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  1. I've used a John East unit something like this: https://www.east-uk.com/index.php/all-products/mpm-01.html There is also an Artec 'Master Blender' (I think MB-2 is the simpler and therefore better one) that does much the same job. There may be others. Search for 'Magnetic and Piezo Mixer' - should pull up most of the options
  2. It was very well seasoned but, even so, I'm glad it was just for the top - those 'knots' were big and on the edge of being separate items That said, the main challenge with working Yew is that is it quite poisonous!
  3. Ah - OK. Just re-read with brain in gear. So is what you are saying that they buy something lighter and smaller from someone like Squier (though that isn't a given) and then upgrade the hardware, etc, to bring it up closer to a 'big name' spec (though that also isn't a given )?
  4. I'm clearly on a bit of a different page here and therefore am not entirely sure I understand the question. Why would the hardware and electronics need to be different? I have worked over the past couple of years on designing guitars that appeal to older players, female players and young players, but it's absolutely nothing to do with hardware and electronics. It's about the weight, the actual or effective scale length (especially for basses), the neck profile, these sorts of things. It is these physical characteristics that make the difference to being able to physically play the instrument at all or, at best, for prolonged periods. A 10lb Les Paul is a problem to many women, most youngsters and a lot of old guys... I am intrigued. Where are your own thought processes coming from?
  5. Hi So this is embarrassing. I have just completed an SG-style build on Basschat and clean forgotten about Guitarchat! The build thread is here if anyone is interested in a blow-by-blow and hasn't also been following on Basschat: https://www.basschat.co.uk/topic/414021-yew-topped-sg-style-guitar-finished-pic but here are some finished pics: ]
  6. Hi, @Schwiftaaay and also welcome! Hmmm...I might be wrong, but I pretty sure that, while they are right that there is a strong enough signal from the piezos to make it perfectly possible to take a jack output straight into an amp or DAW without a pre-amp, nevertheless mixing that signal with the output from magnetic pickups is quite another thing. To do that, while it isn't actually a pre-amp as such, you do need something electronically similar to balance the impedance difference of the two types of output. I fitted a Hannes Piezo bridge to this: But I installed a Schaller Flagship blend unit in it to enable the two outputs to be balanced. There are a number of onboard blender/mixer units on the market but I think something like this is probably essential if you want both signals to be routed through a single jack.
  7. There's not a hard and fast rule - it depends what sound you are after - but the 'classic' Fender Strat SSS is 250k pots and .047 caps and the 'classic' Gibson Les Paul HH is 500k pots and .022 caps. Basically, the .047cap is trying to tame some of the treble of a single coil strat and the .022 is trying to stop a humbucker sounding too bassy and muddy.
  8. Hmmm...bit looking at the pickups vs the top centre line, I would have said that those are also spot on centre of the pickups. Curious. But as I say, it really won't make much difference to the tone.
  9. Actually, just spotting your top photo, the bottom E is indeed closer to the edge than the top E. Realigning the neck to correct this (a slight tug at the headstock towards the treble side) would probably get the alignment at the pickups closer.
  10. It's poor making /QC, to be honest. As you say, with off the shelf pickups, then it is often the case that the E to E pole widths aren't going to exactly match the string E to E spacing at the positions the guitar design place them. But what you WOULD expect is that the pickup would be central to the strings, which the above are not. If the strings are offset on the fretboard too, then it is often just that the neck is simply at a bit of an angle in its pocket. Loosening the neck, pulling it straight and retightening will often line everything up. However, if the strings are equidistant from the edges of the fretboard, then either the bridge, or the pickup routs or the positioning of the pickups within those routes is slightly out of line. Is it going to affect the tone greatly? Well, in that you can raise the pickup one side to compensate, then probably not that anyone would ever notice. Hope that makes some sort of sense
  11. Fascinating...it would be interesting to see its strengths and weaknesses against the competition - especially head to headed with my own latest acquisition mentioned in my Nemesis thread on Basschat. To explain, just picked up my Gillett Contour 6 electric in Rocklite that has been doing the shows for the past two or three months. I'll do a full review thread as soon as I can find the time to fully put it through its paces
  12. Andyjr1515

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    We tend to play the bass through the PA so it probably is closer to bass amp than guitar amp. I've played it through my guitar amp as well though and it sounds distinctly different to the bottom 4 strings of a guitar - mainly due to the choice of strings (flatwound) and the pickup (a SD Coolrails, much loved by a number of Jazz players for the neck position). I've got some clips somewhere of it being played. I'll try to find them.
  13. Gillett Guitars have just posted this. It shows my Rocklite and the production Mahogany versions played side by side by the excellent Ben Fletcher. Some interesting glimpses of the amazing internals, too
  14. No - apart from the issue of patents (a very wise move), trust me - this is SO out my league in SO many ways I'm going to ask Gillett if they intend to show some of the photos of the innards and machining. I can understand if they didn't want to, but some people (me for instance) would have to buy one for no better reason than the technical wizardry and the engineering mastery. It's jaw dropping. I reckon they could sell these to people who don't even play guitar!
  15. Hi Now - because I build guitars, I don't buy them. Haven't for years. So why have I just spent twice as much as I have EVER spent on a guitar? Because it's this: Not only is it one of their first production guitars - this one is unique. The top, sides, back and fretboard is not natural wood - it's Rocklite. Gillett and I have agreed that I will guinea-pig their first try of Rocklite as a constructional material. Based on this, I am stunned how good it is. First of all, the guitar. Forget the Taylor T5 or the Carvin copy - they are lovely in their own right, but they can't do this: Nor can I, truth be told, but you get my meaning And it will do a lot, lot more. At their workshops last week, I could get 'proper' amplified acoustic sounds just as easily as 'proper' electric sounds. Gillett are going to take it to the Kempton Park London Guitar show this Sunday and then I get possession soon after. Can't wait. If you are going, then Basschat's very own @scrumpymike will be there, I think. Let him know that you are off the forum and I'm sure he'll let you have a play of it. Just promise not to drool slobber all over it!
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