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Post by Iceman on Fri Sep 09, 2011 12:59 am

...that is just...................wow

(tears welling up, he logs of quietly)

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Post by Warrn on Fri Sep 09, 2011 1:52 am

Wow. That is just stunningly gorgeous. Very Happy

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Post by Westbone on Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:52 am

Looking forward to seeing the whole guitar back together.. Smile

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Post by Iceman on Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:54 am

Westbone wrote:Looking forward to seeing the whole guitar back together.. Smile

+1 bounce bounce bounce

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Post by anaerobe on Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:51 pm

At long last, she is now in one piece! The tone is deluxe..... cheers I will try to get some pics this evening, so stay tuned.

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Post by anaerobe on Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:10 am

OK boys and girls... as promised, pics of the final product (Yamaha SG-35 (1973)).


basic shot of body

New Gotoh stop and bridge. The stop is aluminum.




The neck pup is a new Artec Giovanni GVH. The bridge is an SD Pearly Gates.
I will try to get a couple more with different lighting.

EDIT


Natural light makes it pop!

One more.

As is clear, there are no pickup surrounds. Things you cannot see include the original pots, new copper shielding inside, tidied up wiring.

Arg... my hand shadowed that pic. Anyway its done. Very Happy She is a bit heavy but sounds great. Cool



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Re: (Building a) rosewood pickguard

Post by Barry on Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:25 pm

Outstanding job Ian! cheers
Looks more like fine furniture than a gigging machine.

On a different note, how's the Artec pup for sound, and price? I got an Artec sound-hole pup awhile back for a couple of my acoustics and the quality is quite good (Bubinga). Price was more than reasonable. OK it was cheap!

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Post by anaerobe on Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:54 am

Thanks again.

Its a good match Barry, because I am no gigging machine either. Smile

Personally I like some of the Artec stuff a lot - the quality is very good. I bought a set - bridge and neck - these are cheap. 60 bucks for the pair. Made in Korea.

Sound-wise they are very cool. The neck pup is not muddy or terribly dark. It is somewhat percussive and punchy with great articulation. Like an SD Jazz, but better. Also better IMHO than a GIbson burstbucker in the neck. If you love jazz this is the pup for you. It is also a good match for the Pearly in the bridge. At 60 beans for 2 pups you can afford to experiment, yes? king

BTW the model I bought is the Artec GVH-1 ("Giovanni Vintage Humbucker -1"). I would favourably compare the Giovanni GVH-1's directly to other vintage PAF-style pickups in a similar SG styles guitars with the same setup (bolt-on or set neck guitars of mahogany). I like them as much or more to the stock SDs or Gibsons that come in guitars costing 10x more than my Yam.

EDIT: GVH-1s are an Alnico V type humbucker.



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Post by Barry on Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:36 am

Thanks for that eloquent description Ian. I've been dragging my feet on possible pup replacements for my MIK Aria Pro II TA60. Can't make up my mind whether to go P90's or stay with HB's on that one. As well, the Spectrum DX and Spectrum S have those weak pseudo UBC's and I'm toying with something for those in case I can't locate MMK45's. Last year I found a pair for the ST and what a difference!

Finally, (maybe) I'll change the Stingers in my Parker PM20. They sound good, but ideally an SD Jazz/JB combo would be the duckz nutz! But too pricey.
You've reminded me of the Artec alternative so thanks. Together with GFS I should be able to find something affordable and good sounding.

Come to think of it, I believe Artec may be the supplier for GFS so it's all in the family.

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Post by anaerobe on Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:05 am

I have also read that Artec supplies GFS. I think you are absolutely correct about those later Spectrum pups.... do it man.

Here is Artec's site:

http://www.artecsound.com/pickups/index.html

Here is another thread on a different forum where the pros and cons and comparisons are made. Interesting read.

http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/tonefreaks/69330-giovanni-artec-pickups.html





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Re: (Building a) rosewood pickguard

Post by mortarman120gang11c on Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:02 pm

I have been watching this one and I must say WOW WOW WOW.... That is an awesome looking Axe. The grain of the guitar and pickguard look great. Very professional job indeed.

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Re: (Building a) rosewood pickguard

Post by anaerobe on Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:17 pm

Thanks Motarman

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Post by corsair on Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:52 pm

anaerobe wrote: I think you are absolutely correct about those later Spectrum pups.... do it man.

... with the usual caveat of keeping the pickups close at hand. It's a shame really, 'cause the UBC's in my (86) ST are, theoretically,the real McCoy, and they are screamers; really really good... I can't ell you values 'cause I never put a meter across them, but they almost sound overwound, if that makes sense.

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Re: (Building a) rosewood pickguard

Post by anaerobe on Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:55 pm

Absolutely. Its a cheap experiment at worst, and a nice surprise at best.

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Re: (Building a) rosewood pickguard

Post by The Chad on Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:00 pm

cheers Excellent job! Quite professional, as Mortarman said.

Now do that guitar a big favor and swap those old rusty screws for new shiny screws, that should really complete it!

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Post by anaerobe on Wed Sep 14, 2011 4:47 pm

Good eye... those are rusty and original. I've got to seal the screw holes up with some Tru Oil.

Here is a question - stainless or black finish, what do you say?

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Re: (Building a) rosewood pickguard

Post by Westbone on Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:08 pm

Stainless, sets the whole guitar off better.
It looks and more than likely sounds excellent. Very nice job, stainless screws man. Smile

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Re: (Building a) rosewood pickguard

Post by Barry on Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:06 pm

anaerobe wrote:I have also read that Artec supplies GFS. I think you are absolutely correct about those later Spectrum pups.... do it man.
Here is Artec's site:
http://www.artecsound.com/pickups/index.html
Here is another thread on a different forum where the pros and cons and comparisons are made. Interesting read.
http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/tonefreaks/69330-giovanni-artec-pickups.html
Cheers Ian!

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Post by Warrn on Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:33 am

That turned out even better than expected, and I was already thinking it was pretty! Fantastic work! Very Happy

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Re: (Building a) rosewood pickguard

Post by anaerobe on Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:36 am

Thanks Warrn Smile its been one of my favorite projects. 9 months is a bit long, but what the hey... Props to this unique and diverse membership of this site. Really - the advice and support are terrific and helps make these projects a lot of fun.

<ahem> Back to business.

Stainless screws it is, Westbone and The Chad. I will measure them up and start hunting.

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Re: (Building a) rosewood pickguard

Post by The Chad on Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:56 am

anaerobe wrote:Stainless screws it is, Westbone and The Chad. I will measure them up and start hunting.

Shiny new screws are the only way to go for that classic, they'll go fantastically with your new hardware! The magic is in the details, ya know. Cool

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