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  1. I'm the opposite. MY fingers are are super dry. So much so that they crack in the winter. I can go about 3 months between changing strings. And we gig alot.
  2. I'm in the same boat. For decades I used Dean Markley Custom lite (thin high strings fat low). Then they stopped making the "yellow packet" version and switched to "Blue Steel".I switched with them, just out of brand loyalty. When I got the SG, I started using Gibson vintage style 10's. They sound great but tend to wear out pretty quick. For the Gretsch and the homemade tele, I have been bouncing around between brands, usually ernie balls, because they have the Fat/Thin gauge setup I like.
  3. Watching the episode about 40s bluegrass right now.
  4. An afternoon. Once I broke through the clear shell, the sandpaper had something to grab. The flat back was quick. The sides took longer because I had to do that by hand, with sandpaper wrapped around a broken broom handle.
  5. Not sure. It has the same grain pattern as my wife's antique chestnut dining room chairs. But i wouldn't be surprised if it is just pine.
  6. I tend to cycle between guitars, even within gigs. Having a bagpiper in the band, I always have to have at least one guitar prepped with the first fret capo (one of his sets of pipes are in Bb), so I can just grab and go, between songs. If a song has a ripping solo, I always use the SG. If it doesn't, then I use this one, or the Gretsch.
  7. I'm just glad I realized it before we got to the gig. There was nowhere anywhere near the gig to buy a guitar. There was one in Astoria, Queens. 45 minutes away.
  8. Then I took it to my dads woodworking shop and used his surface planer to remove 3/8" off the top... [ATTACH=JSON]{"data-align":"none","data-size":"full","title":"65682766_10219062792509058_5418619697996234752_o.jpg","data-attachmentid":32550301}[/ATTACH] Then I distressed it and stained it to match the box... [ATTACH=JSON]{"data-align":"none","data-size":"full","title":"64819569_10219062798709213_3397833363275382784_o.jpg","data-attachmentid":32550302}[/ATTACH] Then glued down the new top (not pictured - it was covered with car batteries), and then used a router to trim it to size... [ATTACH=JSON]{"data-align":"none","data-size":"full","title":"65847815_10219062809509483_4077528799908986880_o.jpg","data-attachmentid":32550303}[/ATTACH] Then I routed the cavities, and began reassembly (including the original box nails)... [ATTACH=JSON]{"data-align":"none","data-size":"full","title":"65873130_10219062815669637_8312748642645573632_o.jpg","data-attachmentid":32550304}[/ATTACH] This last photo was taken before I applied a flat clearcoat sealer, and screwed down the switch plate. I have also swapped out the tuners since with some fender locking tuners with the compensated pole heights (so I could yank the string tree).
  9. Some of you may know, I play in a celtic rock band. We had a gig down in Rockaway beach at an Irish festival. I packed up my stuff in the truck, but I left my guitars in the house because I had some errands in the morning and I didn't want them sitting in the heat. The rest of the band met at my house, piled their gear in the truck and we got on the road. 2 hours down the Thruway, I realize that the guitars are still on the couch. It's too late to turn around. The swear words were flying. Our fiddler fired up google and found a Sam Ash in White Plains. We stopped and I bough a cheap Squier telecaster, got to the gig, played and then drove home. Now I have an extra guitar, that plays nice, looks meh, and sounds terrible. So I took it apart... [ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\t65472206_10219062765748389_7656868185487966208_o.jpg Views:\t1 Size:\t201.2 KB ID:\t32550292","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32550292","data-size":"full","title":"65472206_10219062765748389_7656868185487966208_o.jpg"}[/ATTACH] I bought a Seymour Duncan Little 59 to replace the stock bridge pickup, because the stock pickup was way too tinny and noisy. It is a used tele with a very significant chip on the body (lower right). So I decided I was going to replace the entire top. With this... [ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\t65392519_10219062778628711_4696898818120089600_o.jpg Views:\t1 Size:\t255.8 KB ID:\t32550293","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32550293","data-size":"full","title":"65392519_10219062778628711_4696898818120089600_o.jpg"}[/ATTACH] So I sanded off the existing finish off the back and sides... [ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\t65448778_10219062786748914_3635434789495898112_o.jpg Views:\t1 Size:\t251.1 KB ID:\t32550294","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32550294","data-size":"full","title":"65448778_10219062786748914_3635434789495898112_o.jpg"}[/ATTACH] to be continued...
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