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  1. digitalMagnetics

    So... MIM ceramics sound great to me

    I have an old tele that I wanted to sell, but something happened to the stock bridge pickup and it wasn't working. I don't know if a wire got severed while it was in and out of my parts toolbox, but whatever happened, it generated no sound and was dead to my multimeter. So I bought a cheap set...
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    4-Way Switch w/ Dimarzio Chopper T

    I've got a Dimarzio Chopper T in the bridge of one of my Teles. There's a Dimarzio Twang King in the neck. This is a cool combo because I get a medium-hot PAF-ish humbucker in the bridge, a very Tele-sounding middle position, and a clean, woody-sounding neck pickup tone. The only thing I'm...
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    How did I screw up the wiring in this Tele Deluxe?

    I've got a Tele Deluxe. I tried some aftermarket humbuckers and now I've swapped the old ones back in. This isn't my first rodeo with wiring up guitars. I've done several. But I've got this problem: There's a lot of buzz! When I touch the strings or the hardware, the buzz gets even louder. I...
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    After performing some mods on my Player Tele...

    ...I ended up returning it to stock. What a great guitar! The stock pickups are excellent. The only changes I made that I'll keep are the 4-way switch and a treble bleed on the volume pot. Other than that... perfection. The fact that it's a cheap guitar actually helps me enjoy it because I can...
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    Knobs: They absolutely must be out of the way

    EDIT: This post is in the wrong forum. That's my bad. I meant to publish it elsewhere and am frankly unsure how I accidentally posted it here. I'd delete or move it, but I don't know how. Mods, feel free to do your thing. I've got a guitar-related pet peeve that I suspect is pretty uncommon...
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    Les Paul Fretboard Too Small For Neck - Feels Rough

    Well, I bought a guitar sight unseen. Maybe I shouldn't have? It's a Gibson, and it just arrived in the mail. The fretboard is perhaps a fraction of a mm too narrow for the neck, and it's rough from top to bottom on both sides. I've never played a guitar with this problem. I like the guitar...
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    Polishing out some scratches

    I've got a poly-finished guitar with some surface level scratches that I'd like to buff out. They are only visible with light shining directly on them and you can't feel them with your fingernail. The finish still feels smooth, so I figure they're shallow enough for buffing. I tried Meguiar's...
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    Wow! Epiphone makes great guitars

    I recently sold a Gibson SG and regretted doing it because I still need something with humbuckers to keep in the studio. So I found a guy selling an Epiphone Les Paul Studio for cheap. It's the one without the binding. Anyway, I met up with him and got it. Looked it over a bit, but didn't spend...
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    Does a modern Deluxe Reverb exist?

    The Deluxe Reverb is my favorite amp in the world. Like everybody else, I love the cleans. But unlike a lot of people, I absolutely love the overdriven tones my DRRI provides! Anybody can play a Les Paul with 'buckers through a Marshall and make it sound like rawk. But to my ears, there's...
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    Duncan Triple Shot Ring with Partial Tap Resistor?

    Has anyone used the Duncan Triple Shot rings and, if so, would it be possible to wire them up with one of the partial tap resistors like Fralin sells? It's just a resistor that typically gets wired to a push pull pot to avoid the volume drop you get with coil splits. I'm wondering if there's any...
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    Crackle from Mesa Boogie Fillmore 25

    I just bought this amp. It's the head version and was used but sold to me as mint. Unfortunately, it sends a really bad crackle through the speaker. Here's a (very crude and lo-fi) video to demonstrate: https://imgur.com/a/ifOIkaR You'll probably need to turn up the volume on your device to...
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    Pot values for a 70s Tele Custom Partscaster

    I'm contemplating a doing a Tele Custom Partscaster with a PTB style tone control system to dial down the flub in the neck WRHB. But I'm curious about pot values. It seems like one should use 250k volume and tone pots for the traditional tele single coil in the bridge and then 500k or 1meg pots...
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    Got an EQ pedal for the first time, and...

    ...suddenly my "Which pickup should I get for a [add nebulous sonic-related adjective] tone" questions are seeming kind of silly. I mean, I can make my Tele sound like it's got P90s just by boosting the mids. I also plugged in a guitar with a neck P90 and dialed the mids out on the pedal. Now...
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    Pickups to pair with Duncan Little ‘59

    I had one of these in the bridge of a Strat once and really liked it. The problem was that it balanced poorly with the other pickups. I’m thinking about getting one again for another Strat. What could I use in the middle and neck positions and avoid volume drop? I’d like to keep single coils in...
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    I Tried the New Fender Cunife WRHB Pickups

    TL;DR: I was underwhelmed by Cunife WRHBs and think the hype is a bunch of vintage mojo mythology. They're fine, but they're not mind blowing. Ok, long version... I bought a used Squier Tele Deluxe about a month ago. It was loaded with Mojotone Fender WRHBs and a Mojotone wiring harness with...
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    JJ tubes killed my Fender DRRI

    Ok, they didn't really kill it. It just sounds lifeless now. Shrill, plinky highs and boomy, dull sounding thud-like lows. I'm shocked at how bad it sounds. I just replaced the stock tubes for the first time and went with JJs because it's what everyone seems to like, and man... I miss those...
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    Is this a custom shop tele neck?

    Saw this partscaster on Craigslist. Does this look like an actual Fender Custom Shop tele decal? The seller says its an 80s MIJ body with stock hardware, pickups, and electronics. He says he doesn't know where the neck came from or how it got on this guitar. It's a 21-fret neck and is blank on...
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    Tele clarity with humbucker growl?

    Hey, folks! So I'm trying to create one guitar to rule them all... at least for how I play. My music straddles the indie/punk/alt-country world. There's also a bluesy tinge to what I do. Anyway, I love my MIM tele (standard 2-single coil configuration), but, for different reasons, I also love...




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