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About mbrooks0711

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  1. Hey guys, I love Sheraton's and I thought I knew it all, but this ones got me stumped. Is this a legit Cherry Red Sheraton? I haven't ever seen one even mentioned before. My link I'm wondering because I'm within driving distance of this guy, and I'd like to have a shot at it if it's legit. Mark Brooks
  2. I'll agree with what the other guys have said so far, but I'll try to answer in a way that may be more of what you are looking for. These are all SUBJECTIVE and make sure you mess around with the settings to what sounds best to YOU The first rule is that there are NO RULES. Your ears need to make the decision, not your head, mind, or brain (yes that's a school of Rock reference). -Use the neck pickup (aka RHYTHM) when you're playing the background parts of a song (chords, powerchords) etc. -Use the bridge pickup (aka TREBLE) when you're playing more single notes/lead parts of a song -Use the the middle setting when either one of those settings are too far in one direction (when you have TOO much rhythm or bass) Generally speaking, there are two types of pickups out there; single-coils & humbuckers. Single-coils came first (think Fender Stratocaster) and humbuckers came later (aka Gibson Les Paul 1957 and later). Single-coils generally have a brighter sound but are a little noisier while humbuckers are less noisy with a deeper/darker sound. Humbuckers are in essence two single coils wrapped together which "bucks the hum". Neither one is right or wrong and both have their place. Your guitar has two pickups (humbucker pickups), but they have been "coil-tapped" which is a fancy term meaning that when you pull the knob, it changes that pickup into a single-coil pickup. So, you're set up great to explore a lot of different tonal possibilities as you get better at playing. As far as the knobs, you have two knobs for each pickup; one volume and one tone. Everybody understands a volume knob, but tone knobs are a little different. When I started the best way someone described it to me was to think about the tone as a water valve. Fully closed, you're not getting any saturation from your pickups, but with it fully open you're getting all the sweet tone your pickups have to offer. Try the tone knobs fully closed, then fully open to see the difference. I hope that helps explain some stuff. Don't worry about being new here, this forum is the friendliest one I've ever seen. Nobody's gonna yell at you for being new, that would be dumb.
  3. Ditto. Those are really interesting mods. I've never seen someone do the mini's and frequensator like that. It looks great. How do the mini's sound as compared to standard humbuckers?
  4. Are you selling one? Or at least looking to sell? I'm in the market for a 1988 Sheraton specifically. Just send me a message privately if you are.
  5. LOL yeah, I really can't figure out how to post it bigger OR find the thread that tells me how to. Advise would be appreciated.
  6. So, I was visiting a local pawn shop today and I found this Got it for $125 out the door. Has a couple dings, dents, and scuffs, but a I feel like it's a GREAT deal for the price I paid. It had a tuner broken, and was missing the pickguard, but I had matching ones left over from a previous project. AND I have a LP hard shell case. I need to put a new nut and really play it before I decide whether or not to keep it or make a quick $200-$250 profit off selling it. Anybody else, ever gotten a deal this good?
  7. +1 on everything, and I will add no inspection stickers and that weird stamp label like the older elitist models.
  8. It seems that what I might have found is a "Gibson Les Paul Artist Active model" http://www.tdpri.com/forum/bad-dog-cafe/124149-1981-gibson-les-paul-worth.html I found this thread that seems to describe what I found pretty well. Not hardly any info around the internet on the "Active" Artist model. For around $300 would this be worth getting? Any real value in a one-off sort of prototype 80's Gibson be worth anything eventually? Thanks!
  9. So, my two Sheraton II's are my favorite guitars I've ever played. I've got a (new era) vintage sunburst and a natural one. I'd like to keep my eyes open for deals of more models that I don't have. Help me see if I've missed any other colors. I know about the black And the older sunburst And although I've never seen one in person, I've seen pictures of the Alpine White Are there any other variations, colors, that I'm missing. I know that there are obviously the original Sheratons (as opposed to Sheraton II), Elitist models, and special Johnny Lee Hooker models (with only a few hundred made). I don't know how many more there are out there, but I'd like to know what to keep my eyes open for.
  10. I'm hoping that this is where I send a personal message. Thanks for the into on the Bigsby. Could you give that info you mentioned on the seller in Canada. Thanks.

  11. Nope, not a Gibson Sonex from what I can tell. I've looked at the first 3 or 4 pages of google images, and it's close but no match. The two switches are underneath the bridge. As in south of the humbuckers. This is driving me crazy! Thanks for the help so far though
  12. Nope, sorry. If anybody else has good places for me to dig for information, I'd appreciate that as well.
  13. Okay guys, I need your help on this one. I can't seem to find much information on google or by any other normal means, so I'd figure I'd ask here. I'm a regular over on the Epiphone part of the forum, but I'd thought I'd venture over here to get y'alls expert knowledge. Here's the specs that I know, and I need your help getting a model name. I'll bold the things I found weird. Gibson Les Paul ___________? 1980? model (serial 8XXX0XXX, i think i remembered the coding correctly) BOLT-ON NECK Flat top (like an LP special) Two humbuckers, but with both humbuckers have magnets on bottom, like two bridge pickups) Two 3-way switches kind of below the bridge, left of the knobs; no 3-way switch in normal LP position At first, I thought this was some catastra**** of a crack-head's dream, but the control cavity on the back seems to be large enough to accommodate the two 3 way switches, so it SEEMS like this was standard from the factory. Okay, the backstory and why I don't have photos. Saw it in a local pawn-shop today, but I didn't get to play it or take pictures of it (so people can't tell the po-lice that it's really their property and was stolen). Condition was okay (not bad for being 30 years old) and the price was just a shade over $300, which is the real reason I'm asking about it at all. Does ANYBODY know if this guitar was something Gibson actually produced, or is it botched up nightmare from the early 80's? Muchos Gracias for the help!
  14. That's an INSANE DEAL! I'm counting my cash to see if I can get one of these. And if I do this, I'm thinking... Gold Bigsby Gold Hardware Black P90 covers Black Knobs Check out this video GREAT tone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJlDDckBqeo
  15. I don't know, but I bet you could buy most of the republic of Honduras for the price of a Gibson Custom Shop guitar.
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