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  1. Mind Flayer

    Jazzmaster vs Telecaster For R & B

    Either one will work. They produce similar tones given their similar pickup configuration. Not identical, but same ballpark. I personally would go with a Tele because I hate how my hand hits the jazzmaster’s big neck pickup when I strum, but that’s just a personal thing and you have a jazzmaster...
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    Have I posted this guy yet?

    Looks great. Animal Chin would approve.
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    Rory Gallagher Gambler Blues

    Not sure the answer to your question about the particular tuning he’s using, but I do know that he used the tele pretty much exclusively for alternative tuning/slide stuff, and the strat for the standard tuning stuff.
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    If you can afford in-person lessons, I’d stick with those. They keep the student more disciplined, because you have a human being you’re interacting with who you can disappoint if you don’t work on what you’re supposed to be working on. That’s not to say online lessons aren’t worthwhile. I use...
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    What to do about a listing for a tele that's probably stolen...

    If I thought it was stolen, I would definitely not buy it. I’d probably report the ad to the cops if I thought it was stolen - if the guy knicked it from a gigging musician it may have been reported and they might do something about it, although maybe not if it’s in a big city. If the guy stole...
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    Have you ever seen 3 control plates on a Tele?

    Where do you rest your picking arm on that monstrosity?
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    What do you dislike about the Telecaster ?

    The balance is my main gripe. When playing standing up with a tele, the neck is basically at a 90 degree angle to my body. Not quite neck dive like on an sg or flying v, but similar principle. A strat hangs better.
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    Seller wouldn't weigh guitar

    It’s not unreasonable for you to ask, but it also is not unreasonable for him not to be able to give you that info. I don’t have a scale, and neither do a lot of people, so I would have no way of giving this info either. And if someone asked, I wouldn’t go out and buy a scale just so I could...
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    NGD: Surf Pearl Player Telecaster

    Looks great. I’d keep it completely stock.
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    New tele recommendation for Jazz tones

    I think any regular telecaster will do. You could go the humbucker neck route, but the standard single coil neck pickup is pretty mellow too. I think John Schofield switched to a tele a few years ago (or at least started using one in addition to other guitars).
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    Gibson finish cracking

    That’s not normal surface checking. Seems like a problem with the wood. If it’s under warranty, I’d demand a replacement.
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    Christmas morning and iconic guitars.

    Christmas of 1990 I got my first guitar and amp. Previously I had been renting one from a music store. The xmas presents were a gtx superstrat with two humbuckers and a matrix amp. Both were pretty crappy in retrospect but at the time I was in heaven.
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    Squier getting sloppy!

    That third picture is ridiculous.
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    How did the great rockers repaint their guitars?

    Steve Cropper painted one of his telecasters purple, but he didn’t intend for it to be purple. He intended it to be some other color, but because he didn’t use any primer, it came out purple. Instead of re-doing it, he simply stuck with the purple.
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    Help with a 50s Road Worn Strat listed for Sale

    Unless you can get a really great deal on it, I’d pass. If you end up not liking it for whatever reason, this is going to make it more difficult for you to sell. Sure, some people might be okay with it, but others (like the person the seller originally tried to sell to) won’t. As someone else...
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    The Eighties Were MAGICAL...

    I was a young kid in the 80s, and most of my teenage years were in the 90s. Loved both decades, although I’m sure they were pretty terrible for a lot of people. Seems like things were moving rapidly, but in a good, exciting way. Hard to tell if my reverence for those decades is because they...
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    Frisell set-up

    Cool pic. I got to sit similarly close at a Jim Campilongo show at a small bar in NYC. I was like four feet away from him. It still boggles my mind that we can go see some of the greatest guitarists of all time in such intimate settings.
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    Ex-GF Question

    I’d just say “Thank you, hope all is well with you, and Merry Christmas.” And leave it at that. If you ignore her, it makes it seem like you’re still bothered by what happened. If you send her a brief but polite response without inviting any further communication, you take the high road and make...
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    Your Top 5 Rhythm Guitarists

    In no particular order: Bob Weir Malcolm Young Keith Richards Nile Rodgers Eddie Van Halen (not just a great lead player - he was a fantastic rhythm player too)
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    Rosewood version of Vintera 50s Neck?

    Well, I went ahead and pulled the trigger on the fiesta red vintera. Love how it plays and sounds. Not wild about the stark white pickguard, I’ll probably replace it with a parchment or aged white three-ply guard, but other than that this thing is fantastic.
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    Rosewood version of Vintera 50s Neck?

    Thanks, very helpful. Do you find that the vintera is hard to bend on with the gloss finish on the fingerboard? That’s always been my issue with maple fingerboards. With a 9.5 radius and or taller-than-vintage frets, it’s usually not a problem, but on a 7.25 radius with vintage frets you can...
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    Rosewood version of Vintera 50s Neck?

    Thanks. I know there was a Classic 60s telecaster a few years ago that came in olympic white with a rosewood board and a 7.25 radius. Anybody have any experience with one who could comment on the neck thickness on those?
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    Rosewood version of Vintera 50s Neck?

    I have tried the Fender Vintera 50s telecaster, the one currently in stores that’s fiesta red with the white pickguard. I like the profile of the neck - fat, U shaped, 7.25 radius, vintage frets. Anybody know another fender telecaster model where I could find a similar neck profile, but with a...
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    Van Halen (DLR era) vs. Guns N' Roses?

    I personally write off those albums because I just don’t find them very interesting or enjoyable. And they were released when I was a teenager and in my prime GnR fandom years, saw them on the Illusions tour before Izzy left, so I really gave them a chance. I just remember being hugely...