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  1. I've used GHS strings for 25 years and won't use anything else (although I tried them all). I was an Ernie Ball man for years. EBs would last about 20 hours tops before they crapped out. For me' date=' that was 2 sets a week when I was gigging full-time.

    I tried a couple sets of GHS Boomers (9-42 though, [b']I don't think I could bend those rebar cables you're talking about[/b]) and noticed right away that they would last an entire week (6 gigs) and I didn't have to tune them up half as often as the EBs.

    GHS strings are great, IMO.


    Hi Tulsa thanks for vote for the GHS's It will have to be those if I cannot source the DR Big n Heavy's


    [cool] BB King likes to bend a string now and again and he uses a similar set....but even heavier on the bass side


    B.B. plays with a style that matches his intensity, and every note he plays has something vitally important to say. This unique string set is B.B.'s own special gauge, meant to give your guitar a firm, yet extremely playable feel. The pure nickel wrap yields exceptional tone, from the lows all the way to the highs. The premium Swedish steel "hex" core means your guitar tunes up fast and stays in tune longer. Each string is hand silked at the ball end to reduce wear and unwanted harmonics.

    Gauge E-1st B-2nd G-3rd D-4th A-5th E-6th

    Signature Gauge .010 .013 .017p .032w .045w .054w


    Maybe I should try those Gibson strings....



  2. Have you checked Thomann yet? They ship there correct?


    I know this is being picky but Thomann stock the "Dimebag" signatures which are the same gauge as what I want




    I presume these will be different (maybe brighter or something) to the "Pure Blues" Big n Heavy (probably the same strings in a different packaging) even though the correct gauges.


    Again like all the other outlets I have tried Thomann have the DR Pure Blues regular 10's.


    Jeez, with all the online outlets available, all I want is a place where I can buy a few sets of DR Pure Blues Big-n-Heavy strings.....is that too much to ask........




    Style Catalog # E B G D A E

    Lite PHR-9 9 11 16 24 32 42

    Lite-n-HeavyPHR-9/46 9 11 16 26 36 46

    Medium PHR-10 10 13 17 26 36 46

    Big-n-Heavy PHR-10/52 10 13 17 30 44 52

    Heavy PHR-11 11 14 18 28 38 50

    Extra Heavy PHR-12 12 15 24 32 42 52

  3. shipping cost for a heap of stuff I just bought from guitarpartsresource was $15


    You can get normal DR 10's and 11's regular set no problem here , it is just less standard gauges like the Big n Heavy that are the problem to find.


    So, I suppose I should try a little longer over here, then if it is not happening, I might take you up on that offer Musikron you can give me a price for 10 or 20 packets of the Pure Blues big n heavy and then slap on $15 for the postage.


    Alternatively...if anyone on the forum works in a place, or knows of a place, that takes online orders for these please let me know.


    I thought I would find them on e-bay but again all the regular gauges but not anything "exotic" like the Pure Blues Big n Heavy they are not to be found.

  4. I have been trying to source


    DR Pure Blues Big n Heavy 10 13 17 30 44 52 strings on the net and here in Sweden very difficult to find


    But I can get a brand I had not heard of before


    GHS Guitar Boomers GBTNT 10 13 17 30 44 52.......


    Anyone using these are they any good......$11 a set here in good old Sweden...

  5. Wow joe you just figuring this out?


    YEP....[biggrin] Up to a few weeks ago my Peavey was the only amp I had ever used.....then I bought the Pacemaker and could A/B for the first time....just a few weeks ago......so YEP I have just figured it out I am learning new stuff every day....[biggrin]


    It's great.....[biggrin] [biggrin] [biggrin] [biggrin]

  6. Nice one. I swapped out the stock pups from my Sheraton because of muddiness in the neck and screechiness in the bridge. I wonder whether just changing the wiring would have been enough- a couple of other people here have said that- glad you got a result.


    Vomer I done the same on my JP went full hog and changed out the pickups as well...it might be a longer more convoluted method in the end but it does in hindsight, seem a cleverer option to just change the harness first, give it a couple of weeks to really test out the stock pickups and then if still not totally satisfied then change the pickups.


    But there is also something else that really shocked me recently.


    Check this out


    My 1989 Sheraton (I have just sold)

    My 2002 Samick SG


    Both have stock pickups


    I have two amps

    Peavey Valveking 112 on this amp the SG sounds great but the Sheraton sounds not so good

    and a

    Epiphone Pacemaker on this amp the Sheraton sounds great but the SG sounds not so good


    now I really need someone to explain to me whta is going on there is it because one is a solid body and the other a semi, the different wattage's of the amps because the difference really shocked me.....


    Sheraton sounds great on the Pacemaker but the SG sounds great on the Peavey....??????

    So also consider what amp you are using before condemning the pickups to the "muddy" banished pile.......


    OK I agree with Musikrom the recipe on the "Woodo" Mahogony through neck sounds more like what you find on a firebird than a tele......wonder what the Woodo would sound like with two firebird pickups being a mahogany through neck....


    So it seems three ways to go


    1) look for 90's MIM and route the neck myself


    price unknown


    2) Fender Squier Vintage Modified SSH


    3223sek....US$450 new from Thomann


    3) Fender Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster® Custom (need to know if this is ready routed for a mini as Mike suggested)


    3766sek....US$526 new from Thomann


    I think ideally given the reviews if the 3rd option is ready routed for a mini under the single coil pickguard that is one within my budget (birthday present [biggrin] I got my Levin for my last birthday from the wife' date=' which was just a little more...[biggrin)


    How does the Classic Vibe measure up to the other options quality wise....?


    EDIT: seems like the MIM Telecaster is not that expensive


    Fender 60's Telecaster Rosewood




    4750sek....US$662......could probably knock him down to ....US$600


    So this is a "real" Fender MIM not a Squier






    and I also found this Japanese Tele (really like the black piano finish on this one....)


    Fender telecaster 62-reissue








    That looks like the type of guitar that is really comfortable to play sitting down NOT......That thing is scary.......a two head Firebird monster....the twin neck version makes what I feel is one the the most beautiful guitar designs in the history of the guitar look downright ridiculous...a great example of when more is less....IMHO....two guitars pleas one six string, one 12 string, but not on the same guitar....if it is a Firebird......

  9. Joseph' date='


    I own a 2007 MIM Tele with single coils in both positions and the body comes pre-routed for a humbucker in each position. So you should be able to purchase any newer MIM Tele and then the mini and new pickguard to handle the mini.




    Thanks Mike


    That solves the problem then.


    What I am looking for is at least one of my guitars to have mini humbuckers that is easy to swap a neck pup on.


    Because, I have plans in the future to every now and then buy a neck pup and try it out.


    I just want to try a few different mini pickups in the same guitar to listen myself what they are like. It is so frustrating when one guy says this and another says this. I will try a few then sell the ones I don't like and keep the best two to my tastes.


    I want to A/B a GFS with and SD and so on and so on just as a personal research over the next few months. It will be fun and if I do successfully sell on the excess which does not seem to be a problem in Sweden then it will be a good learning curve for me...


    Just something I want to do as part of love of guitars.


    I was going to modify a pickup ring in my SG but I might as well just shift that out and get a guitar with a ready made mini route...


    the Tele is the ideal candidate...

  10. And Thomann has a 30 day money back guarantee...what are you waiting for? :-)


    recent outgoings




    Sheraton going to the luthier


    Even with what came in from selling my JP and 89 Sheraton the tank is empty just now........should be in a position to get a Tele in about mid June (birthday [biggrin] have to start introducing the wife to the word "Telecaster" ) or early July.........It will replace the SG in berth 5....[biggrin]


    Up to now I like the through neck woodo and classic vibe.....the woodo is a bit more expensive but a through neck ebony Tele at a good price....that is a big attraction....even Svet would be interested in one of those I think.......he showed a very "expensive" through neck Tele in another thread recently...

  11. I bought mine at Thomann. Or rather had it sent. Interestingly enough the only guitar I ever bought which didn't need a setup. And has been in unmodded stock state since I bought it. Comes prerouted for a HB at the neck if you're so inclined.


    Thanks Rich I have just read very good reviews about these....and you say there is a mini humbucker option...

  12. the way to do it is buy a humbuckered tele (in the neck.) buy a mini and new pickguard.


    Thanks I will keep that option floating.....but those woodo guitars have my interest I have just e-mailed them to ask if they route one for a mini humbucker, a small company great wood and fantastic prices also 14 days return policy if I don't like.....could be worth a pop....a through neck tele for that price .......

  13. One thing to think about: Thumb picks come in different sizes -- for different sized thumbs' date=' presumably... [biggrin']


    Perhaps you could wait until your trip to Stockholm (with the wiring kit [cool] ). One really needs to try them on.


    Scratch I am devastated


    got this this morning from the luthier I was recommended to use. He is supposed to be very good so I will have to wait.....it is killing me......but if he is good of course he is going to be busy....


    Hi Joseph!


    Thank you for contacting us. Right now we are extremely busy but I

    will come back to you next week for further details.


    Best regards,



    Ad Lib Guitars

  14. I've never been in a guitar store in Sweden' date=' but thumb picks are very common. I actually have a few and have tried to get used to them, but for me it's a very strange feeling. I can finger pick, [b']OR[/b] I can play with a pick. When I try to use a thumb pick, I get the feeling my thumb is getting caught on the strings. On the other hand supposedly Robert Johnson used one, so they can't be all bad...[cool]


    As to the Telecaster with a (Mini) Humbucker in the neck: That is a GREAT confinguration (Keith Richards plays a Tele with a full sized Humbucker), but as far as I know, Fender doesn't offer an inexpensive model. Here's what they have:




    I did, however, read somewhere that one of the inexpensive Tele's is actually routed for a Humbucker, although the guitar comes with a normal neck PU. I can check on that, if you like...



    Yes that is what I am after




    but for about a 1/6 of the price [cool]


    Scratch I am a long way away from any guitar shops....I think in my whole life I must have spent a grand total of about 45 minutes in guitar shops every guitar I own was bought second hand, my old acoustic in a pub in Liverpool and all the rest online...I will search for the thumbpicks online.....


    GASSing for thumbpicks as it come to this......my lord.....

  15. Well' date=' the thumb-picks I am familiar with. I've picked them up in local guitar shops from time to time. Maybe it's just me, but I find that they break very easily, so I gave up on them. Just use the outer side of my right thumb these days!


    Re: Telecasters


    Not sure about a mini-humbucker, I don't think I've ever seen such a beast. I suppose one option would be to buy a Mexican Tele and route it.


    Alternatively, have you thought about one of the 1972 Custom reissues? They have Fender's modern version of a Fender wide-range humbucker in the neck. Quite a unique tone.



    (photo nabbed from the Tele forum).


    When I was looking for a Tele I was sorely tempted by one of these, or it's near cousin the Deluxe. But the Deluxe has a hulking great neck on it, so it was a toss up between a new Custom or a lightly used American Series. After a lot of thought the American Series won out, but I still have periodic episodes of Custom GAS.


    No got to be a mini in the neck like the one in the youtube vid......want it to try out different mini pickups.....just a long term project of mine possibly in the autumn. I was going to use the SG I have but that has full size buckers so I was thinking of replacing the SG with a Tele with a mini humbucker in the neck position....the idea is really growing on me...

  16. Old Scratch and Bluser12 are going see a bit of development here.....


    In this Youtube clip the guy is playing with his thumb (I don't use a pick and play with my fingers, my thumb doing most of the work). The guy has a pick on his thumb "me wants to try that" where can I find one, or a few of those (see Scratch I eventually had GAS attack for a pick we live and learn, then GAS [cool])




    which is best affordable (mid range) Telecaster with a mini humbucker in the neck.....[cool]



  17. Hi Peter


    I will do that or maybe he is already here.........I never thought of that......


    The ad was only in one day and I also posted in the trading post section.


    Good idea I will invite him.


    I think you would like this guy Peter, he is the guy playing the hollow box and Ibanez in the videos on the website.


    When Blues DeVille play a gig I can get to, I will try and get a video of the 89 on "stage", and post it in this thread.

  18. Not after that injury time own goal by Jagielka......GRRRRRR


    Do you not fancy two big fat soapbar P90s in your wine red LP that was the point I was making.....Is there such a beast......or do the P90s just come in the Gold Tops...?


    I never thought I would be able to get a Gibson Firebird but I culled these two






    with what I got for them and £160 I have a brand new Firebird with delivery sorted just a bloody long delivery wait.


    Glad I made the decision to cull the excess out of the herd though....but I can tell you it was hard parting with that Sheraton and Joe Pass but with having my E-by-G and Zephyr, they were pure excess, so I turned that excess into a Firebird...I think it all about getting the team blend right....I am the David Moyes of my guitar team......mind you there are a couple of players at Everton I would trade in and add a bit of cash to bring in new star striker.....:-k

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