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    Are expensive pickups worth it?

    There are LOTS of aftermarket pickups out there. However, there are not a LOT of things that can make them better or worse. They all rely on magnets & wire. The magnet strength & configuration make a difference. Usually, alnico 2 or 5, or ceramic magnets are used, which create different tones...
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    outside guitar pickup /pots/caps etc. testing rig

    A cheap Multimeter can test pickups for continuity, and pots, caps, resistors for values. Expensive meters can be more accurate. If you wish to test stuff for TONE, there is no way to do that while not installed in a guitar, as the wood and components contribute greatly to the tone, along with...
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    Best Looking Tele? Let's see pictures.

    Here are a few of my Turbocaster Electric Guitars TTL Deluxe Tele style guitars. Each is unique, so my "Best Looking Tele's" for any imagination!!
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    Your Pure Stock Electric Guitars. Bought New. Zero Alterations.

    I have modified many guitars over the years, but never could get them exactly the way I wanted them..SO... I started building my own. Basically starting with a blank canvas, I started with basic Tele style guitars (Turbocaster Electric Guitars). I put the best hardware & electronics on them...
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    Modeling vs Tubes After 10 Years of Modeling

    Perhaps I'm not a typical player, as I play 99% clean, without pedals, and don't need to rely on an amp breaking up at any early point. I've played mostly Fender tube amps for most of my 55 years as a pro performer, and most attempts to find better options have left me going back to Fender Tube...
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    Only 1 Pedal Allowed

    Thru my Blues Junior 2nd gen or my Tone Master Deluxe Reverb, with either my Turbocaster (my own handmade brand) TC Deluxe or My Turbocaster TJM Deluxe, both equipped with EMG's (T-System in the T-style, and JMaster Set (not yet available to the public) in the Jazzmaster style, I need...
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    Does such an abomination exist? If not.......

    You could likewise order the neck from Warmoth as well. No-one anywhere makes better necks, and I'm a guitar maker saying that!
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    Considering a used Mesa TA 30

    I can't say enough fret things about my Tone Master Deluxe Reverb. After playing and performing with Fender tube amps for over 50 years, playing Swing, Western Swing, Blues, Rockabilly, Country, and more, the TM DR does everything the tube versions do, with every bit of the tone. It's...
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    Dave's Acoustic Corner 😱

    Not quite understanding your point here.
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    speak. Guitars made special.

    I'm a professional guitar player and builder (Turbocaster Electric Guitars). That being said, I've had several overseas guitars that were 100% professional grade instruments, and would not hesitate to perform with them. Origin does NOT guarantee quality or lack thereof. If you like your guitar...
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    Best Molded Cases for the Telecaster

    That really depends on whether you play out and have to carry your guitars a lot. I really like the Gator Hybrid cases, as they're light and have backpack straps, and are pretty much as protective as any hard cases. If you're just gonna keep your guitars in cases at home, and don't have to move...
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    Are my frets screwed up or is it just me?

    So, looks like you started off ok in making sure the wood fingerboard is flat. And you did the right thing in milling the frets, but didn't go far enough. I always tape between the frets, leaving just the frets exposed. Then, using a felt pen, color the tops of all the frets. Next, run your...
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    Opinions on Brass nuts

    Keep in mind that the only time a brass nut will effect the tone is when the string is played open. It doesn't change anything tone wise on a fretted string.
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    Opinions on Brass nuts

    Most alloys of brass are fairly soft, and regular mill/bastard files work fine on it. And yes, sandpaper also works well on most brass. I would, however, start with a heavier grit (60, 80, 100), and then when you get close, switch to finer paper (220, 320). It WILL take a few minutes though...
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    Opinions on Brass nuts

    GraphTech makes nuts with a radius with a center foot that can be cut off, so work for both flat and radiused nut slots. The foot is nice, as if the slot IS radiused, it could be one of several DIFFERENT radiuses. I prefer GraphTech nuts and saddles, and use them on not only my own working...
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    The Best Acoustic Guitars These Days

    First, different people like different tones is acoustic as well as electric guitars. In acoustics, I prefer very articulate, brighter tones with bell-like qualities with a good amount of sustain. For production guitars, the choice of many would be Martin, but to me, their general voicing is a...
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    Nut blank roughing

    I always use GraphTech Tusq nuts on my Turbocasters, which are great sounding (although difference on fretted strings, and are slippery, which helps tuning stability. I use 220 or 320 sandpaper on a hard surface mostly Bonus is: they are made just slightly wider than the slot, so just takes a...
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    Fret leveling with a beam: Am I the only one with this problem?

    Nope, just logic and being meticulous!!
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    Fret leveling with a beam: Am I the only one with this problem?

    You may already know all this, but just in case..... So.. are you adjusting the truss rod to make the FINGERBOARD is dead level before you start the process? I adjust TR till fingerboard is dead level with no tension on the neck, then use a felt pen to color all the fret tops. THEN mill with a...
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    Small amp to cover jazz to classic rock...

    I've been using a 20 year old $79 (new) 10 watt digital Kustom KGA10FX for, aside from piano/trumpet/snare drummer for many years, also performing in small clubs & breweries with duo and four piece (2 guitars/vocals, steel, & bass), and that tiny amp with a 6 inch speaker actually keeps up just...
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    Small amp to cover jazz to classic rock...

    I have a couple of thoughts. First, if you're not performing and don't need a lot of volume (I actually DO use mine for small venues), and you like clean tones, from bright Fender to full Jazz tones, find yourself an old Kustom KGA10FX. I LOVE all the Deluxe Reverbs I've had thru the years...
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    Fender Player Tele Neck Angle Issue

    Hi Johnny, Doesn't sound like a neck angle problem. From your description, you still have high frets, and too much neck relief. Hold a string (fret it) down at the first fret, and above a high fret (20-21st). Your neck relief should be around 1/32" inch or so at around the 10th fret (about...
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    Acoustic archtop strings

    Great question. It actually depends on the voice if the archtop, but for my Load LH650, I use nickel wound 12 gauge electric strings, which give it a perfect voice for chunking out acoustic archtop rhythms. The added bonus is that I actually get a wonderful ACOUSTIC sounding rhythm with the EMG...
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    Discovered something interesting about guitar resonance

    Actually, it's true that guitars and other instruments need to be "played in" to achieve their best tones. Being an archtop player (along with Tele & Jazzmaster type guitars), pro player, and frequent attendee/participant in Guitar Shows, I've had occasion to play in guitars that have been...

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