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by Crow
February 15th, 2013, 4:25 pm
Forum: Swap Meet
Topic: WTB: "Melody Maker" pickups
Replies: 9
Views: 4568

Re: WTB: "Melody Maker" pickups

If I start building guitar pickups my wife might kill me... so... sure. 8) The MMs seem to be hard to find, so building my own might be my best option. Thanks!
by Crow
February 15th, 2013, 1:55 pm
Forum: Swap Meet
Topic: WTB: "Melody Maker" pickups
Replies: 9
Views: 4568

Re: WTB: "Melody Maker" pickups

... after '59 they had the "skinny" which was basically a mini PAF bobbin with 43 gauge poly wound to 6.7 - 7.1 with a standard V magnet - so all of the parts were available in the bins and would have cost about half that of a p90. But really I think the idea was not use one of there "good" pickups...
by Crow
February 15th, 2013, 9:29 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Pick Question
Replies: 8
Views: 1841

Re: Pick Question

I love the pick question. It's so fundamental to what we do, yet ultimately so unimportant, as Ezra noted. I've been in some pretty vicious arguments (and started more than a few) about picks, which is silly, and I should apologize to a few people for that, but you can argue about anything, especial...
by Crow
February 15th, 2013, 9:15 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: My FIRST Guitar, now what do I do??
Replies: 4
Views: 1326

Re: My FIRST Guitar, now what do I do??

I don't know whether you fingerpick differently on Scruggs-style banjo. Assuming you're used to using metal fingerpicks, that should make for a graceful transition to guitar. Fingerpick vs. flatpick: I've been arrogant in the past about the superiority of fingerpicking, but now I think there is valu...
by Crow
February 15th, 2013, 8:26 am
Forum: Swap Meet
Topic: WTB: "Melody Maker" pickups
Replies: 9
Views: 4568

Re: WTB: "Melody Maker" pickups

The original Melody Maker pickup was a wide, narrow single coil, wider than a Strat pup. I'm not sure why Gibson bothered, as it already had a fine single-coil in the P-90. The MM version must have been cheaper to make. They also put that pickup on their Kalamazoo line of low-budget solid-bodies.
by Crow
February 14th, 2013, 2:36 pm
Forum: Swap Meet
Topic: WTB: "Melody Maker" pickups
Replies: 9
Views: 4568

Re: WTB: "Melody Maker" pickups

Wow, the tech data would be awesome to have! I'm not looking to build -- not yet -- but make me an offer.
by Crow
February 14th, 2013, 7:02 am
Forum: News
Topic: Got a new addition to the family - my first Strat
Replies: 6
Views: 1858

Re: Got a new addition to the family - my first Strat

Best. Wife. Ever.

:D
by Crow
February 14th, 2013, 7:01 am
Forum: Swap Meet
Topic: WTB: "Melody Maker" pickups
Replies: 9
Views: 4568

WTB: "Melody Maker" pickups

I know a lot of you have swapped out your old wide single-coil Gibson Melody Maker pickups for something cooler. If those old pups are still around, please PM me.
by Crow
February 14th, 2013, 6:55 am
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Does anyone know......
Replies: 2
Views: 1190

Re: Does anyone know......

$279 for a new one? Probably not too much more to get the neck reset and the top fixed. Not a terribly complicated but time consuming repair from what I imagine you're describing. Split top's certainly no big deal and a neck reset is pretty standard fare. You can't swing a dead cat in Texas without...
by Crow
January 30th, 2013, 9:26 pm
Forum: Slide and Alternate tunings
Topic: Well i have a slide...
Replies: 3
Views: 3464

Re: Well i have a slide...

Slide is a physical thing. You say your technique is "fine," and that's all well and good, but with slide you gotta just put the thing on your hand and work with it to find your voice. That probably sounds stupid & simple, but I've found it to be true. Put the slide on your finger and just walk arou...
by Crow
January 30th, 2013, 8:51 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Is my guitar worth a "Set'up"?
Replies: 8
Views: 2873

Re: Is my guitar worth a "Set'up"?

ANY guitar is worth a proper setup. The cheapest guitars imaginable are (often) capable of beautiful sounds if they're set up right. The exceptions are the instruments that were badly abused (warped necks) or badly designed/built (improper neck-to-body fit).
by Crow
January 11th, 2013, 4:20 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Guitar identification ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1001

Re: Guitar identification ?

Hmm... looks like a pretty cheap guitar. No real value there. Why don't you just ship it to me -- I'll pay.... :lol: To me it looks like a Harmony of some kind. I'd start online with some Harmony-oriented sites -- Google "Harmony hollow guitar." Value depends entirely on the market (I think I have t...
by Crow
November 7th, 2012, 9:11 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: How Many (Right Hand) Fingers Should I use?
Replies: 9
Views: 2119

Re: How Many (Right Hand) Fingers Should I use?

Currently I am practicing by (for example on a C chord) pinching the bass note with the thumb and the B string w the middle finger.... I'm not sure what you mean by "pinching." Me, I use whichever finger is free on whatever string is necessary. It's mostly instinctive, unless I'm learning a note-sp...
by Crow
November 1st, 2012, 10:42 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Sticky Neck - Lighter Fluid?
Replies: 6
Views: 3447

Re: Sticky Neck - Lighter Fluid?

I'd just tell the dude not to play your guitars. Yes. Give your son a cover story. "You know, Dad's getting weird in his old age. Now he's saying that his guitars are his 'personal instruments.' I can't even play them. So...." Or just pick out a beater and make it your "guest" guitar. And maybe dip...
by Crow
November 1st, 2012, 6:48 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Sticky Neck - Lighter Fluid?
Replies: 6
Views: 3447

Re: Sticky Neck - Lighter Fluid?

I suggest you also clean bridge, keys and all other hardware along with the strings after the Toxic Avenger visits. I'm working on two '60s Japanese beaters, each of which apparently lived with similar creatures. On one, the sweat (or whatever) had corroded everything right down to the pots and scre...