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  • Birthday 04/17/1968

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  1. You don't have to own something to appreciate, celebrate or show off its sentiment and heirloom value. Offer to show up at a studio with it so they can take a nice professional photograph of it, and they can spend what they wish on a pro shoot session, frame, glass, mounting, lighting, etc. I get this all the time at my shop ... people look at me like I'm the bad guy when I tell them they will have to invest $1000K plus in mostly my labor on a $30 guitar their Grandaddy bought when he got home from the (insert any) war, in order to make it not only look like but play like and sound (horribly) like it did back generations ago. They put the guilt trip on me like I'm the one shitting the bed. I simply tell them a dedicated glass case, displayed in a prominent area, with a switchable illumination light is plenty adequate of a tribute. If they continue putting guilt and sob on me, I just tell them if it meant that much to whomever, we would have never gotten to us meeting up in the first place. That ends shit quickly. On a guitar note, the family in which my fully restored '55 Junior originated has reached out to me wanting to buy it back. The one me and Shane at HEL took from this ... to this ... The asking price I gave them (well above market BTW) not only reflects my time and $$$ investment, it also reflects MY OWN heirloom value. Considering I worked my ass off, over a long period, spending a lot of money ... and I literally bled on and in this thing getting it back to where it is today ... after waiting YEARS to have not only a vintage Junior AND one I brought back to life ... the '55 and I have at least as much sentiment as their family ever put into it. And I never gutted and kicked the fucker to the curb by selling it to the guy I got it from for salvage. They only showed interest AFTER I brought it back to '55 time capsule visuals. Fitting. If someone offered me only $700 for the red snake, I'd personally be offended. Give them a current asking price based on fair market value and tell them until they are prepared to pay fair market value, whether it's today, next year or 12 years from now, you're not selling. But you'll gladly help them within reason to create a fitting tribute.
  2. Do not give him a partial refund. Get the guitar back and report his reduced offer "concession" and his previous multiple lowball offers to Reverb. Put it on them to police their flock. Do not let him or them hold you, your guitar or your reputation hostage.
  3. My task list today included gutting my vintage ESP Akira Star in prep for a refin, and I totally forgot it is a round cavity treble horn rear loader toggle. Look at its channel origin and end point. Exactly what we ran with above.
  4. For the pilot, you need 12" drill bits. Thin one to start, big'un as a chaser to open it up. This is from putting a kill switch in a strat. Front-loader, but you get the idea.
  5. If you go in the order I listed, the first small bit through the guitar serves as the pilot for the next two Forstner bits' centerpoints/tips bores from the back side. First the big one, the shallow recess for the plate, then the smaller, deeper for the actual cavity. Your drill cannot go off line. You will not be screwed. See the bit's center tip/pilot? We're using a drill press for this correct? If you don't have access to a drill press, you better have brand new, high-quality bits, a SLOW, STEADY AND UNWAIVERING hand ... and balls the size of coconuts.
  6. Who recalls the HFC story maaaaannnny years ago from BCR Greg about a snowblower inadvertantly hitting and launching a decorative rock through a large living room window and then through a glass coffee table? Maybe this guitar was near that table? LOL
  7. This is so ridiculously easy and cheap you're gonna laugh. Take the plastic tip off. Short enough to not hit it, just enough to grip and move it if need be.
  8. I'd use a small bit to drill all the way through from the top (epicenter); Forsner bit to cut recessed round rear cover; then smaller Forsner the actual cavity, in that order, like the round and round plated toggle cavity for a Les Paul. And then drill my pilot from the neck pickup cavity to the toggle cavity, shortest distance between two points. Here's the first pic I found that shows what the back of the horn would look like the way I've described doing it.
  9. My guy came in today to drop off his Hofner for seasonal refreshing (!) and he said the reissue horseshoe pickup assembly in the Ric is darker than the modern stock unit. Not muddier darker, just more of a characteristic 60s less high end. He's still loving it.
  10. I'm not Ric schooled enough to give a good sound assessment. I have a separate bass client who's much more savvy than I am, he's owned every 4000 series under the sun at one point, I'll ask him when I see him this coming week. The guy who owns the bass above is more a Beatles enthusiast/hobbyist/collector who plays his collection, not a tone aficianado or tonal difference expert necessarily. I can tell you he LOVED the visual transformation, and we HFC'er know how important "The Look" tends to be.
  11. Speaking of horseshoe and toaster replacements, this is a newer one I recently upgraded for a client ...
  12. Considering the CE-2 was the go-to in the early to mid 80s, when chorus was everything, I'd be inclined to lean towards that modern Waza Craft repro too. Bias alert: My go-to is a CE-2 from May 1983, the SN says. And a Q: Does a univibe or clone of one count? I use my DejaVibe more than I use my classic Boss.
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