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About JBennett

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  1. That is an awesome mustang. I like it stock, but it's your guitar so have fun with it. I have a '78 mustang too. It had a maple neck but I recently swapped on a '73 rosewood board neck since the frets were all worn on the original maple neck and it's expensive to have fretwork done on a maple neck. Before & After
  2. Anyone got an iphone: http://doubledogstudios.com/apps/idwood/index.html Maybe that would help! I would guess it was a mahogony or something. I have a poplar telecaster with a transparent yellow finish and the grain is really soft an not at all like that mustang body.
  3. Nice Orange M=U=S=T=A=N=G= Lots of great instruments on this page.
  4. Here is another Daphne Blue original that matches the auction guitar. another shot of that guitar. and a different daph mustang. I know there is a big range in how these age. Usually they are lighter or greener, but I think that is just because most guitars get more light since they are kept out of their case and light changes the color. If a guitar stays in the case for most of its life it will keep that old color. I do with the seller would just post a bunch of pictures of the guitar with the pickguard off and the neck removed.
  5. Shark skin is probably just a nickname for the weird silvery specled covering. It's kind of sharkey. The blue is debatable. I think it looks like it's been kept out of the light and the clear coat is slightly worn off under the forearm.
  6. you might want to take the guitar with the neck to a real luthier. A good luthier will already have various nut materials in the shop and they will cut the slots correctly so it will play well and stay in tune. Also, you might buy the 2 for 7 dollar fender nut blanks so after you have the real luthier cut nut you can practice carving your own nut slots (stew mac sells the proper files for this job too I think). I've never tried it myself, but apparently it's harder than it looks if you've never done it before. Let us know how it works out.
  7. There are still 7 days on the auction. Request some more photos with the neck removed to see how the paint looks in the pocket. It would be in the sellers interest to share some more detailed photos. I think it looks genuine. That green edge on the top of the body. I have a feeling it's legit and that it will go for
  8. what is suspicious? Looks like a Mustang to me.
  9. Definitely ebay. It's a buyers market these days. This refinished model looks good. Just needs some pickup covers. Nice! Nicer! This one should go for a good price considering the damage, but it looks like a player.
  10. Got my new (old) neck in the mail last night. Popped of the stock maple neck and with a little bit of shimming installed the '73-'74 rosewood neck on the guitar. It sounds and plays great. I also put on a new set of strings 9's not my usual 10's and they are those weird elixer strings that I don't know if I love. The sound is different. Not quite as warm as it was in the neck position but I think that's due to the lighter gauge strings and the paper shims I used. I'll have to get some proper wooden shims in there. It looks like this neck originally was attached to a competition blue body fro
  11. Thanks Fran. I love the maple neck although I actually just bought a new (used '73) mustang neck with a rosewood board to swap onto my mustang. The current neck feels/sounds great but the frets are really dented and buzzy at this point and they've always been a little uneven and troublesome since I got it. Rather than refret or dress the frets I decided to see how a new (old but less used) neck would work since it's actually cheaper. I'll get the maple neck fixed for sure someday when I have the money. Just an experiment.
  12. That's what I thought. I never considered the possibility of it being an active pickup set until it was mentioned here. I'm pretty sure they are passive since I've played this guitar frequently for 12 years and have never had any reason to "check under the hood". Someday I'll open it up and see if they are marked but I'm not going to bother since it sounds so good. Too many screws! I obviously am totally ignorant of the inner workings of pickups. I just know what I like. I've never modified any of my guitars pickups. I don't even know what active pickups are supposed to do. So if you have an
  13. I guess so, but after 12 years wouldn't that battery be dead?
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