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BY godgrinder
#837098
I've spent a few days in Tokyo and checked out the Ochanomizu area during one of the afternoons. Was thinking about getting an HS R4 from Ishibashi but figured I'll check out a few more shops before making the deal. Ended up finding 2x 1960 Melody Makers at Kurosawa Gakki. I A/B'd the two acoustically for a little while, both were loud and resonant, have 1pc body and presumably Brazilian rosewood fretboard. I bought this one which I liked slightly more.

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Some of you might remember me picking up a '65 double cut MM a little while ago. I found that strat pickups are pretty good replacements for the stock pickups so I ordered some BKP ones. Brute Force for bridge and a RP/RW Old Guard for neck. Will report back when I get them.
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BY godgrinder
#837099
If anyone cares here are my vinyl scores during the Tokyo visit. Stoked to find the original version of the first Pentagram album.
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BY godgrinder
#837136
Molly wrote:Is the rosewood going to be an issue at the border? Being Brazilian an' all that malarkey.


No one cared. The whole Brazilian VS Indian thing seemed more like a niche knowledge and I doubt it has ever crossed anyone's mind. Otherwise they'd check every rosewood guitar.
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BY godgrinder
#837250
For real vintage Gibsons (ie pre-norlin) these are pretty good deals. Wrong headstock but right timber.

Also it wouldn't be sacrilegious to swap out the pickups for something that actually works for you. :lol:
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BY GrantB
#837251
godgrinder understands old mahogany!
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BY godgrinder
#838230
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Pickup swap done. Turns out the proper strat coils are bigger than these strat-sized humbuckers so I can't fit them under the original covers like I did on the '65. Ended up direct mounting them.