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re: Unusual guitar build teaser - TheFretShack
Bigger can could mean more strings, but more strings adds more string tension so it would probably need more sophisticated internal bracing for ideal stability. Even with only three strings and a 23" scale length (shorter than normal) and subsequent decreased string tension, this one has some hid...
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re: Unusual guitar build teaser - TheFretShack
Google "The Fret Shack" and you'll find my shop and contact info :)...
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re: Unusual guitar build teaser - TheFretShack
E-mail me for pricing and options. And you beat me to the punch in that I'm already toying with the idea of a second version that uses a bigger ammo can, that will house an internal amp and speaker (likely a Roland Micro Cube, I love those little amps). That ACG version will have an A/B switch to ei...
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re: Unusual guitar build teaser - TheFretShack
We'll share with the rest of the gang ... [link=(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdeDm1P2x-g)]ACG-1 Prototype by The Fret Shack - Boogie Long demo video[/link]...
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Unusual guitar build teaser - TheFretShack
I've had a few shop clients ask me in recent times about cigar box guitars. They've apparently grown in popularity in recent years for what I'd guess is the novelty, the easier learning curve and/or the potential low cost to acquire one. I've never worked on one, I've never even played one. So I ...
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re: Anyone Built a Custom Pedalboard? - TheFretShack
That's a Geoffrey Teese RMC2 wah. As good as it is, it sits dormant most of the time because I'm admittedly too lazy to work a treadle haha. My go to is the T-Wah. It's from 1982'ish and SO much better that Boss' later and current generations of auto-wah/filter pedals. The Boss phaser and chorus ped...
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re: Anyone Built a Custom Pedalboard? - TheFretShack
Here's a couple of quick snaps of my board. I only have the bottom row hot right now, the stuff I utilize more often. When the whole thing is wired up, I put my power brick and a surge protecting power strip under the back shelves. This will give you an idea of the three height tiers to which I refe...
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re: Anyone Built a Custom Pedalboard? - TheFretShack
Get on a table and lay out your pedals the way you'd ultimately like to see them positioned. This will give you an idea of the size footprint you need and cabling. Budget in some extra space in case you add a pedal or two, and remember some pedals can be quite big. Test the chain in that dummy la...
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re: Guitars you sold and regretted it - TheFretShack
[quote]If you decide to make a mistake and sell that Jr let me know??[/quote] I assume you're talking about mine? If so, you've joined a long line of dibs-callers haha. Seriously, since I finished my Junior's restoration, the family of the original owner (who is now deceased) has not only asked m...
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re: Guitars you sold and regretted it - TheFretShack
Topping the list ... all were sold over 20 years ago and since then I've learned to hang onto really special pieces when they come into your stable ... 1982 30th Anniversary Les Paul Standard. goldtop of course. It was more of a 1957 Les Paul Standard reissue than an '52 - full sized humbuckers a...
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re: Brother wants me to teach him how to play guitar. Where should I start? - TheFretShack
Not so much theory ... applied theory in the direction in which he wants to go. Start by asking him examples of the country/campfire songs he wants to learn to play. Pick the simplest one or two from a chording standpoint and go from there. There's a high likelihood they will be basic I-IV-V or s...
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re: Swirly marks in a guitar finish. - TheFretShack
Is it a satin or gloss finish, and do you have photos that show the depth and scope of the swirls? In the case of glosses ... If they are shallow, ex. polishing swirls, they can often be taken out buffing by hand via nice automotive scratch removers available at a good auto parts store. If ...
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re: Acoustic Guitar for Beginners - TheFretShack
[i]Looking for a fairly cheap one that can produce quality sound. Probably going to purchase at Guitar Center if that helps at all.[/i] In that scenario, and if you are partial to buying new not used, I'd look at the Yamaha acoustics. Yamaha in general tends to pack good value for the price, part...
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re: Chicago documentary on Netflix - TheFretShack
Watched it last night too, enjoyed it very much. My takeaways were ... * Kath was a horridly underrated badass and truly irreplaceable; and * while I appreciate the material and subsequent commercial success they saw during the MTV era, I could not get over my perception of Cetera looking li...
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re: Need Help.....Crate VC3112 Amplifier Value? - TheFretShack
Horridly underrated amps IMHO. $200-300 for what the VCs bring to a player's table is hard to beat for pure value, especially if you A/B them to similar platforms. You could easily spend twice the going rate on other all-tube 1x12 combos in the current market and not get as much bang....
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re: 1952 Martin D-18 question - TheFretShack
Reverb's price guide indicates recent transactions have been in the $5K-6500 range. I didn't look but use "advanced search" on eBay to see any recent auctions that went full term and what the comparable instrument went for. You want to see what they actually went for, not what people might be seekin...
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re: Guitar Restoration - TheFretShack
Thanks for the call-outs and kind words. If you're local, feel free to contact me through my website and we can schedule a meet-up and assessment. As alluded to, I currently farm out full refins - I have painters in different parts of the country in different specialty areas (nitros, polys, relics, ...
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re: Chasing Guitar Tone - TheFretShack
I'm a child of the 80s with a hard leaning towards 80s metal and the tones that have always done it for me are Steve Lukather, both with Toto and as a session player; John Sykes during his run with Whitesnake; and oddly enough, Akira Takasaki's tone on the first few Loudness albums. The common de...
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re: Gibson SG for Fender Strat, Straight Up Trade - TheFretShack
If the SG is a bound and crowned Standard series or similar, I'd likely not do the trade. If the SG is a "faded" or "studio" series, I would do it in a heartbeat....
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re: Question for Taylor/Martin guitar guys - TheFretShack
You made a great choice! Congrats!...
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