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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:19 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

The guitar is back in my hands. I got a setup and complete fret job and was only charged $70 plus tax. Thank you to all who encouraged me to do this. It's playing so much better than before!

This Saturday I plan on trying one more pickup experiment. I'll let you know how it turns out. Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:36 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

So... what do you do with a semi-hollow guitar whose bridge humbucker has gone microphonic? Well, if you're in an oldies band like me, you obviously install a second AP11! Duh! Laughing



I can no longer use this guitar for hard rock. But for blues, vintage oldies, even country... holy cow! This is really fun! And it's now my ultimate Beatles guitar! Can't wait to get to the gig with it tonight!

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:46 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Why can't you use AP11s for hard rock?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 1:00 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

sirmyghin wrote:
Why can't you use AP11s for hard rock?


I guess you could. I just prefer humbuckers when using a lot of gain.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 3:05 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Here's a better pic with the dual AP11s.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 3:39 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Were the frets replaced or was it just a level and crown job?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:03 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

emux2 wrote:
Were the frets replaced or was it just a level and crown job?


Level and crown job. I'm really impressed with how much easier it is to play now!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:55 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

I had this Guild Starfire as a youngster and it had a solid block through the body to help prevent feedback.I wonder if your guitar has that?

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maxoom wrote:
I had this Guild Starfire as a youngster and it had a solid block through the body to help prevent feedback.I wonder if your guitar has that?



What a great old guitar! Do you miss it much?

Yes, this one also is solid down the middle and hollow on the sides.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:15 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

It is one of several instruments I sold or traded as a youth and have forever regretted.That was probably in 76 or 77 there.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:13 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

The saga ain't over yet!

Played a gig or two with the guitar loaded with dual AP11's. Had a lot of fun with it. But I was also reminded of why I replaced the AP11 at the bridge of my Bolt with a twinblade. The AP11 is a beautifully bright, clear pickup. This is what makes it so wonderful at the neck. But to my ears, this can make it a little TOO toppy at the bridge. Not shrill, but bordering on it.

And, truth be told, I missed the versatility of having a splittable humbucker at the bridge.

I decided to go and see if Carvin still had their pickups on sale. They did! I remembered Nascarbean's M22T rant and decided to give it a try. It's a remarkably affordable pickup!
It arrived today!



In this guitar, the pickup is everything Nascarbean said it is back in his old rant thread. I'm loving it! It's nice and clear in humbucking mode without the C22B honk (which I still kind of like, btw). And it splits very well!

Dunno if I'm ready to proclaim "I'm done!" with this project yet. But at the moment I just can't think of anything more I could ask for in a semi-hollow. Except for Carvin build quality, of course! Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:22 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Alright! You did what I was going to suggest. Kind of...I think you said you had a M22n and I was going to say put that in the bridge...but no worries mate. The M22's are great. I hope carvin doesn't ever stop making them.

Nice geetar too. It's fun to take "cheap" guitars and fix 'em up and play around.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:41 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

rascalmanny wrote:
Alright! You did what I was going to suggest. Kind of...I think you said you had a M22n and I was going to say put that in the bridge...but no worries mate.


The M22N makes a good bridge pickup?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:16 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

And here she is gigging last night!


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:18 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Couldn't resist giving it a bit more of an ES-335 vibe with a sticker on the headstock.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:44 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Boy... once these things get started, it's jolly hard to stop them!


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:08 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Making yourself Fibsons now Elf? Never thought you would be the type to put fake logos on something.
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sirmyghin wrote:
Making yourself Fibsons now Elf? Never thought you would be the type to put fake logos on something.


I'd never tell anyone it's the real deal. It just made me smile to see it that way. The original logo wasn't pretty. Cool

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 2:07 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Had to try one more experiment. The guitar now has a Carvin twinblade at the bridge. And it is wired through the push push pot to coil split. I loved this pickup so much at the bridge of my Bolt that I had to try it in here.





Six different pickups have now been installed at the bridge:

Factory original
S22T
C22B
AP11
M22T
TBH60

I think the twinblade is my favorite. Any of you who have used them already know they're great little humbuckers... humbuckers that aren't as thick sounding as their full-sized counterparts (which can be a real advantage when playing cleans, IMO). In a semi-hollow environment it really sings. I kicked in some distortion and still really liked the tone. Still very usable except for the really heavy stuff, I'll always want a normal humbucker for that.

What really surprised me was how much I liked it when I split it into single coil mode. I expected a thin, almost tiny sound. After all, it's a thin, almost tiny little coil. But it sounded very usable. A lot like the S60A (I think) that I had been testing in my Bolt minutes earlier. Really fun!

I can't wait to get this guitar to our next gig!!! Dancing

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:12 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

That's super cool Elfdude. Playing around with different pickups is a blast and is something I always tell others to do, especially if they've never done it before. It will "tune" your ears as to what sounds can be had.

I need to take a pic of my Gibson ES-137 and show it. It's pretty old. My camera died on me or I would have already posted it. Actually I don't know if its a 135 or 137 or what....it's got a wooden bridge.

As much as I love carvin pickups, I wouldn't change out the ones in my gibson.

In an earlier post you asked if the M22N makes a good bridge pickup and my answer is "yes, it does".

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