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  1. Byron Blue

    Suggestions on learning how to perform setups

    First of all: StewMac is your friend. Dan Erlewine works for them. I began collecting a few of the really "necessary" tools before I tried anything. I bought a used Squire Telecaster and set about working it up to a really decent level. Your first tool is patience - fear passes as you get more...
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    What String Gauge and Type Do You Use?

    Yes. I used 9’s for at least 40 years. I found when I set my action low bends seem to take more effort. I use.38 mm Dunlop picks so I have a gentle touch - let the gear do the work. The 8’s give me the touch I like
  3. Byron Blue

    Who Else Likes to Play Unplugged?

    I mostly only after coming near the end of a setup to check for string buzz. It's harder to hear on an amp.
  4. Byron Blue

    Who Else Likes to Play Unplugged?

    It seems the thread can get out of hand a bit. Everyone seems to have their preferences: Light strings/heavy strings/light action/heavy action/amplified practice or not. That is why there are choices. I try to respect the choices everyone makes and keep an open mind.
  5. Byron Blue

    What String Gauge and Type Do You Use?

    He is why I switched to 8's
  6. Byron Blue

    What String Gauge and Type Do You Use?

    GHS SUB-ZERO Boomers Ultra Light. 008 011 014 22 30 38.
  7. Byron Blue

    Looking at a "new" Les Paul

    It's nitrocellulose. You can make a mark like that with your strap or a cord.
  8. Byron Blue

    Who Else Likes to Play Unplugged?

    When I was a young lad my mother bought me a used Strat and a 5W Symphonic amplifier. My father would never allow me to turn on the amp so I learned to play without using amplification. I wanted to plug it in but feared reprisal. I suppose in a way it helped me because I didn't feel held back...
  9. Byron Blue

    Any love for the Hagstrom guitars ?

    Just found it: The guitar was a Hagstrom XL-5 UltraLux. I think I'll find another... EDIT: Apparently I cannot find one for sale. :eek2:
  10. Byron Blue

    Any love for the Hagstrom guitars ?

    I did own a Hagstrom (I don't remember the model - double cutaway, humbuckers and a Resinator fretboard) a few years back. I've never seen a guitar with a better touch straight out of the box. It was an XL something or another. Gave it to a friend who wanted to learn how to play. He left town. I...
  11. Byron Blue

    Who made this???

    My guess is a custom build... Nice!
  12. Byron Blue

    Upcoming $259 hollowbody NGD

    I'm not sure but it looks like the picture itself was taken crooked...
  13. Byron Blue

    Allow Myself to introduce... Myself

    Welcome!
  14. Byron Blue

    Finaly landing here Newb

    Great to have you here BFT
  15. Byron Blue

    Hi everyone

    Welcome!
  16. Byron Blue

    String Cleaner

    Lmfao
  17. Byron Blue

    Greetings MLP

    Welcome!
  18. Byron Blue

    Hi all - newb here

    Welcome!
  19. Byron Blue

    Finally decided to start setting up my own guitars!

    As for practice on the edge rolling technique you can use a scrap bit of pickguard - it's not as hard as you might think. Good luck!

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