Animalfarm's DIY List

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Greg Fitts 1960-2012
"Animalfarm"
Greg Fitts 1960-2012

This page is dedicated to the memory of Greg Fitts (1960-2012) also known as "Animalfarm" on the Official Epiphone Forums website. Greg was a motivating factor, inspiration and all around consultant in the run-up to creating the Epiphone Wiki. Without his encouragement, ideas and kind words, this wiki might not even exist at all. Greg passed away on January 15, 2012, one day after his birthday and coincidently, one day after the Epiphone Wiki's 1st anniversary.

Prior to his passing, Greg was working diligently on compiling a list of DIY realated guitar links for pretty much anything imaginable. From set-ups to comparisons to builds. If it was guitar related, it was included in his links. Below is an excerpt from the original forum post and Greg's list in its entirety. Its a long list, but there is certainly something in there for everyone. We are proud to give Greg's work permanent residence on the Epiphone Wiki.


Original Forum Text:

Just an attempt to start putting info and links into a single place for semi-quick reference. This way of doing it will have its flaws, but it's a beginning. There will ALWAYS be more references, and any good DIY-er will do lots of research. Info/Sub-topics will be added as needed. If you don't see the answer you're looking for, check the Tech Tip Archives at the bottom. If necessary, start a seperate thread. We'll see what we can do...


Original thread: http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/51292-the-d0-it-yourself-thread-look-here-for-tech-related-questions


Contents

POSTING IMAGES & VIDEO (on the Gibson/Epiphone Forums)

PHOTOBUCKET

IMAGESHACK

YOUTUBE

CROSS-REFERENCE/COMPARISON GUIDES

THE UNOFFICIAL EPIPHONE GUITARS WIKI

EPIPHONE TRUSS RODS - Single AND Dual Action

  • (pulled the link until this issue is resolved)

EPIPHONE GUITAR & BASS CASES - Complete List

EPIPHONE E-SERIES, STRAT and TELECASTER Specifications Guide

EPIPHONE CASINO CROSS REFERENCE (and Similar Style Guitars) NEW and IMPROVED!

EPIPHONE ELITE Series 2003 Catalog (pdf format)

VINTAGE GUITAR/BASSES/AMP/EFFECTS Specs and Data (Many, many, many!)

VINTAGE EPIPHONE GUITARS - General Information and Specifications

EPIPHONE STRING GAUGES - (pdf format chart)


FOR ACOUSTIC GUITAR PLAYERS

ACOUSTIC GUITAR Repairs, Adjustments, Maintenance


GUITAR PROJECTS and BUILDS

GUITAR TOOLS

LUTHIER TOOLS ON THE CHEAP!!!

GUITAR/LUTHIER Tools and SECRET TIPS for CHEAPSKATES!

TRADE SECRETS

STEWMAC TRADE SECRETS ARCHIVE - Overview of MANY, MANY types of Projects


FRETBOARD CARE

CLEAN/OIL FRETBOARD and POLISH YOUR FRETS!!!

POLISH YOUR FRETS and DYE YOUR FRETBOARD!!!


FRET LEVELLING

2009 Project Tele Fret Job Pics

My First Fret Level was a Success!

NGD, Xaviere XV-560 Take 2


REMOVE/REPLACE YOUR GUITAR NUT

Pick Your NUT(S):

Remove Your Guitar Nut

Replacing Guitar Nut

Emergency Guitar Nut Repairs


PROJECTS and BUILDS

Making your Neck a BOLT-ON instead of a "Screw on" (Step-by-step)

Whitmore Willy's $20.00 BEATER GUITAR Refurbishment Series (Grab some INSPIRATION!)

Bender's "SOUTHERN BAD-ASS" TELE BUILD

ES-335/SEMI HOLLOWBODY Electronics Removal and Installation

1970's NORLIN LES PAUL REFURBISHMENT THREAD

Upgrading EPI LP Special II to Hot Humbuckers/step-by-step tutorial

Install P-90 Pickups in Epi G-400 with FULL Bat-Wing Pickguard - Video Series

Speaking of Juniors - UPGRADES COMPLETE!

Custom/Hand-Built GOLDTOP with single P-90 and Compensated Wrap-around Bridge

2009 Project Tele Guitar Build

Stratoblaster Project

1970's HONDO II Refinish Project

Epiphone Casino Project

1st Headstock Repair - FINISHED!

Killer Tele Neck nearing Completion

Stripped 6832 Acoustic Neck Pics

Stripping a GoldTop

Epiphone Special - Rescued and Refinished

Face-to-Face with my crack - FINISHED& - LP Special II Refinish

Modding an SG Special II


GUITAR SET-UP/TRUSS ROD ADJUSTMENT

If you have ANY doubts, take to local pro!

Truss Rod Cannot adjust further, Neck STILL has Frontbow!!!

Gibson Repair Columns - Basic Guitar Set-Up

Adjusting a Truss Rod

Gibson Les Paul: Electric Guitar Set-Up: VIDEO SERIES

Basic Lessons on How to Set-UP a Solid Body Guitar

Basic Guitar Set-Up Tips

Adjusting Truss Rod

Truss Rod is LOOSE inside of Neck


GUITAR HUM/BUZZ/SCRATCHY VOL or TONE POTS FROM GUITAR

Are you using the thin, unshielded git cable that came with your guitar? Replace it with a Decent SHIELDED cable FIRST, may solve Hum/Buzz problem!

GUITAR GROUND

Troubleshooting NOISE

Input Jacks

Clean Scratchy-Sounding Pots

Clean Scratchy-Sounding Pots/Try if you've got Big BRASS Cajones

Bad Solder Joint and/or Broken Wire?"


GUITAR PICKUP INFO

PICKUP MODIFICATIONS

"REMOVE Humbucker Covers"

"INSTALL Humbucker Covers"

"Easy P-90 hum cancelling mod" - Simple mod

"The "Peter Green Mod" on a Humbucker" - Brief overview

The "Peter Green Mod" on a Humbucker - WITH PICS"


OTHER PICKUP INFORMATION

"Taming MUDDY-SOUNDING Pickups - A Quick Fix. TRY it, you'll LIKE it!"

"How to read Pickup Values while pups STILL in Guitar, and MORE!!!"

"Various/Popular Manufacturer Guitar/Bass 4-Wire Humbucker Color Code Diagrams"

"Epiphone Pickups Specification/Description List"

"Gibson Pickup Data/Description Sheet - PDF Format"

"Gibson/Epiphone Pickups DC Resistance Values"

(Thank you Ricochet for compiling this data!)


POTENTIOMETER and CAPACITOR INFO

"Frequently Asked Questions"

"Potentiometers - How they WORK, Disassembly and Exploration."

"Pot Values and HOW they affect TONE"

(Thanks Swoop for pulling this out of Tech Tip Archives!)

"Comparing LINEAR/AUDIO Taper POTS - Arrrgh! Which One do I choose???"

"Capacitor Values and HOW they affect TONE"

"Potentiometers De-Mystified"

"VARITONE Potentiometers - How do they work, What do they do Tonally to Guitar?"


GUITAR WIRING DIAGRAMS

"3 way switch in middle, turn one volume down, BOTH pup outputs go down. Wanna know why? Also Independent Volume Control wiring..."

"Git Mods, Wiring Articles, FAMOUS Git Wiring - May, Clapton, Hendrix, Beck, Page, Stevie Ray - Move pointer across top, look at Drop down boxes"

"Seymour Duncan Site - Humbuckers, Tele, Strat, Bass, Others - Too many to list!"

"GuitarElectronics Site - 1 pup, 2 pup, 3 pup, Custom, Mods, Factory diagrams, FAQs, etc"

"GIBSON and EPIPHONE Instrument and Amplifier Schematic Library"

"GIBSON Les Paul and Flying V Wiring Diagrams - Wiring Library"

EPIPHONE Thunderbird Pro IV & V BASS Wiring Diagram

"Add Push-Pull Switch (Thanks brianh...)"

BASIC GUITAR PAINTING PRIMER

"Paint Your Own Guitar" Book Series:

"Guitar Painting Tutorial, Parts 1 - 10, with Pics:"

"Finishing and Refinishing Tips"

"Dupli-Color Paint Site - Custom Painted guitars" (Look thru Success Stories)

"Krylon Site - Custom Painted Guitars"


REMOVE SCRATCHES FROM GUITAR CLEARCOAT

"Scratches on the Finish"

"Fine Scratching in Clearcoat"


HOW TO "DULL" (OR) "SHINE BACK" A POLY GUITAR FINISH

"Dulling Poly Finished Guitars - Pic Heavy"

"Shining Back Up a Dulled Poly Finish"


LASER CUT LUTHIER TEMPLATES FOR BUILDING YOUR OWN GUITAR

(Many designs incuding Gibson/Epi)

From GuitarBuldingTemplates.com


***FABRICATE YOUR OWN PICKGUARD !!!

"Make a Pickguard for Epiphone LP Special II Guitar"

"Pickguard Fabrication Tutorial - PART 1"

(Thanks, BrianH! Done for Rickenbacker, but works for any Brand!)

"Pickguard Fabrication Tutorial - PART 2"

(Thanks, BrianH! Done for Rickenbacker, but works for any Brand!)


MISCELLANEOUS CR@P YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW

"GUITAR TUNING TRICK" (Try it, you'll LIKE it!)

"FREE GUITAR BACKING TRACKS" - From GuitarBacking Tracks.com!!!

"FREE SONG LYRICS" - from Sing365.com!!!!

"TUNE UP YOUR GEARS/TUNERS": (pictures of various tuners and commentary)

"Having Trouble with BARRE CHORDS?"

How to play "PINCH HARMONICS:

Adding VIBRATO to BENDS:

GUITAR TUNING NIGHTMARES - Explained!

Codemonk's How To Make Your Own Printed Ciruit Board Tutorial - "Adventures in ALCHEMY!"


DESIGN YOUR OWN GUITAR

(for fun or ideas)

LP Style:

SG Style:

Strat Style:

Tele Style:


GUITAR TECH TIP ARCHIVES

(Many, many topics!!!! RESEARCH CENTRAL!)

"Tips, Info and "D.I.Y." Construction Articles" (Very Interesting Site):

"300's Tips - MANY Topics, Archives going back to FEB 2008"

"Amp, Audio, Effects, DIY Projects - SCHEMATICS and MANUALS!!!"

"FREE Information - Wiring, How-To, Tools, etc. YOU pick the Topic!"

"Set-Up, Building, Repairs, Maintenance, etc. TUTORIALS, TUTORIALS, TUTORIALS!"

"Set-Up info, Tuning Problems, Picking your Case lock (?), etc"

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