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I do believe a guitar is an instrument, a tool, it's the music it produces that matters and lingers. Having said that, these really are beautiful axes. 
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Hi Scott, (while trying not to sound like I'm crawling up your backside) like to say I think you're being really generous with your time and experience here. Top man.

Anyway, to business! Do you have an opinion on the very early G&Ls? I know you're a fan of the slightly later more traditional strat and tele setup models. A local shop (in the UK) has a 1980 F 100-I, haven't had a close look yet but think it's the passive model with phase switch rather than active boost. Original case and G&L certificate, £900 (abt $1,200 I guess) or whatever I can get them down to. Apart from being a cool guitar to own and play, feel like this is only going to become more valuable.

In the spirit of this thread, here's the link

http://www.cranesmusicstore.com/gl1980f100ielectricguitarpreowned-p-4832.html

Anyone who takes this fella from under my nose better look after him!

PS in the store this is hidden behind 2 bog standard 79 strats with £1,000 more on them! How does that happen? Churned out by the 1000s to a 50's design. Just look at the bridges of the two side by side. One looks like a piece of engineering the other like it was knocked together in a high school metalwork class. Sorry, rant over. 
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Really cool idea. Just something to add which might help for anyone thinking about this.

By taking out the screws you're not really turning pickup into a single. The second coil is still in the circuit. You have altered the shape of the magnetic field around pickups. The second coil will still generate a signal but it will be reduced, I'd guess to about 25% of original. That'll be why it's just a bit fatter than a single. You are also reducing the pull on the strings which makes it closer to a single coil sound than a coil split where the magnetic field is unchanged.

First time I've really thought about this, but the magnetic pull on the strings will be higher at higher frequency vibrations. This could be part of the reason a HB is "darker". Just thinking out loud here, sure this is all well understood.

You could create a similar effect on the second coil signal by wiring an extra resistance into the second coil signal path. The mechanical effect of magnets would be more difficult to reproduce without your trick.

(Note that you could use something called an electro-perminant magnet which can be switched on and off with pulse of current. But then the guitar world is not one especially open to innovation!) 
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Scott, absolutely not trying to be negative. Sorry if it came across that way.

Thanks for doing this, it's great to have someone who thinks a bit differently about guitars and spends the time to share.

It's just normal for me to analyse things I find interesting. Can come across as being a bit of a smart arse!
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Mark. Are you attempted your own sensory experience by lobbing the stereo mix all over the place! Blimey, it's like you tied me to a chair and did laps while shouting at me.

And yes, I'm aware that some people pay good money for that sort of thing. 
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No, I'm okay, just got something in my eye!

What a fantastic film. 
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I'm finding myself very tempted to take on a project to build a telecaster from parts.

From a quick look, the tele seems to be a fairly simple guitar to take on and there are certainly plenty of parts to by had. Not really about the money, as I'm sure may will point out, the "finished" plank is likely a load of old rubbish as a first attempt. I'd probably be better off buying a cheap squire.

Anyhoo, anyone have any experience, advice, links to blogs/guides/vids they've found useful. All comments welcome.

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+George Hamparzoumian thanks for the reply, much appreciated. I have my eye on a couple of old fender bodies and necks. I suppose old bodies and necks could be a little idiosyncratic, but I'm happy to see what I can do.
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Watching this again 'cause it popped into my YouTube suggestions. I think it's my favourite Justin song lesson, purely for the knowing nod to the camera as Justin takes the acoustic. Makes me laugh every time. 
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Great, interesting, stuff, learnt a lot with this vid.

Really don't understand why adjustable, metal nuts aren't as ubiquitous as adjustable bridges. Seems like something that's setup to fail (and be tricky to fix). 
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So, having watched an Elecra mpc model and an Aria Pro go for more than I was willing to risk (really would have liked the Electra X940 MPC with a couple of working effects modules), spotted a "buy it now" Aria Pro ii cs350 (cardinal series) as it went up. Sort of double cut LP shape, LP scale length, Bolton on, double humbucker with split and phase switches.

Ever come across one Scott? Pretty sure I won't loose any money on it if it's not for me. Looking forward to giving it a go.

Enjoying this series btw. As someone who fairly recently took up guitar, and a rational person, I do find some of the bull that's talked funny. Because I'm not really emotionally attached to brands, it seems pretty obvious to me that Fender and Gibson, in particular, have now become makers of collectibles, like china animals or commemorative coins, rather than musical instrument makers. 
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+Mark Allen Yeah, I see the guitars you're talking about on the Las Vegas Craig's List all the time for $200 or less.  Be sure to check the link I provided  after you hit the SHOW MORE in the video description.  You'll find TONS of great guitars a lot faster than the 99.99% of people who are paying no attention to it.
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You Won't Believe this Bass Player's Craigslist Post!
This may be the funniest thing I've ever seen.
http://www.talkbass.com/threads/dynamic-bass-player-available-nashville-some-restrictions.969240/
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Suspect that, if you are a member of this community, you will have seem the announcement by Nissan and others of a plan for a network of rapid chargers.

Just a quick post to speculate on the proposed location. There are a lot of clues in the announcement and I've managed to connect the dots to come up with some fairly convincing routes.

Firstly, the announcement gives a list of cities to be linked (I won't list them). Secondly, states that the routes will consist of two main arteries. Lastly that the distance covered is around 1,100km (abt 680 miles).

From these it's actually quite straightforward. The routes look like:

1) from Holyhead to Hull - firstly along the A55 then into Liverpool and then all the way along the M62 to Hull. Total distance about 220 miles.

2) from Stranraer to Felixstowe - A75 to Carlisle then all the way along the M6, past Birmingham, and on to the A14 to Felixstowe. Distance of 460 miles.

Any thoughts if these are the routes? For me, the M5 is an omission. Not sure how well served the M1 route is at the moment. 
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I've registered with the website - but so far nothing has dripped through.  However, since I have a background in EU projects I knew where to find more data.
I confess that I find the project completely bonkers and am very disappointed that Nissan, BMW, Renault etc have conceived these concepts.  However, its not untypical of European R&D where the project proposal is formulaic and if you don't know the formula - you will never win.  This project 'ticks the boxes' for a project that will get funded!  A mix of academic, multi-national and links the remote regions with the core of Europe.
However, the while idea of 'trunk roads for EVs' is totally b*****ks! I have plenty of experience of long range EV operation and I know the pros and cons of slow/fast/rapid chargers and the strategies that enable optimal progress in a day.  Driving from Belfast to Brussels by EV will never be attractive - even if every charger is 'rapid'.  
I have a slingshot technique where I recharge in the 20-80% and get on my way asap.  While this is as expedient as it gets - achievements per hour are <40% of an ICE'd vehicle. Max range achievements with today's technologies are about 300 miles.
Even with larger batteries the charge time will be proportional - so nothing significant will be gained!
Finally, I would point out that Eurocrats commuting to and from Brussels will never be found in LEAFs, or ZOEs - anyone who works in a European Institution will be commuting  in a heavily discounted and tax free Merc, BMW or Audi!
Is there a silver lining - yes! Certainly we will now find it much easier to take weekend breaks in Felixstowe and Holyhead!  
Drive ON!
BJ
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