Preparing for NGD

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Wallaby, Sep 16, 2019.

  1. Wallaby

    Wallaby Tele-Meister

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    Maybe someone could direct me to a thread that already exists on this.

    But if not - I have an upcoming NGD, and it's a ... Telecaster of course!

    What do you all do to prepare for NGD? Besides the promises of new appliances, automobile down payments and the like, I mean.

    And what do you do once it arrives? I'm particularly thinking about checking it over, looking for insignificant flaws, looking for significant problems, etc.

    It's warm enough I'm not much concerned with crazing the finish, but I'm willing to learn. And I know to sight the neck looking for twist. After that.. what?

    I have been toying with the idea of dedicating an unused room in my house as a "music, cough cough" space so I can finally organize my crap instead of just stacking it in any available space. But that's more long-term and I'll probably forget it as soon as the guitar arrives.

    Anyway, I'm interested in the excellent advice this board always offers!

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Hiker

    Hiker Poster Extraordinaire

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    Congrats on your new Tele!

    For a guitar that’s shipped via a big truck in the heat, leaving the unopened shipping box for a couple of hours (or longer) in an air conditioned room is a start. Acclimate it to that cooler environment.
     
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    Order a new wall hanger. Happy NGD!
     
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    You should probably get another amp to go with that tele. :)
     
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  5. Wallaby

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    Roger - checking this out, I didn't realize finish issues occurred from warm to cool as well as freezing cold to warm. I'm glad I asked and glad you mentioned it!

     
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    As stated above, let it sit for an evening wherever you plan to play it most and let it acclimate before you go to cranking on truss rods and messing with saddle height. I usually wait until the following day and then do my setup stuff. If it's an expensive buy, spend lots of time carefully going over the fit and finish and take good pictures of the whole thing. Also helps with insurance claims should there be a fire, theft, flood, etc.

    Enjoy the new paddle. And don't forget: those inspection photos make great thread starters, too! ;)
     
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  7. Wallaby

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    Not being a wise old soul experienced in the ways of GAS I think it's interesting that my amplifier GAS cycle is not in synch with my guitar GAS cycle. Maybe there is a GAS timing belt.


     
  8. NewKid

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    What kind of Tele is it?
     
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    I give mine a shake rattle and roll inspection. Congrats. Pictures please.
     
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    Congrats. Pictures please.......
     
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    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Congrats on the almost NGD. We need pictures.

    For poly finishes, acclimation is completely unnecessary, any time of year. For nitro, only the coldest weather. Even then, I've never waited, and never had a problem.

    I do inspect for flaws, as I'd rather get it seen, and get over it NOW. Then never think about it again.

    Next step is a full setup, assuming nothing. Fret level if necessary.

    Then I play it for five minutes, before getting bored, going on the forum, and wondering if I need a new piece of gear...
     
  12. Wallaby

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    I like that, I just keep them in their cases now. I like that it let's my case humidifiers be effective ( for the acoustics ) but it's inconvenient, so I end up playing one guitar for months at a time.

     
  13. Wallaby

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    It's an AV '64, actually, thanks for asking.

     
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    AV 64s are way cool, congrats!
    Pics pics pics!
     
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    Always, before you receive a new guitar, take a hot bath.
     
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    You didn't say it was an AV64. That's not just any ol' Tele.

    Definitely take the bath. And we really need pictures.
     
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    You should clean the pipes, following the suggestion from "there's something about Mary" before a big date like receiving a guitar.
    Calms your nerves. Knock knock it's the FedEx driver. What's that on your ear?

     
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  18. Wallaby

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    Heh.. I forgot about that movie. This and the bath idea feels like a slow, wobbly pitch to a remark about my hair, which is, uh, long and thick. I think I spotted that floating down the Hudson as they say.

    Obviously if I am acclimatizing the new money-pit properly I won't be spanking the plank, instead I'll just be ... watching from the bathtub? Only an up-country degen would do that.

    You guys are SICK.
     
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    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    OK, to be clear, when we said we need pictures.... we meant of the guitar! :)
     
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    Like @moosie said above - but I want to reiterate:

    PICTURES OF THE GUITAR, NOT OF BATHTIME! :lol::lol::lol:
     
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