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  1. MomentFX

    NUPD* - 2012 Fender Standard Strat MIM

    * Is New Unplanned Purchase Day is a thing? Probably not, and maybe rightfully so. But anyone care to share their recent NUPs, and how do you feel about it now that the dust has settled a bit? Anyway, I went poking around my local music store today just to get out of the house for a bit and...
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    This graphic makes me itch

    From an article on how to set up your first pedal board. (EDIT: linked to the article.)
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    [ANSWERED] Pickup Question: Gibson 57 Classics

    [SOLVED - thank you rockabilly69 and cap10kirk] I don't know much about Gibson pickups, so I'm hoping someone can shed some light on this. I just found (and bought) a couple of used pickups labeled Gibson 57 Classics at my favorite local music store, but I'm confused by the sticker on the back...
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    Brian May Guitars - The BMG Arielle - Kind of a Firebirdy Red Special?

    I might be late to the party, but I just saw this today (link). Curious what your thoughts are, especially anyone who has one or has tried it. I'm not hatin', but I don't love the looks. There is also a reverse headstock model (see below), but I don't see it on the BMG site.
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    I guess I wasn't clear (eBay sale gone wrong)

    I listed a broken Boss GE-7 on ebay (auction starting at $9.99, sold for $34 plus shipping, with several other bidders). The buyer complained that it didn't work (specifically that it doesn't pass a signal in bypass, even though the listing says "intermittently") and wants a refund (I granted it...
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    NGD: Martin 000-15M

    There are only two guitars that I really regretted selling in the past, and this was one of them, so I bought it again. A few notes: I can't remember why I sold it the first time, but after selling fees/shipping, I at least broke even. And I got this one (used) for roughly the same price, so...
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    Might want to snap this up while you can (TLDR: Million-Dollar Peavey) I never buy without trying, so fortunately, "Private Jet runway or Helipad access can be arranged if item needs to be inspected prior to purchase." I assume this is a gag - anyone know the deal here?
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    NGD - Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro V

    I got another great open box deal on Musicians Friend because of the scratches/gouges on the back (reg 1899, paid 1215). I played it for an hour or so. (As of this posting MF has another one of these listed at this price, but Condition 3 instead of Condition 2, which mine is) Here's my take so...
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    NGD - 2019 Gibson Les Paul Classic Honeyburst

    I saw this on Musician's Friend as a scratch and dent for $1279 and bought it immediately. It came today and it's a lot nicer than expected (it was a Condition 3, and the price made me think it must be pretty bad). Everything is like new except around the knobs, which someone had changed to...
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    Anyone know a lot about Fender necks (2016 American Special Strat in this case)?

    My 2016 American Special Strat neck has this sticker on it, and I was just curious if anyone knows what this means or how this factors into the manufacturing/assembly process at Fender.
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    What is normal hum for an HSS American Special Strat?

    I just got a 2016 HSS American Special Strat and positions 1 (humbucker only), 2, 3, and 5 hum noticeably louder than position 4, which is actually pretty quiet. Assuming everything in the guitar is stock (it still had the plastic on the pickguard, so I assume so) is this normal? Before I take...
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    Let's See Some Christmas Guitar Pics

    Anyone want to share some Christmas guitar pics? This is my dad with a Norma acoustic, one of the least resonant objects I have ever beheld, if memory serves. But it sparked my interest at a young age, and he later bought me a yard sale guitar more my size. I have been forever grateful.
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    Guitar miming gone wrong

    I have no idea what the story is with this (the link should start at 36:08) - I would guess the guitarist was put on the spot with little notice that he had to mime the guitar parts to this song, right up close, no less. He was a pro about it, at least, demeanor-wise.
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    Favorite and Least Favorite Album Covers by the Same Band

    Anyone care to share their favorite and least favorite album covers by the same band (any band - doesn't have to be a band you like)?
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    NGD - 2017 Gibson Les Paul Classic

    Editing to show the images this time: I actually received this a few days ago, but I've been waiting for the toggle switch ring to arrive (I'm firmly in the looks better with the switch ring camp). I was pretty nervous after I bought it (ebay), but after playing it for a while, I have no regrets...
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    When was the last time you had to sell some guitars in a hurry to pay for one you just bought?

    I just won this Les Paul Classic T on ebay today (orig listing, if you're interested). I didn't think my bid would be high enough, but I bid anyway because you never know. It was kind of unexpected, so now I'm scrambling to sell a couple of other guitars to help defray the cost. Also, the reason...
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    Color Blind Mod for 2-Color LEDs

    A few years ago, I helped a color blind guy with a pedal LED problem. I thought I’d share it here, since it’s a cheap solution, and no one would ever find it on my blog. (If you don't feel like reading, see the illustration below.) I was asked to replace a dual-color LED in a TC Electronics...
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    Found my album of guitar pages from old 70s/80s catalogs

    I found an album I made as a kid of guitar pages from old 70s and early 80s catalogs (Sears, JCPenney and a couple of others). I thought some of you might find them mildly interesting. Here are a few (link to the full album is below the pics): (Not sure if this will work, but here is the...
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    These are the biggest lapels I've ever seen

    I am woefully unfamiliar with some of the old blues players, so I was youtube surfing trying to rectify that. I stumbled upon this Freddie King video, which has the biggest lapels I have ever seen (and I remember the 70s). And the song is awesome, which was a bonus.
  20. MomentFX

    Tip for learning songs by ear: varying youtube’s playback speed

    For those who might not already use this tool: When learning songs by ear, I sometimes set youtube’s playback speed to 75%. Click the gear icon on the lower right, select Speed, and that brings up the menu on the right in the screenshot below. There have been many passages that I otherwise...
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    Why is my volume either loud or off?

    I feel like I’m about to reveal myself as the idiot I am, but I’m puzzled: I installed a single humbucker and a 1 meg audio taper CTS pot on a new beater guitar and there is very little taper that I can hear. When I turn the volume knob, zero to one is off, two to three ish is barely quieter...
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    Has your preferred guitar type changed considerably over the years?

    My preference since I started playing (80s) has always been the Gibsonish solid body two-humbucker setup (examples I own/have owned: various LPs, an SG, Washburn Idol, PRS SE and the Epiphone SC 350 I'm playing in my profile pic), but in the last few years, I have slowly come to prefer Strats...
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    If you chose a Fender over a Squier: Why, and was it worth it?

    I’m in the market for a Strat, but not sure if I should spend the extra on a Fender. I’ve had a few cheap Squiers over the years that I’ve tinkered with (swapping out sundry parts, etc.), but have never had what I would consider a nice one. If I were to get another Squier, it would be a Classic...
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    Do you have a favorite headstock? Or one you hate?

    There are a lot of cool headstock designs and a lot of fugly ones. Which ones stand out as tasteful/cool/weird/hideous, etc.?
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    Bought a new guitar; do I sell the old one, even though I've had it for 25 years?

    I just got an Epiphone MIJ LPS-80, and I love it (except for the pickups, which are surprisingly bad compared to the rest of the guitar). My question is should I sell the guitar this is essentially replacing -- an Epiphone MIK LP that I bought new in 1991 and have played ever since, or will I...
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