Special Edition Build off - Goya 4-5 conversion

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  1. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets. Supporting Member

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    70's Korean built Goya Dual P
    1 3/4 nut width
    ONE PIECE Mahogany Body
    Hipshot Kickass 5 bridge
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  2. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
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  3. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets. Supporting Member

    Setup my new El cheapo Wen drill press, and whipped out a 11/16 forstner bit and added the tuner.
    Shaped a nut.
    Quick test shows that it will work with the kickass. Will drill and mount an this dude is done.
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  4. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets. Supporting Member

    More careful measurement, the kickass will not be narrow enough :(, no matter, I will use it on the blue flame PJ 5.
    Will use a Kahler fixed 2240 with an added rail.
  5. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets. Supporting Member

    Ok the EMG P5a (active alnico) arrived finally yesterday.
    Today installed and adjusted.

    Fun stuff! All done .
    Double Chocolate (P)uddin.

    70's Goya 4 string double P.
    Single piece of mahagany for the body.

    Sturdy , stiff, straight hard maple neck.
    Maple fretboard. Jumbo frets.
    1.75 " @nut 2.5 at heel drilled to add the G tuner added on treble side.
    Hand cut new nut.

    16.5mm string spacing, Kahler 2440 fixed bridge, with additional string fixture added.

    Thumb rest was already added when I got it added it back, rather than look at the holes.

    Tunes intonates and is stable.
    Truss rod barely in play the neck is so stiff!
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  6. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets. Supporting Member

    Wow sitting around playing with this.
    With the bridge pickup so close to the bridge I expected it to be useless soloed , boy was I wrong!
    These EMGs have gained my interest.
    Super easy to install, silent and wide range.
    Love the alnico warmth, and they are really clear and articulate .
    The B on this thing is deadly and positively barks with the bridge favored.
  7. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    I have never seen that bridge with the tailpieces angled like that. Interesting...

  8. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets. Supporting Member

    the pics were after first "Dry Run" shakedown assembly.
    Apologies for confusion .

    This is after adjustments.
    this thing is a pita to adjust.
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  9. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets. Supporting Member

    So this has been strung with DR Sunbeams for nearly a week and the neck has not moved. Laser flat with the truss rod just snug (was the same strung as a 4 string) ROCK solid stiff neck. This is why this was a good candidate for a 5th string just added to a 4 string platform.
    The stable hard neck, combined with the well aged woods (mid 70's is a guess) the ONE PIECE mahogany body make for a very lively feeling instrument.
    The Mids are strong with this one. Very touch responsive detailed and clear.
    The B is seriously one of the best I have had. Taught in feel, growly and punchy.
    B still sounds good all the way up to @ the 10th fret.
    The narrow spacing is not difficult to adjust to and kinda fun up in the first 5 frets.
    The Neck P is closer to the neck than a P so a little hollower sounding, BUT the sonic hole is backfilled nicely by the bridge pickup.
    Can you see I'm digging this one?
    Will post new pics soon as I ordered some Gold tuners to give it a more conguous look.
    I also have ashtrays on the way (gold) which will be mounted with double-stick tape.