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  1. I am wanting to buy some used 57 Classic pickups, but don't want to get ripped off. I can't afford new ones so I have been looking on Craigslist and have seen some at good prices. I have been afraid of buying them used because I don't want any fakes. Is there a way to tell the real ones form fakes just by looking and close examination?
  2. Ace Freely made me want to play air guitar. AD/DC riffs made me want to play. Slash's solos made me want to play lead.
  3. Yes there is a little you should know about the finish. I am not sure what kind of finish it has but if it's nitro then it will require a little work on your part to keep it up. The nitro will react with all kinds of chemicals including sweat and skin grease. If you don't take care of it the finish will look bad. If nitro finish, buy some Virtuoso polish and put on 3 coats before you play it. This will build up a nice coat that is easy to clean and take care of. Use a soft t-shirt or lint free cloth to wipe all the grease, finger prints, and sweat off after each practice or jam session. EVERY TIME. If you don't it will be hard to get off later and may even stain the finish. If you do this it will be so easy to keep it looking new. NEVER leave the polish on to set for or it will bubble the finish. Only need to polish it ever 6 months to a year. Cleaning it after each session will prevent the neck from getting sticky. If its faded or satin don't use Virtuoso or it will shine the heck out of your guitar and its impossible to reverse it. Buy some GHS fast fret and clean the strings after each session and they will last longer and feel better. Don't let it get too hot by leaving it in a car or the glue could melt. Don't expose it to sudden changes in temperature or the finish will crack. Keep reading this forum daily and you will learn a lot about how to take care of your guitar.
  4. He is running each pickup into some piece of equipment that has more than channel. Doubtful that he is using one amp to do both pickups cause he is panning. He describes "panning" one pickup to the left and the other to the right. What he means is that the signal form one pickup is sent to the right speaker and the signal from the other pickup is sent to the left speaker. Thus it creates the "space". It can be accomplished many different ways. I have a 2 channel amp and i run each pickup into its own channel. It really gives it a thick "two" guitar sound. It is awesome for live shows. There are so many endless possibilities for recording it would take too long to explain. Just do a lot of online searches and you will find what works best for you.
  5. I forgot to address the imperial v metric question. Imperial is kind of like the way the US measures things. Inches, feet, yards. Etc (they are not exactly the same but closely related). Metric system is what most Asia and most of Europe use. Millimeters, meters, kilometers etc. Short version is they measurements are different because guitars made in Asia are measured using the metric system.
  6. I am almost 99% sure it was the T3BT. I got it through a local shop. The older Sheratons from the 90s had slightly different measurements on the bridge post and were not always consistant. I explained my worries to the owner and He told me if it did not fit he would take it back. It was not a simple fit. The post that came with the bridge would not fit the body. (I dont exactly remember what was wrong i just remember being mad about it) What I did was leave the original bridge post in the guitar and kinda force the new bridge on the post. I went slow and worked it from side to side until it was seated all the way down. I also had to squeeze the post together with my fingers. It was a TIGHT fit. I believe tight fits are better for sustain and loose fits rob you of tone. Or at least that is all the hype behind TonePros anyway, so I was not to upset about the extra tight fit. Anyway, I set my heights and locked the bridge into place and rocked out. It really was worth all the $.
  7. Wait!!!! An Elitist LP and SG. You are one lucky man.
  8. The close up looks like a honeyburst. The overall looks like an Ice tea. The temp (color) of your lights and the angle can make a huge difference in the color we see in your pic. All that being said, I am pretty sure it is a honeyburst.
  9. I bought a used Sheraton and got a great deal because it was so hard to play and keep in tune. It was one sorry guitar. I then made the following changes. 1) i made a new bone nut. I have used tusk and bone before. Both are good, but the stock nut on my Sheraton was crap. That alone fixed all the tuning issues. (I could be wrong but I don't think the ivory nut is true ivory. I think ivory is illegal). I would go with tusk over the stock nut every time. 2) TonePro bridge. Again the stock on mine was crap (the worst bridge i have ever seen). The TonePro was worth every penny. I could not believe the difference it made. Improved sustain, tone, acoustics, volume, and intonation. I mean perfect intonation. 3) I was going to change out the tuners because my stock ones are so sloppy. But after the new nut and bridge it holds a tune so well I see no point. 4) I put on Elixer nanoweb strings. I just love the way they feel. And they last so long. The coating makes them last 2 to 3 times as long and it also cuts down on the fret hand finger noise. As for the "ring" on the e string. Mine also buzzed and had a ring when played open. It means your nut slot is too low. I had the sme issue, until I made a new nut. I have not seen or played a 62(VS) so I don t know if its the right mods for you. But what I can say is that the mods your thinking about made a crappy (impossible to play)1991 Sheraton one amazing guitar.
  10. abilbay

    filing nut

    Try a good string/nut lube first. I use GHS Graphitall. It has stopped the "pinging" and tuning issue on my 08 LP without having to file the nut. It's cheap and easy. If it does not work then you have only lost a few days. I use it every time I change strings. If that does not correct the issue then a little nut work WILL fix 99% of tunning problems. Even if you have sloppy tuners. Most tunning issues are caused by the nut. I have the worst sloppy tuners on my Sheraton and could not keep it in tune. I made a new bone nut and now it holds a tune for ever. If you did not have the problem with 10s then did have them when you put on the 11s. I would bet that a little nut work will fix it, but I woul still try the lube first.
  11. abilbay

    filing nut

    Do be careful and take your time if your going to do it. Make sure you buy the proper tools. You can get them from Stewmac. The first time I tried to file a nut I got the G string too low. Three nuts and many hours later, I got it "close enough". It is really easy to get the slot too deep if your not up to the challenge or not willing to try and try agin take it to a pro and let them file your nut
  12. I have one of the 50s with humbuckers and I love it. Yes it is made in America. The price is kept down by using a A or AA top instead if the AAA or AAAA tops. There is no binding on the body or the neck which helps keep the cost down. Mine was also a littler cheaper because GC was trying to clear out all of its 2012 LP.
  13. I did the exact same thing; used Gibson pump polish and a soft rag. It left swirl marks all over and failed to remove any of the haze or grease. Then I tried Virtuoso with a new cotton shirt. Made it look better than new. Try and you will never use anything else on your nitro. Also, wipe the skin grease and sweat off after playing with a clean cotton t-shirt to keep the nitro looking good. Do this EVERY TIME. .
  14. That same ser# came up on a fake LP Custom today from another thread. http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/99487-is-this-a-real-custom-les-paul/page__gopid__1346651#entry1346651
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