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  1. Maria

    Headstock logos for Partscasters?

    Thanks for the replies, everyone! I saw those guitarfetish decals while I was shopping for parts, I was amused :) Gibsonsmu, it's true I could do no logo, but I guess I want to claim the work I do somehow, so that there's a difference between what I'm making and any of the other guitars out...
  2. Maria

    Headstock logos for Partscasters?

    So, I need some clarity on this. I recently started picking up really beat-up (but otherwise decent quality) guitars at pawn shops, completely stripping them down to the bare wood, and making a new guitar starting with the neck and body. New finish, new hardware, new pickups, new...
  3. Maria

    NGD 1997 Pro Tone

    UPDATE: I took the whole guitar apart, and cleaned everything, per this discussion. I cleaned the bridge and saddles and hardware with murphy's oil soap and a soft toothbrush. No harm or scratches on the gold plating, which was great! It's not like this is a new instrument - the hardware had...
  4. Maria

    NGD 1997 Pro Tone

    Oh man, that's an awesome deal on that tele! You're right, I have a real road-rusted axe here lol UPDATE: I took off the bridge, and damn - those springs, saddle screws, and height screws are RUSTY. Some springs almost disintegrated in my hands. Is this something I can find a replacement for...
  5. Maria

    NGD 1997 Pro Tone

    Ok, cool. I just got some Murphy's, and I also have naphtha. With regard to the Rose pups, you mentioned Robustas earlier, which sounded good to me. I was also considering the Robusta/Buff Beauty combination set (http://www.rosepickups.com/apps/webstore/products/show/5913992). I use a lot of...
  6. Maria

    NGD 1997 Pro Tone

    The neck is literally the reason I bought it! It's so slim and fast. It's faster than the neck on my Ibanez, and the one-piece maple is fantastic. I could go on about that neck for days. I know a lot of people don't like it, precisely because it is so slim, but I'm female, and my hands are...
  7. Maria

    NGD 1997 Pro Tone

    Thanks so much for your reply, that helps a lot. I got another recommendation for Rose pickups, and you just helped me decide on the first set to try :) I wondered if Murphy's Oil Soap would be a good option, I'll have to try that. Thanks again!
  8. Maria

    NGD 1997 Pro Tone

    Hammer, I'm selfishly resurrecting this thread to ask you some questions about how you restored your Pro Tone. I just picked up the exact same guitar at pawn shop for $200. Pics below. Mine is dirty, the pole pieces in the pickups are rusting and there is definitely some tarnish/corrosion on...
  9. Maria

    Refinishing and rewiring a bunch of guitars, and loving it.

    Refinishing and rewiring a bunch of guitars, and loving it.
  10. Maria

    Craziest guitar opinion you hold...

    The iconic Ibanez and PRS style bodies just turn me off. For no good reason. I have a Ibanez that I love (granted, it's an ART series, so it's a Les Paul style body), and I imagine I would love other Ibanez guitars... but they're just pointy in the wrong places. And PRS is fat in the wrong...
  11. Maria

    Hi from Gainesville, FL

    Thanks, guys! I appreciate the welcome. I've been scouring pawn shops lately for what I think I want - a beat-up fender or squire, preferably in white, with a one-piece maple neck that I can restore. I'm looking for the playability more than anything. As Greg mentioned, I'm freshly from the...
  12. Maria

    Hi from Gainesville, FL

    Hi all. I just got here, and I'm already appreciating all the good threads and conversations. I'm a grad student at the University of Florida, been playing guitar since I was 12. I play in a band or two around town. I was Gibson-obsessed for awhile, but I'm coming out of it ;) Looking to find...
  13. Maria

    Looking for a beat-up strat to fix up

    Looking for a beat-up strat to fix up


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