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Thread: 1966 Starfire III Review

  1. #11
    Very nice review, GAD. Appreciate the hard work and beautiful pics.

    One of my favorite guitars was a '66 SFIII I had several years ago, so I'm very happy hearing your '66 in the ODS100 and Stray Cat settings. You sure get a great sound with your rig!

    My neck was 1 11/16th" at the nut, too. Did not know about the 200K potentiometer.

    thanks, gilded
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    And I like Harry's approach.
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    Great review, GAD! Enjoyed it!

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    Nice review and good read.

    What did you think about the tuners?
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  4. #14
    Very interesting and informative review. I’m looking forward to the companion pieces of other era SF III’s.
    Shihan= Dennis

  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by gjmalcyon View Post
    Nice review and good read.

    What did you think about the tuners?
    Iím glad you asked! :)

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    Where does one find Mexican Coca Cola? Besides Mexico...lol

    I gots the Nyquil and rum, and I want a new guitar but need a good story for the wifey poo.

    As always, great read.!

  7. #17
    "The pickups are original equipment and measure 6.54k Ω at the bridge and 6.53k Ω at the neck…"

    This is right in line with most of the '60s Starfires with anti-hums I've had the pleasure of playing & also spec'ing over the years. Thinking about it, I doubt I've come across many SF-IIIs with original tuners. Lotsa "Grover-ing" going on. :)

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  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by FNG View Post
    Where does one find Mexican Coca Cola? Besides Mexico...lol

    I gots the Nyquil and rum, and I want a new guitar but need a good story for the wifey poo.

    As always, great read.!
    They sell it all over the place around here: Mexican_Coke
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  9. #19
    Great review. Looking forward to the shootout. (Or is that now the kiss of death that moves it to the back of the to-do list)
    Don

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  10. #20
    It took me a looooong time to find my '61 SF III ... it's got the original tuners (butterbean Grovers) and DeArmond Dynasonics ... and I would never dream of getting rid of her ... so much so that I bought a Custom Shop M-70 with the updates DeArmonds to go along with her
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