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Thread: So, uh, tell me about this '66 SFIII

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    If you were floored by how light the Westerly Starfire was, you ought to be careful when you unbox the 66. My 68 is the lightest electric I own.
    "Steve, you are a man of many goats."~ capnjuan

    "Alternatively, you could just go the ultra-relic route with it. Basically go for a look that says the amp was on fire and they put it out using belt sanders."
    (amps - I need a "99" & "50")

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    Well, it arrived today, and after three hours of acclimation time I took it out of the case.

    Immediate impressions:

    The case sucks. It gives me flashbacks to the days of chipboard cases and I don't like it. It's in good condition, though.

    The tuners **suck**.

    I dare say it's legit. It's SO clean except for the odd lacker marks. Given the spiderwebs and massive dust-bunnnies living inside the body, it's easily 50+ years old and it's in great shape. Using the borescope it certainly looks like the pickups and electronics are all original. It plays great and the Guildsby is smooth as silk. Only issue I see is that the bridge is sitting funny, but I'll know more about that when I take it all apart.

    Pics later today.
    '60s: [ SF3 ]
    '70s: [ S70 | 2x S300AD ]
    '80s: [ X79-3 | 2x X80 | X82 | X100 | S270 | S281 | BHM1 ]
    '80s: [ S300AD | Detonator | Liberator Elite | SF4 | D46 | AA ]
    '90s: [ 2x S100 | X170 | X170T | SF3,4,5 | BB | NB | NB DX ]
    '90s: [ X2000 | X3000 | DV72 | BHM1 ]
    '00s: [ SF3 | SF4 | BB-90 | X160R ]
    '10s:
    [ 2xTB | SF3 ]

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    Can't wait!
    "Steve, you are a man of many goats."~ capnjuan

    "Alternatively, you could just go the ultra-relic route with it. Basically go for a look that says the amp was on fire and they put it out using belt sanders."
    (amps - I need a "99" & "50")

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    Those tuners remind me visually of the junky ones Gibson used on SG Jrs. after they went to the big pickguard.

    -Dave-
    1962 F-20 Troubadour
    1970 M-75 Bluesbird
    1971 S-100 "Black Cherry"
    1973 S-100 "Nature Boy"
    1990 Nightbird Custom
    1999 X-170T
    2013 NS M-75 Aristocrat
    2016 NS S-200 T-bird

    c. 1971 Foxey Lady

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    The tuners in question (from the ad):



    They look just like the ones in Hans' book on Page 41, though the ones in the book have covers and these don't. They feel terrible, they look terrible, they're stiff as hell and the pegs are tiny so you can't get any purchase on them. I may try to lube them, but so far the tuners are the only thing I like better on the NS guitar and that's saying something because I really dislike the NS tuners.
    '60s: [ SF3 ]
    '70s: [ S70 | 2x S300AD ]
    '80s: [ X79-3 | 2x X80 | X82 | X100 | S270 | S281 | BHM1 ]
    '80s: [ S300AD | Detonator | Liberator Elite | SF4 | D46 | AA ]
    '90s: [ 2x S100 | X170 | X170T | SF3,4,5 | BB | NB | NB DX ]
    '90s: [ X2000 | X3000 | DV72 | BHM1 ]
    '00s: [ SF3 | SF4 | BB-90 | X160R ]
    '10s:
    [ 2xTB | SF3 ]

    My Reviews: GADsGuilds.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAD View Post
    The tuners in question.
    Those are the Japanese made tuners and the same like on my 1967 Starfire IV. Also without covers. Yes they are stiff as hell and need loads of lube to get them going (I use Tri-Flow or Finish Line Dry Teflon Bike Lube). Good thing, since they are stiff they stay in tune. And I used an Ernie Ball Power Peg Pro String Winder to drive each one maybe 50 times around with lube.
    Ralf

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    Nice photo though!

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    I had those on a previous owned '60's T-100D if I remember correctly. And yes, they sucked.

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    Same on the '65 Capri.

    "Steve, you are a man of many goats."~ capnjuan

    "Alternatively, you could just go the ultra-relic route with it. Basically go for a look that says the amp was on fire and they put it out using belt sanders."
    (amps - I need a "99" & "50")

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    Man, the Guildsby and bridge are crazy smooth and shiny, congrats!!!

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