Monday, December 28, 2009

Thank You, Mr. Stevan Dunn

Mr. Strvan Dunn是賣我Leopard Katt吉他的賣家
Thank You, Mr. Stevan Dunn

=====Original Message=====
寄件者:Stevan Dunn <**********@@live.com>;
日期:Sun Dec 27 03:52:46 CST 2009

Two More Notes: You will notice that the 1st, 2nd and 3rd strings are set just to the left of center, in the threads of the bridge string saddles. This is Correct! The spacing between strings is correct in this position, and this inherent design allows the 1, 2 and 3 strings to have clearance from the adjustment screws, preventing interference from the screws with regards to string bending and trem use.

Also, the bridge you have is a patented rocker bridge. When setting intonation, I wrap the bridge support posts with a tape bushing. This allows very accurate intonation. I actually prefer to leave the tape on the support posts, as this was a Leo Fender shop technique. Thing is, if you remove the strings, pull the bridge up, remove the tape bushings...it then will work as patented. If you so choose to try this option, remove tape, drop in bridge to the body mounts, restring guitar with about 50% tension, rock bridge to when the intonation is very close to correct (No Need to Re-set string intonation, just move bridge until strings intone correctly), Tune to correct pitch. With the Rocker function of the bridge activated...the theory is that since the bridge rocks with the strings during trem use, when the trem arm returns to neutral position, the bridge will rock back to the correct position to maintain correct pitch. I have not found this to be the case with my pl! aying techniques, so I prefer to use the simple tape bushing to keep the bridge stable........Bigsby's were designed to just raise and lower the pitch mildly, for a true tremolo effect. I am more aggressive, and use them as any whammy bar. The tape bushings work for me. Do not be afraid to try removing the tape. You can always re-wrap the tape, and put the bridge back the way I set it up. When re-stringing, I pre-bend the strings around a pencil or rod, making re-stringing much easier. Try placing the white washer included between the trem spring and trem arm. You will get more available dive (full 1/2 tone) and 1/2 tone pitch rise. Forgive me for sending so much info. I want you to enjoy this ride to the fullest.

Your American English knowledge is amazing. Steve D.

=====Original Message=====
寄件者:Stevan Dunn <**********@live.com>;
日期:Fri Dec 25 03:48:42 CST 2009

One more note:...the lower tone control has less of a capacitor load then the top control. Also, I put a resistor Parallel to the this lower capacitor, making the cap and resistor a filter that lets some treble bleed thru as you darken the tone. If you adjust this lower tone control for when you are @ selection 4 of the switch, S-1 on (Series Humbucker mode) you can make adjustments with the upper tone control for other switch settings. If you set the upper tone control wide open (most treble setting) when in switch position 4, you can then dial the upper tone control in for other switch settings. I'd love some sound bites if that may ever be possible. Silver face twins are absolutely excellent. Steve D.

=====Original Message=====
寄件者:Stevan Dunn <**********@live.com>;
日期:Thu Dec 24 01:21:09 CST 2009

Yes, my finances are fixed. Note: if you put a little Talcum powder, (Talc, Baby powder) in the groove of your left hand (that contacts the back of the neck), (like we do when using a cue stick at billiards), the neck will be very fast. Lacquered necks can feel a bit sticky with humidity or palm sweat (or palm oils), the Talc solves the problem. I usually water sand the back of my necks with 1500 grit, which solves sticky neck backs permanently....this takes away the high gloss finish, and I prefer the clarity of the high gloss for this instrument...so talc is the simplest answer. I am very happy you are pleased. I suggest, if you ever part with the Leopard Katt, either by trade or sale...consider $1500.00 USDollars as a minimum. When world economy picks up, the fair value will be anywhere in excess of $2000.00 USDollars that you can get.
I hope you noticed that this guitar does not have that annoying single coil Hum. I pride myself in being able to almost completely eliminate single coil pickup 50-60hz hum. All electronic parts are well shielded and grounded. If electronic shielding is not well grounded to the potentiometers, the shielding will do nothing.
I think Chinese New Year is soon....Enjoy! Stevan Fallon Dunn

Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2009 10:21:25 +0800
From: zakky@seed.net.tw
To: **********@live.com
Subject: Re:

Hi, Steve,
Actually I had this guitar since last Friday, the reason I’m not writing to you is because I can’t find the word to describe this guitar. “Awesome” or “Incredible” is NOT enough. I have more than 25 guitars, and this one, is easy jumping to my top 3 (My top 1 is Mike Lipe made Starfield(Ibanez) Richie Kotzen model http://zakky.blogspot.com/2008/10/final-piece.html
, and your one is top 2 now)
I felt surprise since I opened the double box, the CNB flight case looks great and durable. Then I opened the case and could not close my mouth. First I want to thank you that you add so many things to me, the tuner, strap, cables, strings, really really thank you. I picked up the guitar and looked it at least 5 minutes (my mouth still opened), it’s painting is so beautiful, I still can’t figure out how you paint the top (leopard with some aged feeling) and the back of the neck. Finally I plugged into my amp, try it in my silverface twin reverb (clean channel) and alessandro blood hound (for od and crunch channel). WOW~~~ WOW~~~sounds so great, love the section 4 with S1 on sound for od so much, and the section 2 for clean almost melt me. Besides these, this guitar is very easy to play, I’m not used to use maple neck, but this one is really easy to play, the string height setting ! is very low which I love it.
I still enjoy everything about this guitar and ignore the trem problem you mentioned, ha, maybe someday I’ll work it out.
To be honest, compared the money I paid and the guitar I had, this is a BIG steal to me. I really appreciate your work on this guitar and your kindly help in our transaction.
Wish you already get through your financial problem.
Merry X’mas and Happy New Year.
Best Regards,


=====Original Message=====
寄件者:Stevan Dunn <**********@live.com>;
日期:Tue Dec 22 04:42:17 CST 2009

Zakky....I guess you have the guitar now....if for some reason it is not as you dreamed...I can figure a way to give you a refund. I guess your bro can bring it back to the USA, then ship it to me, and I can paypal you a refund. I am truly sorry I sold it. Out of all the guitars I built in my life, this is the only one I specifically built for myself. I have found no other, short of $*****, that would ever replace it. In the case is a "White Washer" in a small clear bag. If you would like to raise the level of the trem arm, loosen all the strings a fair amount, then pull up on the trem arm, slip the washer between the spring and trem arm. With the new trem arm height, it is possible to dive notes 1/2 step, and pull up notes 1/2 step. I recommend after aggressive trem arm use, a quick up pull will return the string pitch to the correct pitch. Sometimes, if you dive notes, and just let the spring tension of the trem arm return strings to pitch, the result is slightly less (slightly flat) note pitch. This is because the spring needs to fight over 100 lbs of string tension. The quick up pull of the trem arm counteracts the string tension...bringing the notes back to correct pitch. Use GHS string lube on bridge/string contact area, and string nut. This will prevent string breakage and eliminate friction at string to guitar contact points. The Fresh set of D'addario stings will work well, I just prefer the heavier 5th and 6th from the Ernie Ball Power Slinky's. To get the most accurate reading on your new tuner, set it to Chromatic/manual mode. This means you will need to select each note manually, yet the meter is more accurate this way. After tuning your new guitar to pitch...give the neck afew days to get used to full string tension. You should have no string buzz after the strings and neck get used to full string tension. Steve D.

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