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Re: I AM VERY ANGRY ABOUT THE DUMB TECHNICIAN!!
1/2/2004 9:03 AM
Bob Cob (186) wrote:
I have "How to Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great!" by Dan Erlewine. It explains just about everything you'll ever need to know about guitars (except fret work! kinda p---ed me off that fret stuff isn't in there). You still may want to have a pro work on it, and definantly get your money back from GC, but if you get this (or any similar) book, and have the guitar professinally set up, you'll probably be able to maintain that set-up without forking out 100+ bucks every 6 months or so (I'm 16, no job, $100 in my world = $500 in the real world). Even if you don't have it set up properly, if you make very very tiny adjustments at a time (and give the guitar plenty of time to breathe! that's the most important thing) You can eventually find the setup that sounds and feels (and is) right without harming the guitar. Be sure to use the correct tools though, they are kind of expensive if you don't have any around, but its a one-time investment that will prove priceless in the future (and now I guess) Craftsmen tools are garunteed for life or whatever, if they break or something (i dont see how that could happen) they'll replace it, no questions asked. You said you have an Epiphone? I've heard/read a lot of complaints about the electronics in those guitars. While your at all this setup business, you may want to see about replacing (or having it replaced if you can't solder, very easy to learn, and if you don't have an iron, you should get one, you should also pickup a cheap multimeter somewhere if you don't have one, those are both quite handy around guitars) the pickup selector switch, and possibly cleaning the pots out good. This is also not difficult in the least bit, and, because the guitar is new, you probably won't have to even open up the guitar to do it. Just turn the pots back and forth, from one extreme to the other several times, don't try and see how fast you can turn it, just do it steadily, and somewhat quickly. If you do this every now and then, the pots will most likely last forever.
On more than one occasion, I've had the switch go bad just playing brand new Epiphones in the store (!). I remember this one brand new G-400 I was just going crazy on, that was awesome, then the switch crapped out on me. Otherwise the Epiphones that I've dealt with were pretty awesome, your guitar will be fine, they're well made (except for the cheap electrical components). Just a tip: DO NOT let the comparatively cheap price of parts (as in jacks, switches, plugs, pots, etc) at radio shack fool you, they are crap, spend the extra couple bucks on something made by Switchcraft, or some other name brand (can't think of any others right now). I bought a two-pack of 1/4" jacks for like $1 at RS, they both disentegrated within a week of regular use. The second one came apart during practice just before my first "gig"(HA). How horrible. I replaced the jack with the one that was in there originally (switchcraft) and it was fine for a long time (it was getting old, crusty and loose, so I wanted to replace it) now it needs replacing, I'll probably do that today, thanks for reminding me. Well, I just realized that your post had nothing at all to do with much of this, but good luck, hopefully I pointed out some problem areas that you can take care of before the gutiar leaves you sittin' somewhere (because we all use guitars for transportation as well as for instruments, did you know that? has to do with being a starving musician...no gas money.)