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    Favorite Artists Model?

    I liked those early Jeff Becks with the HUGE neck. I like the G E Smith Telecaster, even though G E himself has not done anything worth talking about since the model came out. I liked those very first batch of the Jimmie Vaughan, with the absolutely brutal hard V neck. I like the Kenny Wayne...
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    When did trucks get so damned expensive?

    I do mean some disrespect, to those who are bidding up the prices on these for frivolous use. They are helping keep GM and Ford in the black, but this is a weird way to do it. Woe betide the guy who expects me to slap him on the back when he drops $ 55,000 on a truck, while living in a...
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    More trouble at the big G

    Right. This is a cat and mouse game, where corporations take on debt in some cases, knowing the creditors will not want to let bankruptcy happen. This is all pre-baked into the chain of business transactions.
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    More trouble at the big G

    Retail stores are closing left right and center in Memphis. The only new retail I can think of recently of serious size, is the IKEA on Germantown (TN177) just south of I-40.
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    A beautiful songbird fortunately lives through window strike...

    Glad he did OK. I had what I thought was a bird strike at The Cabin last week. Bam! Turned out to be a Katydid (large grasshopper) that didn't make it. Two huge picture windows and my excuse for not cleaning them better is, every time I have, a bird or two has smacked into it hard and been...
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    Roller Trees

    I like the looks of these. The main issue would be, the string has to be prepped (cut to length, then 2 eccentric 90 degree bends) and that would make this a potential hassle. Might have to try 'em anyway.
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    Replacing tuners on a MIM Strat

    I agree that a vintage style, split shaft tuning machine is excellent medicine EXCEPT First I am assuming this is 70s style but still a '90s guitar. Those machines are the die cast splits with the diamond shaped stamped steel cover, in chrome, and they're not good IMO at all. You want something...
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    Guys? Is this real?

    Gogs, the guitar you have sounds like the very kind of thing you'd be wise to hang onto. Those are some nice pickups and IMO the weakest thing about that MIJ was always the pickups. You'd be hitting yourself over the head, getting rid of it. Enjoy that guitar! + Btw, that SHR-1 is possibly...
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    So... is Pau Ferro lighter in color?

    Thing was, it had gotten to the point where enough of the East Indian Rosewood wasn't especially dark, either. I'm eager to see how this switch to Pau Ferro on the MIMs turns out.
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    American Telecaster

    $ 699 would be better. Standards are worth $ 100-200 more than a comparable Special. Don't buy a Special until you have played one, in person. The fretwire is truly huge, not at all like the Strat you have. Btw I agree the Strat323 and Tealsixtysix - An American Standard Telecaster is an...
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    Whatever happened to.....

    What I think is funny is how folks say things like "I don't care what happens to FMIC and I don't care what happens to MF/GC" and yet, if there were no new models, no new guitars to wonder about, then we truly would have basically nothing left to talk about. I'd like to post more often but I...
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    Hipster Hate?

    My puppy, Daisy, was most disappointed to find out there's no ham in a hamster. I had told her, but she had to taste for herself.
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    NGD - G&L ASAT Tribute

    Very thoughtful of the tech to cut you a break on the tech work. Can't spend too much, or we end up in used USA G + L territory but the ones they're blowing out usually shouldn't have been boxed up and sent out in that condition. A great sort of kit for a poor kid with a willingness to learn a...
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    the classic 30

    This is a very good amp, and while the fan and some other bits may be Chinese, most of it is not. #1 thing is, you gotta take great care of those exposed tubes - they're really out there. Some people install a protective cage or something. What imaging is on the speaker? I think $ 300 is...
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    NBD (New Body Day?): Sonic Blue All Parts Body!

    Too much blue for Sonic. No hint of red for Daphne. How is the neck pocket fit?
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    Alder or Basswood?

    Basswood, based just on the look of it. My second guess would be poplar, and my third would be agathis. Look. We know this model was made in basswood. I also happen to think they could find harder basswood in the past - what we find now can be mighty punky. I thought the purpose of the post...
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    Senator John McCain

    I agree with Ray. John McCain is one of those rare, remarkable guys who engenders love in those who agree with him and also in those who oppose him IF you take the time to learn what's going on. I'd be so proud to call him my elected official, even if we agreed on nothing - because he's the real...
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    Hipster Hate?

    Refined cities cost a lot of money to develop and administer and maintain. If the "displaced locals" can't handle their share of the tax load, they need to find someplace new to impoverish. I've seen the cities where the Hipsters haven't arrived (and probably aren't coming) and the locals can't...
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    Will all the Guitar Centre Bashers be Happier Soon?

    But, how can we forget all the big new stores Circuit City had completed or were about the complete when they closed? The presence of new stores doesn't mean all that much - nor does the "impoverishment" of a similar number of their existing stores (little or no inventory, skeleton staff, just...
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    POLL: Range of Squier necks - let's talk about them

    Squier 51 necks. Far and away the best. Protones would be #2 with everything else at a distance.
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    We Don't Need No Stinking College!

    The backlash against science and the backlash against Universities and the culture there, is one and the same thing. Used to be, a dolt armed somehow with a college degree, could get a really well paying job and now, that's not so much true but why would this mean that a college degree, a full...
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    Car warranty question

    I think letting another dealership look at it is a cool idea. The problem you have is not a "Powertrain" issue. You've got a system that's not shutting down, as Mr. Lumbergh says, or you have a lead that's permitting a substantial draw. I don't think it is the battery now or the alternator...
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    You pick: Tele new(ish)Baja or '90 MIA for $650

    Baja. The neck, gotta have the fat neck. Oh, and the pickups! (altho I do like that A5 neck pickup).
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    V.I.P. Baja Tele?

    Lone Woof is correct, And therefore this is not a Baja body at all. I believe this is a MIM Classic 50s body - Tele or Esquire originally, almost no way to know which now. Yours is White Blonde and it is very thick polyester coating, over 3 or more pieces of ash. Here is Desert Sand:
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    Tube Watts vs Solid State Watts?

    I played SS for years, assuming the bugs would be worked out and I'd spend less on repairs. Wrong. I wish someone had kicked me in the butt and awakened me to the fact that I could've sounded much better. But they were trying to be polite or maybe they didn't care or they thought that they, not...

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