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    Hello! New/old Silhouette owner!

    While checking the Facebook Marketplace for a used car, I tripped on an ad selling a white Silhouette HSH. Maple fretboard, hardtail, very close to specs of the guitar Keith Richards played on the Steel Wheels tour in 1989. That guitar has haunted me. Off and on I, I would poke around looking for one. Finances and availability never synced up.

    I contacted the seller with questions. I bought a car from a local dealer, and drove that car 20 miles into another state to pick up my Silhouette.
    Turns out she's a 1997 (per the serial # thread). Seller (showed up in uniform. Army!) got it in 2001 or 2002 best he can recall. Says he never really played it.
    I don't know about that. Frets just look tarnished under the strings. No real wear, but I thought they'd be bigger frets over all.

    Anyone know if they updated the fretwire over the years?

    the pickups are obviously DiMarzios. Would a '97 have PAF Pros? They sound great.

    Neck appears to be straight/no warping, body is in 9 out of 10 condition.

    Nut has a chunk missing next to the Low E slot, but string stays in the groove (ordered a replacement. May put off installing it).

    Action is a wee bit high over the higher frets. An easy tweak.


    Not bad for a 20 year old guitar. Not bad at all. Hi

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    Welcome! Picture or it doesn't exist.
    “You’re always learning about this thing every time you pick it up.” - Keith Richards

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    Welcome to the forum.

    It sounds like you had quite an adventure. I'm glad you finally found the Silo of your dreams. Enjoy!

    -Bryan

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    Congrats and welcome!

    I have one just like the one you described, but I bought mine in 1996. Great, great guitar! The humbuckers at that time were Dimarzio PAF Pros.
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    Quote Originally Posted by agt View Post
    Congrats and welcome!

    I have one just like the one you described, but I bought mine in 1996. Great, great guitar! The humbuckers at that time were Dimarzio PAF Pros.
    Thanks for confirming the pickups!
    I have the guitar set up just about perfect now. I'm super impressed with it. I had some concerns when I was on my way to pick it up: what if I don't like the neck/pickups/whatever?
    I needed have worried. The neck shape is perfect. The pickups are great. With fresh strings, the Silhouette rings VERY loudly when you strum it unplugged.
    An inspiring guitar, to say the least.

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    And those guitars are so light too. Good find!
    “You’re always learning about this thing every time you pick it up.” - Keith Richards

    '14 GC HSHP
    '14 ASS Semi HHP - Black Cherry Burst
    '14 ASS Semi MM90 - Honey Burst
    '16 Axis - Trans Gold Quilt

    Mesa Boogie Mark V 25
    Suhr Corso
    Black Star HT-1
    Bad Cat 2x12

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    Congratulations and happy playing!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrKev View Post
    Photobucket is digging its own grave. It's like they want it to fail!

    You can upload images here, though you may have to resize them.
    Thanks! I'll try again in a bit.

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    Congrats! Those are great guitars. This afternoon's practice session was spent on a solo hardtail I have from that era. It's a killer. I really like the pickups on that one.

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