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  1. Sorry, I was confusing my ESP pickups which are stacked P90s like Gibson P100. Now I understand the Lee Malia wiring. It must be the dummy coil is wired in series and should be out of phase. In that case the problem could be the dummy coil is in phase so not cancelling out the hum. Could be worth a try to reverse the connections on the dummy coil and see if it improves the signal.
  2. Hi there. I had a similar problem with a new ESP LTD Viper 256p. The neck P90 was supposed to be hum cancelling but it hummed to my ears worse than a standard P90. I read somewhere on the Internet, was actually a cached Musicians Friend page for my model with reviews. One of the reviews mentioned the hum and they swapped a couple of wires in the control cavity. I reversed two wires and the hum was gone. I cannot access that MF page as I am in the UK and MF has blocked access to my country due to trading restrictions. I will look inside my Viper tomorrow to try remember which wires I s
  3. The Alnico Classic and Alnico Classic Plus pickups from 2014 onward are very underrated. Their reputation is tarnished by the earlier versions often referred to as mudbuckers. I've got an Epiphone 2014 Les Paul Standard and the pickups are sweet, fat sounding with not a hint of mud.
  4. The replacement nut for Kramer Baretta Special is Graph Tech Black Tusq Top Nut for Epiphone Guitar - Slotted (PT-6060-00) The messaging facility doesn't work to send a message to darivo hence this post.
  5. I have increased performance and stable whammy tuning by changing nut for Graphtech Black Tusq XL nut, but have recently started using https://www.musicnomadcare.com/Products/TUNE-IT-Lubricant/ Just a tiny amount on a stock nut is as good as the Graphtech nut for stable tuning with whammy use.
  6. I have an ESP LTD Viper-256P with noise cancelling P90 pickups. When I got it new it buzzed a lot, in fact more than your normal P90 equipped guutar. Then I read on the Internet a couple of owners with buzzing guitars claimed the factory wiring was wrong and two wires needed swapping. I tried to find the info, it's on Musician's Friend website review, but I am in UK so new data protection law won't let me access it. If you are in the USA have a look at the reviews at the link below to find the info about swapping the wires. It worked for me, my P90s are quiet as a mouse now. http
  7. Hi, sorry forgot my FDP password. Here's a link to my Kasuga Barney Kessel pic.


  8. Yeah that's pretty much my attitude to guitars. I like to keep my guitars set up well and that's it. If a guitar doesn't have what I require then I won't buy it. For the price of a set of high-end pickups I find there are good electric guitars to be had.
  9. Try lowering the neck pickup until it is just above the plastic surround. You can do that by using a cross-head/Philips type screwdriver. Looking down on the pickup from above, turn the two screws nearest to the pickup cover clockwise to raise and counter-clockwise to lower.
  10. Are your strings $119 each or do you get the full set?
  11. You might not need to raise both unless you prefer high action. It is usual for the action to be a little higher on the low E side than the high E side.
  12. Looking at the bridge from above, there are two screws. One either side of the saddles that the strings go over. To raise the action, turn the screw anti-clockwise. Try the one next to the low E string first. That might be all it needs. Let us know how it goes.
  13. Have you taken the bridge pickup out to have a look at it? Just asking in case the previous owner took the cover off the Burstbucker for extra oomph.
  14. Haha, that makes two of us.😊
  15. Hey Pin, did you go to St Thomas Aquinas?
  16. Sometimes the tuning can vary across the fretboard if the frets are not properly crowned. Flat fret tops can adversely affect the tuning accuracy from fret to fret even if the tuning and intonation are spot on.
  17. The P90 soapbar pickups are the same size as the mini-humbuckers with pickup rings. In fact, Gibson used soapbar covers to modify into pickup rings for mini-humbuckers.
  18. Yeah, I picked one of these up last week. Sounds are very modern and easy to tweak. Drums are more interesting than most offerings in other multi-fx. This is going to be really useful for practice and recording. Don't be fooled by the diminutive size, it's jam packed with easy to use features.
  19. My ES-339 too. Seems like it's part of an initiation ceremony into the "339 Black Hand Gang".
  20. I purchased a new ESP LTD Viper a couple of weeks ago. Serial number dated 2012! I should think that the wood will be well seasoned by now.
  21. I use two spoons 180 degrees apart to remove knobs. Here's how to remove knobs from push-pull coil split knobs without breaking the pot shaft out of the pot. Pull out the knob, lay micro fiber cloth next to pot then use long nose pliers to grip the shaft and gently ease the knob up levering the spoon against the jaws of the pliers. Turn the knob 180 degrees and lever some more until it comes free of the shaft. Obviously you can only use one spoon for this as you should be gripping the pot shaft tightly with your other hand
  22. You mean I gave away my secret knob removal technique for nothing? Now I will struggle to sleep tonight. 😯
  23. No need to remove knobs. Lay a micro fibre cloth next to the knobs. Lay a tablespoon on the cloth and fold back over the top of the spoon. Insert cloth covered spoon under the lowest point of the knobs and gently lift knob using spoon as a lever to adjust it.
  24. Thanks for taking the trouble to post your review. I've had one for a year or so in Vintage white, it's more like primrose yellow! Mine doesn't seem overly heavy although I've not weighed it. The expensive Baretta models are very heavy, the body on them is solid Maple. I just about manage with the tuners as I keep mine in standard tuning. To set up the trem to work floating, I fitted a Black Tusq Graphtech nut and it stays in tune all day long using the trem sensibly. The pickup is Epiphone I think and it does have some character. I think I will try removing the treble bleed mod a
  25. SG has unique tone but needs a wide strap with a suede backing. Then the neck dive is not too bad.
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