Posted 27 January 2012 - 05:29 PM
When I first got it the sound was dull and lifeless, plugged in it was even worse, so I went to work at it. First thing I did was put on a new set of Ernie Ball 11s but it still didn't sound right. I pulled off the strings and noticed when the Bigsby was put on the felt pads were left on, I didn't think that was going to help out with the tone so I removed them and cleaned the sticky residue off and then buffed the contact points with a bit of sandpaper... huge difference right off the bat acoustically. A lot brighter which I prefer over it's previous muted tone. Then came the wiring which was "repaired" by someone before I took ownership, the tone knobs weren't working correctly and neck pickup was pure mud. I tried fixing what looked like a problem area but in the end the selector switch was gone and half the pots were wired incorrectly so I redid the wiring with all new wire. Unfortunately I couldn't find a selector switch over the holidays and just put in a mini switch until I place an order for some parts again. I changed the pickups to 4 conductor pickups for when I get some push/pull pots, to do that I had to remove the ton of wax around them. Once that was done I wax potted the pickups only this time with a lot less wax which turned out to be another good thing... the neck pickup sounds amazing now.
One thing I noticed though is if you decide to wire up a hollow body the solder joins will not break until almost everything is hooked up, then you have to pull everything out again...
So far I'm really happy with it. Thanks for compliments!
Posted 27 January 2012 - 06:15 PM
Epiphone Wildkat `05 "Ruby" - Metallic Red
Epiphone Les Paul Standard `91 "Sherry" - Cherry Sunburst
Epiphione Wilshire `06 "Bianca"- White
Danelectro DC-3 - `Lanie` - Gloss Black
Gretsch Electromatic G5248T - `Goldie` - Metallic Gold
Yamaha Pacifica Seymour Duncan equipped Strat. - Metallic Blue
Tanglewood TW28 CLN acoustic `no name - just niiiice`
Vox Valvetronix VT40+
"If one does not fail at times, then one has not challenged himself."
Posted 27 January 2012 - 06:33 PM
GUITARS: ........... 60 odd lumps of Wood, Aluminium and Plastic with many and varied electric bits attached.
PEDALS: ............ Dunlop Cry Baby Wah, Crowther Double Hotcake, Digitech Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive, Korg Pitch Black Tuner.
AMPS & CABS: . Egnater Tweaker Head (15w), Roland CM-30 (30w), Line 6 Spider II (30w), Peavey TKO 115 (80W), Marshall MF Head (350w) Line 6 Quad Box (320w).
Some of my collection
A man of many faces !!!
Posted 27 January 2012 - 06:43 PM
Yamaha SE350; Gibson SG Faded; Epiphone Wildkat; Charvel USA Pro San Dimas Style 1 -2H; Gibson Les Paul Studio '50s Tribute Humbuckers; Ibanez RG 1570 Prestige; Peavey Millenium BXP4 bass
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus with JB and Jazz; Epiphone Les Paul Studio Deluxe with 490R and 490T; Kramer Pacer Classic 2010
Peavey Royal 8 Valve King; Peavey Backstage 50; Ashdown Tourbus 10W bass amp; Zoom H4 recorder/effects
Digitech Bad Monkey (Overdrive); EH Pocket Metal Muff Nano (Distortion); Marshall Regenerator (Modulation); MXR Carbon Copy (Delay); Artec SE-GEQ (EQ/Tuner)
Sound clip: http://soundcloud.co...nhgtr1/alankob2
Reviews: Wildkat; Pacer Classic
Useful restringing vid I found: http://www.youtube.c...B&v=Oclc4MHWbzw
Posted 28 January 2012 - 03:01 PM
I just looked at it as something to do over my Christmas holidays. Besides the longest part of the process was fishing the pots, jack and switch into place. The quality of the guitar is actually on par if not a little bit better than the Epiphone Swingster and Emperor Regent I tried recently, different sound obviously. Not a bad find if I do say so myself for $200.
Thanks again for all of the compliments everyone.