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    Fancy switch tips with set screws...

    Rutter's Nocaster. I could only afford one, so it gets moved around to whatever guitar I am showing off at any given time!
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    String buzz even with high neck relief and action

    You are going to be chasing your tail if the humidity in the neck is not well controlled. I would halt all work until you can get a room, and the neck stabilized at at least 40% humidity. The wood is shrinking and likely warping/twisting and the fret slots are opening up, likely releasing some...
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    String buzz even with high neck relief and action

    True, but that is assuming you have one high fret. He could have several if his neck is all dried out and it was never leveled to begin with. And high at different spots on different frets. He has a sick neck.
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    First (Re-)Finishing Project

    Looks great! So now you have a guitar you won't feel compelled to baby. Everything from here on out is "patina"!
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    Opinions on Vibramate Spoiler

    Don't forget the Reverend "squishy spring"!
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    Opinions on Vibramate Spoiler

    IMO, once you get your nut in order, tuning stability (returning to pitch) is usually due to bridge selection and friction on the B50 roller bar - that you likely have eliminated with the bearings. The only thing to watch out for is too high of a bridge. I prefer the Fender Jag/Jazz rocker...
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    Where can I buy a restored Harmony Sovereign 1260?

    A good place to look for odd items are guitar shows. Usually every big city has one every year. I used to go to one in Indianapolis every year. People bring allotta used and niche instruments and parts and travel around the country peddling them. Toward the end of the show, you can get some...
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    Opinions on Vibramate Spoiler

    That and plastic bushings on the "licensed" models. I replace the sticky plastic ones on the B50/500 models with cheap ball bearings.
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    Opinions on Vibramate Spoiler

    I couldn't get my Spoiler to fit my B50. Just a scosh too wide. I believe the box states for B5s and not B50s - although I don't think it would take much to MAKE it fit. I ended up just drilling out my own bar for a string-through. It was fairly soft metal, so easy drilling. But after all is...
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    Barrel switch tip in the way

    I wonder why Leo didn't start using Strat tips on Teles instead of the Top Hat switch? I don't have much of a preference, but Leo could have saved a couple bux over the course of his life by just switching to Strat tips.
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    String buzz even with high neck relief and action

    I would say your next move is to either find or fabricate a fret rocker and see what is going on with the frets. Often a good credit card will find a particularly bad fret. It is very common for frets to lift on a new neck - especially if it is dry in your house. I don't know if Warmoth glues...
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    Reviving the "Why vintage guitars are not worth the money" discussion

    I agree. Frankly, IMO, CHEAP guitars are made better than they ever were. On this site, I tend to hear quite a few complaints about reasonably priced big name guitars. And yes, not all vintage guitars a great guitars. Generalizations should not be made with any category of guitar. But many...
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    What type of USB-cable do I need

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Dis here^^^^^^^^^^^^
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    Barrel switch tip in the way

    I have installed a couple angled switch plates, but I find the Strat tip switch a lot cheaper.
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    String buzz even with high neck relief and action

    Jeesh - I didn't notice this point. Even perfectly leveled frets on a new neck will start popping in dry weather. May have even popped sitting in the shop waiting to be picked up.
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    String buzz even with high neck relief and action

    Some techs farm out the easier stuff to others - like a new hire or apprentice. But that should certainly be stated up front. Again, make sure it isn't twisted.
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    Reviving the "Why vintage guitars are not worth the money" discussion

    Oh, I misunderstood. Yes, certainly not a problem to buy a closet queen. Yes, I believe you got lucky if you got them at a reasonable price. "Mint" descriptions typically bring "mint" prices. I never can find mint that I can afford. My vintage guitars look it...
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    Reviving the "Why vintage guitars are not worth the money" discussion

    I guess the instrument's fate is ultimately up to the heirs. Hopefully they don't leave the guitars (or their parents!) out at the curb...
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    String buzz even with high neck relief and action

    1. I have always found it difficult to switch back and forth between acoustic and electric and NOT get fret buzz on the electric until I tone my attack and fretting pressure down for the electric. This being said, I can't hear it when I switch on an amp, which is the whole idea behind an...
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    Lou Reed, the Music Snob

    Not only that, but I know whose opinion I would value more.
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    Reviving the "Why vintage guitars are not worth the money" discussion

    You don't PLAY them?? How do you know they are great guitars? To me a closet queen is a guitar you keep in a glass case and change the strings once/year to keep them shiny, but it never gets played. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it wouldn't be my choice.
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    Lou Reed, the Music Snob

    BLACK coffee at that! HARDCORE!!
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    Lou Reed, the Music Snob

    I guess I don't care much about what Lou Reed thought. He wasn't a big factor in my life. Didn't punk-era bands hate everyone? A couple catchy tunes that I like. Good lyricist. Otherwise - meh.
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    Reviving the "Why vintage guitars are not worth the money" discussion

    Are you left-handed? 😁
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    Reviving the "Why vintage guitars are not worth the money" discussion

    Baseball cards and comic books. The collectors can't even touch them. I buy vintage guitars because I like them, they sound good, and I rarely lose money on them unless I take them in the shower with me. I buy used for the same reason. What else can you buy, drive 200k miles and sell it for...




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