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  1. It's my opinion that a minimal setup is required on every new guitar after it's delivered to it's end user. This would include (at least) new strings, truss rod, intonation, string height, nut check/lube, and maybe even a fret "polish". The reason for this is NOT lack of QC at the factory, but the fact that many things on a guitar change with the variance of temperature and humidity. You're really having your guitar setup for your "climate" conditions. For (extreme) example, a guitar built and setup at the factory in Tennessee in the summer, and shipped to Montana in the winter, will be completely whacked out. The benefits of a properly setup guitar are even greater for the beginner, as a guitar that plays easily, plays/stays in tune, and sounds good will help in the learning curve, by if nothing else, making you want to play it MORE. The more you play, the better you get.
  2. First noodled around on the family baritone uke, and then on to the nylon stringed classical guitar that was sitting in the corner. I'll call 1970 as the year I started "playing" guitar as that was when I got my first electric. So, I guess I'd say 47 years.
  3. The "Kenmore" name will be next, if it hasn't been sold already. You know your company's in trouble when the only assets you have left are two brand names.
  4. This statement and sketch are VERY misleading. The statement, "assumes the board has been removed", needs to have the most important part added "AND DISCARDED". And since it needs to be discarded, it further confuses the issue by using the PCB photo for the "new" wiring diagram. Also, since the board has been discarded and the jacks are "panel mount" (and PCB wired), they now have nothing to mount to or solder wires to. This post is dangerously confusing and unclear.
  5. AND lead time. In almost ALL cases, you're better off buying an off-the-shelf guitar closest to your specs, and having the "custom" mods done "aftermarket".
  6. I really don't see the need for a switch, but you do need to rewire the jack panel on the cabinet to a "series" wiring path. AND... once you do this, each jack becomes a specific "Input" and "Output" on the first (pass-through) cabinet. Using just one cab will give you your regular 8ohm load, adding the second cab will give you a 16ohm load. One word of caution, it's been my experience that too large of a speaker load can be as bad for an amp as too little of a load, especially transistor amps.
  7. Most photos I find show single-ring Kluson keystones. Repros of these tuners are readily available from any major parts dealer and from various mfg's. "Kluson" branded tuners from "WD Music Products" will probably be the most historically accurate. http://kluson.com/vintage-stamped-steel.html To confirm this, you should be able to see the footprint of the original tuners (base plate, screw holes, bushings) by looking carefully for the indentations in the wood and/or paint. Depending on what replacement tuners have been installed, the peghead holes may have been reemed. This would require special adapter bushings. Only you can determine this by precise measurements off the guitar and specs of available parts.
  8. I played 11's on my 335 and 345 for years and was very happy (Blues and Rock). I few years ago I decided to try a set of 12-52, and have since begun using them on all my solids and semi's. I do use flats, or technically speaking "nylon tape wounds", on my hollow body archtops for Jazz. From the description of your playing style and gear, you might want to try a set of flats on that semi. Grab a set of D'Adario "Chromes" and give it a try. They're cheat and easy to find. If you indeed like the flats, you could then experiment with the higher priced "boutique" and "handmade" flats. I'm a LaBella guy, but there are many here that rave about a TI product.
  9. I would think that the "aftermarket" manufacturers (Lawrence, Duncan, Dimarzio, etc) would be the place to find out this kind of information, as 1) they were the first to offer recreations of the PAF's and others as far back as the 70's, and 2) they are more likely to publish historical information on Gibson pickups since it's not THEIR intellectual property.
  10. No, this is far from accurate information. The "Nashville" bridge was introduced during the Norlin era, around '74/75.
  11. Yes, but..... As with many things in our "global economy", there are Metric sizes and Imperial (English) sizes.
  12. It will probably be easier to find an original than a reissue! 12 on e-bay right now. Not a reissue in sight, although two show up in "sold" listings.
  13. Great chart. Thanks for sharing your time, effort and knowledge. Downloaded, printed and saved!
  14. L5Larry


    We'll need a good set of detailed photos to be of any help.
  15. Yep, there you go. Your guitar is certainly the same as the one pictured in the "reverb" ad, an "L6-S Midnight Special". I was not familiar with this variety of L6.
  16. It's an L-6S of some variety. The era of the model, as associated with the 5XX,XXX serial number, puts it around '74/75. There were two models of the this guitar, the "L6-S" and the "L6-S Deluxe". The guitar pictured had traits of both, AND has traits of neither. This was a med/high level Gibson solid body of it's day, far above the level of the "student model" Melody Maker.
  17. The first mention I ever saw of this bass was in the book "The Gibson Guitar from 1950" by Ian C. Bishop, c. 1977. It states "Not all of these had painted-on F-holes". I don't think I've ever actually seen one of these in the flesh.
  18. L5Larry

    Knobs on an SG

    I would highly suspect you have CTS pots in your SG. Gibson has been using CTS potentiometers since the invention of the electric guitar. To confirm: Take the cover off the control cavity and look for the manufacturer/date code on the back of the pots. This number often gets obscured by the ground wire solder, but you have four chances. If the number starts with "137" they are made by CTS. I am not familiar with "Alpha" pots, nor can I find a manufacturers code for them. This would lead me to believe they are Asian in origin, and maybe what's used in the Epi versions. So... what Stew-Mac is really asking (while trying to be politically correct) is whether your guitar is American or Asian. Same with the pointers, I believe there are also two versions (or should be).
  19. It must be a photo illusion. I just put a dial caliper on them, and they measure out within a few thousandths of each other. 1960 Rosewood "Slab-board": Nut = 1.65", 12th fret = 2.01" 1954 Maple: Nut = 1.65", 12th fret = 2.01"
  20. It's a fairly well known story about Crosby getting fired from the Byrds. McGuinn showed up at his house one morning and told him he was out of the band. Years later, when CSN was still playing stadiums and McGuinn was playing the "Oldies" tour, they crossed paths. The story about Crosby's firing came up and David asked, "Hey Roger, how'd that work out for you?"
  21. The classic early Fender 'bursts: A 1960 3-tone, and the 1954 2-tone
  22. "Sales" figures would be impossible to calculate (too many different retailers). "Production" numbers would be the way to judge this (single source), but.... complete listings of production figures are not usually available to the general public. Tom Wheeler's book, "American Guitars" does list "selected" production number for Gibson guitars from the period 1948 through 1978. Some reasonable assumptions could be made from doing the math from these published production numbers. A quick glance seems to show the various SG models being produced in greater numbers that the LP models.
  23. That was FANTASTIC..... Parts reminded me of Jethro Tull's "Thick As A Brick". Keep up the good work!
  24. Yes it does, there not called "Cowboy Chords" for nothing.
  25. Not our audio or video, but.... here's a chart I played tonight at our holiday concert, the fantastic Mel Torme composition, "The Christmas Song". What makes this arrangement unique is the time signature changes. It flip-flops between 4/4 time and 3/4 time. Really makes it fun to play, and interesting for the audience. Go ahead, try to count it! Remember, the value of the quarter note stays the same.....
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