Incoming NGD 2005 G400!

Discussion in 'Epiphone Guitars' started by Cam.man67, Feb 20, 2018.

  1. John

    John Well-Known Member

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    Congrats Cam. Lookin forward to seeing it complete....
     
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    Move the rear strap button to where it actually balances the guitar. The current position is an aesthetic choice rather than a practical one. Put the strap on the front button, stick your finger through the rear strap hole and while holding the neck (duh) move the rear position around (up) until it feels balanced.
    There used to be a couple of Scott Grove / Groovy Music Lessons videos about this, but apparently he's either in a snit again and pulled them or someone got on a tattle tale spree.
     
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    Cam.man67 Well-Known Member

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    Got some time in on the guitar yesterday! Redid the wiring(it was a real mess) and switched to 50s wiring while o as at it. Had an old stock bridge and tp in my parts bin, so that went on. Ordered all the plastics, which should be here next week. I'm going to try weights in the control cavity, though I'm not opposed to moving strap buttons either.

    Finally I string her up, and plug her in! It's a pretty nice-playing guitar...the Alnico Classic neck really doesn't balance all year well with the 500t bridge, so I'm toying around with replacing the 500t with an Alnico Classic I have in stock. We'll see!
     
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    Why add weight (in general) when this is for a kid?
     
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    I would first try not mentioning that to the recipient. You could be trying to find a solution to a problem that doesn't exist ... for him, like for most of us.
     
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    Hmm. That is s good point. Maybe I'll just leave it be unless he says something.
     
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    Ok guys, quick update! No pics yet since the new pg still isn't here. Two things of note:

    1. Re: this neck dive issue, I went ahead and temporarily tested out some stick-on wheel weights in the control cavity. After 16 1/2oz weights, so 8 oz total, neck dive is still present, though more manageable. Frankly, I'm shocked...I can only imagine how heavy these dang Gotoh tuners are.

    2. After getting everything wired up and playing well, the neck volume pot is on the fritz and not passing any signal. So I need to scrounge up another 500k pot for that.

    I'm also noticing the Alnico Classic neck is much darker than the 498t (not 500t like I originally thought) bridge. Due to the mismatch, I'm thinking of either trying a 250k pot forbthe bridge, or replacing theneck pickup altogether.
     
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    Moving the rear strap button would be a lot easier....
     
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    IMG_4485.JPG

    ...so this is where I'm at today. Didn't really intend on disassembling this SG, but i want to try my hand at a refin, so I decided to do it to this one. Going with transparent brown. Stay tuned!
     
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    If you intend to sand the color away, be aware that the veneer on an Epiphone is VERY thin. You could very easily sand through.
     
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    Yeah, it is rather thin, but so's the color...
     
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    IMG_4525.JPG Back with an update! Got it sanded, stained with Minwax Jacobean 2750, then 3 coats of satin poly. Now I can work on reassembly!:)

    The plan as it sits is to go with the Gibson 490T in the bridge, and some sort of HB-sized single in the neck. The other option is to use a zebra Dragonfire Screamer in the bridge, but I'm leaving that aesthetic choice up to him.

    At the moment (since it's for my nephew) I'm not going with any sort of unique or weird wiring diagram, just standard layout.
     
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    She looks great Cam.man, cant wait to see it finished.
     
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    Great job !
     
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    Nice.


    ;>)/
     
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    Turned out sweet, has that 'aged' look.
    He's gonna be real happy when he lays eyes on that.
    Well done, a good bit of work, for a worthwhile cause!
     
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    IMG_4539.JPG HERE we go, guys!

    Still need to finish the wiring, but I got the assembly and setup done. It's a very resonant SG acoustically, and I'm extremely happy with how it turned out! Now to get it wired up and plugged in!;)
     
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    Great job @Cam.man67 , that's gonna be one happy nephew.
     
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    It turned out nice. I'm usually not one for brown guitars, but since I saw the chunk out of the finish above, I think you handled it well.
     

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