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Iida upgrades

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 @9:32:27 AM

-- Did a real monkey-rigged job of putting a geared 5th string tuner onto my Iida.  Used a Dremmel (too much) and some tooth picks.  It's a huge improvement.  I also put on a Snuffy Smith III 1/2-inch bridge (not compensated) and some new Gibson Monel strings -- .012, .014, .020w, .025w, and .011.  -- Sounds tons better.  I still have it tuned to an open E.

10-24-07 -- Spikes have previously been installed at frets 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 with needle-nosed pliers at 3/8" past each fret.  I didn't like them there at all.  I removed all of them and installed spikes at 7 and 10 mid-point between the frets.  I really like this a lot.  I jammed the smaller Paige banjo capo on the past the nut, and still keep the suspender capo on the headstock under a old stretchy capo. 

I tightened the head with a 1/4-inch socket wrench to touch and haven't tuned the head yet.  Every second or third bracket was looser than the others a bit -- 1/8 to 1/4 turn on the ones I changed.  I added nuts to raise the resonator from the flange and haven't tuned the sound chamber.  Opening up the sound chamber the extra 1/8-inch may have opened up the sound a little without losing volume but I dunno for sure.  Maybe I really just can't tell the difference.

11-8-07 -- Fretboard oiled lightly with lemon oil, then buffed.  Also, neck and resonator.  Headstock appears to be pressed wood.  It's chipped and that's too bad because it's clearly not a solid piece of wood.

I'm using light GHS strings these days and have really gotten into choking.

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