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  1. Tips: Increase the string gauge, try Elixer coated strings. Taylor did use Tusq nuts and saddles and do I dare say, change one of them to, gulp, plastic. With that said ,I appreciate you posting this because I've told a number of people this in discussions before which seems to always get the reply BS.
  2. Sit it out in direct sunlight and where it gets a breeze. This may take a number of days so stay on top of your weather forecasts. No, I don't mean leave it out 24 hours at a time. I mean you're going to have to take it in and out for several days.
  3. I'm bummed today after reading the spec for a lot of Squier models on the Fender website. I've never played a strat or tele made from basswood. I have basswood guitars but they're metal with names like Ibanz and Schecter. Does a basswood strat have quack? Does a basswood tele have twang? I don't know because I don't want either made from basswood. I even have guitar with a body made from poplar. The VW guitar First Act made as a give away with Volkswagon cars some years back. I like, for the $70 I paid for it with it's custom strap and made to fit that guitar gig back all with VW monograms. It's unique and I wouldn't have paid $449 for it. My favorites are Affinity Strats made of Alder and Standard Strat made of Agathis. Each with the Rosewood fretboards. I like the Strats from 2002 (20th Anniversary models) to 2008, and Stagemasters and Double Fat Telecaster Deluxes from 2001. I like the 2002 through 2008 models because I can get them for $25 to $75 in great shape. The Stagemasters and Double Fat Telecaster Deluxes from 2001 are a different story. Nice ones do surface for good prices but more than not for a good example you will have to step up and pay. The Jim Root Tele is mahogany, the John 5 Tele is Alder, and the J Mascis Jazzmaster is basswood. Each is $499 at the top of the Squier tower. Everything below is made from: Basswood, laminated maple, poplar, soft maple, pine, or nato.
  4. Serious stuff, serious price, and serious quality. They do have daily emails with deals it's worth signing up for them.
  5. To much bass dialed in it whether it's by the pedal or the amp. It just gets covered up by other instruments that are present. The sound alone you dial in may suck but in the mix is present and pronounced.
  6. You need a cheap pignose guitar, a Digitech RP200, and a cheap practice amp.
  7. Hoping you get the 4 fried chickens, dry white toast, and a Coke of your dreams.
  8. The majority of rock and roll guitar players play the way they do because of this man. The majority of the way lead singers act on stage do so because of this man. Respect, the Godfather.
  9. ...the 50th year the planet will be without Jimi Hendrix.
  10. All back together and set up and sounds really good. Not because it's shielded, it just has a nice sound. I haven't played a strat with the neck pickup can be turned on with the bridge in along time and I have to say I really like that sound. The radius the bridge was set to had to be 7.5 or less. I've never played one set like that and It's terrible and caused a fret-out problem. I was concerned more when I removed the neck and found a sandpaper shim. Not to mention there was a loose block of wood in the trem cavity in the back of the guitar to block the trem in place and it only two trem springs. So, I went back to what I know. Added a trem spring and tossed the block. Straightened the neck, tossed the shim, and attached the neck. I set the big and little string height as low as I can without buzz. Then I measure and look at the height of those two strings to see if it unusually high. It was good so I take a radius gauge and set the other strings to spec at 9.5 equal to the neck then play on all string at all fret positions to see if there is any buzz or fretting out. It turned out good. I'll keep playing it a couple days in a row to see it it's stable and if so it's good to go.
  11. Started work on my used 20th Anniversary Standard last night. Started by removed the dead skin and suspected fecal matter off the pickguard, pickup covers, and pot knobs. Took the neck off and it's the first guitar I used a toothbrush and lemoil on from one end of the fretboard to the other. For crying out loud, wash your hands people. From the amount of dirt and dust I pulled from the truss rod adjustment hole I don't think a wrench had ever been in it. I could see before I removed the neck from the body that I was going to give it at least a quarter turn to straighten it. From there I went under the hood and shielded the body and pickguard. Then I added a on/off switch for the neck pickup giving me 7 choices. I added some zip ties to the wires, put it back together and then plugged it into an amp and tapped on the pickups to make sure all the switching worked.
  12. Now that you have a couple posts to assist you go on Amazon.com and purchase the Guitar Player's Repair guide by Dan Erlewine, 2nd or 3rd editions is what I recommend, and never worry or have to take your guitar into anywhere for minor work ever again. I've used Dan's book for almost twenty years to work on my and other people's guitars and bass' (that I feel comfortable with). Reading and using this book will give you what you need to spot issues with a guitar that's a simply fix within your skill set or something that need to be taken to a tech. Very possible they will take a truss rod tool make a quarter turn to fix your guitar. If not that, then isolate the fret and take a plastic deadblow hammer and tap the fret a couple times and fix it.
  13. Looking at the add one is almost 10k the other 7.8k. If your guitar only had one pickup which of the two would you choose for that one? Thanks.
  14. Yeah, I'm misleading you. I have LP Jr., Epiphone I got 4 or 5 years ago new for $64. Good solid humbucker guitar. I want to put a HB sized P-90 in it and I've found plenty. I've also found plenty of wiring diagrams indicating anything from using a 500k volume and a 250k tone pot, two 300k pots, and two 500k pots to get a authentic P-90 sound. Old school Gibson people indicate the 500k/250k is the way to go. They also say stay the hell away from two 300k version as it just doesn't get the job done. The 500k people indicate you will get more high end but if you don't like it you can dial out that high end and that I understand.There guitar itself is in perfect condition, so I'm not going to hack it up to put in a standard P-90. In fact I have a Agile LP with P-90's that I like. I'm just curious if someone of more P90 use and experience can guide me towards one of the HB sized P90 pickups that can do the job.Thank you,Mike
  15. Found a used Squier Standard recently. Pictured in the lower right corner is a 2002, 20th Anniversary Standard Stratocaster. I haven't played a Squier with stock pickups and pots in a long time and I have to say I really like the sound from it. The only change I'm considering is adding a on/off switch for the neck pickup.
  16. What's forever? I mean, I've got guitars I probably haven't played in 2 years but may pull it from the case and play it for a month. I also have a retired guitar that I keep because of who gave it to me and look back on it and remember learning on it and the special person who gave it to me that has now passed away. Retired: Probably has been 5 years since I've play this 20th Anniversary Squier Strat. Beautiful guitar that I upgraded and it plays and sounds great. It's one of the few guitars I have where you can feel the music in the guitar. Both weird and wonderful.
  17. I stick by my statement above that I made almost 10 years ago.
  18. Why would you want to? Are they made from the same type of wood? Have the same type of neck? Check out the rig rundown video of ZZ Top. Regardless of what guitar he plays they have it digitally dialed in to sound like Les Paul, so his tech explains.
  19. I don't run tube amps. Is this pedal meant to be used with tube amps or is for used with solid state amps?
  20. We went down a similar road before years ago. There was a pedal company with a pedal that actually appear to have a read tube being shown and it was only a light. On the other side I was watch a pedal review the other day where the pedal was taken apart and they showed what was referred to as a "tube" though it had something else added to the name and it was very tiny. I watch so many reviews and samples I can't recall where I heard it now.
  21. From 75 to 80 I had around 50 or so. Never had any problems with them in my house stereo or cars. I could record albums on blank 8's too. I loved the format and hated to see it go. One of the few I guess. I still have 10 or so in a box with a under the dash tape deck.
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