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  1. Johnny Q

    Boutique Strat Pups

    Lindy Fralin Vintage Hots is pretty much the end game for me, when it comes to Strat pickups. The fact is, you really can't go wrong with any of the boutique offerings that seek to replicate that signature sound. I also have a set of Duncan Antiquity II Surfers w/ custom bridge in one of my...
  2. Johnny Q

    Frankie Sullivan of Survivor Bursts.

    Nothing At All certainly sounds like a Strat, as does most of the Vital Signs album. But the Caught In The Game era tone sounds like a humbucker equipped guitar to me. If not, that's one damn fine Strat tone :-)
  3. Johnny Q

    Frankie Sullivan of Survivor Bursts.

    Cool thread. Did Frankie use any of these guitars on the song "Caught In The Game?" The tone on that tune is killing and a it's great song as well. I recall that one blasting through my T-Top roof in the early 80s :-)
  4. Johnny Q

    T-Top Replacement?

    You might want to check these out. They consistently get great reviews and they will not set you back a lot of money: https://www.manliusguitar.com/collections/humbuckers/products/t-top-replica
  5. Johnny Q

    Ben Franklin wasn't a very good Founding Father...

    So he was the first Rock Star?;):)
  6. Johnny Q

    Dissecting humbuckers 496R 500T

    I had these in my Les Paul Custom for many years and loved them. A great alternative for players who like Dimarzio Super Distortion or Duncan Custom style pickups.
  7. Johnny Q

    LP R9 grunge clean

    I have been using Gibson branded polish for years on my R9 and I can recommend it.
  8. Johnny Q

    Finally! My First R9!

    Congrats - beautiful axe. JQ
  9. Johnny Q

    What low capacitance cable options?

    The MXR Pro Series instrument cables are low capacitance and affordably priced. I can't find the exact measurements right now, but they scored close to the top in a shootout last year. They are also quite supple and manageable. I switched over to these entirely - patch cables and cable from...
  10. Johnny Q

    Allman and Betts Isolated Blue Sky Tracks

    Man that was pretty........
  11. Johnny Q

    70's ES replacement pickup suggestions.

    Although I don't have personal experience with this particular model, the Sheptone 6T8 sounds like it would fit the bill for the OPs axe. Here is the blurb off the website: "This set came about for players who looking for the ideal pickup to match with hollow and semi-hollow body guitars. For...
  12. Johnny Q

    Your Worst Concert Ever

    I have seen hundreds of concerts and honestly, I don't really have any disasters to report. Well....almost. The Cult Allentown, Pa 1989 opening for Metallica. Ian Astbury's voice was utterly shot and he was drunk/stoned off his azz. When the show ended, the rest of the band left the stage but...
  13. Johnny Q

    Jimmy Page : The Anthology

    Yes sir! I got this the day it came out. It is on my coffee table and gets thumbed through almost daily. If you like this book I also recommend Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page.
  14. Johnny Q

    My 1965 Stratocaster

    That right there.......is the genuine article! Very nice.
  15. Johnny Q

    57 Classic Neck???

    Anyone notice that some of the bigger online vendors are advertising a 57 Classic "neck" position? Check Musicians Freind and American Music Supply as examples. Since forever, there has been no specific bridge and neck pickup...I wonder if this is just a typo? And to add to the confusion, I...
  16. Johnny Q

    Why is my R9 the LEAST loud of all my guitars?

    I know this seems like an amatuerish question, but it really has me perplexed. My 1999 R9 is my best sounding guitar, but since I started bringing multiple guitars to gigs, it's become increasingly clear that all of my guitars, Vintage Strats, Charvels, PRS etc are way louder than the R9...
  17. Johnny Q

    Anyone use Motor City "Detroiters?"

    I have a set on the way for a light and flutey sounding R9 - curious if anyone has used them and can provide a tone report. JQ
  18. Johnny Q

    57 Classic and 57 Classic plus sound differences

    Hi Everyone: I was hoping someone that has A/B'd the regular 57 classics against the 57 Classic "Plus" can give me an idea of the tone differences. I am a big fan of the regular 57 classic and wondered how a 57 "plus" would sound in the bridge. In particular for a light and flutey sounding...
  19. Johnny Q

    Fralin 9K/8K or Suhr Aldrich set for LP Custom?

    Help me out forum Bro's! For classic rock (Zep, early VH) and classic metal (early Priest, Maiden, etc) would you install the Fralin 9K/8K or the Aldrich set in a late 80's, bright sounding LP Custom? JQ
  20. Johnny Q

    Any Love for the SD Alnico pro II neck??

    I am giving this one a shot in the neck slot of my 1988-ish Les Paul Custom, which is a real bright guitar. Just curious if anyone else has experience with these pickups in brighter toned guitars?? I also plan at the same time to restore the electronics back to the stock values which means...