27 Mar 2017

Charvette 200 by Charvel

As far as I can remember this is only the second Charvette I came across.The first one was roughly 12 or 13 years ago.I didn't  know what model it was but I do remember it was a SSH config,bridge humbucker slant like strat and it has an active preamp.The complain was bridge pickup was micphonic so being an electronic expert as I thought I was,I swap the opamp on the PCB thinking it couldn've leaked? when by right I should be looking at the bridge pickup.Haha..The opamp swap didn't solve the problem so I said to the guy I couldn't figure what was wrong with his guitar.Now,at this moment I'm more than sure the Bridge pickup was the culprit.What's done was done.I looked at each wrong assumption as preparation for future's right solution.That's that.

This Charvette initially needed just setup or at least what I thought at first judging by it not too bad shape.It's mostly when the client and tech consultation session ended and as the guitar being taken apart,I begin to find several fault.The neck plate screws suppose to be 2 pair of short and long type.This is due to the slop down design at the back neck/body joint.There were 3 long and 1 short screw.The wrongly place long one had pushed a fret outward while leaving a crack on the spot.

The scarf joint was loose(the usual less glue faster build).The frets has substantial wear and the electronics are 90's shit but 2016 so and so.This Charvette was Fretted,CTSed,CRLed and Switchcrafted.It plays and felt good if not better when it was shipped to the distributor 25 years ago

My apology for not including more pictures as I forget to snap some during the process.

Thank you

22 Mar 2017

Thanks a lot bro,you broke my Prestige pickup?? Part II

Hello readers,Part I here

I know some of you are eager to know the outcome of my pickup fiasco.The waiting is over.Pull up a chair as I don't know how long this composition would be but before that let's look at the broken pickup again. Hehe

So the first thing to do is order the magnets online.As usual being clumsy as I am I ordered the wrong size.Then I remembered Daiso sells some Neo magnets but turned out its a hair(several hundreds hair) to big.After that I made sure I read the magnet datasheet prior clicking add for the second time.

Magnets arrived but I was busy.As I checked its the correct size.At least I won't be bothered by it not being on hand while doing something else.A guitar tech mind is like that,he thinks about all the incoming gears but only has two hands to do at a time.Speaking for myself of course.

Come installing time I regretted not checking the polarity of the stock magnets,double clumsy here.hehe hence I had to use common sense with the help of Stewmac Polarity Tester.Nowadays with so many magnet size,shape and type everywhere,I think you could make one yourself.Maybe I'll make one too and share it here someday.2019 maybe?LOL

Placing the magnets in the hole was easy due to the pickup slug ferous content.Just have put it in the right polarity the first time.I thought of using glue to secure but the pull from these tiny buggers are effing strong.Furthermore it doesn't protrude like a staggered pole.You'd have to be a gorilla to make any of them spit out.A shredding gorilla of course! and this monkey can always reorder it of course!

I can't elaborate on the tone whether it has change or remain as it was before but since these pickups looks Chinese,I bet Ibanez gets their magnet from the same source as I did,I hope so.

I'll be covering more rant about this Ibanez SV5470 on a separate post.For now I'm left with 4 extra 5mmx5mm Neo Mag.Not worry about it.I have a good use for it in the pipeline.Be sharing that too,soon I hope.Oh ya,looking at the positive side,I'm glad the pickup accident happen or else I wouldn't know about this new pickup design ever.So thumbs up to me? Till then see me next time.

Sigh.Not even 500 words

14 Mar 2017

Schaller Tremolo into Floyd Rose Special NO but then YES.

Hello again,I know some of you been waiting for my Ibanez pickup fiasco conclusion but you'll have to wait as I'm quiet tide up.Patience my people.

But not this entry for it must be convey in haste as it might be useful for some of you with soon to be broken Floyd Rose Special.Speaking of this tremolo,I have to say the quality is very chinesium grade..Broken saddle and loose thread are common flaw of it.If youre careful yours may survive years down the road..In the long run you'll find no pleasure with it and factor in a good trem replacement in the guitar price prior buying.Sooner or later you'll get there.More string change = Less FR Special life. Takeuchi is much better than this scrap iron find.

But if the factory stringer not careful,yours will break down at first string change like what happen to this LTD M100. Don't get me wrong the guitar is good but the bridge is not.That itself could accidentally tarnish the brand by itself.Loose thread on two saddles,four will follow suit in no time.Its not hardened enough,that's why.Buying upgraded saddles directly from Floyd Rose is unwise,its bloody expensive.Better buy a new bridge outfit.I wanted to so much to fault ESP for this but they didn't make the trem in the first place.But then again they bought it to put it there..what a dilemma..who to blame..I say they're both in it together so fuckem both.That's sounds about right to my ears...haha.

ESP should sit down with Schaller to work out something to replace the FR Special cause honestly speaking it's a shitty trem by todays standard.I don't know what went down in China or Korea.I would bet somebody cutting corners there but worst if they're told to do so.I'm sure a company of ESP magnitude would be able to strike an attractive long term binding contract with Schaller. Perhaps setting a high standard will make others follow the path(much later).Let Jackson have the shitty FR for their compound headache guitars.There,I'm done speaking off opinion.On to the job.

As I discovered the Schaller trem base is a bit longer than FR Special hence requiring 5mm more cut out in the LTD M100 cavity.Do that and the rest fall in place nicely.I don't know whether it applies only to this particular M100 but just in case I thought you should know before hand..Yes the unfilled space behind the new bridge looks odd but performance is priority here.I'm telling you the bloody Schaller works fantastic.It's finger licking good.Thumbs up you germans.I never doubted you except the shoody drill stand I bought from you last year.Well,not from Schaller but from your county men.They are from Remscheid.I'll write about them in future so you'll know who they are.

Just to let you players and installers know,if you're buying this Schaller from stewmac,they will send the 42mm length block version.I don't know whether they entertain request for 32mm or 37mm block.With further email they will? I hope so.

Link for the Schaller trem at Stewmac,click here
Link for official Schaller Tremolo,click here

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