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Idol Series / in guitar pre-amps
« on: June 06, 2010, 08:31:37 PM »
instead of having two volume and two tone knobs on my WI-14, could I somehow end up with 1 volume, 1 tone, and 2 other misc knobs? how hard would this be to do, and what would be the losses/benefits of doing such? thanks!!

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Idol Series / WI-14 Overhaul, a few questions, new member
« on: June 03, 2010, 05:57:36 PM »
thanks a lot guys. i'm ordering the lace humbuckers, the price is definitely right, and i won't be anywhere to try any other style pickups. if i don't like them i'm out $50 but at least i got a couple pick ups laying around incase of an emergency sometime or something. i think they'll be fine.

i have the front and back sanded down to the wood, hopefully i can get the edges done this weekend and primer/paint the guitar this weekend or this upcoming week. I decided to have a pickplate made, I used a template for the WI-64 or whatever off the terrapin site, except i'm gonna modify it to be a little large and different shaped, so it's not so dainty looking. i'm going with a single-stage automotive paint. a friend who paints cars said this should be more than sufficient for what i need it for.

thanks for the welcome and ideas guys! any other ideas on what i could do to my guitar to make it a little different or neater? i haven't done much like this before, so this is all new to me, but i'm having a blast with it.

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Idol Series / WI 14 volume/tone knob change questions
« on: June 03, 2010, 05:54:22 PM »
As I understand it, there are two volume and two control knobs. Two have capacitors soldered on, two do not. I assume the one's with the caps are either both volume, or both tone, but I don't know which.

What I want to do is have 1 volume, 1 tone, and put something else as a pre-amp for the other two knobs. maybe gain and something else, i'm not sure.

how would I go about doing this? thanks.

nick

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Idol Series / WI-14 Overhaul, a few questions, new member
« on: June 02, 2010, 01:11:12 PM »
I was gonna remove the string holders from the back simply to make it easier to repaint.

I understand about the need/desire to play a pup before buying it, but I really just don't have much of a chance to do that. There are some music shops around, so I may hop in one and try some out if I can. I doubt I go with the lace ones, I was just feeling people out to see what they thought about them, or if anyone had tried them. (p.s. I knew not to buy single coil, just for the record, lol)

I know you weren't judging my decision to cover the pup's. I just don't care for the look. I found some chrome ones that look nice, but I also found pup's that come with chrome covers, so maybe i'll just go with those. If I don't like the sound, I can always put the originals back and mark it up as a lesson learned the hard way (as in not playing pups first) lol

thanks for the warm welcome also!

I doubt I take my instrument to a music shop. I take a lot of pride in what I do, and I pay the utmost attention to detail. I'll read more about the adjustments and things on guitars and learn how to set them up, so I can do it myself. I was huge into archery for the last several years, and a compound bow is extremely sensitive to proper set up, and I taught myself how to properly set up and maintain one of those with the best of them, a guitar should be no different. the hard part for me will be the actual playing part, hahaha.

I know I'll end up in the acoustic forum. I have four guitars, though none are especially nice. My first was a washburn, when I was 17, now I have my WI-14, which is the only washburn I have right now. I have an ibanez electric i play, a yamaha acoustic, and an indiana acoustic electric (got it cheap from a guy at work, so why not?). Hopefully I don't get crucified here for having multiple brands :) i'm not experienced enough to be brand loyal yet, though washburn is winning me over, I do really like the wi-14, and if this is their base-line entry level guitar, i'd love to experience one of their nicer, higher end pieces (and when i'm done with this thing i bet it's gonna cost as much as one of them, lol).

thanks again for all the help and the welcome! i'm sure there will be many more questions to come!




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Idol Series / WI-14 Overhaul, a few questions, new member
« on: June 01, 2010, 07:19:45 PM »
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Originally posted by vheissu

Why would you wanna remove them? You'll have to replace them. And not in a D.I.Y kinda way. But in an oh my GOD, why the hell did I even THINK about doing this? kind of way.


thanks!

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Pots and pups is a fairly standard job. However, as for those pick-ups. Don't just go by reviews! Get out there, and find a guitar that has those (or very similar) installed, give it a play. See if you like the sound. Getting something like a decent set of SDs might well be a bit more expensive, but if these lace ones sound like crap, it works out cheaper to buy the more expensive ones straight off, rather than buy cheap ones, to go i don't like them and THEN buy expensive ones.


This is great advice, but I'm not sure if there will be any way I'll be able to try out those pick ups. I guess if all else fails, I can resort to the originals, or just go ahead and buy something semi-nice from the get-go. Not sure what i'll do here yet.


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As for pick-ups fitting. They will, or should. Unless you get some freaky HUGE pickups, or some tiny small (or filled in) hole, they'll fit. I have NEVER had ANY problems with a new pick-up not physically fitting inside a guitar.


Good to hear!!

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As for covering them, covers will be available. But why? You don't like the look?


Honestly, no, I don't care for the look. I may end up forgetting about the cover, but I'm not a fan of the double-coil six-silver dot (for lack of a better term) looking pick ups. I don't know, just not exactly my cup of tea, but also not a huge deal.


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As for the paint job, I'm sorry, I don't know. But a quick google search should be able to tell you whether this is a good or bad idea.


Thanks! I had googled it before, and I decided to just go ahead and do something with it, I was tired of just looking at it. I'm in between coats of stripper as we speak. Wish me luck!


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The Idol range is very nice, I have been looking at them myself. So with a bit of TLC, theres no reason you wont have a keeper there.


Thanks a lot for your response. I really liked the guitar before I dismembered it. It did play for a little while (decently, not great but wasn't expected to with the neck-screw problem).

Thanks again!

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Idol Series / WI-14 Overhaul, a few questions, new member
« on: June 01, 2010, 06:37:41 PM »
well i figured out how to remove all the components, except for the little metal grommits that hold the string into the back of the guitar. are these meant to be removed, and if so, how? thanks

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Idol Series / WI-14 Overhaul, a few questions, new member
« on: June 01, 2010, 05:24:20 PM »
and could anyone recommend any other changes, or things to look for? i'd like to make this guitar a real player. i may spend as much fixing this thing up the way i want as i'd spend on a very nice new guitar, but i really like DIY projects like this, plus it helps me learn how a guitar actually works, not just what it does, ya dig?

thanks

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Idol Series / WI-14 Overhaul, a few questions, new member
« on: June 01, 2010, 05:12:45 PM »
Hey guys. I'm back into guitar playing after 6 years off. I started off at 17 playing, but never really learned anything, became discouraged, sold my old Washburn and quit. I got back into it just recently, and trying earnestly to learn. I got an acoustic I really like playing, and bought a Washburn WI-14 with a Roland amp off craigslist for $140. When I went to buy it, I saw the neck wasn't on straight, turns out screws were stripped. I know how to fix that, but I figured while it's apart, I might as well overhaul it.

I'm going to change the pickups solely because when I took out to top one (near the neck) there was a cut in the wire, exposing it, and since an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, I'm going to change it, and change them both while I am at it. Here are the pickup's i'm thinking about buying (for the cheap price, and great reviews it gets). http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Lace-Powered-by-Lace-Humbucker-Pickup?sku=305420 also, how can I know these will fit, and can I get a cover to cover these up?

secondly, how do I take off the volume and tone knobs to change them? i looked for a bit and couldn't figure it out, so I figured i'd ask.

third, I'm gonna strip the old paint off (silver metallic or whatever) and repaint it. I am gonna go with a white primer base then a burnt orange (texas longhorn color) with some flake in it and add a black pearl pickplate. what is the best kind of paint to use? I was just gonna have a pint of automotive paint mixed up, spray it on with a cup gun, and clear coat it. is this acceptable?

thanks for all the future responses!


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