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...
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...
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!
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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)...
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...
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...
Six-eight hours of play time, over two or three days.
How dare you suggest that I have corrosive perspiration, sir!!!
I kinda do.
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...
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...