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« Reply #850 on: 14 Jan 2008, 12:19 »

Soooo....I play uke. Haha...have my moms old (probably about 1960) cheapo Yamaha when I want to play guitar, although I about cried when my girlfriends father threw away an old acoustic/electric guitar that was her great uncles. Got wet and had some serious body damage, but I would have payed an arm to get it fixed. And the rumor was that it was haunted. Can you imagine owning a haunted guitar? Awesome.
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« Reply #851 on: 14 Jan 2008, 16:21 »

http://www.virb.com/djmacintyre/videos/35666

Guys, check out this video. I'm drooling uncontrollably!
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« Reply #852 on: 14 Jan 2008, 16:24 »

Saw that show on Saturday, actually.

I had no idea so much of Gibson's construction was still done by hand, like fitting the neck joint. No wonder they're so friggin' expensive.
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« Reply #853 on: 14 Jan 2008, 16:54 »

I really fucking love my Les Paul. It just feels so solid and..... right!!
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« Reply #854 on: 14 Jan 2008, 18:23 »

I had one for a while but traded it in for a bunch of cash and a Firebird Studio. I just like the old 490/498 pickups better than the newfangled BurstBuckers. Also it was a little too fancy looking for me. My Fancy Guitar slot is and always will be held by my McCarty.
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« Reply #855 on: 14 Jan 2008, 18:43 »

So, I just changed string gauges from .10's to .13's.  Is there anything I need to do other than adjusting truss tension to compensate for the increased string tension?
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« Reply #856 on: 14 Jan 2008, 18:45 »

You'll need to get the bridge reintonated, which you can also do yourself if you have a good tuner and the right tools.
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« Reply #857 on: 15 Jan 2008, 00:49 »

You might have to change the action at the bridge too. Setups are quite holistic, adjusting the truss rod and intonation will probably result in you having to tweak the action. Also, if the strings don't fit in the nut it's recommended you should file the string slots so they do.

Fender Japan is a bitch and a half to import though, I don't think they're actually allowed to send stuff to the States.

They're not, but it's not enforced. It's very easy to import guitars from Japan, I don't know how it is with US customs and taxes and stuff, but to Australia I have no problems. Ordering from Ishibashi is a breeze.
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« Reply #858 on: 15 Jan 2008, 04:23 »

For a bridge that is called the 'tune-o-matic', it is certainly a pain in the ass to intonate as compared to a Fender bridge. The winding on the heavier-gauge strings tends to get caught on those mighty pointy saddles, so you have to detune and lift the strings and retune and arrrrrgh.
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« Reply #859 on: 15 Jan 2008, 07:42 »

You'll need to get the bridge reintonated, which you can also do yourself if you have a good tuner and the right tools.



Really? I changed from a regular set (.010 - .046 or something) to a set with a .070 as the lowest string (highest is still a .010, though) and I didn't do anything. Sounds just fine, to my ear.
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« Reply #860 on: 15 Jan 2008, 08:15 »

I cry when people mod Gibsons.

You have no clue how much I wanted to rush the stage and punch the vocalist from American Steel when I saw them last year.. He had this great wine red LP Custom that was completely GUTTED. Just the bridge humbucker and volume pot were left on it.
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« Reply #861 on: 15 Jan 2008, 14:01 »

For a bridge that is called the 'tune-o-matic', it is certainly a pain in the ass to intonate as compared to a Fender bridge. The winding on the heavier-gauge strings tends to get caught on those mighty pointy saddles, so you have to detune and lift the strings and retune and arrrrrgh.
I can't tell if you're kidding or not.  Every Gibson I've set up/played I've always used nut files to slot each saddle.
Also, who cares if someone takes the pickups out of an old Gibson?  Let's hope none of you crybabies every saw the Who!
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« Reply #862 on: 15 Jan 2008, 14:03 »

My friend is about to get a BC Rich Beast. Any hints/tips/recommendations/bursts of outrage, apart from the fact he is probably going to disembowl himself with it one day?
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« Reply #863 on: 15 Jan 2008, 14:10 »

Yeah, I know I am posting fast. If its annoying people, I will slow down- Its just sometimes when you make a couple of posts on a forum, people just ignore you. So yeah, I'll slow down now- Seems like I have made a slight impact. Any thoughts on the guitar?
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« Reply #864 on: 15 Jan 2008, 16:56 »

Pete Townshend is a douchebag.

Fun fact: He is essentially responsible for the invention of the 4x12 speaker cabinet, but he originally intended it to be an 8x12. When Jim Marshall remarked that an 8x12 cab would be really heavy and difficult for his roadies to move, Townshend replied "fuck 'em, they get paid."

Two weeks later the cabs were back in Jim's shop, being sawn in half. And that is why we use 4x12s to this day.
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« Reply #865 on: 15 Jan 2008, 17:08 »

Every Gibson I've set up/played I've always used nut files to slot each saddle.
Also, who cares if someone takes the pickups out of an old Gibson?  Let's hope none of you crybabies every saw the Who!

I have been lurking /b/ for the last year and a half and I have never seen something that chilled me to the bone as much as this single post. Taking a file to anything on a Gibson? I damn near murdered my dad when he took 200-grit sandpaper to the cutaways of my SG to smooth them out.

Also Jeph I am pretty sure that the dude who invented the wheel would be rolling in his grave if he knew people weren't using it to it's full potential. And come on, it only takes two roadies to lift the bloody thing into a van anyway. 150lbs carried by two people? Hell, even my waifish skinny ass can deal with that.
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« Reply #866 on: 16 Jan 2008, 06:25 »

Since we're on the subject of Gibsons, I just got a very nice custom doublecut LP Jr. It plays pretty damn well... the single P-90 is really hot. Pics later (maybe.)
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« Reply #867 on: 16 Jan 2008, 09:27 »

That is -awesome-. Also, I hate to post for the 384965976th time in the last page alone, and especially with caps, but OH FUCK YEAH GIBSON ACTUALLY RECEIVED MY SG AND THEY ARE REPLACING IT.
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« Reply #868 on: 16 Jan 2008, 11:46 »

I can't figure out what kind of guitar John K. Samson plays.  He switches between this one that looks like an SG, but not, and a modified Telecaster of sorts.
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« Reply #869 on: 16 Jan 2008, 12:09 »

Every Gibson I've set up/played I've always used nut files to slot each saddle.
Also, who cares if someone takes the pickups out of an old Gibson?  Let's hope none of you crybabies every saw the Who!

I have been lurking /b/ for the last year and a half and I have never seen something that chilled me to the bone as much as this single post. Taking a file to anything on a Gibson? I damn near murdered my dad when he took 200-grit sandpaper to the cutaways of my SG to smooth them out.

Also Jeph I am pretty sure that the dude who invented the wheel would be rolling in his grave if he knew people weren't using it to it's full potential. And come on, it only takes two roadies to lift the bloody thing into a van anyway. 150lbs carried by two people? Hell, even my waifish skinny ass can deal with that.
Are you just that clueless about setting up a guitar?  Do you know what nut files are?  They're tools constructed specifically for shaping nut and saddle slots on a guitar.  Saddles are not meant to be permanent; the strings running over them will wear them out given enough time. 
While I would probably not bother trying to smooth out the cutaways on an SG, I use superfine grit sanding cloths on the neck of every guitar I work on.  Going from 800 up to 6000 makes the neck feel like silk and play much better. 

Also, it might not just be people carrying them that was the problem on the 8x12s.  Just think of how damn big those things were, it'd just be a PITA in general.
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« Reply #870 on: 16 Jan 2008, 12:30 »

I can't figure out what kind of guitar John K. Samson plays.  He switches between this one that looks like an SG, but not, and a modified Telecaster of sorts.

A few minutes spent searching for photos of him on Google reveal that his main guitar is a Gibson Les Paul Jr.

He also has some weird thing that looks like a cross between a Strat and a Mustang.
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« Reply #871 on: 16 Jan 2008, 12:50 »

That's what it is?  I guess I don't know my guitars very well.  :|
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« Reply #872 on: 16 Jan 2008, 13:01 »





There are slight variations so it might be modded (volume/tone knons on top of pickguard, front input jack)
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« Reply #873 on: 16 Jan 2008, 13:04 »

Yeah, I'm looking on musiciansfriend.com right now, and it could be something like this.

I'm still torn between saving up for a $1500 Jazzmaster, or just getting one of these.  I see nothing wrong with it, and it's three times cheaper.
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« Reply #874 on: 16 Jan 2008, 13:23 »

Oh shit, that is a double cutaway. Good spot.
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« Reply #875 on: 16 Jan 2008, 13:28 »

Thanks.  So, do you think it's a good idea to go with one of these instead of selling my soul for a Jazzmaster?
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« Reply #876 on: 16 Jan 2008, 13:38 »

Dude, they are two completely different guitars. Jazzmaster soapbar pick-ups sound much more like single coils than Gibson P-90s. Also the floating bridge is a giant pain in the ass- warning you in advance.

Neither is better or worse (though quality control on an American Jazz might be higher). You just have to decide which tone you like more.
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« Reply #877 on: 16 Jan 2008, 13:42 »

Yeah.  I wish the stores around here carried those guitars.
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« Reply #878 on: 16 Jan 2008, 15:29 »



There are slight variations so it might be modded (volume/tone knons on top of pickguard, front input jack)

It's some form of Double Cutaway Melody Maker. The single pickup version, because it has two knobs.

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« Reply #879 on: 16 Jan 2008, 16:15 »

Yeah.  I think you're right.
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« Reply #880 on: 16 Jan 2008, 18:37 »

Melody Makers are nice.  I think I have a preference for simpler guitars.

Although there is some kind of Teisco-like monstrosity at my local music store for $269 and I am EYEING it.

EDIT:  Anyone have any idea what kind of guitar/bass beast this is?
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« Reply #881 on: 16 Jan 2008, 19:12 »

EDIT:  Anyone have any idea what kind of guitar/bass beast this is?

Headless, so I'd guess a Steinberger or some Japanese copy thereof.
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« Reply #882 on: 16 Jan 2008, 20:16 »

Can't find any info on it anywhere.  He (guitarist/bassist/vocalist from Boris) also has an amazing Ibanez bass/guitar double-neck.

Has anyone here played the Fender Jaguar Baritone?  It looks pretty cool.
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« Reply #883 on: 17 Jan 2008, 07:44 »

EDIT:  Anyone have any idea what kind of guitar/bass beast this is?

Headless, so I'd guess a Steinberger or some Japanese copy thereof.

Kramer did headless stuff for a while too. Could be one of theirs.
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« Reply #884 on: 17 Jan 2008, 09:46 »

I've played one. It was a mindfuck and I couldn't get used to it.
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« Reply #885 on: 17 Jan 2008, 14:09 »

I've got a few basses and some guitars.

Bass: Fender Aerodyne, Ibanez Soungear six-string, Ibanez EX Series
Guitar: Schecter Ultra-III, Takamine acoustic

I've also got a Microkorg, banjo and an old plastic melodica, but those aren't exactly guitars.

I've taken to playing more blues-driven prog rock lately, so I've gotten the chance to really be surprised at how many different tones I can get out of my Schecter.

Unfortunately, changing pickups quickly is next to impossible on it since it has the three three-position switches.
Oh well. That's why I mostly just record all my ideas.
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« Reply #886 on: 17 Jan 2008, 17:13 »

He (guitarist/bassist/vocalist from Boris) also has an amazing Ibanez bass/guitar double-neck.

I just saw a video on YouTube where he was playing a Gibson EDS-1275-style bass/guitar. INTENSE.
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« Reply #887 on: 17 Jan 2008, 21:32 »

*mentions Geordie Walker from Killing Joke for no apparent reason*
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« Reply #888 on: 18 Jan 2008, 04:07 »

WHAT?! There's an actual person on earth named Geordi? That's not fair. I wanted to change my last name to LaForge just so I can name my kid that.

LaForge is a way radder last name than boring old James anyway.
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« Reply #889 on: 18 Jan 2008, 07:25 »

Hell, the Times Union Center in Albany has a banner for a hockey played called "Geordie Kinnear".

They also have one for Billy Joel, though...
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« Reply #890 on: 19 Jan 2008, 07:06 »

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Tom-Delonge-Signature-ES333-SemiHollow-Electric-Guitar?sku=515625

Part of me (in fact, most) is just screaming "WHYYYYYY?!"

The other 15% is going "you know, that would probably feed back epically. I could totally use that to do another noise album."
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« Reply #891 on: 19 Jan 2008, 07:15 »

WHAT?! There's an actual person on earth named Geordi? That's not fair. I wanted to change my last name to LaForge just so I can name my kid that.

LaForge is a way radder last name than boring old James anyway.

Har, your last name is a first name.
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« Reply #892 on: 19 Jan 2008, 08:14 »

New from Danelectro: ANOTHER BITCHIN' REISSUE

http://www.danelectro.com/guitars_main.html

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« Reply #893 on: 19 Jan 2008, 15:36 »

It looks sweet, but the tail end is funky.  It looks like an ass.
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« Reply #894 on: 19 Jan 2008, 18:39 »

I actually thought the bottom was bent at first. But that's a sexy guitar, nonetheless. Wonder how it'd sit in a stand though.
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« Reply #895 on: 19 Jan 2008, 19:39 »

Ugh. You know, I really, really love my current 6 string Ibanez, but between all the Kyuss love in a few other threads and Jeph's "My 7 string Prestige is so sexy, but man, these pickups are so hot and bassy it's actually bordering on overkill..." comments I've been spending the last few nights trying to figure out if I can sell a kidney or something to get one, tune it down to C, steal my brother's bass amp and unleash some godzilla riffs.  :evil:
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« Reply #896 on: 19 Jan 2008, 21:20 »

Dude, I'm just lusting over the Jaguar Baritone HH. Humbuckers and B tuning.  Also, my friend is getting his Fender cab back from getting the speakers replaced, and will be running his Bassman through it.  Jaguar Bari HH + Bassman = ZOMGSPLOOGE.

...But the Jag bari is about $700 too expensive...
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« Reply #897 on: 20 Jan 2008, 04:27 »

Ugh. You know, I really, really love my current 6 string Ibanez, but between all the Kyuss love in a few other threads and Jeph's "My 7 string Prestige is so sexy, but man, these pickups are so hot and bassy it's actually bordering on overkill..." comments I've been spending the last few nights trying to figure out if I can sell a kidney or something to get one, tune it down to C, steal my brother's bass amp and unleash some godzilla riffs.  :evil:

By all means go ahead. I've tried the same model as Jeph owns, and it is one smexy guitar. Shouldn't be a problem tuning it up to C either, if you know how to setup a Floyd Rose.
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Re: The Guitar Topic
« Reply #898 on: 20 Jan 2008, 06:52 »

Ugh. You know, I really, really love my current 6 string Ibanez, but between all the Kyuss love in a few other threads and Jeph's "My 7 string Prestige is so sexy, but man, these pickups are so hot and bassy it's actually bordering on overkill..." comments I've been spending the last few nights trying to figure out if I can sell a kidney or something to get one, tune it down to C, steal my brother's bass amp and unleash some godzilla riffs.  :evil:

You do realise to tune DOWN to C on a 7 string, you'd be tuning down by something like five tones (can't be arsed to think about it). A 7 string's lowest string is a B in standard tuning.

I want to get a 7 string to try some Drop A.
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Re: The Guitar Topic
« Reply #899 on: 20 Jan 2008, 08:03 »

Drop C on a 7 string would be pretty close to an octave for the lowest string, or something like that, right?

EDIT - Hah. 1111th post.  It's kind of like 11:11.  Which is my favorite time.  I don't know why.
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