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    Any knowledge of BG p90s here?

    I have a set of his vintage p90s in a LP special I built. Great P90s that can cover anything. They're a tad brighter than the original pu's in my 1959 Es225, but not really the same guitar either. Note that they are potted by default, so don't forget to request them unpotted if that's what you...
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    Big Question....what do I get for my money?

    I totally agree all Arandall said. It's sometimes misunderstood, but if you want to earn your living from what you do, you have to take all costs in consideration, as well as a margin. Components are not all. Time, machines, design, research in the case of a replica...also have a cost. As for...
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    Do these PAF look legit?

    Thank you so much James! I was hoping to hear that, cause I love the guitar :)
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    Do these PAF look legit?

    The seller agreed to take the covers off, here are the pictures he sent to me :
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    Do these PAF look legit?

    Well, the 1959 is out as the seller decided he didn't want to ship outside the US when I asked about CITES.
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    Do these PAF look legit?

    Thank you! The guitar is one out of three I've spotted in my search for an ES-175. This one is a 1960, but there's also a 1959 and a 1957. I don't have pictures of the latter's PAF, the seller should send some on monday, as well as the readings from the pickups. The 1959's PAF look very clean...
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    Do these PAF look legit?

    Hi James, Thank for your reply! I just received the book you co-wrote with Mario Milan yesterday and was hoping you would chime in :) I'll probably stay clear of this guitar unless the seller has pictures of the inside.
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    Do these PAF look legit?

    Hello, To PAF specialists, could you tell me if these ones look the real deal? I have no specifical reason to doubt, but they're on an 1960 ES-175, which model has the original PAF's robbed more often than not. Many thanks!
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    Vintage ES-175 neck profiles

    Hello, I'm on the hunt for a vintage ES-175. I reduced my search to PAF years, so basically 1957-1962. I'm now trying to choose between 3 guitars. I live in a small european country, so buying locally is not an option, and I will likely have to make a choice without trying the guitar. That...
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    Norlin SG Experts! Are these really Tim Shaw's as the seller states? Value?

    Thanks! I've been a long time reader. I have two Norlin's : a 1977 Standard and a 1980 Custom, both great guitars (and I also have a 1956 Jr and a 1967 ES-345 for comparison). Yes, I like Shaw's too, especially the clarity of the neck pickup! They may not be the most faithful recreation of...
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    Norlin SG Experts! Are these really Tim Shaw's as the seller states? Value?

    372/373 are Shaw codes indeed. Congrats on your SG :)
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    PAF clone shootouts - Wizz, Throbak, Wolfetone, BK, SD, Fralin, Gibson...

    VG, thank you so much for your work! It was very helpful to me too.
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    Hysteric bar pickups?

    Yes, this is the website of the "only authorized European dealer", but I think he's also the winder, despite stating they are "made in USA". I must admit they seem to sound good. But the question is, if you make great sounding pickups, why do you have to pretend they are made by somebody else...
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    Hysteric bar pickups?

    Hello from Belgium, It's my first post though I'm a long time reader. I recently noticed that a lot of people in France and possibly here in Belgium advertise their Les Paul stating that they have "hysteric bar pickups", supposedly "the best PAF replica on the market". Well, I know that tone...


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