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  1. I play a Blues Junior, and I find the best way to get a good distorted sound from it is not to bother with pedals and just crank it. Volume, bass, mid and treble all the way up, then turn the master volume down to suit where you're playing - about 4 is enough for most small bar gigs. Then use the guitar's volume control to decide how much distortion you want. It does make it a bit too loud to play at home without annoying the neighbours though.
  2. Decided to do a honeyburst. Coming along nicely I think. Needs a little more yellow to smooth out the transition, and maybe a little more amber aaound the edge to darken it slightly, but I'm very pleased with progress.
  3. Latest update - the pickguard I ordered has arrived! Next, I just have to decide on the colour. I've done a few mockups in Photoshop: I'm leaning towards either the pink or the burst. Any preferences?
  4. This is my number one guitar, a much modified 2015 LPM. The finish is heritage cherry. I think the finish has faded a bit since I bought it. I might be imagining it, but I think the red used to be deeper. It has a nice grainy plain top that's only really visible when the light's right, and hardly ever shows up in photos. Here's one where it did: So my question is, does the cherry red dye Gibson uses still fade when exposed to sunlight, and is there any way to accellerate that to make the wood grain more obviously visible?
  5. I quit my job at the helium factory. I won't be spoken to in that tone.
  6. I have the 61s in my favourite Les Paul, and I much prefer them to the Burstbucker Pros in my other Les Paul. The 61s are smoother and brighter, and cut through better in a live setting. According to the spec sheet of my guitar, they have Alnico 5 magnets, and the outer coil with the screws is wound slightly hotter than the inner slug coil - 5000 turns on the slugs, 5261 on the screws. (That's the opposite of the Burstbucker Pros, which are also Alnico 5 but the slug coil has more winds that the screw coil.) The DC resistance is 7.75K ohms, which is a little less than the Burstbucker Pros
  7. I've come up with another possibility. If I fill the screw holes with mahogany dust and glue, then spray the whole thing with clear sanding sealer, then the colour will take the same way all over because it'll be taking to sanding sealer and won't actually touch the wood. Hopefully that'll work. I have spray cans of clear cellulose sealer, cherry red colour and nitro clear coat on order from Amazon, I know where I can get wet/dry sandpaper locally, and I have some Virtuoso cleaner and polish to get it nice and shiny. All I need now is to rig up some kind of spray stand in the back yard.
  8. For a number of years, Gibson made released a new line of guitars every year, like cars. The "T" suffix was just for 2016 and 2017 if I remember rightly. In 2015 every model, including the Traditional, had the G-Force Tuners and the zero-fret nut. The following two years every model came in two versions, HP ("high performance", with G-Force tuners and zero-fret nut), and T ("traditional", with regular tuners and nut). So you could buy a Les Paul Traditional High Performance, or a Les Paul Traditional Traditional. I guess it must have seemed to make some sort of sense at the time. In 2018 and 2
  9. The new diagonal mounts have arrived, and they fit rather well. I think the double-cut deluxe is the way forward. A little more work needed with the wood filler on the top edge of the bridge pickup rout, then final sanding, and then I have to choose a finish.
  10. I've ordered two different styles of pickup mount. The flat chrome ones arrives first. I quite like the look. The standard mini-humbucker mounts with the diagonal screw holes are still on their way.
  11. Well, I'm committed now. Started rebuilding the pickup cavities with wood filler. I'll see what it looks like when I've built it up and sanded it flat, but it looks like it'll have to be an opaque finish. Or perhaps a kind of reverse burst where it's dark in the middle and lighter on the outside. Or maybe I can make a custom pickguard that'll hide it. We shall see. I've also discovered and ordered some mini-humbucker rings where the screws go in the opposite corners, which will alow me to install the bridge pickup even with the wiring channel being where it is.
  12. A while back I found this thing in a local second hand guitar shop. It started life as a 2005 Les Paul Double Cut Faded - essentially a Les Paul Special with a tuno-o-matic and stopbar rather than a wrapover bridge. A previous owner had repainted it white, replaced the P90s with EMGs, wired a master volume and a master tone control, leaving two knobs that did nothing, and chopped up the pickguard. I decided to have a go at restoring it. I started by stripping off the finish. I tried to take off the white paint and leave the original cherry finish, but that didn't work, so I sanded it
  13. When I was in Mr Potter's P6 class (Northern Irish primary schools in my day went from P1 at 4-5 to P7 at 10-11. I was in P6 in 1978-79) I got it into my head that I wanted to learn the guitar. My dad bought me a small nylon-string guitar - I remember breaking a string by overtightening in the car on the way home from buying it - and enrolled me in classes in the evenings in the back room of a local music shop. We learned from The Complete Guitar Player, strumming along to songs by John Denver and Ralph McTell that I didn't know. I didn't stick at it. No idea what happened to the guitar.
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