Currently running quite the list of home projects. I'm starting back up on my top secret workshop project from last summer. I've started tearing into the new guitar. I'm still writing/revising/compacting/re-writing, believe it or not. And still recording.
The new guitar presents all sorts of challenges. I think I'll be concentrating for quite a while on the body work that needs done and ignoring the clustered mess that was the old electronics. Good grief what a mess. A stereo output jack with everything wired up to work as a mono. A volume pot so glooped up with solder you couldn't tell what was supposed to be where. The bridge ground wire snapped off hanging loose above the ground point. Oh, and a strangely well shielded cover on a completely non-shielded electronics cavity.
The string ferrules were actually matched sets of only rear eyelets. Front and back. Luckily, those are cheap to replace and were shockingly easy to remove. The bridge studs were driven too hard into the body, deep beneath the surface. Result? Sloppy, loose fitting bridge that had both side-to-side and front-to-back movement when not under full string tension. The fact it sounded as good as it sounded with that slop factory installed is amazing. I plan on doweling the studs when I reinstall, and probably moving to a locked tonepros style bridge to get solid connection on all sides.
The pickups are a waste. The EMG was pitted and corroded on the back worse than the neck pickup was corroded on the front. It was a standard EMG-85, so it's at least an easy replacement to make. The neck was a low-output Duncan Designed. I'm gonna do some hunting, but I'm pretty sure I'm just gonna swap over to a full fledged EMG setup. 85 in the bridge, 60 in the neck. I liked the sound of the neck pickup it had, but the output was so unmatched with the bridge that it was too much of a volume shift to compensate for on amp settings.
The body looks like at some point somebody tried to smash it. There are cracks from the neck pocket to the neck pickup cavity. Nothing that's going to cause stability problems as the cracks don't match up with natural stress points. The trick will be to somehow repair those cracks and make them disappear. May have to get some good filler there.
For now, it's days and days of sanding down the old finish before starting on the repair work. Those old poly finishes are a BITCH to cut through.
Working on some ideas for a finish when I get it fixed up too. Probably nothing too ridiculously hideous, but I'll likely end up doing something more than just $color. Why not? I got paint skillz. Time to use them.
It's too bad the face has dents in it. It'd be cool to have a nice oil finished guitar again.
And that's probably enough about that for now.
I have . . .
And then there's . . .
TV once again fails.
Pretty sure I'm done with 'V' now. It's on again tonight, but the time thing is kinda the final nail in the coffin. The non-plot has been bugging me since the .5 season return, but being on at a non-reasonable hour is just too much. Mrs. NFB will likely be staying up on her own.
When the hell did I turn into the one that goes to bed early? WTF?
All's quiet on the Zippy front. Or is it?
Zippy's been pretty quiet lately. Well, that is if you don't count the episodes of Chippy crunching and M&M desk-bounce-eating that have been interspersed through the past few days. He and Momma had them a big goin' out to eat lunch together day last week and since then there haven't been any desperate scream phone calls. So either it's fixed or they've given up.
And as I finish this up I hear a stream of whatevers emanating from the direction of the zipphone.
I made a MEAN honey ginger shrimp dish last night with a nice blend of rices to put it over. Gat damn was it tasty. People say I should write these recipes down somewhere, but where would be the fun in that?
OK, what I remember:
1/2 Tablespoon red pepper flake
1/2 Tablespoon ginger
Teaspoon chili powder
1 1/2 Tablespoon honey
Teaspoon chopped garlic
Chopped 1/2 onion
Chopped 1/2 red pepper
Chopped green pepper
1/2 can coconut milk
1 pound shrimp
Put enough olive oil is the skillet to cover the bottom, let it heat up enough to just start to smoke, throw in the chopped up peppers, onion, garlic. Cook until the onions start to go somewhat clear. Dump in the coconut milk and spices. Let it all warm enough to start boiling good. Dump in the honey, which I didn't actually measure and may be a lot more than I thought. Meh. Keep boiling. Lower heat to medium. Dump in shrimp, cook the shrimp in the mess for about five minutes or until they're done. They're shrimp, you know when they're done. Serve over rice.
Had salads with it to take the heat off at the end. Good times.
Also, Mrs. NFB is saying she wants to try Senior Wiener. Yes, it's a real restaurant. Advertises itself as a "gourmet hot dog" restaurant. Apparently they're something like the Fuddrucker's of hot dogs. Big fixin's bar and all that. The fact that it exists at all feels a bit like some sort of testament to Sioux Falls' shitty taste in cuisine. The fact that it's incredibly successful is even more absurd. The fact they have a dude standing on the street every day in what appears to be a giant turd costume makes me weep for our kind. Not really, but, yeah.
But, as a person who sometimes enjoys a hot dog over a fire, I'm shocked by Mrs. NFB's desire to try it. She's a semi-staunch, "I don't like hot dogs" kinda girl. I'll be trying it mostly to see the look of disgust on her face as she takes the first bite. I'm supportive that way.
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