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  • #22729

    Master Killer
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    Hey everyone, I am finally, TOTALLY finished with the Hondo RR guitar I’ve been restoring. Made lots of modifications. Today I turned out the whammy bar

     

     

    I just started with a piece of steel rod, cut it, hit it with a die and buffed it. Turned out ok  think.

    Here it is on the guitar and after 3 stages of buffing.

    The complete modifications I made were as follows:

    Pickups – 2 neck and bridge GFS 180 humbuckers; 1 lipstick tube.

    Electronics – 2 CTS Pots 500k; 1 22MF capacitor on the tone pot. Orange drop cap on the volume modified with resistor. replaced 3 way with 5 way switch.

    Body – All electronic cavities shielded with copper.

    Neck- New tuners; frets leveled and recrowned

    Back – Hole sunk for lipstick tube; custom back plate.

    Tremolo- New custom whammy bar; new non vibration tension springs.

    All pickup cavities reinforced with foam suspension as well as tremolo springs.

     

    All in all I must say that this is the best playing and sounding guitar I’ve ever handled. This was my first mod and I’m more than happy with the  results. The tone on this thing is nothing short of amazing. The slot I had to cut out for the lipstick tube extended far beyond the original back plate so I had to order a sheet of blank plastic for a bass guitar (only one that was big enough) and cut it to size. Leveling the frets and recrowning them worked wonders for the playability. Before that I had string ring all over the place. The pickups are set up to isolate the neck, bridge, and middle pickup as well as blend the bridge and neck individually with the tube. The clean mode is heavenly and the crunch has to be heard to believe. I am going to start working on the cheap, Chinese one I ordered. When I got it the neck was broken. I have fixed it but the neck has a very large back bow in it so I am going to have to correct that before I go any further. All this stuff, the how to I got off Youtube.

    Cheap Guitars (with some exceptions) play just about as good as expensive ones. It's your ability combined with an awesome amp that makes the difference.

  • #22766

    PaulWolfe
    Participant

    Sweeeeeeet!! Ya done good.

  • #22811

    bdickens
    Participant

    You must let us hear it.

    Byron Dickens

    • #22812

      Master Killer
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      I’m working on it. My computer is major garbageola. It was made for XP and Windows 10 forced itself onto it and screwed everything. Just posting on this forum takes lots of time. My wife and I are planning to buy a Mac in the next few months so as soon as  I get it and figure it out I’ll upload some sounds.

      Cheap Guitars (with some exceptions) play just about as good as expensive ones. It's your ability combined with an awesome amp that makes the difference.

  • #22853

    OldSchoolV86
    Participant

    nice!!

    me want!

  • #22859

    Doug Marks
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    Quite a project. Excellent work. Yes, I agree with others, would like to hear it.

    Metal Method Guitar Instructor

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