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  1. grumphh_the_banned_one

    My first fret level

    So i got a '90 Ibz s540 which had been not only well played - but also ever so slightly abused. Of course there were the standard divots in the frets, which i usually ignore (even though i shouldn't). Normally i wouldn't do anything about it... But... this one had a notch in the 15th fret as...
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    N(o)GD '90 Ibz s540 in purple neon

    So finally i found it, in less than perfect condition, but close to me (30 km) and with a seller willing to trade: The cousin of my 540 PII (also in purple neon), my new (to me) S540. It has a replaced bridge PU now OBL, the middle SC is currently not working (seller claims just a bit of...
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    Series parallel vs. Parallel series wiring in 4x12 cabs

    When reading the net i stumbled on this little gem, namely the claim that a 4x12 with 16 Ohm speakers wired to 16 Ohm will "sound different" depending on whether you wire it in "Parallel - Series" or in "Series - Parallel" Now, i have thought about it and eventually decided to draw it out, and...
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    Tech question: does the negative fbk sound different depending on transformer tap?

    Out of pure curiosity - for the techy types: In my Laney GH50l the negative feedback (which governs presence and resonance) is connected to the 4 Ohm tap of the output transformer. (According to a schematic i have found.) I did read this...
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    What is "tube tone"???

    Is it the crystal clean of an ultralinear wired late 70's Twin reverb? Is it the middy death wheeze of a driven 5 w tweed Champ? Is it a 4 hole marshall - and at which level then? Could it be the sharp bite of an Engl Powerball? Or perhaps the muddy roar of a dual recto? Or the fizz of that same...
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    (Sort of) NAD ... Randall MTS

    (Skip if you don't want the background...) So, in the local classifieds a guy wanted to sell his Randall RM-80 Combo, with three modules, one of which was a "Blackface", which apparently is inspired by a blackface twin. Now, i have an RM-100 but the "clean" module in that one was a "Tweed"...
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    NGD - who is dumb enough to pay 1800 bucks for a guitar with a plastic neck? - yup, me...

    Right, so NoGD it is, namely i have finally gotten myself a Newburgh made Steinberger GM4TA from appr. '91 It makes for a fine companion to my GP4S, and i think that these two guitars would be the last ones to go, should i ever have to let some guitars go... Short back story is that i used to...
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    Tech question - amp voltage selection 220 or 240?

    UPDATE : Problem possibly solved Right, i live in Denmark, where the nominal voltage from the wall is 230V and is allowed to fluctuate by a few percent each way. Right now the voltage selector on the amp is set to 240V. This is the safe thing to do, i assume. The question: Is it safe to set...
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    Removing one magnet from MIM Strat pickups?

    What would be the outcome of that? Would the pickup have less output? Would the output be the same, but the sound either muddier or more shrill? Both of the above? (For those who don't know them, MIM strat PU's have two bar magnets at the bottom (like P-90's) magnetizing iron/steel...
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    Return to .009's - Wonderful :)

    Long story short, when i started out (many decades ago) i first used .008's, then went up to .009's and some 15 years ago went for 010's. So i have for many years exclusively strung my guitars (regardless of scale length) with .010 - .046, because i felt that they did give me a "better" tone...
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    NAD ...at least it is from this millennium... and Marshall go home, i seem to like "the american sound"...

    I have acquired a Randall, a tube Randall to be specific, and to be even more specific i did get an RM-100 head which is basically a sort of analogue modeler, in that it is a 100W power amp which can fit three different preamp modules at a time. "All tube signal path" - is the claim. (Who...
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    NGD - '07 LP Studio - and clips of different string gauges

    An '07 LP Studio in white with ebony fretboard popped up in the local classifieds at a price i couldn't refuse. I was weak in the flesh and bought it, 2 days ago. I do in fact not need any more guitars. At all. Gibson or not I have 2 LP's one LP copy and an Explorer (also white with ebony...
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    Explorers: Modern body shape compared to '58 body shape? Yay or nay?

    Well, seeing a few Explorer threads here i looked at Explorers on the web in a bored hour and found that the modern day explorer has a different body shape compared to that of the early originals. (The easiest way to describe it verbally is that the modern body is slightly slimmer and more...
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    Question on "classic white" guitars and serial no legibility

    What i'm asking is if any of you with "classic white" (or other gloss white finishes) have trouble reading your serial numbers? I ask because i have this classic white explorer, supposedly from 2008 or 9 where the serial is all but obscured, because the finish simply is extremely thick. I can...
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    Why is it bad that the string touches the bridge?

    Ok, i have stumbled on this a lot - the claim that a string touching the bridge somehow is detrimental to "tone". Can anyone here explain why this should be so? Personally i have all my tailpieces clamped firmly down to the body (because i don't like the look of tailpieces that are raised...
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    N(u)GD white Explorer

    So, a while ago i asked about the value of my JJMelodyMaker, and i guess i have found out in the real world - at least i traded the JJMM against the pictured Explorer. :) It is not the nicest explorer to look at, it's got a few chips missing on the edges (explorers in a nutshell), the finish is...
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    Tokai early 90's LS-65 - any owners or people in the know?

    I am looking at a Japan made LS-65 that is said to be from the beginning of the nineties, and would love to hear some opinions on it, and also some additional info to what the catalogue says, if possible :) In particular whether those were done with veneers, or indeed did have caps of some...
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    Feel of different fretboard materials???

    Ok, first of all, this is not about tone or value, so please, no discussion on the perceived benefits/detriments of the materials used for fingerboards. :) Here comes the question i am curious about: Would you be able to tell the fretboard material from the feel of it, if a guitar was...
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    Possible trade question: JJ Melody Maker to LP Studio?

    So i figured maybe you can help me out here - i own a white Joan Jett Melody Maker and don't play it much, so have in mind to trade it against a 90's LP Studio, as i think i would play that one a bit more. I'd like to hear whether you would think that that would be a fair trade? The reason i...
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    Have you ever owned a Norlin "dog"?

    Or any other "dogs" for that matter? First of all, a disclaimer so that no one thinks i am trolling - i have owned 4 70's LP's and still own two ('71 deluxe and '79 LPC), both of which are fantastic to me, and which i would not swap out for other LP's. But one of these LP's that i owned was...

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