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    What's all this? Need some wiring advice please

    Years ago I got a Navigator LP, supposedly from the 80's and I changed the pickups and 1 volume pot as it was push/ pull. Now I want to replace the pickups again and got some CTS pots to do a full rewiring. After taking the pickups out I've noticed some wiring connections I have not seen before...
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    Greco Les Paul Custom owners, need some advice

    I'm in the market for a Greco Les Paul custom, but from searching it seems they had several models over the years. I'm looking for something high-end although Ebony fretboard is not a requirement. I used to have a Greco EG600 PR, that was ok, but I didn't not like the maple neck so I'm looking...
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    FS: 1986 Jackson Soloist San Dimas

    Selling a 1986 USA Jackson Soloist made in the San Dimas Factory. It has an original Floyd Rose and EMG pickups. Ebony fretboard and MOP inalys. Awesome rock machine! Ideally would like to trade it for a Les Paul but am asking £1800.
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    Seymour Duncan Antiquity vs Slash APH-2

    I have just gotten some Slash APH-2 Pickups for a good price. I do have a nice Les Paul that ended up with a Seth Lover in the neck, taken from a previous guitar, and an Antiquity bridge pickup, that was eventually changed out for a full-strength alnico 2 magnet. How different would the Slash...
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    Les Paul with high bridge?

    I have a Navigator Les Paul by ESP from the 1980's and whilst it is a really good guitar the neck angle might be extreme as the bridge needs to be set up so high that I feel it will fall off the posts. The action is just 1.6mm but I can see inside the screw hole that it's pretty much resting on...
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    Need some help for my next Les Paul please!

    I'm on the verge of buying another Les Paul Custom as I want a heavy metal guitar, and my Jackson Soloist just isn't as comfortable to play for me. I have a Goldtop and a Standard, and have always been drawn to Customs too, but when I need to sell a guitar, it's the first one to go as I prefer...
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    Need some Jackson USA soloist advice please

    I have been chasing a Jackson shredder for a while, with no luck and all of a sudden 3 are available. Could someone give me some info on these models? They are all USA. 1986 Soloist S2h (San Dimas built), non-recessed floyd 1990 Soloist SL1 (Ontario), recessed floyd 1997 Soloist (Ontario)...
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    Unoriented A5 too thick and round, solution?

    I have a bridge Seymour Duncan Antiquity, in which the degaussed A2 weren't cutting it so I tried an unknown polished A5 in there, which sounded better, but a lot like a 59'. I tried an unoriented A5, which looks like it's polished, and it's great for leads, but on chords it's too thick in the...
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    Pancake body: spruce middle?

    Was there ever a Les Paul Custom made during the Norlin era that had anything other than maple in between mahogany? I've found a custom, that is all mahogany body with spruce in the middle, and have never heard of such a guitar. All I know is that Mosrite made an electric Joe Mamphis model out...
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    My Navigator Christmas present has gone missing

    I found a beautiful Navigator guitar on Reverb and decided to buy as a Christmas present. The seller in Japan had 100% positive reviews and said I would recieve my parcel in 7 days. He also said he doesn't need CITES certificate, as I asked him how can it be delivered so quickly... Item was...
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    NGD: 2006 Fender Custom Shop 1960 relic

    Just bought my first real Stratocaster. I grew up playing a no name plywood strat but when I got serious about playing it was all Les Pauls, Mosrites, and Fender Jaguar. I knew my hands preferred the shorter scale ones, but I needed a Stratocaste in my collection and would enjoy playing a whole...
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    Fender the Ventures Model Stratocaster 50th anniversary MIJ

    hello, anybody know anything about those black Ventures model Strats and Jazzmasters from the 90's? I have a chance to buy the Ventures Strat but there's hardly any info on these guitars out there? What would be a good price for a Fender Ventures Model Stratocaster? They are black with gold...
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    Can you damage pickups with soldering iron?

    I had to take off the cover off my neck humbucker to flip the magnet as I was OOP, I loosened the strings completely while doing that, and while tuning I broke the treble E and put a new set on. Since then the guitar has not been very enjoyable to play, dead sound, just strings, no resonance...
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    Dead string set?

    I recently acquired an old 80's Navigator Les Paul. As soon as I put my standard pure nickel Ernie Balls on it, it was great. I didn't manage to pull the strings through the tuners enough so there was only about 1 wrap on the tuning posts. The guitar sounded great, but some of the notes didn't...
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    Wiring issue, I'm out of phase

    Got an Antiquity bridge to replace the JB in my Les Paul and decided to tackle it myself. I also installed a new bridge volume pot as the other one was push pull. After being done and wiring everything the way it is on the neck pots I have out of phase sound in the middle position. I read as...
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    NGD: Navigator Cherry Sunburst with pics

    I got a Navigator Standard in Cherry Sunburst but I can't identify the year for sure. I guess it's from the 80's. It's great, with a JB in the bridge and antiquity in the neck. The neck is thinner than on my post 2000 Navigators, and the original pots which were in the case, have the chicklet...
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    Navigator CTM320 Custom Black Beauty with pics

    Got this guitar about a year and a half ago, but due to various issues I never got around to getting it to where I was happy with it. It's very worn but should be from 2004, although the CTS pots are from '88 and '87. It badly needed a fret dress that it finally got this week. Lacquer is...
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    5e3 Deluxe Clone with Reverb and Tremolo

    I've been interested in a tweed Deluxe for a while, and being in the UK, my choice on ebay is pretty limited, but I managed to find one, by Rosewell amps, that has tube driven reverb and tremolo in the amp (on the side). I know 5e3's don't need reverb but would the addition of it in the circuit...
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    Gibson Les Paul Custom 68' reissue

    I have been reading a lot of threads on Les Paul Customs and although the 54 RI stands out to me, it seems everyone loves their 68' reissues, and many have said it is the best Les Paul Gibson puts out and that they are the King of Customs. Why? I see it has a long neck tenon, maple top, ABR...
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    Fret wear DIY fix

    I got a guitar with some heavy fret wear, I hoped it wouldn't be too much of a problem, but the guitar is pretty much unplayable in its current state. I'm nowhere near to someone who can fix it so I need some advice tackling it myself. I have managed to fix a fret here and there but this seems...


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