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  1. I don't know about the one in the first post--it's not quite the right shape and the combination of colours makes me feel queasy.
  2. All the pawn shops around here are over priced. The cheap guitars cost as much & sometimes more as new ones in the music stores. There is one that is kind of an exception, but they never have anything I'm interested in.
  3. Why not put in a push/pull pot so you don't need to add another hole in the pickguard--much simpler. I have my Les Paul wired for each humbucker to be series/parallel with push/pull puts--and it works great. (Series is how humbuckers normally work & parallel makes it like 2 single coils next to each other--I like that sound better than coil splitting. But wiring it for coil splitting could be cool. Or if you don't mind another hole try a mini 3 way switch where you can get humbucker, coil split & series/parallel.) Just some ideas.
  4. I agree with those who say don't refinish it. For the age it looks great--it adds character. I would get the refret/fretwork done--whichever is needed. I wouldn't worry about that affecting the vintage value--especially since you say you aren't going to sell it, and also that's fair game on a vintage guitar. You've already changed some stuff--so just get the new pickguard & pickup covers & get the frets done--and plug it in & enjoy. I think it's a great looking guitar and I'd love to own one like that. It would be a fine companion to my 78 Mustang.
  5. Since my Mustang has a sunburst--a matching headstock may be odd, but with a solid colour body a matching headstock on any guitar usually looks good. But definitely so on solid colour Mustangs--which the vast majority of them are.
  6. I wouldn't say the vibrato on a Mustang is useless. Or even close to it. I love the subtleties it is capable of. I often use it with the heel of my hand against the tailpiece--and I get a nice subtle vibrato, but it's noticeable and sounds great. It all depends on what you're trying to get out of it. Dive bombs? Okay--no it isn't going to do that, but for what a lot of people do with it--it is far from useless. I actually prefer it to other vibratos.
  7. My EB-3 copy isn't neck heavy--the body is made of maple though, not mahogany--maybe that makes enough difference.
  8. The EB-3 was short scale, but later Gibson did make the EB-3L--which was a long scale. The EB-3 had 2 pickups, the EB-0 had only 1. http://www.vintageguitars.org.uk/eb3.php http://www.flyguitars.com/gibson/bass/EB3.php
  9. I don't have a Mustang bass, but I have an EB-3 copy (EB-3 were SG shaped Gibson basses) They too are short scale basses. Here are two things to consider with short scale basses. Even though I love my bass, they can sound muddier in the mix with other instruments--this doesn't mean they WILL, but that they CAN. So a good bass amp is essential, and you may need to tweak the overall sound with a band. But it's not difficult to do. So don't let that discourage you. Just be aware it MIGHT be an issue. Then again it might not be. The other problem is getting new strings. Most music stores
  10. According to Dan Erlewine--a guitar maintenance expert--who knows more than several of us combined, says that Gibson Acoustics made since they opened their Montana factory are equal to, and possibly better than the Gibson acoustics made in their heyday before the early 60's. He places these on par with Martins, as well. They have different tonal qualities, but both are excellent guitars--pricey--yes, but excellent guitars. (It's the mid 60's to pre Montanas where you need to be more careful. But even there I wouldn't discount finding good ones--but in general the Montana ones will be bette
  11. They are--except for most Custom shop models and Historic reissues.
  12. My only problem with this--so far anyway, is it's not really a true solidbody--I'm not a fan of chambered bodies.
  13. The LEad series were cheaper than the Mustangs of the late 70's. AT least they were more cheaply made, but I believe they were also cheaper in price. They were better than the original Bullets, (There's another candidate), but not as good as Mustangs. I played both, I didn't buy any of the Lead series, but I did buy a Mustang. I remember trying them out in 79/80/81. I considered one when I was upgrading from my Les Paul copy, but they didn't make the grade. Then I found a great price on an Iceman. Then a year later I found a Mustang. They weren't common in my neck of the woods. I boug
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