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  1. A.T.

    Explorer Gig Bags

    So Gibson/Epiphone make one? Long&McQuade in Canada carry one but it's too short and there's nothing between the tip of the headstock and the damn zipper. Here are a few I found on the web. Anybody had a closer look at any of these?
  2. A.T.

    Explorer Gig Bags

    So Gibson/Epiphone make one? Long&McQuade in Canada carry one but it's too short and there's nothing between the tip of the headstock and the damn zipper. Here are a few I found on the web. Anybody had a closer look at any of these?
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    Explorer Gig Bags

    Thanks. Yah. Me too. But jeez that case is huge and heavy. A gig bag saves one trip back and forth when loading in at a gig. Bag over the shoulder. Amp in one hand. Hockey bag with pedal board in the other. That bloody case is one trip on it's own. Not to mention when you show up with it everyone thinks you're the keyboard player. :)
  4. Someone please tell me who makes the best gig bags for Explorers. I've owned one and almost bought another, both of which did not fit properly. The first one I had decades ago you couldn't get the zipper closed over the tip of the head stock. The one I just ordered and sent back was almost as bad. You could force it shut but the bag was actually stretched from headstock tip to body tail point. so that the zipper was in contact with the guitar. (no padding). There must be a manufacturer out there that makes one that actually fits. Any suggestions are much appreciated. Thanks A.T.
  5. Hey Guys Interesting. What about the 1.5 Henry Choke/Inductor that is part of the stock Varitone set up. I'm having a tough time finding one and am wondering if I need it. Cheers A.T.
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    Varitone Wiring

    Well I've got all kinds of wiring diagrams. The best ones seem to be from SD. I've sourced all the parts except the 1.5 Henry Inductor/Choke. The local parts places at best might have tiny ones but they all look at me side ways when I tell them I need 1.5 Henry. Anybody have a source for all this kind of stuff? I still need the rotary switch but will likely order one from StewMac. Thanks.
  7. Did you go through with this? Where did you find all the parts. I can not find the 1.5 Henry Inductor. Anyone have a source for an appropriate one? By the way on the 335s etc the wire goes in through a cavity under the bridge pick up, not through the f-holes from what I know (which aint much!).
  8. Yah. That Chris Wargo really gets into it. He seems to know his stuff.
  9. Hey Folks After years since giving up an Explorer in a crazed purge I have recently come back to my senses and acquired another one, an '08 Natural finish. I forgot how comfortable they are to play. One thing that seems a little different is the neck shape. It's much flatter and wider then I remember. In my last one I'd swapped out the pickups for a '57 and '57 Plus. I have those pickups in a 335 now. And I have to say in contrast I actually like the original pickups in this Explorer. Here's my question. I really love the look of the old school Klusson tuners on the original '58 Explorers. You can still get them from Klusson. Has anyone out there gone from Mini Grovers back to the Klussons? I guess I'll need the adapter bushings for the holes in the headstock. Any other issues with this notion? Thanks
  10. Hey Folks After years since giving up an Explorer in a crazed purge I have recently come back to my senses and acquired another one, an '08 Natural finish. I forgot how comfortable they are to play. One thing that seems a little different is the neck shape. It's much flatter and wider then I remember. In my last one I'd swapped out the pickups for a '57 and '57 Plus. I have those pickups in a 335 now. And I have to say in contrast I actually like the original pickups in this Explorer. Here's my question. I really love the look of the old school Klusson tuners on the original '58 Explorers. You can still get them from Klusson. Has anyone out there gone from Mini Grovers back to the Klussons? I guess I'll need the adapter bushings for the holes in the headstock. Any other issues with this notion? Thanks
  11. Go for it. It's exactly what I'd like to do when I have the time to do it without rushing it. I see myself using the sounds for funkier rhythm parts. From what I've read most tone robbing issues are usually to do with crappy pots or switches or bad soldering. I don't know much about the nitty gritty of electronics but if one of the varitone positions is actually a bypass does that not mean it is completely taken out of the circuit? As far as affecting the value of your guitar goes, my plan is to go with a master tone and replace the other tone pot with the Varitone. No need to drill any extra holes. If in the end you don't like it, no damage done. What does the "Choke" or inductor do? Do you really need it? Where are you guys getting your caps etc.? I'm near Toronto and I can't find a place that carries exactly the cap values I want. StewMac carries the rotary switch. Cheers Here's another in depth thread about Vasritones. http://www.lespaulforum.com/forum/showthread.php?174470-The-End-of-the-Varitone-Controversy/page4
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    Varitone Wiring

    Hey Pin Hey Larry Thanks for the reply. I'm a bit of a dope with true schematics. Do you know if there are any diagrams out there like you'd find at Seymour Duncan? :) I'm planning a custom scenario for my 335. I'm thinking about a master vol., master tone, blend pot, and the Varitone. I might make the vol. pot push pull as well. I'd like to pack as many options in there as possible without changing the look of anything. I notice StewMac ahave a pot called a "JackPot". Are you familiar with that. Would that be a no load pot in essence? I might use that as the tone control. Thanks for any tips. Cheers
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    Varitone Wiring

    Where can I find a wiring diagram for a Varitone set up? I tried to down load the 345 diagram for the support page on the Gibson website but it kept giving me a file I couldn't open on my Mac. I'm interested in doing a stealth version on my 335, sacrificing one of the tone pots and making the remaining tone a master tone. Thanks
  14. Actually I think Larry's IS a '68 as well. Thanks Jayyj. I kind of suspected.
  15. Is a trapeze only held in place by the strap lug or does it need more screws? I haven't looked at one for a while.
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