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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 10:15 am 
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Howd'ya do it? I think that bears a close-up :-P Got a better pic?

I'm hoping to do a 'Crash'-type job on my own one soon.


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its in my parents loft at the moment!!

I got a (japanese copy) strat with a broken neck, stripped it down, took all the electrics out, cant remember what stripper i used to get the laquer off the body, used a jigsaw to recut a headstock from a neck blank.

tore up a load of old magazines and glued them in a pattern onto the body then varnished the body replaced all electrics and tremelo springs and then bolted the neck back on, strung it twice and played it 4 times before i got an archtop.

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roots, how do you compensate for the arch top affecting the action? or is it just an ornament. I've got to admit it looks nice, :wtf:

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sorry the archtop is an ibanez blues guitar with a bigsby bridge and tremelo, bloody lovely guitar sounds awesome but a bugger to keep in tune!

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im gonna chuck that up on ebay lol, never use it

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I love an Arch-top too. Since I got my Epi Riviera the others havn't got out much:
Here's an Amp I built a few years ago:
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First Decent bit of wood work I ever did!


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Hmmm, agreed :thumbleft:

Did you build the leccy bits as well?


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My ex wife smashed my guitar up pmsl.

I want a cigar box 3 string for me birthday.


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Devs Ad wrote:
Hmmm, agreed :thumbleft:

Did you build the leccy bits as well?


Thanks!
I did the circuit from a kit from ampmaker.com. SE-5A with a few mods.
I couldn't put the parts together myself for less so I went with the kit.
The speaker is a salvaged 16ohm 1970 Celestion Green back.
The amp kicks out a mighty 2.5 watts in this config :-)
I was a bench technician for a few years after college so I know how to do this sort of thing. But I was very impressed with the instructions from ampmaker. With enough patience anyone could do it.

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Cooooool.

2.5W might not seem like much, but I bet it's plenty loud. The ear doesn't respond to sound levels in a linear way, so 5W, for example, is nothing like twice as 'loud' as 2.5.


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It's surprising loud!
What was probably an accidentally discovery fifty years ago is that a guitar amp sounds best when its valves are driven over (overdrive) their ability to cleanly reproduce sound and start to distort in a pleasant way.
In a big 500 watt monster amp you have to crank the thing up to very un-neighbourly levels to get this sound.
These little 2 to 5 watt amps are perfect for practice, recording and small gigs.


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