I am starting to think that we expect a higher level of perfection now than was available when all these things were originally conceived of. What a big deal it would have been to have the first electrified guitar! String materials were changing, people were filing down blades in pickups, it was all a “work in process” I bet.
That said, Vintage Vibe makes a little kit that allows you to boost the magnet strength under certain strings to balance things up a little better. I have one on the way. Also, a friend is lending me a Lollar humbucker size CC pickups, so we will see how that works with steel and nickel strings also.
Mikemc, aren’t those also a full nickel wrap, not nickel coated steel? If so, I wonder if the size of, or the material of the core is different. I did a little web searching and some people mention this problem, but most do not. I guess it could be just a bad combination of pickups and strings accentuation the problem, but it must always be happening at some level.
Problem with pure nickel strings and non adjustable pole pickups. With Vintage Vibe HCC (Humbucker size Charlie Christian) pickups,
using steel or nickel plated steel sets the string to string balance was very good. Good thing since it’s not adjustable. I just put on a set of Pyramid round wound pure nickel 12’s using the plain 3rd and the difference in volume between the wound and unwound strings is sizable. The 3 wound strings ballance well as do the 3 unwound, but together it doesn’t work. I suspect it can be balanced with adjustable poles, but with a blade, I can’t use them. Anyone else experienced this?
And part two is done! I hope you all find this interesting.
Just finished video 1 of 2 on building a laminated archtop. The second one will be ready in a week or so.
Can’t figure out how to make the video show up, but the link works!
I guess I have a thing for look of the old black with cream binding Gibson Archtops, so this is my version. The next two are sold to Jazzers, so they’ll get regular old humbuckers. One will be more or less like this and one will have a spruce top and floating mini-humbucker. If anyone knows of DeArmond/Dynasonics that fit in a humbucker mount, let me know. I will put them in and see how it goes!
Hey guys, I finished the RC Allen guitar. Picks below. The pickups are Vintage Vibe HCC (Humbucker size Charlie Christian). For what it’s worth, I started with 500k pots and didn’t like the sound, a little to bright, not shrill at all, but not warm enough. 250k pots worked well. You can swap out the magnets in these pickups so I ended up with Alnico2 in the neck and Alnico3 in the bridge. Next time I use these pickups I will ask for them to be over wound just a little. I shot of video of the process of making this guitar and will post it in two parts soon.
– Grez –
That’s soooo nice!
No love for the Blues JR around here? I suspect the Pro JR might come out ahead slightly in tone possibly based on the less parts/simpler circuit is better thought. But, the 3 band tone stack, master volume and built in reverb is awful handy. I will say that the verb isn’t the best but a cheap and better tank can be dropped in making it better and Google “BillM mods” and you will find all sorts of tweaks documented for the amp. I can attest to the fact that the amp when over driven lightly really benefits from the added power supply caps.
The November issue of Premier Guitar has an good article about The Music Maker Relief Foundation. They have been around for 20 years, although I am just becoming aware of them.
I think they are supporting a similar group of musicians, as this thread has been covering.