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  1. I use a Fret Guru 2 setup gauge: [ https://www.amazon.com/FretGuru-Precision-Evaluation-guitarist-ADVANCED/dp/B00HG29EYI/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1517678417&sr=8-10&keywords=guitar+setup+tool ] It can be used for a lot of different things like looking for uneven frets, but I just use it for setting string height over the fingerboard and pickup height. it's pretty easy to see the height even with my aging eyes. I usually tweak the high strings a little lower to make them easier to play. I tried using those cutout radius gauges from the Earlewine book, but all I managed to do was get the strings on the correct radius somewhat unevenly over the fretboard lol. The radius of the strings isn't the same as the string height over the fretboard lol - imagine two straight lines in parallel at a given constant height. Tip the top one a little, and it's still a straight line but now one end is higher than the other. Same thing with a radius gauge - I can get those crooked pretty easily lol. --edited to add Murkat's right - ultimately it's what you want the guitar to play like (and a little of what the guitar can do too without professional help lol). My shredders are set up lower than I prefer my telecasters and strats. Different tools for different jobs.
  2. The 'new' Gibson Flying V at CES

    Henry has to be the most prolific turdmonger in the history of musical instrument design. You'd think that after swinging and missing that many times someone would take the bat (or crayons) away from him but nooo...
  3. Random based on my attention span or lack thereof. Everything dragged out of the basement usually needs strings and a setup, so I think I'm more of a mechanic than anything else lol.
  4. Cold Shipping Guitars

    Jeff's Vernon Reid Chappafornian was shipped to me ground from Atlanta during a particularly cold snap several years back. I didn't wait long enough to open it, and the lacquer checked as I watched in horror. After that I am on the 24-hours after receipt schedule for opening, and try to avoid buying guitars shipped by ground in the winter. I have several Hamer shredders in search of new homes, but it'll be pickup only until April when it warms up (and tax returns arrive lol).
  5. 1946 Gibson L7 beater in black. Nothing screams outdated like an acoustic archtop without a pickup (except maybe a pedal steel. oh, wait... got one of those too) 1952 Fender 5B3 Deluxe with the octal preamp tubes. It's not even the good one that everybody wants, but it sounds really nice to me.
  6. #0066 - An illustrated journal...

    Wow! That is amazing - so can we order the CM Sig model in green? Or is it the NS model? Either way, damn... Why is it every time I check this forum I keep having to forklift my jaw off the floor?
  7. http://www.samash.com/2020-westbury-flame-top-electric-guitar-s2020tsxx-p same price for the flametop version in tobacco sunburst. I'minsellingmodeanddonotneedanotherguitarI'minsellingmodeanddonotneedanotherguitarI'minsellingmodeanddonotneedanotherguitar...
  8. Any interest in trades? There's an Artist Custom and Nightwolf's Hayseed 30 (I think it's the first one Rob made) gathering dust around here, and maybe some other things that might be available. You could always stop by and we could run the racks in the basement to see if anything suits you lol.
  9. well, i never sell anything so maybe i'm not the most reliable witness lol. if you miss the amp and can get it back for half the money and then dump the randall to cover some more of the cost that makes it easier to justify. if it doesn't wreck the household finances and makes you happy (especially if that would be your only big iron) I'd say go for it.
  10. Wow that's a nice one. Those have been on my short list since they first shipped, but my gear budget right now is on the endangered species list lol. GLWTS!
  11. Leo's New Guitar

    A hollow body shredder with a tele headstock and the frog hole? Nice. I found his cover of Adele's "Hello", then burned several hours watching his other covers on YouTube. There are some pretty good ones up there.
  12. The alder/ebony white Jems looked interesting; I never found one to try in person but that would have been one of the better options. I once played an early 90's ibanez RG that had a mahogany body with a flametop cap in purple, and that was a great sounding guitar that I should have bought (the shop where it was pissed me off, and didn't go back for 5 years or so). I had an early Washburn N4 with the Stephens cutaway that was oiled alder with an ebony fingerboard. It sounded decent but felt really good to play although I could never quite get the setup dialed in where I wanted. It lives with Darc now because it worked better for him than me. I'd like to see what Jeff could whip up in the 'clone with tone' category. That would be a build worth watching.
  13. The set-neck Cali's are a little harder to find than the bolt-on versions; I'd guess it's because 1) Hamer didn't make as many, or 2) folks who find them don't give them up, or 3) both reasons. AFAIK Hamer didn't make any neck-thru Cali's (I think the only neck-thru Hamers made might have been a couple of 5-string Impact basses iirc, but I'd defer to other folks who might know more on that topic).
  14. I have to agree with just about every point you made comparing Cali's to the Jem's; the only thing better about the Ibanez was the marketing and the fact that they signed just about everybody in that era lol. Even my dot-neck mahogany board Cali's were better in just about every category than any Ibanez (save one) that I ever played. Don't know why I still just prefer the Ibanez, other than it is what I am used to. Then again, I prefer my Jackon RR-1 to every setneck Cali I've ever owned or played (3 or 4 so far) so maybe I'm just not a Cali guy lol.