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  1. Just happened to wonder if the SG double neck guitars have the same problem.....
  2. I'm also using a third generation Ipad and while I haven't had that problem on these pages, it does happen randomly on other sites I visit. Sometimes it helps to take a couple of minutes and fully shut your machine down and restart after a short pause. I suspect that the cache memory gets overloaded at times and you just need to clear out all the junk files... Are you able to attach photos to a post? All of mine come up with an error saying the file size is too big for this website. Anybody got ideas on reconfiguring or resizing them so they will post here...?? Keesee
  3. Here's my typical way of doing things... You basically want to get as many wrappings around the post as possible. This is very important on cheaper guitars with lower ratio tuners of say 12:1 as opposed to nice tuners at 20:1. The low ratio by nature allows them to back off more easily. After I detirmine how much of the extra string I'm going to use, I thread it thru the hole with about 1/4" sticking out. I make sure that I always wrap the first time around the peg OVER THE TOP of the protruding end of the string and continue to wrap everything else BELOW the protruding end downward towards the headstock. What this does is sandwich the end of the string between the first two wraps of the string going around the peg locking it into inself. Keesee
  4. Why don't you discribe here what you are aiming for... You can most likely do a big portion of the work youself and I'm sure people here can give you good solid advice on how to get there... Besides that, we're nosey...... Keesee
  5. I bought a new Desert Burst about three weeks ago over the phone to the local Guitar Center and I made sure I got answers to any returns that might arise. Since that particular color is considered Special Order, it isn't stocked at local stores and had to be shipped from the Kansas City warehouse. I live about five miles from the Brownsburg Indiana warehouse but they didn't have it, so that's another story... The guitar Center salesman explained that if there were any problems with that guitar, all I would need to do would be to bring it in with my recipt. I had the sale documented with the online order and the salesman personally sent me an email thanking me for the order.. Blah... That I ould use for further documentation. My understanding was that it could be returned to any store with the paperwork. The Guitar arrived about a week later and was in the best condition I could hope for considering it is a $500.00 mass produced instrument. My finish was outstanding and I still haven't ound a flaw after three weeks altho the color is a tad darker than what I was hoping for. I have noticed a crooked pot or two on literally every guitar I've looked at with the coil tapping system installed, and mine has one that is noticibly tilted. My string action was way high with at least 1/8" at the 12th. fret, so I tweaked on it a couple of days before I ot the action where I wanted. I agree that the inspecters are signing off on a lot of junk. They have also changed the way serial numbers are read sometime around 2010. They now have number designations for the plant of manufacture as the 5 and 6 digit. I thought it was a lot easier with the letter codes at the beginning. Hope this helps, Mark Keesee
  6. It's always a good idea to go over everyhing with a screwdriver once in a while whenever you restring it and it never hurts to clean things as well. I keep a small collection of tools dedicated to my guitars. I don't use those pliers or screwdrivers on anything else. I bought a tool called a Jacktight that is specially made to tighten 1/4" guitar jacks while it is still installed in the guitar. it works fantastic and it cost me about $20.00. Toggle switches are a bit harder to secure but the job goes better using a proper wrench than a pair of needle nosed pliers! Normally if you examine it closely, you'll find the culprit for any buzzing or unwanted noise. Just use trial and error and eliminate things as you go. As for any other specialized tools, I'm in love with my Ernie Ball motorized string winder and I always have a good set of dial indicators handy to measure things. You might need an occasional smooth file to dress a fret, but it's all just good quality hand tools. Keesee
  7. Those re really nice... I've watched a few on ebay and they can get pricy for a 35-40 year old guitar. I also like the FT 350's. they are about the same but without the Moon inays... Keesee
  8. Thanks for all the help and this info is in line with what the guitar is suposed to be... Keesee
  9. It's definitely a 12 and not a capitol I, leaving me confused as to weather it designates 12 for the year of manufacture, or a 12 that would denote the Unsung China plant which would also account for the Crafted in China sticker... Both of my other les pauls have are E code guitars.... I guess I couldn't get lucky three times... Lol! Keesee
  10. I just sold a Peerless 335 copy that tended to do the same thing... It sounded fantastic plugged in thru an amp, but while playing as an acoustic the entire lower bout resonated in a way that had a lot of fuzz to the sound. My guitar was a fully hollow body with a sound peg and the distortion occured anywhere on the neck while playing chords. Single note picking didn't seem to produce the same effect. I'll add that my guitar had a trapeze style tail piece. I wondered if the sound peg had moved at some point while the guitar may have been detuned during string replacement. wasn't supporting the bridge properly....
  11. Are you dead set on having an Epiphone logo on the case? There are a lot of options available if it doesn't have to be Epiphone brand...
  12. Thanks guys, I'm familiar with the DR's and I agree that they are nice guitars, but they are rather drab looking.... I'd like to have more bindings including the headstock and definitely want block or trapizoid fret markers. Basically something pretty ornate that doesn't have a huge bluegrass style neck. Keesee
  13. I just got a new limited edition les paul plus top pro with a S/N that I don't recognize and I'm hoping someone here can help. I tried entering the number into a couple of online guitar dater sites with no luck. So here we go..... The guitar is new from the Guitar Center yesterday with the black "Hand Crafted in China" sticker and it has a gold printed serial number that begins with 12 instead of a letter prefix. The entire S/N is 1202150xxxx I realize that coming from a big box outlet the guitar could easily have laid in the warehouse a year or two.... Thanks in advance and if I'm posting this type of request in the wrong section of the forum here, I apoligize for that. Mark Keesee
  14. I definitely remove the recycle sticker and some of the other junk. I do tend to keep any stickers that identify the country of origin and I mostly keep the USA set up & inspector label. I usually get about a year out of the clear vinyl pickguard film so when it gets too bad, all of them come off at the same time. I gotta agree that the S/N is more important. Mark Keesee
  15. Thanks for the comments, I already own a Honey Burst Plain top along with a Heritage Cherry Sunburst plain top. While I still like the looks of the HB color, I really flipped over the Iced Tea and Desert burst. They both have more of a rich Golden Brown flavor that fall a lot closer to the 1959's. the Honey burst is a very hard color to film, but it looks like wet Butterscotch candy in real life. I've banged on quite a few at Guitar Center the last few months with the coil tapped pickups and that is what really clinched it. I recently sold a very nice Peerless 335 copy, so this guitar is basically free. The guitar is due for delivery by Thursday or so, and I'll get some pics soon as possible along side the HB for comparisian. I just need to figure out why Photobucket won't allow my to post from my account. If you haven't checked it out, I'd recommend you take a look at the LP cases from Rondo Music. These are the people who distribute the Agile brand of LP's. At any rate, I bought one of the Dougsal cases in Brown and it is by far the best case I've seen. It' actually a gorgous Oxblood color on the outside with a very nice Burgandy interior. Everyone I've shown it to has raved about it. They run about $78.00 shipped and definitely cheaper than Epiphone logo cases! Mark Keesee
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