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  1. What is that Ovation looking creature far right, top?
  2. 11 years ago... I think he's got it fixed by now.
  3. Good luck! Your best bet is to measure the bridge, and look for something that fits.
  4. I'm an Ibanez head, and proud of it. I've seen the ART120's used in p[awn shops for the 120-200 mark, and they don't impress me that much. Epiphone wise, I found a Custom silverburst pro, with the coil tapping and phase switch, for 150 in a pawn shop. Plays about 95% as good as my old 81 Gibby custom. I can also highly recommend the Agiles from Rondo, that occasionally you see on sale for the 300-400 range. Fantastic guitar for the price, easily standard quality.
  5. I used the Kent Armstrong Korean made ones in my Eastman, and wasn't that impressed. Decent enough pickups, but just wasn't the right pickup, if you know what I mean. I replaced them with a set of Stew-Mac Parson A2, and feel in love with the guitar all over again.
  6. The nut should be fine. But why do you want to change it, if it's working fine? You aren't increasing the value of the guitar.
  7. One word, said many times: MEASURE MEASURE MEASURE MEASURE MEASURE. Not all Floyds are Floyds size wise. Get as many specs as you can, measure yours, and do it again. Then if it clicks, it should just drop in.
  8. BC Riches are damn near impossible to date, since the company was taken over something like 5 times in the last 10 years or so. Korean NJ's..... figure from 97 to 2002/03. After that, Chinese. Before, mostly Japanese. (NJ stands for Nagoya Japan.)
  9. When the sustainer is switch on, one coil of the neck pickup drives the strings via a pulsing magnet. If I remember rightly, the bridge can be selected via the 5 way switch, along with the standard fenderish 5 way wiring. (you know, n, n+m, m, m+b, b)
  10. Not true. With the Sustainer system, the neck pickup is the driver coil, that makes it sustain. If that isn't working, then it's in the board itself.
  11. For 30 bucks, kinda a no brainer if you ask me, for a guitar you intend to learn to work on. To check the truss rod, take a bunch of allen keys, and see if one fits, if it does, turn it a little. Should be some resistance if you go to the right, and less resistance if you go left. And you see some movement too. Most of the time, the heads are stripped from using the wrong size. A reasonable simple fix requiring a sacrificial allen key if lucky, a flat head screw driver if less lucky, and some JB Weld and a sacrificial allen key in the worst case. AND if you are REALLY unlucky, you can learn how to replace the truss rod! Oh joy!! And no, they don't make replacement necks for them anymore. At best they were a disposable beginners guitar. And a Warmouth neck would cost you 5 times what the guitar was worth brand new. Check feebay for bolt on necks, and find something with the same amount of frets, and scale length, and the same size neck heel. For 30-40 bucks from China, at least you will learn how to level and recrown the frets
  12. As you know, I picked up the 64 Gretsch Corvette about 2 weeks ago, and have been in the process of rebuilding it. Got most of the parts, pickguard material arrived the other day, and I figured you may be interested in the progress. The timing seemed fortuitous, since 1) I have an inflamed Achilles tendon in my left foot and can't work for the next week or so, and 2) because of the wonderful virus, my work has been shut down for TWO weeks! (I manage a food truck.) The loss of income isn't a major issue, EXCEPT I just spent a ship load of spendable cash on buying new guitars to flip. Ah well, at least I will be busy. Poor, but busy. Originally missing a tuner, a search on feebay nabbed me an original tuner from a early 60's Gretsch. Slightly different back plate, but close enough. the tuners required a drop of oil to restore them to the same smoothness they had nearly 60 years ago. I added a GFS Xtrem, more about that later, and strung it up with the worst strings known to mankind: GHS Precision flatwound 11-50. Flat, but rough, wait what? Garbage, but heavy enough so I could see if the neck would stay stable since it hadn't had any on for 20 years or so. And amazingly, the neck was perfectly straight, no creaking around the joint, decent enough frets that required the minimum of dressing, and kept tune and intonation. A bridge was added in the old style Gibson with the post directly into the old mahogany. 3 different bridges later, found one that just melded with the radius of the neck. (One of those cheap 9 dollar made in China Roller bridges. Who would have thunk it?) Now back to the X-trem. I love GFS products in general. Nice pickups, decent hardware, and really nice prices on bodies and necks. The X-trem however is one of the biggest POS I have ever used! Because of the straight line used from the anchor to the bar, when depressed, it doesn't come back into tune. It's off by 3-5 cents. REALLY annoying to say the least, and I don't want to "wiggle" it back to tune. So... I either pull the spring and handle, and use it as a stop tail, or replace it with a old trapeze thingy I have in the bottom of the parts drawer. Electronically, it's nice. the pots required a little cleaning, the 3 way needed to be replace since it rotted away, and a few wires needed to be resoldered do to be being jostled about. Nothing serious, minus the hot wire out of the bridge pickup. Luckily there was JUST enough wire there so I didn't have to unwind it. Whew! The neck pickup is brilliant! there is this wooly-ness, in a good way, that sounds like a cross between a humbucker and a P90, without the heavy handed growl of the hum, and lacking just a hint of the high end of a P90. The bridge pickup however.... Anemic is a term used by those on the Gretsch forum, and it was said as a compliment as much as possible! It sucks, pure and simple. No bite, no tone, just blehh. And that is supposedly how they sounded new! Now I could go and try to find a set of modern Hi-lo trons, at 150 bucks a pop, or try something by added a magnet, hoping it might give it a little boost. Any suggestions? Replacing the pickups, without routing out wood, is not an option. NOTHING fits. And yes Phil, I AM going to go with chicken head knobs, despite on how much you dislike them! 😁 And for the pickguard, I went with a red tortoise, since it matched nicely with the mahogany. Hope that I haven't bored you to tears! Stay healthy my friends! And wash your paws before and after playing!
  13. The cheap no name strat copies you see on feebay for the 50 buck range are great if you want to learn to do fret leveling, wiring experiments, and general set ups. but as was mentioned before, a lot of aftermarket parts will NOT fit. And also, there is only so much lipstick you can put on a pig. The Ibanez GIO's however.... Good bones for modding and turning into a decent player. But don't put a lot of money intro it, you'll NEVER get it back if you decide to sell it.
  14. SA120 if memory serves right. Nice choice. Good luck with it!
  15. 2 Cases of water, and 3 cases of Raman! TP, sorry the Walmart here is out of.
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