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Jeff R last won the day on July 16

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  1. Google Maps indicates no less than 23 hours drive from Connecticut to me, so he's still winning. All he said was he's "out of Connecticut."
  2. I got an inquiry today from a guy who says he's in Connecticut and he's looking for general set-up work, possible fret work and possible Floyd Rose nut height fine-tuning. 85 Soloist and a Warmoth "Green Meanie" partsmutt clone. I told him I appreciate him reaching out but it makes no sense to ship to me across country when there are surely guys right there who do stellar work. Give those techs, not UPS or FedEx, your money, that's my logic, plus just driving distance from Conn is NYC - a kinda big guitar market from what I remember, right? LOL One problem ... I need suggestions on who does stellar guitar tech work in or very close to Connecticut. Leads? Better yet, have any old New Hartford employees opened pure repair/tech shops or gotten jobs at any shops doing it?
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    Decking a Floyd

    Finish and clearcoat oversprays in the trem route work to your advantage as well. Makes it easy to knock that block's dabdot of glue loose if you need to. Even if finish was to come loose with the block (I've never had that happen) it won't be in a readily visible area.
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    Jazzmaster .... ???

    Don't laugh, but go check out a Squier Classic Vibe Jazzmaster. Shockingly good for the asking price, and perfect for a JM noob. Most people love the way the offsets hang on you, but their pickups, electronics packages and trems are either loved or, um ... not loved. The Squier will let you figure out in which camp you fall for a fraction of the investment.
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    Decking a Floyd

    Found some reference photos ... blocking a custom tele build's Gotoh Floyd-license ... Guesstimating my needed thickness... Fine tuning thickness, held loosely with one spring Dabdot of glue and slightly tightened claw. After I tapped the block into that exact position with a small screwdriver and a mallet, I put on the two missing springs and tightened the tension up just enough so that the bridge wouldn't pitch forward on a fingerboard bend unless the bend was more than a full step. The view from the top/side
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    Decking a Floyd

    Dabdot of Titebond Original, or any decent general wood glue really. Holds it in place when the trem isn't, but the block removes easily with a flat head screwdriver and a gentle whack with a small hammer should you wish to make it go bye bye.
  7. I've had many of the Indonesian-made Soundgear basses cross the bench and none have been bums yet, they've actually been pretty good for their price points. If I was shopping for me, however, I'd look for a used MIJ SR first, solely for the guaranteed better, older wood. The SR platform has been on the market for well over 20 years so I'd think there is a rather robust used crop from which to pick.
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    Decking a Floyd

    Here's a tip for you too ... my hidden weapon when I block a Floyd for dive only is rosewood. Watch what it adds for resonance, low-mid growl and throat, and overall snap/recoil under your hands. An acoustic blank should be very close to what you need thickness wise. Cut it down length-wise with a hand saw. To find tune its thickness, use coarse adhesive sandpaper on a tabletop. These are what I use. https://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_and_Parts/All_Hardware_and_Parts_by_Instrument/Acoustic_Guitar_Parts/Acoustic_Guitar_Bridges_and_Tailpieces/Flattop_Guitar_Bridge_Blank.html
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    Wait, what?

    I have a problem with ALL tribute bands that pay tribute to a band I can still actually experience. SP played HOB in NOLA this past weekend. And they are a tribute band to boot. So these guys are a tribute to a not only tribute band but a working and aggressively touring tribute. You've gotta be kidding me.
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    Oh the Horror!

    Don't send that to me. Dehydration via tear ducts has got to be an slower, more painful decaying than what that Junior has and continues to endure.
  11. Unless the buyer is trying to find tirekicking fuel to nickel and dime the seller's ass, I wouldn't worry about it. Here's my '55 when I got it, your buddy is WAAAYYY ahead of the curve already ... Here she is after me and HEL Shaneshannon did our magic.
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    Decking a Floyd

    Assuming the Floyd is non-recessed, you need to "flatten" the degree/pitch of the neck as it pertains to the body. Factory shims usually create that pitch if the pocket was cut perfectly horizontal. Remove any shim put in the pocket at the factory and see if that lowers the bridge flush where you want it. If there are no shims to remove, you may need to shim the opposite side of the neck pocket to get the neck and bridge where you want it.
  13. Is the guitar holding string tension and tuning with no issues ... no clues above as to if it's up and running or a husk being brought back to life, maybe I missed it. My point is if it is holding string tension and tuning with no issues, and if you need beyond the naked eye to figure out if the head was broken and apparently well prepared on a refinned, refretted guitar ... why's a possible well-fixed head snap matter on an already modified guitar?
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    My new to me '85 ESP Random Star would look great atop that tree. And it's sparkly white to boot! LOL
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    Stylus/needle for old turntables?

    I forwarded all the links, thanks y'all!