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    Hello!
    I just wanted to share with You some of my thoughts and experience with very low budget semi hollow guitar. So at some point I started to be more and more interrested in jazzy style playing and my Ibanez with floating tremolo was not really "the tool" to dive into this kind of music. However that is generally great guitar, so I didn't want to get rid of it and buy inexpensive semi hollow as a second guitar instead. I was lucky to find barely used Harley Benton HB-1335 for about 150 Euro just in my neighbourhood. The plan was to play for a while and then go for something better. However over time this guitar became my modding platform. Basic part of the guitar I find pretty decent - neck feels very nice in hand and tuning is maintained along the fretboard. Only flaw that I found is a finnish quality on the f-holes. I have to fix it somehow. Another nice point is size of the body - something between 335 and 339 dimension.

    Mods done so far:
    -pickups replaced with potted Ibanez INF1 and INF2, that I took out from Ibanez. Dark sound which was the problem in strat works great here.
    -pickguard with tortoise shell style
    -DIY headstock inlay and chrome truss rod cover
    -tailpiece was changed to Ibanez qucik change
    -another accent from Ibanez are sure grip kobs, just because I like it
    -strings: D'Addario Half Rounds 11-49

    Future plans:
    -really interresting project ahead. The plan is to make big wooden pickguard like in Ibanez AS103. I have ordered maple and rosewood veneers to make it multilayered
    -Graph Tech nut
    -better bridge, I am thinking about Gibraltar 3
    -better tuners
    -fixing the edges of f holes - Any ideas, what would be the best method?

    So this guitar is quite of a contrast to all wonderfull expensive instruments, that You present here, but I was wondering if You have similar experiences with modding cheap guitars? What else could I consider to do to improve it?
    Some visuals below.

    Semi-Hollow on a budget - Harley Benton HB-1335-1-jpgSemi-Hollow on a budget - Harley Benton HB-1335-2-jpgSemi-Hollow on a budget - Harley Benton HB-1335-3-jpgSemi-Hollow on a budget - Harley Benton HB-1335-4-jpg
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    How are the frets? Well levelled and crowned? Are the ends well shaped? Could you roll the edges of the fretboard for that worn in feel? Those things make a guitar much more playable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilspeers
    How are the frets? Well levelled and crowned? Are the ends well shaped? Could you roll the edges of the fretboard for that worn in feel? Those things make a guitar much more playable.
    I didn't know about that fretboard edges rolling. Seems like a nice idea and I think I'd be able to do it. Thank You I was checking leveling of the frets with dedicated ruler and it looks all good.
    Subjectively ends also feel OK, but is there any way to check it more precisely?

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    I think if the fret ends feel fine, you don't need to do anything with them.
    Masking the neck and polishing the frets might be something to consider the next time you do a string change.

    Also "hydrating" the fretboard might be advisable. I'm not sure which products are the most typically chosen for treating the fretboards these days. There are many products and always thousands of opinions.


    What amp are you using?

    Have you considered trying flat wound strings?
    Possibly some of these.
    Semi-Hollow on a budget - Harley Benton HB-1335-thomastik-infeld-thomastik-jazz-swing-js111-11-47-jpg

    BTW...My wife is from Poland and I have been to your beautiful country three times.
    Have you listened to the late Tadeusz Nalepa's compositions/playing? I have a few of his CD's.

    Cheers

    Dave

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    Cosmetically it looks great. But in that regard, what *I* would change is: black pickup rings, a plain black guard, and a black toggle tip. Then while you're at it, bacl hardware (tail, bridge, guard bracket, tuners, strap buttons. Just my own taste

    And if you want a "woodier" sound, try putting a wooden saddle on the bridge posts. I've done that on 335-style guitars and it works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greco
    I think if the fret ends feel fine, you don't need to do anything with them.
    Masking the neck and polishing the frets might be something to consider the next time you do a string change.

    Also "hydrating" the fretboard might be advisable. I'm not sure which products are the most typically chosen for treating the fretboards these days. There are many products and always thousands of opinions.


    What amp are you using?

    Have you considered trying flat wound strings?
    Possibly some of these.


    BTW...My wife is from Poland and I have been to your beautiful country three times.
    Have you listened to the late Tadeusz Nalepa's compositions/playing? I have a few of his CD's.

    Cheers

    Dave
    Good idea with the fretboard treatment. Actually I am not using an amp. I play just at home, so I use headphones. Role of an amp is served by my DIY Fender Blackface emulaion pedal and then it goes through cab simulation in Digitech processor. Thanks a lot for kind words about Poland, I fully agree. I visited Canada this year and I also liked it a lot, beautifull places.
    Currently I am using half round strings for the first time and they feel really nice but trying flat wound for the next change could be nice idea. That new albums of Nalepa, that You mentioned are going straight to my playlist on Spotify

    Quote Originally Posted by Woody Sound
    Cosmetically it looks great. But in that regard, what *I* would change is: black pickup rings, a plain black guard, and a black toggle tip. Then while you're at it, bacl hardware (tail, bridge, guard bracket, tuners, strap buttons. Just my own taste

    And if you want a "woodier" sound, try putting a wooden saddle on the bridge posts. I've done that on 335-style guitars and it works great.
    Actually I just changed that elements from black to another color but as You mentioned it's very subjective. That wooden saddles are available on the market or I have to make them from scratch? Maybe full wooden bridge could be also nice idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greco
    In addition, I apologize if you are fully aware of polishing frets and 'hydrating' the fingerboard.
    Tottally no need to apologize. Actually I didn't think about this before, so thanks for the idea! Semi-Hollow on a budget - Harley Benton HB-1335



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    Hi again, I have just finnished fixing of bottom f-hole. First plan was to just polish the edge and lacquer it. However naked wood structure was not so nice. Therefore I decided to paint it black. Below a picture showing before-after look. Next point will be to finnish second f-hole and then start working on a wooden pickguard.
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    Hi guys,
    Moving forward with modifications, I started looking at tuners for the replacement. I found on Aliexpress item, that seems to be nice set of classic Ibanez tuners (AliExpress). They look super nice and that would be another cool accent from Ibanez, however I have some doubts and maybe you have some experience here.
    - I am not sure, how much I can trust, that these are original Ibanez parts considering amount of fake products, that can be found online. Do you know, how can w tell, if the parts are original in this case?
    - If parts are original - would it be any improvement from factory mounted Harley Benton tuners?
    Thanks a lot in advance for any comments!

    BTW: Wooden pickuard is done, I will finnish fixing f-holes and then post some update photos

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    Like you, I would not trust online sources with what appear to offer products at unbelievable prices. A friend of mine is a guitar tech and is even finding fake Grover tuners.

    I would consider going to a respected local music store and/or reputable guitar tech and see what they can obtain for you.

    Are your present tuners slipping and resulting in unstable tuning? If your tuning is unstable, be sure to check the "nut" as it can often be the source of this type of problem.

    I'm looking forward to seeing pics of your new pickguard.

    All the best.

    Dave

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    I would not expect originals from the sellers on AliExpress.
    Most probobaly it is a copy, ''Ibanez - style'' etc.

    It does not mean they are bad actually. I bought quite a few thing from Ali and mostly everything was fine.
    But mostly those were regular consumer's goods.


    tuners are rather intricate macnine, looks very simple but their quality depends much on production conditions and control.

    When I needed tuners at a good price - I just searched local market of used tuners, rockers often change quite decent original tuners for upgraded lockers etc. So you can get almost new ones at half a price... but you have to check.

    Anyway... I believe that the tuners are the part that is worth to spend money once but to get good ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonah

    When I needed tuners at a good price - I just searched local market of used tuners, rockers often change quite decent original tuners for upgraded lockers etc. So you can get almost new ones at half a price... but you have to check.

    Anyway... I believe that the tuners are the part that is worth to spend money once but to get good ones.
    Excellent advice.

    I have even changed tuners for the cosmetics ...How vain is that!... I know, I know...LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greco
    Are your present tuners slipping and resulting in unstable tuning? If your tuning is unstable, be sure to check the "nut" as it can often be the source of this type of problem.
    For sure the plan is to replace the nut together with tuners. I was thinking about the NuBone from Graph Tech.

    Quote Originally Posted by Greco
    I have even changed tuners for the cosmetics ...How vain is that!... I know, I know...LOL
    Absolutely sir I consider also using open machine heads because of this factor.

    Considering the above and also my doubts I think it would be smarter to go for some Gotoh, Grovers, etc, maybe mentioned open type would be nice. Actualy there is a lot of models even in reasonable price range.
    Thanks a lot for all the comments!

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    make sure the button on the cheap tuning pegs you buy are metal!!..some of the cheap made in asia tuners have plastic buttons that are made to look chromed... garbage, but very difficult to tell just from online pics

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    make sure the button on the cheap tuning pegs you buy are metal!!..some of the cheap made in asia tuners have plastic buttons that are made to look chromed... garbage, but very difficult to tell just from online pics

    cheers
    This just happened to a friend of mine. The buttons deteriorated, cracked and "crumbled" in a short time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greco
    This just happened to a friend of mine. The buttons deteriorated, cracked and "crumbled" in a short time.
    yeah they obviously go to a lot of trouble to make the cheap plastic look exactly like chromed metal...you'd think just using the real thing would be easier! hah...even close up you can be fooled...

    very common nowadays too! buyer beware...the best bargains can be the worst in the long run


    cheers

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    ps- and just a note to the op- modding cheap guitars can be fun..and a great way to learn about guitars...but just realize it's still a cheap guitar...and the mods will mean very little to anyone else, if and when you ever want to sell it..there is a point of no returns!! and it comes very quickly on those types of guitars! hah

    but in the meantime have fun..and learn!! that's priceless!

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    ps- and just a note to the op- modding cheap guitars can be fun..and a great way to learn about guitars...but just realize it's still a cheap guitar...and the mods will mean very little to anyone else, if and when you ever want to sell it..there is a point of no returns!! and it comes very quickly on those types of guitars! hah

    but in the meantime have fun..and learn!! that's priceless!

    cheers
    Sage advice!

    100 z?oty saddle on a 10 z?oty horse...you really have to love the horse! (preferably for many years)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greco
    Sage advice!

    100 z?oty saddle on a 10 z?oty horse...you really have to love the horse! (preferably for many years)
    Haha, it's very nicely said. I understand all the comments above and agree, but the truth is, that I don't care too much about the resale value. I always wanted to do soemthing like this with a cheap guitar, so this is actually part of the hobby. Another point is that I actually love the horse. Don't know why, but I really like playing this guitar. I think it's partially because of the body size, which I find super handy.
    Regarding that keys and examples of bad material - I think the only reasonable way is to go for well known, decent brand like Gotoh, Grover, etc and buy them in serious guitar store of course

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    this is great, OP! I'm a huge fan of hot rodding cheap guitars, or hot rodding in general. a mate of mine has sunk more than 1100 dollars into an ibanez art core which was his main axe until very recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr quick
    this is great, OP! I'm a huge fan of hot rodding cheap guitars, or hot rodding in general. a mate of mine has sunk more than 1100 dollars into an ibanez art core which was his main axe until very recently.
    Thanks!
    I can imagine how cool this Ibanez was. With 1100 bucks used I think not so much left from the original guitar, maybe just a wood. I hope I will also reach that level one day.

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    Pickguard finnished! Effect is not perfect, but quite satisfying considering, that I was doing most of the work for the first time. I was basing on a shape of pickuard from higher Ibanez AS models - I like this little added horn. However I've had to make it a bit smaller due to wood sheet size. Below some info if you want to try

    Supplies:

    -2mm piece of maple and 2x0.5mm pieces of rosewood for top and bottom (surely any wood will do, depends what you like)
    -Hand saw for precision cutting
    -Sandpaper 800 and file
    -Wood glue
    -Wax and cloth for polishing
    -Some carton for template

    Process:
    -Making a template using standard 335 pickguard and pictures of Ibanez pickguards
    -Gluing pieces of wood together, then place something heavy on it and leave 24h
    -Transfering template to glued wood
    -Cutting rough shape using saw
    -Finnishing precise shape using file
    -Sanding edges and front (just slightly), on the edges there was about 45degree chamfer made to emphasize bright maple envelope
    -Mounting holes drilling
    -Wax polishing (I used 4 layers)

    Generally I believe you can have any wood species combination, shape, layers, finnish, etc. I highly recommend doing this if you are into DIY stuff. This is fun and not that hard as you can see froma beginner work
    Semi-Hollow on a budget - Harley Benton HB-1335-img_20191019_133336-jpg Semi-Hollow on a budget - Harley Benton HB-1335-img_20191102_082326-jpg Semi-Hollow on a budget - Harley Benton HB-1335-img_20191102_082214_burst001_cover-jpg Semi-Hollow on a budget - Harley Benton HB-1335-img_20191102_082428-jpg

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    Very nice work! I love trying to get cheap guitars sound and look better and booked some nice successes doing so myself ;-) (I upgraded an Ibanez AF55, built/assembled a partscaster Strat and two Teles, upgraded an Epiphone Sheraton and fit a new neck to an old Framus Sorento semi-hollow). The pickguard came out nice! Love the idea of the multiple layers! I might steal that idea for my future projects ;-)

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    VERY IMPRESSIVE! Congratulations.

    Thanks for the pics and the "Supplies" and "Process" information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay
    Very nice work! I love trying to get cheap guitars sound and look better and booked some nice successes doing so myself ;-) (I upgraded an Ibanez AF55, built/assembled a partscaster Strat and two Teles, upgraded an Epiphone Sheraton and fit a new neck to an old Framus Sorento semi-hollow). The pickguard came out nice! Love the idea of the multiple layers! I might steal that idea for my future projects ;-)
    Thanks! I've seen before your AF55 thread and videos, the guitar went out really cool. You are most welcome to use described idea of the pickguard. Just be sure to share some pics of the result

    Quote Originally Posted by Greco
    VERY IMPRESSIVE! Congratulations.

    Thanks for the pics and the "Supplies" and "Process" information.
    No problem at all. It's always nice to share the hobby with others

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    Hi!
    Time for little update. I have finally used my semi hollow on a budget on a video, so you can check how it works in practice. I have to admit, that I spent hours on looking for the proper tone. At the begining I started from using the treble booster, which turned out to be a dead end. I thought it will clarify the tone, but as a side effect low frequencies were totally cut out. Finally the signal goest only through my DIY amp emulation (Fender Brownface'ish) and then cab sim and interface. Sound is taken from a neck pickup with full volume and tone rolled to about 4. Reverb added in Pro Tools First. There is a separate thread for this recording in a Showcase area, but if you prefer, video also below.
    From the other updates, I have Graphtech NuBone nut waiting to be installed (I will show photo comparison with the original nut) and I think soon I will also purchase tuning machines and maybe the bridge, so stay tuned for next updates.


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    Many thanks for posting the video.

    EXCELLENT PLAYING! Very enjoyable...Congratulations!

    Tadeusz Nalepa would be impressed...and proud of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greco

    Tadeusz Nalepa would be impressed...and proud of you.
    Wow, thank you so much! That is really a lot

    BTW: Are you familiar with Marek Napiorkowski? That is another great polish player - modern jazz area. His new album "Hipokamp" highly recommended. I was recently on his concert in Radio Wroclaw - mind blowing

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    That is cool! What kind of pickups was it originally on your HB?

    You say the model is a Harley Benton HB-1335, must be an older model than the current semi hollow body Harley Bentons?

    I too own a Harley Benton super budget semi hollow body, but it's a HB 35, all original!

    I did a demo where I play the HB 35 and a Gibson es335, it is interesting to see how some people actually prefer the sound of the cheap HB guitar.


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    Thanks for letting me know about Marek Napiórkowski. Much appreciated.






    Ted Quinlan, a well known Canadian jazz guitarist, is playing at our local Jazz Club in December.
    A bit more traditional. Hope you like it.

    Cheers

    Dave
    Last edited by Greco; 11-25-2019 at 09:06 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greveost
    That is cool! What kind of pickups was it originally on your HB?

    You say the model is a Harley Benton HB-1335, must be an older model than the current semi hollow body Harley Bentons?

    I too own a Harley Benton super budget semi hollow body, but it's a HB 35, all original!

    I did a demo where I play the HB 35 and a Gibson es335, it is interesting to see how some people actually prefer the sound of the cheap HB guitar.
    Thanks a lot! Originally there was 2 classic humbuckers, but I have replaced them with set of INF pickups taken from my Ibanez S520. They sound very dark, which works great in this guitar (and was a problem in Ibanez). Yes this is older model with a little smaller body. I was quite lucky to get it, love that body size.
    Great video! Both guitars sound very nice, but the tone of this Gibson makes me come back to the idea of having P90 in my HB


    Quote Originally Posted by Greco
    Thanks for letting me know about Marek Napiórkowski. Much appreciated.

    Ted Quinlan, a well known Canadian jazz guitarist, is playing at our local Jazz Club in December.
    A bit more traditional. Hope you like it.

    Cheers

    Dave
    You're welcome! This Ted Quinlan is also great, thanks for sharing, already landed in my Spotify. Moreover his ES-335 sound is so beautifull!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slusar
    Thanks a lot! Originally there was 2 classic humbuckers, but I have replaced them with set of INF pickups taken from my Ibanez S520. They sound very dark, which works great in this guitar (and was a problem in Ibanez). Yes this is older model with a little smaller body. I was quite lucky to get it, love that body size.
    Great video! Both guitars sound very nice, but the tone of this Gibson makes me come back to the idea of having P90 in my HB
    Ah, smaller body? Didn't know about that model. I also notice the switch/selector is placed close to the knobs, but on the new model it is placed on the upper wing. And the f-holes are nicer on yours, god damn it! Cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by greveost
    Ah, smaller body? Didn't know about that model. I also notice the switch/selector is placed close to the knobs, but on the new model it is placed on the upper wing. And the f-holes are nicer on yours, god damn it! Cool!
    I think this model was available for quite short time period, I am not sure why they have changed that design, it was quite original and just a bit different from the competition. Regarding that switch placement honestly I'd prefer position like in new models, but on the other hand my version will be easier to work with electronics F-holes are quite nice indeed, if we speak about the shape. However their quality was really poor (rouhg edges, bad painting etc.). I have to correct them and now they look quite fine (also desribed in this thread). I think in new it is improved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slusar
    I think this model was available for quite short time period, I am not sure why they have changed that design, it was quite original and just a bit different from the competition. Regarding that switch placement honestly I'd prefer position like in new models, but on the other hand my version will be easier to work with electronics F-holes are quite nice indeed, if we speak about the shape. However their quality was really poor (rouhg edges, bad painting etc.). I have to correct them and now they look quite fine (also desribed in this thread). I think in new it is improved.
    Yeah, I was referring to the shape of the F-holes.

    Quality of F-holes, improved?

    Yes, on My HB35 they are nice, and on my other F-hole guitar, The CST24, they are a little rougher, but still ok.

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    I really love seeing modded guitars (when done tastefully). There’s just something special about making an instrument “yours”. Seems to be coming along really nice. I wonder if nylon saddles would help get your tone closer to where you want it.

    I also loved my trip to Poland in 1997. My unit went to Poznan and we lived on the air base and helped test how well Poland would integrate into NATO. I have tremendous respect for the Polish military. And growing up in the Cleveland, Ohio area, there is a huge Polish community, so I already loved the food. You couldn’t go to a fair that didn’t have at least one or two pierogi stands.

    BTW, the Poznan Cathedral is amazingly beautiful, with a really cool dual ram mechanism that buts their heads in sync with the bell chimes. Like a giant cuckoo clock, only way cooler!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zcostilla
    I really love seeing modded guitars (when done tastefully). There’s just something special about making an instrument “yours”. Seems to be coming along really nice. I wonder if nylon saddles would help get your tone closer to where you want it.

    I also loved my trip to Poland in 1997. My unit went to Poznan and we lived on the air base and helped test how well Poland would integrate into NATO. I have tremendous respect for the Polish military. And growing up in the Cleveland, Ohio area, there is a huge Polish community, so I already loved the food. You couldn’t go to a fair that didn’t have at least one or two pierogi stands.

    BTW, the Poznan Cathedral is amazingly beautiful, with a really cool dual ram mechanism that buts their heads in sync with the bell chimes. Like a giant cuckoo clock, only way cooler!
    So interresting story about your visit in Poland. I suppose at that time there were still Mig-21's flying. Pierogi are still on top in Poland. On canteen at my work place they are served once or twice every week. I live in Wroclaw and Poznan is on my list for a little one day trip.

    Regarding the bridge - it's actually good time to start elaborating this part.Tuners already arrived and are ready to install, so time for the bridge is comming.
    I was also thinking about wooden bridge or saddles from different material like you just said. What is normally effect on the tone with this kind of stuff?
    Another idea is to install Gibraltar III from Ibanez, because of the comfort of playing (it seems to not have any sharp edges) and nice look.
    Do any of You have the experience with this bridge?

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    Hello!
    Update time! Recently I've installed some new stuff on the guitar, this time in headstock area.

    Machine heads
    Finally I have decided to use Gotoh SG381 tuners ordered from cool Polish store with plenty of equipment for building and modding guitars. Differences in quality between original Harley Benton tuners and Gotohs are clearly visible. Original ones have a lot of wiggle on the pivots, with are very sturdy in Gotohs. Quality of the finnish is also much better. I also selected the model with little round button, I just liked this style. Regarding fit - it was perect, everything matching without the need of any drilling etc.

    Semi-Hollow on a budget - Harley Benton HB-1335-img_20191207_203943-jpgSemi-Hollow on a budget - Harley Benton HB-1335-img_20191205_214826-jpgSemi-Hollow on a budget - Harley Benton HB-1335-img_20191205_214744-jpg

    Nut
    Nut that I have bought (in the same store) is Graph Tech NuBone. Here the difference from original nut is collosal. Original nut is made of cheap plastic, empty inside and very loose in the slot. Graph Tech is solid and feels very heavy and dense. I've got NuBone nut in a version ready to install with cuts for the strings and matching size (Graph Tech has plenty of them available for different guitars). String placement is perfect and fit in the slot very tight. Only at the bottom side nut required some sanding to avoid rough edge. Not a problem at all as material is easy to grind. Overally nut totally worth recommending!

    Semi-Hollow on a budget - Harley Benton HB-1335-img_20191207_220145-jpgSemi-Hollow on a budget - Harley Benton HB-1335-img_20191205_215058-jpg

    Overally I am super happy with this next mods and guitar feels much better quality-wise. Next step will be the bridge replacement and then I will touch the electronics. In the meantime I will do some mods to my Ibanez S07LTD. It's great from stock and already have some cosmetic mods and changed pickups, but there I will try to play with switching system.
    All the best!

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    just in the spirit of helping you get things right...as you work your way though this fun learning project...looks like the mounting screws of the tuning pegs don't really match up 100%...you may need to fill those screw holes, and drill new ones...the tuning peg buttons should be at 90 degree angle to headstock...and even with each other

    essential, maybe not really...but it tightens things up!! hah

    cheers

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    Good work! Personally I prefer light tuners with plastic buttons, they make the head less prone to diving but perhaps have less sustain.... probably so marginal that it’s mostly in my mind :-)

    Great project! I enjoy following it!
    Don’t forget to enjoy the guitar and use it for lots of playing!

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    Looks wonderful! Congratulations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    just in the spirit of helping you get things right...as you work your way though this fun learning project...looks like the mounting screws of the tuning pegs don't really match up 100%...you may need to fill those screw holes, and drill new ones...the tuning peg buttons should be at 90 degree angle to headstock...and even with each other

    essential, maybe not really...but it tightens things up!! hah

    cheers
    Oh, I haven't noticed, I have just used holes from the factory. Thanks for notifying! I will take care of this with the next string replacement.

    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay
    Good work! Personally I prefer light tuners with plastic buttons, they make the head less prone to diving but perhaps have less sustain.... probably so marginal that it’s mostly in my mind :-)

    Great project! I enjoy following it!
    Don’t forget to enjoy the guitar and use it for lots of playing!
    I think that looking into such little details is one of the pleasures of doing guitar mods. You can be absolutely sure, that I will keep on playing this guitar a lot!

    Quote Originally Posted by Greco
    Looks wonderful! Congratulations!
    Thanks a lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slusar
    So interresting story about your visit in Poland. I suppose at that time there were still Mig-21's flying. Pierogi are still on top in Poland. On canteen at my work place they are served once or twice every week. I live in Wroclaw and Poznan is on my list for a little one day trip.
    The base was mostly MiG-21’s and a handful of MiG-27’s (but they might have been in from another base). My commander was taken for a plane ride in a MiG and then he let the Polish commander drive a HMMWV (hum-vee). Not sure who got the bigger thrill out of it. The Polish Colonel really pushed the HMMWV to the limits.

    I wonder if the Sphinx restaurant is still in Poznan. They had amazing shawarma!