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Posted: 9/2/2023 7:41:27 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/2/2023 8:36:23 AM EST
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That's a good looking guitar!  

Yeah, you can't beat the sound and feel of new strings.  I just put some new D'Addario's on my Taylor 114ce and on my Epiphone LP Custom a couple of weeks back, and they were well past due for a change.  I also ordered myself a neck rest and guitar mat I've been wanting to get for a while off Amazon along with some Lemon oil for the fretboards.  A few other guitars are due for a set change too.
Link Posted: 9/2/2023 8:54:40 AM EST
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I love me some new strings. Now if I'm in a rush I HATE changing em, but if I got time to take my time, I kinda enjoy it, and of course I always love the result.

I changed the strings on this gal last night, and took my sweet time, and ended up oiling the fretboard as she seemed a little dry, and making a little truss rod adjustment as she seemed to have a wee bit too much relief. And then I hit her with a coat of Gibby pump polish. ETA and also did a slight adjustment on PU height too. IMHO it's always such a pleasure to play on new strings - kinda like getting new tries on a favorite sports care.



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I know it says "Standard" on the headstock...which one in particular?
I really like the look and feel without the pickguard; I just don't want any holes taking one off. AFAIK, that leaves me the Slash models, modern models and the 'Greeny'.
Link Posted: 9/2/2023 9:06:03 AM EST
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Link Posted: 9/2/2023 9:14:51 AM EST
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Waiting for my Fender Flatwound strings for the bass to arrive.  Wanna try something different.  No reason.  Just got to do it.  

Like your Gibson.

Link Posted: 9/2/2023 9:15:29 AM EST
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Thanks, she's a 2014 so she's got the cryo frets of that year.

IMHO if they are wood, they're always breathing and changing a bit. Neck relief was dead-on about a year or so ago (probably in another season), but it had increased a wee touch over time. I replaced the new strings with the same gauge that I took off too. I have been using lemon oil based commercial guitar stuff for the fretboards for eons, and always loved it, but this time I gave MusicNomad F-ONE oil a try, and it seems to be pretty sweet, but I guess time will tell.
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That's a good looking guitar!  

Yeah, you can't beat the sound and feel of new strings.  I just put some new D'Addario's on my Taylor 114ce and on my Epiphone LP Custom a couple of weeks back, and they were well past due for a change.  I also ordered myself a neck rest and guitar mat I've been wanting to get for a while off Amazon along with some Lemon oil for the fretboards.  A few other guitars are due for a set change too.
Thanks, she's a 2014 so she's got the cryo frets of that year.

IMHO if they are wood, they're always breathing and changing a bit. Neck relief was dead-on about a year or so ago (probably in another season), but it had increased a wee touch over time. I replaced the new strings with the same gauge that I took off too. I have been using lemon oil based commercial guitar stuff for the fretboards for eons, and always loved it, but this time I gave MusicNomad F-ONE oil a try, and it seems to be pretty sweet, but I guess time will tell.


What gauge and brand do you use?  I usually use light gauges on all my electrics and my acoustic, and tried some 9's on the Epi LP.  They sound good but I think I might go to 10's which I see recommended by a lot of people on LP's.  I don't know what it had on it when I bought it but they stayed shiny and sounded good for a long, long time.  

The lemon oil I bought was D'Addario's.  Never used it before but saw it on Amazon when I ordered the mat and neck rest.
Link Posted: 9/2/2023 9:27:46 AM EST
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Link Posted: 9/2/2023 9:55:43 AM EST
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I love fresh strings on my Baja Tele.  It’s just so metallic sounding and twangy.  I also love the sound of worn in strings on my Tele.  I guess I just love my Tele.  It’s hard to make it sound bad.  Cool Les Paul for sure.  One of those is on my someday list.
Link Posted: 9/2/2023 10:03:03 AM EST
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I love fresh strings on my Baja Tele.  It’s just so metallic sounding and twangy.  I also love the sound of worn in strings on my Tele.  I guess I just love my Tele.  It’s hard to make it sound bad.  Cool Les Paul for sure.  One of those is on my someday list.
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I bought my older brothers Am. Telecaster last year from him to compliment my Am. hard tail Strat.  I wasn't a Tele fan for a long time but grew to like them.

Link Posted: 9/2/2023 11:10:35 AM EST
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Funny you asked - she is actually a 2014 Gibson LP Peace, which was kind of a special run of standards with a theme. They've kinda become hen's teeth since the run. I think her color was called sunrise or sunset or something like that, and she came with the pickguard on. It doesn't show well in pics but in person she has an amazing almost pinkish-purple in her cherry, and I loved it so much I got it instead of a plus I was just about to buy.

The Peace run came with special Gibby USA cases (tie dye pattern velvet inside, and hippy tweed with a peace sign on the outside), and the tail piece had "peace" lightly shadow engraved on it in a groovy fashion, and the knobs had tie dye colors with peace signs on them. I switched those out with genuine Gibby standard parts to make it look, well, less hippy. But I of course kept the original tail piece and knobs, in case I ever want to put em back on. But she's one I don't ever plan to sell or trade, since I adore the color and love the vibe and sound and feel. I was blessed to find her. A cool sales dude in NH had two back then, and he sent me tons of pics, and I got to pick the color and figure I wanted.
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I like when they execute the burst, as they did on yours.
I prefer it to when they fill in the switch and horn area in. To me, it obscures the shape of the body and figure of the top.
Is the back, brown or red?
What kind of tuners are those?
Link Posted: 9/2/2023 11:24:51 AM EST
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Link Posted: 9/2/2023 2:57:22 PM EST
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I changed from .09s to .10s on my Jackson Dinky, a week and a half ago. I'm still changing them. We'll I got the strings changed, but with the FR tremolo, I have to adjust the float on the bridge to get it level. No problem, I thought. I figure, I'll turn the screws in a turn and see where that puts me after a tune. Left screw, a few seconds and done. Right screw, a quarter turn and it locked up. I tried backing it out, no luck. Tried turning it in again, because of the angle, screwdriver slipped out. Changed screwdrivers, again, same thing. So, I grabbed a piece of brass and a gunsmithing hammer, and tapped on the head of the screw hoping jarring it would loosen it. Nope, screwdriver slipped. I tapped it again, the tried to back it out, no luck, same thing. Finally, I got a pair of needle nose pliers and wrapped electric tape around the jaws. I clamped that around the threads and tried to turn it with both the pliers and the screwdriver. I got it around one turn, but it was just as tight as before, but the screwdriver slipped enough times the head of the screw is nearly unusable.

So, I'm going to order a set of Allen head screws for it and replace the damn Phillips head crap that came on it. It should have been Allen head all along. You're not going to strip those out on a guitar.

So it'll be another week until I can do it. Been playing my half broke SG ( dropped it right on it's face ). I've got to replace the control knobs ( broke the volume one ), the pickup selector ( only works in the bridge position ), and the output jack.
Link Posted: 9/2/2023 5:53:53 PM EST
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I bought my older brothers Am. Telecaster last year from him to compliment my Am. hard tail Strat.  I wasn't a Tele fan for a long time but grew to like them.

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I don't normally say this to a guy but - nice pair.  
Link Posted: 9/2/2023 6:21:25 PM EST
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I've always had a soft spot for natural colored guitars. I love em. I once had a PRS "employ guitar" that was natural tight flame - I so loved that one. I mean, just to gaze at it. But not just the flame, but the beautiful natural real color of the wood. I kept another natural example, and well, it's gonna have to be sold by someone some day after I pass, cause I ain't letting it go.
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I bought my older brothers Am. Telecaster last year from him to compliment my Am. hard tail Strat.  I wasn't a Tele fan for a long time but grew to like them.

http://i.imgur.com/R9MLhbi.jpg
I've always had a soft spot for natural colored guitars. I love em. I once had a PRS "employ guitar" that was natural tight flame - I so loved that one. I mean, just to gaze at it. But not just the flame, but the beautiful natural real color of the wood. I kept another natural example, and well, it's gonna have to be sold by someone some day after I pass, cause I ain't letting it go.


Yeah, the hard tail Strat was my first good guitar back in 2000, and I've bought almost all natural or ones with a stained finish so you could see the wood grain.  I think I've had maybe two guitars that had a solid finish.  Here's my others that I currently own.  The Epi LP Custom is mahogany, ebony fretboard and Koa top.  

Link Posted: 9/2/2023 6:35:13 PM EST
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I bought my older brothers Am. Telecaster last year from him to compliment my Am. hard tail Strat.  I wasn't a Tele fan for a long time but grew to like them.

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Those are cool! Respect bro.
Link Posted: 9/2/2023 6:38:05 PM EST
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I run mostly balanced tension 12s tuned to drop Ab or G on sixers and on 7s tuned to drop Ab I make the low Ab a 68.  This is for 27" scale length.

On normal or drop d tunings at 25.5" i run balanced tension 10s.

I used dean markley blue steels forever but now i have been using Stringjoy since I can get custom gauge sets and they have custom baritone sets as well.

I love guitar necks with carbon fiber rods. They dont move hardly at all no matter what the temperature or humidity.
Link Posted: 9/2/2023 7:33:21 PM EST
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Thanks, I was reading that D'Addario now has an "NY" series of strings, that supposedly have some impressive improvements in tune stability alongside with a greater tolerance for more extreme bending. I'm thinking I may try some of their NY series next time I change an electric. I happened to already have some packs of the Gibbys in the correct gauge when I started changing last night, but I'll prolly chase down some of the NYs soon to give em a try in the future.  
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I've used XL 10-46 on all mine for a while now but bought a few packs of NYXL late last year. Can't really say i like them more than XL but I probably only play 6-8 hours a week.
Link Posted: 9/3/2023 6:13:09 AM EST
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Man that Koa is stunning.
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Thanks!  It caught my eye while looking around on Reverb and Sweetwater one day.  Didn't need it but the price was too good.

I really like the flame maple on your LP.  My niece has my late brothers guitars and he had a see through red finish LP with a 3 piece top that I believe was flame maple.  I told her if she ever wanted to sell it and keep it in the family, I'd buy it.   That Washburn semi hollow body in my pics was his and she gave it to me after he passed.
Link Posted: 9/7/2023 9:49:08 AM EST
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I feel like I go through frets like some guys go through strings.
Link Posted: 9/7/2023 11:56:49 AM EST
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Link Posted: 9/8/2023 8:42:19 AM EST
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I use stainless wire and still go through it.  I play vibrato-heavy and have a ton of grip strength due to my history in grappling sports.

My luthier doesn't mind the work but he always raises an eyebrow when I bring one in... "this one, again?"
Link Posted: 9/8/2023 2:51:15 PM EST
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I use stainless wire and still go through it.  I play vibrato-heavy and have a ton of grip strength due to my history in grappling sports.

My luthier doesn't mind the work but he always raises an eyebrow when I bring one in... "this one, again?"
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Wow.  never seen anyone go through SS fret work before.  Remind me to not piss you off.  
Link Posted: 9/9/2023 8:43:13 AM EST
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LOL All the guys from the guitar shop where I used to work are amazed.  Like, I have one guitar here with super jumbos that are factory new and it is about to go under the knife (file?) to get those knocked down to be more like my "fretless wonder" '79 Les Paul because if the frets are too high I bend notes out of tune with some chord fingerings.  Don't get me wrong, I've got a touch but especially playing oddball jazz chords I just grip too hard.

My '73 D-28 is on its 4th set of frets since like '98 when I bought it (each set gets only one dressing really since I have them so low to begin with).  My '79 Les Paul is on its 3rd.  I've got a newer Martin that is in need of a dressing on the factory frets but will probably need new frets since I let it go too long.

My Robing guitars are factory stainless frets so they last a lot longer, I've only put one set on my '93 (but it was also stolen for ten years and recovered so I lost time LOL) and my Avalon is the one that needs the frets chopped.

It is a double plus ungood since I need them to be short in the first place so take my experience with a grain of salt.  I also play with 10s on electric and 12s or 13s on acoustic so there may be something to that.  Again, thinner strings make my tuning problem worse LOL.
Link Posted: 9/9/2023 9:36:50 AM EST
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I bought a used Yamaha acoustic years back with the cowboy chords part of the neck showing major wear on the wood.  Frets are still good and I haven't need to refret yet.  
Link Posted: 9/9/2023 11:22:02 AM EST
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Link Posted: 9/10/2023 12:07:31 AM EST
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I love me some new strings. Now if I'm in a rush I HATE changing em, but if I got time to take my time, I kinda enjoy it, and of course I always love the result.

I changed the strings on this gal last night, and took my sweet time, and ended up oiling the fretboard as she seemed a little dry, and making a little truss rod adjustment as she seemed to have a wee bit too much relief. And then I hit her with a coat of Gibby pump polish. ETA and also did a slight adjustment on PU height too. IMHO it's always such a pleasure to play on new strings - kinda like getting new tries on a favorite sports care.



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That’s if your into sports cars that weigh 6,000 pounds






Sports cars should be light and nibble





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Link Posted: 9/10/2023 12:32:41 AM EST
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Link Posted: 9/11/2023 9:56:13 AM EST
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Holy Cow my Man! That's amazing. I can't even imagine. LOL

I wonder if there is any harder or more durable composition out there, maybe that some hasn't thought about yet...
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I mean, I also play a LOT.  Like, I have a few of my guitars at my shop (business) so I can pick them up once or twice a day for a minute.
Link Posted: 9/30/2023 6:42:43 PM EST
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Link Posted: 9/30/2023 6:47:41 PM EST
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We have collectively 4 electrics and 2 basses that really need strings and fret polishing but we'll have to take out a loan to do the basses . Sounds like a Sunday project.
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We have collectively 4 electrics and 2 basses that really need strings and fret polishing but we'll have to take out a loan to do the basses . Sounds like a Sunday project.
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I just restrung my Ibanez bass.  Trying out some flat wounds.  

Link Posted: 10/19/2023 7:49:24 PM EST
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I've had good luck with Gibson Brite Wires... I like the 9-42s, but occasionally run the 10-46s... Les Paul Traditional Standard triple A top...

All run boomers and D'Addario on other guitars...



Link Posted: 10/24/2023 8:19:52 PM EST
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The new girl got a deluxe spa day.

-cut and polish paint(3,000-12,000 micro mesh pads and Meguiars Ultimate compound and polish)
-polish frets(3,000-12,000 micro mesh pads and Music Nomad fret polish)
-install Gotoh locking tuners(#SG381-MGT)
-fit/install TUSQ nut(#6143-00)
-install TonePros bridge/tailpiece(#LPM02)
-install DR Pure Blues 10-46
-set relief, action and intonation
-install lock washer on jack and Loctite back nut
-new ESP/Levy strap

I wanted to level and recrown but need beam paper. Still undecided on pickups and wiring/controls...



Gotta say...really liking what this TonePros bridge did to the sound; more sustain, ring and definition. I was also able to set it up with the tailpiece bottomed out and no string contact on the bridge. The low E was real close; luckily the way it intonated... perfect.
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