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Electric Guitars / Rosewood necks?
« on: August 25, 2015, 11:04:55 AM »
My quest for the perfect strat has yet to end.... In the past six weeks, I've gone through a couple Strats...

Fender Classic Players 50's Strat
Fender Classic Series 60's Strat Lacquer
Fender USA Standard FSR.

Settled on the FSR as it had a unique 3TSB in a "Mystic" metallic finish with aluminum pickguard and rear control plate.  Also has a V neck profile with a rosewood board (first ever for a non-Custom Shop Fender) and compound radius.  (Also a first for a non-Deluxe USA model).

But after a month of playing my Reverend and my LP Jr., I am still in love with fatter necks.  I found a Warmoth Rosewood neck I can replace the American Standard for basically no cost if I sell the American neck...

For the past 8 years, people who own Heritage guitars and belong to the Heritage Owners Club visits the old Gibson Factory in Kalamazoo where every iconic Gibson ever produced came through those doors. 

This year, I was the host.  About 50 people came out, including the owners of the company that have been building guitars in that building since the 1950's.

After a factory tour, we meet up somewhere locally and jam throughout the night. 

I was the last performance of the night.   Thankfully, my singing wasn't captured on film, but my final solo was.  Hope you enjoy it!


The guitar is a Heritage H-155 Millinium or "Millie" as we call them.  I was playing through some sort ZenDrive Clone into a Fender Princeton Reverb Clone.

Electric Guitars / GAS never sleeps...
« on: July 27, 2015, 02:17:44 PM »
Guitar Acquistion Sydrome that is...

Returned the Classic Players Stratocaster for a good reason...

A few years ago, I met up with the kind folks at Reverend Guitars in Livonia, Michigan (I worked right down the street).

I was introduced to Ken Haas and the people behind the magic curtain. 

To begin, Reverend Guitars was founded by Joe Naylor (some might remember Naylor Amplification?) in the mid to late 90's.  Up until 2007, his guitars were made in Eastpointe (formeraly East Detroit) Michigan who's body materials were unlike anything out there.  Sort of like a resin type mold injected system mixed with wood.  The tops and back were usually made out of some sort of crazy finish in Aluminum. 

By 2007, he saw the need to move production to South Korea.  The body and neck shapes remained the same, but the materials were switched to Korina for the bodies.  He introduced solid bodies both in bolt-on 25.5" scale and set-neck 24.75" scale along with semi-hollow and hollow body designs. 

The quality of those instruments is just as good if not better than some of the mass produced American guitars.

With that being said, I've been stopping by a local shop for months now comparing this guitar to various used Fender Stratocasters.  I must say, the tone, fit and finish, and neck felt much better than any of the Stratocasters.

Allow me to introduce, the Reverend Six-Gun III

BODY korina solidbody.
NECK PROFILE medium oval.
NUT 1-11/16" (43mm) width, graphite.
PICKUPS Salnico Bridge - Salnico Middle/Neck
FINGERBOARD rosewood or maple, 12" radius.
CONTROLS volume, tone, bass contour, 5-way.
BRIDGE Wilkinson WVS50 IIK tremolo.
FRETS 22 medium jumbo.
STRINGS 10-46.
NECK maple, satin amber finish.
TRUSS ROD dual action, headstock access.
CASE S-Case (available separately).
SCALE 25-1/2".
TUNERS Reverend pin-lock.

The last Stratocaster I compared this to was a Fender Jimmy Vaughan Signature Stratocaster.  This guitar smoked it!

If you ever happen to run across a Reverend, you really should try it.. Its looks catch your eye, its sound keeps you going.

Too bad Robert didn't have his original Reverend.  The USA models have double in price in the past ten years...

Acoustic Guitars / Going old school high end... (To me)
« on: July 15, 2015, 11:08:17 PM »
My grandfather was an old chicken Pickin bluegrass flat picker and banjo player.... He told me the only real acoustic guitar worth having was a Martin...

So I'm taking his word... Looking at a Martin D18...

More to come soon...

Electric Guitars / Fender Classic Players 50's Stratocaster
« on: June 22, 2015, 06:22:41 PM »
Just placed an order for a new Fender CP 50's Stratocaster...

It's a Custom Shop designed Stratocaster made in Mexico..

Special features include:
Fender Custom Shop Vintage 57/62 Pickups
Two Point Trem
Locking Tuners (special ones that resemble vintage tuners)
9.5" Radius, but in a soft V profile.
Five Way Switch

To me, it's the best of both worlds between a vintage design and modern amenities....


Guitar Talk In General / Guitar Solos are thing of the past...
« on: May 22, 2015, 09:00:59 AM »
Sad sad day for us...

The last mainstream music to feature guitar solos is slowing being sucked out...

Country music radio is editing songs by cutting out the solos to keep their listners tuned in and their commericals in our radios...


So sad, I'm starting love the rock tones from a lot of country music today....

Pedals and Effects / Micro Pedals Vs Their Big Brothers..
« on: April 29, 2015, 07:22:39 AM »
Anyone seen how crazy the market has been flooded with pedals that are a fraction of the size. Has anyone actually compared these to see if they're worth it?

I'm waiting for my Crybaby mini, I'll let you all know how it goes...

Electric Guitars / BYOG DAY!
« on: January 14, 2015, 08:17:21 AM »
Over Christmas, my wonderful wife succumbed to my request for a guitar kit.  I requested a Les Paul Junior Double Cut model from Precision Guitar because they have a reputation for a quality construction design process.  While the kit itself was inexpensive compared with trying to buy an actual Gibson LPJDC, it wasn't cheap.  I decided I could opt for parts from GFS, using their Dog-ear P90, tuners, wiring harness, and a Wilkinson adjustable wrap around bridge.  I like the look of the wood grain on a guitar and decided I wanted to try TruOil as it has a reputation of being a strong finish that is easy to apply...  Just to add to the fun; I found an idea for a pick-guard.  I used a record cut in the shape of a Jr Pick-guard.  The results were great for my first time.    Without further ado, here's the gratuitous glamor shots...

Guitar Talk In General / Heritage Owners Club Forum Gone!
« on: December 15, 2014, 02:50:28 PM »
I've been a long standing member of the Heritage Owners Club forum.  After a series of mistakes by Admins, Moderators, and violations of a handful of members, the forum has shut down.  I've invited the former members to join us here.  I hope the forum is big enough to handle the membership count it may get!

Electric Guitars / NGD!
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:20:10 PM »
I've had a revolving door of guitars lately.... But it's led me to this..

I've begged a friend for this guitar for awhile.  I had to sell my newly acquired Reverend Charger, but I was able to finally make a deal.  Anyway, I've read where the 90's Gibson were the best ones produced since the golden years.  This one doesn't disappoint!  Chunky round 50's profile, no slim D profile here.  This had a cracked headstock and my friend did a great job on the repair, you can barely see it.  Plain top tobacco burst with a one piece mahogany back.  I fully intended to replace the pickups, but damn, these sound great.  Must of aged a bit or something, but they don't sound like the usual 490R/498T you find today.  Anyway, here she is!

Electric Guitars / All done!
« on: September 02, 2014, 11:09:49 PM »
I think I found enough variety in guitars that play great, sound even better, and look cool too...

So I'm done... What I've got is what I need.   Any more and I'm just fooling myself in thinking the next guitar will make me sound better...

Electric Guitars / NGD... 1959 Les Paul!
« on: August 02, 2014, 11:05:09 PM »
Ok, it's not really a 1959, but the great folks at Heritage Guitars did their best to recreate Peter Green's legendary Les Paul....

1959 neck profile ( range of .886 at the nut), c shape.  One piece mahogany body, near prefect book matched top, Seth Lover pickups, and Sperzel Tuners....

Electric Guitars / Best Description of Gibson Les Paul's
« on: April 21, 2014, 10:22:23 PM »
I'm a fan of huge Gibson Les Paul's with huge necks. But trying to get an accurate example of what I like is difficult. My favorite neck on a Les Paul was a '56 Jr.  I think it fell under the largest neck profile on this link...


Pedals and Effects / New Pedals
« on: March 08, 2014, 09:21:45 PM »
With my new band comes a need for a lot more versatility. Bought a used Deltalabs Digital Delay. (3rd one I had, keep selling it but keep wishing I hadn't). Bought a Line6 M5 for its various effects, thinking it handled more then one at a time, then I also added a used Morely Wah.  Lots of stuff... I buy everything used, good deals to be had if you look.

Amplifiers / NAD! Jet City Baby!
« on: March 08, 2014, 09:08:52 PM »
Sold off a bunch of parts and unfinished projects...

Ended up with this for less then 1/2 the price new.

I removed the JCA badge from the cab because I have it on its side making the logo slide ways.  Added the decals to fill the void. The "D" is gone now... Can't be reused.

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