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Post by corsair on Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:13 am

A visit to Uncle Dons' Emporium of Old, Desirable Instruments has yielded me a new weapon....

... anyone interested??

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Post by The Chad on Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:17 am

What is it?!  Do tell!  MIJ?
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Post by Barry on Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:45 am

I've seen it, it's a good 'un! Dance 1

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Post by The Chad on Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:01 am

Ok… so BARRY gets to see it, but I don't?!  What tomfoolery is this, JOHN?!
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Post by Barry on Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:52 pm

Um, it's 'cuz we're both members of the Matsumoku Forum where he first debuted it.
K? Wink

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Post by The Chad on Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:09 pm

Nope, already offended.  Smile
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Post by Barry on Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:40 pm

The Chad wrote:Nope, already offended.  Smile
Geez, there's just no pleasing some X199 owners. Bart Moon

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Post by corsair on Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:23 am

Barry wrote:
The Chad wrote:Nope, already offended.  Smile
Geez, there's just no pleasing some X199 owners. Bart Moon

Yeah, Mr 'I've got an as new X199'!! Laughing Laughing

Alrighty, then Chad; just for you...

Vantage Avenger X-33TDR.
New one... 110

I was visiting Don and was bemoaning the fact that I didn't have a Matsumoku 3 s/c guitar and was 'sort-of' looking for an Electra Phoenix X175JB when he said he had this little gem... I do like me an Avenger so this was love at first sight!!

New one... 210

The colour is sparkly red and that Schaller straplock pin was there when Don bought it... I don't approve of it but can certainly see why it was put there!!

New one... 310

Notice the string hold down bar ... BEHIND the stringlock?!?! Note, too, the lack of "Avenger" nomenclature on the headstock... the first hint of something awry...

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Post by corsair on Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:26 am

So.. the neck heel confirms the model... there were numbers in the neck pocket as well, but nothing that made any sense...

New one... 410

... and the underside of the output jack confirms the manufacturer; Chushin Gakki, so not Matsumoku but still Japanese, so I'm well pleased!

New one... 511

So. I played it briefly, noted that I liked it, and then stripped it down to have a good look at what was what! Everything was OK apart from a small fillet of wood that had come away in front of the high E string anchor, allowing the string anchor to move forward and not actually function as intended by the designer. I glued it with white glue, clamped it and moved on.

Fast forward to set up, and I had the strings on and was bringing them up to tension when I noticed that the freshly glued fillet had just popped out under string tension.

Bugger!

I thought about it for a bit, pulled it all to bits again, epoxied the little piece back in and then epoxied a small piece of pre-bent and pre-drilled aluminium plate across the area in front of it and secured it in place with two small woodscrews... which were a bastard to get in! Belt and braces, I know but I figure that it is not going to move again!
The tolerances here are really tight and I had to ease the volume pot hole in the scratchplate a little wider to ease its' placement...

New one... 611

No dramas!! I then put it all back together again, re-tuned it a whole lot of times - floating bridges are fiddly! - and took it upstairs to plug it in and hear it sing!

Neck pickup - whacko!! Neck and middle - whacko!! Middle - whacko!! Middle and bridge - hang on?!  Bridge - dead as mutton. Tone controls are dead, too...

*Sigh*

Off with the bridge and scratchplate... eventually find not one but two small breaks in the wiring which I re-soldered, and so for the third time I nailed it back together again. Re-tuning  and intonation took another half an hour and then back upstairs... RIGHTEOUS!!

It all works as it should and the bridge floats about 5mm above the body surface and wobbles as it should!
 
I wonder when it was last played with a properly adjusted bridge, but two days later, the tuning is rock solid and within a cent or two of where I set it...

Really nice instrument with enough quirky bits - see "bridge"! - to keep me happy!

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Post by Barry on Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:45 am

I'm still digging it Johnny!
An "Avenger" by any other name. . . Twisted Evil

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Post by The Chad on Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:07 pm

So good, John!  I love the color, and the shape is bad to the bone.  Congrats!    Cool cheers 

Chushin was known for quirks.  In particular warped necks, which a lot of them were birch!  Your's is obviously not, so no worries there.  

All in all, you have a great belter on your hands.  Very cool...
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Post by Westbone on Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:24 pm

Nice little 'Strat'

Surprised you never put a photo of the pickups/electrics up. 

Underneath the scratchplate while it was off??
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Post by Barry on Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:46 pm

The Chad wrote:...Chushin was known for quirks.  In particular warped necks, which a lot of them were birch!...
I haven't experienced a Birch neck but I do have some assorted furniture made of it and I can tell you it is hard and durable. I would think very similar to Maple, at least in that regard.

As for tonal value, the neck doesn't contribute a whole lot so theoretically it should be a good replacement. Warping may have something to do with the grain closeness/consistency and the selection process perhaps?

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Post by The Chad on Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:57 pm

The problem was that the birch was slow to dry, they used it still green.  Causing the problem.
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Post by corsair on Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:36 pm

Thanks, chaps!
Damian, oddly; no, I didn't think to, eh, but it was a stock standard strat setup complete with a whacking great green capacitor! :-)
i will the next time I change strings.
The knobs are kinda cool; speed knobs with a non slip ribbed rubber ring on them...

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Post by Barry on Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:05 pm

The Chad wrote:The problem was that the birch was slow to dry, they used it still green.  Causing the problem.
Yup! That'll do it alright.

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Post by corsair on Tue Nov 12, 2019 3:39 am

A little update on this....

... I noticed that the treble bridge post was leaning forward a bit so - being curious and all - took the bridge off and the scratchplate off to see what was going on. Turns out that the wood was bruised and quite soft so while my repair was holding spectacularly well, the damaged wood was compressing and allowing forward movement of the anchor.... which is undesirable.
I reamed out the damaged wood, cut and shaped a bit of dowel, epoxied it in... drilled a new hole and whacked everything back together again.
Should be apples now!

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Post by Barry on Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:16 pm

Bridged that problem very nicely! Wink

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