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Thursday I went to Thomann and back by car, about 560 kilometers or 348 miles in total. Some of the roads are both fast and without speed limits - I drove up to 220 km/h or 136.7 mph -, some are narrow, humpy and in an overall poor condition. I had three guitars with me, my Weimann Blues Bird, my Gibson Quilt Top Les Paul, and my Ibanez AR 720. In their cases, of course. The Gibson LP needed a minor polish job, the case of the Ibanez a new handle as I described in another topic, that's why I brought them to the Thomann service.

 

After arrival back at home, I replaced the machine heads of the Weimann. The old ones were pretty worn-out after thirty years of dealing with .012" - .056" flatwounds for fifteen years and .012" - .054" roundwounds since another fifteen years.

 

When I had finished my work on the Weimann, I took both the Gibson LP and the Ibanez AR out of their cases before putting them back to their shelves. They were well acclimatized after the road tour now. I had tuned them both for the last time some weeks ago.

 

And now to the point: Their tuning still has been perfect. Definitely "recording grade" like I use to say. There was no difference compared to having spent their time on the shelf under living-room conditions. Considering all the tortures between -3°C (26.6°F) in the morning and +32°C (89.6°F) in the car parked in the sun at Thomann, and all the driving, this is really awesome.

 

Great guitars - I love them! [thumbup]

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I notice that with my LPs too, although over some time they will drift slightly. My Sonex is always spot on though. It's built like a beast. The PRS is a pretty close second. The Strats don't hold up well, but for the price you can't beat them IMHO.

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The Strats don't hold up well, but for the price you can't beat them IMHO.

 

Hmmmmmm.... Strats must like Florida. I've left mine in the car for a week between gigs, pulled them out of the cases for soundcheck and had them be spot on. Teles too. Though to it's credit the SG I often use for slide is usually still in tune as well.

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My Les Paul sits in the case for usually about a week. Yesterday I got it out and started playing. It was in tune, but flat. Weird how it stays in tune but goes flat at the same time. I just check it with my tuner and tune it up. I'll bet next time, when I get around to it, it will be flat, but in tune again.

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