Reverb newbie

Having recently sold over half my gear, I did buy one thing. I got a used DOD FX-17 Wah/Volume/Expression pedal off reverb.com.  This is my first time to use Reverb as an online marketplace. I’ve looked at gear there. I’ve used their price guides for putting stuff on Craigslist. I’ve entered all their contests. But I’ve never sold or bought anything through them, until now.

I’ve used Ebay a few times for making purchases, but never felt truly comfortable with the sellers or the set up. Ok, it isn’t that bad, but I’m talking about how I feel. Craigslist works for me because it is local and I can see the person face to face (sorry, I guess I’m old school, plus I don’t like sending stuff through the mail). But the selection isn’t great, there is greater physical risk meeting someone face to face, and I don’t want to travel up to the bigger cities where the selection is better. I have used Amazon sellers for occasional purchases, but only because I get gift certificates from friends and family (I much prefer used gear). While Reverb is an ebay type online marketplace, it is specific to musical instruments. Unlike ebay, I don’t feel like I need to dig through all the crap postings to find good listings or trustworthy sellers. It isn’t perfect, but it is better.

So why the purchase? I’ve decided to clean up my pedal board so everything fits on it, but in order to do that I need a smaller volume pedal. I already sold my Wah pedals (a Morley and an Ibanez). The Morley just didn’t have the range I like. The Ibanez was perfect options wise, but was TOO big and the automatic mode didn’t work. So they both got sold in this cleaning process.

I’m really focused on the FX-17 as a volume pedal that will be half the size of my current Ernie Ball VP Jr. The range may not be as wide as the EB VP Jr, but I am willing to sacrifice that for space. Plus it with the flip of a switch the FX-17 is a wah, so I’ll get back the wah capabilities I lost when I sold the Morley and Ibanez. I could’ve gotten a Morley mini wah/volume pedal or the AMT Electronics Little Loud Mouth 2 (not a wah), but even used they were outside my self imposed price point. Anyway, I’ll be posting more about the DOD FX-17 itself after I’ve had some time to explore it…once it arrives.

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Goodbye friend

As part of my recent culling of my guitar gear, I put my 1995 Epiphone Sheraton VSB up for sale. Today it has gone to a new owner.

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These are great guitars and I am sad to see it go. In my opinion they are the best burst colors available. The dark brown and light brown work so well together. The headstock inlay is fantastic. And they play really well too!

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The really neat thing about this sale is that the new owner appreciates these guitars as much as I do. He had one for 20 years, but it was stolen, so he is replacing it with mine. It makes it a lot easier to see someone buying a guitar I love when they love it too.

And besides, there will be other semi-hollow and hollow body guitars in my future! Just not right now.

Yamaha starter guitar

When I first tried to learn to play the guitar, my Dad was taking lessons with a Yamaha strat style guitar. I took it over for a few weeks of beginner guitar lessons when I was 15. Then I didn’t do anything until grad school when I first put together the Wolverine guitar.

So I was pleasantly surprised when an extended family member brought me a bag of guitar parts at the family Christmas party. He said his son had taken it apart to repaint it and now it was missing parts. I got to put it back together and replace the parts so it can go up on Craigslist before his son moves away.

First I checked all the electronics and used Deoxit to clean all contacts. I had to glue the backs of the pickups in place (the glue had flaked off).

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I then polished the frets and cleaned/oiled the fret board.

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After that soaked in (yes, I know I need to clean up my workbench), I found some replacement screws and springs so it would all go together. Next I put it together with one string on it to really test it through an amp. Once everything worked, I strung it up and did a proper set up. There is one fret that seems a little high, but I was able to compensate with slight relief in the neck and raising the bridge on the G and B strings 1/32 in.

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It actually plays pretty well. Great entry level guitar!