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  1. BASSMAN!!! No seriously, Blues Jnr is a good fit no you describe your 'situation' (particularly if you can get a US made one). Light, versatile, good cleans, moddable, loud enough for small gigs and home use. Next up, Blues Deluxe but it's loud! There is a trick to getting the tone without having to make your eyes bleed though, and it's old school gtr knob control (you may as well use them after your electrics mods?). Tech 21 looks interesting. Never come across them before. Fender cache though?
  2. OD Pedal. Get a nice one though, something that does a tube overdrive. TS9 or Bad Monkey, something like that.
  3. Hi Russ, Re. Vomer's bridge advice. Bang on, but, word of caution before you go on a wild goose chase, not all Samick's have a shorter bridge. Take it off and measure it. If the spacing from centre of post to centre of post is 74mm you'll find alot of replacement choices on things like WD music or axesrus websites. If it's 71/2mm you have a job on as there isn't (to my knowledge) a gold replacement available anywhere (and only a couple of options for chrome). You may be better cleaning them up with t-cut or oven cleaner (off the guitar!). Noijj.
  4. Hi Joe, Peavey does a decent job but Fender is a better amp all round in basically every way from experience. Blues Deluxe out the current range is far better than the HRD, which can sound harsh (looks cool in tweed too wich can be shellac coated if you want to do a quick cosmetic mod). The gain channel on the HRD is not subtle like the BD. Next step up is the Blues Deville which is basically the same but with a 4 x 10" which again is a classic arrangement for blues. With the new gen. Fenders there are limitless speaker and tube mods that can help. For example, I have a little SCXD fo
  5. For home use the vibro champ is a good little amp. Look at speaker mods (8" choices must be limited though) on forums and perhaps change the tubes too and try a cab. I have the superchamp xd for a little home amp. It's 15 watts 10" all tube with dsp voicing and effects stages. Basically the bigger brother of the vibro champ. Fender produced a winner here (check out forums on the net for their undoubted popularity) but with speaker upgrade and better tubes it's simply brilliant for everything from home use to rehearsals, jams and small gigs but not medium to large gigs.
  6. You have a point Joe. There is a clear quality difference in the electrics which has to make some tonal difference or at the very least a reliability difference in the long run. I may as well do the whole bang shoot. The ready made harness looks good though. Has to be easier. I'll research Mojo etc. My P90's arrived this morning so here I go again!!
  7. Easy. The Samick Sheraton's have a serial number starting with S. If you put the serial number into www.guitardaterproject.org/epiphone.aspx then it will tell you where it was made and when. Very useful. The Chinese ones begin with EE or they have no letter prefix at all. These are the poorer quality. Good used one? Well, I'm a lefty and they really hold their price, plus I'm in the UK so even more a premium (sorry, didn't notice where you're from?). I guess for a right handed one with a case, about 300-350 british pounds? Maybe less if you're in the States, like 400-500 bucks?
  8. Yes, do it! You'll not look back. Forget the new Chinese ones. Anything from Samick, Unsung, Saen or Matsumoko factories will be fine. Watch the bridge size on some Samick's though, they can have a 72mm post to post spacing which is a ***** to find a replacement for. 74mm and you've got alot of options. If you manage to find an EBG (Epiphone by Gibson written on the headstock) you'll be in vaulted company it appears! Electrics and pickups are the most poular upgrades. Although they sound great as stock for alot of owners, you can really bring the spec up really high with these chan
  9. Good shout. I'd have one if they made a lefty! (don't get me started!). Much smaller than a 335 size/shape though by the look of it?
  10. Hey Dazzler, I would tend to agree with Joe, but, I think you can change the switch without doing the whole lot if you want, as it's the closest part to the f-hole and you may not have to pull it all out to fix it. Switchcraft switch. Les Paul straight style, as they are listed as. It's what Gibson use anyway but a Gibson part will cost you more! Go figure? Joe, did you get a real improvmement in tone from the new harness? What I mean is, you know I did the same thing recently and I'm chuffed, but I changed the pickups at the same time so have no idea exactly how much the electrics enhanc
  11. I've heard, like Joe, on this forum and others that the GFS Mean 90's are a very authentic P90 sound and they are so good value you almost afford to bin them if you hate them. Something you can't do with alot of other brands! That's not to say they are 'cheapo', just amazing value. Some of the others are 'P90 voiced' so they have P90 characteristics but take it somewhere else too. There it's totally down to your ears and noone elses. I hear good reviews on the Kent Armstrongs too (Twang on here has them and raves about them), so that's what I've ordered (in cream to look like soapbars). I
  12. Couldn't agree more. Casino's and Sorrento's look cool and sound fab but I've never heard of or seen anyone who plays in a guitar band live that doesn't have this issue. Particularly on smallish stages with loud backlines. This is not nice, controllable undertow feedback you can move around to cut, or that cool P90 rawness that buzzes a bit with cycle hum. No, it sounds like a whale being murdered - a very loud, totally unmusical, horriffic squeal. A noise that just isn't supposed to be there live. Lounder than the drums even. Your band will hate you! Solution - find a casino with a sound
  13. Hi, You should be able to pick up a sheraton 2 of Korean origin used for a good price and they are better built and finished than the new chinese ones, with much better woods for the natural and vintage sunbust/tabacco burst finishes. As far as I'm aware any serial numbers begining with S, SN, or U will be from Korean factories and all should have the 5 piece neck as identified by the picture strumbone posted (unless you are interested in a black or white one which you may not be able to see?). Simply get the serial number from the one you're interested in and enter it into www.guitard
  14. I know what you mean, they can be very versatile and playable guitars as they are. In fact, the build quality and finish of body and neck is so good on those Korean Sheratons that with the right upgrades you can effectively go very close to Gibson at a fraction of the cost. That was the appeal for me. I now have 2 Korean Sheratons, the blonde with filtertron neck/PAF bridge (gives a gretsch/guild sort of sound) and a a sunburst I'm currently putting P90's in. Same starting point, different directions. Both really fun to play without a. spending too much dough and b. getting so paranoid about d
  15. Can't wait to see the strat Rocky project. Good on you for wanting to get stuck into a luthier-style project. Who knows where it may take you? As for the Casino idea I would recommend building a space ship in your back yard and flying to the moon. You'll find it easier and have better results! (only jesting!).
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