Guitar Pedal Bypass Switch Disassembly And Cleanup

Got asked to check why an EHX Metal Muff wouldn’t work. It was a dirty switch, so I opened it up and cleaned it instead of tossing it in the trash so that it could be eaten later by a sea toad.

Should’ve put subtitles, but you can easily tell what I’m doing so it might be better to mute and ignore the pointless dribble.

 

 

Giveaway! We’re 4!

I’m not one for jumping on other people’s parties, but since I absolutely love this one in particular, I’m going off the script here.

If you want to keep up to date with basically anything that goes on when it comes to guitars, gear and pretty much anything else, check out some cool projects (with the occasional plush guest) or simply be a nice creep and stalk a good guy, Guitarbear is your place.

Happy birthday Guitarbear, I hope every weirdo on the intertubez shows up to say hi and eat snacks from your private stash!

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Guitarbear blog turns 4!

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There will be four D’Addario straps up for grabs this year.

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To get yours, just

  1. email me at GuitarbearSG@yahoo.com and
  2. tell me what you’d like to see more on the blogMore plush toys, more video recommendations, more reviews, more setup stories, or more silly comments/opinions from me? Just let me know.
  3. provide your name and mailing address, choose the colour you like, and I will send it to you.

Terms and conditions

All are welcome. All races, genders and nationalities.

Free normal postage on me.

No meetups for locals. Sorry, no time for that.

Only four straps available.

Giveaway ends 31 July 9am Singapore time.

*photo from happybirthdaylines.com

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Tone Caps, Bright Caps, Input Impedance & Other Nerding With Simon Jarrett – That Pedal Show

I came across this very interesting video:

 

 

So, I rambled on Mylespaul, as I often do:

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How to Properly Wire a Strat

This comes up a lot, so I decided to expand a bit about it elsewhere and I’m doing a shameless self-copypasta here.

The question was basically what happens on position 4 (neck/middle) on your typical Strat wiring, with Tone 1 for the neck and Tone 2 for the middle pickup.

The usual stuff was mentioned, the “Eric Johnson” type wiring, the 1 Volume 1 Tone wiring, the “do I have two capacitors when two tones are active” thing came up… yeah, so, copypasta:

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I wrote Schaller about the S-Locks

I ran out of the old Schaller strap locks. I love those motherfuckers, I trust them with my life. So like everything I love in life, they were taken away.

Poo-hoo poor little whining me!

Well go fuck yourselves, I’ve been through this shit way too much. First the Lynx Zero (A.K.A. Axe), the best deodorant ever made, then Ketchup Cheetos (they came back down here but didn’t taste the same anymore), and now the old Schaller strap locks…

If only they had kept the screws separate from the button! Nope, use ours or go fuck a duck in the ass.

Dude, think for a second! Re-shaping the wood is, in my book, to be avoided at all costs whenever possible. There’s no standard size of anything across different instrument brands, and there’s stuff like Gibsons where even both screws are different on the same instrument, so using the original ones is crucial, which I’ve been doing that on every guitar since I got my first Schaller set.

Well, I finally ran out of the old ones and it’s not easy to find legit ones anymore, so stubborn asshole me actually wrote Schaller (I don’t know what I was expecting, really).

Who knew the owner himself was going to reply? As expected, I was told there’s not even the slightest chance they’re ever bringing the old-school ones back, ever. Seems like the success of the S-Locks blow away everything else, and a snarky “unbelievable!” in the end served as the punchline for turning a very polite message into an even kinder “go fuck yourself”.

I still have my observations about the new design, and even though not everything is bad about them, there’s some stuff they should’ve left alone, the screws being the most important part to me. Besides the thread issue, now any kind of torque applied to the button is now transferred directly into the screw. That could definitely complicate things in the long run.

I just don’t get it, and I’m not gonna lie, I’m kinda butthurt they didn’t thank me for my suggestions and offered me to take over the company.

Nah, seriously, what the fuck was I thinking?

Fender Offset Bridge

I recently posted a capture from Fender’s Game of Thrones Sigil Collection, and boy did people get their panties up in a bunch about the infamous Jaguar bridge.

Well, here’s a thing:

I’ve said a bunch of stuff about this bridge all over the internets, stuff like “It’s a fucking work of engineering art that most of us never bothered to learn how to use properly.” Yeah, arrogant asshole me said that, and I stand by it.

The thing is fucking genius, but people just can’t figure it out.

The whole design of this bridge, which is in itself tragically misunderstood, is purposefully made so that no rolling parts are required (this gets mentioned a lot).

The holes on each stud of the bridge allow you to adjust the inside screw with a hex wrench. These screws are pointed in their bottom ends where they make contact with the inside of the mounting inserts, which are concave, and should give you a perfect rocking motion of the bridge as the strings are loosened and tightened back by the arm bar, with minimal friction. This ensures the right pivoting position and no slipping around during operation, preserving the original setup you did. How awesome is that?

If everything is set correctly, the rocking bridge and the arm bar movement should be precisely synchronized, and you should be as stable as a Tele.

Now there’s some names thrown around when talking about these bridges, supposed solutions to the many “issues” these bridges carry with them; mostly Mastery and Staytrem (nothing against them, let the record show that).

First off, whatever your feelings about these designs are, please stop calling them “superior”.

Arguing about superiority between Fender’s and other later designs based on his own is like comparing Kobe Bryant to Michael Jordan. Kobe might beat him on a 1 vs 1 game today, but it’s simply because he took over where Jordan left off and then put his own spin on it, while Jordan basically changed the entire game. The dude came up with shit people had to digest for a decade before they could wrap their heads around what the fuck was going on.

That was Fender, and many other greats of the time, with or without room for improvement. They changed the game, and that’s what engineering is about. That’s why I call this bridge “a work of engineering art”.

That said…

What bridges like Mastery address is the issue of the stock offset saddles being slotted like a screw, which causes the strings to pop if you’re too aggressive on your hybrid picking. If you’re not, then don’t worry. I’m a hamfisted asshole in my playing and my strings don’t pop. Besides, it doesn’t allow you to intonate strings individually. The bridge consists of two solid, deeply slotted slanted bars, attempting to achieve some sort of fixed string compensation which cannot be fine tuned. Like it or not, that’s what they offer.

Another frequent issue that is addressed would be rattling, but if you take a few minutes to set everything correctly, this is another issue that should go away on a stock bridge.

Another name that you’ll hear is Staytrem. That’s just a Mustang bridge, and it does the same thing, fix issues you shouldn’t have except for the aforementioned popping which, unless you’re Gregg Koch, shouldn’t be an issue. They look cool as fuck though, just as the Mustang, and you can intonate strings independently, but here’s the last thing…

One anecdotal item that came up just yesterday, arguing this very issue elsewhere, is that a couple people had felt the harmonic nature of the guitar was not the same after switching bridges, so take that for what it’s worth. Others didn’t care. I would, but I also like my Les Pauls heavy and I don’t mind a square neck joint, so there’s that.

All in all, there’s a lot of the usual mythical horseshit going on around about these bridges, but in the meantime nobody takes the time to set them up properly. The same thing goes for the electronics on these things, which I’ll leave for another day.

Set them up before spending hundreds on pointless “upgrades”, or 15 bucks on a Mustang bridge. “Leo got it right” seems to be a running gag for a good reason.