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  1. IMO, the Internet has become the great leveller in 'collectibles' of any type, not just guitars and amps, and Google is my friend...and I don't think there are 'regional' markets or trends anymore, at least not like there used to be. The real work nowadays for me when looking for gear is in doing online research ('due diligence'), and making sure I don't get ripped off by sellers with inflated prices and items in questionable condition. Some sellers out there might still hope to find a buyer that'll throw money at them for an item with a vague two-line description, blurry photos and a steep price, like what was happening twenty-five years ago...but that buyer ain't likely to be me. When I do a search for something being sold (normally on Ebay or Reverb), I enter limits on the prices of things I'm looking for, and I never even see the items that are priced above that. So, if a seller is selling something at an inflated price, I'm very likely the wrong audience for their sales pitch anyway, and I don't sweat the possibility that I'm gonna miss the snag of a lifetime; because nowadays, 999 times out of a thousand, that ain't gonna happen. A man's gotta know his limitations.
  2. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/monty-python-terry-jones-monty-pythons-flying-circus-life-of-brian/ Like John Cleese said today on Twitter: "Two down, four to go." I'll bet nobody saw anything like this at NAMM: Of course, since NAMM was in California, anything's possible: I thought about posting a clip of Terry Jones in the 'Mr. Creosote' sketch from The Meaning Of Life, but it might be a little too close to mealtime for some, so I'll leave that to someone else.
  3. My latest purchase was a pre-assembled 'parts' bass...fully loaded body from a Fender 'Road Worn' 60's Jazz Bass, put together by someone else with a fully loaded neck from a Fender Standard Fretless Jazz Bass, all MIM. I bought it basically at parts value, but I bought it to play (I was looking for a fretless anyway), not really as an investment, and definitely not as a collectible; and it plays, sounds, and looks great! Besides, I didn't see anything else similar that 'fit the bill' as well as this one did. Plus, I don't usually like Alder bodies because they dent kinda easy...look Ma, factory relic'd finish on the body, so no worries there! I like it so much, I'm tempted to get the parts together to make another one!
  4. Arm Of Hamer had posted that same RN news video recently too, lower down on this thread:
  5. I think it's still too early in 2020 yet, maybe things will get interesting when all those tax refunds/tax bills hit.
  6. ...and definitely not the most fun boss to work for. Edited to add: NSFW for language, probably not safe for home either:
  7. Thanks for the pricing info, now I won't pay more than what you did for guitars like those! "Mr Valentine has set the price."
  8. I remember those Kramer Ferrington print ads with Dweezil Zappa in various guitar magazines...if anybody sees Dweezil playing one of these Acoustasonics, especially through a Peavey Wiggy amp, please warn us quickly.
  9. I had mentioned on the 2019 'Scores And Fails' thread, that I had once returned a used MIK G&L Tribute ASAT Classic that I had bought from a dealer, partly because there were sizeable gaps between the neck and body on both sides of the neck pocket...in other words, the neck didn't fit snugly in the neck pocket, and there was much too much space there for my liking. I'd always heard that neck pocket fit is important, and a snug neck fit matters. Over the years though, I've seen plenty of bolt-on neck guitars where there were gaps between the neck and body on the sides of the neck pocket, and that they were good candidates for failing the "business card" test, which is: if a business card can fit between the body and neck in the neck pocket, then the gap is too big. Since it seems to be somewhat common (or at least it used to be, back in the days of slack quality control), and probably more so on cheaper/budget bolt-on necked guitars, two questions: 1. Does it matter that much, and if so, by how much?; and 2. What can be done about it, especially if the guitar is otherwise a good one? There's several threads about it online, this one that I found on the Telecaster Guitar Forum seems to address it neatly: https://www.tdpri.com/threads/neck-side-shims.896864/ It was mentioned on the Tele forum thread that sheets of wood veneer glued along the sides of the neck pocket might be a good fix. Has anybody here used wood veneer for this kind of repair, and how did it work out for you? BTW, I'm NOT referring to the practice of using shims to correct neck angle on a bolt-on guitar, like Fender once did...that's another, completely different, can of worms. I was also reminded of this issue when I first saw this video about a year or two ago, fast forward to about 8:03 and check out the bass side of the guitar neck, where the neck meets the neck pocket/body join area. Business card? I think you could probably get a thin Resume in there! A little later in the video the treble side of the neck/body join can also be seen, with possibly a similar gap there too:
  10. Score: --2014 Fender USA Ltd Ed Sandblasted Tele in Sapphire Blue. --'Parts' Fender MIM Jazz Bass Fretless...complete body from a '60's 'Road Worn' (factory relic'd) JB, complete 2003 'Special Edition' JB Fretless neck. Neck and body fit just as they should. --Made In Canada Mack Skyraider SR-15 Tube Amp Head and matching 1x12" speaker cab. --VHT Special 6 Tube Amp Head (not Ultra model). Fail: --2000's MIK G&L 'Tribute' ASAT Classic...MFD pickups were too bright and clean for my taste, had gaps between the neck and body in the neck pocket on both sides of the neck, returned. It could have been worse:
  11. That kind of weather is what Squires and Epiphones are made for.
  12. Here's mine, 'Fatback'-sized Musikraft roasted figured Maple neck with stainless steel medium jumbo frets and relic'd bound Ash MJT body in Daphne Blue, weight 6.8 lbs. total; TysonTone neck and Lollar bridge P-90's, Glendale bridge, saddles, and string ferrules. Photos are from DGS where I purchased it, their camera is better than mine. It's light enough for me to where having Thinline construction isn't really necessary; besides, I'm more of a fan of solid wood, especially Ash: Edited to add: I bought this guitar pre-owned (can I really call a pre-relic'd guitar 'used'?), so none of the assembled bits and pieces were my idea, the only change I've done since besides strings (back to thru-body instead of top loading, this Glendale bridge can do both) is replacing the Gibson-style switch surround with a Allparts chromed metal switch surround, to kinda match the hardware.
  13. On a solid color non-transparent finish (or even on a transparent finish), the trick is to look at the reflection of the light in the finish, not just the body itself. If you see a dead-straight line (or lines, since there may be more than two pieces of wood involved) running the length of the body in the reflection, 99 times out of 100 it's a seam from two pieces of wood glued together under the finish; and keep in mind that there are rarely any dead-straight lines in nature, if not at all. When I look at any guitar with a solid-color finish I do that. Once a guitar is glued, assembled, painted, and clear-coated, the finish starts to settle and cure, and it's nearly impossible to hide the seam(s), no matter how many times the wood is sanded and filled.
  14. I remember when they were just tacky, now they're vintage. Dang, time flies when you're getting old.
  15. $900 for a used original HM Strat? Man, that's a lot of Zubaz pants!
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