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    Custom order ? One -off ? Run of the mill?

    Thanks for all that; it is meaningful. Please accept unqualified respect for the persistence you've shown over the past year or so. You can do no wrong.
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    Custom order ? One -off ? Run of the mill?

    Big Al -- Boundless respect for you, your contributions here and all you are confronting at this moment. But yeah, I don't mean mineral flecks, I said and meant the fletch marks which reflect quarter-sawn maple 100% of the time. Like these ones: No comment on the authenticity or value of...
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    Custom order ? One -off ? Run of the mill?

    I LOVE that top. That is true fiddle-back maple. Those fletch marks mean that the top was quarter-sawn, not slab-cut like most solid-body guitar tops. Flamed quarter-sawn maple is a lot less common than flamed slab-cut maple. Keep watching -- you won't see tops like that. It's a simply...
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    25 Years of Service Award

    Choosing that ES-135 as his retirement piece reflects his pride in what he did. Not in what came before (which we gather here to venerate, and rightly so), but in what he did, there and then. Lot to learn from Strings Sr.
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    Grace under fire....

    I had no idea that Eric Idle wrote that! + + + It's a tunnel, not a hole. Please feel supported. Be good to yourself -- we know you'll be good to your wife.
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    Who’s got (and kept) COVID hair?

    Having my wife apply the #4 buzz-cut has been one of the most pleasant aspects of this unpleasant time. Nothing says, "I trust you and love you" quite like, 'Hey, you have to look at it and I don't!'
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    Nugent's TWO bursts up for auction

    I've heard that the owner did this and that he didn't do this . . .
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    King Turd: '65 Johnny Smith Butchered Into GuitOrgan

    Here ya go -- read all about it. Bear in mind that the GuitOrgan worked by slicing each fret into six pieces, each hard-wired into the synthoid unit. So it's likely that the neck itself has internal routing to accommodate all the wiring. That means anybody thinking about a restoration...
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    Lou Pallo 1934-2020

    "The Man of A Thousand Chords" has passed. When somebody says "Les Paul Player" let's speak about 30+ years of playing rhythm for Mr. Les Paul. Start at 3:38 to see How Jazz Rhythm Guitar Gets Done (on The Lou Pallo LP model!), then keep going for a detailed lesson:
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    NGD - The Pay-It-Forward Guitar !!

    In this Most Epic PIF Everrrrr, Mr. Rev Pearly raffled a cool, fun guitar. I am the extremely lucky winner. Here ya go, LPFers. My NOS 2005 Squier 51 in gleaming black and white: It's a fun piece, a fine tool and a brilliant example of how inexpensive instruments can make a ton of musical...
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    Pay It Forward -- Ward -- Ward

    Rumor is that some of you own amplifiers which lack reverb. Time to rectify that! The winner of this session of Pay It Forward gets a TC Electronic Mini Hall Of Fame reverb pedal. Why do you like this pedal? . It sounds great, and . The free TC TonePrint phone app lets you choose between...
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    NGW - 1962 ES-330

    Sometimes ya take a chance and it pans out! 1962 ES-330 in "player" shape . . . All parts seem original except the bridge (which is chrome). I have a VOS nickel bridge to put on next time I put it down. Thanks to a peghead repair, I could actually make this one work. Thank you Guitar...
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    NGD - And Now For Something Completely Different

    '07 Eastman El Rey 1 14" hollow body -- Solid spruce top, solid mahogany neck, back & sides, ebony FB. Kent Armstrong "Magnum" PU @ 8.74k Ohms. I haven't weighed it yet but it's gotta be under six pounds. Golly geez, I like that red! Despite the lack of f-holes this guitar...
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    50s L-7 / ES-350 -- What Say Ye?

    I am deciding slowly whether to grab this one or run for the hills. This guitar is hanging (across the country from me) as a 1955 L-7C. The back is plywood and probably the sides too a la ES-350. So you could either call it a solid-top ES-350 or a mostly-plywood L-7. It's priced well...
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    ES-225 Detail Question -- Mike B & All

    My 1959 ES-225TDN is getting a replacement fingerboard. (Way-pre-CITES raw BR board from my parts collection.) The guy who is doing the work says that the current dots are pearl-oid plastic. Was the spec on this guitar real pearl or pearl-oid? THANK YOU in advance, folks.