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  1. Try plucking the string and while it’s buzzing, touch various parts of the instrument. Loose parts can often sound just like fret buzz. The open D on my 2015 Wildkat used to buzz something fierce. Tightening the bridge pickup screws 1/8 turn fixed it.
  2. There’s no easy way to fix that. The neck needs to be replaced, which means cutting the old neck out, gluing a new one in, and refinishing the instrument. You could try bending the neck slightly to open the crack and inject some glue. If it holds, great. If not, it would be cheaper to buy a new guitar.
  3. Thank you. That should help me narrow my search. It seems there are lots of the cherry bursts out there, but to me they look way too clownish.
  4. I've seen some Alleykats advertised as "sunbursts" and others as "cherry sunbursts" and it looks to me that the former are a darker, browner red than the latter. Are they, in fact, two different colors or is it just the way they look in photographs. The thing is, I'm about 90% of the way toward pulling the trigger on buying an Alleykat, but I really don't care for the clownburst look. I love the tobacco bursts, but they are all but non-existent in these parts, but I think I could live with the darker red-brown ones I've seen in pictures.
  5. Not 100% sure, but I think the wildcats got the white badges. All of the special models got the unpainted versions.
  6. Slip a 1/4" socket or wrench over the shaft. If it is a loose fit, you most likely have the metric pots.
  7. When I changed the bridge on my Wildkat I increased the sting spacing slightly to accommodate my fat fingers. That obviously caused some of the strings to be off center in relation to the poles on the P90's (more so at the bridge). You know what- it made absolutely no difference in how the instrument sounded. What DOES affect the sound, however, is the height of each string above its corresponding pole.
  8. ...and smells better, too.
  9. The electronics (I assume you mean wiring, pots, jack, etc) really don't have anything to do with it- feedback is the sound (i.e., waves of air) from your amp vibrating the body of the guitar, and that vibration then getting transmitted by the pickups to your amp to be re-amplified over and over. This happens more frequently with hollow body instruments because the pickups (mounted to a flexible top) can vibrate somewhat independent of the strings. About all you can do is move or turn further away from your amp, or stuff socks in the f-holes to make your instrument less resonant (which somewhat defeats the point of having a hollow body in the first place).
  10. I hope you used tone epoxy - just kidding. Heel/neck mounted strap buttons are a bad idea on any guitar.
  11. Well done. You made the right choice with the black pickguard on that Elitist- it's a gorgeous instrument!
  12. Pickups rarely die. My bet is that the contacts on either the switch or pickup connectors are corroded. A shot of electrical contact cleaner on the switch and/or connectors should bring it back to life.
  13. I think connectors in general are a good idea. It's nice to be able to completely remove the pickups for polishing or cleaning the instrument, rather than have them dangling around and potentially scratching the finish. Just be sure the connectors are good quality because they have to stay snug in an environment that's designed to vibrate at lots of frequencies.
  14. You first need to ascertain the condition of the neck and frets before you adjust anything, e.g., is the fingerboard bowed or twisted; are the frets (or some of them) excessively worn; are the saddles worn? If you have a true straight edge and an hour or so, you can probably figure out what the issue is. If you can't find what's causing the problem, take the instrument to a luthier. If you can't afford that, you can raise the bridge on the treble side until the buzz goes away (and live with the higher action). But whatever you do, don't give into the temptation to simply hammer or file the 18th fret lower because you'll find that now the 19th fret buzzes, then the 20th, and so on. Been there, done that...
  15. I'd try changing out the tone capacitor before spending $$$ on pickups. For whatever reason, 99% of guitars have either .22 or .47 uF tone caps regardless of pickups. I've found that you can use much lower value caps to really brighten things up and give your tone pot more effect. I've got a 6800 pF in my Wildkat and I love it.
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