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    After the nebs last week one of youse said put up a post about that guitar.
    So..
    You all should know I have a problem. A real problem.
    I like stuff.

    The guitar in question:
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    It's a mjt body with a musikraft neck ('59 profile) with standard wiring and Texas specials.
    Let me be clear that I'll tolerate a relic (artificially aged guitar) if the price is right.
    Even since last weekend the guitar has gotten uglier. I stained the bare wood parts of the body (it wiped off some of the finish "chipping" as it's still got clear grain sealer underneath).

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    So that brings my total to:
    4 teles,
    2 sg's
    1 jazzmaster
    1 bass vi
    1 old Japanese bass (I have a fetish for 60's Japanese cheapies)
    1 old acoustic (was my grandmothers)

    There's whole forums of gear geekery. If you aren't inclined, I know there's some other players here, ask away with whatever, share your pieces and war stories and technical razzmatazz.
    This isn't intended as a "look at me". I'm hoping to open up the discussion, much like the bicycle thread.
    Before we really begin, let me just say that I have no clue how to set up a Floyd Rose.

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    I'm rollin a Yamaha TRBX505.



    Also have a cheapie Fender JB clone, but the neck is fuuuuuuuucked on that thing. Action is so high I can see my junk between the neck and the strings. I'll get it fixed eventually.


    Running a GK Neo 1x15 cab pushed by a Mesa Subway D-800. Oh, the tone off that amp. SO worth it. Power to spare.


    Our lead guitarist just picked up a new PRS Custom. It's all kinds of sects. Runs it through either a classic MusicMan or some other boutique tube amp I can't remember the name of right now.

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    My parents bought me a ukulele from their trip to Hawaii, and my dad said next time he visits he's going to bring my grandpa's banjo down for me. So 2 more instruments to learn to play.
    Oh, and I just bought a new Epiphone Explorer.
    Brings my toll up to:
    Gretsch G5420T (I think thats the model)
    Gibson Flying V '98 Limited Edition
    Fender Strat Tom Delonge model
    Epiphone Explorer 1984
    Ibanez 12 string acoustic
    Ibanez cheap ass bass
    Epiphone Thunderbird bass

    Though the next thing I wanna get is a new amp. Playing through a Fender Super Chorus. But I really want a Marshall, cause ... Marshall.

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    My favorite was you going through T2 with your eyes closed.

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    Well, if a jtm45 is out of your price range, the traynor yba1 is the same exact thing for next to nothing.
    There's still some deals out there in vintage amps, you gotta be all homeworked up.

    For home headphone use I bought a hotone mojo diamond (tweed voiced) and it's legit.
    In that nano series I've also heard the vox version.
    I have no doubts the Marshall, mesa, and ampeg versions don't live up.

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    Meh, its good that Im really not very good. And I dont have any aspirations past playing in my room and having fun. I havent touched my amp's twiddlers since the day I bought it. I got it set up how I like and thats enough for me. I buy stuff based on how cool it looks, so the whole vintage/tone stuff that most guitarists care about isnt really my thing.
    Im the guitarists version of a squid on a gixxer 1000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pookie View Post
    My favorite was you going through T2 with your eyes closed.

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    I haven't even broken the amp out yet. Still trying to figure out this silly thing. No need to make the noise any more noticeable.

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    Ive owned dozens of stringed instruments, never bought a relic'd one. I can see the allure i guess since SRV's #1 and willie nelsons main axe are among the coolest instruments anywhere, but it seems like I'm probably in agreement with most folks here, that I'm glad to see them fall out of favor because its kinda like taking sandpaper to your track tires to remove the chicken strips (LOL)

    Anyway, at the bluegrass fest this weekend, I impulse purchased the simultaneously largest AND most honestly road worn instrument Ive ever bought...I guess it wasnt actually THAT impulsive, I've been keeping an eye out for the right one for years, and I knew this one wouldn't last long enough to "think about it"

    Its fun as hell to play, but wont supplant dobro as my main squeeze these days. I didnt even bring a regular guitar to the festival, despite playing that instrument for over 35 years.


    It's a 1952 Kay...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    Runs it through either a classic MusicMan or some other boutique tube amp I can't remember the name of right now.
    That's right, it's a Budda Superdrive 18 V2 combo. Sounds really decent.

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    That upright would take up 3/4 of my living room!

    Again, with relics, I'm not paying extra for artificial aging, but I'll certainly pay less for a half ass effort at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chippertheripper View Post
    That upright would take up 3/4 of my living room!

    Again, with relics, I'm not paying extra for artificial aging, but I'll certainly pay less for a half ass effort at it.
    yeah, I could tell that from your post...seems like that might be a trend. I saw a review from NAMM saying hardly anyone is producing relic guitars anymore, and for those of us who never gave much of a damn what anything looked like to begin with, let the fire sales begin!

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    Though the next thing I wanna get is a new amp. Playing through a Fender Super Chorus. But I really want a Marshall, cause ... Marshall.
    I know that feeling. You can get into a Marshall relatively cheap by pairing a solid state head like the MG100 with a 1960 cab. It will never have the outright nut of a JCM or any other tube amp, but those inexpensive heads sound impressive with the better cabs (the MG cabs are garbage). Plus with the solid state amp you get all the gain/saturation you want at minimal volumes if needed. My JCM needs to breathe and get the tubes glowing in order to sound the way I like it (master volume at 4+), and without a power brake it is stupid loud. Civil disturbance call the cops loud. My next Marshall is going to be a JVM 205 combo, Sweetwater is tempting me to order one today..

    Pic of a few of my Charvels, all are '86/'87 vintage except the white SoCal with the maple neck is a 2014. I have a weakness for late 80's guitars.
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    One more for any Les Paul fans: 2007 Gibon LP (back when they were doing the guitar of the week deals, each limited to 400 instruments, this was week 20), active EMG 81/85, grover tuners, and bound neck. It's a weapon.
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    Say goodbye to the new few hours of your life and check out https://www.reddit.com/r/Luthier/

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    Les Paul was my dream guitar growing up!!

    Also just a squid here tho

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    I have a jazzmaster I've been fighting with for a while. One of my bandmates played it last week, and has said a few times he'd buy it from me. You know how that goes.
    So, in slight anticipation of having a hole in my living room wall...
    I ordered one of the last sg's with minihums I could find (a 2016 model).
    It's arrived, and other than the normal setup tweaks I would make to any new piece, the thing was cool.
    The pickups were spot on too, sonically.
    In an uncharacteristic move I returned the thing.
    How many guitars do I need that sound exactly the same? I have 3 teles in different colors all with the same internals now.
    I have an old Japanese bass that can fill the hole in my wall, so there's no issue there, but where am I at in life that I return a guitar I like just because I don't actually NEED it? Wtf is wrong with me? The thing wasn't even pricey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chippertheripper View Post
    I have a jazzmaster I've been fighting with for a while. One of my bandmates played it last week, and has said a few times he'd buy it from me. You know how that goes.
    So, in slight anticipation of having a hole in my living room wall...
    I ordered one of the last sg's with minihums I could find (a 2016 model).
    It's arrived, and other than the normal setup tweaks I would make to any new piece, the thing was cool.
    The pickups were spot on too, sonically.
    In an uncharacteristic move I returned the thing.
    How many guitars do I need that sound exactly the same? I have 3 teles in different colors all with the same internals now.
    I have an old Japanese bass that can fill the hole in my wall, so there's no issue there, but where am I at in life that I return a guitar I like just because I don't actually NEED it? Wtf is wrong with me? The thing wasn't even pricey.
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    Sometimes they just don't resonate with you. I have let a couple go over the last year, didn't really hurt. I need a tele, and a semi hollow next but the wife is not having it.

    On the other hand, my LP came with a horrible set up and I fucking hated it (bought from a guitar center in Texas). I just couldn't get it dialed in at all. Needed nut work and some other tweaks, once it was finally set up properly I love it.

    That was a good looking SG (need one of those...)

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    Thats kind of the my hangup, it looks awesome (fits right in on the wall) sounded great, and other than it just being an extra "thing" I loved it.

    I highly recommend you cobble together a tele out of cheap used parts over xxx time. It won't really effect the budget that way, and you can get exactly the stuff you want in it. They're so modular (any bolt on neck fender really) it's like a choose your own adventure.
    If you look hard enough, you can probably find some stuff for free (or just ask here).

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    I judge anyone who has a tele.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pookie View Post
    My favorite was you going through T2 with your eyes closed.

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    On what basis?

    I know you've said before you're not a fan. I'm just curious how so? I think everyone needs at least 2.

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    Should have kept the new pretty one and ditched the ugly relic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chippertheripper View Post
    On what basis?

    I know you've said before you're not a fan. I'm just curious how so? I think everyone needs at least 2.
    I hate em! And they stink.
    Honestly, I don't know why, they just always come across as twangy to me. I hate that sound. I refuse to change strings cause I hate how new strings sound twangy until they break it. Just nails on a chalkboard to me. Honestly, Ill probably buy one someday, and see if I can get it how I like.

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    I know some of you occasionally need vintage amps, pedals or instruments serviced. So here's a shameless plug for my good friend and fellow rider Andrew Bell. He's in southwestern CT (Brookfield) area and is a genuine great guy plus is factory authorized warranty service for a number of good makes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pittenger5 View Post
    I hate em! And they stink.
    Honestly, I don't know why, they just always come across as twangy to me. I hate that sound. I refuse to change strings cause I hate how new strings sound twangy until they break it. Just nails on a chalkboard to me. Honestly, Ill probably buy one someday, and see if I can get it how I like.
    You should try some flatwounds. Consistently less bright out of the package, and they don't really change sound st all over their very long lifespan. Plus, there's none of that annoying finger slide zzzt-zzzt as you move from cord to cord.
    D'addario chromes for guitar, labella for bass.

    Twang is easily squashed with the tone knob.
    I like a tele for its brutal simplicity, its honesty as an instrument, and ruggedness (i.e. No detachable headstock).

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    I run pressurewounds on my Yamaha bass. Love the deep mellow tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chippertheripper View Post
    D'addario chromes for guitar, labella for bass.
    I had D'addario's on an acoustic I had, I hated them, they just never felt right. Right now I run Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottom (giggity). They're not too twangy out of the box, and it goes away pretty quick, but then again, I never change strings unless one breaks. I dont play / get sweaty enough they rust or anything.

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