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Upgrade Plastics Comparision Thread

Gold Tone

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I e-mailed. No longer available. Only the rings will be available from now on.

Crappy.

Exact words were:

"At the moment i only have Retrovibe ring sets (2 left in stock only). I do not sell the Retrovibe sets anymore or individual parts from the sets apart from the rings."
 

RiverRatt

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Does anyone know if Angel parts are available in China? I have a friend who is in Hong Kong this week. If anyone knows of a source, I'll have him bring back all he can carry.
 

Bluestar

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Having been GASsed completely by this and related threads, I threw in the towel and called RS yesterday - Billy set me up with a pickguard, amber knobs, switch tip, R/T ring and ring nut, and PU surrounds - I should have them tomorrow, just another reason to celebrate this Thanksgiving!
 

buyusfear

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Thanks for that Gold Tone.

I'm expecting my RS shipment anytime now...
 
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rydog2223

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Awesome thread glad I saw it I am on the hunt right now for some plastic as well. I see DMC a lot. Whats the story with them and does anybody have a website?? Thanks!
 

Gold Tone

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IIRC, everything but the rings were the same as the Vintage Clone parts. The RetroVibe rings don't have the mold markings and numbers underneath. Otherwise, I understood that they all were the same as VC. Anyway, the rings are the best deal of the lot IMO.

Yeah, you are right. Only thing that was different wasthe pickgaurd. Cheaper (1/2 the price of the VC), and cut to Historic spec so no 'vintage' gaps.

Just lost a parts choice I guess.
 

RiverRatt

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I just made a pickguard that looks better than my Historic one. I used an Anchor Hocking microwave dish and traced the Historic, then cut it out and smoothed it with a Dremel tool. The microwaveable plastic looks and acts a lot like bakelite. You can't heat it and shape it, so you need to cut it from a flat part. It will crumble if heated and bent. Here's what I came out with. I thought it was OK for a first-timer.

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I probably have enough left over for the toggle washer, but I can't figure out how in the hell to make the pickup rings.
 

ptrickamp222

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I e-mailed. No longer available. Only the rings will be available from now on.

Crappy.

Exact words were:

"At the moment i only have Retrovibe ring sets (2 left in stock only). I do not sell the Retrovibe sets anymore or individual parts from the sets apart from the rings."

I to just received a email from FatBoy and NO MORE!!! What a Bummer! I was going to pull the trigger and NOW WHAT???:rolleyes: :fc :rolleyes: WHERE IS THE BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK ON PLASTIC FOR GOOD LOOKING COLOR OF PLASTIC????
 

timsmcm

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RiverRatt can you tell me what plate you used and the name of it, that is the color i am looking for for my pickguard. please, please
 

DANELECTRO

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I to just received a email from FatBoy and NO MORE!!! What a Bummer! I was going to pull the trigger and NOW WHAT???:rolleyes: :fc :rolleyes: WHERE IS THE BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK ON PLASTIC FOR GOOD LOOKING COLOR OF PLASTIC????

What???? Are the Retrovibe rings gone too? They were a bargain. I bought one set for my Murphy, but I was going to buy a couple more sets for my other Historics. I wonder if he was cut off from his supplier?
 

RiverRatt

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We probably got a set of those when we got married, almost 20 years ago. I don't think I have another one, but I'll dig around and see. Some of them have thicker bottoms than others, too. The one I used was really a little too thin, but it looks great from the front. The dish looked like a shallow bowl with a flange around it for a lid to snap on, the whole thing was shaped like a stretched octagon.
 

ashbass

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xxx; said:
If you are not logged into the site (member) then a number of forums (not just threads) are not available for viewing. To see what I'm describing, logoff and look at the forums listing - much fewer than if you are logged in.

Well, that's a good recipe for extinction.

Why should anyone join if they can't see what the forum is about? The information about Les Pauls was here for the world to appreciate and learn from. People joined to become a part of the community that they saw here. If people can't see the community anymore, why should they join.

10-12 years ago the buzz in other forums was about how snobby the LPF was and how if you went there you should be prepared to get flamed by the old guard. That attitude slowly changed over the next several years.

The locking of forums like the Tone Zone to the world is a return to the elitist past of the LPF. The "you can't share our knowledge unless you are one of us" attitude makes me sick inside. This is negative to everything I thought the LPF had evolved into and to which I wanted to contribute.

I remember years ago wondering why members who left the forum would delete all of their posts. I thought it was small minded to take whatever knowledge they had shared with the world away from the world. I am struck now with the urge to delete all of my posts; I can't stomach being part of a closed society when all the work I did and documented was intended for an open one.

These are sad days for the LPF.

Ashley Bass
 
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RiverRatt

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Here you go... artist's rendition of the 1988 Anchor Hocking Plastic, Inc. microwaveable plastic platter with lid.

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RiverRatt

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I made a few guards for my R4 from some plastic painter palettes I got from Michael's Crafts store. It cost me about $2 and some time.

That's cool, ashbass. Is the thickness similar to the Historic guard?
 
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