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  • plumber
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    plumber
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    My gold top and matching amp :)

    gold top

    tomparkin
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    Wow, looks complicated. How long was the build process?

    To be honest the worst part was sorting out all the different resistor values — you just get a baggie with all the components in it, so if you’re not totally au-fait with resistor colour bands it’s a bit of a pain in the neck. I ended up using a system whereby I identified a resistor value, then found somewhere on the schematic for it to go: less time consuming than hunting for the specific resistor for R1, then R2, then R3, etc, etc.

    I think I had a couple of goes over an evening or two to get the board mostly soldered up. Maybe three or four hours altogether, plus or minus a bit of time for enclosure decoration :-)

    eddiebaby
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    @Plumber sweet guitar! What is it?not a PRS so…?


    @tomparkin
    just looked on their website. Very tempted to try something. A bit more up my street than LEGO to work on during an evening.

    plumber
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    @eddiebaby Thank you, correct not a PRS its an eggle which I much prefer over PRS and they are much cheaper if you can find one

    eddiebaby
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    Hard to find though.

    I knew I’d seen those inlays. Here’s Rory Gallagher’s

    https://www.rorygallagher.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/BPICT0012.JPG-scaled.jpg

    plumber
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    Thats a very nice one

    Looks to be based on a Vienna?

    Mine is where they based it on an LP – the one I have is a custom build for a professor who liked jazz – that what I love about the internet is you can find the life of a particular guitar from order through some parts of it life before it gets to you

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    plumber
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    Thought I share another picture of my B rig :)

    Clearly I’m not allowed to have it in the lounge under normal circumstances

    ceepers
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    thats lovely!!

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    chipps
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    I’m embarrassingly short on Gold Tops right now… I’ve had two though – one was a Gibson BFG (Barely Finished Guitar?)

    And the other was a PRS McCarty from Coda Music. I ended up buying both guitars, intending to sell the one I didn’t get on with, but kept both for a few years. Then I foolishly swapped the gold one with a friend for a Japanese Strat and an Epiphone Zephyr (like a Gibson ES-5 T-Bone Walker guitar) – neither of which I really bonded with… Very taken by both the JJN Epiphone and the PRS DGT though. Perhaps I need some more gold in my life.

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    eddiebaby
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    @Plumber stunning rig.  Stereo  or wet/dry?

    tomparkin
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    @chipps that BFG looks cool — I’m normally a bit ‘meh’ about gold tops, but gold + wood grain is nice :-) I’m especially interested in the pickup configuration though: is that a P90 neck and humbucker bridge? If so how did it sound?


    @eddiebaby
    I can recommend. The kits are very good IMO and the instructions are great. So long as you’re generally happy with electronics assembly and soldering it’s not hard. I got the full kit with a pre-drilled enclosure so it was very smooth sailing to build. I’m really tempted to give their Reverberation Machine clone a try next :-)

    chipps
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    @tomparkin – It’s a nice pickup combo (see also the Fender Powercaster) – eighties rock at the bridge, seventies rock at the neck… :-)

    What I liked about both those gold tops was that they had natural finished backs and necks. The contrast was really nice. I think a full-full gold covering is a bit too flashy. Mind you, I do fancy a gold PRS Vela… (Pic stolen from Reverb)

    tomparkin
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    Yeah man. There’s something reminiscent of Dunable in that body shape, which is fine by me! Although I’ll have mine with dot inlays please.

    I keep thinking about P90s for my Epi Les Paul, which is an out-and-out doom metal machine currently. OTOH, pickups probably make 90% of no difference whatsoever once you’ve got it in a mix, etc, so maybe the thinking time would be better spent writing and rehearsing :-D

    guitarhero
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    Always wanted a gold top since wearing out my VHS copy of Iron Maiden live at the Rainbow. Finally got my Patrick James Eggle Macon Special 36 years later.
    PJE Macon Special

    eddiebaby
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    Drool.

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    plumber
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    eddiebaby
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    Morning folks. Selling gear at the moment- to buy more obviously.

    Here’s a link to the threads on The Fretboard.

    FX pedals: https://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/252742/catalinbread-belle-epoch-deluxe-cb-tap-echorec-rah-exlectro-hrmonix-nano-big-muff-mooer-aby#latest

    Strat and Telecaster pickups plus Tele Bridges and saddles:  https://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/252743/telecaster-pickups-and-parts-emg-bootstrap-fender-and-gotoh#latest

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    simondbarnes
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    I haven’t managed to find my playing mojo yet but my guitar wall is getting larger 🙂

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    eddiebaby
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    Nice wall Simon. Much better than pictures :-)

    simondbarnes
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    I have pictures on the other wall 🙂

    chipps
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    IMG_6066

    Before I commission-sale this at Sound Affects for not much money, are there any eighties hair metal fans in the building who are interested in a Vivian Campbell/Whitesnake Nightswan reissue (with upgrades…)? \o/

    chipps
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    (Probably selling my white Gibson LPJ too… if anyone’s interested, then I’ll stick them on the Classifieds…)

    Why? I’ve bought a Strandberg, which arrives in a couple of weeks, so I’m sticking to the one-in, one-out regime…

    chipps
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    Actually, that Nightswan is too awesome to sell for a a few hundred quid. I’m keeping it. Going to sell the Les Paul still, though, as it weighs a ton and unless you’re in a dad-rock band, it just doesn’t make sense to me… I’m more a bolt-on neck guy. (Apart from PRSes)

    eddiebaby
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    Good idea to keep it.

    I’m depleting my stock of gear and was thinking of selling the baritone but I love it too much for the odd (very) swampy noodling so its staying so down to three.

    Strat, Variax and Precision are all going/gone. But I’m just in the process of loading up my Reverb store with a bunch of stuff.

    Which Strandberg are you getting? I’ve had my eye on the Boden Original NX6 for a while now.

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    RustySpanner
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    Hmmm.

    I’m trying to get rid of a few, but it’s so hard choosing which ones.

    The Jap Strat and Jap Ibanez RG are staying.

    The Squier Tele with P90s has sentimental value, and it’s delightful.

    That leaves the Cort CR300, which is the best LP style I’ve ever played, but leaves me a bit cold and the modified Bullet Mustang, which is fun, but might get traded for a new pink one with a maple neck.

    The LAG acoustic and new Yamaha 734a bass are staying.

    First world problems, eh?

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    beej
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    New guitar!

    Went to Andertons asking for something Telecaster shaped. I tried (plugged in) an American Pro II, an American Ultra, a Chapman ML3 Pro Traditional, a PRS NF53, and a PJD York Standard. PJD felt the nicest to me but I hated the looks.

    Then I sat down by the wall of Telecasters and tried about 10 more, unamplified. Despite not liking reliced/road worn guitars or sunburst finishes I ended up with the Jason Isbell signature, the neck just felt right to me.

    PXL_20230918_130837957~2

    eddiebaby
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    Very nice beej. Everyone seems to like those.

    Andertons? I live in Ash, are you around this area?

    beej
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    About an hour away = West Berkshire. Worth the trip though to be able to try a few different things.

    eddiebaby
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    It’s my local store, only 15 minutes away for me by train (and that includes the walk at both ends) and the range of gear is great. They know me now so I just turn up with my Waza Air headphones and a clip on tuner and walk round trying stuff, usually mid afternoon mid-week when they are quieter.

    After seeing your Jason Isbell sig, for my evening session I got out the Tele that has been neglected a bit since I got the PRS SE (new toy syndrome). I’d almost forgotten how good the Tele is. The longer scale length and higher string tension are pretty unnoticable now as the setup is so right for me.
    The only bad thing I noticed with the Fender scale length was I did have a bit of a problem fretting an open Eadd9. I think my fingers are tightening up. Time for stretching exercises to go alongside my hammer-on pull-off practice. Think Malcolm Young’s intro to Thunderstruck, easy to try for a few bars but it all wanders off after a minute.

    EDIT: Just checked out the PJD York. That look IS a bit challenging. Made from a branch of the Ugly Tree.

    beej
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    The PJD looks even worse in real life.

    My other guitar is a PRS SE, Zach Myers edition, 24.5″ scale. You can just about see it in the background of the picture, it’s a silk charcoal finish. The tele is taking a bit of getting used to, bends are easier though.

    I too use Thunderstruck as an exercise, trying to pick it all like Angus does, rather than ho/po. Can’t get anywhere near the speed though.

    eddiebaby
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    The PJD looks even worse in real life.

    😵😵😵😵

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    plumber
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    Latest purchase in my gold series

    Shoreline gold custom shop 63

    And to put into perspective some of my mates toys in the background

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    eddiebaby
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    Oooh, I do like a bit of Shoreline Gold.

    plumber
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    I’m on a any gold as long as it lefty – from fire mist to gold sparkle

    Cant be to choosy in lefty world

    eddiebaby
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    You seem to have coped quite well with it… :-)

    plumber
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    Thats what spending far too much money brings you :)

    eddiebaby
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    Sorted out my ‘shop’ on Reverb. More stock coming over the next couple of days. If anyone is interested in anything give me a PM and I’ll sort you a buy it now ‘special’ price.

    https://reverb.com/uk/shop/johns-shop-4636

    Superficial
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    I’m on a any gold as long as it lefty – from fire mist to gold sparkle

    My local shop have this in stock, which I was very intrigued by. Looks ace! Obvs not lefty, but if you need another gold guitar to try and find, a lefty gold firebird must be a rare beast

    https://richtonemusic.co.uk/gibson-50th-anniversary-firebird-bullion-gold-hard-case-2nd-hand/

    eddiebaby
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    Blimey. Very pretty but neck-divey as heck. My baritone is bad enough.

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