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  1. On 8/6/2020 at 12:57 PM, Brian Krashpad said:

    I still exist.  Only check in here rarely.

    I'd say the same as my buddy BK.

    Today I just happen to be checking in to see if I can find a post I made some years ago where I'd decided on which GF p'ups to put in an Epi Wilshire.  (i.e. wanting to use the "me of the past" for a recommendation for the current GF sale).

    But every once in a while I'll still pop in to see what the activity is.  But the days of of exalting mass GAS-driven obsessive compulsive buying disorders are now relics of the past; and along with that, the user reviews and most of the irreverent banter.

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  2. 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.

  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

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  5. I don't feel the prices are not bad for some thing nice.


    If you got a good amp, you want to take care of it.



    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! :thu:


    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. smiley-sad


    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!




    Yeah, the American Specials are great. I recently bought one and I love it. The Texas Specials still get that Tele thing, but they push everything a little harder than my old American Standard Tele did.


    I'm going to get a '52 Reissue and have that as my traditional old school Tele, and then put a 4 way switch on the Special and have that as the rock/blues Tele.


    It's all I really need. Well, and a Les Paul, gotta have one guitar with humbuckers. :lol:


    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!

  7. 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".


  8. I have the same guitar in the MIM Road Worn version and it suffers from some of those same issues (especially in regards to the p'ups). I bought the RW version because I wanted the thinner finish for a bit more vibe. I think it delivered that.


    I have a large collection of guitars, so most (including this one) only get occasional play, and during those times my brain thinks of mods, but then it goes out of rotation and I don't follow through. BUT!! if I were to mod it, I'd get a Lollar Regal Humbucker for the neck, and find the best bridge p'up that would have the umph that both you and I find missing. (Maybe something voiced like an early Broadcaster p'up) And although I like Bigsbys, they do have the tendency to make the tone deeper. Where I actually want to go is go in the direction of "more twangy", so I would not be into the Bigsby mod. I do already have a Muddy Waters Signature Telecaster with a Fender Bigsby mod, and it's definitely a bit of a deeper darker sounding Tele. Still sounds good, but like there was a Les Paul in that Tele's family tree.


    I've also always thought that a bridge HB and neck single coil would make more sense, but it seems like the idea of the Deluxe is to have the two ends of the spectrum, and then to be able to blend in more twang to the HB with the single coil. Problem being that these RI WR p'ups don't "twang" so the concept falls a bit short. I once found an old video of Dolly Parton singing Jolene where the guitarist was playing an original, and it was interesting to hear how much closer the original WR p'ups sound like a Fender single coil tone.


    On a closing note, even though I'm no fan of the Fender RI Wide Range, it didn't stop me from buying 3 MIMs with that pickup in it. :freak: The others are a '72 Deluxe and a '72 Thinline. I find that the RI WR sound better on the '72 Thinline, which to me makes sense (i.e. Thinlines tend to be brighter guitars). And for the Deluxe, I find that the bridge WR p'up produces good classic rock sound with some OD, but in general, they'd all benefit from a p'up upgrade, whether that be Lollar, Novak or a mod to the exising p'ups. Certainly if I change them all out, that would be a cost well over $1K :eek2:


    But again, the Deluxe and Custom need it more than the Thinline.


  9. After Jimi Hendrix set his strat on fire at Monterey, the practice of instrument destruction should have stopped. If was better theater and can't be topped, only copied. Well, The Who on The Smother's Brother Show also deserve top kudos. After all, Pete couldn't even hear right for some time after that over blown stunt. Every other incident just seems like bad theater.

  10. Cool collection and video. I liked the way you put in soundtrack for each guitar as you showed it.


    On a side note, I also bought an Epi P-93. I certainly wouldn't mind finding a new owner for mine either, but for now it's just tucked away in a closet. I later on bought a Yamaha SA503 TVL which is similar in design, but it sounds better (more clarity) and the play-ability is better too. The one thing that that blew my mind with the Epi P-93 is that the bridge P-90 was set up too high to where I couldn't lower the strings enough to get a better low action. I've since bought a thinner P-90 spacer, but haven't bothered to get back to that guitar yet to do the install and see if I can bond with it. I figure Gibson/Epiphone must have addressed this issue I'm referring to, because it seems like they still sell quite a few of them. But about the only thing I thought it had going for it was "being purdy". smiley-wink

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  11. Ah, Tim Shaw makes some good stuff. I have a Longboard Strat that has his HB in the bridge. It's great sounding rock'n roll p'up that works well on a Strat. (I kinda wished I'd foregone the kitschy Longboard version and had simply got a Strat w a trem and split-able version of the Shawbucker.)


    Just remembered I have Shaw designed p'ups in my most recent Am Professional SSS Strat as well. It's an ash bodied Sienna Burst, so the ash makes it a little hard to A/B those pickups against my alder strats, but they certainly don't seem to be lacking in any means.


    Regarding the Mustangs, I've got a MIJ version from 2010 in Dakota Red, so I'm good to go. But just looking back at my list, I see I had to pay $810 for that MIJ Mustang back in 2010, so paying 11 Benjamins for a MIA in 2019 sounds like a pretty good deal; plus I agree, that a lot of players will prefer the updated features. I indeed find the "out-of-phase" mode to have limited functionality, BUT with a good measure of OD, that setting starts to get pretty cool.' IIRC, it creates a more spatial tone that seems a bit more 3-D.


    Regarding the JM, I hadn't noticed that Strat trem until you mention it. Yeah, I think the classic JM bridge is nice to have on a Jazzmaster. I find that although they seem a bit odd if one is familiar with a Strat trem, the JM's trem seems to make it a tad bit easier to use the trem in more subtle nuances.

  12. I was just on the MF site, checking on the SDOTD, then took a moment to look at their promo and the models for this new "Performer Series". I remembered seeing you'd started a thread on this topic, so I circled back here.

    Like you, the Mustang was the first to catch my eye since I also could not recall a recent American made version of the Mustang. That said, I'd be a bit happier if they'd preserved the original phase switching config, but I'm sure this version has it's performance advantages.

    But while it's cool to see a more affordable offering of American Series offsets, I have to say that I'll also mourn the passing of the former "American Special" series of Strats and Telecasters. I own an American Special Telecaster and it's a favorite of mine; very resonant. I was able to get that guitar for $710 new (I think they were asking about $800 when they first came out) but I've been seeing the price increases So $1,100 isn't quite the affordable entry price they used to have, but in particular I thought that their inclusion of the Texas Special pickups (which are faves of mine) made the Specials quite the bargain. I'm naturally curious what the Performer "Yosemite" pickups will sound like. But if I were looking for a Strat or Tele in the entry price range, I think I'd be looking for a deal on an American Special before they're all gone.

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  13. Do you have any particular favorites? I really like the 57 Classics that are in my 2013 SG Standard, but I'm wondering what else is out there that people like...



    My top preference is the Burstbucker 1 & 2 combo (don't care much for the BB-3 though-too hot for me).


    But the '57s are up there for me. I've got them in two of my SGs and they sound great. If I had a complete A/B test I'm not sure if the BBs would stay my top choice vs the '57s, but my ears pickup on that "uneven scatter-wound" characteristic. When I first got my '59 RI, I heard more warmth from the bridge than I was accustomed too, and the uneven wound coils sounded like two voices singing in chorus. :sm-heart:


    I also like the 490R/490T combo. I'm not much of a fan of the 498T since it just sounds a bit too hard and woody for me. The 490T has more of the soft fuzzies which work better for me for cleans to classic OD rock tones.

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  14. All fun aside, I tend to feel like there's no guitar that looks more alluring than a nice flame top LP, but I also feel like there's no Gibson that sounds better than its homely cousin, the SG. But that's only if it has some mellow PAFs or P-90s. I'm an odd man out in that I'm not a big lover of the harder 498T

  15. I voted clean. Sooner or later all of my pedals end up in a drawer


    I agree at least 90% with the second half of that statement, but lately I've really been enjoying my Catalinbread SFT pedal. It really nails that late 60s to early 80s Rolling Stones tone. Whether I'm slamming out some Honkey Tonk Woman chording or playing something like "Slave" from the Tattoo You album. Sort of a must have pedal for me as am working my way through some of the "Get Your Ya Ya's Out" catalog of tunes. Most of the time I'm just running it into a Mustang III amp set to the '65 Twin model. (While I prefer tube amps, I prefer to noodle around with a decent SS amp so I'm not thinking about cooking away tube life as I multitask sitting on me arse in front of the idiot box) The Mustang III provides a phat enough foundation and then the SFT adds the Ampeg OD character.


    I used to be almost totally into clean surfy or rockabilly tones, but once I found some good classic rock OD tones, I got at least 40% hooked on those organic OD tones.

  16. I bought the Moog Minifooger version that came out a couple years ago or so. I really couldn't figure out how or "what for" to use it, so it went back into its box.


    It's about time I give it another go, but most likely it will never be a staple for me. Having better luck with the Minifooger Delay.

  17. Thanks. It's a green-burst, i.e green fading to near black. I have some better photos of it taken outside, but those pics are locked up in catacombs of photobucket. I got that off of a blowout sale, somewhere around the very early 2000s for a mere $350 + tax new. and that was back in the day when they were still MIJ. It's a solid guitar with, as one luthier called it, a "proper volute". However, the sound was always a bit bland, so I first upgraded the p'ups to a Duncan '59/PG. The '59 sounded muddy in the neck and too thin split and the PG sounded too ice-picky in either mode, but my second attempt was a set of Gibson 496/500, because I had a GOW Mahogany Pro Explorers where those p'ups truly sound "sweet", and sure enough, they seemed to be voiced rather well for this guitar. That's probably about when I started saying my success rate with p'up upgrades is about 50/50 ;^).

  18. Thank you! Even my wife gets off on that one, which is saying something since I'm a gear whore to the point where one would be more likely get hit with the iron frying pan than get praise for "one more".


    It also plays well and sounds good too. It has a push/pull that cuts out some of the bass to make it sound a bit more like single coil tone, but to me it just makes it sound a bit more Grestch-y. I thought that cut switch might possibly be a bit gimmicky, but once I got the guitar I found that I like the cut sound possibly more than the full open tone. Their concept is to get you more of that single-coil-ish tone while still being "hum-bucking" and it works. \m/

  19. Yeah, they tend to strike me as instruments that would be less than an A rating, but fairly solid bargains in a B- to B rating, sorta like, their tone may not be top notch, but there's usually something unique in their sound that can provide the essentials along with good stability and durability. Kinda like love at second or third sight. ;^)

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