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alfsboy

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  1. Squiers are perfectly decent guitars .I love buying cheapo SE's and make them playable after a lifetime of broken string neglect .I then take them to bits and sell as parts .Huge fun and even the pickups sound good after lowering .If I had been given one of theses in the early 60's when I played in a school boy band I would have been in heaven so they are perfectly playable AFTER a decent set up .MIMs are a step up blah blah ,My theory is if you cant get a good sounding song out a Squier you wont on anything else but if you are playing the O2 tomorrow night best get a USA model otherwise they wont let you backstage .


  2. Squiers are perfectly decent guitars .I love buying cheapo SE's and make them playable after a lifetime of broken string neglect .I then take them to bits and sell as parts .Huge fun and even the pickups sound good after lowering .If I had been given one of theses in the early 60's when I played in a school boy band I would have been in heaven so they are perfectly playable AFTER a decent set up .MIMs are a step up blah blah ,My theory is if you cant get a good sounding song out a Squier you wont on anything else but if you are playing the O2 tomorrow night best get a USA model.


  3. I have a very old unmarked 12 string thats a classic style .Its very cheap and cheerful and I got it for a fiver on Gumtree.It does have a convex back and sound reasonable .It has a truss rod of all things so action is OK and almost redeems the whole thing .it works as twelve string but my hands dont .its just too wide and too much pressure so I have just put 6 steel strings on .I may set it up for nylon 6 string or even 12 string nylon .It has a ply photoflame top and even that is covered by some epoxy resin in places so cosmetically horrible .I will try to post a photo or two .


  4. Twice .From 69 thru 82 and about 84 untill 2007 .I just had more important things to bother with .The usually house,wife ,and daughters ,one ill with CF and it just didnt seem important .it never left me though .i didn still have my Harmony Sovereign I used to drag round folk clubs though it was worn out and no strings .

     


  5. I remember them in the 60's .Still couldnt afford one but also never lusted for one either .We really played crap back then .No idea why anyone wants them .it was annoying as with a tiny bit more care and thought nearly all of them could have been made better .I suppose the truth is even the makers couldnt afford a fender or Gibson to rip apart so they relied on pictures or in Vox's case misplaced originality


  6. I have a yellow version and love it .there is a very slight step between the fret board and neck due to paint thickness but it doesnt affect playing at all .The pickups are bright but react well to tone controls .Its certainly a cheap and cheerful model with matt paintwork ,which being nitro polishes as you play but it plays like adream and sounds good .If that aint enough then its not for you .I play my guitars not worship them .It does most tones like rock jazz blues country well on my Laney .


  7. i always think of the Incredible string bands 'the hedgehog song" .it goes as follows ."You know all the words and you sang all the notes but you never quite learned the song you sung "

    So many bedroom warriors are like this .iIs all note perfect but just lacks any inginuity  or originality .i had  a friend who played his balls off ,way better than me ...until he tried joining our band .He was just plain useless ,a cardboard prima donna .Always reminds me of the guys at jam sessions moaning' "but Clapton did it in this key .".... yeah true , but I dont  and I'm the singer .


  8. I have a strat body ,the soft paulowonia wood .Some are ash I believe .I chose it as I wanted a lightweight strat and.I put a steel block Wilkingson trem in .no problems at all .nice guitar .I painted it nitro fiesta red over the poly burst .the neck is a cheap EYparts 30 quid neck ,rosewood ,rolled the edges .no fret levelling needed .Pickups are Rose Mariposas ,the cheap ones with a waiting list .Really good pickups at any price .A nice sounding good playing strat for a low price and GFS bodies cost a lot more over here after a steep mailing charge .Some people have reported some bridge issues with the GFS tele bodies .The string holes dont line up .This wouldnt bother me as I would use a top loader bridge anyway on my next project ,a paulowonia tele.The neck pockets are now Fender size and Fender necks do fit them .I tried one .


  9. How did you like that Squier Simon Neil?

    Very good guitar .you cant really go wrong,maybe no 22 frets ,I must confess I would swap the pickups for my Mariposas but thats just me ,stock pickups are fine .My Mariposas may sound better because I have a very resonant Paulowinia body and steel trem block .it may give it whack that suits my playing (soft finger style ) .I sold the CV it to finance a PRS .. but sold the PRS to finance a Fender Japan TN-SPL Thinline .I would only sell that to get a Grosh, which is probably never .The CV reminded me of the JV I had ,just the way it felt playing it, though the fingerboard specs are different .

     

     

    Another guitar I keep fancying is a Musicman Albert lee in some form or other but cant afford that one either though a used is possible

    damn a Gibson Midtown sounds a decent prospect and its USA


  10. Just thought I would update this old thread .I got a set of Mariposas ,the cheap ones , a couple of days ago .I put them in my paulowonia bodied Strat and was gobsmacked just how good they are .Warm and clear and vintagey , all three were marked 6.4 .i installed a 5 way super switch and a pushpull tone and found they were great in all positions .In the past I have had a HW1 strat and a Squier CV Simon Neil .My first strat was an 82 JV Squier with US pickups as stock .i have also played fine vintage strats when they were new so know the sound I like and the Mariposas really hit the spot .I see they have sold out again .For the first time I like the middle pickup as much as the bridge and the neck .They just sound so Fendery and stratty.


  11. I love Fenders: the way they look, the way they feel and the way they sound.


    I like other stuff too.

     

    Mee too .I just love the look of a Fender just sitting on its stand.If I couldnt play mine I would keep it just to look at it .I consider a Fender maple neck to be a work of art ,a design classic.


  12. I really like SX guitars and if I lived in the US I would have a shed full by now ,.I did have a couple and loved them,they had Fender style headstocks here in Europe and cost more .I sold them to finance my proper Fender .The necks are not standard Fender size .They are deeper at the heel.i dod have a GFS strat body,the paulowonia type .This is for a project and does take a Fender neck OK .I've measured mine .Have fun you can really lose at these prices anyway.


  13. I am starting to build a lightweight Strat .GFS paulwonia body, quilt top sunburst .SX SST RW neck to start with as I have one spare and its actually rather good with a proper F style small headstock.Wilkingson tuners and trem .For pickups I fancy Zan Zandt ,probably the blues ones .I have a Van Zandt true vintage bridge in my Tele and its a really fine pickup .The best I have heard or played.My Tele body ,a cheapie unknown make Paulwonia body rings out like an acoustic unplugged .Amazing wood .Later I will probably get another neck .


  14. Gotoh Bridges and stop tails are superb and greatly improve tone and sustain on my Epiphone Dot.Funnily enough I found an old brass Westone Thunder bridge on my garage floor behind a rotting cupboard.yesterday .I replaced it with a chrome one as the brass had seized up solid after a few years and tarnished like crazy.Must have been there since the eighties.

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