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Solo Headless Guitar Kit
« on: October 03, 2019, 10:12:05 am »
Part 1:

Hey guys!

This just arrived in the mail. It's a Steinberger copy. I'm a huge Holdsworth fan and I know he was a fan of these. Unfortunately, it's a little hard to track them down nowadays, so I went the kit route.

I've done kits before and this would be my 3rd. First one was another Steinberger copy. Different version tho and I wanted the original.

The 2nd one was bad. Poorly routed and nothing lined up.

This time, I decided to go with a known company: Solo. In the box, I saw a certificate saying that it was inspected by someone. Next, I tried putting the neck in the slot and it's a really tight fit. These guys know what they're doing.

It won't be all stock tho. I'll be using a different bridge. I have experience with the stock "Overlord of Music" bridge and I find the steel too soft and the overall trem action unstable.

Here's a pic of both. The 2nd one is simpler and seems more "stout."

I'm also replacing the pups to Entwistle.

Right now though, first step is sanding the wood with 400 grit paper. Next, black paint. I hate using cans. Too much work sterilizing the environment and all that. So, I went with the old paintbrush and can of glossy black paint.

I just used an old brush laying about and here, I should've gotten a better quality one. This left grooves and even some brush hairs - which are a real pain.

So far tho, I'm alright with it. If it bugs me, I might brush on a clear coat.

When it dries, we're on to Part 2...

Stay tuned!

Cheers!

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Re: Solo Headless Guitar Kit
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2019, 10:25:12 am »
Did you use grain filler? Primer?
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Re: Solo Headless Guitar Kit
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2019, 11:01:45 pm »
Did you use grain filler? Primer?
No I didn't think I needed it since I sanded the surface smooth. The grooves are really from the brush I used. Bristles were too thick and clumped together.

I have an idea tho in case I feel like doing things over...

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Re: Solo Headless Guitar Kit
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2019, 08:09:02 am »
Part 2:

So, I decided to glue the neck on. So far I really dig how light it is.

Unfortunately, all that routing I did was for naught since it turns out the new bridge is too low and I don't want to resort to shims. So, I went back to the stock bridge.

Wiring was tricky since the stock pots weren't wired correctly and so, looks different from the diagram that Solo itself has for this model.

The other issue is this has a 3 way blade switch with 8 prongs (10 including grounds). I did a test, mounting s single string and after some trial and error, got all the grounds and wires connected.

I ended up using a diagram that I saw on pinterest and one from seymour duncan and Entwistle (their ground and lead wires are opposite).

That's a REALLY tight space...

I got over-excited with the test string and installed 3 more but remembered that the glue hadn't completely cured yet. So, I had to put clamps back on....

It's getting there tho...

*Again, I'm clearly no pro. I make a lot of mistakes so I'm hoping others will learn from them and do a better job.

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Re: Solo Headless Guitar Kit
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2019, 02:09:58 am »
Done!

Everything lines up! Bridge is holding up well so far.

Neck is nice and straight. No fret issues. Fingerboard is a little rough tho but that's ok.

No electrical issues either.

Apart from the finishing, I think it turned out pretty good.

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Re: Solo Headless Guitar Kit
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2019, 06:19:27 am »
Looks pretty good. Well done. Wish you joy playing it.

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Re: Solo Headless Guitar Kit
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2019, 07:44:17 am »
Thank you!

Yes I've been playing it a lot. Broke a string already in fact haha!

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Re: Solo Headless Guitar Kit
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2019, 08:51:21 am »
That sounds good ... the playing not the breaking string ... Now, what about sharing some playing over in AVOYP ?

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Re: Solo Headless Guitar Kit
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2019, 09:08:15 am »
Thanks for the project share ... :)

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Re: Solo Headless Guitar Kit
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2019, 12:06:35 pm »
That sounds good ... the playing not the breaking string ... Now, what about sharing some playing over in AVOYP ?
Hmm...never taped a video myself before. I can probably do an audio soundtest.

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« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2019, 12:11:25 pm »
Hmm...never taped a video myself before. I can probably do an audio soundtest.

Cool. It is a great way to get feedback and encouragement,  which I, starting from lesson 1 stage 1 of Justin's Beginner Course, found really helpful.  And these days a recording made with a mobile phone delivers a surprisingly good result.

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« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2019, 11:23:15 pm »
Cool. It is a great way to get feedback and encouragement,  which I, starting from lesson 1 stage 1 of Justin's Beginner Course, found really helpful.  And these days a recording made with a mobile phone delivers a surprisingly good result.
I don't like the sound from the phone since it gets too much background noise. I usually record via an interface to my laptop and DAW program.

Haven't written anything in a while now tho. Maybe I can try writing again.

Thanks for the suggestion, I hadn't even thought about it.

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Re: Solo Headless Guitar Kit
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2019, 04:41:33 am »
I don't like the sound from the phone since it gets too much background noise. I usually record via an interface to my laptop and DAW program.

Haven't written anything in a while now tho. Maybe I can try writing again.

Thanks for the suggestion, I hadn't even thought about it.

Even better. The phone comment was really just trying to say that you don't have to worry about the how you make a recording stand in the way of sharing your playing, you necessarily have to use hi tech means ie interface and DAW. Now I look forward to hearing you play.

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Re: Solo Headless Guitar Kit
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2019, 04:46:27 am »
Even better. The phone comment was really just trying to say that you don't have to worry about the how you make a recording stand in the way of sharing your playing, you necessarily have to use hi tech means ie interface and DAW. Now I look forward to hearing you play.
Ok I'll post if I come up with anything new but here's some of my older stuff:

https://www.soundclick.com/artist/default.cfm?bandid=1209433

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Re: Solo Headless Guitar Kit
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2019, 12:24:17 am »
Hey guys,

I was planning on making some recordings on my DAW but then I got this amp that I wanted to try but then I only got to record with my phone.

Well, at any rate, I have a couple of recordings here with a clean tone. Both on the neck pup, I think.

Hope you'll excuse the sloppiness, I haven't had my morning coffee yet. Haha

Cheers!

*I'm using tapatalk so I'm not sure if the files are uploaded properly....just let me know if there's an issue and I'll try to find another way. http://cloud.tapatalk.com/s/5da654ae19254/Voice%2057%201.mp3http://cloud.tapatalk.com/s/5da654b65f21b/Voice%2058%201%201.mp3

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