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  1. Yes, this is the answer, and will only cost about $7.
  2. A DI box, by technical definition IS NOT a preamp. It simply converts the 1/4" input "unbalanced" high-impedence signal to a "balanced" low-impedence signal. This may give the impression of signal boost, but is is not the real function. The reason low-impedence balanced line signals are used for PA's and recorders, is that they are quieter and "cleaner". There is really no reason to convert the signal (through a DI) to plug in a guitar to an amp at your feet. The reason there are 1/4" and XLR inputs on an acoustic amp is the plug in your guitar in the 1/4" channel, and a microphone into the XLR channel. Now a word about DI's: Passive DI's (no battery or phantom power) should really only be used for emergencies, they are nothing more than tranformers. To properly convert a 1/4" signal to XLR, while maintaining signal strength and integrity, it takes voltage. An "active" DI, one that requires batteries or phantom power, is the only "real" DI.
  3. As the 355 was not a very popular model made in quantities of a gazillion (like the 335), I know of no off-the-shelf replacement pickguards. There is a tortoise replacement guard for the 335, but it is going to have a beveled laminated edge finish, not bound. https://www.allparts.com/PG-0813-043-Tortoise-Pickguard-for-Gibson-ES-335_p_2720.html I would look into a bound tortoise L-5C guard, and see if the profile will fit. You would then need to have the pickup notches cutout. https://www.allparts.com/PG-9815-043-Bound-Tortoise-Pickguard-for-Gibsonreg-L-5reg_p_2782.html There are a couple custom pickguard makers that have been recommended by members here that have the patterns to make many popular shapes, but the kicker is the binding. To make a bound pickguard is a whole different ballgame.
  4. Best guess from the info given - 1973 Check the pot codes to confirm.
  5. It was nice of them to give Leon Russell a part in the trailer!
  6. Not enough info furnished. Detailed photos, including front and back of headstock, and potentiometer codes are needed for putting an accurate mfg date to this guitar.
  7. Generally speaking... YES. This is the first indication that something is out of whack. Further detailed inspection is necessary. You'll want to check for neck bow and truss rod adjustment, and the neck joint itself.
  8. I've heard some pretty funny stories about George, some of which can't be repeated in public... but My favorite was told to me by Freddy Cole (Nat "King" Cole's brother), and kind of starts out like a bad joke... "two old black guys walk into a bar"... Freddy had stopped by George's house for a visit (Phoenix, AZ I believe), and George says "hey, let's go out for a couple drinks." So Freddy and George walk into this little bar and there happens to be small jazz combo playing. After a few drinks, Freddy goes up to the band and asks if he and his friend could sit in on a couple tunes. Asked what instruments they played, he said he played piano, and his friend played a little guitar. The bandleader says OK, and asked what there names were. Freddy replies "my name's Fred and my friend's name is George." After playing a few tunes, one of the band guys says "hey, you guys are pretty good." I wonder if the band ever figured out who they really were.
  9. Me too. I've contemplated a couple of "vintage" JC-20's, but the tariff has been too high. Can't wait to get a report on this little bugger. For jazz gigs I'm currently using a Roland Cube 30x and am completely satisfied with it, but hey, it's just not a "JC".
  10. Sounds to me like you have a "problem" most songwriters dream of, someone has heard a song you wrote and wants to commercially record it. By posting the song on the internet, you have essentially "published" it, but you HAVE also protected your "copyright". Once a song is published, anybody has the right to sing it, play it, or record it, without your consent or permission, IF.... they pay the "FEE". The difference between you and say Lennon/McCartney is the big corporate publishing company, which can set their own licensing fees. But... there are laws in place to protect the rest of us mere mortals. Once you confirm exactly what's going on, you might want to talk to an entertainment lawyer...... but my advise would be to ride out the process and take the check, it's just one song. Every rich and famous songwriter in the world had to sell their first song to someone at some time.
  11. I know this wasn't the question, but I use LaBella strings on my jazzboxes (well, all my guitars for that matter). I would HIGHLY recommend you check out their strings, they have a flavor to suit any and all tastes, styles and guitars. I use the black nylon tape wounds, https://www.stringsbymail.com/la-bella-black-nylon-tape-wound-800-electric-guitar-medium-14-67-4563.html, but they also make standard flatwounds, https://www.stringsbymail.com/electric-guitar-strings-8/la-bella-404/jazz-flats-687/. StringsByMail.com is where I get mine.
  12. There were a lot of "odd" speaker configurations in the 50's and 60's. My first "piggyback" amp was a Gibson Mercury II that had a 15" and a sealed back 10". Of course, I had to take a jigsaw to it and make it a 2x12 cab.
  13. Easy carry, no case required!
  14. Although other polymers used in guitar making have their own unique aging properties, the most prevalent being shrinkage and brittleness, I have only ever seen the off-gassing effect from the mock tortoise shell celluloid pickguards.
  15. Generally speaking, the market value would only be devalued by the cost of replacing the parts with those which are "period correct". Although with low-to-mid grade "vintage" instruments, this CAN BE a significant percentage of value/price. The missing original case is only an issue to a cork-sniffing collector, as a player would never want to carry a guitar of this age around in a beat-up old case anyway, but the "lack there of" can be used as a another negotiating point. From the body-only photo, the bridge shown is most likely a Leo Quan "Badass". These were great direct replacements for the old "lightning bolt" bridge on the large posts, and probably the first after-market part available for this purpose. The knobs are also probably replacements, and I wouldn't be surprised if the tuning machines have been replaced. In the late 60's/early 70's the early Melody Makers were very inexpensive used guitars, and perfect chassis for all of us with a few bucks, a saw, a sander, a couple of cans of spray paint and soldering iron. I've seen everything from having the horns sawed off into a teardrop shape (for slide playing), to double humbuckers installed, and every custom paint job you can imagine. The irony of all this is the fact that these were great little guitars (I prefer the early 60's double-cut model), and one of it's greatest assets was the pickup(s). I had an ES-320 with "Melody Maker" pickups, and it had a great and unique sound. As for market value, with an "all original" value of around $1K, and deducts for changed out parts and missing case, I do think SlimT is right in the ballpark.
  16. The more I learn about music and guitar playing, the more I realize how GOOD some of the R&R guys really were/are. It may have looked/sounded like they were just sawing cowboy chords, but many times there was a LOT more going on.
  17. I think it's pretty safe to say you have a 1970 335, as your guitar has a crossover traits from both sides of that transition year. The way I come to this conclusion is by doing the math to come up with the least common denominator. The serial number comes up 70-72. "Made In USA" stamp was initiated sometime in 1970. The headstock "volute" was also started in 1970. The oval orange label was discontinued in 1970 and changed to the rectangular white/purple label. The combination of the "old" label with the "new" headstock traits lead squarely to the transition year of 1970. You can add one more piece of evidence to the equation if you can get a potentiometer mfg/date code off one of the pots. A flashlight and dental type inspection mirror will aid in this search. You're looking for the seven-digit number starting with "137" that will be on the back of the pot cans, although many times this number get covered, or partially covered, by ground wire solder. The pot code is deciphered as follows": MFGyyWW MFG - the manufacturer code, 137 = CTS Corp. yy - the last two digits of the year of manufacture. WW - the week of that year (01-52) the pots were made.
  18. On the traditional "vintage" fender necks, the adjusting nut is on the bottom end of the neck. It may not visible in the neck pocket, and is usually inaccessible without removing the neck.
  19. Bad news sure travels fast. The news just hit the local wire here in his (and my) hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Here's a very good biographical write-up from our local paper: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/rock-legend-chuck-berry-dies-at-police-report/article_ff0a2a77-8b25-5573-868c-dcbf7674372e.html I certainly couldn't call him a "friend", but I can say I did know him. Our paths crossed many times over the years, which did include doing one concert with him.
  20. I do not understand why someone would spend thousands of dollars on a guitar, chosen partially for the finish, headstock shape, logo and inlays, and then clamp an odd shaped piece of black plastic on the headstock, completely changing the shape, look, contours, and balance.... and then... leave it hanging there while they play. It looks like crap! In the case of an electric guitar, you always have the signal path to insert an inline tuner (be it stomp box or rack mount), which all come with switches and bypasses these days. Without the electronic signal path, acoustics obviously present a different challenge, but I would still never leave a clip-on tuner hanging from the headstock during a performance. That said... In my wireless rig, I have a Korg DTR-2 rack-mounted with the wireless receiver. In my gigbag I keep an old hand-held Korg DT-2, and on my little pedal board I use (when needed) for A/B guitar switching, A/B channel switching and built-in FX switching, I have a Fender PT-100 stompbox tuner. No headstock warts for me.
  21. Gibson branded pickup rings are readily available from many retailers. Here's an example: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gibson-Les-Paul-Rings-Humbucker-Black-Pickup-Mounting-Guitar-Parts-SG-V-HP-ES-R9-/322436688474?hash=item4b12b96a5a:g:tFsAAOSwo4pYmfZK
  22. Just curious..... Exactly WHY would you want to REMOVE the chrome off guitar parts, OR anything else for that matter? I've had stuff chromed and re-chromed (mostly Harley parts), but I've never found the need to "un-chrome" anything.
  23. Yes, All fretted instruments will do this. It's a function of fret height and finger pressure.
  24. Normally it would be "Svedka" Swedish vodka/rocks for me (my favorite premium vodka is Kettle One, but too expensive for "everyday" use), but tonight the wife and I are enjoying a couple of Manhattans made with Jim Beam "Pre-Prohibition" Rye (and plenty of Bitters).
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