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Jean-Luc Pickguard

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  1. Looks nasty. I'd put it in the washing machine on a hot cycle before touching it with bare hands. Or would that remove the tone-grime?
  2. You know what they say about rules?... 🤷🏻‍♂️
  3. ...whenever he passed a mirror and caught a glimpse of himself looking a right twunt.
  4. When I scrolled down and saw that, I thought that was the key from a tin of sardines. The stewMac gadget is good as it also works well when the slots in the truss rod not are at 45degrees.
  5. Play it. No way is it wrong for britpop. Own the style. If anyone in the band does suggest there’s a certain look to be adhered to, tell them they sound more like piddling middle managers than cool & creative musicians.
  6. I've just succesfully set up my new (to me) vintera mustang guitar including the weird, but wonderful—when set correctly 'dynamic vibrato'. I feel like I've gained a few IQ points in the process.

  7. I always use good quality 0000 steel wool. I do this outddoors and usually take the neck off. If the neck doesn't come off you can tape up the pickups to prevent the loose whiskers/bits getting in the pickups. I've never had any problem with the bits getting embedded in the fingerboard - maybe that happens if you use something other than 0000 grade.
  8. I'd be wary of playing bass for any band I really admire technically as I'd probably ruin it, so I'd choose the Sex Pistols in place of Simon Ferocious in 1977. I'd have been around five years too young at the time but at least I was skinny. Also I would have refused all offers of substances stronger then cider.
  9. Rub lard into your strings, fingerboard and hands. Keep away from dogs and drummers though.
  10. If there's ever an old bass than needs a refinish, this is it.
  11. It took me a while. I've never seen thumb bleeders used with barrel knobs before. Its a very odd look and a weird choice as I'm not sure how they could possibly help in repeating favourite settings with no markings on the knobs.
  12. Really enjoyed Robert Plant & Alison Krauss. It was cool to see JMJ playing a blue mustang with St Vincent—I think it was one of his signature ones rather than his '67. Watching Billie Eilish currently & Fineas was playing a mustang bass a few songs ago.
  13. I have a strap for each bass which only come off if the bass goes into a case—ie stays attached when in a gigbag or hanging on the wall. I use the rubber grolsch thingys but on some basses I have also replaced the strap buttons with oversized 'mushroom' strap buttons which help add a little more security. I used schallers briefly in the 80s but after my Fender precision hit the deck and suffered damage I've not tried them since.
  14. Here's the current incarnation of my bass board And my guitar board I bought a Fender mustang GTX100 guitar amp last week, which has a ton of fantastic sounding pedal models onboard—including a space echo which I have fallen in love with, so the guitar board is pretty much redundant now—apart from the SY-1 of course! I initially thought the GTX was just going to displace the MS-50G, but the overdrive, fuz and distortion models are actually usable and sound & behave like the real pedals to my unsophisticated ears. The spark mini on the bass board has also fallen out of favour as I replaced it with the mojomojo to add a bit of oomph when needed. I'll probably try to find a way to fit the SY1 on bass board. Maybe by removing the spark and repositioning the thumpinator. The Boss SY-1 is so easy to use and is the first usable guitar synth I have tried. I still have a casio MG-510 midi guitar somewhere, which was unusable due to latency and it was a faff to set up. I've owned a few other synth pedals over the years including an akai deep impact which I didn't keep for long, and an EHX organ thingy which didn't trigger well for me. The SY-1's triggering, lack of latency, ease of use and of course the sounds mean that it is probably a keeper.
  15. If the truss rod adjustment is of the type with a cross at the end rather than a hexagonal hole for an allen key, once you have the appropriate cutout in the body (and pickguard) it can still be tricky to get a screwdriver in there for adjustment without causing damage, but there is a handy tool available from Stewmac that makes adjustment a doddle: https://www.stewmac.com/luthier-tools-and-supplies/tools-by-job/tools-for-truss-rods/truss-rod-crank-for-tele I use one for my JMJ mustang. Mine came via a UK seller on ebay who had a few of these for sale.
  16. The font used for the "Made in U.S.A." looks off to me.
  17. I have sets on both of my Vintage pro thunderbirds which are at least a couple of years old. The ones I have aren't showing any rust, so I imagine I was lucky and got sets from a batch made after the issue was rectified.
  18. Ask for a photo of the tort before they cut, or even better photos of a selection of pieces so you can choose the exact piece used.
  19. If it is a fuzz pedal you can tell when it is on as the bass will sound like a flatulent elephant—but in a good way. I hope this helps.
  20. I recently got a custom pickguard from Brian Pillans (Earlpillanz) in Glasgow and will be getting another one soon for a squier bullet mustang once I have decided what I want. His customer service is excellent—and he really seems to go the extra mile. He has several colours of tort and I wouldn't be surprised if he'd be able to accommodate a request to send a pic of an actual piece of material in stock before you place an order.
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