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  1. Congrats! I'll probably never achieve that since I'm a '57. They'd either be way too pricey or overpriced "junk" from the day. I've been tempted to buy the RI 1448, but I bought the other 3 models they recently reissued, so I figured I should pump the breaks. But indeed, I find something cool and vibey-retro about he 1448 sparkle blacks.
  2. Too sad, I can't even read it.
  3. No first hand experience, but I'd probably go with the 1x12 with the G12H30-55. I own the Laney L5 and think it's a great little head. I was running it into an Avatar cab with a single Celestion G10 Gold, and while that sounded quite good, I couldn't help but recently getting the matching blue tolex cab for it that has a single G12H 70th Anniversary. Somehow, the voicing of that speaker seemed like it's character was a bit of a better match, although both closed back cabs produced great tones with that head. But I'd be tempted to try out that G12H30-55. It's no doubt a quality speaker, and it should produce plenty of bass -fo sho-. It has the same high end range as the 75, however, the bass cone may tame some of the edginess, which could indeed be a very "personal preference issue". But as you cite, it won't be a back breaker. I also have a Laney Cub 10 and even one of the new little Lionheart minis -2x3. Laney definitely makes some good stuff.
  4. I had/have a bit of a crazier bridge rattle issue on a Fender Jaguarillo. It has a Jazzmaster style trem, but the bridge is a tune-o-matic style. It had one saddle that rocked side to side when the string was vibrating. This not only caused a noticeable buzz sound, but was also a significant sustain killer. I talked to Sweetwater and Fender about it. Fender said they'd send me a new one when they had one in stock, but they never followed through. Bastids. Sweetwater took a bridge off a Jaguarillo they had in stock and sent it to me, but it had even more saddles with the wiggles. So far I've given it a "high-tech" solution of shoving a bit of common staple wire on the side of the saddle so it has no room for movement. Not a great solution at all. It will probably eventually fall out and I'll find it some day stuck in my foot, but it's working for now. I occasionally look for replacement bridges, but I have this conundrum of wanting to find a replacement bridge that has a 9.5" radius to match the neck radius. I don't know what the radius is on the stock bridge, possibly it's also a 12" like the replacements I see, but for right now, the staple wire is working. LOL
  5. Resurrecting an old thread ~ I generally agree with Mideo's statement since the OP states he wants to transport a "valuable amp". However, in my occasional pursuit to find cheap covers for cheaper amps, I've found that I can't bring myself to pay $45 + tax n shipping for some of my cheaper amps. However, I still like the idea of having a cover for each amp to protect the pots from dust (to avoid scratchy sounding controls) and to protect from direct sun light, etc. Right now I'm still chasing after covers "on the cheap" for the following inexpensive amps that are part of my collection: Cube 20X Marshall 1W Offset head (okay, that one wasn't cheap, but still, all it needs is a dust cover) Vox Pathfinder 15 Marshall MG15MSZW head Cube 80GX Peavey ValveKing Royal 8 All the rest of my amps do have their own covers, I've just balked at paying custom cover prices for the rest of these. In any case, I have two ways (besides looking for eBay deals) for finding more generic covers: The first is to look for shopping bags that look nice and have a close fit on depth and width. I don't really care about height since that can be trimmed; or if too short, I really wouldn't care as long as it's long enough in height to protect the pots. You can cut off the straps and cut a handle opening; or leave it as is to keep dust out from the handle opening and to provide it's own carry handles (assuming it's a small/light). So far I've only found one "shopping bag" fit. I had a Comcast bag that they shipped me with some equipment, and it was a very good fit for a Laney Cub 10. And it's black! I also look on Amazon and they have quite a few shopping bags that look pretty nice, i.e. color choices and no markings. The problem is that when i find one that would fit one of my amps, it's usually an order of 6 or so bags. The second thing I look for is trying to find an inexpensive cover for some other amp (like the Bugera V5 cover that can be had for around $10-$12, and see if that amp's dimensions are close to fitting your amp's dimensions). Anyway, as I search for answers to this "hunt" of mine, this thread keeps popping up in my Google search, so I thought I'd share and see if anyone has any other tales or tips. Happy Saturday!
  6. I think I'd invest in some tube socks and name my band, Dirk Diggler and the Digglertones! Too soon?
  7. Yeah, you should get a '52 RI, they are a particularly great sounding Tele. At least mine is. It's got the deepest sounding tones of any of my Tele's but I had a harder time putting down my Am Spc. Tele. The '52 I have is stock wired so that you do not get the B+N pickup selection without installing the included mod kit. But where most Ash bodied guitars sound more "toppy" to me, that '52 is deeper sounding. I got lucky and found mine new for $800 from a ma 'n pa store. It just hadn't sold, so they were blowing it out. Lucky me. The other thing that was a bit troubling is that I read that they did a nitro finish over the top of a thin poly finish. Assuming that was correct, I noticed that I was getting the "tacky" feel nitro without the fabled benefit. But regardless of those internet philosophies, it does indeed sound great. Mine was bought somewhere around the beginning of the 2000s, so I imagine their may have been some slight tweaks to the manufacturing since I picked up one. Happy hunting!
  8. I was occasionally tempted to buy one of the earlier Stratocoustics or Telecoustics as a bit of a novelty even though I knew they weren't great guitars, so this new MIA version sure caught my eye. But then the price tag poked me in the eye. I think I'd rather look up a deal on a Godin Acousticaster if I were lust for this type of kit. I own a Godin Richmond/Dorchester (similar to a Ricky 330) and a Session (similar to a HSS Strat) and they are both very good value guitars. They can often be found for a lot less than you'd expect for the quality of their instruments. I actually found the Session on Amazon new for $310 and it's a great guitar. A little deeper and darker sounding than a Fender counterpart, but "in a good way". https://godinguitars.com/product/acousticaster-natural-hg-maple-041879/
  9. GAS Man

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    I like it. Not enough to make my own, but I'm a sucker for guitars that are reminiscent of the Mosrite/Ventures vibe or that remind me of the early Japanese imports.
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