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About carlmcd

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  1. Last I checked most of the Japanese reissues were basswood; just some of the higher-end (and higher-priced) ones, and the 65s, aren't. I could be off, too lazy to go look, but I know when I was looking at comps there they were basswood. This was less than a year ago. After shipping and (possibly) import duties, this will be damn pricey. But the thing to remember is that Cobain played Japanese 'stangs. A lot of people played Japanese 'stangs. Now, if I were you what I'd probably try to look at is finding a used KC 'stang, in the LPB/comp that you want, and just refinish the headstock if y
  2. So finally got all the soldering done, everything put back together...and blah. Something's not making good connectinon, so my bridge pickup is flaky. I think it's actually the switch contacts themselves, either from flux or bending something or whatever. Could be one of the tabs, though. Either way, it ain't workin' right. However, when it does work (when the switch makes good contact) it sounds exactly as it should...so my design is right. I'll probably just order up some new switches, and re-do it. I'll probably, oddly enough, be a little less strict in my soldering this time...I thi
  3. Also, for $300 I'd absolutely consider looking at one of these. I'd want to play it in-store, make sure it's a decent, but as something to beat up or mess with alternate tunings? Oh yeah.
  4. Well, the Japanese 'stangs are extortionate prices. Squier, though? That's $500 MSRP, which is bound to stay at $300 or less in-store price ($300 at Musician's Friend right now). That's pretty much right-on-target for a student model. Wish I had known about these before I hacked apart my Japanese Mustang to mod it. I'd definitely have considered working on one of these first, for practice, before messing with the more expensive guitar.
  5. So I found a nice little '65 RI, white with the tortoiseshell, that I picked up for a song. Of course, it needed new tuners (one had a button that would just spin around the post), a setup (no big deal), and now all that's left is these stupid switches. If they click back at all the pickup is cut off, which while not entirely unexpected is still not something I want to deal with forever. So, two questions. One, are these switches normal, or should I replace them? I'm talking like a millimeter of movement kills them, and there's very little force holding them against the pickguard (so th
  6. This made me smile. Also love the pictures. She's pretty. Just needs some love.
  7. You'll be pleased to know I regained my senses. It helped that a cheap reissue came up on Craigslist right down the street....from a guy where I work no less, so he let me borrow it before buying. It's not exactly what I wanted, but if/when the time comes I can recoup most of what I paid, and it gives me something to play on now while I wait. Definitely taking your post to heart, though. Also loving this 'stang. After a couple weeks with it, I'm definitely sold on them.
  8. My local guitar center never stocks fender short scales....you're lucky to see a pawn shop mustang in there.
  9. kurosawagakki.com Good selection, got back to my email super quickly, and relatively reasonable prices. They charge the normal discounted prices (in yen), not full fender sticker price like some places. Which means that even after the $170 or so for insured shipping, you aren't paying much more than you'd pay for a reissue in the US. Came out to like 1100 usd with shipping (quote, haven't ordered yet).
  10. So I finally got tired of trolling Craigslist for the perfect Mustang, and I'm thinking I might just try getting a new reissue from Japan. I'd just get one here, but honestly I'm not wild about the selection that Fender has in the US. So a few questions, if maybe somebody has done this here. - Did you get held up by customs? How much, if any, did you have to pay? This is in the US, as mentioned. - Anything quirky about the 73 Competition reissues (http://fenderjapan.co.jp/mg73co.html) I should know? I've only actually touched the 65 and Pawn Shop, and the latter doesn't really count (not b
  11. The Champ 600 is a fun little amp, and it does take pedals quite nicely. Super-cheap, too (seen them used for less than $100 at GC). Be aware, though, that while it CAN pack a punch if you crank it, the 6" speaker included is also a bit...underwhelming. You'll be fine if you're stripping off some of the lows using either pedals or your guitar's tone controls...but I found that playing straight into it with too much low end it would get SUPER sloppy. The 6" speaker just doesn't have that low end, but it tries to respond down there and the results ain't pretty. I hear you can clear this up
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