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  1. jkats

    Obscure albums you stumbled onto that you still love today?

    How about Paul Butterfield's Better Days: With Amos Garrett and Geoff Muldaur. It's not better-known Butterfield Blues Band, but a whole different thing that I've gone back and listened a lot over the years.
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    Anyone running a 5751 for a preamp tube?

    I ran a 5751 as V1 in a Pro Junior, which made that a little more useable/less overdriven. Still saturated after the jump between 4 and 6 on the volume knob, but less grind.
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    Clean boost.

    Catalinbread Super Chile Picoso is one option. I started off using my Catalinbread Super Chile Picoso as a clean boost and it's a fine choice for that, but now place it at the end of the pedal chain as an "always on" buffer and unity gain boost for any line loss after going through 8 or 9...
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    No more shoveling snow for me.

    Looks like you'll have your chance to run it tomorrow! 4-8" forecast here in Portland, 8-12" inland.
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    Possible MIJ Tele?

    Generally, the first runs of the MIJ Teles and Strats (about 1982-1984) had SQ and then JV prefixes followed by serial numbers stamped on the neck plate. Later Tele runs (1985 and after) had the letter A followed by the serial number stamped on the bridge plate.
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    Fish and Chips

    You mean we're not talking about this?
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    Speakers for a '63 Vibroverb 2X10

    I owned a 63 VVRI for about a dozen years, and replaced the stock Oxfords with Jensen RI C10Qs. They can be a little spiky until they break in, but they're light, relatively inexpensive, efficient and add some high end to what is a fairly dark sounding amp.
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    Pops Staples - Nobody's Fault But Mine

    Great playing and singing by Pops Staples! Here are a couple of other compelling versions of this song. First by Blind Willie Johnson: Second by Paul Butterfield's Better Days:
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    Your pick pickiness

    Fender 351 medium for the past 50 years.
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    CV50 Esquire - decision to make

    "WFH ?" asks John Stephens. Acronym for "Working From Home."
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    CV50 Esquire - decision to make

    Hang onto that Esquire! Just before lockdown, I found a used Fender MIM 50s Esquire neck with a paulownia XGP sonic blue body attached; once I swapped out the GFS rails bridge pickup with a Duncan Broadcaster, it became the No. 1 electric guitar in the house, and has stayed right next to my WFH...
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    What was your PA. back on your day?......

    Back in 1974-1975, Kustom 300 in blue sparkle roll and pleat, with those columns. Monitors? Only if we were splitting the bill with another band and shared PAs. Only vocals went through the PA, no instrument mics. A different era.
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    Is this 52 AVRI Tele the real deal?!

    On the slotted screws, this is one of the things Fender got right when it issued this model in 1982, and throughout its run, in the 1982, 1999 and 2012 incarnations of the 52 Reissue Tele, it has featured slotted screws. Just like in 1952. The hardware and color on the OP's post look right for...
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    BD-2 @ TS808

    I run the BD2 with light gain - level at noon and tone and gain at 9:00; I follow that with a TS-9 with higher gain for Fenders. Before both is a Soul Food for a clean lead boost, and after both is a Fuzz Moo, well, because.
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    Advice on Seymour Duncan STR-1 neck and STL-1b (broadcaster) bridge combination

    Just use a Fender OV 52 rhythm pickup. Problem solved. Check prior threads on this for wiring instructions.
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    Favorite 70s blues guitarist most people won't remember?

    Son Seals. Played drums for Albert King before he became known for his guitar work and singing. Recorded for Alligator records, and although he received critical acclaim, never received the public response he should have. A solid musician blues fans should know about.
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    Twin but half the power?

    That last post is on the right track. A Deluxe Reverb with 6L6 tubes and a SS rectifier will have the cleans of a Twin without the weight and volume. If you replace the OT with an Allen Amps TO 26 output transformer, it'll be even closer to that Twin sound -- I have those mods in a 1979 DR. I...
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    Do you use a compressor?

    Yes, with Fenders, but not Gibsons - Guyatone ST-2 on the big board, BYOC Orange Squeezer clone on the smaller board.
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    Ever traded gear on classifieds, craigslist or marketplace?

    Back when this was a smaller forum with fewer members, another tdpri member and I swapped Tele necks. I sent mine first and asked that he ship it back if not happy with the deal. The trade occurred with no issues. However, again, this was back 20 years ago and you could gauge the risk pretty...
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    1963 6G16 Vibroverb

    Marsh Amplification had a kit for this amp.
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    Swing-Rock - E-Street Band

    That was an amazing band, and the mix of genres was different from anything else out there. I was fortunate enough to catch most of that band (Boom Carter had replaced Mad Dog on drums) opening for Bonnie Raitt in Cambridge in May 1974. If you think Kitty’s Back was great on that record (and it...
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    Duncan STL-1 Vintage "54, Cavalier Bakersfield Lion. Other lower output pickups?

    Love the 54! I’ve had one in the bridge of my 1986 MIJ 62 Esquire Custom since 1990, and it’s not coming out. On its own, Bakersfield twang and Robbie Robertson harmonics, and with a Fender AV 52 in rhythm position, Steve Cropper R&B in the middle. Great staggered magnet A5 Tele pickup.
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    What's your best guitar deal story?

    What do Harmony Stratotones sound like? I had the one pickup model, so it had a warm low output tone from the Hershey bar pickup. Sounded fine for rhythm, but a one-trick pony. I promptly moved it along.
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    What's the oldest telecaster you've ever played?

    Owned a 67 maple cap neck Tele, and played a 52-53 Tele that was at Darell’s Music in Burlington VT in the mid/70s. Should have bought it!