi cross inlay stickers on the fretboard to make it extra cool, also while rewiring and messing with the jack i broke and f'ed up the pickguard so after some super glue i decided it just looked like crap so i got a cool illustration off the internet, printed it on the right size and pasted it covering the f*cked up part.


    this is how it looks now:
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    i will post some clips and fresh pics later


    funny this contest came up right now as i was panning on adding a trem unit on my v, and since i got a router base for my dremmel i can install just about anything.

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    Not sure if this applies, I have posted pics of this guitar before. My highly modded 2012 Gibson Les Paul Supreme, Seymour Duncan 59/JB, gold metal pickup surrounds, gold brass roller bridge, gold brass tailpiece, TonePros locking studs, Schaller gold metal pickup selector switch tip, Schaller strap locks and vintage style control knobs.
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    The guitar originally cost me $3400.00 and I found out later that the Supreme isn't quite the collectable that I thought. It was no problem modding this guitar into something better than what it was. Maybe too much bling for some but there is not another guitar in the world like this one.

    I am unable to post photos somehow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffblue View Post
    Not sure if this applies, I have posted pics of this guitar before. My highly modded 2012 Gibson Les Paul Supreme, Seymour Duncan 59/JB, gold metal pickup surrounds, gold brass roller bridge, gold brass tailpiece, TonePros locking studs, Schaller gold metal pickup selector switch tip, Schaller strap locks and vintage style control knobs.
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    The guitar originally cost me $3400.00 and I found out later that the Supreme isn't quite the collectable that I thought. It was no problem modding this guitar into something better than what it was. Maybe too much bling for some but there is not another guitar in the world like this one.
    The pictures won't load, but it sounds like something I need to see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chistopher View Post
    The pictures won't load, but it sounds like something I need to see.
    I wish I were able to post the photos. It is beautiful if I am allowed to say.
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    FINALLY! I figured out how to upload my photos. Sorry for the last fuzzy pic. Here is my custom modded Les Paul Supreme.
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    I used to have several photos in my album on this site but Photobucket tried to extort payment from me and I won't have it. So I had to figure another way to upload pics from my computer.

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    Default Re: The Official April 2K18 SDUGF Modding Contest

    I recently just finished this one up the other day, so I'll submit it for your careful consideration.

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    She's a PRS SE Semi-hollow that I bought real cheap sans electronics, but with the cool paint appointments. All I did was change out the tuners for some quality locking tuners and replaced the pickups with a JB in the bridge and a Distortion neck model, added a Shadow Killpot, and replaced the three way switch with a Freeway switch so that I can have plenty of coil split options.

    I don't have any sound clips of it, but I can tell you it sounds pretty good for being my first project. It also came with a pretty nice finish and taper on the neck, which was nice given I got it for $200 plus mods making a total cost of around $350.

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