18. November 2014 · Comments Off on Unplated Raw Pickup Covers…part 1 · Categories: General · Tags: , , , ,

Unplated Raw Pickup Cover 2Most of the guitar pickup covers we sell at Philadelphia Luthier Tools & Supplies are available in Chrome, Nickel, Gold, Jet/Smoked Black Nickel, and Unplated Raw. The unplated pickup cover is the most popular we sell. It’s either because they are cool looking, inexpensive or maybe both?  Besides being unplated, they are absolutely unfinished and haven’t had anything done to them. Because of this, they can arrive with minor scratches, scuffs and a little grease from the manufacturing process. If these are going to be plated by the manufacture, they will still need to be buffed to remove any defects prior to plating.

A very nice feature of the unplated pickup covers is that their look can easily be changed with very little work.  You could go with the raw look, as shown above.

Or maybe the brushed metal look: Brushed look unplated pickup finishA hand polished look:

Polished unplated pickup finishor the aged look with string line:

String Lines finishedEach one of these looks can easily be achieved with less than 30 minutes of work.

Lets start with the easiest one to make…the brushed metal look.  For this you will need a sheet of Scotch-Brite (or equivalent) abrasive pad. I like to use the 6″ x 9″ size since the larger pad will make it easier to achieve straighter brush lines.  You probably won’t find the 6″ x 9″ pad at your local hardware store. Your best place to find this size is at an industrial supply house like Grainger, MSC, MacMaster-Carr, etc or just do a Google search. They are usually less than $2.00 each  Get the ultra fine grade and a couple of other coarser grades. Each one will give a slightly different look to the pickup cover.

Scotch-Brite Large Ultra Fine Sanding PadPLEASE READ:  We recommend you wear protective leather gloves while working with unplated pickup covers. The bottom edge can be very sharp and can easily cut open your finger. Filing the bottom edge smooth before you start work is also an option. 

First, clean off any grease from the unplated pickup cover with a paper towel or rag. Place the Scotch-Brite pad on your work bench directly in front of you. Use one hand to keep the pad from moving and the other to slide the pickup cover, face down, in long straight lines. Do this a few times while taking a look at your work after each pass. It usually only take 2-3 pass to get a nice uniform look.  You might find it easier to make a straight line by pulling the pickup cover towards you. You will have to experiment to find out what will work best for you.

Sanding directionYou can do the same thing to the sides once the front is done. Make sure to follow the direction of the lines on the front to make a uniform look.

After SandingBe sure to check back next week as I will show you an easy way to polish a non-plated pickup cover without using any power tools.  We will follow that with how to make faux string lines for the aged pickup look

If you have any questions you can send us an email at support.

11. April 2014 · Comments Off on Now Available – Custom Engraved Truss Rod Cover for Jackson guitars · Categories: New products · Tags: , , , ,

Custom Engraved Truss Rod Cover for Jackson guitars

 

We are now offering custom engraved truss rod covers for Import Jackson guitars. The truss rod cover is patterned after a 1990’s Jackson guitar that was made in Japan. This is a great way to add a little extra personalization to your favorite Jackson guitar!

Philadelphia Luthier Tools & Supplies currently offers customer engraved truss rod cover for Gibson, Epiphone, PRS, PRS SE, Ibanez, Schecter, Gretsch, ESP/LTD, Carvin and Guild guitars.

If you have any questions about our custom engraved truss rod covers, you can send us an email at support.

10. March 2014 · Comments Off on New Responsive Website design for Philadelphia Luthier Tools & Supplies! · Categories: General · Tags: , , , , , ,

Responsive designed website

Last week we updated our website to a new responsive design. A responsive website will adjust automatically to the device on which it is being viewed. Whether on your mobile phone, tablet,  or desktop, our website will display perfectly. This will enhance your shopping experience here at Philadelphia Luthier Tools & Supplies.

New features:

  • Larger carousel on home page
  • Larger product images on all pages
  • Auto scrolling top sellers on category pages

 

07. February 2014 · Comments Off on Now Available – ESP/LTD and CARVIN truss rod covers · Categories: New products · Tags: , , ,

ESP CARVIN TRC blog

 

We are proud to now offer custom engraved truss rod covers for ESP/LTD and Carvin guitars.  Each truss rod cover can be engraved with up to 2 line of text. You can choose from two of our available fonts to add some flare to your message.

Philadelphia Luthier Tools & Supplies currently offers customer engraved truss rod cover for Gibson, Epiphone, PRS, PRS SE, Ibanez, Schecter, Gretsch and Guild guitars.

If you have any questions about our custom engraved truss rod covers, you can send us an email at support.

06. November 2013 · Comments Off on Jescar’s complete line of fretwire is now available · Categories: New products · Tags: , , , , ,

 

Jescar fretwire logo

Philadelphia Luthier Tools & Supplies is now offering Jescar’s full line of fret wire.  The fretwire is first radiused to 7.25″, 9.5″, 12″, or 16″.  Then we cut them into convenient 2 3/4″ lengths for easy installation.  You will save yourself time and money because you won’t need to purchase a fret bender.

The size of Jescar fretwire can be identified by the part number.  FW57110 = FW-fretwire, 57-.057″ height, 110- .110″ width.

Jescar fretwire part number system

Here is a list of all the available fretwire we currently stock.

Nickel Silver – FW37053, FW37080, FW43080, FW45100, FW47095, FW47104, FW50078, FW50085, FW51100,

FW51108, FW55090, FW57110, FW58118, FW60110

Stainless Steel – FW37080-S, FW43080-S, FW47095-S, FW47104-S, FW51100-S, FW51108-S,FW55090-S,

FW57110-S, FW58118-S

EVO – Gold – FW37053-EVO, FW37080-EVO, FW43080-EVO, FW47104-EVO, FW55090-EVO, FW57110-EVO

If you have any questions about Jescar fretwire, you can send us an email at support.