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    Kubicki Strat

    I don't. The vast majority of what they made was replacement necks & bodies - complete guitars are pretty uncommon. There was a pretty nice Kubicki-necked partscaster, that recently sold on Reverb. The seller claimed that it had been built by Phil, despite the fact that the body wasn't a...
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    Vintage Guitars on my workbench

    I had long heard that the Strat's popularity was seriously waning, by 1967, as the offset Fenders were all the rage (or, at least, those -and the new Coronados- were more highly prioritized by Fender's marketing), and that the model was given a new lease on life -and restored relevance- by...
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    Vintage Vox: To(p) B(oost) or not To(p) B(oost), that is the question

    I have nothing to offer, other than kudos for the stellar thread title!!
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    NGD Fender Custom Shop Strat

    Quite nice! That pickup configuration immediately reminded me of the old Robin Rangers. They even had a "Custom" model, with binding.
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    Old or Vintage Gibson case identification

    I got my '71 SG Standard in '81, and it came with that style case (same cosmetics/flimsy chipboard construction!). It may not have been original to the SG, but it was already looking "vintage" in '81.
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    Can anybody help me identify this Guitar? (Offset Tele Partscaster, Phil Kubicki Strat Neck)

    Excellent! It can be hard to break up the party, when you've already got a winning combination, but -if the Kubicki does need to migrate to another project- you could always find another neck for this one. And, thus, the process goes on, forever!
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    Can anybody help me identify this Guitar? (Offset Tele Partscaster, Phil Kubicki Strat Neck)

    I actually drove from New York to Richmond, to buy my first Kubicki-necked Strat (in 2008), via a TGP ad. Still haven't disassembled it, to determine the body's origin, but it's a nice body, regardless.
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    Can anybody help me identify this Guitar? (Offset Tele Partscaster, Phil Kubicki Strat Neck)

    Hi. I don't mind, at all, I just didn't receive any kind of a notification that you'd tagged me! Yamaha 1421 covered all the bases, really well. Without a serial number (which is usually present), it would be tough to date, although the neck heel stamp did change slightly, at some point, so...
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    Decade-old SS frets going through more "G" strings than a stripper with restless leg syndrome

    Road trip!! I'll find someone, I'm sure. I should refrain from typing about it, until I do (so as not to beat a dead horse, nor waste Gear Page real estate with redundancy). In the meantime, I just wanted to respond to individual replies. But, then I get typin', sometimes...
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    Decade-old SS frets going through more "G" strings than a stripper with restless leg syndrome

    It's a relief to finally hear from someone, to whom my experience isn't completely alien!
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    Decade-old SS frets going through more "G" strings than a stripper with restless leg syndrome

    Yeah... his statement seems pretty definitive. I do agree that I'd benefit from finding someone who doesn't potentially part ways with me, on the very premise of the frets that I have (out of necessity) chosen.
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    Decade-old SS frets going through more "G" strings than a stripper with restless leg syndrome

    Thanks, John! His reputation definitely precedes him, although part of that reputation leads me to believe that I probably cannot afford his services! Definitely worth an inquiry, though.
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    Decade-old SS frets going through more "G" strings than a stripper with restless leg syndrome

    Oh, it does; I lose my balance, and fall -hard- on my butt, whenever I try to execute a fancy bend! Seriously, while the D.I.Y. route is appealing -from an economic and expediency standpoint- it sounds like stainless steel is unforgiving enough that this guitar would really benefit from a visit...
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    Decade-old SS frets going through more "G" strings than a stripper with restless leg syndrome

    They charged extra for the cutaway. I'm damned well gonna get my money's worth!
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    Decade-old SS frets going through more "G" strings than a stripper with restless leg syndrome

    I could probably stand to lighten up, but -although I play up north, often enough- I spend a lot more time, south of the twelfth fret; this area isn't taking too much of a beating. @Husky has mentioned that even a sharp impact from a string (slapping against a fret, not being fretted) can put...
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    Decade-old SS frets going through more "G" strings than a stripper with restless leg syndrome

    Excellent information and advice - thank you, @Chris Scott ! I haven't yet had the opportunity to purchase some really fine steel wool, or the above-mentioned pads, but I'll get some (of each, probably), soon. Once I've had a chance to take another crack at these frets, and I'll report back...
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    Decade-old SS frets going through more "G" strings than a stripper with restless leg syndrome

    I had wondered about the existence of counterfeits (since there are knockoffs of just about everything else), but my sets were purchased from other online retailers (I think that Best Buy may have been getting out of the M.I. retail business, and had some amazing blowout deals, for instance)...
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    Decade-old SS frets going through more "G" strings than a stripper with restless leg syndrome

    Thanks -again- for the excellent advice, and the very thorough, helpful tutorial! I did find the micro-mesh pads very awkward to use, particularly when trying to polish the fret, where it meets the board. I’ll give the steel wool a try. i do remember the Taylors that had pinless bridges, for...
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    Decade-old SS frets going through more "G" strings than a stripper with restless leg syndrome

    That makes a lot of sense - even just intuitively, it seems like the way to do it. I used to gently -but widely- stretch them, mid-string length, though, until it dawned on me that it might be a bit injurious to the bronze 'n' steel. I agree - the root cause will probably be obvious...
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    Decade-old SS frets going through more "G" strings than a stripper with restless leg syndrome

    Six-eight hours of play time, over two or three days. How dare you suggest that I have corrosive perspiration, sir!!! I kinda do. Sometimes. And very thoroughly wipe down my strings -a crime scene cleanup-level delousing- whenever I'm finished playing. Actually, as I've aged, it seems to have...
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    Decade-old SS frets going through more "G" strings than a stripper with restless leg syndrome

    Sort of. I place a super-old-school tube sock between the strings and frets. It's so old-school that it stretches from the nut to the bridge! And I'm so old, that I used to wear such socks!!! Not sure that it is actually providing any protection, and I can't recall if I started doing that...
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