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  1. Installed a Staytrem arm recently. I love it. The old arm I was always fighting with. The grub screw chewed up the first arm I had in there, and I could never keep the arm where I wanted it. After replacing the chewed up arm with an import Strat arm that I had ground the threads off of, I put a little ball bearing between the arm shaft and the grub screw. That worked a little a bit better but it was still something I just tolerated. The Staytrem is nearly perfect. The tension on the arm travel is just right and the adjustable arm height really dials it in. The arm is always where I want it.
  2. Do you live an old house with the original wiring? I once lived in a house that was built in the 20's that had crazy wiring. Whenever the neighbor behind me fired up a power tool, which was often, I could hear electrical noise through my stereo speakers. Someone had upgraded the sockets to the 3 prong type but the third prong socket wasn't properly grounded. That might have been part of the problem. At the time, I had this hobby of designing and building stereo speakers but I had hard time with the some the sensitive driver measurements I wanted to make because there was so much noise carried
  3. Sweet! That 36th anniversary PU is basically a PAF reproduction with some modern enhancement. I was actually at first thinking of suggesting a PAF copy of some sort because the first thing your first post made me think of was the Tim Shaw PAF replica's that are in my 80's Gibson SG '62 Reissue. Not the Tim Shaw versions specifically- they are uncommon and appear for stupid high prices on Ebay and I'm sure the Dimarzio PAF and Seymour Duncan PAF copies are just as good if not better. If I had a Kurt Cobain Mustang I'd seriously consider replacing the JB with the 36th anniversary like you did, t
  4. Take a look at Bill Lawrence "Wilde" pickups (NOT the other guy doing business as Bill Lawrence USA, ripping off the good man's name), in particular the L90. I use L45's in my Mustang and they sound great clean or dirty- really Hi-Fi. They're twin blade humbuckers in a single coil size, based on the L90. The L90 is a regular humbucker size PU. If you don't mind a little Vietnamese, this video showcase the clean sound pretty good I think. http://youtu.be/H9Vh9r7LzRE
  5. Yep- What Al(ex) said about the pickup routing. The bridge pickup route on a Mustang is the reverse of the route on a Strat. The route is sort of triangular shaped, to accommodate where the wires come out of the pickup. On a Strat, all of the pointy parts of all three pickup routes point down to the bridge. On a Mustang, the pointy parts point in to each other, so the neck PU route points the bridge and the bridge PU route points up to the neck- the reverse of the Strat route.
  6. That Mustang sure is nice to look at and looks comfortable to play.
  7. Recently picked up a new Squire Bronco Bass with a little bit of a discount. I'm not a bass player really but I'm loving this instrument and its a perfect compliment to my parts-Stang. Probably not the most versatile bass but seems like a pretty good value to me and I like the simplicity of it. I'll probably replace the PUP with a Bill Lawrence L45 twin blade like I have in the Mustang. I wish there were more options for a replacement pickguard, though.
  8. My eyes bugged out of my head when I saw this topic, because I've just recently become really fixated on Shellac. I sure do envy your opportunity to see them perform! Must of been a great show. That preamp looks like an Intersound IVP, something Albini is known for using. Gadget on top of the Bassman looks like a tuner. I've puzzled over that metal plate, too. It looks like the strings are anchored through it. Maybe the mass of the plate in conjunction with the aluminum neck helps him achieve his unique "tone" or "sound", I'm not even sure what to call it.
  9. I found out only a couple days after I posted this topic that Bill Lawrence had died. I'd placed my order just 6 days before he died and received the pups 2 1/2 weeks later, about their typical turn-around time from what I understand. I'm amazed that Bill's family was able to get them out so quickly with all that they must be going through. According to Becky Lawrence via their website, it was Bill's wishes that the company carry on as usual without him. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family of a great innovator known as Bill Lawrence.
  10. I recently installed a pair of Bill Lawrence L45s twin blade pups on my CIJ Mustang, replacing a vintage pair I borrowed from an old and tired 77/78 Mustang I have. They're not quite perfect, but I am really loving these new pups! Being humbuckers, they're much quieter than the old stock single coil pups- a big part of what I was after. Tonewise, they are the best of both worlds between the Tim Shaw PAF'ish humbuckers in my Gibson SG 62RI and the vintage Mustang pups.
  11. Its all pretty subjective, but IMO while burst finishes might look nice and pretty up close, especially to the player, they are kind of boring, or at least not so attention getting to the observer, from afar. Unless maybe the wood grain is highly figured, like with a flame maple. Daphne blue and white pearloid would stand out more, if that's what you're after.
  12. Hard to tell, but it looks to me like the top unit has a strip of duct tape across it. No idea what it could be, though. It has been said that the Crown power amps that Cobain preferred were not reliable so maybe the Marshall power amp is a hastily acquired backup.
  13. I am considering buying a Randall RD1C, 1 watt tube combo amp with an effects loop and speaker emulated line output. I like it for the F/X loop, low watts, and the XLR speaker emulated output, but this amp is way gainy with almost no clean headroom, and I need more clean. The only review on youtube (for the head) has it starting to breakup with the volume at 4. So I'm thinking maybe I could swap out the 12AX7 preamp tubes for 12AT7 or 12AU7 tubes and hopefully get a little more headroom out of the preamp. Anyone that has done this on other amps, does the idea sound reasonable or is it hopeless
  14. If you use both chorus and dirt pedals, do you like the chorus before or after dirt?
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