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Răzvan mi-a lucrat trei pedale: Pete Cornish SS-2, Pete Cornish G-2 şi Dan Armstrong Blue Clipper. Toate trei au fost lucrate impecabil, sună cum trebuie şi funcționează cum trebuie. Comunicarea cu Răzvan a fost promptă, omul e profesionist şi amabil şi, mai ales, e deschis către nevoile tale şi aşteptările tale legate de pedale. Ştie totul despre pedalele pe care le lucrează şi face şi sugestii foarte utile. Totul e transparent, nu există părți ascunse, what you see is what you get. 

Sunt mai mult decât mulțumit de felul în care a lucrat, comunicat şi expediat pedalele şi voi mai apela la el cu încredere. 

Mulțumesc, Răzvan!

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23 hours ago, Mr Vintage said:

Dacă mai era nevoie, las aici un feedback.

Răzvan mi-a lucrat trei pedale: Pete Cornish SS-2, Pete Cornish G-2 şi Dan Armstrong Blue Clipper. Toate trei au fost lucrate impecabil, sună cum trebuie şi funcționează cum trebuie. Comunicarea cu Răzvan a fost promptă, omul e profesionist şi amabil şi, mai ales, e deschis către nevoile tale şi aşteptările tale legate de pedale. Ştie totul despre pedalele pe care le lucrează şi face şi sugestii foarte utile. Totul e transparent, nu există părți ascunse, what you see is what you get. 

Sunt mai mult decât mulțumit de felul în care a lucrat, comunicat şi expediat pedalele şi voi mai apela la el cu încredere. 

Mulțumesc, Răzvan!

Multumesc mult de aprecieri! :guitar:

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*Cornish G-2 Clone (buffered) (113th pedal built)

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* Dan Armstrong Blue Clipper Clone (114th pedal built)

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* Modded a GCB95 wah that had a different pot than stock, and other issues. 

I mounted a proper Hot Potz II pot, modded it for Bass(the owner plays bass), and also did a true bypass on it(removed the buffer), and some other mods as well.

It's great now!

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* Setup on an old Aria Pro 2 electric and some fretboard cleaning ;

Also adjusted some fretwires that were sticking out and stuff

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* Adjusted the nut on an Ibanez acoustic

Very nice low action now

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* Fixed an Ibanez bass combo

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* I rewired one of my Charvel Model 4's from 87, but I ultimately sold it.

I actually did the wiring basically for the customer , with new pots and everything.

It was a MESS before haha!

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* Changed the filter caps in a Marshall JCM900 and changed the power tubes and rebiased+pot cleaning.

This is the 5881 version 

(Biased at 37.7 mA <0.7*(25/464V) * 1000>)

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* Cleaned a BOSS GT-6 and also changed some switches

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* Made a Boss GE-7 a little less noisy

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* I did some precise sanding adjustments to turn a custom 1:1 US strat pickguard copy made from quality acrylic , to fit the Schaller F style trem. You can see before and after pics :)

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* An Epiphone Custom Pro LP came in for some severe oscillations coming from the bridge pickup(an aftermarket DiMarzio was installed previously by someone else)

Ultimately I took off the cover and got rid of the problem (did that to the neck also, so that it would be aesthetically pleasing).

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* Peavey VK100 Retube + Oscilloscope Bias Check + Internal Trimmer

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* Just finished a Mad Prof. Snow White AutoWah clone (for the same person for whom I did 4 other pedals previous to this),and it's absolutely great! Doesn't alter the tone at all, and it's very touch sensitive (I did some mods for that). Cool pedal! Really useful if you don't want a classic wah. This would be my 115th pedal built!

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* Finished my second JHS Morning Glory clone.

One of my fav pedals, and sounding good as always

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* Setup on a Jackson JS32 Natural Finish

Sanded some fretwires+ cleaned/polished them + sanded down the trem cover because for some reason it did not originally fit haha, and one of the neck screws did not go all the way in, had to drill a little more into the neck.

On this particular guitar, the neck was a little too deep into the neck pocket IMO, and the angle was a little weird, so I added a shim.

Plays great now, with good action.

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* Restrung and solved some stuff on a Fender Jimmy Dale acoustic guitar:

- the input jack fell in the body and there was no way to reinsert it back by hand as the body is very slim and you can't reach the hole; I had to be creative and take it out using a jack and some wire and add light in the guitar body hah! but I solved it;
- the owner wanted to add a locking strap pin, and I did that too, right next to the old one (that is on the input jack);
- restrung the guitar (no setup was needed, as he didn't request it, but the guitar was OK nevertheless as it was previously setup at some point, and I used the same gauge)

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* Ibanez S420 Setup + Pickups Swapped + Fretboard Cleaned

- I also redid some solder points, and took out some wires that were unnecessary and long

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* Ibanez RG3XXV (setup+fretboard cleaning)

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* Ibanez RG350DX (setup+pup swap&rewiring+fretboard clean)
- also had to sand down and refinish a fretwire (last one), because there was a nasty indentation in it that was very noticeable while playing; (it looked like a thin string was pressed against it very hard, making a knife like narrow groove)
- cleaned the pots prior to redoing the wiring
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Vemuram Jan Ray Clone - 118th pedal built

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Setup + fretwire sanding/polish + fretboardclean, on a Cort hollowbody guitar

(the nut did not need any intervention to the slots, which rarely happens :) )

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Squier Bullet Strat Setup

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* Had a Godin come in to give the neck a satin finish + setup after.

VERY nice feel, just like my Fender Deluxe US neck

It was pretty worn and dirty before. The customer requested that I remove the previous finish from ALL the portions at the back of the neck, and sides , only the headstock front would be left unchanged.

The stages can be seen below (initial rough sanding, final sanding, and final finish).

I used Tru Oil.

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* A pedalboard came in for some diagnostics, but unfortunately, the wireless in the end had issues, I'm thinking the digital part, and I couldn't do anything;

While at it, i noticed that the battery contacts were broken, thinking that was a part of the problem, and it was, but not fully. This system simply cuts out, from time to time, and then works perfectly again.

Oh well :) , you win some you lose some

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* Had in an Ibanez JS100 that needed a setup. The owner bought an OFR, but the nut had a 15'' radius in the set (R10), which was totally not usable for this guitar's radius. Bought another OFR R2 nut, which fit the bill.

 

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*Had a Yamaha Hundred B212 Combo come in, which needed the speakers swapped (former ones were blown). Luckily the owner managed to find exact replacements on eBay.

Electronically, everything was ok, but I did clean the pots and others.

This is one very cool sounding amp, for a solid state.

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*A Jackson V RR came in for a setup.

Cleaned the floyd (it had a ''lock'' poorly done on it), I did it floating, cleaned the neck, polished the fretwire a little, etc.

Also had to shim the nut with a Schaller shim.

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* Changed the faulty switch in a Legend Strat

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* Rewired a Tenson Bass, and also put some autoadhesive 3M sponges to make the pickups respond better to height adjustments and to not wobble around and be more rigid (it had...a piece of cardboard installed before..LOL )

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* HGE Contraptions clone of the BOSS CE-2 vintage Japan chorus. I am thrilled that I got the chance to do this. First ever chorus built, and full analog using MN3101 and MN3007 ICs.

119th pedal built!

Posting some youtube samples as well, in comparison with my very own Boss CE-3 1982 Japan version

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* Ibanez Paul Stanley PSM10 Setup (+ nut filing, rehammered some fretwires that were sticking out, and cleaned the fretboard).

Decent guitar for a Chinese model.

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Sterling Musicman JP70 setup /  nut adjusted / electro cleaning / fretwire smoothing / fretboard cleaning / waxed the neck / springs made noiseless.
You can see how unfinished and scratchy the original fretwire was and a comparison with 4 ones that were initially done as an example.

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* The same Ibanez S model from 2 years ago, came in for a setup again, but with a different tuning and gauge;

I also adjusted the nut, cleaned the fretwire a bit, cleaned the fretboard, waxed the neck, made the springs noiseless and did rust removal + coating with lacquer on the previously rusted screws for which I had no replacement(the inserts/the neck screws for example). I also added some new screws and a new neck pickup ring. Looks a lot better now

 

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* A Hagstrom Super Swede came in for some overall tweaking:
- some nut adjustments
- fretwire polishing
- fretboard cleaning
- rewiring (cleaned the old pots, good quality CTS ones, usually just need a thorough clean!)
- removed some rust and lacquered some original screws black (those for which I did not have replacements)
- installed a set of Lace Dissonant Aggressors (also had to solder some stock wires on them that came loose from their solder points -> no biggie, it happens if the surface on which the solder should adhere to is not correctly sanded)
- usual setup: restring, intonation, neck
- the bridge inserts were completely coming out of the body with almost no resistance, and the ground wire was almost broken in the hole, so I fixed those as well
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* Fixed an Ibanez Mostortion pedal:
- it had some dead caps
- improper soldering on some parts
- the protection diode was fully destroyed
- unfortunately the IC was also destroyed, so I ordered one(this particular pedal has an obsolete/discontinued IC), but for the time being, a 4558 will do
 
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* Fixed a cracked neck(did not refinish) and did a setup on an entry level Flame guitar(nut and saddle adjusted).
It really plays decent now

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* Did some tinkering on a Kramer Baretta , but unfortunately due to some aftermarket modifications to this guitar I could not do the setup correctly, as the jackson floyd on it is different that the stock ofr floyd,and does not give enough saddle travel to intonate the E and B strings finely on the upper register.
This will come back at some point for a total rewiring(has some issues and the solder spots are really cold), and a new trem. Would need the fretwire sides sanded and smoothed out also. The neck pickup ring is also broken and needs replacing, and there are several strange scratched on the fretboard and back of the neck. Cool guitar nonetheless! Also waxed the neck back and made the springs noiseless

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And the issues I mentioned which should be fixed in the future (the owner needed the guitar urgently and the next operations will take place in the future to fix them):

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And a comparison with the additional saddle travel which would of been needed to properly intonate some strings, if the original tremolo had still been on the guitar (the other trem is an OFR from another guitar):

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On 16/07/2018 at 01:35, Adinel Berehorschi said:

Recomand cu caldura! Setup-uri, pedale repatatii si alte cele. 

Best you can get! :)

Multumesc Adin!

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*This Reghin 1976 3/4 violin belonged to my gfnd's late grandfather, and is in need of some general maintenance, which I will do in the future:
- so far, I gave it a thorough cleaning (very hard crusted dust from sitting over the years)
- will need a new bow 
- new nut / new bridge / possibly new tuners 
- some black staining on the fingerboard 
- the case needs some work (derust, latch fixing)
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*Blade California in for some tinkering. Sounds great now!
This guitar came through a courier from a different city.
- redid almost all the wiring; had to clean an older(but good) Alpha pot. Had 250K before, but sounds much better with 500K now. The battery snap was missing, so I added a new one. Bridge pup changed to Duncan Custom Custom, and I needed a lot of autoadhesive foam to get it at normal level haha.
- fretboard cleaning + fretwire mildly cleaned a bit, setup and some nut adjustments. The customer wanted the trem just a little bit above the body, and also to make the saddles parallel (they tend to be hard to stay in place neat, but I got that sorted out). Also made the springs noiseless

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* Setup on the same US Fender Stratocaster 40th Anniversary that was in last time.
This time, the gauge is much lighter and the trem has much more float in it
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*PRS Mike Mushok Signature Baritone
Setup + Fretwire polish (had a grindy feel to it before), now it's smooth and nice. Adjusted the nut slightly (the thick strings were snagging, and the thinner ones were too high). I also cleaned the electro parts.
You can go crazy with low action on this, since the gauge is 14-68 :drac:(with minimal fret rattle with 1 mm to 1.2 at the last fret!) , but I settled for an almost dead straight neck with 1.25 to 1.5 mm at the last fret. 
The intonation was nowhere near where it should of been before, but now it's good.

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* Repaired a Dunlop Crybaby Wah. Owner wanted everything stock, so just plain maintenance:

- changed the original Carling switch with an identical one (it was very crackly even if I tried to clean it), and I also adjusted the action of the pedal on the switch, so that it is more easily engaged;

- fixed some cracked solder joints;

Works great again.

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* A Fender Precision Bass came in for a setup.

It had a dead straight neck and horrible rattle/buzzing at the first frets.

Now it plays great, and I also cleaned the fretboard + fretwire is cleaned/re-shined.

As you can see, this bass is actually brand new, even having the protective foil on the pickguard and also the tuners haha.

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* Two Boss BE5 Multieffects came in for some general fixing:

- both had the pots cleaned and the jacks as well

- on one I had to redo a pad on the DC in jack, and redo all the solder joints of all the jacks on the pcb (a lot of cracks)

- on the other in addition to redoing all the solder joints on all the jacks, I also had to change all the micro tact switches and also redo the previously lifted or completely destroyed pads, using thin resistor wire; maybe not the most perfect way to redo a pad, but I regularly do it like this with good results, if it is really needed and the pads are totally missing.

They work great now

First one:

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Second one:

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* Some repairs in a Trace Elliot AH250 (had some capacitors way out of spec on the preamp side and I also checked other stuff). Also reapplied thermal paste on the power section. Will see if it comes back at some point or not

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* A Crown XLS 5000 came in because one channel was not working. At the end it just required some dust removal and contact cleaner. Solid built stuff ( I think it was featured at the NAMM 2008 show)

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* A Fender M-80 combo came in for a checkup and cleanup. Surprisingly decent distortion on this SS amp.

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* An Ibanez RG450 came in for some general maintenance (belongs to @apocapsile)

-painted some screws

-rewired with different DiMarzios and a Superswitch

-setup

-removed that fretwire grindy feel + polished them

-refitted the inserts (came out easily) + new studs

-resharpened the trem knives and painted them

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* Another EP Booster Modded clone (120th pedal built)

This time I used a custom finish on the enclosure(had it for myself but the customer liked it and I used it on his project).

Volume Boost, Tone Cut, 3 way bass switch, 9V->18V internal

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* An Ibanez RG721 came in for some tinkering (belongs to @Crisan Darius_28146)

-made a general rewiring, cleaning all the parts prior to this

-the bridge humbucker had one dead coil unfortunately -> mounted a Seymour Duncan TB-6 Distortion

-setup + fretboard and fretwire cleaning

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* An Epiphone SG Special came if for some general work:

-swapped the bridge humbucker (which I had to modify with longer wires as they were previously cut short and also custom fabricate some new ears, because the screw holes were stripped)

-also mounted a new input jack because the old one was faulty

-setup with some nut adjustments

-fretwire made shiny and the grindy feeling is now gone

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* A Hughes & Kettner Coreblade head came in for a problem regarding the fact that the filaments weren't lighting up on the tubes. (belongs to @LumpY)

I explored everything and found some cold/cracked solder points.

Works great now

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* A Romanian Madrigal strat came back for a rewiring. (belongs to @bogdan)

I also mounted a split switch for both the DiMarzio DP151 Paf Pro in the bridge and the neck DiMarzio DP217 HS4 (Malmsteen model one).

I actually like the HS4 in the true single coil mode much more.

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* A Squier Bass came in for a setup + some fretwire cleaning and I also fixed a strap button which was coming out.

This Bass was in my hands before but it only required a very fast intonation, setup was ok. In the meantime the customer installed much thicker strings without a proper setup, and went back to another set, so it had to be redone.

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