Another of @greggbc’s guitars, this lovely Guild Bluesbird just got the setup of a lifetime, with strings from an 11 set on the treble side and the wounds from a 12 set on the bass. Admittedly, I’ve always held some sort of affection for the Bluesbird design, with its wider LP-type body and airy tone thanks to its chambered construction. This one is just brilliant. #guitar #guild #bluesbird #flametop #lespaul #guitartech #fender #seattle  (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

Another of @greggbc’s guitars, this lovely Guild Bluesbird just got the setup of a lifetime, with strings from an 11 set on the treble side and the wounds from a 12 set on the bass. Admittedly, I’ve always held some sort of affection for the Bluesbird design, with its wider LP-type body and airy tone thanks to its chambered construction. This one is just brilliant. #guitar #guild #bluesbird #flametop #lespaul #guitartech #fender #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

Ain’t it grand? This c.2006 Gibson ES-335 looks good and sounds fantastic, freshly setup with D’Addario 13-56 strings and not-too-low and not-too-stiff action. This guitar really came alive when we raised the action a bit; where the trebles were slightly splashy and the lows lacked boom, a few turns of the thumb wheels yielded stiffness and a taut response more akin to a piano. Heavenly, especially when played in the style of dissonant jazz by its owner Greg.  #guitar #gibson #es335 #flametop #sunburst #guitartech #seattle  (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

Ain’t it grand? This c.2006 Gibson ES-335 looks good and sounds fantastic, freshly setup with D’Addario 13-56 strings and not-too-low and not-too-stiff action. This guitar really came alive when we raised the action a bit; where the trebles were slightly splashy and the lows lacked boom, a few turns of the thumb wheels yielded stiffness and a taut response more akin to a piano. Heavenly, especially when played in the style of dissonant jazz by its owner Greg. #guitar #gibson #es335 #flametop #sunburst #guitartech #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

In all my days of teching, I’ve never seen fret wear like this! Can you see how instead of being worn beneath the strings, there are valleys between the raised bits? You can see the string positions! Wow. Nice piece of rosewood too. #guitar #gibson #es335 #fret #fretboard #guitartech  (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

In all my days of teching, I’ve never seen fret wear like this! Can you see how instead of being worn beneath the strings, there are valleys between the raised bits? You can see the string positions! Wow. Nice piece of rosewood too. #guitar #gibson #es335 #fret #fretboard #guitartech (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

We just picked up the cleanest H78 we’ve seen yet! Airline-branded, super loud and plays like a dream! #guitar #vintage #harmony #ariline #h78 #blackkeys #hollowbody #goldfoil (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

We just picked up the cleanest H78 we’ve seen yet! Airline-branded, super loud and plays like a dream! #guitar #vintage #harmony #ariline #h78 #blackkeys #hollowbody #goldfoil (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

I always have a lot of questions! How hard would it be to accomplish this type of burst? I loovvvee surfy colors like that
Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. It looks like two Flintstones Push Pop flavors collided on the sidewalk of my 1990s youth! That’s kickass, and entirely possible. The hardest bit is finding the right colors; surf or seafoam green shouldn’t be hard to find at all, but that hot pink/neon violet isn’t a common hue. You may even be better off mixing it yourself. As with all bursts, start with the lighter color first, then add the dark color around the edges. You may need to pay very close attention to the way these colors interact, though; while I’d caution you to use a white primer as the base coat, you’ll definitely want to experiment with laying down the color in various stages. Try coating a sample piece of wood with primer, then the green, then purple on top of it. If the two colors don’t jive together, do a partial burst of green, then blend the purple into it. Wowow. That’s gonna be bright AND impressive.

I always have a lot of questions! How hard would it be to accomplish this type of burst? I loovvvee surfy colors like that

Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. It looks like two Flintstones Push Pop flavors collided on the sidewalk of my 1990s youth! That’s kickass, and entirely possible.

The hardest bit is finding the right colors; surf or seafoam green shouldn’t be hard to find at all, but that hot pink/neon violet isn’t a common hue. You may even be better off mixing it yourself.

As with all bursts, start with the lighter color first, then add the dark color around the edges. You may need to pay very close attention to the way these colors interact, though; while I’d caution you to use a white primer as the base coat, you’ll definitely want to experiment with laying down the color in various stages. Try coating a sample piece of wood with primer, then the green, then purple on top of it. If the two colors don’t jive together, do a partial burst of green, then blend the purple into it.

Wowow. That’s gonna be bright AND impressive.

baritones said: Do you have much experience with the gibson maestro lyre vibrola? If so how would you compare the range and feel to an offset style trem? Is there much of a difference between the short and long versions? Pretty tough to find any reliable info on them... Thanks a ton you guys are the best!

Lyre and Offset vibratos are actually my two favorite systems on the market, and it would be difficult for me to pick one over the other. In speaking of the Lyre, I’m referring only to the vintage units as the reproductions just aren’t built of the same materials and aren’t quite up to the task of trem use with keeping a guitar in tune.

The vintage Lyre Vibrola is a thing of beauty, and when properly set up will enable even heavy trem use with better tuning stability than many others on the market. Its design is simple yet elegant: a bent ‘spring’ of metal with the string anchor plate attached, doubling as the point where the arm connects. The feel of the Lyre is more immediate than most other units on the market (save for a Strat) which is quite refreshing if you’ve ever owned a sloppy, poorly-maintained Bigsby. (Bigsbys otherwise work beautifully)

What I mean by ‘set up properly’ is that the Lyre Vibrola was never meant to work with light string gauges; .009” gauge strings usually fare poorly with this unit, as can .010”s at times. .011” gauge or higher is really where these things come alive, but again, 10s can totally work. You’ll need to be aware of the break angle across the saddles, as well as making sure both the nut and saddles are properly cut and smoothed out, and lubricating with Chap Stick is my secret weapon with these vibratos. (seriously)

I have a ‘77 Gibson ES-355 that’s one of my main guitars, and that thing just does not go out of tune, and the hardware is completely stock. I don’t like roller bridges, which seem to sacrifice some resonance and reliability (there are just so many more things that can go wrong there) that they never seem to be as good a solution as proper upkeep and maintenance.

As I said, I’m a huge fan of both this system and the Fender Offset vibrato, so I can’t say which one I prefer. I would concede the Offset has more range overall in pitch variation, and is more nuanced than the touch-the-arm-and-it-drops Lyre. But is one better? I don’t think so. Additionally, there’s not really a difference between the long and short versions functionally; I prefer the look of the long-frame.

I can’t play Gibsons without them!

itsjustaregularguy said: Hey there, my poor terrible Ibanez guitar just fell to the ground, and the Bridge Pickup isn't working, but the Neck Pickup is working. I can even play like Tom Morello, using the 3-way switch, but, I have to ask, what can it be? Can I fix it? I'm not from the US, so I can't take the guitar there, sadly.

It’s highly likely that the fall caused a loose wire to snap off a terminal, or if it fell on the switch, you may need a new switch. Fear not! For your Ibanez shall be as new in the coming days!

musingsandfandoms said: How would a three pickup jaguar work?

Not only would it work, it would blow your effing MINDGRAPES LIZ LEMON

Edit: Oops. So I didn’t even see the word “how” in there, so reading comprehension fail for me.

You could easily repurpose the strangle switch as a third pickup selector, or change out a few pot values on the rhythm circuit and rewire it to only affect the middle pickup, or whatever pickup you choose. It would be sooooooo cake.

I love that my cab is almost as big as my fridge. And that I have an exceedingly understanding roommate. #guitar #marshall #mesa #seattle #weezerquest

I love that my cab is almost as big as my fridge. And that I have an exceedingly understanding roommate. #guitar #marshall #mesa #seattle #weezerquest

jazzblaster:

deimel , curtis novak , mastery and fender ,all in one beautiful JAZZBLASTER :O
credits to @deimelguitarworks for the pic

A masterpiece.

jazzblaster:

deimel , curtis novak , mastery and fender ,all in one beautiful JAZZBLASTER :O

credits to @deimelguitarworks for the pic

A masterpiece.

Reblogged from this will kill

I was scrolling through his 100% feedback to see what guitars he’s sold (I’m told that in Florida, this guy spams CL and they’ve been for sale for ages) and then I discovered that OMG THAT EBAY SELLER FROM EARLIER MOVES A SHIT TON OF LUXURY CONDOMS AND MALE ENHANCEMENT PILLS!!!!1!!!!!!!!!

Our new AVRI Jazzmaster comes equipped with @lollarpickups P90-in-Jazzmaster-bobbin pickups and is decked out with the illustrious @masterybridge #guitar #fender #jazzmaster #masterybridge #lollar #p90 #bw #best (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

Our new AVRI Jazzmaster comes equipped with @lollarpickups P90-in-Jazzmaster-bobbin pickups and is decked out with the illustrious @masterybridge #guitar #fender #jazzmaster #masterybridge #lollar #p90 #bw #best (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

Ugh, can this shit please stop

eBay seller bocapete

This doesn’t make me want to buy your guitar.

*rolls eyes harder than ever before*

EDIT: The point of this post isn’t to call out the women for looking this way or that, nor is it to echo the old guitar guy trope of “she probably doesn’t even play.”

The point is to call out the use of the female form to sell, which is degrading and, frankly, wholly unrelated to the process of selling a vintage instrument. So weird.

EDIT 2: HOLY FUCK THIS GUY ALSO SELLS A SHIT TON OF CONDOMS

#lookitup
#eww

53shadesoffuzz said: Thanks a ton! You would not believe how many people I talked to at various shops about this setup. Its hard to find guys that really know their stuff. Too bad you guys arent in Houston,TX I would never leave your shop. Thanks again!

If you find yourself in Seattle, you can try to hide while we close up and if you’re lucky you can spend the WHOLE NIGHT

Our Telecaster department is looking pretty good… L-R: ‘12, ‘86, ‘77 and ‘92! #guitar #fender #vintage #telecaster #vintageguitar #guitarsofinstagram #tele (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

Our Telecaster department is looking pretty good… L-R: ‘12, ‘86, ‘77 and ‘92! #guitar #fender #vintage #telecaster #vintageguitar #guitarsofinstagram #tele (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)