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Everything posted by JBennett

  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?
  14. passive I guess. I mean active means they use a battery, right? I've never taken off the pickguard and looked at the guts of the guitar. never had too. I guess they must be passive.
  15. Can't do "out of phase" (is this the same at phase reverse?) on an EMGed mustang? I always figured mine was. When I set my switches away from each other or toward each other I get the same nasaly, springy sound I've gotten from other mustangs. Now that I think about it, I'm unsure if it was an EMG logo I scratched off or a lace sensor logo or a "noiseless". It was 12 years ago! I can still remember doing it, but can't remember exactly what they were. I just knew it didn't look right but it sounded right. I can say that the letter were just printed on the blastic in small white ink and came
  16. I played that new Duo-sonic "classic vibe" in the store and was pretty impressed. It needed a set up for sure, the action was high, but the finish and sound were really nice. Seemed very worth the money. You should go try one out.
  17. Here are some photos of my 1978 Mustang. I've owned this guitar since 1997. It had a 400 dollar price tag on it and I traded in a single pickup silvertone (amp in case model without the amp in case) in along with 250 cash and took it home. The first thing I did was scratch the EMG logo off the pickup covers. They are great sounding pickups, but I couldn't live with anything printed on the covers. It just looked wrong. The maple neck is great with the exception of some squashed frets from playing and one screwy note on the high E at the 13th fret (unlucky!). I'm considering a replacement neck f
  18. Dean is a great player and was using those student fenders back when they were dirt cheap. Here he is, proving he's as big a guitar geek as any of us: http://www.gearwire.com/fender-1962stra ... nween.html
  19. Thanks. I'm still hunting for a mustang neck, but there is a 78 musicmaster neck on ebay that looks pretty nice. I hope to spend less than 200 dollars for the neck (including shipping) and that's hard to do with any mustang parts that aren't in rough shape and I'm looking for an improvement in playability over my stock maple neck. J
  20. Hi, I'm new here. I have owned a 1978 Fender Mustang for about 12 years. It's got a nice Maple neck on it that has always had an awful refret. I've kept it as is since it felt good and wasn't bad enough to slow me down but now the awful frets are totally smushed down on the low end of the neck and I think it's time for a change. SO, I'm thinking instead of a refret job, which can be real expensive, I might go for a second hand Fender neck, maybe with a rosewood board. Musicmaster necks go for less money than Mustang necks. From what I've read there is no difference other than the logo (I'
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