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    Standard 0227, 1984 Blitz, 2008 Talladega
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  1. Should have used a hyphen, 3-48 There is. It's tapped at the ends for the minihum mounting screws. Height adjustments are done in the same way as full-size humbuckers mounted in rings, but with the minis both pickup and ring get closer to or further from the strings.
  2. Not long ago I pickup a set of SD antiquity minihumbuckers to put in an old LP Deluxe. Duncan uses the typical method of install, soldering a nut to the height-adjustment screw with a spacer added to keep the pickup at a specific height above the ring. This wasn't going to work for my installation, particularly for the neck pickup. With the ring screwed down to it's lowest position the pickup stood too tall to avoid the strings. This is the time in most projects when things get put off and it's takes me a while to get around to finding/ordering pieces/parts to make things work as needed. True to my nature, this is how things stayed since November. I needed to take them apart and replace the factory spacer with something a bit longer to decrease the pickup profile. Duncan used 12mm aluminum spacers and 3/48 hex nuts soldered to the posts. Removing the solder and nuts from the posts was only a small hassle, but in my mind an unnecessary one. I chose 15mm nylon spacers and 3/48 nylon locking nuts for reassembly. This way they can easily be taken apart if needed for different installations in the future. The nylon lock nuts are easy peasy and seem to stay in place well enough. I had some difficulty finding them until I landed on a radio controlled airplane hobby site. If you ever need hardware smaller than Ace Hardware or Fastenal carries, RC shops are awesome. With everything back together it was time to test the fit. The profile of the neck pickup is now similar to that of the original Gibson pickup it's replacing. I find it odd that SD would spec a profile that creates problems for LP installs. All's well that ends well, I guess. Now it's time for some solder to get the install completed.
  3. Aesthetics aside, this Tulsa is badass. The German carve isn't nearly as pronounced as photos imply. It still ain't Nik Huber Orca carve sexy, but it's not hideous in person. Fit/finish is as it should be for the price. It plays great but has some intonation things going on that I'm sure are just a result of setup error. I really like P90s but I wish these cleaned up a little more than they do. I'm sure I can find a Joel Danzig fan that will give me top dollar for the "Grails" if I can't get them dialed in. The cutaway is as ugly as it appears in the photos but if I adjust the angle of the mirror in my "studio" just a hair I don't see it.
  4. This clip features the same guitar when new. Has anyone ever heard of this reclusive John Grail, pickup guru guy? It wouldn't surprise me to learn it's some schmo winding in-house and the whole story is fabricated to imply exclusivity.
  5. Honestly, I'm not crazy about it. The carve and shape is kinda gross. But, I decided to subscribe to the "ears and hands" theory @polara mentioned above. That, and there are many photos on the Dantzig instagram that nearly make it look cool. Worst case scenario is I make the seventy mile round trip to GC to return it.
  6. Are those the Schallers? I'm specifically looking for Grover or Grover style with the little ear for the screw that's centered below the round housing. If you change the tuners on your new Newport we may be in business.
  7. I need either a single 106 series high-side (GBE) tuner similar to the photo below, or a complete set in any Grover style that is chrome/nickel and has the centered screw hole.
  8. I've probably got pieces and parts for about a half dozen guitars but I wouldn't consider all of them projects. The two I am planning to take to completion are both noiseless singlecoil partscasters: an ash bodied tele with Kinman pickups and a Hendrix/Gilmour inspired strat with Zexcoil pickups. My mistake...I've got three I plan to finish, but one hasn't made it's way to Mississippi yet.
  9. I thought these two were the same other than the jazzburst having the same burst treatment on its backside.
  10. Typical is right. Comfortably Numb has become cliche it's so freaking perfect, but Gilmour offers many to choose from.. For me, he is the perfect soloist.
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