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  1. Help: Strongly disagree on that point. $3k is a big...

    Strongly disagree on that point. $3k is a big ask, for sure, but I like the new finishes moderately well- and more than most colors offered on other models.

    I do think they'd benefit from top...
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    De-mudding an HHH St Vincent: Step 3

    Today's project: install one of the DiMarzio DP-168s that was previous in the neck/middle positions into the bridge position.

    Small challenge to be aware of, should anyone reading this consider...
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    Not in this show. All Goldie, even on the older...

    Not in this show. All Goldie, even on the older songs (some of which predate the sig model entirely) except for one brief bit where she went HAM on something random that I couldn't ID before she...
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    Slightly OT, but I figured I'd post it here...

    Slightly OT, but I figured I'd post it here rather than clutter up someone else's thread: I saw St Vincent last night and, over the course of the show, even playing the new, brighter Goldies even for...
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    They're something special, no doubt.

    They're something special, no doubt.
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    I've kept the stock harness for now. I've got...

    I've kept the stock harness for now.

    I've got a 2016 Vincent Blue w/ the rosewood neck.
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    Woops. Disregard my description above. I...

    Woops. Disregard my description above.

    I noticed this morning that the noise floor was noticably higher on the Lollar than on the Fralin (silent) or the Dimarzio (low). Double checked my wiring...
  8. There's a small store near me that definitely has...

    There's a small store near me that definitely has stuff hanging on their wall for years at a time. I'd say over half their stock is north of $3k (sometimes north of $10k) so it takes a little time to...
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    I have 12s on a hollow body. The extra tension...

    I have 12s on a hollow body. The extra tension seems to help stabilize the Bigsby.

    I was mostly a 10s on 25.5"/11s on 24.75" guy until I got the St V. I use 9-46 on that (i think? Maybe it's...
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    De-mudding an HHH St Vincent: Step 2

    I had to wait three weeks for the Fralin Firebird Neck (FFN), but the Lollar Firebird Middle (LFM) came in four days, so Step 2 is here sooner then I expected!

    I mentioned before that the FFN was...
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    No argument there!

    No argument there!
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    That's a bummer. I confess I wouldn't have much...

    That's a bummer. I confess I wouldn't have much patience for imperfection at $3k.
  13. Thread: Neck shapes

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    I took a tour of a MAJOR guitar factory and the...

    I took a tour of a MAJOR guitar factory and the guide bragged that they carved the necks to a tolerance of +/- 1/16th of an inch. All I could think was "HOLY CRAP DO YOU KNOW HOW BIG A SWING AN...
  14. Thread: Neck shapes

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    Heh. I suppose so. Anyone wanna start a...

    Heh. I suppose so.

    Anyone wanna start a company that programs their Indonesian CNC machines to carve necks to EBMM shapes?
  15. Thread: Neck shapes

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    They're a bit wider too. Sterlings are better...

    They're a bit wider too.

    Sterlings are better than average and a truly amazing value for the money, but that thing that EBMM necks have that makes you want to only ever play them? They don't have...
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    De-mudding a St. Vincent HHH: Step 1

    Background: I think the Dimarzio DP-168s and DP-198 in the HHH St. V are much too dark. I'm trying to find pickup/electronics that work better for me, as I really like the guitar otherwise. There are...
  17. Thread: Neck shapes

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    There's a semi-standard fattish-D neck that seems...

    There's a semi-standard fattish-D neck that seems very common across a bunch of imports, including Sterling.

    It's not my favorite, but it's... fine?
  18. Help: Apologies if this is a stupid question, but now...

    Apologies if this is a stupid question, but now that the shop has looked at it and determined it's return-worthy, would it be safe to... pull real hard?

    Like, with the sort of force that...
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    Tempting, for sure, if only for the lower parts...

    Tempting, for sure, if only for the lower parts cost. It was actually your (I think?) video comparing the Goldie to the OG w/500k pots that convinced me that pots wouldn't be enough. I suspect I'll...
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    Sorry for the late reply. After the first answer...

    Sorry for the late reply. After the first answer was "minibuckers gonna minibucker" (at BEST a meaningless tautology) and "they're Firebird" (incorrect and provably false info) I sort of forgot about...
  21. Thread: STV Goldie

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    They definitely kick the crap out of the...

    They definitely kick the crap out of the DiMarzios in my OG-St V, at lower gain. Those DiMs hold together supernaturally well at full gonzo fuzz, but at the expense of cleaning up a bit dully.

    I'm...
  22. Thread: STV Goldie

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    After hearing them and seeing the output specs...

    After hearing them and seeing the output specs (... somewhere...) that surprises the crap outta me. Was really thinking they might be using Firebird construction or even something akin to the...
  23. Thread: STV Goldie

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    Anybody ever peek under the hood on these pickups...

    Anybody ever peek under the hood on these pickups and see how they're built?
  24. Thread: STV Goldie

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    I mean...it will dive bomb and return to tension...

    I mean...it will dive bomb and return to tension in tune. What more do I need?
  25. Thread: STV Goldie

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    Interesting. More chime and sparkle is DEFINITELY...

    Interesting. More chime and sparkle is DEFINITELY what the old HHH St. V needed, imo.
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