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Post by Adey on Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:27 am

Without (hopefully) being rude to others on the forum, but if you want techy info, Damian is the one to ask...
So I bought the Azumi at Gardiner Houligate auction the other day and have been playing it a bit recently. It is fantastic quality, but needs a fret dress to tidy it up.





I ended up paying my absolute upper limit, but there you go.... Rolling Eyes

My question is, upon opening her up, the tone pot (I assume it's that anyway), isn't connected as a tone pot should be.


The orange wire come out of the on-board pre-amp, (which is inside a mass of white mastic). The centre connection on the pot has never had anything connected to it. the other end connection on the pot has solder on it, but that's all. It isn't connected to ground, and doesn't seem to have been ever been. I can't think why it should be connected to ground either as it would just be connected to the other end of the resistor in the pot that the orange wire is attached to. the middle terminal gives the variable resistance after all, but this connection is completely clean.

It looks like it left the factory in this condition as it doesn't seem to have been fiddled with.

Here's the whole back of the controls



I've tried connecting a capacitor across the middle lug and earth to see if that turns it into a tone pot, but nothing...

Who's got any ideas???
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Post by Adey on Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:47 am

Other than not having a tone knob, it all seems to work fine. Boost is "Bass" (which sounds really nice), "treble" and "full range".

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Post by Westbone on Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:33 pm

Looks a very decent guitar, nice woods.

Does the pot do anything?

If not put the tag with solder on it (left side as you look at it) to common and see what happens. Might have a cap in circuit in the pre-amp.
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Post by Adey on Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:05 pm

I thought about that, but the two outer tags are either end of the resistor in the pot. The middle tag gives the varying resistance (I thought, but I could be wrong).
I'll give it a go though..
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Post by Adey on Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:19 pm

I'll get my voltmeter on it first and check it doesn't have any voltage before I ground it, just in case something in the circuit doesn't like it.
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Post by Adey on Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:33 am

Sorted!
No voltage coming from the orange cable, so...

I connected the previously soldered tab to earth - nope. No difference.

On the assumption that it should be a tone pot and that the capacitor is somewhere in the circuit board, as per Westone's thoughts, I connected the previously unsoldered middle tab to earth, and ...

Hey presto, a functioning tone pot! Very Happy

I think it must have confused the original person doing the wiring as there wasn't a cap to install when building it. It confused me too!

Pot gives a large tonal range. I notice it is a D taper pot too, which upon looking it up is an exagerated B taper.

Anyway, a really nice guitar. I'll sort the frets out sometime soon. The neck is nearly flat though, hardly any bow, even with the truss rod backed off all the way, but that might be becuase it has been left with no string tension for years perhaps before I bought it.

It's strung now with some slinky top and heavy bottoms, which might help pull it back a bit. If not, it might need a bit of gentle tension introduced to the neck and a bit of warming up to help it move back.

Overall though - really pleased with it. Cool
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Post by The Chad on Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:02 am

Haven't seen one of those before, WOW!
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Post by Adey on Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:30 am

It's made by Chushin who also made my Bambu and various Maya guitars.
I think they may have made some Daions as well as there are similarities with others.
Pickups in this one look like Maxons that have the solid covers on them. They have then been resin potted by filling them up from behind.


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Post by Barry on Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:51 am

Really beautiful guitar!
Nice smallish body, but how's the weight with that neck-thru?

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Post by Adey on Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:31 am

I haven't got anything particularly accurate to weigh it with, but it seems to be about 10lbs 2 oz.

But I do like a weighty guitar

My Vox Custom 24 weighs about 10lbs 4oz





and my Westbury Deluxe weighs over 11lbs, but it is made of that well-known tone-wood - concrete I believe.

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Post by Barry on Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:41 pm

Some nice geetars there m'lad! Always had a hankering for a Westbury.

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Post by Adey on Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:08 am

Get a deluxe.

They're luverly. It's been my favourite for years! 😀
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