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  1. Man, that's a beautiful guitar and a fair price...
  2. Haha, congratulations!
  3. Wise decision... it's a beauty.
  4. Haha... I stumbled across them looking for a case for my Kramer DMZ. The one I found there for a "dream price" is still for sale. Found one in good condition for a reasonable price. There are funny stories about this shop on the web.
  5. thoro

    Toto Meets Dream Theater...

    I really like Toto, especially when Lukather sings... You should watch this... the concert starts with "Falling In Between". Mike Porcaro had become ill and so they hired Leland Sklar, who did a great job. Those guys are experienced...
  6. I've got an old Ibanez 2350 I bought in the 80s for about $25. The seller painted it wine red and destroyed parts of the binding of the headstock. A few years ago I decided to give it a matte black finish and repair it. It was nearly fretless, so I refretted it with jumbo frets, made a new nut and sanded the neck. Also replaced the electrics and pickups. It plays very comfortable and sounds nice.
  7. I have always been tempted by the body shape of the Rick Turner Model One. Fortunately I started building my own electric guitars a few years ago and so maybe I will build a small guitar inspired by this shape someday. I think I would build it with a different bridge construction and a another head design. In the meantime I'm more than happy with the '81 Sunburst I found two months ago.
  8. Congratulations! It's a real beauty.
  9. thoro

    Is this Sunburst legit?

    I really like their tone and I'll keep them unpotted as they are. That's why I replaced them with low output wax potted pickups. I don't use that much gain, but we are playing quite loud. Our rehearsal room is small so it's not possible for me to avoid the squealing. I tightened the base plate screws, fixed the loose polepiece screws with rubber rings and put foam under the pickups. But the feedback was still uncontrollable and so I put in the other pickups. Maybe in the future I'll play a setup with an amp shield and In Ear Monitoring, who knows.
  10. I agree and I'm sure he will sell it. I would love to have a '79 Sunburst bound and crowned in this condition.
  11. Yeah, it's a beauty. He tried to sell it last week and startet with 2350,- Euros. Nobody placed a bid.
  12. A guitar I built 2 years ago, I call it "Ojo" because of the 12th fret inlay. Tried to make as much as possible by myself, for example the bridge plate and the pickups. I was inspired by the Vigier Shawn Lane and so this guitar has a flat fretboard with an easily exchangeable zero fret. Plays nice, but only with large hands, the neck is very fat.
  13. Haha... I think Dean Zelinsky is trying to create unique selling propositions. I somehow like his innovations, grandma's neck pattern, the strange toggle switch/pot, the SideKick pickups. And I like flat guitars, I've got an Ibanez SV5470F that feels very comfortable. But I think an unfinished/oiled neck will always be my favourite. I built a guitar with a fat mahogany neck and just sealed it with a thin layer of Tru Oil – it feels and plays just perfect. Love the necks of my Peavey Wolfgangs, too.
  14. thoro

    Is this Sunburst legit?

    After playing the guitar a while the behaviour of the volume pots seemed strange to me, I was not able to use them to clean the distortion. I read that the Hamer pots are slightly different than other pots but it just seemed strange so I took a look at the wiring and saw that whoever assembled the guitar after refinishing did it wrong (picture in first post). I rewired the volume pots and replaced the capacitor – and I replaced the microphonic DiMarzios with wax potted PAF copies in double cream and zebra colour. I'll keep the original unpotted DiMarzios as they are. I tried to use them but my band is just too loud and I like to play the Sunburst live. The taper of the Hamer pots (now) sounds good to me, they clean up nicely.