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    Just to note: Taj Mahal is primarily a blues...

    Just to note: Taj Mahal is primarily a blues player but with world music influences. Imagine an American version of Ali Farka Touré…or a more eclectic version of Ry Cooder if you're not familiar with...
  2. G&Gs tend to be real solid cases if on the heavy...

    G&Gs tend to be real solid cases if on the heavy side. They made cases for Fender in "the old days" too. Dunno about valuations, though.

    -Dave-
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    The four-wire config allows coil splitting…or...

    The four-wire config allows coil splitting…or parallel humbucking. I use the latter a lot on an old Ibanez AR-300. Lower output and less mid push than standard series humbucking.

    -Dave-
  4. Unless there's a specific issue with the Guild...

    Unless there's a specific issue with the Guild TOM-alike I'd keep it. Same with the pots, though if you're into high value "500K" pots—like the 525K & similar variants on offer—it might be worth the...
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    Oooh, that's sharp! Glad you were able to get...

    Oooh, that's sharp! Glad you were able to get assistance from The Man. :encouragement:

    -Dave-
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    I recently re-strung my Taylor Nancy Griffith,...

    I recently re-strung my Taylor Nancy Griffith, 25.5" scale length, with a set of GHS Silk & Steel 11s. (I've got the same gauge S&Ses on a Waterloo WL-K per Collings' recommendation. This guitar is...
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    Oh wow, that's a very handsome X-500! A big Guild...

    Oh wow, that's a very handsome X-500! A big Guild hollowbody with anti-hum pickups is something I've had the pleasure of playing but not owning. Enjoy it!

    -Dave-
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    Looks like a legit '60s Guild TRC apart from the...

    Looks like a legit '60s Guild TRC apart from the initials. My Bluesbird's TRC claims the guitar is a Starfire, but I'm guessing it's a fairly late metal version and Guild was just using up stock.
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  9. Big fan. Got to see him play up close in a small...

    Big fan. Got to see him play up close in a small room in the early 2000s. No amplification. He played & sang beautifully.

    -Dave-
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    Love the playing Lyle Mays did and the sounds he...

    Love the playing Lyle Mays did and the sounds he got in the Pat Metheny Group with an Oberheim 4-Voice. He had a lot to do with getting me interested in synths. Once again…too early. :sad:

    -Dave-
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    Even real 14 karat gold can tarnish or corrode,...

    Even real 14 karat gold can tarnish or corrode, especially with frequent handling. Given that you want a real thin plating on pickup covers to minimize sonic impact, it's no wonder those covers are...
  12. Yep, it's a crazy great instrument. From the...

    Yep, it's a crazy great instrument. From the production run either just before or after Duane Eddy's (I forget which).

    I've since replaced the ES-350T's spongy string mute with one that's tidier...
  13. Running the laser light show, no doubt....

    Running the laser light show, no doubt. :encouragement:

    -Dave-
  14. I use a piece of spongy stuff from an old cup...

    I use a piece of spongy stuff from an old cup holder as a mute on my ES-350T. The guitar has a Bigsby, like in Grot's screencap, that reduces the string break angle behind the bridge relative to a...
  15. Hmmm, sounds like a guitar worth checking out. I...

    Hmmm, sounds like a guitar worth checking out. I really like Lollar's Imperials…got a set of low-winds in an Ibanez AM-205, also a reduced size 335-ish instrument. The Lollars have treble clarity...
  16. Yes. I stand the ruler on end…it's wide enough to...

    Yes. I stand the ruler on end…it's wide enough to span a guitar's upper/last two frets.

    -Dave-
  17. For a long time I set bridge heights strictly by...

    For a long time I set bridge heights strictly by feel and sound. Then it finally occurred to me: "I should measure a bunch of guitars and see how consistent (or not) I am." Pretty consistent as it...
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    I imagine the new HB-2 is kinda like Duncan's...

    I imagine the new HB-2 is kinda like Duncan's Phat Cat P-90: the basic formula of the "real thing" with an altered form factor. Since everything affects tone when it comes to pickups, I'd expect an...
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    I uploaded my two pics at 1024 pixels in the...

    I uploaded my two pics at 1024 pixels in the longer dimension. As displayed here they've both been downsized to 800 in that same dimension.

    -Dave-
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    I think we've just veered a little. Yes, the HB-2...

    I think we've just veered a little. Yes, the HB-2 is a standard-sized HB-1.

    -Dave-
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    Ah, I'd figured your guitar was already fitted...

    Ah, I'd figured your guitar was already fitted with conversion bushings. The original tuners were almost certainly Grover Rotomatics.

    -Dave-
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    Dunno if the roller saddles would actually move...

    Dunno if the roller saddles would actually move when using the Bigsby…I've always figured the point was to give the strings a smooth surface to slide back & forth on. The string spacing adjustment is...
  23. Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana (From The Hula...

    Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana

    (From The Hula Hula Boys on The Envoy album. Means "let the story be told" or, more emphatically, "get to the point.")

    I saw WZ play in 1980, near the height of his...
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    There's a terrific Indian restaurant, Kamana...

    There's a terrific Indian restaurant, Kamana Kitchen, about 1/3 mile in the other direction from where I was facing when I took the photo. Used to be a really good coffee shop/restaurant too,...
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    Here's a test pic, an infrared (via 720 nanometer...

    Here's a test pic, an infrared (via 720 nanometer IR-pass filter) I took last November on Big Island:

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    And since that worked, here's one I took at my favorite local park on Christmas Day:
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