This is my first post here and sorry it's long but I will try to cut to the chase: I have a Squier Stagemaster (Stratocaster) with rosewood fretboard and a Floyd Rose (with a stock brass block) that…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Verticchio Apr 29, 2013.
I am for the most part a computer guy, the majority of my work has been repairing Apple iBooks. I have repaired more computers than anyone should ever have to handle, and I mean thousands of them. Laptops are tricky little beasts I must add, especially their screens.
I have always had a natural interest in taking stuff apart. I was one of those kids that took apart mom's radio a few times, and always put it back together in working order. I was also formally trained in electronics by a Navy instructor and also some college electronics. I can look at pretty much any kind of circuit board, with no documentation, and tell you what it does.
In college I studied to be a computer programmer, and I took more mathematics courses than any sane human should ever have to take. I took so many math courses that I actually ended up substituting for my calculus teacher a few times. I did get an associates degree in programming but I finally decided to switch my degree to music after finally getting sick of math, and then dropping out of college completely in my senior year due to some personal difficulties.
Now with guitars, I have been studying their electronics, since my first electric guitar in 1989, which was over 20 years ago. I naturally of course opened that electric up to see how it works. The most important thing I think I've done for guitar electronics is post the schematics to the Epiphone Thunderbird Pro Bass, which has a fairly complicated active electronics system in it that is almost as complicated as a Bartolini system.
I guess since I took wood shop in high school it made me think that I can work on guitars. Well the more I learn about working on guitars, the more I learn that it's almost like being a doctor, you don't want to operate on a patient unless it's absolutely necessary for the survival of the patient.
I have worked on a few guitars here and there and have an interest in building my own instruments from scratch some day.
Steven Wozniak is my all time favorite computer hero, and I actually understand some of the more complicated stuff he talks about.