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TheGuitarWeaselTheGuitarWeasel Frets: 3028
edited June 2015 in Made in the UK
Just completing a major site overhaul ... with tons more stuff and options available at a click :-)  it's been an uphill grind, but the new Jaguar and Jazzmaster pickups will be up ... as well as a revamped humbucker range, with more bobbin colour/cover options, and some long awaited 7 and 8 string variants!. My upgrade shop will be coming on line shortly too, with push-back cloth wire, braided two conductor wire and a very special range of close tolerance CTS pots. More stuff like CTS/CRL switches and Switchmaster jack sockets will be added soon. I aim for a one stop shop for your upgrades, including capacitors, and eventually complete harnesses.  
I will be making spare screws, springs, cushions and odds and sods for pickup replacement available at a click too. 

I want to make it your shop too ... so any ideas (sensible please) would be great. I have considered pre-wired Strat 'plates' with SSS or HSS options. 

Oh yes ... pickup covers and 'plastic' will be available separately too, so matching everything in to your project will be even easier.



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  • Yes! Matching plastics and finally sourcing your push back wire. It's so much better than any other push back I've used, I've recently resorted to plastic coated hook up wire because the usual stuff is so annoying!

    Great news, I'll get some when I order my tele pickups.
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  • monquixotemonquixote Frets: 8133
    Prewired guards are exactly what I'd like!
    Handsome_Chris said: Like white Nile Rodgers. 
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  • Nooooooooo not plastic coated .... message me ... I can do hookup wire when you like!
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  • TheGuitarWeaselTheGuitarWeasel Frets: 3028
    edited June 2015
    Katie is keen to get stuck in to pre wiring, so 
    Prewired guards are exactly what I'd like!
    Katie is keen to get stuck in to pre wiring, so We'll see what we can do. I have also sourced a range of much cheaper than normal PIO capswhich I may offer. Now I still remain to be convinced of their tone benefits ... but they look very cool and for only a small amount over a 'Sprague' orange drop ... some folks may fancy them ... I was minded to call them SnakeOil City caps ... due to the controversy that surrounds PIO  
    ;-)
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  • MickMick Frets: 94

    Ash, your Dealers link on your main menu takes the focus away from your website, you should really make that link open a new browser page, or tab.

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  • TheGuitarWeaselTheGuitarWeasel Frets: 3028
    edited June 2015
    Mick said:

    Ash, your Dealers link on your main menu takes the focus away from your website, you should really make that link open a new browser page, or tab.

    Thanks geezer, but that is all in the site upgrade 
    :-)
     It's not been uploaded, and won't be till it's been properly proof read about a dozen times. There will still be mistakes ... but I make most of the pickups, build the site and make the Oil City coffee, so I am being easy on myself!
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  • 10thumbs10thumbs Frets: 323
    Hi Ash
    Recently acquired a honkey tonk angel , for an esquire build.
    what size capacitor would you recommend to stop it being too bright? 
    Alan
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  • The Angel isn't normally over bright anyway ... the scatter winding sees to that ... I use a .033 .
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  • TheGuitarWeasel;671594" said:
    Nooooooooo not plastic coated .... message me ... I can do hookup wire when you like!
    I know! It's easier to use than the crappy push back I usually get... And works a treat! It's just, well, uncool. And the insulation sometimes melts, which is smelly.

    My strat is wired entirely with cut pieces from the three pickups, lovely stuff!

    I'll ping you a message later to buy a metre or three. :)
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  • BigMonkaBigMonka Frets: 1496
    How about shielding foil/paint?
    Always be yourself! Unless you can be Batman, in which case always be Batman.
    My boss told me "dress for the job you want, not the job you have"... now I'm sat in a disciplinary meeting dressed as Batman.
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  • BigMonka said:
    How about shielding foil/paint?
    Good suggestion, I'll see what quantities and formats my usual supplier has available.
    :-) 
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  • DaveMonDaveMon Frets: 17
    What about selling a pre-bundled upgrade kit, with all the required pots/switch/caps and wire needed to upgrade LP types or strat types?

    (or something like a Gibson PCB upgrade kit?)
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  • 10thumbs10thumbs Frets: 323
    The Angel isn't normally over bright anyway ... the scatter winding sees to that ... I use a .033 .
    Thanks mate , just getting all of the parts ordered now .
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  • EvilmagsEvilmags Frets: 5096
    Re wired pick guards. If they could be made in such a way that they can be easily interchangeable that would be ace. Soldering is not for everyone and if guitars and pickups came with easy plugs I'd own a lot more pickups.
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  • Evilmags said:
    Re wired pick guards. If they could be made in such a way that they can be easily interchangeable that would be ace. Soldering is not for everyone and if guitars and pickups came with easy plugs I'd own a lot more pickups.
    I am looking at that option. It's tough to find mechanically reliable connectors that are available to us in commercially attractive quantities and prices, but if anyone knows of good options and suppliers ... I will take ideas from the floor!
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  • TheGuitarWeasel;674748" said:
    Evilmags said:

    Re wired pick guards. If they could be made in such a way that they can be easily interchangeable that would be ace. Soldering is not for everyone and if guitars and pickups came with easy plugs I'd own a lot more pickups.





    I am looking at that option. It's tough to find mechanically reliable connectors that are available to us in commercially attractive quantities and prices, but if anyone knows of good options and suppliers ... I will take ideas from the floor!
    I know an eternal debate rages on how effective these connectors can be, but @ecc83 has often spoken highly of them, assuming quality. Perhaps he could chip in?

    I'd be interested. My soldering *is* okay, and reliable these days, but I'd love to make it quick and easy to swap prepared pick guards (calibre 53s versus stone tones, for example).
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  • TheGuitarWeaselTheGuitarWeasel Frets: 3028
    edited June 2015
    Good news .... our funky clear bobbin look is being offered as an option across the whole range now, along with blue, hot pink, red, red and black zebra and blue and pink! Quantities will be limited at first ... but they look way cool.
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  • Rowby1Rowby1 Frets: 336
    Pre wired guards definitely. Any idea how soon you'd be able to offer that as a services as I'll be in the market for a Strat upgrade fairly soon?
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  • ElwoodElwood Frets: 357
    How about wiring sets for Telecasters.

    They are widely modded and all the bits for 4 way switching, parallel and series wiring might be a hit.



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  • Rowby1 said:
    Pre wired guards definitely. Any idea how soon you'd be able to offer that as a services as I'll be in the market for a Strat upgrade fairly soon?
    Hopefully shouldn't be long ... 
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  • Right ... the re vamped site is live. Still waiting for some new top line CTS pots in ... but wire for pickup fitting is available now, and lots more pickup variations and types are up. Sprague caps will be in shortly, and coming soon will be some new Paper-in-Oil-City  PIO caps in .022 and .047 ... PIO at sensible prices for those who want the traditional. 
    Clear bobbins are available on all the medium and high output  humbuckers ... as are 'socket' pole and 'hex bolt' pole screws on selected models.  There are bound to be some teething problems with such a radically re jigged site ... so if you spot a snag please shout!
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  • JeremiahJeremiah Frets: 305
    Well, I've spotted a couple of typos/errors.

    In the main menu, "Lutiers/makers" should presumably be "Luthiers/makers"
    In the G-Style humbuckers page, the main header says "Wide Range and Brass Knuckle"
    Also, the Cow-T-Ron "standard" seems to be missing, unless this has been discontinued...
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  • TheGuitarWeaselTheGuitarWeasel Frets: 3028
    edited June 2015
    Thanks geezer, I am head cook and bottle washer ... I build the site as well as the pickups ... so eagle eyes are helpful!
    Oh the Cow-T-Ron Standard is undergoing a re design itself ... into a totally conventional looking bucker ... but with that er ... retired Australian rock rhythm guitarist sound. 
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  • DrBobDrBob Frets: 1588
    Dammit, Now I want one of the redesigned Cow T-Ron Standards as well...
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  • samzadgansamzadgan Frets: 1430
    Ash...i have a crazy idea for my jazzmaster...will message you...
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  • SargeSarge Frets: 1517
    Hey Ash, you mentioned my superD will be in a photo story, what, when and where?
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  • Pics are in my camera still ... had a mad time ... but on here and soon!
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  • TheGuitarWeaselTheGuitarWeasel Frets: 3028
    edited June 2015
    We're excited about these: most push pull pots are crappy mini-pot types ... not very nice, or hard wearing. We now have in stock CTS full size push pulls!  7% tolerance and vintage 30% taper, these will match in beautifully with our 7%/30% standard CTS pots and last a lifetime. We have them in 500k long shaft and medium shaft 250k. Still pricing up the new stock ... but we have CRL 5 way switches, Sprague caps, our own Oil City paper in oil ones ... and of course super quality vintage taper CTS pots in 500k long shaft, and 250k long and short.


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  • frankusfrankus Frets: 4704

    LOVE IT - WOULD YOU HAVE A REVERVE LOG 500K - if so I have money to throw at you! :D

    A sig-nat-eur? What am I meant to use this for ffs?! Is this thing recording?
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  • frankus said:

    LOVE IT - WOULD YOU HAVE A REVERVE LOG 500K - if so I have money to throw at you! :D

    Reverse or reserve ???
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