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  1. Southwest

    If you could cover any song...

    Which would it be and how would you make it your own? It's not allowed just to add a longer guitar solo; it has to be genuinely different from and significantly better than the original. So come on - pitch it. What is it? Why is your version so much better than the original?
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    Would you buy a burst if you won a million?

    A kind of bookend for the inherited burst thread. In the UK they put up a lottery every year where 10 people win a million each. Notwithstanding the fact you are more likely to be hit by lightning than to win, would you buy a burst if you did? If not, what would you do with it?
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    What's the best chord sequence you've heard on record?

    Don't know if this has been done before, but let's give it a go. What is the chord sequence that made you learn the song? Or just marvel at how good it is? It could be as simple as the chorus to Boys Are Back In Town or as complex as Turn Of The Century. It just needs to have stopped you in...
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    Electric piano recommendations

    Reaching out to the wider MLP knowledge base for some advice. My wife expressed an interest in learning piano about a year ago. I bought her a 5 octave electric piano for cheap, to see if she would stick at it. She has, and seems to be making progress. So I'd like to get her something better...
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    Body ballast?

    I've been upgrading a super-cheap LP kit I put together a while ago. Nothing special, just halfway decent midrange tuners, pups, pots, hardware etc. Tonally it's night and day better, but the tuners have created a bit of unwanted neck dive. The obvious answer is lighter tuners, but I like the...
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    Who'da thunk it?

    In the UK we have a crappy advert for a crappy product running. No change there. But the music is great. I had no idea who the artist was, so I looked it up. Have a listen. Val Doonican??? I grew up with his show on TV. An old guy sitting in a rocking chair, crooning folk songs while...
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    Post holes drilled incorrectly?

    Disclaimer: I’m completely new to building and repair so the following may be complete crap. If it is, please tell me – I’m trying to learn. My cheap kit continues to throw challenges my way. This is the latest, and if I’m right the biggest, so far. Early in the build I did a dry fit and noted...
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    Your ultimate fantasy back-line

    The genie appears from the lamp. He's a lazy bastard and you only get one wish, on his terms. For one night only, you get to play in front of your choice of bassist and drummer. Alive or dead they will be transported back to the very top of their game, as will you. They could be from the same...
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    Is there any "leeway" in fret heights?

    I'm a complete noob to guitar repair/modification, so apologies if this is a stupid question. Having completed my cheap LP kit I'm looking to improve it, and learn some things along the way. Next up is a fret job. I straightened the board using a notched straight edge, then used a fret rocker to...
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    How to radius inlays off the fretboard

    My kit came with mother of toilet seat plastic inlays which I would like to replace with MOP. But I don't want to pull the frets as I don't have the skills and I quite like them as is. The only thing I can think of is to secure the new inlays to a board using the masking tape and superglue...
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    What happens when something goes wrong?

    Didn't want to derail the Loctite damage thread, but it put a question in my head for the pro repairers on here. What happens if you mess up? I'm talking about the $200 repair you do that causes a $1000 problem (fix a buzz, have to refinish a top for example). Especially if you can't fix it...
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    Replacement bridge for my Standard 60s

    I have a 2019 Standard 60s that I've owned from new. Lovely guitar, but the bridge is letting it down. It buzzes and rattles, gives me sitar notes on random strings at random times, and the saddles fall out regularly when changing strings. Just feels poor in quality overall. First world...
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    Wiring (grounding) question

    I'm hopefully soon going to be wiring my cheap MIC Les Paul kit. I've had a root around the usual places, and I *think* I understand the theory, but I don't get the setup in the kit. It looks as if it achieves a ground throughout for pups, switch and jack, but what about the bridge and strings...
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    Tips for selling in the Internet age

    I've never sold a guitar over the Internet so would be grateful for some tips from those who have. I understand I'll need decent photos and a completely honest description, with a price that will keep me out of the delusional sellers thread, but beyond that I'm a bit lost. What kind of payment...
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    Micromesh question

    I've just ordered a micromesh set from GC Abrasives for fret polishing. It says it contains "9 Sheets of 6"x4" Regular Micro-Mesh Sheets as follows: 1500, 1800, 2400, 3200, 3600, 4000, 6000, 8000, 12000 Grades. Please note: these grades differ from standard P grades, please see the Grit...
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    A clueless newbie attempts to build a kit guitar

    I’ve put this together for anyone like me who has wanted to build a guitar, but who hasn’t a clue about how to do it. My aim is to make a fully-functioning and playable guitar that would not look out of place next to my Gibson Les Paul Standard and PRS Custom 22 and plays just as well as both of...
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    Wipe-on finish and sanding

    Apologies if this has been raised before. I searched but couldn't find anything. I have covered my kit build with grain enhancer and sanded back to 320 grit wet. I'm planning to use a wipe-on stain followed by a wipe-on finishing oil. I will be hand-sanding everything. Given the likely thin...
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    Code 25 speaker swap

    Anyone swapped out the no-name speaker in a Marshall Code 25 combo? I like the amp through headphones, but hate the speaker. Thinking about putting a Celestion G10 Gold in as a replacement. I know it's rated 8ohm, so if I understand it correctly, the amp will then operate at half power since the...
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    Kit guitar - Is this stupid or even possible?

    My lovely wife has ordered me a LP-style kit guitar as a Christmas present. Bless her - she knows nothing about guitars and ordered a bolt-on neck version! So my potentially really stupid question is would it be sensible (or even possible) to convert this to a set-neck by filling the holes in...
  20. Southwest

    Wall hanging

    Hi all. I know at first glance this might look like it's in the wrong place, but I'm keen to get luthiers' views rather than just guitarists'. When I bought my Les Paul Standard (weight 9lb 10oz - no weight relief) I planned to wall hang it for easy access. I even bought a hanger (Hercules...

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