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About Vinlander

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  1. I love my 1992 Les Paul Standard but only for the first 20 minutes or so I am playing it standing, then my back says get that 10 pounder off me... It has plenty of sustain and bite even more with its new Pinnacle machined steel bridge. I got a 2005 SG standard that could have replace it for longer standing playing time, but the rounded '50s neck was not as great as my LP slim '60s, I never could bind with it. It was almost as good sounding as my LP sharing the same 498/490 pups but with maybe a bit less sustain and more mid focussed. I finally sold the SG to finance a Warmoth telecaster pr
  2. After 25 years of using strictly d'Addario XL110 (10-46) on my 1992 Standard, I got introduced by my luthier to their 10-46 balanced tension set. I initially went for a complete pro setup and fret dress on my latest Warmoth Tele build and they had not the regular XL110 I am so used to... They suggested I give a try to the XL110BT which is: 10, 13.5, 17, 25, 34, 46 instead of 10, 13, 17, 26, 36, 46 and frankly I am now sold on it. While some of the strings feels a little bit smaller than usual under the fingers, the tension between them is more balanced making it a charm to fret. I am use
  3. Not unusual for guitar dater project to be wrong as my Nashville made Tal from 1996 also shows up as made in Bozeman on guitar Dater... That wine red one appears legit and it was definitely made in Nashville. Produced in limited runs since its revival in the early '90s, Tals for sale are even scarcer up here in Canada and Quebec, I needed to buy mine from USA couple years ago but it was worth it. Don't let the laminated top fools you in thinking they are not real custom shop worthy instrument, they are fabulous instruments with a distinctive tone. Like something between the jazz player fav
  4. Limited size of the boutique market (read demand) and return on investment might explain this.
  5. The pickups don't sit parallel to string with a batwing PG it is a well known fact since 1966...no news there. My OCD made me use a foam spacers under both pickup on mine and I even used slightly bent screws to make them parallel. With that said, it was more playing with my OCD than having a huge impact on the tone. Regarding the strings touching the bridge, the problem is not 2016 models but people screwing their TP down too much causing the string angle too steep making the string touch the back of the bridge. Set neck angle will affect how much you can screw down the TP versus the heig
  6. #2 on my Princeton Reissue when playing the Tal but using the #1 with both my HCC single coil equipped Emperors
  7. Innovation is not always called for...certainly not when you are aware of your customer base and what THEY want
  8. These are minor annoyances in my book if it plays fine and sound great. I would be more worried by actual playability issues like tail raise and overpleking CS QC was guilty of letting out lately...
  9. Knowing what Crimson Custom Shop commanding a premium can let pass...it is far from surprising... Maybe we are again at the end of an era and it is time some people with pride in what they do bring fresh air
  10. If Gibson QC let some Custom Shop instruments that can't play beyond fret #10 because of a tail raise they try to fix by overplekking it, pass, I am afraid buzzing is probably not a priority...
  11. yes I do since 1989 when I attended a Metallica concert... Since that time I never attend a concert or play live without my earplugs. In my case it is a high pitch frying pan mostly, I learned to live with it. It is getting more worst when I drink alcohol, when I have a flu or eat certain food.
  12. They have pretty much nothing in common. A Byrdland is closer to an L5 with its 17 inches bout and carved spruce top, but has a thinner body and a shorter scale. A better guitar to compare to the 175 but with a carved spruce top would be the L4
  13. Looks like it might have an ebony fingerboard, rosewood despite it can be dyed darker the grain here is too tight. Apparently Gibson could have made special 335 runs with Ebony board around those years Regarding the dots in the maple, that is called bird's eye figure and is usually a very desirable thing
  14. My back and I are happy my 1992 Les Paul Standard of 10.1 pounds is "only" a swiss cheese, even my 2005 SG Standard is 7 pounds
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