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  1. Lester

    Kona LP - What's the vibe?

    Ran into a Kona LP today. Needs some tweaking. But I'm looking for how they are regarded amongst the crowd. It's got some positive features. Mahogany body, maple bookmatched flame cap. Maple neck. Binding on body and neck. Good tuners. Body appears to be one piece. Neck is mostly one piece...
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    2007 Epi SG, thoughts on purchase?

    Ran into a 2007 locally. Set neck, looks like a '61 style, grovers, humbuckers. Chinese. Looks like good condition, light wear if any. Thoughts on this era? Pickups get any respect? Would you buy one for $150 USD if it looked good? Has no strings, so I won't be able to play it, will be a...
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    Why are there initials in my Truss Rod cavity

    So... today I removed the truss rod cover from my '77 LP. I purchased this guitar new from an authorized dealer in 1977. Incredibly, I've never had to adjust the truss rod in its life. But I've moved to a different climate and it was time. When I opened it up, I found the initials "PK" in...
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    2010 50's LP / P90's - why so cheap?

    I'm not familiar with the newer parts of the market... but shouldn't this be a lot more money in today's market? Also, do these have a thin 50's neck or a thick 50's neck? EDIT: Whoops... Sorry... I was distracted while browsing & posting. The one I was looking at was an ended listing for...
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    Epi P90's vs. Gibson P90's; Thoughts? Not what I expected

    Comparing P90's on a 2011 Epi SG '61 reissue to a 2021 Gibson LP Special with P90's. Never used P90's before. I've found some things I didn't expect. Both clean up nicely backed off 10 on the volume. But the Epi's are easy to make sing like Santana at Woodstock with just a little grit on the...
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    Testing the 1M vs. 500K pot effect w/o a 1M pot

    Does this idea work: I have a P90 with 500K pot. I am interested in seeing how much it would brighten with a 1M pot. I don't have one on hand. Assume I solder a 470K resistor in series in between the normally grounded volume pot lug and the ground (pot case) Have I successfully simulated...
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    Clarify details - later EPI SG's w/P90's and set necks

    If I'm looking at EPi's from probably 2010 onward, looking for a set neck, slim taper, P90's... Are there just two lines: The bolt on SG that sells for $180-$200 new and $100 -$150 range used and the set-neck that sells for $380 - $400 new and $300-$350 used (US dollars)? Is the P90 model...
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    Dummy Coils - Theory help (then maybe application)

    Starting on the theory side... I thought I understood how a humbucker worked... two coils, one reverse would, back to back. Hum generated by both coils with opposite hum/sine waves, sine waves cancel each other (always wondered why this didn't cause the canceling of other frequencies that I...
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    3 Pickup Custom Black / Worn / Value?

    What's a rough idea of the value of this LP Custom? All the hardware is in worn/slightly corroded condition. Seller says he hasn't played in years; Frets appear to confirm that. Assuming the rest of it is setup-able, what's a rough idea of a USA value?
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    Vintage SG, 22 fret, no space neck to pickup?

    What's up with this alleged '73 SG Custom, photo below? The neck pickup is right up against the neck. All the GIBSON SG's I've eyeballed recently have about 3/4" between the end fretboard and the neck pickup. Maybe some vintage 70's 3 pickup models excluded. Was this factory? Did they move the...
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    Gibson Blues Hawk? Anyone have one?

    Just saw one of these for sale. LP shape, hollow body / f holes; P-90's, Fender style bridge & controls... with a Varitone. Seems like a Tele thin-line mated with a early LP and a 335 and this is their tri-bastard love child. Anyone play one?
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    Tuner post diameter '77 Deluxe? Chrome or Nickel?

    Are the Kluson chrome (not green pearl) Tulips on a '77 Deluxe 8.8mm aka 11/32? They're not 10mm, correct? Also, the finish on these is chrome? Not nickel?
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    LP Special DC Dual P90's... is this an incredible deal?

    I've run across a LP Special dbl cut with dual P90's in worn cherry. One vol/tone. New, plastic still on the pickguard, case candy unopened (gig bag). Price is $750. This seems like a heck of a deal (assuming it plays well) although I'm not familiar with this part of the market. Is this a...
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    Locking Bridge Studs for Wraparound Bridges: Dissertaiton and Discussion?

    Interested in other folks experience with locking studs of other types in terms of utility, ease of use, etc. Background: Had a couple guitars with one-piece wrap-arounds. Setup issues. Sitar sounds. Good action elusive. Issue: Wraparound bridges fit loosely on the bridge studs. Bridge tilts...
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    Scale Length and string tension - at what point can you feel it

    I have a 70's LP. "Plays like buttah" as the phrase goes. I acquired an Epi SL a while back. Did the frets, replaced bridge with an intonatable one, got the action almost as good as the LP. Plays nicely. But, the Epi seems much harder to play as in "it's beating on my finger tips at 3x the...
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    School me on EPI SG's with a set neck & a thin neck

    Years? Models? Looking for 22 frets, Set Neck and a Thin neck (not narrow, wider actually preferred) I played a 22 fret Gibson SG today with a set neck. Excellent design for me with the double cut and the thin body-to-set-neck joint. Works great for my shorter fingers - much better than my LP...
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    24 frets? Weird!

    I thought I really wanted a 24 fret guitar. It seemed like 24 would be cool with the extension of upper scales. I played a 24 fret PRS and liked it, but I thought the birds were an issue for me as a reference point. (They might be - undecided on that point). But today I played that again...
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    PRS: I may have been mistaken

    I was in Guitar Center today browsing for a strap. Wasn't in a hurry, so I decided to try out a few reasonably priced guitars just for kicks. Expensive stuff requires someone to unlock the guitar, but the under $1000 stuff is free to pull and play. Tried some Epi's (not up to the suggested...
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    Early 2000's SG - Opinions? Value?

    This is for sale near me for what could be short money. Thoughts? I don't know squat about these. Set neck? What would you pay for one and still consider it a good deal?
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    Pedal Power, Daisy Chains, Grounds - Enlighten me!

    I've been told that using daisy-chain power will cause noise... so multi-point type pedal wiring is preferred. What's the difference inside the power supply box? Daisy chain is simple enough to understand.... power transformer > one secondary > two wire daisy chain to pedals. So what's a...

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