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Thread: Required Reading: FORUM RULES, Ernie Ball Music Man FAQs

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    Exclamation Required Reading: FORUM RULES, Ernie Ball Music Man FAQs

    General Rules

    This forum is for people who want to discuss Ernie Ball Music Man instruments, and those things relating to EB/MM guitars, basses, gear, and artists...

    Sure topics will wander afield, all well and good, but this is not the place to publicly bash products from another company or their related pitchmen/endorsements, discuss the latest war, some nation's drug laws, another nation's foreign policy, or your personal theological, socio-political or psycho-sexual idiologies. It's for and about guitars and guitar players - the rest is noise...

    You must be respectful to all people at all times. If you can't say something positive, you are better off saying nothing. If you have a problem with another forum member, contact a moderator (beej, DrKev, Rod Trussbroken, bovinehost).

    For a deeper discussion of forum etiquette please read this thread here...

    Required Reading: FORUM DECORUM

    Thank you.


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    Music Man FAQs

    The official Music Man FAQs for guitars, basses, and pre-Ernie Ball Music Man amps can be found here...

    F.A.Q.


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    re: "For Sale" ads

    EBMM permits forum members to post personal "For Sale" or "Want to Trade" ads for Ernie Ball Music Man guitars and related items only (ie. volume pedals, branded strings, straps, etc.), however, EBMM and designated individuals reserve the right to monitor and control content on this forum.

    This service is intended to be for trusted forum members, who have contributed to the community, to do transactions with one another. It is not for first-time posters or people trying to hawk their gear on eBay.

    To post an instrument for sale or trade, you must be a contributing member of good standing in the forum community. To that end, you have been around for at very least a month before posting an ad and will have made a minimum of 25 quality posts (i.e. "me too", "nice guitar", etc. won't count). Immediate posts by users selling gear will be deleted - joining just to sell your gear is not allowed. Similarly, a large number of posts in a short space of time to get to 25 post is also not permitted. Stick around for a bit to gather some info regarding our community, and you'll come to find that this is a helpful and friendly bunch overall. Note that in many cases moderators will review your posting history when you post an advert and may decide that you don't yet qualify. Please accept their decision with grace and respect.

    DO NOT post any non-EBMM gear ads here. No dealer ads, though dealers are fully welcome to participate in the forum, and discussion about various dealers is also encouraged.

    Full rules for the For Sale/Trade, Want to Buy, and ebay/craigslist treasures threads can be found at the top of their respective threads. It is your responsibility to read and follow them.




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    Many thanks!
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    Darrell W. Fulwilder
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    About adding Image links to posts...

    Please ONLY post photos or videos of your EBMM guitars and basses. We all love our other instruments but they have their own forums. This is the official company forum and we want to keep discussion and content here strictly EBMM.

    Thanks!
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    To find out the DOB of a guitar and/or related information, please post the serial # of your EBMM(s) in this thread...

    http://forums.ernieball.com/music-ma...my-guitar.html.

    The information you might need in the future may be your own!
    Last edited by DrKev; 06-25-2013 at 01:46 AM.
    Darrell W. Fulwilder
    Scottsdale, Arizona USA
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    -1994 EVH, red quilt top
    -2001 Silhouette Special SSS Blue Dawn finish
    -...
    -Ernie Ball 6166 Volume Pedal
    -Ernie Ball Super Slinky strings exclusively
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    "I play Ernie Ball, or I don't play."

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    Why are there cracks by the neck of my JP/Axis, etc. finish? Is this bad? Should I be concerned?

    Short answer: no.

    Long answer: the cracks that you see are finish cracks, which means that it is only affecting the paint on the guitar. This is quite common in guitars with hard poly finishes over thin areas in the wood where stress occurs. The finish does not expand and contract at the same rate at which the body does, so you might see small cracks in those areas. 99 times out of 100, these "cracks" that you see are cosmetic in the horn area of a guitar. It's nothing to worry about on a quality or use and playability factor.

    If you really have doubt about your specific instrument's status, you could have a local luthier check it out for a second opinion, or contact EBMM for further assistance: 1.800.543.2255
    Darrell W. Fulwilder
    Scottsdale, Arizona USA
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    -1994 EVH, red quilt top
    -2001 Silhouette Special SSS Blue Dawn finish
    -...
    -Ernie Ball 6166 Volume Pedal
    -Ernie Ball Super Slinky strings exclusively
    ----------
    "I play Ernie Ball, or I don't play."

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    Volume Pedal Info

    In regards to most of your questions, I would recommend you check out the pages at Ernie Ball.com...

    Ernie Ball | Pedals

    Ernie Ball Volume Pedal FAQ


    As for your more technical questions, I hope that the following mass of info will answer the majority of them. Lastly, no matter what you hear or read anywhere about our pedals, I find it is always worth testing our pedal(s) out in your personal rig to determine if it works/sounds the way you would like. You never know, you may find the perfect tone! Read on....


    Passive vs. Active
    Whenever there is a passive signal leading into an EB pedal, the 250K or 500K pedal is recommended (mono VP & VPJR 250K and stereo 500K VP pedals available).

    Whenever there is an active signal (powered preamp, powered pedal, effects loop, etc.) leading into an EB pedal, the 25K pot is recommended (stereo VP and mono VPJR pedals available).

    If an active signal is placed before a 250K or 500K EB pedal, or if a passive signal is placed before a 25K EB pedal, then the consequence may be that the swell of the pedal does not act as designed. Either way, as stated above, try whatever combination you desire, and determine if it works for you. All of our volume pedals are designed to be as transparent as possible in a signal chain. However, whenever you add any component to a signal chain, the signal will change whether it is audible or not.


    Pedal dimensions
    The VP's dimensions are approximately 11" x 4" x 2.75" and they weigh about 3.75 lb.
    The VPJR's dimensions are approximately 10" x 3.5" x 2.5" and they weigh about 2.25 lb.

    Replacing potentiometers with different values and/or from different manufacturers
    For all of our pedals, VP and VPJR, unfortunately the answer is no. In our VP line, the MONO 250K pot cannot be replaced with our STEREO 25K pot, due to design differences in both the circuit and the potentiometer. As for the VPJR line, the 2 pedals were designed so that the user could choose the pedal they desire, and again, the pots cannot be changed due to design differences in the circuit. As for switching the pots between the 2 lines of pedals, this also cannot be accomplished due to size differences in the assembly components. Remember, if you attempt to modify the pedal in any way it voids all warranties!


    Minimum volume feature
    Unfortunately we are unable to add a custom minimum volume feature to our current pedal design.

    Some of our old style MONO pedals were fit with a taper pot on the side, which gradually modified the taper of the volume pot. In 1998, these taper pots were replaced with a taper switch, which you can now find in all of our 250K mono pedals. This switch was designed to enable the user to choose between the 2 best sounding tapers available in the previous models.

    Some of our old style STEREO pedals were fit with a minimum volume pot on the side, which set the volume level of the pedal at the sweep's minimum position. Sometime before 1998, the minimum volume pot was removed from the pedals, and a tuner jack was assembled in it's place. Later, the tuner jack was implemented into a variety of pedals that can be found in our current line of VPs.


    Potentiometer information:
    VP line potentiometers:
    25K Stereo Audio (log) taper
    250K Mono Audio (log) taper
    500K Stereo Linear taper

    VPJR line potentiometers:
    25K Mono Audio (log) taper
    250K Mono Audio (log) taper
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    As counsel for Ernie Ball, Inc., I am providing notice of the following:

    Federal law makes it a crime [punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to two years, or both] to engage in interstate telecommunications made anonymously with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any person who receives the communications. (47 USC 223(a)(1)(C)).

    Included as a prohibited telecommunication is "any device or software that can be used to originate telecommunications or other types of communications that are transmitted, in whole or in part, by the Internet ." Engaging in anonymous and annoying or harassing e-mails and pm's across state lines is a Federal Crime.

    Harassing communication may also be actionable under California State law (CCP 527.6.)

    If anyone has recieved any annoying or harassing e-mails from anonymous individuals, please immediately forward copies to me, including the header information. Fax copies are preferred, but forwarded e-mails are acceptable.

    Send to:

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    EVH Signature and Axis differences...

    I know that one of you new folk may ask about this. Therefore, in order to supply the information you seek (and save me from having to search for the thread to copy and paste this info each time!), here are the 7 differences between the two instruments:

    1. Lack of Eddie's signature on the headstock (obviously)

    2. Toggle switch is moved down below the volume knob, instead of the original location near the bottom horn/below the neck pickup.

    3. Body is now contoured on back where your stomach and guitar meet.

    4. Neck width at higher frets is increased by 1/32" to avoid high E string slippage.

    5. "Tone" knob is now a "Volume" knob.

    6. Offset saddles on the Floyd (EVH), non-offset on the Axis.

    7. ...one could argue money/price, depending on the market at the time, but that's personal preference.
    Darrell W. Fulwilder
    Scottsdale, Arizona USA
    ----------
    -1994 EVH, red quilt top
    -2001 Silhouette Special SSS Blue Dawn finish
    -...
    -Ernie Ball 6166 Volume Pedal
    -Ernie Ball Super Slinky strings exclusively
    ----------
    "I play Ernie Ball, or I don't play."

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    Tool/Screw sizes required for Music Man instruments...

    Floyd Rose Saddle hold down screw: 2.5mm
    Floyd Rose collar set screw: 1.5mm
    Floyd Rose locking nut: 3 mm

    Guitar Saddle Height Screws: 1.5mm
    Tremolo Bar adj (drag screw): 1.5mm
    Trem pivots: 4mm
    Majesty/Cutlass/StingRay intonation adjustment screw: 2mm or 5/64" allen

    JP/Majesty Knobs Set Screw: 5/64" or 2 mm
    Chrome/Black dome control knobs: 5/64” or 2 mm

    Bass Bridge Bolts: 1/8”
    StingRay saddles: 1/16” or 1.5 mm
    Chrome/Black knobs: 5/64" or 2.0 mm
    Bass Bridge Bolts: 1/8”
    Bullet Nut Truss Rod Adjustment: 1/8"
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