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  1. My '85 LP studio, long-suffering, battered but defiant as it has a wonderful tone, now in the hands of my son. I miss the Gibson neck. I'm dying to get another one sometime in the future
  2. My hands are small, my fingers are short, The issue was the access to higher frets, but it was just a matter of getting used to it. That guitar couldn't sound sweeter, or wicked with some distortion, it was worth getting used to.
  3. Today's imperfection is tomorrow's mojo.
  4. rdclmn7

    Guitar myths.

    whoops, wrong thread.
  5. rdclmn7

    Pick Up Covers

    Gibsons are hard to verify as far as comparing sounds. I did the test with a strat which was a lot faster to deal with. The sound has to be distorted. The familiar screech just wasn't there. As soon as I placed the cover, the change was immediate, the high end screech familiar to the strat was back. Thats why telecasters have the neck pickup with, bridge pickup is without, it balances the relative tone. For the sake of aesthetics, you would need a non-conductive cover for the bridge pickup that is chrome-painted, which is not yet available.
  6. If you go by just the 2d string, its a mystery. If all the strings are sharp, then its the intonation or the nut is off by some.
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    Guitar myths.

    Tune your guitar with harmonics. Adjust the intonaion of the 1st string against its octave off the 2nd string. (fretting high B aginst it correspong octave on the 2d) Using the same principal do the others. Always continue to retune to harmonics before and after adjusting. You will now end up with accurate fretted notes in the higher register.
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    Guitar myths.

    I bought a mahogany slab years ago while stationed in Korea. It was 3ft x 18 inch x 2 in. Oh, it cost me a whopping $12. I took a strat neck and bolted it onto a freshly-made strat/lp hybrid body and the results were impressive. The already-good tone was slightly improved, and I realized that you could tone-up with a change in wood. Years later I would also realize that the common element to all types of guitars is the neck and not the body. Its all wood, you can get a dozen guitars made out of the same tree and each will sound different. How do you explain what is obvious?
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    Guitar myths.

    After some 35 years playing and fixing guitars, I have plenty of reasons to doubt what people say about their guitars. For example, the current fad is that of getting pickups as close as possible to the strings. A horrible idea as the bridge pickup will never sound as loud unless you have a real hot bridge pickup. Pickup height is can change your tone, its clearer the farther away from the strings and has less volume. Tapping the rhythm pickup will make for a clearer sound. The age-old method of comparing a 12th fretted pitch as opposed to its harmonic is a joke, it only applies to that fret and does nothing when it comes to the last few frets. Try fretting and do the harmonics on other strings to get what you need, a bit involved, but it does the trick, do it distorted as the ring of the harmonics will be more obvious. Be skeptical, develop your own criteria, make sure that you aren't just paying for some luthier's new car.
  10. Remove the bridge pickup's metal cover. It's the reason a telecaster's rhythm pickup is covered. You just might notice the change in tone.
  11. Playing a lead guitar will give you a good reason to do it as a practical way of getting what you need. Playing rhythm, I wouldn't bother.
  12. My son inherited a sweet-sounding '85 Les Paul studio. Its in horrible shape and we both would like to refurbish it. It has to be stripped and the binding has to be replaced. It also needs the headstock redone. Hopefully the Company won't have a problem confirming its pedigree. Any info would be helpful.
  13. I had one guitar that had a dead note, its real, but quite real,, nothing you can do about it. Too bad.
  14. Trying to get this Image thing right,...
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