Custom Control Cavity Cover

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  1. Huntroll

    Huntroll Active Member

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    HUNTROLL presents . . .

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    Feast your eyes on the one of a kind,

    custom made CONTROL CAVITY COVER for a 2016 SG HP w/2018 HP (thicker) PC board installed.

    ENJOY !












     
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2019
  2. Steve D

    Steve D Well-Known Member

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    I gotta say, I'm impressed with the precision of the cuts around those pots. Nice work.
     
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  3. Tony M

    Tony M Well-Known Member

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    Hope you don't sweat too much while playing
     
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  5. volktar

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    Looks great. Any concerns about your contacts becoming more susceptible to corrosion and/or gunk?
     
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    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    OK, why did you install the thicker PC board?
     
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    arcticsg Well-Known Member

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    Swapped out with a 2018 HP control assembly for coil-split/tap is my guess
     
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  8. Derald

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    You willing to make a few of those? I tried. It’s not easy. I’ll even send you a control cover. It’s for a left SG Std 2018.
     
  9. Norton

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    What’s the purpose?
     
  10. Derald

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    I suppose the purpose is that the SG doesn’t have a deep enough control cavity to accommodate CTS push pulls. This cover opens a small part so that the pots will fit in the cavity and the cover can remain on. The CTS pots are right at the control cavity surface level.
     
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  11. Chubbles

    Chubbles Well-Known Member

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    Cool
     
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  12. Huntroll

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    Many thanks to all who have comments and questions concerning the control cover I modified.
    Sorry about the delayed response time.
    It was not easy to do. Considerably dangerous in fact.
    I wanted to forget about doing it, I guess.
    I really can't recommend doing it ! It was a BEAR !
    I'm lucky I still have all my fingers !

    DO NOT ATTEMPT !!!

    IT IS NOT WORTH IT !!!

    Once I had the outline of the mounted CTS pots transfered to the smooth inside of the cover,
    I scored inside the perimeter with a razor blade knife, then drilled inside the scored line with a series of 1/32" holes, then filed it to fit with an assortment of files.

    Needless to say - I wore a particle mask and safety glasses during the whole process - nasty toxic dust to say the least !

    I wish I could say that I digitally scanned some images, programmed some kind of auto-router and Bingo ! DONE ! nope, sorry.

    Here's a partial list of what it took :

    Standard printer paper - to form 3-D "image" of the mounted CTS pots.
    Pencil, small sissors.
    Double-sided tape - to attach trimmed paper pot image pattern to control cover.
    Fine-tipped felt pen - transfer pattern to cover.
    2" blue masking tape, - re-enforce outline.
    Standard retractable razor-blade knife w/new blade.
    Particle face mask, new.
    Safety glasses.
    1/32" drill bit & small electric drill.
    Set of small assorted mini-files.

    AND ALOT OF TIME AND EFFORT !
     
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  13. Huntroll

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    Side Note ...

    I'm thinking about installing TINY BLINKING multi-colored LEDs just inside the opening.
     
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  14. Derald

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    Couldn’t you have just used a 1” hole saw or 1” Drill bit blade then hand file to fit? Is the control cover that brittle that it should shatter?
     
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    That.
     
  16. Huntroll

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    With all due respect ; You're kidding right ?

    If you did that, you'd probably have a SPINNING ***** CLEVER in your hands.

    Or maybe a trip to the hospital to RE-ATTACH YOUR NOSE or REPAIR AN EYEBALL from the shower of BROKEN PLASTIC SHARDS .

    YES, the plastic is BRITTLE , TOXIC and UNPREDICTABLE !

    I WORE EYE AND BREATHING PROTECTION WHILE WORKING ON THE COVER !

    Even the way I described doing it, I said it was dangerous and not worth doing !

    I clearly said "I was lucky to still have all my fingers" .

    Building and modifying guitar stuff is SERIOUSLY DANGEROUS !
     
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  17. Derald

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    Yeah i’ve drilled out control plates without them becoming shrapnel. Just curious as to why you didn’t use a different tool. Sounds like it’s not worth it regardless of how it’s done. Bummer I wanted to install those CTS pots too. I might find a different solution and i’ll post the results.
     
  18. Huntroll

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    They really should come out with a lower profile assembly.
    For hard wiring as well as PC mount.
    Hopefully they read these forums.
     
  19. volktar

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    In all honesty, I probably would have just made a new "modified" cover out of something other than the brittle, nasty, plastic.
     
  20. Derald

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    That gives me an idea. Maybe a 1/8” piece of balsa wood cut correctly for the control cavity and cut out for the cts pots. painted black. Who would even notice the difference? I’m going to try that. No nasty plastic!
     

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