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[Judas Deth] Tuesday, December 16, 2008 5:21:54 PM 
i was trying to install those ernie ball skinny top heavy bottom strings (9-52).
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[guitardude] Tuesday, December 16, 2008 4:52:02 PM 
Shector`s are great,sadly under apreciated by the playing community.
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[METAL MELTDOWN] Tuesday, December 16, 2008 4:41:55 PM 
Got my eye on this little girl here.........

[METAL MELTDOWN] Tuesday, December 16, 2008 4:31:40 PM 
Yeah thats another thing about floating trems.  If you change guage of string then prepare to spend a good chunk of time getting the trem set back up correctly.  I run nothing but lights or 9 guage and try to stay with the same size for each string. That way the tweeking is minimal when you change it out.  

The best way to avoid having problems with a floating trem is to NOT HAVE ONE!!! lol.  I am shit canning this friggin floyd rosed ibanez when all of this recording I am doing now is complete.  I've been playing for 30 years and had trems for 27 of those and am sick to death of dealing with them.  Good luck.....
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[guitardude] Tuesday, December 16, 2008 4:28:53 PM 
Very true,I didn`t think bout the gauge. I once tried some 10`s instead of my usual 9`s and the tremelo came up quite abit. Instead of having it adjusted,i just went back to my 9`s and all was good again. There is enough adjustment that you could go up to a really large E,maybe to a 60 or so. But you would probably have to tune it way down to help alleviate the increased tension in the larger gauge. but I`m no Luthier. 
So what gauge were you trying to install?
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[Judas Deth] Tuesday, December 16, 2008 4:20:15 PM 
thanks for the advice just to clarify things i didnt take all of the strings off i just took the bass strings(EAD) off. Anyway i ended up taking it to my local music store/repair shop and i get it back on thursday. They said it was probably because the gauge of the strings i was putting on were higher than the ones that were previously on there.
[METAL MELTDOWN] Monday, December 15, 2008 1:36:56 PM 
guitardude is right..Dont ever pull all of the strings off a floyd rose!! Do each at a time.  Floating tremolos are a major pain in the ass.  The old Kahlers seemed a bit better and easier to deal with but the floyd rose system, in which the entire unit itself moves, is much more difficult.  Do them one at a time and you will keep all of your hair......
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[SDBinNY] Sunday, December 14, 2008 6:44:47 PM 
You have opened the proverbial can of worms, JD. It takes a little practice and patience with a Floyd type trem, and you may find any one of these helpful....


http://uk.youtube.com/results?search_query=floyd+rose+setup&search_type=&aq=1&oq=Floyd+Rose+
[guitardude] Sunday, December 14, 2008 1:55:24 PM 
JD
 You have touched the most Un-holy grail of problems with floating bridges. The Floyd type bridges are a royal pain in the ass.
Ideally,the bridge should set level when the guitar is in tune. This may not be your personal preference though. It takes an hour or so to get a floater into tune properly. The bridge will move around as you put tension on each string. 
It really is a balancing act (literally). It takes practice and patience.  The one way to avoid the entire hassle is to change one string at a time and not remove all the old strings all at once. This still isn`t a fix,just makes it a little simpler.  
I wouldn`t adjust the springs in back unless you want the bridge to stay back some. And dear god,don`t over tighten those bolts on the bridge when re-installing your strings.

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[Judas Deth] Sunday, December 14, 2008 12:25:45 PM 
i need advise!!!! I was changing the strings on my jackson rr3 for the first time having never changed strings on a floyd in my whole life and i have the bass strings in but when i go to tune them the bridge starts to come up. I read somewhere you have to tighten the screws where the springs are to make the bridge go down but that doesnt seem to work. im taking it in to a shop tomorrow but im just so worried about it!
[TIMBONI] Friday, December 05, 2008 10:00:09 PM 
Usually the "speed demons" prefer it.  It works well with the combination of the need for speed and the super relaxed light touch it takes to achieve it. 
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[Vaillant 3.0] Wednesday, December 03, 2008 8:05:58 PM 
Here's a nice little surprise from the world of ebay: JP GIBSON GUITARS!!!

cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Gibson-Judas-Priest-Flying-V-AND-SG-Set-18-30-467_W0QQitemZ200283318577QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar
[guitardude] Sunday, November 30, 2008 4:33:19 PM 
I have really been paying attention to the whole "scalloped" issue lately. KK has his entire fretboard done this way on many of his newer guitars, but I  haven`t noticed if Glenn has or not. Yngwie has the whole board done. Steve Vai has frets 14-24 done on his Jem`s. There must be something to it,but only a limited few seem to prefer them. 
[kiamat] Sunday, November 30, 2008 1:53:00 PM 
Looked up scalloped fretboards after I read this- cool idea but I can't see that its very practical to have the whole board scalloped if you do a lot of rhythm work,  the top frets I can understand though I do an inordinate amount of sliding when I solo, so surely it would make that tougher- of course, it may be I have mistunderstood the whole concept, in fact very likely. I'll come back to this thread when I've had some sleep.
[guitardude] Sunday, November 30, 2008 12:55:03 PM 
Dam,that`s nice!! maybe I`d better go log onto E-bay!!!
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[SDBinNY] Sunday, November 30, 2008 10:09:04 AM 
Here you go Guitardude, take a peek at this one....

cgi.ebay.com/1988-Charvel-Model-5FX-Neck-Thru-Guitar-Great-Shape_W0QQitemZ120342405300QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar
[guitardude] Saturday, November 29, 2008 7:22:22 PM 
Hey man, it got me to thinking,nothing wrong with that!!!!
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[Deep Freeze] Saturday, November 29, 2008 1:53:25 PM 
HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I must apologize, my friend. I was "pulling your leg".  I understood you!!!
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[guitardude] Saturday, November 29, 2008 1:41:15 PM 
Ok then, with the missing wood under where ever you`re fretting,you`ll have the standard note of that fret position,then if youm press a little harder the note will sharpen as the tension increases,in turn changing the note. Now if this is done in one fluid motion, you will here the note that is the highest tension first,then the transition to the actual fretted note. Same principal as bending the strings,the change in tension you hear is just being done up and down between the chosen fret instead of being bent across the fretboard.
Geez, I hope that makes sense and sounds more logical. Words always tend to escape me when I try to explain things.
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[Deep Freeze] Saturday, November 29, 2008 6:20:58 AM 
yes
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[guitardude] Friday, November 28, 2008 10:33:33 PM 

DF
 That`s the best way I can think of to put it in "laymen`s "terms. As most musical terminology escapes me. You do know what a scalloped fretboard is and looks like right?


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[Deep Freeze] Friday, November 28, 2008 6:27:45 PM 
Man! I wish I knew what you were talking about, GD. HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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[guitardude] Friday, November 28, 2008 6:25:51 PM 
OK,answered my question today with a trip to Guitar Center,I played a Yngwie model strat that had the scalloped fretboard. Interesting!! You almost have two notes per fret to play. With the motion of your fingers you have a constant variable on the string that makes the note literally "ringout" and change pitch while sustaining.I now know how Yngwie sounds the way he does during his 100mph solo`s. Can`t say I will get one with the fretboard this way,maybe from the 12th fret up would be ok.

But the Gem of my trip was the purchase of the Line6 Pocket POD. This thing is tiny ,but has a monster sound. I have only began to scratch the surface and capabilities of this thing. Looks as if it`s gonna be a fun time though. It does have a setting for"Breaking the Law" that is very accurate.
[guitardude] Tuesday, November 25, 2008 8:57:45 PM 
While I`m here,can anyone tell me the advantages of the scalloped fretboards?I`ve read all the descriptions about how it opens up new avenues to your playing when you only touch strings and not the wood of the neck. But hell as hard as I finger,I`ll get some wood!!   No pun intended!!
[guitardude] Tuesday, November 25, 2008 8:51:01 PM 
I do like the look of the Vandenberg models,but the one thing I do want to get away from is that reverse headstock. Not so much a fan of them anymore. that won`t stop me if I find a guitar that speaks to me though.
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[SDBinNY] Tuesday, November 25, 2008 8:45:14 PM 
Grover just did the Legacy series with them, and was more or less a consultant. I think Fender just brought him around because the Jackson fanatics more or less expected Fender to ultimately squash their competition and throw Jackson under the bus. This was compounded when they moved Jackson production to the Fender plant in Corona, California.

Personally, I rarely use the neck pickup except when looking for a more acoustic-like clean sound. I tried swapping the EMG's around in my DK2M, but that was a waste of time, and the 85 KILLS in the neck position. My only other real neck pickup experiences I have had were with Duncan JB's ( lifeless bland tone killers IMHO) and a Dimarzio Super Distortion ( way too muddy).

I was poking around Ebay, and there are a few Peavey Vandies that may be worth a few minutes of your time, though....
[guitardude] Tuesday, November 25, 2008 8:30:13 PM 
I`ve seen those models and like them alot. I`m not strictly a single coil in the neck guy,I did the look of the humbuckers,and a coil tap would be the addition i would probably make. When I`m really getting into playing,I do like to tone it down for a softer interlude at times. But realistically,I would use it for blues stuff and anything clean as i like the way a single coil gets very bell like in it`s tone. The Seymour Duncan Vintage staggered in my BC is just perfect. It has decent output and a great frequency response. The Duncan Jazz neck humbucker or the Dimarzio Evolution neck  model would be a good change.
Isn`t Charvel still under the Fender blanket? I see where Grover Jackson is doing a elite series with them. Got alot of potential there as Grover is still an incredible designer and builder.
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[SDBinNY] Tuesday, November 25, 2008 6:29:13 PM 
You know, I really hate to sound like I am always promoting their stuff, but there are also some other Charvel models that may give you another option.

These sell everywhere for $999 and come with a gig bag. Those who have them are extremely pleased with them, and you could add a coil tap to the neck pickup and still have the option of the humbucker....

www.charvelguitars.com/production_models.html
[guitardude] Monday, November 24, 2008 10:02:06 AM 
SDB
You are correct in the pickup configuration I want and the bridge.That Charvel is awesome. I have looked at the Warren DeMartini models they have currently as they are about the same price as the GL models. The Charvel`s have the compund radius necks with the spacing that I like(1 11/16). the GL models do not(the radius anyway). Thanks for the link,Ill look into them.   [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by SDBinNY from Monday, November 24, 2008 3:02:23 AM)
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[SDBinNY] Monday, November 24, 2008 3:02:23 AM 
Customs have gotten out of control. judging by the GL reference, you are looking for a hum/single Strat shape with a bolt on neck and Floyd.... Try this...

www.themusiczoo.com/charvel/Charvel_USA_San_Dimas_NaturalKoa_TheMusicZoo_C7736.html

 
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[guitardude] Sunday, November 23, 2008 9:24:27 PM 
You know,this should be in the "Piss me off " thread,but I`ll vent here.
I`ve been looking at Jackson and ESP for a new guitar,even went as far as getting quotes on custom builds. Man they were both over 4grand for the features I wanted,hell I can get any of the George Lynch signature models from ESP, for the high 2 grands,WTF is up with that.!!!
[guitardude] Sunday, November 16, 2008 7:13:26 PM 
I would go with the Red with the Maple fingerboard,I`ve always had a thing for the maple fingerboards,more an asthetic thing than sound. Ebony is a hard wood and it`s darker color lends itself to looking good for a guitar. But a maple board with a matching (body color)  headstock will always get my vote.
It would seem that ESP is overly proud of those George Lynch models also.  The custom shop is just high,so one of the premier series that go for around 3600. will be more inline of what I might go with,but then again,what the hell do I need with a guiatr that costs that much??
Let`s see.... get played once a month and set around in the case the rest of the tim in a dark closet. Maybe I should just drop this notion until a Phantom GT comes up somewhere!! I always liked those when they were new,so now that they`re un-obtanium,makes the pot even sweeter.
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[guidogodoy] Sunday, November 16, 2008 12:19:12 PM 
You got that bit right about "customer service," bro. I am sure there were many like us left scratching their heads as to their perceived attitutude problem. "Finished when it is finished" reminds me of the 3DRealms slogan for Duke Nukem IV (videogame nerds know what I mean!). Duke Nukem Forever has become an industry joke as it has FOREVER!! It was announced in 1997 and people are still waiting. Obviously, the KxK people never heard of this slogan tied to such a joke "protracted delivery schedule" videogame either.

That aside, what are your choice in options? While I actually like the red, scalloped frets, maple fingerboard, I think I'd be leaning more towards what KK actually plays now. Howse 'bout you? Go KK authentic or color of choice?
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[guitardude] Sunday, November 16, 2008 11:38:17 AM 
2399.99 for an introductory price,not bad,less than I thought it would be. Got the cash,but not gonna wait that potetial year to get as they say...".it`s done when it`s done", man those folks need a lesson in customer service! Their attitude has helped with my decision to not get one. 
Allthough I`m not a "V" guy,they are beautiful guitars and i would like to have one,so now it`s on to the ESP site for a George Lynch model I guess?
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[Vaillant 3.0] Friday, November 14, 2008 8:12:11 PM 
HA!!!!!!!! Knowing you I bet you would.
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[guidogodoy] Friday, November 14, 2008 8:07:54 PM 
Never a big fan of the headstock on that one. Reminds me too much of Ripper-era that, again, isn't really my cup-o-tea.

Now were GLENN'S current Hamer(s) to go up for sale. I think I'd be selling plasma to get THAT!
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[Vaillant 3.0] Friday, November 14, 2008 7:59:22 PM 

Really? I thought you might like the mini V too. Ah, well...whatever floats your boat.

Maybe K.K had the new red Flying V done to replace the other red V he had...the one with the Ripper-era JP cross on the head.


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[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Friday, November 14, 2008 7:45:34 PM 
I got it from the guys AT the STEEL MILL... LMAO  I talk to them all the time....... 
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[guidogodoy] Friday, November 14, 2008 7:42:44 PM 
You know, that mini V is probably my least fav guitar. Not that I would run were someone to offer it to me but I still marvel at the beautiful tiger-striping of this '84 Hamer as I do the sound and look of the Gibson V.

I would love to try one of those KxKs just to feel the scalloped fingerboard. Robo used to swear by them. Where HAS that fellow gotten off to, btw? I miss his guitar expertise.
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[Alex Guitargod] Friday, November 14, 2008 7:38:43 PM 
Where the hell did you find the pic with the Red V ???

Do you have some more ?
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[Alex Guitargod] Friday, November 14, 2008 7:37:51 PM 
I need the Red One, but too espensive for me!!!
[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Friday, November 14, 2008 7:36:57 PM 
I like the dark crimsome red... the brite red is a bit much  you are right.
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[Vaillant 3.0] Friday, November 14, 2008 7:35:16 PM 
OK...I admit that is a bit of a bad pic but I like the way the guitar looks in the KxK website. It reminds me of the mini-v guitar he had during the Painkiller era.
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[guidogodoy] Friday, November 14, 2008 7:34:08 PM 
"The WED WON" <==Daffy imitating Porky. Haaa!

But I already HAVE two wed wons!
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[K2M] Friday, November 14, 2008 7:30:40 PM 
"Yeah" And Switch out them  "EMG'S"  With Some Passives
[guidogodoy] Friday, November 14, 2008 7:30:00 PM 
Whatcha' think? Bad picture or custom color. The KxK site shows that red to be quite brilliant.
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[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Friday, November 14, 2008 7:27:45 PM 
NA-AH.. The red one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  LMAO
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[guidogodoy] Friday, November 14, 2008 7:26:54 PM 
Well, holy crap! They are out!

Too bad they don't give the option of moving the volume knob back to a normal position as KK did. Personally, I think I'd take the options that KK has: scalloped ebony fingerboard. White.
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[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Friday, November 14, 2008 7:17:26 PM 
Me too Its prob my favorite new he has...    My all time Fav Is his Sunburts Strat... Which he told me he doesnot tour with anymore.. He is afraid it will get stolen....
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[Vaillant 3.0] Friday, November 14, 2008 7:15:27 PM 
I like the red one.
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