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Postby cj440 » Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:53 pm

Great Job Dean, I wonder, You've had a love affair with the radiotone for so long, all you did was modify it to where your'e gonna play it even more, your'e so attached to this guitar I don't see ya selling it anyhow, it's a win, win!

I put an old Epi P-90 in an old 66 Harmony archtop, just for slide, I devalued a cheap-ass guitar! You ought to here this baby play, just gotta watch the ol'stage position when pumping thru a tube amp!

Also, nice job, I would had some sort of mental breakdown doing that myself! To quote the Yardbirds, "Mister, Your'e a Better Man Than I"!
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Postby 1four5 » Mon Jun 12, 2006 4:12 pm

Thanks again you guys! Nervous breakdown is almost an understatment...there I is, my national sitting on the front porch on a towel, all masked and marked...I've got a drill in one hand and a dremel in the other...it's the first time in 15 years I really wanted a shot of whiskey bad! But the adrinilin of burning a tank of gas running around town getting pissed off got me to make that first cut...and it was easy after that 8)
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Postby ricochet » Mon Jun 12, 2006 4:33 pm

1four5 wrote:running around town getting pissed off got me to make that first cut...and it was easy after that 8)
Look out, now he's got the taste of National blood!
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Postby 601blues » Mon Jun 12, 2006 5:23 pm

:shock: I went thru da same crap when I added the center pu to my 345,I had one tech tell me he didn't think Gibson would want me ta do that,I said screw Gibson this is my Guitar now!! another said the value thing, My reply was that Before I die everyone will want a 345 set up like 601!! YEAH!!!Image
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Postby ricochet » Mon Jun 12, 2006 6:29 pm

That's a good attitude, 601. And that pickup looks like it belongs there.
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Postby 1dustyeod » Mon Jun 12, 2006 7:10 pm

I think Alvin Lee sets his 335 up like that now too.

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Postby gcd revue » Mon Jun 12, 2006 7:24 pm

How did you wire that, 601, and how is the switching set up?
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Postby 601blues » Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:01 pm

8) Alvin Lee Is a very Good friend of mine,and as a matter of fact when I was doing this I valued his imput, Alvin used single coil fender pups,in that position center lower toward the bridge, and he Played the es335, However mine is a 345 stereo,has 2 jack outputs, when playing Stereo I use 2 cords and 2 amps, the 3 way selector only controls the bridge and neck pups, in Stereo switch up neck pick up goes to my left amp,switch down bridge pup goes to my right amp,switch center I drive both amps, The center pup in not involved in the switch at all , I added a volume control just for it, and I can bring it into the mix, any where I want, and it will go to either side during stereo play, it kinda allowes me to sharpen and fine tune the Vari Tone switch!! My 345 will not work with a Y cord why I reall don't know and Gibson don't either, I use 2 cords and its a Blues drivin Rockin Rollin, and butt kickin machine!!My favorite set up is usin My Jcm900 On the left with a good Marshall attitude, On the right My Peavey Classic 50 with some creamey sound ,and that is where I can use the center to fine tune dat cream, be in center position and havin 2 distink,sound comin to the center Or either one at a time!! Alvin has his extra contron in line with the 2 bottoms and I placed my in the center,When Alvin sean that he said he Liked that better,its easier to get to!
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Postby 601blues » Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:33 pm

Here you can see the control setup I put my extra volume control in the center of the groupImage
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Postby 601blues » Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:36 pm

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Postby gcd revue » Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:14 pm

Thanks for the info. Some definite food for thought. Meanwhile, I'm back to my latest frankenstrat project: Carvin bolt-on neck(I like ebony fretboards, and the angled headstock appealed to me as well), carved my own body, putting a Carvin M22V at the neck and a P-90 at the bridge. Using a coil tap for the neck PU, and a blend pot instead of a switch, into a master volume and tone pot. Anyone know where I can get a good deal on a hipshot Trilogy bridge?
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Postby 1four5 » Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:20 pm

Hey 601 that quite a guitar (BEAUTIFULL!!!) looks kind of like a jet fighter cockpit with all them knobs 8)
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Postby 601blues » Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:21 pm

:shock: Stewart Mac!!
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Postby jellyroll baker » Tue Jun 13, 2006 11:35 am

If it's good for the guitars playability and usability then you're neevr going to have to worry about any damn "resell" vale.
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Postby 601blues » Tue Jun 13, 2006 12:25 pm

:shock:Dats the way I feel totaly, we all have different sounds and styles,I don't believe in trying to copy anyone else,just stick to what I know,and look for the sound I want that fits me,Iam not a guitar collector,so Iam not in the least bit worried about resale. just to have that guitar do what I want it to do, Alvin changed Big Red around 2 times to get his sound,added stickers and different neck, and its worth a million bucks now,and gibson copied it!!
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