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    70's Strat Authenticity Question

    Where are my vintage Fender experts? I just got a trade offer for my JTV-59 Variax - a "70's" Stratocaster. He thinks it's a 1972 neck and a1976 body (weird because right off the bat, the serial number seems to point to 1979). He included all the front pictures (which appear to be at a church)...
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    New (to me) Taylor advice

    Hey, guys, I'm looking at upgrading to a "professional" acoustic. In front of me, I have two options, neither of which I can play immediately. 1) Taylor 224ce-K DLX. Koa solid top, layered koa back and sides. ES2 pickup system. I can pick this up for $900 and since it's available locally on...
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    Too good to be true? $500 335...

    This showed up on Craigslist today. Text and photos follow. What are your thoughts? Real or fake? Also not discounting the possibility that the owner forgot a 1 in front of the 500 price in the title... Gibson ES 335 TDC ***Needs a New Home*** - $500 From what I understood when I purchased it...
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    Help me with a shopping list! Project Tele Deluxe

    Okay, so I'm thinking of buying a body and neck from a guy on Facebook. It's all beater stuff, probably Squier or worse in a former life, but I figure it would make a great project for me. The neck is a standard Tele-type neck, standard Mexi-style nut, happily equipped with Sperzel locking...
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    SD P-Rails versus "true" P-90's

    So I stumbled across a project Tele on Facebook Marketplace. It's an empty '72 Deluxe with a custom pickguard (the current owner was going to set it up with traditional single coils, keeping the Les Paul-style controls). Since I was going to have to buy all the guts anyway, I was looking for...
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    Fake Junior double cut or not?

    I don't know enough about vintage-ish Gibsons. Do you guys see anything here that would concern you? I'm unfamiliar with the shape of the cutaway and the headstock looks weird, but my only experience is with modern Gibsons. Thanks in advance! Body of Craigslist ad: For sale is a Les Paul...
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    Taylor 210e vs Alvarez AD60?

    Hey, guys, I've played Alvarez acoustics almost exclusively all my life. I used my dad's 60's Alvarez when I was in high school until it was stolen, then I snagged an 80's Artist with the insurance payout. Fast forward a few years, and the Artist was really beat to heck, so I bought another...
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    Epiphone Dot Deluxe grounding issue

    So I guess when the previous owner's guitar shop installed a Bigsby, they either didn't ground it or the grounding wire has come loose. Not a problem if I'm just strumming big chords, but any time I palm mute (I rest a pinky on the high E string and the bridge pickup) it pops each time my pinky...
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    M9 might be dead. What can replace it?

    After 8 years, I have a switch that's gone bad on my M9, and it looks like it might cost more than it's worth to replace (won't know for sure until I can get it in the shop, but that will cost me bench fee no matter what). It probably won't be much to repair the one, but I assume that if one...
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    NGD: Upgraded Epiphone Dot

    I finally went ahead and bit the bullet a couple days ago- I traded my unused Hayden Mofo 15 amp for a 2007 Epiphone Dot Deluxe with the following upgrades: Gibson 57 Classic pickups, bone nut, upgraded Grover tuners, Bigsby trem, strap locks, and the neck has been professionally stripped and...
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    A tale of two trades

    I have a Hayden Mofo 15 hand wired tube amp, acquired in a trade for an Egnater Tweaker. Didn't quite work for my purposes as a #2 amp, so I replaced it with a Fender Mustang III (don't judge). Anyway, so I now have an amp that really serves no purpose, so I'm trying to trade it off for...
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    Trade/resale value on modded Dot

    I'm a sucker for trades. I often take cool guitars even when I don't need them and they overlap with my "main" guitars. Case in point: I've been offered a modded Dot for my Hayden Mofo 15 amp (hand wired in England). The axe looks great in description and pictures- standard Dot with Gibson 57...
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    Need advice on my #2 amp...

    My number one amp is a Traynor YCV40WR. I have no complaints with it- it serves as a great clean platform for my pedalboard. My number TWO amp, however, has been a revolving door of amps that just don't stack up, so I'm looking for recommendations. Top end of budget is $500. Used or new is...
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    Amp trade advice

    I have an original Hayden hand wired Mini Mofo 12" 15W combo as my #2 amp. It's a nice enough amp, but it's not quite my cup of tea on the breakup - it's a little harsh on the top end to my ear. So I've put it up on Facebook and CL for trades. I really wanted to have an amp for home practice...
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    Wired IEM... what is your cable solution?

    I didn't see a good "live performance" forum - maybe I missed it, and maybe a mod can move it if so. My 4 piece band (drums, bass, 2 guitars - all the string players sing) is looking to move toward IEM. Without 4 grand to work with, however, we're going to get our feet wet with wired IEMs...
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    Need help ID'ing goldtop

    Latest Craigslist question: I think this is a Studio, maybe even a tribute series. The TRC is blank, however, and without any other information, I just have to go off of the apparent lack of binding (unless you guys see something I don't) and the $650 CL pricetag. The guitar is a few hours...
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    Wearing your own band t-shirt

    So.......... My band is playing a few festivals this summer, always in the opening slot. It is still uncool to wear your own band's t-shirt AFTER the gig when we're rocking out to the headliners?
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    DC Les Paul Special vs PRS Starla... what would add the most?

    Right now I have three electrics: 2011 Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro, 2001 Fender MIM Stratocaster, and a custom built trashy Telecaster. I'm looking to expand my stable to four axes, but need something that will add something that my current three guitars can't really cover. I've been...
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    Trading a Fender P for a Gibson EB-0... do you see anything wrong?

    I'm trying to sell my backup bass, a Precision style bass built for me by a local builder from Allparts neck and body and all USA Fender hardware and electronics. Killer bass, but I have some other more pressing needs now that I'm playing guitar in a band again. So this guy posts that he's...
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    Do you bring spare tubes to the gig?

    Just as the title says. Do you bring spare tubes to the gig? If not, what's your backup plan? I don't bring spare tubes (I don't have a spare set of power tubes at all, and my preamp tubes are largely junk). I do, however, bring a Tech 21 Blonde in the pocket of my pedalboard bag. If...


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