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    Is the Kramer Nightswan the only short scale super Strat?

    D’Avanzo offers short scale superstrats. Custom built to your taste http://davanzoguitars.com/
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    New unfinished neck, what grit to start sanding?

    Depends on how you plan to finish the neck. Normally just a wipe down with naphtha or mineral spirits is enough. I prefer Watco Danish oil or Tru Oil myself
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    Klein vs Mare vs Ellis vs Rumpelstilsken vs Rocketfire

    There is no “best” unfortunately. You will have to find what works best for you. I have tried most, and my current favorites are Fralin Vintage Hots, Klein 63’s, and Fender 57/62
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    Less talked about iconic strats

    Joe Holmes
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    Stainless Fret tang-cutting, Cheap Fast and Easy!

    The replacement pair AP sent me have a chipped cutter. I tossed them into a drawer and have never used them. I bought the Summit cutters and have used them ever since.
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    Stainless Fret tang-cutting, Cheap Fast and Easy!

    Two things to add; 1) Who sells the Sintoms replacement blades? 2) I have never found someone who could pick out a stainless fret over a nickel one. The very act of refretting a guitar will alter the sound. YMMV
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    Best strat with a Floyd

    http://davanzoguitars.com/guitars
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    Can anything be done to rejuvenate / darken this rosewood board?

    They were both new Allparts necks. I was staining both and took the photo to compare before and after.
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    Eric Johnson equivalent Strats?

    Thanks, the grain lines in the wood give away the quarter sawn. Yeah, string tree was on it. I have several strats, but this one is among my favorites
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    Eric Johnson equivalent Strats?

    If I remember correctly, the serial is 00601 (or close to it). The pick guard was wired 3/16/05 and when I emailed Fender about it, they told me serial were not sequential but mine would have been very early. I bought it second hand, but it came with the original sales slip. You can read the...
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    Eric Johnson equivalent Strats?

    Mine EJ was built in March of ‘05. Opinions will vary on what is “C” compared to “V”, but no complaints here
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    Eric Johnson equivalent Strats?

    FWIW the neck profile is more “C” on the EJ. My ‘50’s Road Worn has a considerably more “V” as did my ‘57RI
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    What nut belongs on this?

    That appears to once had a LSR style nut
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    Can anything be done to rejuvenate / darken this rosewood board?

    Before you use any oil, head over to your local big box store and buy an furniture stain pen in ebony. This is stain, not dye, so it will not turn the wood black. The pen applicator makes it easy to be neat. Let the stain sit for 15-20 minutes and buff. Let dry over night and reapply if you want...
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    Floyd Rose lube?

    Chapstick is the secret
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    Strat Callaham saddle height set screws digging into my hand

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Socket-Set-Grub-Screw-Cup-Point-18-8-Stainless-Steel-Screws-4-40-Qty-100/172468379067
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    Need to pull your knob? Get the Pullit knob puller

    One trick I have used in a pinch is to slide a guitar pick under the knob and the rotate the knob back and forth (pick doesn’t move) slowly lifting the knob off.
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    Binding glue?

    Melted binding/acetone works best for me. No gaps and the same amount of work
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    Bored...question about ‘68-‘74 Strat pickups

    Pretty much what started my thinking. I have CS69 in my ‘75, and wondered if it was worth swapping
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    Bored...question about ‘68-‘74 Strat pickups

    Enjoying my lockdown as best I can, and I am curious about the differences (if any) between 68-74 Strat pickups. Further, how do the originals compare to the CS69 set? Anyone have experience with both? Many like to “pooh pooh” ‘70’s Strats, but then covet the “Hendrix sound”. Just thinking...
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    Road worn?

    Grounds for permaban
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    Spraying metal flake

    I would use Stike (ROWYCO) for heavy flake http://www.rowycokustoms.com/RK_intro.html
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    Spraying metal flake

    A couple I did https://forum.seymourduncan.com/showthread.php?332425-Can-you-believe-what-our-President-has-done-now https://forum.seymourduncan.com/showthread.php?327584-All-that-glitters-is-gold
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    Spraying metal flake

    I have had excellent results with Rust-Oleum glitter spray https://www.rustoleum.com/product-catalog/consumer-brands/specialty/glitter I use Duplicolor lacquer for a base, RO glitter, then Watco or Minwax clear lacquer finish.
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