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  1. It'll just make your guitar sound like a snotty British punk.
  2. Shame that the Pre-Release pic, showed such a mismatch of wood grains. Looks more like a cheap copy that you see on eBay in kit forms.
  3. Oh god, I couldn't do it and listen to the whole thing. It was.... well just like any bad Aerosmith tune from the 70's, 80's 90's, 00's.... name the decade, it was from then. The opening "chicka wa..." killed it for me.
  4. The same with Joe Jackson. He is, according to his website, still alive.
  5. Nice to see Mary Ford, who may have been one of the greatest rhythm players ever, but no clip of her playing. For shame.... Joan Jett.... really.... you couldn't find anyone other then her for number 1?
  6. Beating up a brand new guitar to look old, doesn't work.
  7. Soooo, just re-releases of past re-releases.... leave it to Fender.
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    Eastman El Rey ER3

    Made in China in 2007 Les Paul-ish shaped single cut-a-way hollow body, solid maple carved top, solid mahogany back and sides, flame maple binding, NO "F" holes, NO electronic access on the back. (Take that into account when replacing the pickups, which you will.) 25.4 Inch scale 22 fret ebony fretboard on a 3 piece mahogany neck. 2 humbuckers with 2vol, 2 tones and a 3 way. Tone Pros wrap around bridge, with Gotoh tuners and a bone nut.The pros: Wonderful neck. The near Fender scale makes complex chords easier in the middle of the neck, more so then on a Gibson. The ebony board just feels like silk. Slightly wider then a Gibson, it just allows so much more movement. NOT for shredders!Light weight, being about 6 1/ to 7 pounds.The craftsmanship is beyond what many American companies are doing today.The cons:The Kent Armstrong pickups are.... lame... is the best word for them. Replacing electronics will require a LOT of patience, and a lot of cursing.The neck. yes, it is a pro in buying it, but the Fender-ish scale, and ebony board, gives it a brighter "snap" and "ping", then a jazz guitar should have. (IMHO) It's a trade off, comfort over tone. A few twists of the tone knobs helps though.The bridge. Oh my God, the bridge..... In theory, a wrap around tail piece is a simple design with the fewest parts possible. Tone Pros went out of their way to make this bridge a mass of stupidity. You CAN NOT adjust the string intonation with the string on the bridge, the intonation screw is directly under the string. In order the run the string thru the bridge, you have to push it thru 2 holes, one directly behind the other. NOT easy in a gig situation.Adjusting the action requires a wrench, sliding it under the bridge posts, and turning it right or left, thereby GUARANTEEING a scrap or a ding around the bridge.It is easy to lose the caps on the studs.The thickness of the bridge does not allow for the best possible action. (Yeah, I know, I am harsh on the bridge, but for 2K, so should you.)
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    D'Angelico EXL-1sh

    For those that don't know, this is a fully hollow archtop, with a single humbucker in the neck. Vol and tone controls are mounted on the pickguard, with the output jack on the side of the guitar. Laminate construction with a 3 piece maple neck,. with a single thin strip of mahogany running thru it, a 22 fret ebony board, with some pretty and understated "abalone" and brother of pearl inlays. Currently has a set of Grover tuners, 3 on a side, a fluted bone nut, and floating wood bridge. It's NOT my fav color combo, being an orangey sunbursty thing, but I don't pay attention to the color when playing. It is a bit of a beast when playing, due to size. It ain't a strat, so be prepared for a little stretching. And despite it being fully hollow, it's weighty, but in a good way. Action is beautiful, the soft C shape neck isn't an Ibanez, but it's not meant to be. Frets are wonderfully seated and perfectly shaped. If looking for an arch top, play one, you'll understand.
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    Ibanez SAS32FM

    typical Ibanez SA model, with a flame veneer, abalone binding, nice, if poorly seated inlays on the fretboard, 2 TBD pickups, single vol/tone with a 3 way switch, and push/pull for each pickup to put it into stacked single coil mode. it plays stupidly well,. sounds incredible with the single coil mode, and feel perfect. other then the flaws in design, it's a killer beast.
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    Ibanez S521

    The latest version of the Sabre Series that debuted in 87. Wizard III 24 fret 2 piece maple neck with 3rd fret scarf joint, rosewood board, 2 hums, 5 way switch, fixed hardtail bridge, with string thru 3 piece "mahogany" body with mahogany veneer top. I say "mahogany" like that, since it's NOT the typical dark and rich mahogany that they used in the original series in 87. Most likely some Asian sustainable wood that grows like bamboo in Indonesia where the guitar was built. (Mahogany,,, ummm... as close as a Geo is to a Cadillac. Yeah same company.... 4 wheels, engine, that's about as close as it gets.)Fretwork is IMPECIABLE! Tall jumbos that will appeal to many metal players. Setup, was near flawless from the factory. few minutes with adjustments that a new guitar needs, and it's playing like it was 20 years old! once again,. Ibanez nailed it.
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    Ibanez Studio 70

    The studio 70 was a budget version of the Studio 100 line. Created in 81, it's a mahogany body, 3 piece set mahogany neck, with a 24 fret rosewood board, guild-like headstock, with 3 +3 tuners. 2 vol, 2 tone, with a 3 way switch by the controls. (The studio 50 has it on the top horn) An amazing guitar, built for playing. Just like the Paul Studio, ior Electra's Workingman series, it was designed for playing, not looking. No fancy woods, or inlays, no fancy electronics, just a guitar to compete with the big boys. Sustain and tone were equal to the Artists line, and comparable to the Paul's of the same year.
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    Ibanez 2390

    Made in 75 in the Terada plant in Japan. Typical 335 copy with a 22 fret maple neck with a rosewood board. Parallelogram inlays in "brother of pearl". Lawsuit styled headstock with the Ibanez script logo in white. Serial number on the 4 bolt neck plate. 2 hums with vol/tone for each pickup, 3 way switch, and output jack on a black plate on top of the guitar. (Think 71 Gibson SG pro). Black single ply pickguard , Tun-a-matic bridge with a 335 styled tailpiece with ebony and plastic insert.
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