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  1. Mars Hall

    What causes the flame in maple?

    Perhaps this has been discussed before but when it comes down to it, it's a major reason I was attracted to these instruments. Something about the look, the rippling waves of tiger striping across the hue of changing colors that just resonated in my being. I've heard it said that it's a...
  2. Mars Hall

    Nice touch...

    I'd like to give a shout out to the entire staff at Throbak. I ordered a set of pickup covers for a set of vintage PAF's, I recently purchased. Along with getting my new covers in the mail the same day, they had the foresight to send me the "changing covers and magnets" video for reference...
  3. Mars Hall

    PAF's couldn't believe my ears...

    Recently had the opportunity to play a friend's 69 LP GT with PAF's installed, before and after. What I heard kind of ruined me. The PAF's created this "chime" that layed on top of the notes played. Not a huge difference from the previous T-Tops but very noticeable and pleasing to the ear...
  4. Mars Hall

    Who makes a ABR-1 repro in "aged" gold?

    I've used Pigtail products in the past with great success. Their ABR-1's are well made but they don't offer an "aged" gold on their website. I want to match the hardware on my 63 ES-345. The current bridge is still functional but the saddles are very loose fitting in the slides.
  5. Mars Hall

    Tinnitus introduced itself...

    After 50 years flying around the sun on this rock, I've noticed the slight ringing in my left ear becoming a constant. I've ordered an earplug that claims to have fidelity along with protection called Eargasm. Anyone here familiar with this or similar products?
  6. Mars Hall

    Am I alone on this?

    To me, guitars are an aesthetically beautiful creation. Is anyone else annoyed by guitar players not removing clip on tuners from the headstock during a performance? We all know why its there, convenience and accuracy of tuning. IMO, it distracts from the beauty of the instrument. After all...
  7. Mars Hall

    Replacing pots...

    I'm trying out the Vintage Inspired pots. What is the common placement for the hottest pot placement? I know to put the 2 highest values as volumes but would the bridge or neck get the largest? Here's what I have 538, 531, 517 and 513. My best guess would be, 538 volume, 517 tone for bridge...
  8. Mars Hall

    The Large neck 2016 58 ES-335 VOS...

    My recent experience with this guitar has given me more reasons for large neck appreciation. Not only is it more comfortable to play and more toneful but the large mass of wood makes the tuning more stable. Pulled it out last night for rehearsal and didn't need tuning!
  9. Mars Hall

    The latest addition to the harem...

    Gibson Memphis Custom shop is making some very nice examples of vintage instruments. This 2016 58 ES-335 VOS plays, feels and sounds like an old guitar. So far, I'm leaving it exactly like it is and my experience to this point leaves me feeling this will likely be my new number one. My first...
  10. Mars Hall

    ES-345 out of phase magnet flip

    A while ago I had a tech flip one of the magnets in my 345 to eliminate OOP. Which pu should I flip the magnet in, to reverse my error?
  11. Mars Hall

    Gil Yaron Les Paul WOW!!!

    Had the opportunity last night to play one of these and I could not believe my ears! Absolutely the best Les Paul experience of my life. Honestly, it's my new gauge on what a Les Paul should be. With that said, please know that I've never spent enough time with a real burst to know the...
  12. Mars Hall

    96 R7 GT, who has checking on original finish?

    Just wondering how other guitar finishes, from this era, are holding up. With the heavy plasticizers, my finish shows no signs of checking.
  13. Mars Hall

    ES345 hard shell guitar case choices...

    I currently using a Gibson case from the 80's for my 63 ES345. it is getting quite road worn. I've viewed offerings from Gator, TKL, Guardian and Gibson. Which case will protect my number one the best? Are there other "in stock" options I'm not aware of?
  14. Mars Hall

    NAD Korg era Vox AC30...

    I have always been a Fender/Marshall guy. However, this amp really does sing. It's heavy and loud but with an attenuator I can get very reasonable volume levels. I'm a believer...
  15. Mars Hall

    55 Jr MojoAxe wraptail installed

    Just want to say cheers to the people at MojoAxe for making such a well designed product.:salude I installed the bridge with the set screws as set from the factory. Didn't have to adjust a thing, perfectly intonated! Thanks again MojoAxe!
  16. Mars Hall

    Who uses spotify?

    I'm looking to create playlists for songs that I'm working on. I'm in a Grateful Dead cover band. Are they represented on Spotify?
  17. Mars Hall

    Who doesn't mind the narrow nut width of mid 60's ES guitars?

    My friend recently acquired, what he believes to be a 65 ES335. Before playing I expected to hate the narrow neck. However, I found myself finding notes easily, if not easier. I was pleasantly surprised, not to mention these guitars can be had for a bargain compared to earlier examples.:jim
  18. Mars Hall

    Can they all become great or degrees better?

    In my experience, guitars that have some well worn miles on them seem to be the ones that inspire my playing the most, tone wise. I've also read about acoustic guitars that "open up" to become better sounding instruments because quantity of use. A component of "breaking in" the top, similar to...
  19. Mars Hall

    TKL 8824 same issue for my Junior...

    I have to admit, I'm a little disappointed. I, independently from any advice read on this forum, purchased a TKL 8824 case for my newly acquired 55 LP Junior. The case arrived Friday and upon placing my guitar in the case, I noticed it suffers the same issue as other "normal" LP cases. The head...
  20. Mars Hall

    55 LP Jr truss rod concern

    The neck on my Jr is very straight, almost no relief. I currently have it strung with 11's. I tried to back off the truss rod to provide some relief and the nut comes off without the neck moving at all. This particular guitar has sat unplayed for many years. When I removed the truss rod cover, I...
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