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    Working Man's Guitar

    No. I had worn thru the finish between and just below the bridge pup bezel from my nails and pick, There are some scratches and the back of the neck has had the satin finish, along with the top lower bout where my forearm rested, buffed to a smooth gloss from playing. I originally planned to...
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    what was Gibson thinking when they designed the Burstbuckers ?

    I did like it. I had to smoke a bowl, kick back and close my eyes. It does show the difference between reading a song and improving. I've heard a hundred versions of that, with different names but it all sounds the same, in the 80's. Great technique and control. I liked the punch up before...
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    Working Man's Guitar

    It is work in process right now as I played the hell out of it. I had an idea of making Americana Art makeovers of some of my road guitars. I can see about showing the husk but would rather wait till I'm done. There should be some pics online. It looks just like a early 2000s Studio except a...
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    Guitars that make you sick to your stomach

    The "sick too my stomach", I thought was over the top, so I replied in kind. What I might find unappealing, or ugly as you put it, is my problem. Some just don't make me moist, mostly overt trendy models marketed to specific styles of extreme music, or movement badges that have nothing to do...
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    what was Gibson thinking when they designed the Burstbuckers ?

    It's not reason, Stumpster. It's self preservation. That stuff is some kind of terrible in my mouth. Freakin' pond algae butter on steroids! They bring jars when they vist and insist you have some. They love it!!!! Flippin' Pod People, "Try it", "Join us, Try it. You'll be like us."...
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    what was Gibson thinking when they designed the Burstbuckers ?

    I have freinds from down under and I know how hard it is to source gear from here. The crazy insane upcharges and markup prices are absurd!!!!! When some would come up and stay at my place, they would just lose their minds in the many well stocked music stores in my area!! I remember buying...
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    Should I trust Gibson support? :)

    You know what you need to know. Why you feel the need to have a forensic analysis supplied on a 28 yr old guitar by the manufacture is strange. It's a 93. It has 93 specs, so what's the hubbub??
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    Guitars that make you sick to your stomach

    I don't get it. They're just flippin' guitars and now it's just a freakin' fashon parade of stuff some shallow posers don't think look as cool as they should when voguing in the mirror. Makes me sick to my stomach.
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    Bare Knuckles PAF or Kent Armstrong PUP?

    Kent makes a superb Jazz pickup.
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    what was Gibson thinking when they designed the Burstbuckers ?

    I'll share anything but a Vegamite Sammy!!!
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    Clapton on a Special

    He played a singlecut special after Blind Faith. Used it on the Derick and the Dominoes and Delaney and Bonnie tours.
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    Stephens design pickups versus throwbaks?

    Yep, well said. From what I've seen and heard pretty much EVERY major winder who makes paf replicas, gets it right. Before my big sell off a few surgeries back, I owned several sets of real pafs. I use to pop them in my new guitars but honestly, the new versions nail the tone and I removed...
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    Stephens design pickups versus throwbaks?

    I spend my money on people I trust and respect who are dedicated 100% even obsessed with making quality products. I value knowlege and craft above hyperbole and voodoo bullshit self marketing. I've been at this long enough to know what's real and why. That said, I wouldn't hesitate to spend...
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    what was Gibson thinking when they designed the Burstbuckers ?

    I rember you well. I was trying to jog a memory is all. Seems every new version is the greatest until the next one shows up and then somehow they lose all the tone properties that everyone was praising and develop new deficientcy in sound somehow. Seen it repeated over and over. I had some...
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