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Belated NGD

#1 User is offline   Morkolo 

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 03:53 PM

I forgot to post up pictures of the Samick HJ650 I picked up over Christmas so here it is. Forgive me for the low quality pictures, I can't for the life of me take a good picture indoors...

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 03:57 PM

That is an absolute Beauty Morkolo! A big congrats to you. [thumbup] [thumbup] [thumbup]
Love those big Jazz Boxes! Good pics.
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Posted 27 January 2012 - 04:36 PM

What's not to like about a big blonde archtop?? How does it sound?

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 05:29 PM

View PostParabar, on 27 January 2012 - 04:36 PM, said:

What's not to like about a big blonde archtop?? How does it sound?


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. [thumbup]

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... [scared]


So far I'm really happy with it. Thanks for compliments!

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 06:10 PM


Sweet looking guitar their Morkolo. [love]
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Posted 27 January 2012 - 06:15 PM

Beautiful - let us know if blondes really do have more fun. :P
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Posted 27 January 2012 - 06:33 PM

Wonderful looking guitar, gotta love those jazz boxes, looks like a great deal of fun, enjoy and HNGD.
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Posted 27 January 2012 - 06:36 PM

Oh that's spiffy!

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 06:43 PM

Nice guitar! [thumbup]


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Posted 28 January 2012 - 04:37 AM

Beautiful guitar ! Congrats !

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 10:30 AM

WOW! It really sounds like you had to do an awful lot of work on the guitar. Hope you are happy with it. Congrats

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 03:01 PM

View Postpfox14, on 28 January 2012 - 10:30 AM, said:

WOW! It really sounds like you had to do an awful lot of work on the guitar. Hope you are happy with it. Congrats


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. :)

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 03:19 PM

View PostMorkolo, on 28 January 2012 - 03:01 PM, said:

Not a bad find...for $200.


Congrats, Morkolo,
Have you considered playing the Lotto?

Great find,

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