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  1. BUG80

    Anyone else not like Thinlines? Or at least, most of them?

    Yeah I like em, in fact I have a custom built one (partly by myself), see attached photo. This one has a mahogany body with maple top and PAF-like pickups, so it's more of a Les Thinline actually. I notice you don't see them on stages a lot. The sound of a band I like very much - The Frames...
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    New older guitar day early CV

    I've said it before in another thread: there may be more variation between CV models from the same country of origin, than there is between India versus China in general. I own a 2013 MIC 50's and briefly owned a MII CVC (which I only bought for the body). Neither had a shielded cavity and the...
  3. BUG80

    1973 Tele Deluxe

    Sound clips should be mandatory with posts like these! Na, just kidding ;). Congrats, that's a beautiful pair.
  4. BUG80

    NGD: Squier 50s Classic Vibe Blonde Telecaster

    If these are indeed Alnico IIIs, make sure you experiment with putting them much higher than you're used to. I was surprised too - but my A3 pickups really came to life when they were quite close to the strings, without any noticeable string pull (probably due to the fact that these magnets are...
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    Fender Classic Vibe 50 Telecaster: Indonesia vs China

    I own a 2013 Made In China 50s BSB, and shortly owned a 2021 Made in Indonesia CVC (I played it for one or two weeks before disassembling it - was only interested in the body for a project actually). If I would have to choose I prefer the MIC 50s: the build quality is _slightly_ better (not...
  6. BUG80

    Does anyone know the latest squier affinity telecaster specs list is?

    The 2022 models are on the Fender website: Check "Specs" (the tab right below the video)
  7. BUG80

    Tell us your single favorite OD pedal!

    In combination with my AC30: Crowther Hotcake. If I would have to sell all my pedals except for one, I would keep this. * The overdrive sounds very 'organic', like a cranked AC30 without having to actually crank it * I can still hear the character of the guitar shine through. It is not really...
  8. BUG80

    I'm Getting Reverse-GAS-Syndrome?

    I hear you. Although I have a lot of gear I would like to have for the fun of it I have to be honest: researching, finding and getting to know new gear is mostly only a distraction from what really matters: improving skills and making music. One eye-opener for me was a recent interview I heard...
  9. BUG80

    Physics: Large Hadron Collider suggests a new particle carrying a fifth force of nature.

    Thanks for sharing. Physics is cool. But I am a physicist so I may be a bit biased. In case this is the GAS force I am curious if it obeys Schrödinger's superposition paradox: when there is a new piece of gear available, you'll never know whether you'd like it or not until you buy it.
  10. BUG80

    What's your limited time practice routine

    This is interesting, what kind of fretboard visualization(s) do you do?
  11. BUG80

    NGD Squier Tele Custom

    By the way congrats on the new guitar, those CVs are great.
  12. BUG80

    NGD Squier Tele Custom

    I think there is only one mandatory mod on Squier CVs and that is replacing the jack cup with an electrosocket. If you don't do that the club of CV owners will visit your house (or office) someday and take the guitar.
  13. BUG80

    What Should I Do With My Classic Vibe Tele

    You can also see if you can sell it and trade it for a CV with a thicker neck. My 2013 CV50s (Made in China) has quite a " normal sized" neck, maybe on the thicker side actually. Plays very nice. I played a CV Strat recently (made in Indonesia) and that one had a reaaally thin neck. Did not...
  14. BUG80

    Fender American Deluxe Owners Club

    I have Hot Classics in my "faux 60s custom" Tele and I like them very much. I also have a (Made in China) Squier Classic Vibe Tele, which presumably has pickups that are the same as the Vintage Plus set (or at least very close), and I like these too. The ones in the Classic Vibe are a bit...
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    Fender American Deluxe Owners Club

    Which Toneriders did you put in?
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    Fender American Deluxe Owners Club

    Did the sunburst one really come with a maple neck? Mine has rosewood! Or did you swap the necks?
  17. BUG80

    What is your signature model?

    Very cool! Looks a bit like the Jason Isbell signature Tele!
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    What is your signature model?

    I already built mine: a double-bound, sunburst Tele with rosewood neck, compensated brass sadles and Tonerider Hot Classics pickups. Only thing I'd like to be different in a 'real' signature Telecaster is a nitro finish instead of poly.
  19. BUG80

    NGD Les Paul’s

    Love the black one in the top photo. Is that a custom? And welcome of course!
  20. BUG80

    There still are some "pre-internet" guitar players out there

    Yup. The irony about guitar playing in the internet era: if I would not have spend the time I spent on "researching" pickups and fancy pedals on YouTube, and spent it on practicing instead.. I would probably have different pickups and less fancy pedals but STILL sound better than I do now :D
  21. BUG80

    I like Teles

    Let me guess: you also like a specific kind of finish? ;) Great collection you have there! Wow
  22. BUG80

    What the F... new thinlines

    Agreed. Maybe it would be less awful if the "F" would be at the same location as the original F-hole. The location looks weird to me, like it's crammed at a spot that's too small.
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    deep pockets? and a love of the finest? this is for you!

    Who would've thought that you could ever buy a vintage Neve desk for the price of only 40 boutique overdrive pedals.