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    Faber upgrades...

    It will certainly sound different after the switch to Faber parts. Which may or may not be an improvement depending on what you want to hear. if you love the sound of.the guitar, I wouldn't change a thing.
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    Another 490R/498T magnet swap success story

    I have done the mag swap thing on them. most recently in my 490 R /T set in my 2018 Trib. At the end.of the day,- new wiring harness , and replacing the tailpiece studs had the best overall effect- clarity , tightened up the flub and reduced the harsh highs. I tried a whole bunch of.mags- UOA5...
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    SD Hot Rails for Strat Bridge.....

    I put a bridge and neck in the KWS strat I gave to my son. Its a naturally fantastic sounding strat- even with low output vintage singles. He's into Blink 182 , Bullet for my Valentine,and other newer heavy guitar tones in dropped tunings, hence the Hot Rails. Through my DSL they do a really...
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    Input on the DiMarzio FS1

    Yes. SSL5 is a narrower more focused frequency range. Seems to me like it was designed for singing leads, and rhythm work was an afterthought or not a consideration at all.. The FS1 was designed to make a strat bridge sound much bigger/wider in frequency.
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    Input on the DiMarzio FS1

    I love most vintage style strat bridge pickups, but also I love the FS 1 in the bridge for something geared for harder rock.. Beefy enough for old school metal at full volume on the knob, and take it down a bit and gets clear like a typical vintage strat bridge. Find old clips of Judas...
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    Behringer Pedals

    I wouldn't trust my Behringer Vintage Delay for gigging purposes- I've broken Boss switches in the past (It's a stomp box, right? and I'm a Bull in a China Closet). I also find that the jacks are a little "soft" and it's easy to pull the cable out compared to other brands. I would think one...
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    Bogner La Grange - opinions

    Had a blue no issue- have a LaGrange, no issues. They are both easy to dial in great tones. Though it may take some fiddling to find "your" sound. I have owned a lot of the high end MIAB pedals and IME Bogner is at the very top, and better than most other "hyped" new flavor of the month MIAB...
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    NPD: Echoplex

    Oh yeah. I've run it in every combo of dip switch, at 9v, at 18v, just the battery, you name it.
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    NPD: Echoplex

    I own the Dunlop e- pre and the xotic ep boost. they both sound very different from each other and neither do an actual echoplex justice. They both are nice clean type boosts though. The most authentic recreation I have come.across is the pre in the Belle Epoch (catalinbread).
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    P.A.F. Pickup Secrets: How the Parts are Made

    Lmao. This thread just keeps on giving.
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    T-Top suggestions please

    Duncan 59s out of the box are definitely non-descript. Back in the early to mid 80s they were a really nice sounding set of pickups. They have changed over the decades though. They respond very well to magnet swaps however. I've had fantastic luck with several combos including a short a5 in the...
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    Best year for Tributes

    My 2018 beat out my higher prices models for the #1 spot, but I don't feel the year is as important as the individual instrument is (tho certainly some years may be more desirable for certain features). Interestingly, my 2018 came with a pair of 490s instead of a 498/490. I've rewired it...
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    T-Top suggestions please

    Well if you decide to go the T Top clone route. You can do no better than James' wares.. I know because I own a set. World Class pickups.
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    who knows the mesa f30?

    I had the F50 and I tried the 30 extensively before choosing the F50 (and later on figured I would have been better off with the 30 for my tonal and volume needs) They are like any other MESA- gotta spend a little time dialing it in. I found the cleans and edge of breakups fantastic, the drives...
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    Emerson Customs vs RS pre-wired kits

    I've had both. I'd say the pots in the RS are more stout. Really easy to mess up the Emerson pots putting knobs on. Otherwise it's just pref in taper and caps. They both are good.