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Old 26-09-2014, 01:21 AM   #5341
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Thanks everyone - I could try and get some videos arranged in the next week or two if there's anything in particular people want to hear, either with the custom or MB-1 or pedal set up or whatever. Will have to make a note of stuff over the weekend maybe. Otherwise I should be free next Wednesday. Depends if I hear back about having some of the switches sorted out, whether I wait for that to be done first or not. Will sort something out soon enough anyway.
I'd most definitely love to hear how the new guitar and the pedal setup sounds, that pedal board is a monster!
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Old 26-09-2014, 01:22 AM   #5342
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I know!

And that is nice. I'm sending mine back for mods. Requested a silverburst finish...
When you get it done let me know how it looks, i've always been interested to see how silverburst would look on a manson
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Old 26-09-2014, 11:47 AM   #5343
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When you get it done let me know how it looks, i've always been interested to see how silverburst would look on a manson
I'll put some pictures up. As of now, I'm just waiting to hear whether or not I can get that finish.

This is what I have in mind:


-Silverburst finish (not the "raindrop" shape, but the nice and even one they've done on some recent gibsons)

-silver headstock finish with black logo

-new neck with ebony fretboard (I need to ask about this too, as I originally requested something else)

-black MBK-3 bridge pickup with chrome surround

-black custom hardware (machine heads and control knobs)

-bridge changed to black 510 gotoh

-all other hardware changed from chrome to black
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Old 26-09-2014, 04:53 PM   #5344
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I'll put some pictures up. As of now, I'm just waiting to hear whether or not I can get that finish.

This is what I have in mind:


-Silverburst finish (not the "raindrop" shape, but the nice and even one they've done on some recent gibsons)

-silver headstock finish with black logo

-new neck with ebony fretboard (I need to ask about this too, as I originally requested something else)

-black MBK-3 bridge pickup with chrome surround

-black custom hardware (machine heads and control knobs)

-bridge changed to black 510 gotoh

-all other hardware changed from chrome to black
that sounds godly honestly, can't wait to see it! Very glad you went with black hardware etc, a friend of mine had a custom guitar built from a guy over here in silver burst and had gold hardware which just looked honestly atrocious
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Old 26-09-2014, 08:38 PM   #5345
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that sounds godly honestly, can't wait to see it! Very glad you went with black hardware etc, a friend of mine had a custom guitar built from a guy over here in silver burst and had gold hardware which just looked honestly atrocious
That sounds disgusting.

What spec did you get for your MA-2? Mine has the 401 sustainer, MBK-2, and kill switch (which came as standard for the first few apparently)

But hopefully I can get all those mods done. Otherwise, I have something else in mind, but that might not work either.

So I have a third plan in mind as well which I'm pretty sure will be possible, but it's not ideal for this guitar.
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Old 27-09-2014, 02:08 AM   #5346
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That sounds disgusting.

What spec did you get for your MA-2? Mine has the 401 sustainer, MBK-2, and kill switch (which came as standard for the first few apparently)

But hopefully I can get all those mods done. Otherwise, I have something else in mind, but that might not work either.

So I have a third plan in mind as well which I'm pretty sure will be possible, but it's not ideal for this guitar.
Mine has the 401, MBK-2 and Killswitch as well, was tossing up the idea of the fuzz factory but figured i don't really need one and the 401 sustainer seemed more like something i'd be using

Speaking of it, just got an email from Manson and it's going to arrive on Tuesday, I've never been so excited! All i need now is my replacement power supply to hurry up and arrive for my whammy and my new setup is ready to go!
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Mine has the 401, MBK-2 and Killswitch as well, was tossing up the idea of the fuzz factory but figured i don't really need one and the 401 sustainer seemed more like something i'd be using

Speaking of it, just got an email from Manson and it's going to arrive on Tuesday, I've never been so excited! All i need now is my replacement power supply to hurry up and arrive for my whammy and my new setup is ready to go!
Yeah I like that configuration in most cases, but prefer the MBK-3 in these guitars. Did yours include the hard case? And that's cool. What guitars have you got now?

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Old 28-09-2014, 02:31 AM   #5348
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Yeah I like that configuration in most cases, but prefer the MBK-3 in these guitars. Did yours include the hard case? And that's cool. What guitars have you got now?

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I haven't heard the difference in either pickup properly really as i've only just started getting the money to seriously look into getting a manson for myself Yeah mine's with the hard case, $360aud to ship it with one but very worth it for it to get here in one piece!

I've recently sold my Fender Tele and my Les Paul in order to afford this and the mountain of pedals i recently bought to redo my pedal board, but I still have my Gibson SG and a Takamime D Series acoustic for all my acoustic looping needs

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Old 28-09-2014, 04:04 PM   #5349
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I suppose I can forgive you. After all, your guitar probably still has my DNA on it...

Sounds good about the pedals. I suppose I should send you my address before you send them.

Also, as for the sustainiac, that's weird that it's weaker. Try replacing the battery too - I've always found that the sustainiac is TOO strong... to the point of squealing etc
Oh, no, the squealing is definitely there. It's actually quite hard to use it without it squealing uncontrollably to be honest, so I have to be quite careful when I flick that on. That's down to the aluminium though, and it does still work, and gives some nice effects with the trem as well obviously, I just have to pay attention when I'm trying to use it. The Fernandes in the MB-1 is a lot more forgiving, and more responsive, but I think that's down to it being a fixed bridge, and the pickup being raised higher up.

Everything else on the guitar works magnificently. Found a few cool extra effects in there too. If you have the Fuzz Factory on, and turn the magnetic volume down just slightly, it will oscillate even if you use the kill switch, which means you can create oscillating stutter effects between the pitch of the note you're playing going through the fuzz, and the oscillating pitch when you mute the sound, if that makes sense. If the magnetic volume knob is rolled up to 100%, then the kill switch affects the fuzz like normal too.

Also cool is that the internal fuzz only affects the magnetic, not piezo, so I can play a soft acoustic intro to something, and (with the fuzz already on), switch straight to a heavy fuzz distortion, just by switching from piezo to magnetic. Plenty of cool stuff like that anyway. I'll be experimenting more with the Midi side of things once I have a couple of the switches sorted out.

I also threw this together - from concept to design to reality. I eventually received it on 20th September 2014.

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Old 28-09-2014, 06:32 PM   #5350
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Got any headstock pics Bs? I wanna see how the logo and everything looks now it's finished. Haven't been able to see it on any of your pics.
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Got any headstock pics Bs? I wanna see how the logo and everything looks now it's finished. Haven't been able to see it on any of your pics.
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I don't think the bridge affects the sustainiac at all. I have the 7 string with the metal finish and sustainiac, and that one squeals to the point of nearly being unusable in 2 of 3 modes. I think the only guitar the sustainiac acts "normal" in is the one zooropa built me, but maybe they changed something recently
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that sounds godly honestly, can't wait to see it! Very glad you went with black hardware etc, a friend of mine had a custom guitar built from a guy over here in silver burst and had gold hardware which just looked honestly atrocious
What do you think about black chrome hardware on a silver burst finish? It's either that or plain/solid black, but this guitar is hard enough to imagine as it is.
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Got any headstock pics Bs? I wanna see how the logo and everything looks now it's finished. Haven't been able to see it on any of your pics.
Hey Phill, sorry for the delay - I don't really have any good headstock pictures at the moment it seems, so I'll try and get some more tomorrow, but I'll put these up in the meantime.





I'll try and get something better that shows the logo more closely if you like.

Had one of the strings detune itself somehow the other night between songs (from D down to about A#/Bb), not exactly sure how. I didn't have the right allen key to hand, so I picked up the MB-1 to play for the first time since I got back. It's so light in comparison, haha!!! It felt like I was barely holding anything at all, but somehow, while not exactly a bad guitar to have as backup, it did leave me wanting for the first time since I got it. I don't think I've ever felt it sounded so dry. The custom just has so much crunch to it, and all the cavities give it this kind of natural reverb, that playing the MB-1 made me want more somehow. The custom's almost perfect in playing and feeling exactly how I want it to, so it was a bit strange going back to something that I hadn't designed, I guess.

I retuned the string in question no problem last night though. I've heard a lot about the problems of retuning floating trems, but it took less than two minutes, and it balanced itself out again straight away. I'm guessing a full string change would be a different matter, but it's still encouraging. The bridge really is fantastic in general to be honest. The tension is high enough that when I'm not using it intentionally, it's just like playing with a fixed bridge, but low enough that whenever I want to add some vibrato, it moves with no problem at all. It's not really one for string loosening dive bombs with the kind of tension that's there, but as I don't really plan on that anyway, and I have as much leeway as I need within the range available, I couldn't really be much happier with it.
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Headstock looks good. I like the engraved logo.

Changing strings is easiest to remove, replace and retune one string at a time to keep the tension and balance the same. If you take them all off its a long process to get them all retuned and balanced as every time you tune up the next string it'll pull the bridge up and take a little tension off the string you tuned before.
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Yeah, I think it's kind of sandblasted on or something, so it kind of glitters silver in the right light. It's a bit hard to show it though obviously because in other light, it's almost invisible. It depends on the light hitting the rest of it.

Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. I noticed that as soon as I tuned that one string back up to pitch, the whole bridge realigned itself and everything was in tune again. Not sure what happened to knock it out in the first place, might just have been a jolt in string tension or something. Seems simple enough though. Will just have to remember to be careful when changing them.
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