Venusblaster Build COMPLETE (ish)

I finished assembling this today, but I still have some tweaking to do of the setup and some minor cosmetic detailing. Also, there’s a rattling noise coming from the pickups springs, I think, that I will need to take care of. I will be updating the VENUSBLASTER page soon with more photos, etc.

Sound files will also be coming soon. This puppy can RAWK!

Here’s a picture with the white plastic humbucker rings instead of the heavy metal ones:

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Venusblaster Bridge Trouble

I made the mistake of buying the non-metric version of a Tonepros bridge for the Venusblaster. I had Warmoth rout the recessed-TOM bridge rout, which is technically for a GOTOH bridge, which uses 11mm anchors which take 8mm studs. Like almost all music gear retailer sites, the tonepros site SUCKS. It does not offer any specific information about dimensions or diagrams.

After realizing my error, rather than find a conversion part, I bought a GOTOH bridge. I don’t like it, and I really want to use the graph-tech saddles that came with my Tonepros. The GOTOH is CHEAPOH, and doesn’t have locking studs. Yesterday, I ordered a pair of adapter studs from allparts for $10, which I wish I would have done originally rather than waste $25 on the GOTOH. These will allow me to have smaller studs screwed into the much larger metric anchors from the GOTOH.

In the picture below, the Tonepros is on top, and the GOTOH is below.

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I got the adapter studs and anchors today from allparts.

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The anchors from the GOTOH are deeper, and one is already inserted, so I will be using those anchors – not the new ones.

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The GOTOH studs are also longer, but that doesn’t matter.

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Here’s what an anchor looks like fully pressed in so that it is flush with the bottom of the recessed rout. It is important to scrape out all of the finish from the holes AND the counter-bore so that the lip sinks in.

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Here is one of the new adapter studs screwed into the anchor.

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Here’s the tonepros bridge mounted on the new studs. Problem solved.

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Luxe Paul Neck

I got the Luxe Paul neck today and it’s very nice! The grain on the fretboard is beautiful, and the inlays are extremely precise. The birdseye maple is nice, too, although I probably might have liked regular maple a bit more. Those eyes are a little random. Probably just need a day to get used to them.

Overall, I’m very happy with it. The photos show a comparison with my tele neck. The fretboard is about the same size, but the scale is much different, and the Luxe Paul has an extra fret (even though it looks like two extra in that picture). The pictures near the end of the collection show the length difference when the base of each neck is side-by-side. At first I wondered about the way the neck was finished at the end, (straight across instead of rounded), but then I realized that is exactly how it should be to line up against the humbucker rings.

One thing I had forgotten about my order is that I got a vintage satin finish. I did that because I like the satin finish that came on my Martin’s neck and like how it gets polished as you play it. I guess I didn’t think about how this might affect the headstock, which does look a little too dull, especially when compared to what I assume will be a very shinny body. I’m not sure this is much of a problem though because I’ll need to lacquer over the label on the headstock and then polish it. The way it is now is essentially prepped for the label.

Whenever I get the new label. Because yeah, why would the label work out perfectly the first time?

Homemade Pedal Board

I decided to make a pedal board this past weekend, so I went to the hardware store and found a flat, rugged surface that I thought would work well as the base. I think it’s a piece of material from a stove, or exhaust vent, or something, but I’m actually not sure what it was intended to originally be used for.

I also got some 2-inch wide strips of velcro, which I attached to the surface. Then I cut squares and added them to the bottom of each pedal. I already had the 9-volt power extender, and the whole thing came together pretty quickly. Seems perfect for sitting in front of the amp, or using on the desktop. It even has some spongy material on the bottom so it doesn’t slide around.

Not sure how easy it is to follow the signal path in these images, but do you think I have these in a good order?

It’s this:

tuner > compressor > preamp > fuzz > overdrive > phaser > delay/looper > amp

Capacinator V1

The other day (about two weeks ago, actually) I got this in the mail, and it’s awesome:

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The sloppy numbering was added by me because I wanted to remember the cap value when using it. I should have taken the knob off first, but I was too anxious.

After trying them all on my tele, I think I like .047uF best, at around a 4 or 5 on the tone dial. To be honest though, I didn’t dislike the .o68uF or the .1uF. I think I just like the browner tones.

Can’t wait to see what it sounds like with the Luxe Paul.

Thanks Greg!