Solder fumes must be getting to my head, despite the respirator and working outside. This probably falls into the "way over the top" (unnecessary) category. But I just can't help myself.
It may seem subtle, but the feel of switches and controls is really important.
Doesn't matter if it's a car, camera, watch or guitar — tactile interactions seem to set the mood for our experience with that tool. Smooth, positive, precise and repeatable movements are a strong indicator of intelligent engineering and quality workmanship.
Conversely, I am horrified — public confession moment — by the proliferation of plastic guitar knobs on split knurled shafts. The wobble. The pop off. The hollow velveeta "ting" at full stop. I just can't take it anymore...
So in an all out assault on landfills, I'm launching an initiative to create the perfect guitar control feel. This is a personal offensive. Join me if you dare, or just watch from the safety of the trenches. Don Quixote rides again!
You already know about my obsession with shielding control cavities. Today's objective is to carry it another step forward.
Using copper plumbing pipe sections purchased from Gene at Frenchtown Hardware, I silver-soldered 1/8" thick end caps, forming precise assemblies similar to those described in my battered (1984) spiral-bound black and white copy of Donald Brosnac's Guitar Electronics for Musicians. Apparently, you can learn new tricks from an old dog.
These will add ounces of weight to the instrument. But the feel of the pots is magnificent...and the shielding. Blissful sigh.
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