Topic: My Chrismas project

The last few years I've been trying to do a 'xmas' project, while the rest of the family is busy doing nothing and wearing silly hats! Last year I made a pretty nice tiled bench for my various projects, and this year, I made 2 guitars! Out of kits I bough in China, but it took about 2 weeks worth of sanding, filling, working, oiling, sanding again, spraying, soldering etc. Twas quite fun, and they look and sound fantastic!

It's not /entirely/ off topic, as the pics were taken with the 35mm Flek, as it's still hands down the best 'project closups' lens !

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That guitars look very nice, good job done!
Is there someone else in the family who can play with you, to let them sound together?
Must be fun!?
And no complaints about the Flek ofcourse.

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Hey, there!


Happy new year, everyone!


Too much to do, too little time, but I just had to reply on this one wink...


Great job! Both look really good, even if I'm partial to Strats over Teles...

Can't say which one I like best. Usually I prefer darker shades of wood, and your "brownie" looks great (despite it being predrilled for a scratchplate, it's a shame someone considered hiding that wood), but your thinline "blondie" is a killer, too. Do you have coil-taps on the humbuckers, or is it "what you see is what you get"?


Either way, I suppose they should sound awesome, especially through those little "boxes" you have in the back of pic 1 big_smile.


Wish mine looked half as good...


Anyway, hope to see some pics of those babies in use, soon wink.


Cheers!

Nikon: D7000; F2; F4; FA. RMC Tokina 17/3,5; Ensinor 24/2,8 Macro; Nikkor: S.C. 50/1,4; AI-s 28/2,8; Micro 55/2,8; 80-200/4; S. E: 35/2,5; 100/2,8; Viv. S. 1 105/2,5 Macro (Kiron); MC Rokkor PG 58/1,2; Canon FD 300/4; Pentacon 135/2,8.
Pentax: K20D; CZJ Flek 20/4; SMC Pentax: A 28/2,8; 50/1,7; M 50/1,4; Tak. 50/1,4; Tamron Adall 2: SP 90/2,5 Macro; SP 60-300; 35-70/3,5 CF; .
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Very pretty pair of Teles! My project has been to affix my Durst M601 I got given to my lovely big solid desk (it came with everything but a baseboard). My room's dark enough to function as a printing room at night (if not a film loading room), no running water but I can fit a couple of trays on the desktop too and have a bucket by the side for washing prints, and there's a closet with sink just across the hall for a running water wash station.

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Canon EOS30D, Sony NEX-3
Favourite M/F lenses: Nikkor 50/1.4 pre-AI, Zuiko 50/1.4, Flek 35/2.4, SP 35-80/2.8-3.8, Macro-Tak 50/4 preset *NEW* Jupiter-8 and more rangefinder lenses to come!
Favourite (and only) AF lens: Sigma 12-24

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@Steve, nice setup! Reminds me of my experiments in the tiny bathroom of my old flat!

@gliva, well technically I'm a Les Paul person, I never really like strats, but the Teles can have such a nice 'snarl' to them, I wanted one for years really.
Yeah, the drill holes for the brunette are too bad, but, I'm going to make a thin plex scratchplate for it, so it will look like it was meant to be!
The pickusp don't have split coils, they are pretty basic (unpotted) china-special, /however/ they do work pretty well somehow.. At some point I'll surely upgrade bits and pieces, but for now, I'm quite happy, they do sound good, they do sound wildly different from each others (and from my Les Pauls(s)

Yes the 'little boxes' at the back are something; I manage to buy some stuff from the auction of one of my ex-employer's warehouse (Peavey) in north UK, and ended up with... 3 full valves amps :> The Marshall my wife bought because she tought it looked cool (true!) :-)

Oh and funny you named it 'blondie' by yourself, thats exactly how I call them too! blondie + brunette :-)

Canon 5DII and a few lens -- Tachihara 8x10. Chamonix 45N-1, Crown Graphic 4x5. Moskva, Zeiss Super Ikonta C
Bronica S2A, Agfa Super Isolette, Iskra, Rolleiflex. Leica M2, Bessa R, Zorki 1,3,3M and a few more...

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Well, I'm partial to strats in terms of looks, only, and I refer specifically to the body outline.

Mine (which I built from scratch, part of the reason why it could look and play better tongue), is a  stratish-shaped body, but with sculpted "horns" and no scratchplate, and most of all, it's a dual humbucker hardtail beast big_smile.

My first guitar was a cheap chinese strat, in which I basically never used the wang bar. Then I upgraded to a (better, but also cheap) "super-strat" with a floyd-rose licensed bridge, in which I came to have the bridge permanently fixed to the body (altough it was nowhere near the effect of a real fixed bridge), until I finally made my own baby...

There was a time I could play around with doing these mods and making effects pedals (yeah, never was much of a player big_smile), but not anymore, unfortunatelly sad. Not even much time to play around with photos, anymore sad sad sad. Oh well...


Anyway, nice geeetars (and geeetar pics smile).



Cheers!

Nikon: D7000; F2; F4; FA. RMC Tokina 17/3,5; Ensinor 24/2,8 Macro; Nikkor: S.C. 50/1,4; AI-s 28/2,8; Micro 55/2,8; 80-200/4; S. E: 35/2,5; 100/2,8; Viv. S. 1 105/2,5 Macro (Kiron); MC Rokkor PG 58/1,2; Canon FD 300/4; Pentacon 135/2,8.
Pentax: K20D; CZJ Flek 20/4; SMC Pentax: A 28/2,8; 50/1,7; M 50/1,4; Tak. 50/1,4; Tamron Adall 2: SP 90/2,5 Macro; SP 60-300; 35-70/3,5 CF; .
And some others...

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Can't beat a good old, plain stock Strat IMHO. I've got a 1985 USA Standard, gunmetal metallic grey finish, white scratchplate, standard pickups (but with the 80s passive tone control wiring setup which is a bit more versatile than the original), and it did loads of gigs back when I was doing lots of gigs, never complained, and now gets more use from my son than me (but that's fine and how things should move forwards).

I used to love tinkering with electronics and making effects pedals. The absolute best I ever did was a wah pedal with LEDs and LDRs to control the filter circuit noiselessly, and a front footswitch to turn it on and off and my personal touch of genius, a rear footswitch to convert it between foot-operated and auto-wah (it also contained a voltage follower circuit that could control the filtering according to how hard you hit the strings).

Last edited by SteveFE (2015-01-07 18:48:02)

Canon EOS30D, Sony NEX-3
Favourite M/F lenses: Nikkor 50/1.4 pre-AI, Zuiko 50/1.4, Flek 35/2.4, SP 35-80/2.8-3.8, Macro-Tak 50/4 preset *NEW* Jupiter-8 and more rangefinder lenses to come!
Favourite (and only) AF lens: Sigma 12-24

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I  don't know much about   'guitars.    I assume that at least one is not a  "solid body?"    They look very  good.

I  tried  to  learn a bit  for something to do on cold winter days,  but have been brought   "back on track"  trying to get my  Dart  back together...............

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Anyhow  I digress.   Found  a cheap    Chinese copy of a strat with amp  on  CL  for  cheap, and discovered NO WAY  my old fingers  "move like that."    Then I ended up buying  a  baritone uke,  and  am  thinking seriously of  re-stringing  it  GDAE   as  this more "naturally"   matches what little  I remember  from  playing the   violin  in  my  "yute."

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