2 Apr 2017

Ibanez JEM777 DY

According to the owner the guitar is functional,been gigging it since he got it,the stock pickup were snatched hence initially he wanted me to just put a spare SD set he has.I look at it and ask myself what made him put paints over.Could the stock color be that ugly for him to do so.Hehe

As we spoke longer it became clear that he's the 2nd or 3rd owner of it there for he got it in the state that it was.He was considering finding someone to restore it to the original.From the tone and body language I sensed a hint of that someone would be me.I immediately shot it down by saying "Sorry Bro,I don't do guitar spray work".I never offered such services from the day I started Yustech Guitar & Bass Solution.

However I'm quiet curious about the DIY paints that's on it. I've dealt with this situation before so I told the owner since its already this ugly let me try wiping off the gray or white skin.I don't think it'll be uglier than this.My hope was the stock yellow is still under there.Would be horrifying to find just bare wood in the end.A nightmare for someone like me but if its to be then I'll just buy cheap yellow paint.Best for me to do is to cover it back to any yellow.

Bought a gallon of Acetone and several rolls the blue workshop towel.Sigh..Things at the Ace Hardware are becoming expensive by the year.

Before I began operation wipe on,wipe off,I did a test wipe on the back of the guitar.The recommended spot should be under the pickguard or neck plate.It revealed not just one layer but a few layers of paint.I still couldn't make out the outside color though.Is it white turned Gray or light Gray.I don't know.The process was sticky along the way.I must admit I found acetone smell better than thinner.Hehe.I also made a short video on my facebook page but by now you should scroll down.Its down there somewhere dated 2ndFeb2017.

When all wiping off was done I called a friend of mine to look into the possibility of doing something about the scratches on the body surface.This friend of mine is from the auto detailing world.He's a person that does detailing on super cars (Lamborghini,Ferrari,Rolls Royce etc).I don't know if he's qualified for this but I noticed there was never a sign of fear on his face when he saw the scratches.He even smiled.Damn,no doubt I must be talking to the right person here?.Jobs done within 20 minutes and I was impressed but only for a while.His machine couldn't reach inside the monkey grip and the cutaways.So he left me with a small bag of white paste something and told me "put it on a cloth,do it by hand,don't stop till you sweat a bucket or two".Sure,no sweat?

On the electronics side,the stock pots are alright.The 5 way switch must've came from somewhere else.For originality,I thought of using the Ibanez VLX91 5 way switch but that proves to time consuming as it has to ordered on line from abroad.Thumbs up to the Ibanez local distributor.Take as much time you need to stock up Ibanez parts.Don't worry me and the customer can wait.What's a decade to us anyway so I settled with Fender spares instead.A 4P5W which I think comes from Oak Grigsby.

Concluding this report I found the tone on switch position 2 (Inner neck coil + mid single coil) to be weaker than the rest 4 position.I had checked wiring to be all good.My guess is the one SD coil could be or unappropriated for the split tone.Maybe SD Jazz or 59 not meant for this config? Still I don't know why so I can't elaborate more here.My advice to the owner is to get the default Jem Dimarzio's(Neck and Middle).I don't know whether Dimarzio makes pink pickups anymore.

To end this entry,I have to say I'm deeply satisfied with the overall outcome especially concerning the body paint.Though I cannot do any spray work due to lack of knowledge,experience,machinery and proper space but wiping away work are fun and profiting too.I'm glad to help this Jem 777DY that's been wrapped in a cocoon of diy paints.Its now a butterfly again.My thanks also to Mr Zul the supercars detailer.


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