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  1. I am stuck on Imperial measure, but I can do the conversions.  The high E, from the bottom of the string to the top of the 12th fret should be close to 1/16 inch  or 1.5748 mm.  The bottom of the low E string to the top of the 12th fret should be around 3/32 inches or 2.38125 mm.  My guitars are very close to exactly those numbers.


    At the nut we're looking at something just bigger than a hair.  Perhaps 1/64 inch, or 0.396875 mm.


    Here's the answer from the experts at Frets.com:  http://frets.com/FretsPages/Musician/GenSetup/NutAction/nutaction.html


    Frets.com is a great guitar resource.  Bookmark it.

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  2. It looks in good condition, but being a guitar snob, I don't think a Gretsch made in Korea is really a Gretsch.  Of course, that's why the low price.  If I bought a Gretsch, I think I would get an older 6120 - the model that George Harrison played in early Beatles recordings.  $2000 to $3000, so I'll not be buying one.

  3. I have never played an Agile guitar, so I can't offer an informed opinion.  I have played PRS guitars .  The PRS I've played were pretty good, but in a much higher price range.  Like 4 or 5 times the models you listed.


    On the web, either one used sells for around the same price, at least according to my quick search.

  4. I agree with Doug.  At the beginning playability is the most important factor.  Sadly, many inexpensive guitars do not have good playability, or action.  Some can be setup to be acceptable, and some can't.  Getting a guitar repair guy to set it up might cost more than you paid for the guitar.  The action at the nut and saddle both need to be right.

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  5. 23 minutes ago, texred said:

    Part of what I was gonna ask: decided on D's 10s, phosphor bronze. Now, what diff would it make to me if they were 10-46 or 10-53 or . . . ?

    .010 high E sets are to light.  At least go to an .011.  Better would be .012.  


    What .010 high E sets are good for is electric guitars string bending.  Phosphor bronze is NOT for electric guitars, only acoustic.  Bronze, a copper alloy, is a nonferrous metal and doesn't work well at all with magnetic pickups on electric guitars.

  6. 19 minutes ago, texred said:

    Tell you what. Just tell me what you use and I'll quit with this obsession of a product being too acidic. I really have apent awhile trying to learn, but you know google.

    Just tell me what you use and you can close this threat. How about that??


    This is what I use.  Notice the bottle is still mostly full.  Not much is needed and not very often.

    lemon oil - 1.jpg

  7. 56 minutes ago, Rav1234 said:

    Your too modest....I think your a great guitar player.   Just the way I hear it but I can feel how much feeling you put into every note and your phrasing is also very very good.  To add Carl.... is great on the bass. 


    Thanks for your support.  What I play is always feel because that's how I learned.  I don't think about notes or scales.  I just play.

  8. Many guitars have necks that shrink in a dry climate.  Its an extremely easy problem to fix.  You just need a straight metal file.  File the edges only until you don't feel them.  You can file at a slight angel towards the fingerboard.  I live in Denver.  Our humidity indoors runs 10 to 15%.  I have a large humidifier in my guitar room in the basement.  I keep the relative humidity between 40% and 50%.  The basement doesn't change temperature as fast as other areas, and slow temp changes usually don't cause lots of trouble.  But I was the repair guy at a guitar shop for about 4 years and filed the frets ends on many guitars.  I still have the tools, but I haven't had to change anything on any of my current guitars for decade.


    Guitar polish is completely unnecessary at best and harmful at worst.  Soft cloth damp with water.  If, after playing for a while, the place where your arm rests gets dull and won't shine.  When that happens I use Novus plastic polish #4.

  9. One day, Jesus said to his disciples, "The kingdom of heaven is like 3x^2+8x-9."

    Thomas was confused and asked Peter, "What does the teacher mean?"

    Peter replied: "Don't worry. It's just another of his parabolas."


  10. 12 hours ago, texred said:

    Are there lemon oils I should avoid, coz I'm fixin to buy some now, since somebody told me my chopping block Mineral Oil wasn't safe enough. It's past string-n-clean time. Plus it will be NGD in a couple weeks !!


    Lemon oil or boiled linseed oil are both fine.  Look to see if there are other ingredients.  If there are, look further.  Neither oil is for cleaning the fingerboard.  They are to keep it from drying out.  Oiling the fingerboard might be OK once a year, but you don't want oil gunking up the surface.  Your fingerboard is most likely not thirsty.  Oil finishes can last for decades, For cleaning, the same as the rest of the guitar.  Soft, damp cloth.  Fingerboards build up gunk faster than the rest of the guitar.  For deep cleaning I use 0000 steel wool.  Followed by a damp cloth to remove the dust and residue.


    On a finished fingerboard, like Fender's maple fingerboards, treat it like the rest of the guitar.  It has the same finish so the same care is appropriate.


    Anyway, this is my opinion.  I believe  many people use too many "products" on their guitars.  Your mileage may vary.

  11. 11 hours ago, texred said:

    I have a couple questions about modding humbuckers. The first one is embarrassing. What does RWRP mean?


    Reverse Wound Reverse Polarity.


    As a rule, I don't like the idea of modifying a pickup.  I usually buy guitars that sound the way I want, eliminating the need to modify the guitar later.  I also found which sounds I like best over many decades of playing.  I don't have the same guitars I had 20 years ago.  I had really high end, top-shelf, instruments back then, but I found a couple that I preferred and the others have gone to paying bills.  My point is you might want to  hold off on modifying until you have a really good idea of what you want.  I will admit that in my youth I built a FrankenTele with 4 pickups and a plethora of switches for coil tap, phase reverse, pickup combinations switches, tone capacitors, and more.  I ended up using 2 settings, both actually Telecaster pickups.


    If you bought the guitar because you liked it, why change it?


    OK, that's my grumpy old man reply.  There is nothing really too grumpy, but besides the above I endorse doing what makes you happy.  I you want to tinker, a cheap Telecaster is good because the pickguard and flat top makes it easy to route for different or more pickups, and the pickguard covers the nasties.  All the wiring is done from the front of a Telecaster, making modifications easier.


    I don't have any photos of that, but it was similar to the attached photo.




  12. 6 hours ago, texred said:

    How's that done? Do you walk backwards? Play upside down? Take lessons from  your kid? I have many more suggestions. Always. Probably how Hemingway kept everybody buying his drinks.

    Its done by being 21 for 40 years.  Also, I had a bizarre cooking experience with an unexpected reaction between a microwave oven and non-dairy creamer.  I think it caused a temporal displacement.

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