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    Quote Originally Posted by jones4tone View Post
    I never really loved the tortoise pick guard on my trans maroon Valentine, so I had a new one made and swapped out the switch tip. The new one is cream, with a cream switch tip, and it suits me much better this way, while having a classic look to my eye.

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    That looks better to me, good job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moby4444 View Post
    It seems strange to me that someone would call such tiny purely cosmetic changes "mods". How long did it take you to change those out... 5 minutes? Try changing or upgrading a pickup, split a coil, re-paint a finish, or even change out your tuning machines. We might have cut you some slack on the scratch plate if you had done the fabrication and finish on it yourself. Your "mods" are akin to changing your strings, mundane, routine maintenance. However, the fact that you have not done any "serious mods" to your Sterling could also be seen by many as a testament to how good the guitar is in its original "unmodified" state. As some might say, "If it isn't broke, don't fix it!" Now I would like to add back the coil-split switch option present in the neck humbucker of the U.S. made Ernie Ball Valentine model to the Indonesian-made Sterling Valentine model. So if anyone has the schematics of that mod and a recommendation for the best substitute pickup, send them along.

    I include a few pics of the truss rod cover I fashioned out of an abalone blank to replace the stock black plastic one that came with my "Firefly FF338". While aesthetically it may improve the look of the guitar, I think calling it a "mod" might be a bit of a stretch. It's more of an "embellishment" or a little added "bling".

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    Some of my Sterling Valentine changes that I feel do qualify as "mods". Fret Scalloping and a faux flame maple finish to an already "roasted maple" neck. It is a "work-in-progress" and since I haven't played a "scalloped fret" instrument before, a bit of a gamble. We'll see how the finished product turns out. I only paid a few hundred for the guitar so it seemed an ideal mod platform and if I f**k it up royally, I won't be out a fortune!

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    Dave
    Spokane, WA
    Look , first of all, its just cosmetic, but its still modified, i.e. not all original. If you have an issue with that, well I guess thats just your issue, as you seem to think modding a guitar is some sort of competition.
    Oh , and by the way , its not a Sterling its an EBMM.

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    When you say "we might have cut you some slack ..." I'm not sure who the 'we' is ...

    Most of the folks here are pretty friendly and polite to one another. That's the 'we' I'm used to.

    Anyhow, nice work on the mods, and I hope you enjoy the scalloping ... definitely takes a different technique to get used to.

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    I would love to see those block saddles... got a link to your Facebook page with some pics?

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    Thanks for the feedback Beej, and my apologies if my comments offended the Junior Member. That was not my intention.

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    Glad to have you onboard - sometimes things just don’t come over so well in written form. Many of us have done it. Stick around and keep sharing stuff. It’s friendly and chill here with people always quick to help out.
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    I broke out the toolbox almost immediately. Rigged up a workspace using a large beach towel from the Republic of Panama that has long since been overcome by events. Set the Valentine upon the cushion-y towel on top of the breakfast table. Consulted YouTube and other expert websites and then set about uninstalling the standard strap knobs and replaced them with Music Man straplocks. It was intense but it looks like success.

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    Better treat yourself to a beer after that
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