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  1. Very Nice Haul, rct! Philip.
    3 points
  2. IMO first set up the nut correctly then add lubrication. I would use graphite before using Vaseline or something like that
    2 points
  3. I rescued a Korean-made Ibanez SA120 from a local pawn shop last year, cleaned it up, waxed it down, restrung it, and absolutely loved it. Got into a bind with space, and needed a bit of cash, so I ended up selling it to Guitar Center, for a nice profit (which is rare). Kind of wishing I had kept it. 😞
    2 points
  4. But... then again.. for most tuning problems that are a result of "bending" notes, I always look at the nut first. New strings should settle down and tuning stabilize after a few hours of playing. If a nut slot is too tight the string isn't moving freely in the slot. Bend the note, and the string doesn't quite return to where it was prior, that's where most of the tuning issues will be found. Especially on guitars that have the head stock slanting back like Gibson's do. Keep some Big Bends nut sauce or some other string lube on hand! or, to test the theory, Vaseline works in a pinch but wont last as long.
    2 points
  5. I picked up this RG421 for 150, I hadn't had an Ibanez for a while or a flat maple finger board. In the original configuration it had hot ceramic open coil Humbuckings and a 5 way switch. So all of that had to go. I installed a Tele wiring harness with a 3 way blade switch and Quickplugs, Nickel finish GFS Mean 90's including a Nickel Gotoh Bridge. It sounds and plays really good. Its very nice to have something that is so alien feeling compared to my Epiphones. 💀 Before my Nickel upgrade it looked like this stock photo below with black chrome hardware, only with the finish worn off.
    1 point
  6. This is my latest purchase. It is the first cherrytop SG-3 made.....serial number C001. Can't wait for it to arrive in a few days!!
    1 point
  7. What ever!!! Why bother posting a reply then Pitch. Not interested move on. I'm interested. I grew up in So Cal during the bands early years. That was LA rock all day and all night long. Eddie Van Halen set the bar pretty high. He was a gifted musician. You will be missed EVH.
    1 point
  8. Hi guys,, Here's some new music! The band uslights just release a new video Firday. My son Shawn is the drummer, co-writer/producer and recording engineer. The little guy in this video is my 4 year old grandson Cole The guy with the moon mask is band mate co-writer, and guitarist Greg Kushuma-Atmadja. Perfect for this time of year too!
    1 point
  9. Sweet-looking guitar. I think walnut has a kind of dark tone and I really like it.
    1 point
  10. Saw a D-35 on Reverb and it said make an offer. So, I messaged the guy, and he told me he would take $50 off. Told him to keep it.
    1 point
  11. If you blokes and chaps over there see him, tell him I ran some errands today and one in particular made me think of him: rct
    1 point
  12. well,,,....... act--chally... ya really need nut files, or,, something small enough like the gas element cleaners, (which really aren't thin enough for all slots) to get into the G, B and E slots.. a set of nut files runs one bout 60 bucks if you shop em out. worth it if you have a buncha guitars, if ya don't,, a good setup is about the same... how ever,, that said,, with the right tools,, ya,, it takes a few minutes, and really,, the problem goes away.
    1 point
  13. Tuning issues with Gibsons is way blown out of reality. provided the setup on your axe is good to go ( including regulation of the nut and saddle..) they are just as stale as any other builder. it's almost always the nut. The right files, a little known how, and bout 15 minutes, it it's solved until the nuts worn down and needs to be looked at again. what Gibson is notoriously bad at from the Factory is cutting the nut, I don't think they do a dam thing with them once they put them on the neck. it's probably the single most important contact point for tuning and action in the lower first few frets. moral of the story.. when ya'll buy a new guitar, do it and you.. a favor, get it setup...
    1 point
  14. Cali's Mustang sounds good too,
    1 point
  15. I’ve been slowly torturing a centipede for the past 98 days. It’s on its last legs now.
    1 point
  16. I bought a Trump branded smoke alarm. It won’t go off in a fire because it doesn’t want me to panic.
    1 point
  17. I couldn't pass up this 2019 USA case for $60 and my Min Pin is guarding it, she thinks it hers..
    1 point
  18. Two windmills are standing in a wind farm. One asks, “What’s your favorite kind of music?” The other says, “I’m a big metal fan.”
    1 point
  19. Why was Dumbo sad? He felt irrelephant.
    1 point
  20. I couldn't possibly agree more. We touched on this point of "Live sound v's Recorded sound" in the 'Real 59' thread. Hearing a guitar live and listening to a mic'd up, mixed and recorded guitar played back through a sound system are two very different things. And which particular cut of Bloomfield are we talking about because he sounds very different on different tracks. What guitar is he even playing? Although he bought Dan Erlwine's '59 in 1967 and used it as his mainstay with the Electric Flag there are well-publicised photos of him in the studio playing a Strat during the very same period. Lastly much of Bloomfield's tone comes from Mr. Bloomfield himself; not from his equipment. Pip. EDIT : Just for fun the OP could do a lot worse that searching out demo clips of the Gibson Mike Bloomfield re-issue. Gregor Hilden, of course, is one player to google.
    1 point
  21. Classic '57s and if you can't find "the sweet trebly sound" in new Les Pauls then I'm sorry to say that you just have to face facts because the fault, in all probability, lies not with the guitar(s) you have been playing but more likely with your lesser ability - in comparison with Mr. Bloomfield. There were no elves sprinkling magic pixie dust on the guitar which eventually landed in Bloomfield's lap. It was just another production-line guitar. A good one, perhaps, but they make good ones nowadays too. Pip.
    1 point
  22. I'm kind of reviving this sort of old thread because I was doing a search on dead strings. I normally change my strings (EJ-16's on virtually every guitar) every 30-60 days. Lately though I've encountered a couple of professional players playing Gibsons that WANT to leave old strings on their guitars. Joey Ryan of the Milk Carton Kids was the latest I've encountered. His are so old he doesn't even remember the brand and he keeps his guitar tuned down to D. So, since I have enough guitars to experiment I decided to just let the J-50's set go. I last changed them on 12/24/2014. Anyway I've really started to dig the tone I'm getting over time. I stay at standard tuning and I wipe the strings off after a session but the character of the tone is pretty much what I have always wanted out of this guitar. Go figure. Anyway if you are one of those people that do this I wouldn't mind hearing about how long you've kept a string set on and what you do to keep them going (if anything) and anything else you've noticed, or do, along the way. For instance, I have noticed that I've lost a little volume but the guitar more than makes up for that in soul. I think coated strings are an attempt to keep that new-set sound but I've never liked the feel of coated strings and now I'm thinking that there is something to just letting them get old and funky on a slope shoulder dread. I maybe should have started a new thread but if you've gotten this far....
    1 point
  23. Zero interest in VH (could never get past a single video, they all looked like Special Ed (no pun intended) Teletubbies on laughing gas), but sad for his loved ones.
    0 points
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