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Official Guitar, Amp, Pedals, and Gear Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Piobaire, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. origenesprit

    origenesprit Well-Known Member

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    Just trying to be quippy. Sounds like a personal problem on the part of the guy who sold it, ie not your problem
     
  3. origenesprit

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    Oh, yeah, ordinarily I may agree, but I want to go back and buy more stuff anyway, so it's ok. Still wish I could keep the pedal.
     
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    CE-1
     
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    I demand you take that back good sir!!
     
  6. origenesprit

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    Yeah, I mean, if early Jeff Beck, Hendrix and Page aren't examples of good tone, I don't know what is.
     
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    By the way, speaking of good tone, I saw Gary Clark Jr last night and his guitar playing has seemed to improve by a large margin. The sounds he can wring out of a Casino - I find it hard to duplicate and I always thought I had a pretty great sounding example of a Casino. Amazing show, especially considering he's mostly playing 12-bars all night and a crowd of 20-30 somethings were totally loving it.
     
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  8. El Argentino

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    Wanted to offer an update on my (now completed) Epiphone Dot project.

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    Dot before starting the replacements. 2003 Stock, except for the nut which I'd already replaced with bone.

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    Taking out the stock pickups. You can see into the cavity that they were very heavily waxed. Resulted in a really muted/muffled sound.

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    Getting everything out of the body was the furthest I could get with just a screwdriver, so had to then take it over to a friend's house for some more specialized tools. This part was deceptively easy compared to how frustrating it was to put everything back in.

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    Replaced the neck with an SD '59 (SH-1) Custom Shop model. I ebayed the pickup for a decent price b/c it was open-coil and a lime green finish. Depotted the stock neck pickup and placed the lime-colored monstrosity in the stock gold cover, holding it in place with a little bit of epoxy and other gorilla glue.

    Replaced the bridge with an ebayed SD Pearly Gates. Trying to pot this one in the gold cover was the original plan, but didn't work out b/c of a difference between the spacing between the pole pieces. Looked this up afterwards and found out its rather common. Anyone attempting something similar be warned.

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    Put on new knobs in a more vintage-Gibson style, as well as position indicators. Also, in the wiring included two push/pull options via 500K Alpha pots (500K CTS on the tone knobs w/ 223k Orange Drops). Neck pickup pulls up for the "Oop Tone" made popular by Jimmy Page and Peter Green. Bridge pickup pulls up to run the PG in series - can't totally describe the tone, but makes it sound much more like a single-coil w/ a volume boost. Very cool effects.

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    Completed Project. Having played with it a bit over the last 1/2 day, a few observations.

    The Pearly Gates sounds immensely similar to audio examples online - this pleases me b/c I got what I was expecting.
    The '59 sounds miles better that what I had sampled online - maybe just an effect of slapping a cover on it? This pleases me because it was far more than I was expecting; I'd highly recommend Seymour Duncan '59s to anybody looking for that late-60's blues rock sound.

    The wiring was easy enough to follow (although I learned the hard way that most pickup diagrams draw the pots and their wiring upside down. That was awkward).

    Getting the harness all back into the body was a complete nightmare - even having watched videos online and sought out suggestions on how to do it. I have a much greater appreciation of backside routes now.

    Overall, had a blast, and the guitar sounds leaps and bounds better than its previous incarnation. Like I hinted earlier in the thread, I think I'm now going to embark on a do-it-yourself Tele via Fender parts on Ebay and probably a Warmoth body. If anything more is done on this guy, I'd probably install a gold Bigsby V-7 and take off the tune-o-matic to complete that 1960's vibe.
     
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  9. GusW

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    ^^^great writeup on the details. Good looking axe. Cool project!
     
  10. Piobaire

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    Everything will go to fund a K-Line Time Kapsule Telecaster and some kind of boutique 5w amp.good info to me,thank you
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  12. GusW

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    I've been tempted to embark on a DIY Esquire. There are a few things about most Teles/Esquires that I have always wanted to tweak or play around with.

    A fairly stock DIY Tele/Esquire would be fun to use to try the numerous replacement PUs and hardware available on the market. Maybe even a Bigsby?


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    That image is amazing.

    I've been playing on Warmoth's custom body builder for a few days and really want to do something in shell pink, sonic blue or seafoam green - just oozing the 1950's w/ a parchment or mint colored pickguard.

    I love sunbursts personally, but both my P-bass and the modded Epi are sunbursts and don't want to have every guitar looking like each other. But, that said, I absolutely love the Caribbean Burst finish on there - a white/natural center out to a very, very saturated and vibrant blue.
     
  14. GusW

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    Ahh, shell pink.....

    Ages ago, I was at the Dallas Guitar Show and a guy walks in with a dead mint Jazzmaster in Shell Pink with gold hardware, tags, "case candy" all the goodies. He said it had been made for his sister in the early 60's by Fender. She was a TV performer and wanted something girlie. I think he wanted $15k for it. At that time a really nice Jazzmaster couldn't sell for $1,500.
     
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    the gall that some people have when it comes to the prices they ask is amazing sometimes. If that '65 Lake Placid Blue strat isn't selling for the $42K you've been asking for the last year, then you've priced it too high. I see it on craigslist too with pedals - how does one figure they can sell their Boss tuner for $80 when one can get a new one for $90?


    People...
     
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    Hey, that Boss tuner may be used, but it's got stickers from 3 bands you've never heard of that were real big in the 90s. And the LED immediately to the left of "in tune" burnt out a while ago, so the previous owner replaced it with a clear one that does this cool blinky thing sometimes. I won't even mention how I cleverly scratched out some of the word "Chromatic" to turn it something close to "Chronic". This thing is a chick magnet. It's practically a steal for $80. I wouldn't even be selling it if my buddy didn't just promise to sell me his fixie with the sweetass neon rims and the basket that can hold a full 30rack of PBR.
     
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  17. El Argentino

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    Totally agree. See this all the time with people wanting $200 for used Squire Strats, or close to $350 for used Epi LPs. I think a lot of people, based on reports of vintage pieces, don't understand that musical gear depreciates a TON as soon as it leaves the store - even after a Guitar Center sale price, knocking off 45% or whatever from MSRP. That American Strat is still insanely expensive for what you get.

    That said, I'm 100% convinced that used is really the only way to go. You're just letting someone take money out of your wallet if you're buying "new stock."
     
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    i like used because i don't have to baby an instrument up until its first dent.
     
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    So glad this all worked out for you!
     
  20. GusW

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    Amen to that. Don't you just hate that first ding? Or worse, the first ding or scratch that someone else puts on it.
     

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