• TGP is giving away a Strat, Tele, and Jazzmaster. Click Here for full details.
    Click Here to upgrade your account and enter today!

Search results

  1. xmd5a

    Are we living in the "Golden Age" of affordable gear?

    The 335 costing $3,000 give or take, I always assume it much be a lot harder to make a hollow or semi hallow, but the afformentioned $150 examples says otherwise. What's your excuse, Gibson? Genuinely great pickups for around $60 per SET...
  2. xmd5a

    What song REALLY shook you and made you pick up guitar?

    Nirvana's "Come As You Are", it sounded like it was easy to play, and sure enough it was, and it went from there. I kind of wish I had been inspired by metal or neo-classical, a higher bar would have left me a better guitar player all these years later, but that trend was a little before my time.
  3. xmd5a

    Are we living in the "Golden Age" of affordable gear?

    Is domestic stuff being made better too, or just import? I have two late 90's MIA Fenders and two more recent MIA's, and IMO, the quality is the same now as it was then. If it weren't for the rust and yellowing finish, I might not know how old any of the guitars are. But MIA Fenders, the...
  4. xmd5a

    Gibson guitar tuning stability hack. Does this really work??

    I have that on an old Deluxe Strat, I don't know that the ball bearings actually move that much. They're certainly low friction either way. It also has locking tuners and shallow break angles, and I sort of clamped the bridge, so I don't really have a strong opinion about how well it works, but...
  5. xmd5a

    Gibson guitar tuning stability hack. Does this really work??

    A locking nut is a lot better than a slippery nut, but less convenient, due to both because of the screws as well as the guitar having to be modified to accept it.
  6. xmd5a

    Gibson guitar tuning stability hack. Does this really work??

    I never said not to replace the nut. Maybe you have me confused for someone else. When I was talking about graphite, I was talking about graphite powder, not a whole graphite nut.
  7. xmd5a

    Gibson guitar tuning stability hack. Does this really work??

    Someone needs to invent a retro fit, non destructive locking nut that clamps shut with an lever, instead of screws. I think it could make someone a lot of money. If you presume, as I do, that 99% of tuning issues are nut related one way or another, a locking nut would solve almost all tuning...
  8. xmd5a

    Gibson guitar tuning stability hack. Does this really work??

    What if you use both, and make a grease / graphite jam? To be honest, I'm not sure either work very well. The guitar slipping out of tune is something that happens with some probability, and to some varying degree. The idea that any of them work could be nothing more than wishful thinking...
  9. xmd5a

    Is my Les Paul Fake?

    That's shaky grounds to believe that it could be fake. Google the serial number, most of the fakes use a particular serial number. Post pics of the guitar, and maybe the control cavity, if it's fake it will be readily apparent. The cut all kinds of corners with the fakes.
  10. xmd5a

    Gibson guitar tuning stability hack. Does this really work??

    Oh, you're right. I misremembered Big Bends as being white. Big Bends' FAQ says "What does Nut Sauce contain? Teflon and silicone in a proprietary base that won't run or drip." So they're the same sort of lubricant, but with different bases, apparently.
  11. xmd5a

    Mysterious scratch on guitar. Seething with rage. Anyone else relate?

    That seems suspicious. Any scratch remover that works well on poly or lacquer alike will work on much more that guitars alone. I bet its just automotive product rebranded and marked up.
  12. xmd5a

    Gibson guitar tuning stability hack. Does this really work??

    This stuff seems to be identical. This is 20 cc for $9. Big Bends is 0.5 cc, also for $9 . The tip of the 20 cc plunger also features a fine tipped point, perfect for application in fret slots. This substance is good for lubricating all sorts of mechanical hinges.
  13. xmd5a

    Gibson guitar tuning stability hack. Does this really work??

    The key word is "hysteresis", otherwise known as hang-up. If the friction is high enough to hold the string, but low enough to allow the string to occasionally slip, you get variable difference in tension across the bridge and or nut. The easiest fix, imo, is to widen the nut slots so that the...
  14. xmd5a

    How will a Jazzmaster trem change the sound?

    I know from having added and removed a "buzz stop" from my Jazzmaster that the trem definately sucks a lot of sustain out of the guitar, the buzz stop restores it by puttinf more downward tension on the bridge. I think the result would be the same with this guitar. Why not use a Bigsby? You...
  15. xmd5a

    Best Guitar For Ambient

    Yeah its the scale length that makes it more than the string pitch or tuning. For standard guutar guage wire to work with the Bass VI you might have to tie a little extra string to the B and high E string to reach the tuning posts.
  16. xmd5a

    Best Guitar For Ambient

    Get a baritone if you're serious about ambient guitar. Its the proper instrument. Very moody sounding, almost piano like.
  17. xmd5a

    Great sounding P90s that won’t break the bank

    Tonerider P-90s are great. Its hard to screw up a P-90.
  18. xmd5a

    Mysterious scratch on guitar. Seething with rage. Anyone else relate?

    I hate scratches because I really like smooth, mirror-like poly. I also like natural and oil finishes, but the fact is most guitars on the market have a poly coat, which I love the look of, but if it gets a scratch, or worse, a crack, it looks like crap after that. The fact is, a clean poly...
  19. xmd5a

    Reverse audio tape push pull pot?

    I've never seen such a thing. You probably have to buy a 1 meg linear ( linear = "B", audio = "A" ) push pull pot, and put a resistor across two of the lugs to achieve a fake logarithmic behavior. The value of the resistor would probably be something between 300k and 500k ohms.
  20. xmd5a

    Thoughts on Pau Ferro as fretboard wood?

    Pau Ferro obviously looks better than either of the popular monochromatic woods, maple or rosewood, but the guitar community's notoriously conservative regard for tradition has people pretending the near pitch black look off of rosewood is somehow preferable to a figured and colorful timber like...
  21. xmd5a

    Telestrat - how would yours look?

    I'd just want to take the trem. The feel and weight of a Tele are great as is. The middle position is usually good enough to stand in for any of the Strat's middle positions. And why aren't Strat trems on a Tele a bigger deal? You more often see a Bigsby, which is decidedly un-Fender-like...
  22. xmd5a

    What’s giving you GAS right now?

    Various Chinese copies. They're so cheap. Any guitar I've ever had a mild interest in, I can get a cheap replica for virtually nothing. Many of them have stunning veneers. The electronics are pretty good too. It used to be that any Chinese copy was guaranteed to be junk, but nowadays they're...
  23. xmd5a

    Am I the only one who likes a 60s slim taper neck on a Gibson/Epiphone?

    IME, if you play a variety of guitars, you will care less about any given spec. If you own one or two guitars, you get so used to how they feel that you're unaccustomed to other neck shapes, body weights, scale lengths, etc. which an argument for having many good guitars, rather than a few show...
  24. xmd5a

    What differentiates expensive pickups from cheap ones?

    There's so much wrong with this, it's hard to know where to start. The material costs are not ten time cheaper. There's no relation the materials cost and the sales price. The sales price is dictated by what the market will bare, and factors in the gullibility of the consumer. There's no direct...
  25. xmd5a

    Throbak Strat pickups

    Strat pickups are the simplest of all pickups, simpler than Tele pickups, definitely simpler than a PAF replica. Throbak makes some sense if you want the authentic butyrate, a rough cast AlNiCo, the real wood spacer, vintage correct tooling marks and other authentic appointments (that still...
Top