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  1. Lot's and lots of strats have those cracks at the neck joint. If he doesn't want it because of that, let him try and find another one without them. I think it has more to do with the shape of the wood at that spot, as well as having a hunk of maple crammed in there. I used to have a lot of strats, and none of them ever had any structural issues or actual cracks at that spot. Not once. Not ever. Never SEEN one thas has.
  2. Dave: I am guessing the bridge it came with is compensated for a wound G string. Did you switch to a plain 3rd? In either case, you want the guitar to be in tune don't you? Last I knew, you were playing live on occasion and recording. Might also put an opinion, I don't think a metal TOM is a "non-vintage" look, and I also think the 175 is a type of guitar where the styles of music played leans toward being in perfect tune. You haven't had this thing long, I wouldn't go getting custom bridges made until you know for sure what gauge and strings you want to keep on it. But having a couple wood bridges with the different compensated G (plain or wound) and/or a TOM would be a good thing. The guitar justifies it, even SCREAMS for it.
  3. I don't think these are good days for Fender, certainly not a golden era. Last I heard, if I have this right, Fender is highly leveraged, or has debt. In the business world, you buy a company, build the company, then sell the company when it is at a high mark. Last Fender sold, it was at a high mark, and sold for every penny it was worth. Now it is just about trying to keep profits where they were. I don't think they have much wiggle room to have profits go down too much. The thing I have noticed in the past 5 years or so, is the models are cheaper across the product line. They used to make a lot of "classic" types with the same specs as the original, and they weren't that much money. And really, how much does a Fender have to cost? (I mean, REALLY). The cheaper ones used to use the same hardware as the classic and better ones, but they changed that to make the mid-range stuff more expensive and desirable, while making the standard stuff and the cheaper lines cheaper in parts and specs. Might add as well, there was a time when the custom shop stuff, the reissues were getting closer and closer to the originals it took a real expert to tell, and for a while there, they could build a better guitar than they used to because they had amassed so much knowledge. But I have seen stuff lately that was laughable, reissues so different in build Epiphone China could give the Fender custom shop a run for it's money. I am sure if one was to shop, could easily find great Fenders, just have to play them. They aren't making anything new though, and not making anything better than they used to.
  4. You're a high class guy and a gifted and wise musician. Kinda hard to take the flame thrower to you. As it is, a great post set up for a great discussion, even a debate, but not an argument of sorts. Where I am, I don't even play anymore. I could easily get rid of all but 1 or 2, and only because those may have sentimental value but aren't worth anything to anyone else. Might add that I am also kinda in a spot I just don't feel I need stuff, and what little I got now is only because I'm too lazy to get rid of it, but when I go to the dump. As for the guitars, too lazy to sell, but the next kid or musician that has a use for one gets one. Where we part ways on this, is there are different kind of musicians. As for what I WAS, I was a GUITAR PLAYER, nothing more. Not a singer, or a singer/songwriter, or a band leader. I might be the guy that is hired by a guy like you to play your music. The main part about my craft and music was to play the best guitar I could, dictated by who I would be playing with and what best served their music or our music. Saying "This is me and this is the guitar I play" as a take-it-or-leave proposition would be in a sense, arrogant. I think I have bought 2, maybe 3 guitars to facilitate a gig or a band, the perfect guitars for it. The other 18 or so were in HOPES of a gig...lol. So to spite what I wrote above, a lot of it for me was the hobby of searching and learning about "tone", which along with my audiophile hobby, was much centered around speaker and tube swaps, pickups swaps, and restoring. And if I had the money, I would have had a LOT of really, REALLY nice stuff. But really, as a "guitar player", and nothing really more, it wasn't just buying guitars to have them, it was very much about learning to play them, play the best guitars to get the best sounds out of them, both having the best tools for the job having learned, and also about learning to use the tools as well, much like a craftsman would. Most got played.
  5. I believe, and I believe this is true, there are two different things in play here: the tonality of the guitar as it relates to weight, and the sustain of the guitar. I believe both exist, but they are not the same thing. For one, the idea that weight equates to sustain is a myth. Also, being solid doesn't matter either. It used to be the popular perception, but more and more people are realizing it isn't the case. I guess a good example would be an acoustic flat-top guitar. They are both lighter and definitely not solid, they should have no sustain at all. In the case of frequency, or bright vs dark tonality, weight IS one of the factors that effects it, along with tension and coupling. A heavier guitar, everything else being equal, will be darker sounding than a lighter one. The reason there are still bright sounding heavy ones and dark sounding light ones is because not everything is equal. But to be sure, if you take the same guitar and change the weight of the tuners, there will be a difference in tonality. A little or a lot, but to one who is listening for it, it may seem like a lot. To one listening to the entire picture, might not hear the difference past a string change or the turn of the settings on the amp. But back to sustain: If you have a very dark sounding guitar, like say, a Les Paul Custom with ebony board that weighs 14 pounds, and has a naturally "dead" sound, there isn't a lot of treble in it's own sound and not very loud acoustically. Note don't change much as they decay. Plugged into an amp where one would simply turn the tone controls where he likes it, it could SEEM to sustain for days, because it's all amp and the notes are even sounding. But if you time it, it's more often than not the same. Really, you would have to add a LOT of weight to the guitar to change it fundamentally, and you can't add enough weight to the headstock to effect it enough to change it to get that perceived sustain. But dialing in that little bit to go a direction you like when you can hear it, it does tend to make one hear a good guitar as better.
  6. Yea, that was me. I said it. Don't blame me, blame the taste buds. But hey, it's not all a put down. The Brits were at least smart enough to keep the French a free nation, and even devoted themselves to making an empire, which I think was really a smart and wise culture going out into the world in search of better tasting food. Might add though, as you alluded to, we Americans have the benefit of having a LOT of different food, not just everyone else's (well, except maybe British...lol), but also our own has a lot of extremes, and in many cases the best of the best. But the statement "The US has the worst", well, that's also true. (Which you also allude to). I mean if you really want to find it, search the world, we got some garbage for ya. But for some reason, the rest of the world seems to want that too! Go figure. We got BBQ, (and BS) and I have a whole theory on the enough for a whole post.
  7. Well, come to think of it, wouldn't playing guitar be kinda contradictory to and underwater fellow? It doesn't quite help feed my imagination. Can't play guitar underwater, in particular an electric one.
  8. I'm guessing it is because the nut is cut a little high. I bet if you check the intonation, or the tuning on each fret as you go toward the nut, it will get progressively sharper as you get closer to the nut. It's VERY common on Gibson guitars, and a lot of others, for the string slots in the nut to be cut on the high side of ideal. When either the nut is high or the bridge is high, it takes a little bit more tension to fret the string, stretching it out of tune a bit. Tension is least at the 12th fret because it is the middle.
  9. It's two different guitars. The 'Standard' is a cheaper guitar than the 'Classic', although both are made in Mexico.
  10. Hi, Stein! I just wanted to thank you personally for your advice on my post regarding my wonky volume pot. Your reply kept me from F'ing up my 1966 ES-330 as I had the wrong DeOxit. Thanks! G Mac.

  11. Actually, it's 2 cents. But here's the deal: if you discount the price (which they often do), selling that guitar for $699.99 from 800 bucks does the same thing in reverse. The more of a discount they can make it SEEM like, the more special you feel.
  12. I don't get it. Give me a hint. Which restroom would we be using?
  13. Indeed it does. It's also possible the US caused it, but for sure at least played a role. In the fight against Japan, US representatives went to China in an effort to seek out supporting then to be more effective during the fight, as well as getting support from them. Turns out we actually supported the communist, just for the reason they seemed stronger and better organized. It's WAY to simplistic, but yet ironic, that after literally saving them from Japan, we were involved in 2 wars on the other side of them as a result of their going communist. Some thanks huh? And it was the end of the war when the matter was settled, basically becoming sovereign and communist at the same time. Worth noting Stalin was already there to assure that. Where it ISN'T simplistic for sure, there are a lot of questions as to how it could have turned out. If they weren't in a civil war, would they have been able to stop Japan? I think not, but at the same time, it's obvious and maybe stupid that they continued to fight each other, even putting more importance on defeating each other rather than Japan. Could the US have prevented it? Could anyone? SHOULD the US made efforts to prevent it? Being selfish, having China on the other side of the red curtain and not being able to contribute to trade in the west certainly was better for us. To me, the whole China thing from 1930's to 1950's is one of those parts of history where it's impossible to know what would have happened if certain things were changed.
  14. In the US at the time, those that were not isolationist were isolated incidents! Also, the US was supplying Britain as much as possible, very important at the time. I think it's important to not forget history, and knowing about the politics and feelings of the US at the time, and how it worked out, is a lesson for now. When WWII started, there were many who saw what was happening and felt we should go to war, as well as many who thought we should be more involved short of war. And to some degree, they were able to. But the majority had a different outlook, enough of a different opinion and enough of a majority to prevent it. Anything like now or the recent past? That isn't to say that anytime the US is confronted with the question of going to war we should so as to NOT be isolationist. But rather than call those war mongers that consider it, there are times that what is actually happening might justify it. We Americans have a tendency to both want to bury our heads in the sand, as well as form our own opinions about what is happening that has more to do with what we want reality to be rather than what reality is. Sometimes, just a small knowledge of history is enough to make a certain view or opinion silly. To help bring out the obvious.
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