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  1. Rounder44

    Strymon Iridium Direct to Speaker?

    Hi, It seems the Iridium is for FOH applications of headphones. I can find zero information if I can use it like a Quliter 101 and just run a speaker from it. Since it's not covered on the Strymon site I guess not but want to determine this before I make a decision one way or another! Thanks!
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    Carr Amp Advice/Opinions. Skylark v Rambler v ?

    Howdy..... I'm looking for a Fender American type tone in a smaller amp that is say one step up from my Fender '57 Champ RI. A Princeton almost does it but I've been intrigued with Carr's since I first heard a Rambler! I was all set to dive inot one but since I mostly play low volume even at...
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    Positive Grid Customer Service....

    Hi, Anyone else ever have issues with this outfit? I ordered a Spark amp from them. I am traveling and hoped to have it in a week or 2. Chat and email the only contact options so I chatted about it. I was told it take a minimum of 5-7 days to ship. So I ordered a Spark from them hoping to...
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    Use Savings To Pay Credit Card Debt Faster?

    Hi, For the sake of argument say I I have $10,000 in savings and $10,000 in credit card debt (at ~14% APR) Current pay back schedule will have the CC paid off in 6 months so only ~$700+/- in interest. I'm leaning towards not touching the savings at all OR add to payments occasionally to get...
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    USA Made Roasted Maple Neck

    Hi, I assume my Fender WW Thin Skin Roasted Ash and Maple 50s Strat's neck was made in USA but I can't determine the resale value of it. I fell in love with a Custom Shop relic'd neck and they seem to cost ~$1300!! SO if I decide to swap I'd really have to get most I could from the roasted...
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    CS Relic Necks

    Hi, I just got a 70th Anniversary Broadcaster Heavy Relic and the neck is AMAZING! I'm in love with heavy relic necks! I dig my AVRI Strat well enough but not crazy about the look and feel of the roasted maple neck so am seriously considering a CS Relic Strat neck.... I see Stratosphere sells...
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    Lacquer Damaged Neck

    Hi, I found a sweet '54 CS Strat for a great price BUT the owner laid up the guitar on a cheap stand and the off gassing of the "rubber" eat the finish in several spots.... Two right at where my eye gravitates when playing. It's too distracting to buy as-is. One is along the fret board and I...
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    [blank] Makes the Greatest Tone Difference In Stock Strat.

    Hi, What adjustment do you think makes has the greatest difference in Strat tone? Not swapping out any electronics just simple adjustments from trem float or block, springs, trem block swap, strings, pup height etc.... SO without a soldering iron what has the greatest impact on Strat tone...
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    Pedal Advice Strymon Flint or Blue Sky

    Hi, I want to add more styles of reverb to my rig. The trem options on the Flint may make more sense but I really like the reverb effects more and it seems like the Blue Sky offers a lot more in that realm. it's kind of a drag because so expensive but found a used Blue Sky for $200 so there's...
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    Fender '57 Tweed Champ RI!!!

    Dang!!! This thing is COOL! Got a good price on one so snapped it up. Cheaper than any kits I was considering and I don't have the time right now anyways..... I'm a reverb and tremolo junkie and figured I'd miss that but I gotta say this has a natural reverb to it! I was just playing Strat...
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    Pedal To Brighten Tone Or...?

    Hi, My Wildwood 50's AV has '54 Vintage pups. I've been fooling with the pups height to brighten the tone a little and found a sweet spot as far as they can go anyway. But I'd like to get just a bit more clear clear bright tone. I considered a new set of pups but if there's a good effects...
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    Loaded Pick Guards?

    Hi, Yesterday I posted about my struggles to achieve the tone I was after and feel my Strat can produce. I'm not a proficient solderer and really don't have time to learn a new skill adequately. Only shop is far away and takes 2 weeks to set up new guitars bought from them so I imagine even...
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    Set Up Suggestions Please

    Hi, 2019 American Vintage Thin Skin '50s Stratocaster - Roasted Ash. Fender's '54 Custom Shop single-coils. Are these pups just built too warm to the tones I desire? Searching for a brighter cleaner tone. Early 70's Clapton (ye i know a lot of variables but you get the idea!) When I put tone...
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    The Dreaded Slump

    Oh man... As it sometimes works I have some free time but no desire to play guitar and when I do play just uninspired pentatonics... I think at least pick up the guitar and play some scales and keep hands an fingers moving and maybe something will inspire.... but it all sounds wrong.. What's...
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    Tortoise Pick Guards....

    Hi, I don't think the classic Fender tortoise PG's look anything like tortoise! In the acoustic world there are some incredible amber and brown with realistic patterns! Very cool stuff! Does anyone sell such PG's for Strats? Here's one example of the style I speak of:
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    Vintage Tone; Reissues vs. Real etc..

    Hi, How does Fender determine what a '56 Stratocaster sounds like to make reissues or do they just replicate the specs and cross their fingers? Any of you do critical side by side comparisons between real vintage and RI vintage? Can one describe vintage tones from a certain year? Say '56 is...
  17. Rounder44

    Brightening Up Strat Tone?

    Hi, New Wildwood 50's AV Stratocaster; roasted maple and ash. 3 Custom Shop '54 Single-Coils. Floating bridge. Love it! Playing through my Quilter I was/am blown away! I switched to my Swart AST and less enthused. Broke out my Telecaster and it has the same killer sparkle it ever did through...
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    Break In Speaker via Stereo Headphone Jack

    HI, I imagine no problem right? Just use the proper speaker cable (NOT a guitar cable!) and match impedance... Only stereo I have is a pricey Hegel ~$3000. Any chance of damaging the stereo amp? No stupid questions right? :D R44
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    MUST Know Stratocaster Tunes!

    Hi, I've been reading Wheeler's Stratocaster Chronicles and realized I don't know how to play "Walk Don't Run" ! I beg your forgiveness and wonder what other tunes are so Strat specific we should learn them just to know what it takes to achieve that tone, if possible!. I think of a few...
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    Broke Out My Quilter 101R!

    Hi, I was traveling a lot last spring and bought the Quilter 101R for the road. I only got to play it a few times and then landed at a place and broke out my Swart AST and Princeton so needless to say Quilter didn't get played. Out of boredom and curiosity I took it out with the intension of...
  21. Rounder44

    Hippie "Greg Brady" Guitar Straps

    Hi, I recently have gained an affection for these cheesy vintage woven straps! I picked up a Jaykco and really dig it! I have been using a heavy hand made bridle leather strap but it's gotta weigh a pound or more! Are there any other brands of nice hand made in this style? Not the made in...
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    Floating Bridge...

    Hi, New AV style Wildwood Strat. Came with decked bridge but I think I'd like to float it. Fender specs say 1/8" which seems like a lot but adjusting with springs almost compressed it does raise but a couple .001" The pivot screws are not binding it. It moves freely... It has 3 Fender...
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    Robben Ford Blues Revolution TrueFire Lesson?????

    Howdy, Anyone try this one and have feedback? I was checking it out and looks very good but is $80......whereas most TrueFire courses are ~$30-$40..... https://truefire.com/robben-ford-guitar-lessons/blues-revolution/c212 Looking for more feedback before I dive in... Thanks, R44
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    NGD Wildwood AV 50's Roasted Ash and Maple Strat!

    I could hold out no longer! One of my more concerted searches for a guitar I just went with what I wanted at first but couldn't afford...until I thinned the heard! I was concerned about the "boat neck" but it's not all that big... feels great in my smaller hands! Nice compliment to my...
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    Classic Vibes?

    Hi, How are these guitars for experimenting? Goofing around with pick ups etc... There's one locally a guy has upgraded with Seymour Duncan SSL-1 in the neck, SSL-1 RW/RP in the middle and an SSL-5 custom in the bridge. A Mojotone wiring kit was also installed which wires the bridge pickup to...


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