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by Alex Smith
Thu Nov 18, 2010 5:00 am
Forum: Ibanez and Other Guitars
Topic: Strat mod. Two volumes, master tone, switches aplenty.
Replies: 13
Views: 12808

Re: Rewiring a Strat: two volumes, a master tone and more. H

Well, it's all sorted. Thanks to some input from a few other sources and some sharp learning curves, here's the final schematic. http://smiths.org.uk/alex/guitarmodification/design6.GIF Two volumes connected to two push-pull pots, and a dual-gang pot used as a master tone. This allows independent v...
by Alex Smith
Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:24 am
Forum: Ibanez and Other Guitars
Topic: Strat mod. Two volumes, master tone, switches aplenty.
Replies: 13
Views: 12808

Re: Rewiring a Strat: two volumes, a master tone and more. H

I genuinely have decided to go down the "bridge volume and neck+middle volume" route. It makes more sense playing wise. However, in response to your question, your answer is, I'm as thick as pig shit. I had the idea in my head that if R2=3 and R1=5, then that combined resistance of 8 is more than th...
by Alex Smith
Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:58 am
Forum: Ibanez and Other Guitars
Topic: Strat mod. Two volumes, master tone, switches aplenty.
Replies: 13
Views: 12808

Re: Rewiring a Strat: two volumes, a master tone and more. H

Nate, you are a gent. But I'm going to have to frustrate you. Instead of the neck+middle and a master, I've gone down the route of having a neck+middle and a bridge. This ought to sort the wacky volumes. However, the "short-circuit" problem still abounds. Here's the latest. I'm going to leave it at ...
by Alex Smith
Mon Nov 08, 2010 4:35 am
Forum: Ibanez and Other Guitars
Topic: Action Height (Ibanez Jem)
Replies: 1
Views: 3594

Re: Action Height (Ibanez Jem)

Whatever you feel comfortable with. Action doesn't have a standard figure afaik.

If it's a display model, then it doesn't matter. I've walked into shops and played the same model of guitars with a vastly different action for a different shop, right off the shelf.
by Alex Smith
Mon Nov 08, 2010 4:27 am
Forum: Ibanez and Other Guitars
Topic: Strat mod. Two volumes, master tone, switches aplenty.
Replies: 13
Views: 12808

Re: Rewiring a Strat: two volumes, a master tone and more. H

Update. I was nodded towards the possibility that if my neck+middle volume was off, it would kill the signal because the master volume would ground through it. Quick solution: Click here for the (old) schematic. I edited this image into a link to stop cluttering the thread with 'past version' schema...
by Alex Smith
Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:46 am
Forum: Ibanez and Other Guitars
Topic: Strat mod. Two volumes, master tone, switches aplenty.
Replies: 13
Views: 12808

Re: Rewiring a Strat: two volumes, a master tone and more. H

The capacitor to PCB idea sounds like smart thinking. Thanks for that. Just a little adjustment here on review. I knew that on the previous diagram, when SW3 was flipped and the bridge pickup joined in series with another pickup, if I was in position 5 (just the bridge selected), and if I was in pos...
by Alex Smith
Sat Nov 06, 2010 4:45 am
Forum: Ibanez and Other Guitars
Topic: Strat mod. Two volumes, master tone, switches aplenty.
Replies: 13
Views: 12808

Re: How do I rewire a Strat for two volumes? Help appreciate

I think I figured it out, but I do have another question at the bottom of the post. Click here for the (old) schematic. I edited this image into a link to stop cluttering the thread with 'past version' schematics. This way, I have a neck+middle volume (R2), a master volume (R1), and a master tone (...
by Alex Smith
Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:29 am
Forum: Ibanez and Other Guitars
Topic: Strat mod. Two volumes, master tone, switches aplenty.
Replies: 13
Views: 12808

Strat mod. Two volumes, master tone, switches aplenty.

This thread's questions have now been resolved. Problems are sorted. Skip towards the end of the thread for the answers. What follows is the thread from square one, if you're interested in one berk getting in a muddle with himself about wiring, having other people help him out, and come out shining...
by Alex Smith
Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:40 am
Forum: All About Steve
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEVE
Replies: 237
Views: 86220

Happy Birthday, Steve. Have a good one.
by Alex Smith
Thu Apr 24, 2008 7:32 am
Forum: Ibanez and Other Guitars
Topic: whats will all the strat haters out there?
Replies: 73
Views: 21905

I have a Squier Strat, made in Japan. It was second hand when I bought it, for £120 at around the turn of the century. I walk into guitar shops on an occasional basis and try out some very reputable guitars, Gibsons, Ibanezs, other superstrat manufacturers and even other Fenders, but I always go bac...
by Alex Smith
Sat Sep 22, 2007 6:57 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Harmonic Minor Arpeggios and chords anyone?
Replies: 6
Views: 2915

Note, that you can also play Fm (F G# C), Fdim (F G# B) and Ddim (D F G#). Indeed, when you move on to extensions, Bdim is extended to both Bdim7 and Bm7b5.
by Alex Smith
Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:12 am
Forum: Ibanez and Other Guitars
Topic: Yeehaw. Me here's gonna build me a Frankenstrat.
Replies: 4
Views: 2111

Thanks for the help, that's an incredible response. The American Deluxe body idea looks great. I'll inquire into how much buying a backplate'll set me back - when it comes to the actual body, I'll just file and sand away a regular one, it'll be cheaper. With two pickups, the humbucker on the bridge ...
by Alex Smith
Mon Aug 20, 2007 6:04 pm
Forum: Ibanez and Other Guitars
Topic: Yeehaw. Me here's gonna build me a Frankenstrat.
Replies: 4
Views: 2111

Yeehaw. Me here's gonna build me a Frankenstrat.

So, a couple of questions before I start looking at bits that might go together need to be asked. The neck joint. If I buy a thinalicious Ibanez neck, what mods will it need to bolt on to a Strat body? Obviously, if I buy one with a curved, palm-friendly curved heel joint, the bolts aren't in a squa...
by Alex Smith
Sun Jun 24, 2007 2:52 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: inspiration for writing songs
Replies: 15
Views: 4098

I'm almost sick to death of the idea that "inspiration" is the one thing that's holding every budding songwriter back. It's like the idea that Jimmy Page just sat there in a rut until suddenly every single note of Kashmir flew from his guitar and without even knowing how to read notation, he ripped ...
by Alex Smith
Thu May 10, 2007 6:39 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Jazz course
Replies: 11
Views: 3312

arpeggio_owen wrote:<snip>
Did you edit your post? I was sure you typed "two months." If not, then forget that.

In the meantime, good for you. Good luck with your practice and learning!