To pick up where we left off in Part I, I had to go to eBay for some better parts for the task of resurrecting this long forgotten guitar.
The first order of business was a good neck. I found a Jackson Performer 19mm neck from a Rhoads V that totally fit the bill for a little over a hundred bucks. Yes. The Performers were the low-ball successors to the Concept Series introduced in 1994. The Performer Series guitars were introduced in 1995 and were originally manufactured in the Chushin Gakki plant in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, next to their more expensive Jackson Professional counterparts. The Performer necks of that era were the same until production was moved to Korea.
Jackson? I thought the Predator model was a late eighties Charvel thing? It was!
Anyone who knows me knows I play guitar. They also know I’m a bit of a mad scientist when it comes to the instruments I play, too. I don’t care for the modern aesthetics of instruments. I yearn for real Indian rosewood with a compound radius beneath the fingers of my left hand. I love the sustain and punch of the old, big-block Takeuchi-made tremolos of the early to mid-nineties.
I’ve been wanting to do this for years. I work for the US Government, I had a three day weekend this past weekend, so I took the opportunity to clear out the closet in my studio room and using about $400 USD, I converted it into a highly functional vocal booth.
Basically, once the closet was cleared, I hung a big box of twenty-four 2″ x 12″ x 12″, and some 2″ x 24″ x 24″ Ultimate Acoustics foam I purchased from Guitar Center.
I ran a 25′ XLR cable from my patchbay into the booth.
I placed a mic stand in there. I’ve been trying out different mics, the one pictured is an MXL CR77 (my favorite for my voice).