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  1. Sparky84

    Recommendation for basic bedroom play-along setup?

    Hi Gear Dudes, I need some advice on what used to be called “hi-fi gear” for a spare bedroom that i want to use as a music room. Amp-wise, I’ve got a Blues Junior that I like but is WAY too loud for home use, but still sounds good at 2 on the volume dial. I’ve also got an old 5-watt VOX amp...
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    Pickup angle question?

    Hi guys - my Les Paul Custom Lite sounds fine to me at my usual low-volume playing, but I recently noticed that the neck pickup is slanted at an angle which is not level with the body. The screw end of it is recessed quite a bit deeper than the other end. I've not messed with the pickups or...
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    Big hands but poor dexterity and reach - tips?

    First time posting in this area of the board. I'm your basic bedroom play-along-with-records guy for the last 40-odd years, with a handful of live-gig experience over the years. As a kid it was sports and studies that got in the way of playing in a band, then after the college-band phase it...
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    First big-boy amp question – advice please!

    Hi guys, Well, assuming I’m let out of the Singapore lockdown in a few months, I’ll be moving back to the US for the first time in almost 20 years (and with a lot more guitars than I left with). One of my goals in semi-retirement is to start gigging more, although for me that means in some...
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    NGD LP Special DC

    Stopped by a Guitar Center while in LA and saw that they discounted the blue stain DC Special Tribute that I’ve had my eye on for a while, down under $800. Couldn’t pass it up. Sorry for the crap photos from my iPhone 2, but the lighting was poor. The fretboard looks better in person. Great...
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    Replacing tuners on an LP Special Tribute DC?

    Further to rxbandit's thread below about the new worn white color, I've had my eye on this new Special Tribute DC in the washed blue. Finally got to play one on a trip through NYC, and those P-90s sound fantastic. Like the poster below, I wasn't sure I'd like the "open" mahogany body texture...
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    Speaking of loose strap buttons...

    Further to the toothpick remedy noted in the thread below, the upper strap button of my new(ish) LP Custom Lite is a bit loose. I tried screwing the screw in tighter, but it doesn’t grab at the bottom and just goes around without getting tighter (when all the way in). So it may not be long...
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    NGD – LP Custom Lite and Japanese eBay sellers

    Hi guys, So, for a while I’ve had my eye out for a white Les Paul Custom on Reverb, but didn’t really want to take the chance on an older used model, and the new (and used) ones were more than I wanted to spend at the moment. Then I came across the Custom Lite, which apparently was last made in...
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    Reissue Custom on Reverb - legit?

    Question for you Chibson detectives out there - check out the headstock logo of this LP Custom. Supposedly it's a 2015 VOS reissue of a 1974 model - does that explain the closed "b"and "o", or is this a Chibson? The seller is some store in Italy with no ratings.
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    More Reverb anxiety - LP Custom headstock logo?

    I've been spending way too much time drooling over used Alpine White LP Customs on Reverb. Most of the sellers have hundreds of positive reviews, but on a few of them, the photos seem shot in a way to avoid showing the Gibson logo on the headstock. On a 1991 one that looks very tempting, the...
  11. Sparky84

    OK, here she is...

    Thanks to the advice from all you guys on this board, I pulled the trigger on the Reverb-listed 2017 SG in Pelham Blue. Very happy with the purchase. Looks great, sounds great (at least unplugged - can’t get it back home for a few more months.) Even though it was sold as mint and at a decent...
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    Does this SG headstock stamp look right?

    Hi all, In the run-up to Christmas I've been getting some GAS for an SG to join the stable along with my 2013 LP and a few Fenders. Always thought they were a little unbalanced with that long neck, but now I've come around in part from the sound of those humbuckers, but also the light weight...
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    Sounds a bit fishy?

    Hi guys, I need some opinions on this please. I found a nice "mint" Fender bass on a well-known used guitar site, so I contacted the seller with a few questions and he got back to me immediately. He is a highly rated seller who I assumed had a retail guitar shop, but now it appears he does...
  14. Sparky84

    Replacing stock tuners on LP Standard?

    I've got a nice 2013 LP Standard in a beautifully subtle Heritage Cherry Burst. To me it looks just like those great vintage versions, except for one detail - the stock shiny aluminum locking Grover tuners. I love that they lock (my first experience with locking tuners, and I'm sold on them)...
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    Newbie case/strap question

    I've been playing guitar fairly badly for 30 years (self-taught, little practice time, etc.). I've had a Strat since 1990 which I love, but finally bit the bullet on a nice new LP Standard last year. Problem is, it came with a Gibson USA hardcase that is a very tight fit, so much so that it's...


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