The Useful DIY / How To Topic List

Adji

Not Enough Prog
#1
Thought this would be a good idea. Basically if you think a topic should be added to this list then just post below and your reasons why.

Thanks to everyone who posts helpful info like this on the forum! :D

TOPICS COVERED
American Fender Allen Key Size References
Fret Restoration (Make Them Shiny again)
Guitar Wiring (Understanding the Options)
Rounded Fret Finishing (Fret Crowning)
Simple, Easy Labelling Of Your Guitars
Trivial / Common / Generic Guitar Repairs



LINKS

American Fender Allen Key References - Ernesto
A helpful guide on allen key sizes.
http://forum.monkeylord.co.uk/threads/general-info-fender-am-std-allen-key-references.7279/

Fret Restoration (Make Them Shiny Again) - Bryanarzaga
A great article on restoring lustre to those old and dead looking frets.
http://forum.monkeylord.co.uk/threads/restoring-fret-luster-to-a-mirror-shine-glaze-yum.7337/

Guitar Wiring (Understanding the Options)
Ark posted a link to a very useful PDF on Guitar Wiring options and understanding what they are / what they do. Save a copy! Very thorough, almost 200 page guide!
http://forum.monkeylord.co.uk/threads/understanding-guitar-electronics-wiring-link-inside.7698/

Rounded Fret Finishing
Another good tutorial by Bryanarzaga on crowning frets.
http://forum.monkeylord.co.uk/threads/rounded-fret-finishing-fret-ends-fast-cap-fret-cutter.7403/

Simple, Easy Labelling Of Your Guitars - Cathedral
Very simple, easy way to label your guitars.
http://forum.monkeylord.co.uk/threads/simple-easy-labelling.6297/

Trivial / Common / Generic Guitar Repairs - Ernesto
A great thread started by Ernesto for those niggling little problems like screw replacement, strap lock replacement etc.
http://forum.monkeylord.co.uk/threads/trivial-commom-generic-diy-guitar-repairs.7281/
 

ark

le French
#5
As I'm looking for what electronic part to purchase for my ML1, I search various topic and found these links :

- Understanding the capacitor and tone pot interactions (and what capacitor to choose) : <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.electric-guitar-info.com/guitar-capacitors.html">http://www.electric-guitar-info.com/gui ... itors.html</a><!-- m -->

- FAQ about pots and capacitors : <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.guitarelectronics.com/category/wiring_resources_guitar_wiring_diagrams.wiring_faqs/">http://www.guitarelectronics.com/catego ... ring_faqs/</a><!-- m -->

And now I know what to buy :cool:
 

Bloobank

Guardian Of The Old Blues Brigade
#9
Dan (Darfuria) mentioned something about it previously so given time it should be resolved all going well.
 

ThomasIV

sun's out, puns out
#13
Not sure if this is helpful, but I found what I think is an interesting blog with lots of guitar wiring diagrams:
http://guitarwiring.blogspot.com/

I know we've got a reference for wiring already, but this might be useful for a quick reference, especially for people doing their first pickup swaps, etc.
 

cat-the-odd

On the other side of your screen
#14
Hi.

There is a longish "tutorial" by the annoying Scott G. on how to make the usual humbucking pickups sound as single coils (link to youtube). Long story short - unscrew one row of polepiece srews. That coil won't pick up from the strings but still "buck the hum".

Cheers
 

cat-the-odd

On the other side of your screen
#15
Well,

I gave it a try since I never used my neck pickup anyway. Worked a charm. It's still warmer than what I'd expect from a true single coil, but helped me enough to like my clean tones again.

Cheers!
 

@ssinine

Professional noodler
#17
Well,

I gave it a try since I never used my neck pickup anyway. Worked a charm. It's still warmer than what I'd expect from a true single coil, but helped me enough to like my clean tones again.

Cheers!
I've done this, too. I'd say it sounds like a weak humbucker with a little more high end. And similarly, loved my clean tones after I did it.
 

Dj_host

Out To Lunch. Missing, presumed fed
#18
This just saved me posting a thread! Anyone know of any good videos that cover removing the poly finish from a guitar, and any about applying veneers to contoured bodies?

I have a plan for my Washburn MG42...
 

@ssinine

Professional noodler
#19
Anyone know of any good videos that cover removing the poly finish from a guitar,
On YT, I don't remember any in particular to be very good or very bad. It's straightforward stuff. A few heat gun + scraper vids, I didn't come across chemical stripper demos and sanding is well... sanding.

Found more useful written info to be honest.
 

Dj_host

Out To Lunch. Missing, presumed fed
#20
On YT, I don't remember any in particular to be very good or very bad. It's straightforward stuff. A few heat gun + scraper vids, I didn't come across chemical stripper demos and sanding is well... sanding.

Found more useful written info to be honest.

Thanks. Sources for written info? Am a complete customisation novice, so trying to get as much info as possible before starting out on a couple of projects I have in mind.
 
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