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  1. Inkman66

    After $60+ of lacquer and 10+ hours, ready to give up

    I agree . Lacquer is one of those things that needs a LOT of time...it can't be rushed, and from the description of results that he is having, it seems like that is likely the problem
  2. Inkman66

    Are expensive pickups worth it?

    I basically thought the same...until I saw a video on YouTube that demonstrates three different pickup sets from a company called 'Tone Specific'. In particular, their 'punch' set for Tele...it was a real eye-opening demonstration of just how different pickups can be. Mind you...they are priced...
  3. Inkman66

    Favorite lyric? A line from a song that stands out to you.

    My favorite 'Hip' line..."they shot a movie once, in my hometown. Everyone was in it, from miles around" (I guess it resonates so much 'cause I was living in that same town, and had the pleasure of meeting a couple of the guys in the band) Second favorite- "New Orleans is sinking man, and I...
  4. Inkman66

    Favorite lyric? A line from a song that stands out to you.

    One of the most well-known lines in music history that most certainly has permanent residency within the cobwebs of my brain.🤔 "He couldn't read or write so well, but he could play a guitar just like ringing a bell..." - Chuck Berry's 'Johnny B Good'
  5. Inkman66

    Favorite lyric? A line from a song that stands out to you.

    "...he took off his fedora, stuck his fingers in the crown, pulled out twenty dollars and he laid that money down..." - It's A Fine Day (for a reunion) by Tony Carey
  6. Inkman66

    Are my frets screwed up or is it just me?

    I was going to suggest the possibility that your sanding beam was either too flexible and you were putting too much pressure on the middle of it...thus bowing it slightly...but then I saw this comment, and...I think you've answered your own question about what the problem was. I would never use...
  7. Inkman66

    What to do about a listing for a tele that's probably stolen...

    I was thinking the same...why can't you just take your guitar to Canada with you? Has it committed a crime that prevents border crossing or something?🤔
  8. Inkman66

    What makes your Telecaster "Yours"?

    I did something similar...I put a simple mailing address label under the control plate, another around the outer edge of the electrosocket cup, and the easiest way to pick mine out of a crowd...it has a metal switch tip (don't see many of these in my area) also a round string tree, reversed...
  9. Inkman66

    Talk about snake oil ..

    That's hilarious...bet you couldn't tell the difference between this and one that costs seven cents.🤔
  10. Inkman66

    Recommendations for an inexpensive small amp

    I once had a little Fender 'Bullet' amp...for such a cheap, small amp, (usually can find used ones in the $50 range) it was surprisingly well made and good sounding. They also have a push-button OD, as well as a real spring reverb. Wish I still had it, as it was probably the best practice amp...
  11. Inkman66

    Nut blank roughing

    I just use one of my wife's disposable fingernail files to get it 'close' quickly...then finish it off carefully with sandpaper.
  12. Inkman66

    I like being able to cook

    When it's cook or starve...you get very good at it eventually.
  13. Inkman66

    Telecaster Electro socket

    That's my current setup too...never have to worry about the cup coming loose, or the snap, crackle, and pop of a bad contact.👌...'bout as solid as it gets.
  14. Inkman66

    Telecaster Electro socket

    Actually...I believe it's technically called 'Imperial' or 'Metric' sized...The imperial sized one I got was actually pretty cheap, too.
  15. Inkman66

    Songs full of "whoah oh whoah oh whoah oh oh whoah..."

    Gotta agree. Knowing the storyline behind this one, I consider it a 'well done exception'.
  16. Inkman66

    Songs full of "whoah oh whoah oh whoah oh oh whoah..."

    Is that like the thing Christine Aguilera does at the end of every song? I used to think she was gonna be the next best thing, 'till I realized she does it...every..single..time. Now I can't stand to listen to her.
  17. Inkman66

    USA vs Mex Fender Tele (standard) - where are we really at now in 2022 ?

    My MIM has identical pots and hardware as a US model (CTS, orange drop, etc)...only difference I found was the finish (poly). Body is even made of quality ash, so the lines are indeed becoming blurred.
  18. Inkman66

    Telecaster Electro socket

    StewMac has a nickel version with standard sizing... https://www.stewmac.com/parts-and-hardware/jack-plates/electrosocket-jack-mount/
  19. Inkman66

    Telecaster Electro socket

    There actually is a nickel one (I have one) can't remember where I got it, though. You just have to do a proper search (eBay)
  20. Inkman66

    Telecaster Electro socket

    Should be mentioned here that most of the 'cheaper' ones available on sites like eBay and Amazon are European sized and will need a metric jack...but there are US or 'standard' sized ones available, you just have to look for them. (Both US and Mexican made teles have standard size, Japan, China...
  21. Inkman66

    Telecaster Electro socket

    Best tele upgrade out there, in my opinion...they should be standard issue on teles.
  22. Inkman66

    Gibson Les Paul, Fender Telecaster & ???

    My choice would be a Gretch with Filtertrons
  23. Inkman66

    USA vs Mex Fender Tele (standard) - where are we really at now in 2022 ?

    If that's all your opinion is based on...then you're missing the point of the discussion.
  24. Inkman66

    USA vs Mex Fender Tele (standard) - where are we really at now in 2022 ?

    I have to agree with you...poly or nitro is about the only difference. I have a (MIM) 2016 FSR deluxe tele... And I defy anyone to spot any physical difference, other than the finish and headstock label, from it's US-made counterpart. Pots, etc are the same... quality CTS solid shafts...
  25. Inkman66

    What was your first guitars?

    Me as a kid (I'm 61 now) with my very first acoustic...my first electric was a cheap import that I traded a record player for...my second electric was a Kent 12-string (looked sort of like a es-335) which I won, (in addition to 4 hrs recording studio time) from a music store's door prize ticket...




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