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Upgrade Plastics Comparision Thread

czarivan

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Here are more inlay comparison pics from my new buzzy makeover.
http://www.lespaulforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=137087
you can also catch a glimpse of some Fatboy Retrovibe parts and a VC guard in there.

Side by side historrible and buzzy inlays pre installation (the yellow goes away once installed and sanded flush but leaves a nice vintage look)
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another angle
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installed
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and again
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and last but not least... the whole package. Buzzy Inlays, Fatboy Retrovibe Plastics, VC guard, VC toggle nut, DIY hardware Ageing (etchant)

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ckiz

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Clarification, please.....

If I'm inferring correctly, it seems like the generally accepted "vintage look" is bone white rings with a slightly more yellowed pick guard. Why does the pick guard yellow / age moreso than the rings on vintage guitars? I would assume they were both originally made from the same plastic resin.
 

DANELECTRO

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Clarification, please.....

If I'm inferring correctly, it seems like the generally accepted "vintage look" is bone white rings with a slightly more yellowed pick guard. Why does the pick guard yellow / age moreso than the rings on vintage guitars? I would assume they were both originally made from the same plastic resin.

I don't know what the plastic composition is, but I think its unlikely that the material is the same since the manufacturing process is completely different. Pickup rings are injection molded (probably an ABS resin). Pickups, switch rings, and jackplates were cut from sheet material (could be ABS, Styrene,?). Most likely, the rings matched the guard when new, but then they yellowed differently over time.
 

ckiz

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So the general consensus is that on a genuine vintage guitar the color of the rings and the pick guard will not match in color?
 

swervin55

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Can someone offer some tuner tip comparisons. Looking to change but having trouble putting it all together. Thanks.
 

Browneyes

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SWITCH TIPs

Here are some shots of Historic, RS, and Fatboy/VC tips. The color is Historic=mocca, RS=dark amber, Fatboy=light amber/yellow. I like the Fatboy tip best right now but have the RS within convenient reach for when I want a slightly different tone.

Has anyone else noticed the little dark areas at the tips of their switch tips? The last photo below shows the spot on each of these parts. I couldn't get the camera to get the necessary detail but there also appear to be two curved lines coming down out of each spot. :hmm

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Is it me or are the pics of RS & Historic mixed up?
 

radioscooter

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Must be a 'Burgh thing. I started this same series not that long ago

Here
and Here

and was about to get into the other plastic parts in the next installment...

Great shots.
 

cherrick

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Can someone offer some tuner tip comparisons. Looking to change but having trouble putting it all together. Thanks.

Likely candidates are
1) RS aged kluson single ring single line (not TonePros)
2) Fake58
3) Uncle Lou (3 levels of tips)

I don't think RS sells just the tips, but their complete tuner sets are great. Fake58's complete sets also are great. Uncle Lous sets depend on which level you buy.
 

simon

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Some shots of the crappy "third choice" Uncle Lou's

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Left: 2001 Historic
Middle: Uncle Lou
Right: 2006 Historic

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2001 Historic and Uncle Lou

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buyusfear

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What happened to the fatboy retrovibe set on their site? I was looking on fatboys site and its not there anymore, the one that cost like 100'ish bucks for the rings, gaurd, washer, plate etc. The ones where color was right but not the mold marks.

Any info?
 
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