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    Wiring a 3 Way Switch Sending Pickup Directly To Output Jack???

    Thinking about returning my Tele'd Esquire back to an Esquire; however, I would like the back position to send the pickup directly to output bypassing tone and volume. The middle position would allow for volume control, no tone. The forward position would be volume and tone. Is this a thing...
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    Possibly time for a new furnace, ouch! Brand advice needed.

    My furnace is 20 years old. We've been servicing it every year but it's down again and I think we might have to bite the bullet and get a new one...unless the problem turns out to be a simple fix. Anyway, my furnace people sell Daikin, Lennox, and Goodman. I've heard of Lennox but the other two...
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    cmm71...my first electric rig, 1985 (ish)

    I was around 9 or 10 when I took my first lessons at Bill's Music Center in Ashland, OH. I didn't get "serious" about guitar until my Dad surprised me with this cherry red Kay around 1983. Mom wasn't too thrilled about the purchase and it started a bit of an argument. My first amp was a single...
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    Sweetwater, FedEx, and my new 70th Anniversary Esquire's Tour of the West

    Two weeks ago I was able to pay off my Sweetwater card balance and decided that I'm good for gear. Don't need anymore gear. About an hour later I found a blemished 70th Anniversary Esquire marked down to a very comfortable price on the Sweetwater site...so that happened. The Esquire was "at...
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    Doug Boyle; Bobby Plant's tasteful post-Zep sound

    So YouTube music, the algorithm that was choosing my music this morning, threw in a bit of Robert Plant's Now and Zen. That album came out when I was in highschool, at that time I appreciated the understated approach on "Ship of Fools" but really didn't care for the rest of the album. Today I...
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    Rebuilding a home after disaster, who's done it?

    Hey All, who's lost a home to disaster and can you provide some insight on the rebuild process? I've never been through it and certainly hope I never have to. Living in a very, very dry inland northwest we're seeing many folks from Canada to California dealing with fire. I'm concerned that with...
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    Lineman, question regarding this incoming power line and how to safely paint around it.

    I'm painting the house this summer. I'm trying to address any and all issues now before they become hurdles. If you have knowledge of such things, please advise on mitigating the hazards regarding the incoming power where it attaches to my house. Is the bare cable ground or is it live...
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    Painting my house this spring...even that can't be done without debate anymore!!!

    Are you ready for two controversial statements: 1. I'm using a brush (and roller). 2. I'd like to use oil-based paint. I grew up on a farm and occasionally had to do some painting. I used a brush. I worked my way through college painting. I used a brush. Before I left Ohio to move west I...
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    Right-hand Arpeggio Picking/Plucking Exercises?

    Hey all, a couple years ago I decided to YouTube a lesson on an old Police song, Bring on the Night. The fretting hand doesn't get too much of a workout but my picking hand has been exposed for tempo and consistency errors. Andy Summers has actually commented that guitarists tend to overlook...
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    80's gear. A lament.

    I, like many others, enjoy watching articulate drummers on YouTube. With Neil Peart gone I've found myself cyber-stalking Stewart Copeland, former Police'man' and "articulate drummer." But this thread is not about him. Sunday, whilst viewing old footage of the Police recording on...
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    Stripped-down and boutiqueless...and it's perfect.

    I went through a boutique phase a couple years ago. Then I dumped the board altogether and plugged straight into the amp for my "pure tone/no effects" stage. Now I'm back to this very basic board and I'm really digging it. No question here, just an observation.
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    Why do miniature pots have such a bad rep with modders?

    Hey All, I have been modding guitars since the 80s and I always believed CTS to be the mac-daddy, gold-standard for pots. I recently used some Bournes miniature pots and they felt great and seemed to really match up with the CTS in quality. I bought myself a CIJ Fender today, made in 1997, and...
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    Lollar Alnico 3 Tele Pickups

    Hey All, I loaded these Lollar Alnico 3 tele pups into my alder body, maple neck tele. I use a Barden bridge with compensated brass saddles...6 saddle bridges are for Strats. These pickups are probably the most balanced set of "traditional" tele pickups I've heard. They don't do the super...
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    What your fret-wear says about you. A brief lament.

    Every year I resolve to focus on becoming a jazz player. I learn a couple new jazzy sounding chords and throw a pinky fingering into some far away fret when playing my usual boring pentatonic babble...if it works I try to remember it. Just when I think I'm making progress I notice my...
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    Sewer line opinions...pics included.

    Hey All, I've got issues with a corroding drain pipe. Its cast iron, or seems to be, and its corroded so badly that I've been finding pieces flaked off and lying underneath it. This is not good. I'm going to ask for the alarmists to exercise restraint, I know it's an issue. What I'm asking...
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    Mezzabarba Z18 (pics included)

    Its NAD here in my guitar room. I put a lot of thought into this Italian made amp before I decided to just do it. I'm very happy with it. It sounds very nice...very loud but very nice. There's not much about these little 20 watt wonders out there on the interweb so I thought I'd get some...
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    ebay tax question...

    Hey all, I don't usually post here, typically I stay out in the gear forums. I have a concern that brings me here. I received a 1099K from PayPal yesterday, first time that's happened since I got an account going almost 20 years ago when it was a part of ebay. The amount in box 1a shows an...
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    Treble bleed about to happen...is .001 uf the same as 1000 pf?

    Seems like an easy question for the Google but I got conflicting/confusing answers. I found some potential caps for my treble bleed but some sites label them .001uf which I interpret as microfarad. Then I see another site list .001 mf. Is that millifarad? We need a picofarad standard or...
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    Holy 60 Cycle Hum, Batman...some houses are just louder than others.

    Hey All, no question here, just sharing an experience. I've always thought the folks obsessed and distracted by 60 cycle hum were making a really big deal about a little bit of noise. I've played strats for a long, long time. My first electric guitar was a Kay strat copy back in the early...
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    5F1 Cabinet Too Small

    So for my latest build I chose a really nice lacquered cabinet from an independent builder (not Mojotone). I was aware that the dimensions of my purchased cab were slightly smaller than the Mojotone cab. I took my chances. Yeah, the chassis, more specifically the transformer, is contacting...
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    Can we please break the Gibson SG from its “metal only” stereotype?

    I happen to love the SG. I own two and they still inspire me after all these years. I’ve gotten to the point that I almost hyperventilate every time some kid, and they’re usually kids, say “the SG’s a metal guitar”. Angus ain’t metal. Angus young is one of the tastiest players in hard rock...
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    5Y3 in an amp designed for a 5V4...it’ll fit, but is it wise?

    Hey All, I picked up a really nice 5E3 amp today. The builder designed it to use a 5V4 rectifier rather than the standard 5Y3. The previous owner installed a Weber Copper Cap WY3 which is designed to replace a 5Y3. Will this substitution have damaged the amp? I’ve got an NOS 5V4 on the way...
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    Player Series 3 wire Tele neck pickup...grounding issue?

    Hey All, I’m no beginner when it comes to wiring and modding guitars, I do it way too much. I’m stumped on an issue I’m having with my Player Series (MIM) Tele. I had an aftermarket set of pickups installed by the dealer, they were doing a full set-up so I had them just go ahead and install...
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    Tuner left off the board...who’s done it, did you regret it?

    Hey All...longtime TDPRI Guy, first time pedal poster. I’m off on a trip, awaiting my ride home. When I’m bored I buy...this is my problem. I have been pedal-less for awhile, doing the “minimalist” thing. I’ve decided to build a modest board using a PedalTrain Nano +. I’m strapped for...
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    American Professional Series with US16... serial number.

    Hey All, I just bought a very clean Strat. It appears to be an Am Prof Strat (newer style case, pickups are not Fat 50s); however, the serial number starts US16....? I’m pretty sure the Am Prof line was born in 2017. I’m guessing this is one that was made in late 2016 to ship after the first...




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