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    5E8-A Goodness

    I've been playing a 5E3 clone that has delicious overdrive tones, but nothing much in the way of cleans at gig volume. So, I went out and bought a used 5E8-A clone for a decent price. UPS dropped it, which popped a few tack welds on the transformer end of the chassis. In addition, the amp...
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    Dual amp setup with Tweed Deluxe

    Recently, I acquired a tweed Deluxe clone that ticks all the boxes for warm, overdriven tones. Better than any pedal through another amp, it is the voice I've been wanting. However... I still need clean tones for rhythm and solo work on certain songs. My plan is to use two amps with an amp...
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    Electric City RD-59/Revival alternatives

    My favorite pickups have been Electric City RD-59/Revivals, so I was devastated to learn Bill is no longer winding pickups. That leaves me in an uncomfortable position - I have a guitar with stock burstbuckers that needs decent PAF style pickups. So, I'm coming to you guys to get your opinions...
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    VCCD (Vintage Chainsaw Case Day)

    I saw the posting a few days ago and let it fester in the back of my head. The price was right, though I'd have to drive and hour and fifteen to get it. After thinking about how much protection the custom shop case provides vs the chainsaw case, how the custom shop case screams "take me!", I...
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    NVAD: 1966 Fender Super Reverb

    Yes! A new vintage amp day has arrived. I found a 1966 Super Reverb on Facebook Marketplace just six minutes after it was posted. At first, I thought my eyes were lying to me, that the price was too good to be true. Regardless, I sent off the inquiry with my phone number. Fifteen minutes later...
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    NGD - 2008 '60 Les Paul Special

    The wraptail thing is hitting hard. Added recently to the stable is this 2008 Les Paul Special 1960 Historic in cherry: The slab of mahogany is just like the one used in my R9, straight, tight grain, vintage cherry color. Not at all like the mahogany in the Orville LPS, or many others I've...
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    Wraptail Owners Anonymous (WOA)

    I'm afraid I have it bad, folks. Yes, I'm talking about wraptail-itis. It happens after playing a great wraptail Les Paul. Soon afterwards, you find yourself thinking about, researching, and eventually shopping for another wraptail Les Paul. It started with a '57 Junior RI, progressed to a R5...
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    Customized Ceriatone PrinzeTone Build - pix fixed

    A few months back I had the pleasure of playing through a blackface Princeton. It fit the live room very well, but only 11w or so meant it wouldn't be too versatile (too loud for home, too quiet for most clubs. So, I checked out Nik's site for some inspiration. The PrinzeTone is a 17w amp, based...
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    Vintage Roger Mayer Fuzz Face (?)

    A friend of mine surprised me with an old pedal. In the early 80's, he was doing a lot of studio work in NYC and he made an appointment with Roger Mayer to talk pedals. Roger brought out a pedal for my friend to try. He wasn't thrilled with it, but didn't want to say so (how do you tell Roger...
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    NGD - 2005 R4 Goldtop with factory BB1 & BB2

    Teased by a Craigslist ad, I went to see and play this one. Like there was ever a chance it wasn't coming home with me... This R4 Goldtop has the natural back, a full neck (not chunky), factory installed BB's - this one came with the Peter Greene mod (neck magnet reversed), which I do not...
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    WAS is striking...

    Wraptail Aquisition Syndrome. Yep. Les Paul lovers who love wraptails and can't get enough of them. There are four in my assortment at the moment: 1.) 1997 '57 Jr. RI, 2.) 2010 R5 Hot Mod Refin, 3.) 2011 USA LP Jr., 4.) 2015 Chinese LP, carved top, single pu. For many, that would be enough. Damn...
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    Incoming '97 Orville LP Special Singlecut

    Have been gassing for a Special to go along with my '98 LP Jr. RI. Originally wanted another wraptail, but this Orville came along at the right price. The Jr. is the classic yellow/brown burst, and came this close to picking up an Orville in the same color scheme, but opted for the cherry...
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    NAD - '78 Fender Champ

    The first new amp I ever bought was a '73 Fender Champ ($89.95 + tax). I was headed off to Kansas City Art Institute and knew I needed it for sanity. The amp had many likeable things about it, that I know now were due to the Class A architecture and a simple tone stack. Plenty loud for practice...
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    NAGD - Larrivee OM-03R

    Years ago, my 1953 00-18 was stolen from the luthier along with several other vintage pieces. Since then, nothing has really floated my boat, or cost less than a few thousand dollars (not so easy to do). A Guitar Center just opened up near me, so I stopped in to check things out. I played a few...
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    NPD - ECP Revivals

    I have a set of the Revivals ( formerly RD-59) in my R9 and love them! When I acquired my R5, I installed the Fool set (formerly RD-64). However, I really like the sound of the Revivals, so they are going into the R5! Here's what showed up today: More pix when they are installed!
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    Incoming OGD: 1983/4 Squier Japan SQ Stratocaster

    While perusing eBay I stumbled onto an 83/84 SQ series Squier Stratocaster in near mint condition, with OHSC, for a reasonable price. So, instead of watching the auction I added $5 to the lone bid. Much to my surprise, I was the high bidder and eventual winner. What interested me about this...
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    NGD - 55 Hot Mod Refin Wraptail

    The guitar arrived at FedEx on Saturday, so close I could almost reach out and grab it. However, it was locked inside the FedEx truck all weekend (indoors). Due to flying plywood on the highway, I had to drop my car off this morning and pick up a rental car. Knowing this, I arrived at the auto...
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    Incoming NGD

    Ever since I got my historic Junior I've been loving the wraptail. The piano tones, the acoustic "clang", the dynamics. So, I'm now waiting on a 2010 1955 Hot Mod Refin Wraptail Les Paul R5. Gibson's idea was to make a guitar that represented a p90 equipped 55 wraptail gold top Les Paul that had...
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    FS - 1979 Fender Stratocaster

    Looking to liquidate a few guitars to fund the purchase another (1955 Hotmod Refin LP wraptail). So, this one is on the block. It's a 1979 Fender Stratocaster (USA) in black with black p/g. Frets are in great condition, as the original owner played it for a while then stuck it under the bed for...
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    FS - 1980 Rickenbacker 620 Jet Glo

    Looking to liquidate a few guitars to fund the purchase another (1955 Hotmod Refin LP wraptail). So, this one is on the block. It's a 1980 Rickenbacker 620 in Jet Glo (black). All original, excellent condition w/OHSC. Looking for $1500 O.B.O. for this one, PP gift will include shipping...




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