Number 2 Finally Gets Some Love - Pro-Set Up Done!

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  1. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    Just got my number 2 back after having a Pro-set up done! I’ve set this up initially (I do this to all guitars I buy), putting it through the paces for around 6months and finally decided over the holidays that I’m gonna keep it. Then it went to my luthier for some love. I can do everything other than nuts and frets. Those things require skill and experience and an artform in itself.

    My luthier does an amazing job getting frets dead-level, dressed and crowned, and I dont think anybody does the nut better! Improved tuning stability and sustain! Zero buzz! I also changed the steel saddles to brass to add a bit of warmth on the tone.

    Getting it done is expensive but I spend more on my guitars than any part of my rig as it’s first thing in the signal chain and its the only thing that generates the tone. It MUST be in top shape. If you dont get your guitars set up properly, you’re missing out a lot of potential from your guitars no matter how expensive it is.

    things that were done
    - Change strings
    - Optimise string height/playing action
    - Deep clean and polish
    - Clean and condition fingerboard
    - Precision fret level under simulated string tension (Erlewine Jig)
    - Expert fret crown / dress / polish
    - File nut precisely to match the new fret height
    - Adjust intonation
    - Full hardware and electronics check
    - Bone nut


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    Oh dude that is so nice. What model is that?

    Your right though, a guitar that is truly set up makes all the difference.

    It would be like trying to draw a picture with dull pencils and then finding out what a pencil sharpener is......
     
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  3. Thanasis

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    That is a beautiful guitar. How does it play? What kind of pickups does it have?

    Sent from my G8141 using Tapatalk
     
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    Fender Japan Traditional 60’s in Daphne Blue!

    its feels and plays just like my number 1, 62AVRI. Same build quality! Only advantage of the AVRI is it is lighter and has nitro finish!
     
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    i play 11’s and it feels really good. Frets are smooth as baby’s butt. No buzz.

    i dont play low action as I dig in and have a hard hand, but its set up low that it plays itself.

    ive put in AVRI 64 pickups on it. Nothing wrong with the stock one, i just prefer these pickups.
     
  6. johnniegoat

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    double bound FTW - what does #1 look like?
     
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    that thing is gorgeous. and a very nice cut of rosewood on the neck.
     
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    The number 1 is a 2004 AVRI 62 in sunburst. :)

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    i love early 60’s spec teles and bindings. But I can make an exception IF i find a nice AVRI 64 in CAR or in white
     
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    it is indeed a nice rosewood board. Its one of the reasons I chose it. The rosewood is tight grained and very dark. I had 5 models in front of me when I chose this. This one has the darkest rosewood board and best playing one.

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    i dig it. some people don't care about the hue of whatever rosewood neck is bolted to their guitars' bodies, but i do. that looks like a CS neck. i think the grain, too, as you mentioned, is important. i have a halfway decent warmoth rosewood neck i just got in the mail last month. i'll post pics of it later, if i remember. it's sort of unique looking.

     
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    Nice!
     
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    i actually am one of those people who doesnt really care as long as its rosewood or pau ferro or ebony, but id prefer dark chocolatey hue. The darker the better.

    but I had a choice between 5 traditional 60’s. And it just happened that this one had the darkest rosewood AND the best feeling and best playing one.

    i brought my no.1 with me when I bought this, as I wanted a no.2 that plays and feels the same, not exactly but as close as I can get, and same solid build quality.
     
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    Thank you so much sir
     
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    this is the avri rosewood board

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    What a beauty, she deserved a good treatment! Enjoy.
     
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    thank you. Now its truly a back up. I dont have to favour one guitar over the other. I just have to choose what color I am in the mood for. Lol
     
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    Yeah, I absolutely do the same.
    Life is good :D
     
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    yessir.

    come to think about it, it also curbed my GAS pains. My guitars play so good, im not looking to buy anything now.
     
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    You are a lucky guy!
    I thought I was fine, but fender/squier decided to offer me the broadcaster and the new offsets: who am I to say no?

    And I actually dig some new epiphone offers, too...

    This year I will get poor o_O:D:twisted:
     
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    you sir are not alone. I may be staying in the dog house for a few years after the purchases I want.

    1. Mary Kaye AO 50’s telecaster
    2. Burgundy Mist AO 60’s telecaster
    3. Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Casino (finally made in US)

    so far those three are on the top of my want list. I can only buy one, so its either the mary kaye 50’s tele OR the US Casino
     
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