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  1. Ha ha, okay these lists are hard to please everyone and someone will have a problem with everything, but to paraphrase your Ringo Starr ranking: "Well he wasn't that good at drums, but he was good at other things". By that logic maybe I should be #11, I'm not good at drums but there are other things I can do.
  2. Someone got paid to write this down?
  3. Well I guess if the two music stores in your town don't sell used guitars I guess none do.
  4. I don't know where you guys buy used guitars, but the store I go to makes sure used ones are set up and working fine just as new ones. As for getting taken, you can sure get taken by buying a new guitar... Sounds like you guys are assuming used guitars come from shady stores and I wouldn't buy a new or used guitar from a shady store. Maybe make sure you're going to a decent place that sells new and used, beginner and expert guitars because those are the stores interested in keeping you as a long term customer.
  5. You'll almost certainly get something better for your money if you buy a used guitar.
  6. Definitely looks like the pickups mentioned above. They also made a Lee Ranaldo Jazzmaster with wide range humbuckers a few years ago. I'm not a fan of sonic youth, but that and the Thurston Moore Jazzmasters were pretty nice guitars.
  7. Regardless of the looks, I probably wouldn't a guitar made out of GFS parts. I tried them and I thought the quality was about on par with the price.
  8. If you want to meet crazy people, use craigslist a lot. I'm sure for some people the prospect of pointing out a fake is so exciting that all facts become ignored.
  9. I'd prefer it if they used the finishes from the highway one series.
  10. I don't think I've seen Mary Kay on top of roasted ash. I like the contrast between a dark body and light top, but I don't know how bad it would be since the opacity on MK is usually pretty high. You might be able to change it depending on how long ago you ordered. If I was worried about the contrast, I'd get binding and have the back painted a solid white and the top Mary Kay. Like I said though, I personally wouldn't worry about it. Mary Kay is definitely a transparent finish.
  11. If you're buying an '83 Telecaster you're probably paying more for it's age than it's function. Which is fine if that's what you want, it will probably hold it's value pretty well. Fenders from that time are hit and miss, there are some good ones and some bad ones. That's really not known as the best time for Fender, there's a pretty good article about how it was "turning around" right around that time. If I wanted the best setup per dollar, I'd find an American Standard Telecaster from the mid 2000's for around $650, which will probably have equal to better quality. I'd spend the rest on a used Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue as has already been mentioned in this thread. There's always all kinds of debates about gear, but I think one thing that almost everyone can agree on is a good amp with a bad guitar is a lot better than a good guitar with a bad amp.
  12. According to their website that you can actually buy stuff from, regular maple necks require a finish and roasted maple do not. You can see which woods need finish based on the charts here: http://www.warmoth.com/Guitar/Necks/NeckWoods.aspx
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