I'm running out of fingernails to chew...

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  1. DarrellV

    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Any advise or kind words of encouragement appreciated. :welcome:

    This is turning into a rougher time for me than I thought it would be. :Ohno:

    Sometimes I feel like such a baby! It's not like my kid is going in for surgery, and yet, it IS, kind of..... :hmm:

    Dropped my 82 Standard off to my local music store (Parkway Music) for a re-fret last Saturday. :thumb:

    Had to play Sunday morning without it for the first time since I got it last Sept. :(

    Finally have the funds and am biting the bullet and getting it done.

    I feel like a nervous Nelly...:run:

    Is this normal? It's not GAS, more like separation anxiety,LOL! :hyper:

    You long time owners, IS THIS NORMAL? :dunno:
     
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  2. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    You'll be fine. :D
     
  3. DarrellV

    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Says you! (thank you)

    You've got like, what, 50 bazillion guitars to chose from?? :shock:
     
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    kmasters68 Senior Member

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    Depends on turn around time. 2-3 weeks and you'll live- or at least I could. Longer and I'd get pretty antsy. HANG IN THERE! LIFE IS WORTH LIVING!

    Just kidding, you're actually not going to be alright. Folks who say you'll be okay are only trying to make your last days on this mortal coil more comfortable.

    The last guy I know who took his guitar in for a refret died four days later.

    If it were me, I'd just live with fretting out. Better that than endure the agony of guitar separation. My two cents.
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    I just hope it's perfect when it comes back. I've never seen his work before, but I trust these guys, they've never steered me wrong.

    Plus I got to compare a bunch of new and old guitars at the store with the owner and we looked at all the different fret types to find what looked like the best option for me.

    That was cool, because now he know what to tell the luthier to use.

    No worries about the nibs. They are so far gone after 34 years of playing they are just about non existent now anyway.

    And I think I'm going to like the extra fret room.

    What I found really nice was that even as the owner of a very good sized music store and the fact he has access to anything he wants to play, he still found my humble 82 'fun' to play.

    He looked like a kid at Christmas crankin' that thing through a Marshall in one of the sound rooms.

    When he was done and I asked him if he thought I did good and did he like it, he replied with 'Like it? I want it!"

    So we are both real excited about getting it back and he wants to play it again.

    I even offered to let him use it in his band if he liked it that much, and I could see he was considering it.

    Just has to let me know so I can get it to him.

    I thought that was pretty cool since he can play about anything he wants....
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Bingo! We have a winner!

    Yup 3 or 4 weeks, maybe more 'cause I told him to do it right.

    New nut, setup, the works! (am I NUTS!)
     
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    I know the answer, I know the answer ......























    You need another identical one :D
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Ha! If only I had the Money!!! :applause:

    I had to borrow to get that one!! :shock:

    Let alone the wife's opinion, LOL!!!! :wow:

    That is a GREAT answer though! :wave:
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    I HAVE considered putting more of my guitars through this process to get them all 'freshened up' like new again.

    I think that would be a real treat and make playing any one of them more of a treat and a joy than they are now.

    Everything I have is used. So I don't know what a new Gibson or Fender or anything plays like.

    I did buy my Guild bass new. That was amazing.

    Had to save for months on layaway. Yeah, that stunk, kind of like this!
     
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    Oh man! DarrellV you are not nuts. I just went through this in January with my '82 Standard. Took me about 6 months to work up the nerve to commit get the work done. (Probably the worst part of the ordeal for me.) And that only have months of research into who to take it to. I found a great guy here in Toronto. Did an awesome job. 110%! It was a tough 3 - 4 weeks though. It was about a week when the separation anxiety set in. At three weeks I started to go crazy, and had to call for a status update. When I got it back, it was well worth the wait. But man it can drive you crazy!
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    You are SOOO right! I forgot about all that stuff! I did the SAME thing!

    Months of research and learning the process. All about nibs and the extra cost of losing them.

    Who to take it to and where they were.

    Shipping in the cold of winter......

    Getting up the nerve and waiting for the money (tax refund this time) to commit to it.

    It was kind of a spur of the moment decision while I was there.

    Kind of like pulling a tooth.... Here, take it, quick! Before I change my mind!

    They did a great job on a neck reset I had done on my 57-59 CF-100 a while back, so I know the guy does quality work. Totally invisible, and believe me, I LOOKED!

    But you lasted longer than me!

    I've only been without for a few days and I'm already whimpering! :laugh2:
     
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    69 Goldtop Senior Member

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    Not normal
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    :laugh2::laugh2::laugh2::laugh2:

    Somewhere, down deep, I know you are correct...:D

    I just don't know what to do about it!

    I'm still too new to this game of Les Paul ownership to know how to handle it.....:shock:

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    :rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
  14. HardCore Troubadour

    HardCore Troubadour Senior Member

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    if we were closer, I would let you borrow one.
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    See! I always said you are the MAN!!!! :cheers2:
     
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    I've had a few times when my fave guitar has been away.
    Of course I had alternatives but they just didn't play the same (or so I thought). By the time I got the #1 back I had made a few new guitar friends from my collection.

    Both my Norlin era LP's had already been refretted before I got them. If the frets on the 85 SG I have are anything to go by, I am SO glad that the originals were out of there.
     
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    StingyCH The Bearded guy from Heidi land..

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    Man i understand the anxiety...if i were in your situation, i would go, mount a tent and camping in the luthier's shop :laugh2:
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Yeah, mine were railroad tracks when I got it.

    As tall as fretless wonders, but as wide as I beams!

    Yet it intoned beautifully and sounded great.

    But I could feel it under the fingers and it became audible in the higher registers. Flat, less sustain and no overtones!

    I have no idea what this guitar sounded like new, so I can only imagine how lush and full it's going to sound with properly crowned frets!

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    :lol:
     
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    you are saying you just ditched the only frets that a drummer can play.....sucks.
     
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